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    • April 19, 2017 8:33 PM EDT
    • Very nice Matt! Love the varied weathering.  Your going to need to do them all now, the others look Simonized! 

    • April 19, 2017 5:41 PM EDT
    • Cool video's Matt , thanks for sharing . Looks like your gettin the camera angles down .

    • April 17, 2017 10:43 PM EDT
    • I was off work last week and got to run trains two days in a row!

       

      4-12. A short grain train

       

       

      Then the next day, I ran a longer mixed freight. I should have brought the rail gon's out too. I forgot to grab them.

       

       

       

       

    • April 2, 2017 10:59 PM EDT
    • Pete Lassen said:

      that is going to be a bad day when you sell and pull it all up, where will I go for great videos??

      Good luck on the house hunting, you should sign up for the HGTV House Hunters show, they love it when you have different tastes and wishes

       

       

      Pete, I'm not selling the railroad. Just the house. So, the next house will have a bigger and better railroad and I plan on finishing my coal train this year.

      It may be a challenge to find what we both need in a house and in the desired location. We'll shall see. I won't give on having a big yard though. I think we may go look at another one this week. I just don't care for the house, but the yard is nice. The house is nice too, but I don't want a two story house anymore. It's yard is about the same size as the one I have now. We are in no hurry to move and are going to be very picky. So, I'll still run trains on the layout I have and make some sort videos. I doubt I do any more major work to the layout though.

       

    • April 1, 2017 10:32 PM EDT
    • that is going to be a bad day when you sell and pull it all up, where will I go for great videos??

      Good luck on the house hunting, you should sign up for the HGTV House Hunters show, they love it when you have different tastes and wishes

    • March 30, 2017 10:49 PM EDT
    • mike dorsch said:

      Nice video as usual Matt . Your fleet is starting to look all worn out . Thats a good thing in my opinion. Doesn't that caboose have a switch under it for track power?

       

       

       

      Thanks Mike! I just don't like everything all shiny. I like the contrast between a new car and some older ones. I still have several to weather. This video doesn't even have all my rolling stock in it. lol.

      I switched over to battery power last summer. I think it was last summer. I could be the previous summer..........but anyway, The wires are still run to the track for the track power, but nothing is hooked up to them. I was going to put a battery in the caboose to power the light. I just haven't had time to get to it.

    • March 30, 2017 8:17 PM EDT
    • Nice video as usual Matt . Your fleet is starting to look all worn out . Thats a good thing in my opinion. Doesn't that caboose have a switch under it for track power?

    • March 29, 2017 4:53 PM EDT
    • Cockeyes...

      Is that sort of like Rooster peepers?

    • March 29, 2017 3:54 PM EDT
    • cockeyes !

    • March 29, 2017 3:53 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      Why isn't the F.R.E.D on the caboose turned on?

       

       

      I never put a battery in the caboose. 

       

      LOL! Todd

    • March 29, 2017 3:52 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      Why isn't the F.R.E.D on the caboose turned on?

       

       

      Takes a really good eye to see his semaphore dangling.  

    • April 2, 2017 9:28 PM EDT
    • Thanks for the info David and John.

    • April 2, 2017 10:07 AM EDT
    • In 1962 we (Mom, sis and I) took a German freighter from Norfolk Va. to Europe. We carried coal. We boarded at the coaling dock.

      I was fascinated watching the coaling operation, the whole car was rotated to dump, then nudged off by the next car, The empty raced down a steep track and then up a short incline past a spring switch that moved over before the car came back down that incline and was sent back to the yard.

      The cars were pushed up to the dumper by a 'mule', a device that came up between the rails to push the car up.

      I was 12 and had full run of the ship, but stayed out of the engine room, on request.

      John

    • April 1, 2017 10:03 PM EDT
    • Rotary dumpers go back even farther then the high side gondolas (Bethgons). But way back, they didn't have rotary couplers, so each car had to run through the rotary dumper uncoupled.

    • April 1, 2017 9:10 PM EDT
    • That's cool. Thanks  for the info guys!!   I had no idea. I really thought it was a more 2000 year era "thing".

       

       

    • March 31, 2017 11:03 PM EDT
    • When I was Stationed at Kelly AFB, San Antonio, Texas, from 78-82, the San Antonio Power plant had it's own fleet of thrall hoppers that they used to haul coal into the plant...  The Thrall Coal cars were basically painted black, with white lettering and had a red end and side section...  The red end and section basically told where the rotary coupler was located...  At the power plant, was a rotary dumper..  Trains were pulled with BN power..   Car/company identifiers were SATX...  Back in those days, I called and asked for permission to go on site and railfan and take photo's, which was graciously allowed...   Inside the power plant property was a full car repair facility to repair the thrall cars/trucks, etc...

    • March 31, 2017 9:17 PM EDT
    • Yea, I remember reading about the "new" rotary coupler that they were using on those type of cars, back when I subscribed to Model Railroad Craftsman. That was back in the late 1980's when I subscribed to that magazine. So those cars were around back then, at least in prototype form.

    • March 31, 2017 9:02 PM EDT
    • Got more stuff for you Cousin Matt ....when you are ready ....

    • March 31, 2017 8:28 AM EDT
    • conrail had them too. I didn't realize how early.


      Coalporters
      Conrail rostered a large fleet of coalporter cars. Hollidaysburg Car shops rebuilt old triple hoppers into the G52H, G52L and G52R class starting in 1991. In 1995, Conrail began assembling and painting the G52X Cromweld class out of kits supplied by Johnstown-America. Conrail also acquired several hundred cars from SFIX (System Fuels, Inc.) which were assigned to the G52W class.

      http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/files/images/CR%20508269%20G52W%20resize.thumbnail.jpg

       

      http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/ConrailEquipment/FreightCars

       

       

    • March 30, 2017 11:04 PM EDT
    • I've been outta the train loop for many years. I just got back in about 2 1/2 or 3 years ago. I was watching old chessie & family lines system videos on youtbe.......basically all early csx videos and found one that had a chessie gp30 leading a coal train. The coal train had bethgons and various other hoppers. I didn't know those were around in '92.