"The Real Deal"
I was out and about and snagged a triple header this afternoon hauling grain.
Aint that the truth, a little here and there really does add up. That also applies to my firearms and reloading stuff too.It's a life long never ending hobby. Amazing what you can accumulate over a couple 2-3 decades of adding small things, building one at a time can add up big time.
I can relate. I was at an event recently and running a ScaleTrains Union Pacific GTEL 8500. Its prime mover is a gas turbine so it sounds like a jet engine with a single large exhaust exiting the top rear of the engine. I had an individual tell me how impressive it was that the real life locomotives could produce enough thrust to propel themselves and a train down the tracks. Had to explain that the turbine actually ran the generators for the traction motors.I wonder how many people realize those (real) engines are actually electric engines and that's a big diesel engine, running a generator, that runs the traction motors laying down the power to the rail ?
The J's are both MTH, i wanted broadways but couldn't find them, so i went MTH. 604 runs better because it has a drawbar, however the proto 3 607 has the 2 pin connector between the tender and loco so it has a few hiccups now and again. The proto 3 sound is awesome, sounds just like the 611 running today. The challenger is also an mth proto 2 but runs well, double chuff on the smoker too. I want a broadway big boy paragon 3 but they are hard to find. I have 12 broadway limited paragon 3 diesels and they are great runners and hard pullers too. So we share a common love norfolk western, norfolk southern stuff. My favorites the dash 8-40c. All my locos are esu loksound v4 or v5 equipped, have a mixture of athearns, atlas, intermountain, bowser, kato and bachmann.Very nice find. I don't have a layout so I joined a club. My main focus is to model the Norfolk Southern Steam program from the 80s and 90s, so the Js are my favorites. I have 3 Js, of course they're all number 611. If you have any Broadway Limited Paragon 3 and don't have the Rolling Thunder receiver and subwoofer, it's definitely a game changer to feel the trains approaching. On that note, what brand are your J's and Challenger?
I have an athearn genesis gtel UP #74 the 4500hp version with an esu loksound v5 in it, dual esu sugarcubes and its really awesome running, love the turbine spooling up!I can relate. I was at an event recently and running a ScaleTrains Union Pacific GTEL 8500. Its prime mover is a gas turbine so it sounds like a jet engine with a single large exhaust exiting the top rear of the engine. I had an individual tell me how impressive it was that the real life locomotives could produce enough thrust to propel themselves and a train down the tracks. Had to explain that the turbine actually ran the generators for the traction motors.
I wish i had a dollar for every curious kid i have helped onto a fire engine, i would have a bigger gun collection, and bigger model railroad. My little girl has a pink fire engine, i get whacked with the aerial a few times a day. Its bad when both me and the wife are both career firefighters, i stepped on a little ambulance last night in the dark on the way to the kitchen......it went to squalling, i went to swearing.I don’t know what you are talking about.
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I plan to do the same with mine. I hope mine have great jobs and makes more money than a firefighter does. If she decides to follow in her father and mothers footsteps i could be ok with that, as long as she is healthy and safe.We have a great volunteer township fire department out here. This was last year at our plat picnic. They have also been doing parades for kids birthdays during this shutdown when we can’t have parties.
If my boy wants to be a firefighter, he is my full support. But he loves heavy equipment. A plus in the company I have been at for the last two years he has been able to see and ride in some pretty big pieces of equipment, things like Cat 988 loaders and climbed around some decent pieces of material processing equipment. So we will see what he does.
But for now it’s expose him (both boys actually) to as much as I can and encourage (questionably) healthy activities such as trains and shooting.
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