I was recently looking through my train boxes in search of a few cars and an engine (or two) that could be repainted and used as a maintenance train for my Empire City Subway System. Track cleaning the tunnel tracks was the top priority. So I scrounged around for a bit and found a Model Power Amtrak Porter Hustler that I've owned for about twenty years and have not used in at least ten years. Interestingly at one time I converted it to knuckle couplers but do not remember doing so. Looking at the Port Hustler it is a short squat 4 wheel industrial locomotive that would be perfect for the Empire City Subway System. So off to the paint shop it went. After stripping the Amtrak paint I painted the locomotive black and yellow with rattle can spray paint. The locomotive was lettered and numbered NYC 363. While this project was going on my LHS was having a sale and I happened to see a Porter Hustler in A.T.S.F. livery. Hmm... Adding a second unit would greatly enhance the operation as the Porter Hustler is not known to be a smooth running engine with plenty of pulling power. So the second Hustler went into the shopping basket and soon became PC #304.
While working on these engines I came across an old Bachmann gondola that I had repainted in brown prime. Another twenty year old piece of rolling stock sitting in a box year after year. I had already added EZ mate couplers to the truck mounted coupler boxes and decided to leave them as is figuring with the tight radius of the subway tracks this might actually be beneficial. This gondola is now known as PC 10020. It has received a gravel load and is now in service.
An old MDC / Roundhouse track cleaning box cab diesel. One of, if not the worst running locomotives I ever purchased. Finally just removed the motor and gears and now it just rolls freely.
The cleaning discs on the box cad and the hard board slider clean easily with an alcohol wipe. No more liquids for me. I have been very pleased using the hard board track sliders for about one year now and will be adding some more as time permits.