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  • Backshop's Avatar
    Today, 10:24 AM
    this is the anyrail plot of the junction Four station tracks (2 per main) join into two lines at the left end, then each line splits into two different routes by going through the diamond. The tracks going upward head into a dead-end staging area; the two tracks going down are part of the continuous circuit loop of the layout. With DCC there are no positive/negative rails, both rails carry the same A/C charge?
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  • Twist's Avatar
    Today, 10:22 AM
    Last part of the layout tour Most buildings in Dawson Creek like the silos,elevator,station and freighthouse will be scratchbuild or kitbashed... Started with the station building from evergreen sheets and made a mockup for the freighthouse from cardboard with some printed drawings glued to the cardstock. the last building in the Dawson Creek Yard will be Scott National Food Warehouse.The current building is a Pikestuff structure.
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  • Twist's Avatar
    Today, 09:46 AM
    Part 3 Leaving the helix entering a farm area with some farm structures,cornfields and more.I hope to catch the look of some small rolling hills and a rural scenery with dirt roads.... The silos in the background on the second picture are not part of the scenery....I have an idea for a small abandoned structure there with a road curving to the back....but donŽt know what IŽll do with that....track curves left to the Kiskatinaw Bridge.This...
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  • umtrr-author's Avatar
    Today, 09:40 AM
    umtrr-author replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Not eBay but in case anyone's interested in a 1:1 scale caboose... http://www.ozarkmountainrailcar.com/catalog.asp?catid=449&n=Auctions Or perhaps you're getting bored with N Scale and would like a REAL locomotive (layout not included...) http://www.ozarkmountainrailcar.com/catalog.asp?catid=363&n=EMD
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  • Twist's Avatar
    Today, 09:17 AM
    Part 2: From Chetwynd track will follow along over my benchwork and an area without scenery to Tremblay siding with an grain elevator and some other additional buildings...I have no photos or other information about that place so I have to make more freelancing.Maybe IŽll get some pictures and infos some day so I could do it more like the prototype... As you can see, this is a very small area before the track enter the helix.The...
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  • Twist's Avatar
    Today, 08:41 AM
    Here is a short tour on my in progress layout. So the first view when you enter the basment is this one...sit down and have a cup of coffee.... ;) Now you turn left and on the lower level youŽll see a compressed version of Chetwynd yard based on the drawings of Timothy Hortons N-scale Dawson Creek Subdivision and some internet research. The room for the shelfs is limited so I have to work with the background to get the right...
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  • Twist's Avatar
    Today, 08:21 AM
    Hi there, Bill,thank you for your comment.I hope I could catch the look and feel of the area because I could only model from pictures and videos I found around the internet or in some books...bought this on http://www.amazon.com/British-Columbia-Railway-John-Garden/dp/0969162154 some years ago but it was a lot cheaper than today.It gave me a lot of inspiration,but itŽs hard to find pictures from the early 70Žs. I also found a lot of inspiration...
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  • Twist's Avatar
    Today, 07:59 AM
    Hi there, thanks for the welcome.Someday IŽll make a visit to Canada and the US... Never heard about that PGE Layout....IŽll take a look to the Kalmbach DVDŽs. Travelled to Berlin back in the 90Žs. Have a lot to read here,very interesting and a lot of great infos and tips and fantastic layouts Kind Regards,Chris
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  • Alan's Avatar
    Today, 07:31 AM
    Definitely the best solution. I have used the overlapping backdrop method, but only to hide entrance to staging yard, further hidden by trees at the end of the backdrop. Should work well for viewing from both sides. Look forward to finished pics. Alan www.andersley.co.uk
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 07:11 AM
    USA: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has awarded Cubic Transportation Systems an $8m contract to convert more than 500 vending machines selling magnetic stripe ‘farecard’ tickets to... More...
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  • virtual-bird's Avatar
    Today, 06:52 AM
    virtual-bird replied to a thread Re-Motoring a Big Boy in N Scale
    Thanks Mark. I emailed him today, and got a reply within an hour.. Pretty good :) Pretty crap website though :( Not as expensive as I thought :) and some word doc's to go through with instructions to read first, before deciding on which engine to go with. I have Faulhaber 7 pole rare earth magnet equipped double shaft 1320 motors which are close to drop in. These are $79.95 each plus $23.50 shipping to Australia. Double shafts are...
