Empire Belt RR ALcos

Empire Belt RR ALcos
Custom Painted FA / FB Units

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Santa Delivers! Express Style

Greetings All,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. Many of us model railroaders can trace their interests in trains and the hobby back to seeing their first train under their childhood Christmas tree. Whether it was running in circles or wrapped up and received as a gift that first encounter with a model train remains vivid in many of our memories. I remember my first trains, a Lionel steamer some freight cars and an O-27 loop of track. I also remember as a kid that many others brought out and set up their trains around the holidays so when visiting friends and family their was always a good chance of seeing some model trains.

There has always been something magic about a toy or model train and this is especially true around Christmas. Holiday train displays are still being presented in some locations and they are a pleasure to visit and watch the young and old light up while watching the trains roll through the villages and holiday scenes. As my boys have grown older I've continued the Christmas train tradition with them even though at this point in their lives they are not into the hobby. But they are into the tradition of getting a train or two from the worlds best known model railroader, Santa Claus. For me I continue the tradition by circling some items in the Walthers flyer and passing it to the Mrs so she can forward the info to Santa.

For the old  man some NYC converted troop sleeper express cars like NYC 9220
in two tone gray

And NYC 9370 in Pullman green

My youngest son, B&O and EL fan, received this C&O style converted troop sleeper express car. 

Four express cars pose for pictures outside of Superior Furniture

An Athearn BB Erie Lackawanna PB gave the youngest a gift for both of his RRs 

For the oldest guy, a PRR man through and through, another
 Athearn RTR 40' Merchandise Service Boxcarso we can continue the L.C.L.
battle between the NYC and PRR. 

 And an Athearn BB 40' crane tender 

The tender with crane

 My two new express cars have been spotted at the New York Central Freight House. 

That's it for today. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to All.


  1. Santa was generous and thoughtful this year! Nice to see the railroad tradition continues as new gift equipment rolls for everyone on the N.Y.C.T.L.! Happy Holidays!

  2. Happy Holidays Ralph! Santa was good to us again!

  3. Mail and express are always fun on the holidays. Glad you had a good one!

  4. Thank you John! Hope yours was good as well.