Empire Belt RR ALcos

Empire Belt RR ALcos
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays Blog Followers,

It's the Holiday Season and an extremely busy time on the New York Central Train Layout. Some Empire City rail customers along with our connecting railroads and friends from TrainLife have partnered with the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.  Let's take a look and see what's going on.

As usual Neal's Lumber and Hardware is right in the middle of the action. Truck loads of toys are being delivered, unloaded  reloaded into boxcars for delivery to our interchange partners. Two workers can be seen unloading a heavy crate of donated toys from Gervais Industries.  

The Police have stopped by for traffic control as scores of trucks arrive and a New York Central RS1 blocks the street. 

 The NYC RS1 is waiting to switch out the New Haven car which is destined for Maybrook Yard where it will be picked up by a Kings Port and Western Railroad Extra. Aside from the donated crates of toys Sir Neal is still offering 10% off on the newly stocked RV Windows and Doors. 

 1/87th scale Sir Neal supervising the operation from the upper level of the lumber shed. The U.S.M.C. Toys                                                  for Tots sign is being proudly displayed. 

Boxcars loaded with donated toys destined for the H.P.V.R. J&A Junction and Atlantic Pacific Railroad
In case you are wondering Sir Neal has assured all that there will be plenty of toys everyone this year in Empire City.  

Over on the West Side Neubaum's Coffee and Tea Importers has also partnered with the U.S.M.C Toys for Tots Program.  

It seems Toys R Us found a trainload of discontinued train sets in one of their warehouses. Unsure what to do they sought to donate them to a worthy cause. When looking for a suitable person or company to handle this they were told "Give them to Steve of Neubaum's Coffee and Tea" Everybody else does and he'll know what to do with them. 
(Trust me this is not that far fetched!)

Geoffrey the Giraffe looks happy that the trains are going to one of Model Railroading's best ambassadors.

A Police Officer has been assigned to Neaubaum's for traffic control. Trucks are rolling into Neubaum's as well as the trains. Steve can be seen on the right talking with an interviewer from CNN who has been assigned to cover this story.

A NYC S12 has spotted the Toys R Us car. A portion of the load will be for children in Empire City and a portion of the donated train sets will be loaded into the Milwaukee Road boxcar for a trip out to Kenosha, WI. Rumor has it the train sets will be offered complimentary with two chili dogs and a large drink at a fine dining establishment called Trolley Dogs.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!


  1. A very worthy enterprise at this Christmas season! Great to see all of the holiday hub bub! The KP&W is pleased to take part and will be sending an Extra out of Maybrook to keep the gifts rolling! Happy Holidays to you John, and to the operators of all the connecting railroads and interchanges of the New York Central Layout Blog!

    1. Thank You Ralph! Happy Holidays to you and the KP&W crew! We knew we could count on the KP&W to deliver!