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  • RGW's Avatar
    Today, 06:47 AM
    Tonight's focus was on the one section of the railroad that never quite sat well with my mind's eye. At Palmer Jct we crossed through the backdrop as you can see to the left side of this picture: The problem for me has always been how to scenic the transition. I could never get comfortable with any of the options we considered. The problem as I could see it, was the horizontal cutout in the backdrop, no way we were going to effectively...
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  • jdetray's Avatar
    Today, 06:02 AM
    Before I attempt to give advice, a question. The diagram you posted from the Tam Valley site shows the use of their Remote DPDT Relay for frog switching and/or lights and signals. I have pointed out the relays in the diagram below. Are you using these Tam Valley relays? - Jeff
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  • Keith's Avatar
    Today, 05:55 AM
    Keith replied to a thread Expansion update in G Scale and Larger
    Yeah, thunderstorms. The one we had earlier this evening, was supposed to drop about 1.75" of rain. Another .75" due over night, starting around 3AM. With several inches due in massive storm to pass through tomorrow. It's been wicked! I know its bad, when I can hear the rain on sunroom roof, downstairs WITH the TV on!! It poured! Thankfully, the railroad only sank, and NOT washed away!
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:29 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Progress! in G Scale and Larger
    Looks like all kinds of progress. I've never had any justification for creating a vineyard, thankfully!
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:26 AM
    We keep a couple of rotary dial phones. They still work with our phone company. When the power dumps, we're amongst some of the few in the area who can still make phone calls.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:24 AM
    Favorites, sometimes also known as bookmarks. You can also create one on your desktop, if desired.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:22 AM
    Thunderstorms? Those are supposed to start hitting here starting tomorrow. At least according to the weather babblers...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:20 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Well, it might fit, but the operating qualities compared between the two, ugh. I had a bunch of those old GP9 & 30 units, many long years ago. And have or have had the more modern versions. To me, between the generations, nothing compares.
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  • Keith's Avatar
    Today, 05:08 AM
    Keith replied to a thread Expansion update in G Scale and Larger
    Hope to also!! Also hope the weather holds up! Had some serious rain today, and more for overnight and into mid morning tomorrow. Rain late Saturday and isolated rain on Sunday, so.....
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  • Logtrain's Avatar
    Today, 05:05 AM
    I had #18 out of a production run of 21 of OMI MILW Little Joe #E79. It was and has been my only brass loco to date. And although the model itself was absolutely beautiful it was definitely noisy and not nearly as quiet compared to an Atlas or Kato. I paid I want to say $650 for the model and ended up selling my Joe for $1,400 to pay for my wifes wedding ring. Ryan
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  • phantom's Avatar
    Today, 05:01 AM
    phantom started a thread Progress! in G Scale and Larger
    Once again I have gotten some progress on my layout. I got a retaining wall off the drawing board and on the layout and started to do some scenery under bridge No. 4. I still have a lot of work to do on both of these areas. But here is what's done so far. One last photo, Just to the right of the bridge is a grave vineyard. A few years back I hade made 3 short rows for another spot on my layout. So finaly I finished the long row and have...
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  • n&wsteamfan's Avatar
    Today, 04:48 AM
    n&wsteamfan replied to a thread Started a new layout in Z Scale
    It's getting there
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  • n&wsteamfan's Avatar
    Today, 04:45 AM
    n&wsteamfan replied to a thread Started a new layout in Z Scale
    Thanks for all the tips. I've put them to use. I have a rather extensive tool collection so I had everything listed. Even doubles. I got some roughing in done tonight. I'm still waiting on my order to be delivered or some other pieces.
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  • phantom's Avatar
    Today, 04:45 AM
    Nice hope to see pics soon!
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  • SYROUS's Avatar
    Today, 04:36 AM
    Great job. Real nice.
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  • jdetray's Avatar
    Today, 04:13 AM
    Mix 3 parts 99% alcohol with 1 part water. That will give you an alcohol concentration of just under 75%. Then add your India ink to the 75% alcohol. - Jeff
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  • virtual-bird's Avatar
    Today, 03:48 AM
    You are talking about 'shelf' = Favorites Bar I believe :) If you create a shortcut on that toolbar, by dragging from the address bar (http://www.trainboard.com)to the Favorites bar, this will create the shortcut and if it comes with an icon(known as "favicon") it will create one there. HTH
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  • AW84's Avatar
    Today, 03:36 AM
    Well I have weekday weekends and work crazy hours weekly. So with that said. I did like a foot of ballasting, picked up a new bottle of alcohol the 91% stuff (was using 50%) and wow that 41% difference really shows. Got a bunch of black stuff off my rails with it, cleaned my locos wheels also ..works so good I used it on my car's alarm remote circuit board and buttons and it works like new. It was getting bad took 9 pushes to work once....
