Some friendly banter between my model railroading buddies and I led to the attempt to run an 80 car freight train around the layout. There was the usual can it be done and should it be done back and forth but in the end I had no problem picking up the gauntlet thrown down by 1:1 Sir Neal. There is a small caveat that if I undertook the challenge so would 1:1 Sir Neal and his Atlantic Pacific Railroad.
So let's take a look at this momentous occasion;
The usual 1/87th scale suspects have gathered track side to witness the event for themselves
A P.R.R. A-B-B-A F7 consist have the honors of being the lead units. These units were featured in a recent blog post when I draw bar equipped them. This will be a good test of those draw bars!
The head end of the train stretched out of the Empire City Viaduct
Continuing around the curve at Walsh Steel Wool Products
Past Hohman Ave and tower operator 1/87th scale Larry D
Thru the North Side. The yard is looking a bit like Salamanca NY with that B&O power!Looking to the left of Empire City Caterpillar you can see the mid train helpers.
Past the yard to the East Side
Around the East Side curve. I parked a freight train with four diesels here just in case the train string lined and wanted to plummet to the lower level.
Past Ralph's Grocery Warehouse
And onto the High Line!