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It didn't dawn on me that it ended up as a NYC subsidiary. Must not have been a hotspot for fan photos at that time as I haven't found any photos of it in my brief search.
I googled Federal Valley RR and got some interesting hits. It was only a 15 mile spur line and existed from around 1888-1954. They had two engines and handful of cars. The mainline through Palos, OH appears to be in good shape but no sign of the Federal Valley which branched off to the Southeast from Palos. Someone wrote a book about it though.
It must have caught the attention of someone at Atlas. This is an N scale model.


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Waiting for this to come in to Just Trains of Delaware. My wife and I decided to support a local small business during this pandemic by ordering this. It holds sentimental value to my family. We paid a visit to Stone Mountain last year for our vacation.


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Yes, I slowed a bit. I picked up a few cars and some rolling stock for repainting projects. The layout building starts soon...

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Nice Tom. I picked up one of these when they first came out from Beth. Also have a reservation on an R2. I am not holding my breath on that one.
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Thanks Pete. I was surprised she had one left. Certain things seem to appear on her site out of the blue, so it is worth checking her listings on occasion. I found a few gems at her site.

I like the R2 also, but I didn’t order one...yet. I did order a 3rd Rail future release of a NJT E-60 electric locomotives. The E60 was one of the worst engines I ever ran...gotta have one though!

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My PRSL caboose came in the mail yesterday from Holly Beach. It’s an uncatalogued item (MTH 30-77356). It has a lot of detail for a Railking, but it’s not exactly prototypical. PRSL used ex-PRR cabooses. PRSL 227 was an N-5. The model is of a Reading NMl so it has too many windows. And It’s being pulled by a Baldwin with too many axles. Good thing I’m not a purist.

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I didn’t add any rolling stock, but I made a few new loads. I put together two Atlantis howitzer kits. I like the way they look with the limber attached, but that means only one canon per flat car. I was going to put them on Menards 14” flats, but the car looked too big for the canon. So, I replaced home-made pipe loads on some MTH flats with the howitzers. Pipe loads are OK, but the howitzer loads are much better.

I have to say that I was not impressed with the Atlantis kits. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by Atlas O and Tamiya, but the Atlantis kits seemed to have imprecise fit between some of the parts, too much flash on delicate parts and some instructions that I found questionable.

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Bob,

Nice guns! I didn’t know there was a 1/48 scale kit out there. Are the barrels movable in the carriage, as far as sliding back and forth on the recoil rail?

Some of those lesser known model companies produce some pretty challenging kits. They look great...

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Not a big deal but you might find this interesting.

Normally, when the gun is limbered up for travel, the barrel and breach block would be slid back so the breach rests on the triangle device that is mounted on the trails. It actually locked there as to prevent movement in the gun mount while traveling over rough terrain. Here is a 155 in travel mode...
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Here is a 8” Projectile for the gun you modeled. It is on the right. part of my shell collection..
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A couple of new items in the collection this week.

I picked up a Lionel WM caboose to go with my recently acquired WM Shay. It definitely wasn’t a good deal price wise but they seem to be somewhat scarce in this paint scheme.

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On a much cheaper note, I also picked up this 1990’s Lionel UP 4-4-2. My first set was powered by a NYC version of the same engine but it unfortunately took a dive off a layout I once had and ended up with some mechanical damage. Repairs worked for awhile but it ultimately needed a new chassis. It seemed cheaper to buy a whole locomotive than to procure individual parts so I grabbed this one which had taken a nose dive itself at some point, but appears to be mechanically OK. My original air whistle board was bad, as was the smoke unit so it also received those out of my parts source. Nice having the locomotive that started it all for me back in action thanks to its organ donor... I reused the original lead and trailing trucks as well as the rods from my original engine since I didn't want it to be a totally new locomotive. The parts donor went back together with what was left and is more or less intact for a future project.

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