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  • Primavw's Avatar
    Today, 03:20 AM
    I have gathered some information from my other thread on how to wire the switches I will use to control my turnout servos. I understand that I need to wire the three RC wires to one side of the switch. I am wondering however, how I need to wire the frogs on the other side. For simplicity's sake, the point positions will be A-F as relayed in the diagram below: TamValley also supplied this diagram on their website which I am still a...
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  • LocoHorn's Avatar
    Today, 03:03 AM
    Spent some time making my own grass tufts today. I'm pleased with them. So easy!
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  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 02:54 AM
    Hi rails, I now own my first computer, an HP lap top. I am very unfamiliar with a large number of devises or actions of/within all of it. I just now figured out how to pin up certain sites so that their icons are added to the shelf (is it ?). So, can I have an icon on the shelf for Tboard ? Or, am I confusing the use of icons, that I can have, say google or yahoo, as they are (is it ?) search engines, but not have an automatic icon for a forum...
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  • Charlie's Avatar
    Today, 02:47 AM
    the Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern interurban line was one of the longer lived interurban lines in the country, lasting until after WW2. A man I used to work with at the airline remembers seeing the cars when he was a small boy. His grandparents lived in Jamestown and he and his family would visit them when he was a small kid. At least one of my CERA bulletins has photos of the J.W. & N. It was a fairly classy operation and met the trains...
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  • virtual-bird's Avatar
    Today, 02:28 AM
    The seem excellent value.
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  • Stourbridge Lion's Avatar
    Today, 02:26 AM
    Hohenzollem Railroad Bridge
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  • Cachejunction's Avatar
    Today, 02:20 AM
    I am working hard on the instructions so that they will be available for order by this Saturday. I will post an announcement here when ready and then you can go to my website to order. Or, if you haven't already, join my email list (bottom of my website home page) and you will receive first notification.
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  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 AM
    Non train memories, but seeing a rotary dial phone and manual typewriter...
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  • Cachejunction's Avatar
    Today, 02:16 AM
    This will be around $75 which includes free shipping to the US. So, for Australia, just figure normal shipping minus about $7 to $8. You would just pick which roofing and siding combination you wanted and I combine those into one kit. It includes the piano wire for the poles and the brass wire for the spout.
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  • DCESharkman's Avatar
    Today, 01:23 AM
    Well I will order a few of them as soon as they are available. They look really good. I will take one each of the last two please......
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  • LOU D's Avatar
    Today, 01:16 AM
    LOU D replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Not really..It should fit..I had one of those chassis I just bought in a large lot of loco parts I got on Ebay because there was a pair of nice RSD15's in it,a new Atlas GP35 shell fit right on it..Of course,the chassis I have is WAY nicer than that hog,looks and runs new,better after I was done with it.You know,the Atlas shells aren't that expensive,probably a nice update if you have some of those chassis that run good,and have awful shells.....
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:21 AM
    Well, rats. I do have a train order on NYCS form, copied at a station named Westfield. But it appears to be Westfield, Massachusetts on the Boston & Albany. Hank- Are you by chance reading this topic? If so, do I have my paper filed correctly?
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  • BnOEngrRick's Avatar
    Today, 12:17 AM
    This is a tall car, vs. the short 70 ton models offered thus far. These were used in sand and cement service.
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  • ArtinCA's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 AM
    ArtinCA replied to a thread narrow gauge module in Narrow Gauges
    Here's the link for what he had on his site.. http://www.westportterminal.de/silver_valley.html
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  • virtual-bird's Avatar
    Today, 12:01 AM
    What sort of cost?
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    Maybe a future topic in Fallen Flags about the JW&W? Seems interesting to me!
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:45 PM
    Very cool, Ken! At some point, will see if I can find any detailed info on the RoW my mother-in-law owns
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:44 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Yes. I saw that. Was just trying to remember what I paid for mine new, too many decades ago. It was in the same range as this scrap box refugee. My fear is someone thinks they are getting a chassis they can slam a shell onto. If they have the later Atlas GP9 (phII) they'll definitely be unhappy.
