NYC ALCO FA / FB Units

NYC ALCO FA / FB Units
Custom Painted P-2000 units

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanksgiving Holiday Mail, Express and Passenger Surge

Greetings All,

Another Thanksgiving is closing in on us fast. On the New York Central Train Layout this means increased 1/87th scale mail, express and passenger traffic on already crowded trains. To cope with the holiday traffic surge the N.Y.C.T.L. has once again placed in service some of it's older stored locomotives, added extra trains and added additional equipment to existing scheduled trains. Let's take a look and see some of the increased rail action.

New York Central ALCO PA and PB pressed into service to handle a heavyweight passenger train with numerous head end cars of mail and express packages. 

A nice shot of the PB and first head end car, a NYC express reefer

Head end cars abound on this train of heavyweight cars 

An RPO and baggage car in the NYC Pullman green paint scheme.

NYC ALCO PA 4211 is out of storage and assigned a train of lightweight corrugated side passenger cars.

The ALCO PAs meet up as they enter and leave Empire City Station. A and B units are Athearn Blue Box units. The A-B consist on the right has the older metal side frames and gear towers. They were refitted with the newer gold flywheel Athearn motors several years ago. They do look quite nice in an A-B-A lash up

The BIG Es! NYC 4040 and 4088 lead a long string of HW and LW cars with a nice bit of head end traffic.
These are straight DC P-2000 models. 
They are the pride of the NYCTL passenger fleet


A compilation of the action


6 comments:

  1. Hey, that was a LOT of fun! It's inspiring me to do something with my wife's i-phone!

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    1. Thanks John! I think the music captured the action very nicely.

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  2. Great to see those beautiful locomotives in service! The lightning stripe PA in the first photo just seems to say "SPEED!" Fabulous music choice for your video. Perfect for the era.

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    1. Thanks Ralph! I think the PAs need some layout time as well. Glad you enjoyed the sound track. I thought it fit the action perfectly.

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  3. Nice recap of the days events. I really like the PA units. They're a favorite of mine.as well. Keep posting more pics!

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    1. Thank you Sir Neal! The PA is one of my favorites as well. I'm thinking of installing draw bars for a tighter ABA consist. When that happens rest assured the "Nassau County" will be part of the passenger consist!

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