NYC 5426

New York Central 4-6-4 Class J3a Hudson 5426 (Alco, October 1937).  5426 was originally delivered as a standard non-streamlined locomotive.  In preparation for the 1941 edition of New York Central’s new lightweight Empire State Express, two J3a Super Hudsons (5426 & 5429) were selected for a stunning streamlined makeover similar to the Dreyfuss Hudsons of 1938 (they were most commonly found on the flagship Twentieth Century Limited).  The appearance of these Thoroughbreds certainly complimented the modern stainless steel Budd equipment found in the two new sixteen-car coach and parlor car streamliner sets. Now, those who know the Empire State Express … Continue reading NYC 5426

NYC 5341

New York Central 4-6-4 Class J1e Hudson 5341 (Schenectady, July 1931).  This is an older Broadway Limited Imports Paragon model – the last of three for Fillmore.  When the Class J3a “Super Hudsons” began arriving in 1937, some J1e Hudsons were bumped from the New York-Chicago mainline.  This happened to 5341 in September of 1937 when she was transferred to the former Michigan Central Railroad for passenger work west of Buffalo. Here is a summary of the work done to make her Fillmore-ready: Engine & Tender Chassis Locomotive chassis and gearbox cleaned. All pickups and contacts cleaned and adjusted. All … Continue reading NYC 5341

NYC 5330

New York Central 4-6-4 Class J1e Hudson 5330 (Alco, May 1931) at the coaling tower.  This is an older Broadway Limited Imports Paragon model – the second of three such for Fillmore.  The J1e subclass was the last of the original Hudsons.  30 were built for the New York Central (5315-5344) and 10 for the “Big Four” – the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St Louis Railway (6620-6629, later as 5395-5404 in the NYC 1936 system-wide renumbering). Here is a summary of the work done to make her Fillmore-ready: Engine & Tender Chassis Locomotive chassis and gearbox cleaned. All pickups and … Continue reading NYC 5330

NYC 5326

  New York Central 4-6-4 Class J1e Hudson 5326 (Alco, May 1931) is simmering on a Fillmore inspection pit.  This is a Broadway Limited Imports model – a much older Paragon issue (maybe around year 2002?).  This was a used model with extremely dirty wheel sets and a grimy drive.  The drivers appear to be made of sintered metal infused with copper and there looks to be much more copper showing on the treads than on other Paragon Hudsons I have.  This could be wear resulting from high mileage. Here is a summary of the work done to make her … Continue reading NYC 5326

NYC 3004

This is a model of a modern New York Central 4-8-2 Mohawk, Class L3a (Alco, Oct 1940).  The L3a class was 25 strong and all were built by Alco (as opposed to subsequent L3 and L4 classes).  The locomotives of this sub-class were dual-purpose: designed for both passenger and fast freight operations.  While not having the top speed of a class J3a Super Hudson, the L3a had more power and better acceleration, useful on heavy passenger trains with many stops and starts.  These modern Mohawks (the L1 originals were first introduced into service in 1916 and followed-up post-war by the … Continue reading NYC 3004

NYC 1740

USRA Light Mikado NYC 1740 (Alco, Sept 1918, originally T&OC 9740, renumbered in 1936) was a member of Class H6a.  The New York Central System received 194 Light Mikes in 1918-19 from Alco (~80%),  Lima (~20%), & Baldwin (some).  They were found mostly on the western parts of the system like the CCC&STL (Big Four) and the Toledo and Ohio Central.  These locomotives had long lives and, surprisingly, were only moderately modified over their 35+ years of service.  1740 belongs to the Toledo and Ohio Central. I have not posted anything for a while because I have spent a lot … Continue reading NYC 1740

NYC 7815

USRA Heavy Switcher NYC 7815 (Alco, Oct 1918) was also a member of Class U3a.  This is the last 0-8-0 to be prepared for service at Fillmore Avenue Roundhouse. Like sisters 7814 & 7821, this is the very popular Walthers USRA 0-8-0 with Soundtraxx Tsunami sound decoder.  This model is prepared like the others and with Sergent couplers for possible service on the engine terminal side of the layout.  Road numbers are from Microscale. As of now, the planned compliment of switchers is ready to go…. Continue reading NYC 7815

NYC 7821

USRA Heavy Switcher NYC 7821 (Alco, Oct 1918) was a member of Class U3a.  This is the second 0-8-0 to be prepared for service at Fillmore Avenue Roundhouse. This is a Walthers model with factory installed Soundtraxx Tsunami sound decoder.  Modified as previously posted NYC 7814 switcher, this model is a fine runner.  She has Kadee #158’s instead of Sergent Type E’s for service in the coach yard from time to time.  This offers some operating variety for my friends. I weather my locomotives pretty much the same way.  While not truly prototypical, I find that subtle, consistent weathering appears to be … Continue reading NYC 7821

NYC 7814

USRA Heavy Switcher NYC 7814 (Baldwin, June 1919) was a member of 0-8-0 Class U3a.  The New York Central System had 787 0-8-0 switchers, the majority of which were in Class U3.  They were highly successful and used until the end of steam. This is the Walthers model with factory installed Soundtraxx Tsunami sound decoder.  Detail is excellent; very fine yet robust enough to hold up to normal handling.  She runs beautifully; very happy.  Although the moldings are exquisite, I did find some faint mold parting line marks along the top of the boiler and domes.  These I cleaned up … Continue reading NYC 7814

NYC 5366

New York Central 4-6-4 Hudson 5366 (Alco, Jan 1930) of Class J1d was delivered to the Michigan Central Railroad as 8221 (and then renumbered  in 1936).  This engine was assigned to the Canada Southern Railway, running from Buffalo, NY to Windsor, Ontario, with some trips to Toronto via the TH&B engine pool. This is a Broadway Limited Imports model with the following modifications: Soundtraxx Tsunami TSU-1000 sound decoder, traction tire wheel set replaced with all-metal one, Sergent coupler on tender, and the dropped coupler on pilot is non-functional modified Glatzl coupler available from Sergent Engineering.  Decals are from Microscale. The NYC … Continue reading NYC 5366

NYC 234

USRA Light Switcher NYC 234 (Cooke Works of Alco, Sep 1918) is a member of Class B-62 (the last one of 14, numbers 221-234) and was delivered to and used by NYC subsidiary  Chicago River & Indiana Railroad.  In fact, she was the very last 0-6-0 locomotive taken on by the New York Central Railroad. This is a Walthers Proto Heritage Steam model.  Modifications include moving the tender ladder to the engineer’s side of the tank (as per standard NYC practice), adding a Soundtraxx Tsumani TSU-1000 Light Steam decoder, adding Sergent couplers, and a Woodland Scenics mine run coal load. … Continue reading NYC 234

SISTERS…

Back in June, just before completing the scenery at Fillmore, I took a break to prep two ALCo HH600’s for service at the coach yard. NYC 675 & 677 (Dec 1938 & Jan 1939) were, in fact, Buffalo engines and were sent there after delivery along with 20 EMC SW1’s.  Central aficionados may raise an eyebrow, however, as there is nothing I’ve come across to suggest that these engines actually worked Central Terminal’s coach yard.  They did not have signal lines and all the pictures I have seen are of grey-bodied SW1’s working the platforms in my era of interest. … Continue reading SISTERS…