NYC 3010

NYC 3010 (ALCo Schenectady, November 1940) is a member of the L3a class of modern dual service (passenger & freight) 4-8-2 “Mohawk” locomotives (3000-3024, all ALCo built).  In the era of my interest, these locomotives represent the largest and most modern type found on the NYC mainlines. This model is from MTH circa 2009 and has been a Fillmore original.  Originally NYC 3006, she served as the lead photo for the Model Railroad Planning 2015 article – incidentally, the same photo that appears at the header of this blog.  After the recent shopping, she emerged as NYC 3010. This prep/build … Continue reading NYC 3010

NYC 3036

NYC 3036 (Lima, November 1940) is a member of the L3b class of modern fast-freight 4-8-2 “Mohawk” locomotives.  While L3a dual-service locomotives were being delivered by ALCo, the Railroad obtained twenty five of these very similar freight-only engines.  Ten locomotives were manufactured by ALCo (3025-3034) and fifteen were constructed by Lima (3035-3049). The Lima L3b’s differ visually from L3a’s primarily at the front end.  An Elesco feedwater mixing drum was placed on top of the smokebox, semi-sunk-in with a smooth fairing.  L3a’s had a Worthington 5-1/2 SA feedwater heater in the same place.  The coupler was not droppable as on the … Continue reading NYC 3036

NYC 3001

NYC 3001 (ALCo Schenectady, October 1940) is a member of the L3a class of modern dual service (passenger & freight) 4-8-2 “Mohawk” locomotives (3000-3024, all ALCo built).  She still exists at the National New York Central Museum (Elkhart, Indiana), one of only two large NYC steam locomotives that have been preserved. They were often used in fast-freight trains (69″ driver diameter).  However it was their great power, more so than the famous Hudsons, which made them very capable in heavy passenger service, with especially excellent acceleration for schedules with many stops and starts. The model is from MTH circa 2009 – they … Continue reading NYC 3001

NYC 5426

UPDATE: This model has been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound. 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 … Continue reading NYC 5426

NYC 5341

UPDATE: This model has been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound. 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 … Continue reading NYC 5341

NYC 5330

UPDATE: This model has been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound. 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 & … Continue reading NYC 5330

NYC 5326

  UPDATE: This model has been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound. 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 … Continue reading NYC 5326

NYC 3004

UPDATE: This model has been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound 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 … Continue reading NYC 3004

NYC 1740

UPDATE: This model has been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound. 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 … Continue reading NYC 1740

NYC 7815

UPDATE: This model has been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound. 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

UPDATE: This model has been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound. 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 … Continue reading NYC 7821

NYC 7814

UPDATE: This model has been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound. 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 … Continue reading NYC 7814

NYC 5366

UPDATE: This model has been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound. 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 … Continue reading NYC 5366

NYC 234

UPDATE: This model has been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound. 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 … Continue reading NYC 234

SISTERS…

UPDATE: These models have been upgraded with Tsunami 2 DCC/Sound 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 … Continue reading SISTERS…