Empire Belt RR ALcos

Empire Belt RR ALcos
Custom Painted FA / FB Units

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Merger ???

I picked up two undecorated Blue Box Athearn GP-35s and one undecorated Athearn Blue Box SD40-2 about six months ago. The plan was to paint them for the Penn Central as I am a major fan of this railroad along with the New York Central. The Penn Central was the railroad of my youth that captures the grime and decay of 1970s New York City. Using Microscale decals set #87-84 and some research on fallen flags I present the following units;

 GP35 #2252 with the red "P", GP35 #2327 and SD40 # 6282

 Close up of SD40 # 6282
 Close up of GP35 #2327
 Close up of GP35 #2252

 All three units were hardwired. The SD40 had all axle gears replaced, GP35#2327 had the front two axle gears replaced. All units have accurate road numbers and GP35 #2252 did carry the red "P" according to Microscale.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Brooklyn Signs

 Brooklynites around the world agree. There is no place like it

 In the immortal words of Brooklyn's own, Jackie Gleason

 A little Brooklyn attitude from the movie Taxi Driver featuring Robert DeNiro


Brooklyn / Staten Island Trip

 The one beer to have when your having more than one. Former official beer of the New York Mets
 B-41 bus on Flatbush Avenue heading North towards Cadman Plaza
 Plaque given to Dad upon retirement from N.Y.P.D. in 1978
 A neighborhood fixture for Mom and the neighbors who walk to the store at least every other day.
 Still serving some of the best Pizza in town, since 1969
Another neighborhood icon, the vegetable store on Flatbush Ave. Note the phone number.
 Bracciole !!!!!!!
 On the Belt Pkwy exiting for the Verrazano Bridge and complaining about the $13.00 Toll.
The Pride of the Fleet !!!! What a great car. Thanks for the ride Uncle S.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Cargill Grain Elevator

A Walther's ADM Grain elevator kit has been built and added to the growing list of industries for my New York Central Train Layout. Instead of the ADM decals I used the Cargill decals that were included with the kit. The Cargill decals looked good and I actually have a Cargill covered hopper car among the fleet of many that I seem to have stockpiled over the years. These types of cars are some of my favorites and I always seemed to end up with one or two kits when I returned from my local hobby shop or train show. Of course I am always on the lookout for any cars lettered for the NYC and have a few on the roster as well. 

As of this writing the final location of the Cargill Grain Elevator has yet to be determined. Visitors to this blog may be surprised to see it in a different location as I continue to post pictures of the layout.

Here is the Grain Elevator at it's first location. It has since moved on for a trial run back in the more industrial area of the layout.