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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....



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!


Ol' School
This fell out of the RPO car as it whipped by a couple of days ago....what's an A unit with out a B unit?

This is an unpowered B unit, were they removed the motors off of a powered frame and called it good. This thing weighs over 8 ounces. I've got some trimming to do! Anyway, glad to have it, I thought it might take a while to come up with a B unit....
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Grandson of ALCO Bldr
RPO delivery is a bit delayed on my end of the line this week.

I am waiting for the arrival of JRs UPPR locomotive order. A GP-39-2 non turbo EMD in the ASAB livery/scheme.

Also waiting for the following cars:

Walthers 932-4117 72' Center Beam Flat Car Union Pacific UP (Opera) - HO - NEW

Athearn Bev-Bel TIMKEN ROLLER FREIGHT #1152 40' Boxcar C-7 wOB - HO - new old stock

Athearn Bev-Bel Green Mountain GMRC #0678 50' ACF OB Boxcar, UPGRADED with weathering and details HO Scale

Also another locomotive is pending on review and most likely the management will approve the order of a well used and worn/weathered SP unit.
It's a Athearn RTR (Ready-To-Roll) SD40R UP Ex-SP 7319 *DC / DCC Ready.*Weathered to match the late prototype.

I will of course show/share these pictures once they arrive.

I have gotten the remaining items for my RS-1 project that will be heading to JTEX as soon as I am able to get to the post.


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You all have been busy acquiring some great equipment and other. This morning was like an early Christmas as I opened up all the parcels from this week and the previous. Here are a few of the items.
Model Masterpieces Como 6 stall stone roundhouse and boiler house attachment.
The Rainbow Route - second time owning this fine book, last one was loaned out and never seen again
Some Transportation for the future layout
More Up Clear Creek on the Narrow Gauge - my lovely wife searched out this book and got it for me as I recently learned of it. It is part 2 of the NG&SL articles. I've read and studied the original book numerous times.






Active Member
I'm not supposed to be acquiring new equipment (more on that at another time), but I couldn't pass up a Cyber Monday deal that caught my attention. BLI F3A+B, CB&Q, DCC and sound. Now, this doesn't quite fit my layout era, but I do have some Burlington rolling stock from that time, for when a retro train passes through. Plus, I was also looking for some backup power for a CB&Q E8 mail train I put together some years ago. Those ran mostly with E-units, but I figure there had to be at least a few times they needed to pull some F's to cover, right?



Grandson of ALCO Bldr
Ah! finally a few more items rolled in today! The RPO does work some mysterious ways under the guise of the USPS....and slow it rolled in at the speed of a squeaky snail.

So 2 boxes appeared on the door step!

1st the long awaited GP-39-2 non turbo EMD in the ASAB livery/scheme. It even came with a little display platform, nothing special.


and the 2nd parcel was my new Walthers 932-4117 72' Center Beam Flat Car Union Pacific UP (Opera window style) to add to the other (4) I have.


I cannot believe I got the centerbeam car for 20 bucks. No one bid on it.

Anyways I have a ton of other orders coming in yet which includes (2) cases of code 83 flex track totaling 150 feet of track. One batch 16 switches and 8 curves 22" radius switches. Also 6 more freight cars which I will share later once they arrive.

Well if ya not busy pay a visit to JRs UPPR thread & debut of the above arrivals.


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