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Friday, June 9, 2017

Penn Central Car Movement 35H

Greetings All,

Today we'll continue the P.C.C.M. 35 series from Empire City's North Side Yard. 1/87th scale Sir Neal will be the engineer and he'll have an extra board conductor / brakeman with him. 

1/87th scale Sir Neal feeling like the Maytag Repairman of years past stands by waiting for the call to duty. Well, little buddy, the call has been put in and it's time to get to work.
Back behind the throttle of GP20 #6109 1/87th scale exits North Side Yard at Hohman Ave and gets a wave from 1/87th scale Tower Operator Larry D.
The guys got right to work! They have pulled the cut from Train EC-1 minus the two hopper cars loaded with gravel and are shoving the cut east bound to access the industry track.
 First stop was placing this Cargill covered hopper on an other wise empty lead at Cargill. Looking a Gervais Pipe & Fitting we can see loads of pipe waiting for gondolas, boxcars of fittings needing to be picked up and hopefully 1/87th scale Bobby G is only loading that truck for a local delivery.
With cars from Gervais and Ralph's Grocery Warehouse pulled out of the siding the North Side Yard crew has shoved past Gervais Pipe and is spotting this loaded Rock Island 50' boxcar from Ralph's Mid West Dist Center in Davenport Iowa at Ralph's Grocery Warehouse. Looks like 1/87th scale PC Ralph has left his hot rod shopping cart and Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in the employee parking lot today.
A gondola of much needed steel coils from Kings Port Steel is spotted at Gervais Pipe & Fitting w/o so much as a nod from 1/87th scale Bobby G manning his fork lift. Hmmm.... We'll have to send over a bottle of Cavendish and take him out to lunch.
The guys next stop is Neal's Lumber & Hardware where they pull this empty EL boxcar.
The guys are now busy at Prestage Gear pulling a loaded gondola and spotting empty P&LE 40' boxcar #35892.
With the P&LE car spotted the guys will couple up to their train and head over to the West Side to deliver PC 40' boxcar #104478.
We're on the West Side now while Riff & Bernardo are still asleep and the only noise is coming from the turbocharged GP20s. The guys will be pulling PC 40' boxcar #77047 loaded with 1/2 ton burlap bags for Hedberg Aggregates in Marion NY from Moore & Co and that sharp looking BAR State of Maine Products boxcar from Neubaum's Coffee and Tea Importers loaded loaded with imported tea for Cavendish Fine Foods & Spirits in Mayfield NY. 
The guys have shoved all the way to Dry Well Inks to pick up NYC 50' boxcar# 80775 loaded with barrels of ink for Canton Box in West Mill NY 
The pick ups out of the way PC 40' boxcar #104478 loaded with new 55 gallon drums is delivered to Dry Well Inks along with the Chessie 40' boxcar.
With the work on the West Side complete the crew heads back to North Side Yard.
With their caboose cut off and placed on the rear of the train the crew asks for and receives permission to run extra to Terminal Yard in order to 'clear the stacks'. They'll be known as Extra 6109.
 1/87th scale Sir Neal eases Extra 6109 thru midtown 
Now on the Bedford race track 1/87th scale Sir Neal feeds em the fuel and sends up a smoke and soot shower!
Rounding the curve at T&R Gravel 1/87th scale Sir Neal has the throttle in notch 8.
Extra 6109 roars up the grade past Hudson Coal towards Terminal Yard as 1/87th scale eases up on the throttle.
With the stacks cleared Extra 6109 arrives at Terminal Yard.
That's it for now. Next installment we'll wrap up the P.C.C.M. 35 series with the L.I.R.R. making it's appearance to interchange cars North Side Yard.


Thanks for reading!


12 comments:

  1. Where did you get those pipe loads at Gervais? They look really good!

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    1. Thanks John! The pipe loads are homemade from Coffee Stirrers following Ralph's original design.

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  2. 1/87th Sir Neal greatly appreciates being at the helm of your train move for today. Glad to see you took out the empty box car from the Lumber yard as we just placed an order for more goods to be delivered via rail! As always, great story with amazing photos.

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    1. thanks 1:1 Sir Neal! With 1/87th scale being the senior 1/87th scale engineer of the N.Y.C.T.L. he is able to hold down the best jobs and continues to deliver year after year.

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  3. Glad to see 1/87 Sir Neal behind the throttle of the NYC GP20 set. Always a fan favorite! I will say the pair of PC GP30's are a close second. My suggestion is let 1/87 PC Ralph stop by Bobby G's place in his Hot Rod shopping cart with a bottle of Cavendish Blue Label and go hit the town. I really like the scenery treatment around T&R gravel and Hudson Coal.

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    1. thanks for the compliments Brian!. Good idea sending 1/87 scale PC Ralph as an emissary in the hot rod shopping cart bearing a bottle of Cavendish Blue Label and a company credit card!

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    2. B.T.W. I forgot to mention I 'borrowed' the clearing of the stacks from our conversation on your PC SD38s. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Cavendish Foods and Spirits is immensely gratified by the recent word of mouth advertising on the N.Y.C.T.L.! I think we'll likely see increased shipments of their finest One Year Aged Scotch to Empire City! As their slogan proclaims "You can't beat the peat!" More mighty fine railroad action as cars are cut, picked up, and set out. The GP20s are a favorite of mine and I loved the convincing smoke show they put on! Recent scenic enhancements including the road surfaces really stand out!

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    1. Thanks for the compliments Ralph! We'll need another boxcar of Cavendish ASAP to assuage the rail customers suffering from the hiatus! With several different grades of Cavendish now on the market here in Empire City it's any Cavendish you wish!

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  5. Those GP20s are a fine looking pair of locomotives. 1:87 Engineer Sir Neal sure earned his salary on this operation. It is no wonder with the expert planning and execution of these moves the NYCTL has the reputation for efficiency and speed. The new scenic details look great and the new additions at the entrance to Terminal Yard are a big enhancement.

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    1. Thanks for the compliments Double E and thanks for your expert handling of all the motive power this series. It was a big help and a lot of fun.

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