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:44 PM
    Thanks for the ride.
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  • Mike C's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:42 PM
    Northwestern Steel and Wire used steam untill the end of 1980...http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/archiveThumbs.aspx?id=92499
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:40 PM
    Great trip recap. THANK YOU! I wish we'd see more such adventures!
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  • LOU D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:39 PM
    LOU D replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Keep in mind,it's only the chassis..I remember those locos at 17-18 bucks from Hobbies For Men,ETC,of course,an Atlas HO GP38 was 29 bucks then..LOL!!
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Good grief. :wideeyes:
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  • jpwisc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    jpwisc replied to a discussion Modern Day Skally Line in group Modern-Era Modelers
    The Skally Line is in transit to its new (but temporary home). It will leave MN this week (only a week and half after I left) to join me in scorching hot Las Vegas. By the middle of September I should be in my new house. Once I get there the expansion will begin. I plan on doubling my trackage. It will be an adventure.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:33 PM
    Rick- This might be interesting for you: http://www.train-orders.com/TOUR/JWN/JWN.html I might even have an NYCS train order copied at Westfield, which I could upload. Would need to look.
    21 replies | 186 view(s)
  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    Eagle2 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Didn't take long for this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/N-scale-kitbashed-Washington-Recreational-Marijuana-dispensary-building-/191262245511?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item2c881e4287 Definitely for a current layout!
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:28 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    I don't recall. But it seems to me as though they were right in that same price range.
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  • fitz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    Welcome aboard, Chris. It sounds like an interesting area in Canada that you intend to model.
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  • fitz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:20 PM
    Thanks for that, Roger. I am wondering if Carl Kantola designed that, as it is so similar to the Commodore Vanderbilt streamlining on Hudson 5344.
    3 replies | 79 view(s)
  • fitz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:17 PM
    Great stuff, Rick, especially for an old New York Central guy. Starting with the SIX bolt track joints, the New York Central timetables on display, the old phones, telegraph equipment, typewriter, what a trip back in time. Not to mention the wonderful artwork and photographs. We need a time machine.
    21 replies | 186 view(s)
  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    RUSSIA: Alstom and Transmashholding have obtained certification for the operation of their jointly-developed 2ES5 twin-section 25 kV AC freight locomotives, ahead of the planned entry into... More...
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  • fitz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:09 PM
    Rick, thank you VERY MUCH for this travelog. I really appreciated it and am sure others did as well.
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    Loved this photo of an NYC Hudson and this old lithograph of industry, with trains, on Lake Chautauqua If you ever find yourself in the area, it is worth stopping in. Check their website for events, and to see when they are open (seems most weekends in summer).
    21 replies | 186 view(s)
  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    I thought this round radiator in the center of the waiting room very cool. And then the baggage area
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    If it wasn't for that RJ12 plug sticking out the bottom... The back waiting room has maps and other pictures of trains
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    Note the old photos of the station The old telegraph keys
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    The previous owner had restored the station agent's office, including acquiring a lot of old equipment. They have kept this area pretty much as is A great place to sit and watch the trains go by
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    The main waiting room is now Katherine's studio and display area. Her paintings of steam locos are amazing - she also has a number of diesel unit paintings, in smaller format
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:24 PM
    When you go to enter the station, you must first pay the station keepers their due This is Daisy, who really didn't like my camera And this is Chester - who poses on command
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    More artsy photos, including the old rails
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:19 PM
    Now, for a bit of history. These two tracks, which run up to the western side of the depot, are all that remains, in town, of the old Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern Railroad. This road ran from here, over the hill into Mayville, and then down the eastern shore of Lake Chautauqua. It was an electrified railroad, more info here: http://www.wnyrails.net/railroads/jwnw/jwn_home.htm What is very cool about this railroad is that my...
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:12 PM
    Of course, being in a location where I can actually work a photograph (rather than snapping photos through a train window), I have to go a bit artsy. First - my empty tracks photos The mainline to Chicago
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:03 PM
    The north (track) side of station - the agent's office and along the whole side With train
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    Under the eaves, near the baggage / freight door Longer views of street side
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:58 PM
    First up, some exterior shots Looking at the east end of the station (with a freight roaring by) The street side
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