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Grandson of ALCO Bldr
I snagged another ASAB boxcar #7234....I got it for 5 bucks plus 3.74 for shipping. so 9 dollar total not bad. I think this is an old Athearn BB but I actually think it may be a BEV-BEL series. Not sure. Will need to research it. So all in all a decent score. I do need to change out the wheel sets, add kadees and add a missing break wheel plus add a little bid of weathering. I do love these o'l BB Athearns & it's nice having operable doors. Plugged doors drive me nuts....



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Jerry - Is that the locomotive commonly called a "Sharknose"?

James - I like boxcars that the doors can be opened or ajar myself!


Grandson of ALCO Bldr
James, nice box car! I agree about the moving doors, more realistic.
Found this Alco FA2...Demonstrator of course....... ;)
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I love ALCO demonstrators! I have been looking around for this unit you have the FA2.... Can you believe it that I do not own an ALCO demonstrator? 😜 :confused::mad::(

Although I have 10 GM/EMD demos go figure! GP7s, GP20, GP38, GP60s, SD7s, SD40-2s and E8.

Also a little tibbit of information. Other than my grandfather worked at ALCO. Currently ALCO #5 switcher from the ALCO plant is still running today and in operation. It runs in the north east area of upstate NY where I live. Hal T. Raven is the owner and operator.

It is a sweet diesel locomotive! Love the ALCOs!


Ol' School
Jerry - Is that the locomotive commonly called a "Sharknose"?
Thank you James! 👍 Walt, I could see were looking at my photo you might think that the way the nose looks........
And speaking of Baldwins, an ABA Demonstrator set of the DR-4-4-1500 shark noses would look good lined up with the other Demonstrators... 🤤🤤🤤🤤
I thought it would take me forever to find the Demo FB2 motor........paid for it a about an hour ago........😁
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Made a trip to the LHS today for Scenic cement. Figured I'd need it for ballasting the track. They finally had the rail joiners in they promised to have last week.

In addition, the old gent (I know... that's rather subjective in this crowd) who runs the train section, is hard of hearing, pulls his mask down to talk on the phone, and forgets to pull it up before he invades my personal space (he can't hear well, so he gets REALLY close) showed me the case of N scale rolling stock and locos they just brought over from their other location.

Seems they have two stores here in the fort, but they can't host their in-store events (drone races, etc which cuts down on foot traffic) so they closed one location for the duration and are slowing moving stock and fixtures over. Most of their previously owned stuff was at the store they closed. BUT NOT ANY LONGER! I grabbed the two Empire Builder cars, and one GN Refer car I saw. That should have wiped them out on GN rolling stock, but I'll keep my eyes open for more. All three were marked as "estate sale" - so I know these were previously cherished. I'll give them some more years of attention.

Next visit, I might start picking up some NP and CN rolling stock. Whichever modeler had the stock before seemed to take good care of it. And liked passenger cars. I could almost make a full consist of CN passenger cars. Wonder if they ever ran down on the GN? IIRC, there was a stretch where CN did run on GN, but I'm not sure if it included their passenger stuff. Or, was that the CP?


Certified Great Northern Nut
The RPO was very generous to me today. I got a box with a dozen Accurail freight cars in it! A mix of box cars and reefers.

That should keep me busy during the cold winter months (as if I didn't have anything else to do!)

Also arriving on track 9-3/4 was a new book! Because you can't have enough histories of the Great Northern on your bookshelf!

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