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Wordless Wednesday #92

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Talky Tuesday #63

The engineer of S&NY #119 (possibly Eli Chilton?) oils around, prior to departure from Towanda with a very short mixed train consisting of a single Erie single-sheathed boxcar in last week’s “WW #91”. The LV Towanda depot is in the left background, and the LV main is visible to the right of the #119’s pilot.

Wordless Wednesday #91

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Talky Tuesday #62

Low-drivered S&NY #118 was captured at Newberry in last week’s “WW #90”.

The #118 was formerly NYC #2699, built by Schenectady (precursor to ALCo.) in 1903 and bought by the S&NY in 1926. After abandonment in 1942, the #118 was sold to a steel plant in Ohio, and likely cut up for scrap.

In the background is an elevated coal dock with what appears to be one of S&NY’s hoppers.

Wordless Wednesday #90

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Talky Tuesday #61

S&NY wooden open-platform passenger car #205 is caught in repose on last week’s “WW #89”. I believe the location is Newberry with the enginehouse in the background. Unsure of the date, but 205 still looks to be in pretty good shape, with a nice glossy coat of varnish. #205 is listed in my ORER’s as a PO-class car, which is a coach-observation type . Maybe 205 was kept in good shape for use by company officers? Unfortunately, per Kaseman, the car was burned in the yard at West Williamsport, presumably to make easier recovery of the scrap metal for the war effort.

Building Wheelerville Depot Pt. 2

Slow progress continues on the Wheelerville depot:



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While it’s not an exact match, I think it’s certainly “close enough”. The most obvious differences are the nameboard should be more recessed under the roof overhang, the wood “bumper” under the freight door is too large, and the telegraph sign is a little oversize.


Still have to permanently place the building, build up the surrounding scenery, and add the small details like the Ford speeder and milk cans. That will have to wait until the hole is drilled for the train-order semaphore.

Update 11/10/16: The position of the station name sign bugged me all day. This evening I moved them back further under the eaves. MUCH better, I think; and now my OCD is satisfied:


Wordless Wednesday #89

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Talky Tuesday #60

I am unsure of the location of last week’s “WW #88”. My guess is “JK” switch east/north of Ellenton and west/south of Wheelerville. The photo appears to have been taken above ground level, likely from the rear platform of one of the S&NY’s cabooses. #118 is displaying the white flags of an extra, and may have just cut off as a helper from the train the photographer is aboard.

Once the fireman throws the switch in the distance, 118 will probably back downgrade to the wye at Ellenton as a light engine move, turn on the wye, and head back to Marsh Hill.

Lots of great modeling detail and atmosphere in this photo. The weathered ties, the cinder ballast, weeds encroaching on the right of way, the engineer leaning out of the cab watching his fireman walk to the switch while the 118 simmers in the sunshine. In a moment or two, the engineer will whistle off and let the engine drift downgrade through the switch. After the fireman climbs back aboard, he’ll let gravity continue to roll the 118 down to Ellenton. He’ll keep the throttle cracked open just enough to work a little steam and keep the cylinders from getting dry, and the fireman will be able to mostly relax on his seatbox and enjoy the mountain scenery glide by…

Wordless Wednesday #88

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