Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Back to Standard Gauge Trains...

I promised my buddy Captain Joe I'd post some pictures of the new Pride Lines Mickey Mouse Train I just picked up. Trust me folks, realism isn't why you are looking at my layout (The Kuff Kuff Shortline).

I figured Mickey and Marx go together. I shot a movie as well that I have yet to get into Youtube. Hopefully you can settle for the pictures now. These Marx Mercury's are wonderful, they make quite a racket and rumble around this Lionel track wonderfully. I could probably leave this running all day on the O gauge loop and it would probably go without a hitch (and stink up the place in the process).

I'll post a few more pics of the Mickey train. It really is pretty wonderful. Absolutely gorgeous art on this thing, just when you think you've seen the coolest train....


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

And More Shots...

Just a few more shots from the Mid-Atlantic airshow and WWII day. That black plane is British, it is called a "Lancaster" and it is easily the most intimidating plane I've ever seen. Yes, I've been to many other shows and the Intrepid and seen the SR-71, Harriers, F-16's fully loaded, etc. This thing is far scarier close up than any of those. I'm not sure whether it is the design, the weaponry or just the overall atmosphere of the plane. It was plain scary in 90 degree, broad daylight. And yes, I'd go see it again.

Monday, June 28, 2010

More Mid Atlantic...

More Cool Shots

The Cool Airshow I went to in PA

Here are some more pics of this giant airshow I went to. The link is active (above). Standard Gaugers, if you can get out and away from the layout, this is some cool stuff for the summer time. I actually spent a lot of time around the German stuff. They had almost everything the German army had there onsite!

This was one crazy show. To put it bluntly, this was for serious aficianado's of WWII. The Germans and Americans had authentic camps down to the food they were eating. The tents, food, vehicles, shoes, socks, etc. was 100% authentic. The weapons were amazing and spot on (they had all of the German weapons). The trucks from the Afrika Corp were like new. Just amazing. Get away from the layout for a while...

More Pics of Strasburg

Good to know people are reading the BLOG! Here's some more pics from Strasburg RR.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

More NTTM Museum Shots

Mike Miller sent me these two pics via Photobucket of some primo Voltamp. I never get tired of these trains....

And yet more CAMA shots...

I know I've seen this switcher in standard gauge.... McCoy I think....


More CAMA shot

Check it out, a real switch from a very small gauge minor operation. And this is an operating switch, not some rusted antique that doesn't work anymore. How cool is this?

Connecticut Antique Machinery Association

As you've probably figured out by now, I'm a guy that gets out in the world and gets around....ALOT.

This weekend was absolutely no exception. In this case, I went to an amazing Car and Air show in New Milford, CT. The show is called "Wheels and Wings 2010". It's really great, it's a small show with a ton of classic cars and small planes. The airport is essentially a really long stretch of field and grass nestled between two mountains. It was fairly hot however the show was stellar. Be glad to post some pics if anyone likes.

My kids and I started wandering around and I saw a really cool locomotive off on the side of the road (last one in this post). I HAD TO STOP.

I wasn't disappointed and as per usual, my wandering was heavily rewarded. The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association is completely amazing! They have antique tractors, trains, agricultural equipment and even a steam motorcycle! Apparently they have a huge show that is well attended and is supposed to be excellent. The site of the museum also has the Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science (as you can see from the mining items below). This is a very small but very, very high quality museum. The deals on gems and rocks were the best I have ever seen, bar none.

Now what does this have to do with trains? Well, take a look at some of the items below. Look familiar? I took quite a few pics of the mining trains and they have a distinct resemblance to the Carlisle and Finch mining trains. And those locos and cars I've seen in Tinplate before as well. The point is that it is enlightening to see prototypes, largely because it debunks the whole "creative license was taken with the toy". Maybe so, maybe there is a bit of creative license, however when you look at these items, maybe there is less than we think. Regardless, I love seeing prototypes and I am definintely going back! If you are in CT, there are 3 train museums, 2 well known trolley museums and littler museums like this and none of them will be a disappointment.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pink Girls Standard Gauge

Never done by Lionel, it is still rare and pretty (I rarely use that word). Pink is not a color I normally associate with trains but this works. Go figure.

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Carlisle And Finch

Really, does it get any better than this?

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Little Lionel Layout at the NTTM

Love this layout at the National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg. Standard gauge, not a whole lot of space and a wonderful painting of Lou Redman on the right....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dorfan Goodness

Ok, nobody seemed interested in me posting pictures, so I posted them anyway. I went to Strasburg and saw everthing that had to do with trains 2 weekends ago. I already want to go back.

I spent a ton of time at the National Toy Train Museum. Man, I love that place. I saw so many trains that I've never seen before. It's hard for me to take them all in. It was hard to drag myself out of there. I really would love to live much closer to Lancaster, PA. It's just such beautiful country and it has so much history and stuff to do and see. Check out the pics, if you like them, I have about 200 more I can post.