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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Trains NB-3, Terminal Yard Transfer and the Hudson Coal Shifter.

Greetings All,

Lots to report in the upcoming days and weeks ahead. A couple of cool projects and some heavy train operations were in the mix. The Virtual Ops Series between the N.Y.C.T.L. and the K.P.D. are currently in their 17th series so I need to play a little catch up to keep the blog sequentially readable. Today we'll take a look at some of the highlights from the Virtual Ops or Penn Central Car Movement #17 series on the N.Y.C.T.L. as this will close out my portion of the action and Ralph V. (1:1 PC Ralph) and the K.P.D. will take it from here.

NYC SW8 switchers 9608 and 9622 roll into Terminal yard with a freight train from Bedord NY
Readers will recognize this train from the last blog entry where it spent some time
at Bedford Tower.

1/87th scale E.E. and the crew have finished their yard duties and they huddle around to welcome the newest N.Y.C.T.L. conductor 1/87th Scale PC Ralph who has just finished conductor school. 1/87th scale Sir Neal Himself and Engineer Ed sponsored PC Ralph into the 1/87th scale United Transportation Union

Terminal Yard track 9 is being blocked for cars going to West Mill on the Kings Port Division as part of P.C.C.M. #15

The West Mill train is growing nicely and it's being blocked by towns on the K.P.D. by 1/87th scale Engineer Ed and his crew. With the yard work done for now Double E and his crew will be assigned to switch out Hudson Coal. The empty coal hoppers can be seen on track 2 . These are the same hoppers Engineer Ed had to cool his jets for in the last blog entry. Funny how things work out.

Over at Empire City two Lehigh Valley FA1s and caboose are the Empire Belt power today. These units have received a major overhaul at the N.Y.C.T.L. Engine Shop and their testing is just about complete. 

Working the siding at Ralph's Grocery Warehouse

Outbound cars wait on industrial track while the inbound cars are spotted.

3 insulated Lehigh Valley 50' boxcars bearing N.I.R.X. reporting marks are spotted at Ralph's.
The cars are owned by General Electric and leased to the L.V.

Neal's Lumber and Hardware gets a loaded NYC Pacemaker pulled and will accept delivery of the loaded BN double door boxcar with hardwoods from the Pacific Northwest

The BAR 'State of Maine' 40' boxcar at Neubaum's Coffee and Team Importers is loaded with a shipment of imported tea for Cavendish Fine Foods on the Kings Port Division 

BAR 5226 is shoved back across Hohman Ave to DryWell Inks. It's coupled up to this PC 40' boxcar with loads of ink in 55 gallon drums consigned to Canton Box

The Empire Belt Terminal Yard Transfer gets ready to head out to Terminal Yard

The FA1s are running great as they pass over Empire City Station.

The crew of the Terminal Yard Transfer aboard LV 538 get a slow order from Bedford Tower Operator
1/87th Scale John B. 

The train is stretched over the High Line and Cornelius Vanderbilt Memorial Bridge.

The Hudson Coal Shifter with Engineer Ed and the crew are working Hudson coal and pulling towards Bedford Station. The E.B. Terminal Yard Transfer waits on Track 3

The Terminal Yard Transfer is climbing the grade to the yard past Hudson Coal. Looks like the Hudson Coal Shifter crew is making nice progress as some empty hoppers are already in place.

Later at Terminal Yard the cars from the Terminal Yard Transfer have been blocked into train NB-3 (New York to Selkirk). 15 cars are for the Kings Port Division's West Mill Rail Hub

Train NB-3 has left Terminal Yard behind U30C #6539 and the two Lehigh Valley FA1s which will be cut off at Selkirk and returned to the Lehigh Valley

NB-3 getting ready to pass Hudson Coal. The Hudson Coal Shifter has done a good job getting these much needed empty hoppers into place.

The Hudson Coal Shifter Crew stretch their legs at Bedford Station while they wait for Train NB-3 to pass them on the mainline. Below the guys are participating in the time honored shooting of the breeze.

NB-3 is looking good through Bedford on track 3. It will crossover onto the upper mainline at Bedford Station just to the right

NB-3 hits the crossover and rolls onto the upper mainline.
The Hudson Coal Shifter SW8s can be seen near the red white and blue BAR boxcar to the left.

Caboose 10841 carries the markers for NB-3. 1/87th scale E.E. and his Hudson Coal shifter crew will deliver these loaded coal hoppers to North Side Yard where they will be picked up by the L.I.R.R. for delivery to Pilgrim State Hospital in Brentwood NY

Conductor 1/87th scale John R checks his watch as NB-3 is just about past them. OK, I admit it. I added my 1/87th scale self to the crew because I thought I was missing out on a lot of 1/87th scale fun. 

NB-3 rolls across the High Line en-route to Selkirk

Thanks for Reading!!


  1. It's a lot of fun to see all those colorful vintage cars in use! Do you do any standard upgrades to make them operable?

  2. Glad you liked the post John! As for the colorful vintage cars I do use standard upgrades to get and keep them operational. Metal wheels, operating knuckle couplers and additional weight if required. Kadee height gauge used to keep coupler heights on all cars consistent. Early EZ mates slowly getting replaced with Kadees as the shove moves during operations are taking their toll on the non sprung EZ mates. One of my favorite aspects of the hobby is tinkering with the rolling stock and older cars so I actually enjoy the mechanical upgrades.

  3. Great update John. It's about time 1/87th John made his presence known to the boys. I'm sure the welcoming committee made him feel right at home. Glad to see the action.