I rode the Joliet Rocket with Nickel Plate Road 765 on June 17, 2017. We left a little behind schedule but once the train started moving I went to the open vestibule in our car to experience the sound of a 1944 built locomotive travel 70 MPH. The Windy City had other ideas and promptly tour off my hat which was rather sad as this was the hat I always wear on excursions. The cancellation of the photo run by did not help to lift my spirits but I settled into riding in the vestibule for the rest of the trip. After the layover at La Salle Street Station, the impromptu photo run by did make for it with a surprise wheelslip. On the return trip, I set myself in the vestibule and lo and behold I saw my hat near the crossing in the town of Mokena! I marked the location as best I could with my iPhone. After getting of the train we drove out to Mokena and walked along the tracks and there it was. The pins must of weighed it down for 3 hours but unfortunately the The Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society, Inc. pin had vanished. Thankfully I can simply order a new one. We then went over to the Mokena Metra station and waited for 765 to blast through with the afternoon Joliet Rocket. This is the 100th video that I have uploaded to my Train Wizard Productions YouTube Channel!
I rode morning Joliet Rocket behind Nickel Plate Road 765. Due to a late start, the photo run by was cancelled so the crew arranged a mini run by at La Salle Street Station in Chicago. Not wanting to be in the crowd my Dad and I headed to end of the platform to see the spectacle. After a great whistle blast, you will soon see the wheels lose their grip for a small case of the wheelslip. Enjoy!
On Wednesday April 9th I was lucky enough to receive a confidential tip-off that the Norfolk Southern Central of Georgia Heritage Unit was about to head east on the old Nickel Plate Road out of Bellevue, OH to Conneaut, OH. I immediately drove to Vermilion, OH and situated myself next to the tracks along the coast of Lake Erie. I ended up waiting an hour but it was an hour well spent!
Besides being the first time seeing #8101 the Central of Georgia I also got to see my first DC to AC conversion unit locomotive #4005, and a far from home Pan Am (Maine Central) SD40-2. NS #8101 is one of the 20 Norfolk Southern Heritage Units commemorating the 20 Class 1 railroads now part of the NS system. The COG paint scheme uses the same pattern and colors as the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad’s “Royal Blue” paint scheme with the exception of orange striping instead of gold. NS #4005 was rebuilt from C40-9 #8867 into a new AC44C6M at the Juniata locomotive shop in Altoona, PA It is one of 4 painted in a special black mane and grey paint scheme and one of two with a blue stripe.
It has been a long time since I last posted but that’s what happens when you are involved with 7 different projects. I bought this engine a few months ago from Patrick’s Trains right when they came out. As a graduate of Kent State University I got to see and hear the ABC Railway quite a lot. While MTH did catalog SW1500 #1501 I saw #1502 first when I got to Kent so it was special to me.
ABC stands for Akron, Barberton Cluster Railway a subsidiary of the Wheeling & Lake Erie. It is the successor to the Akron, Barberton Belt Railway which was itself a subsidiary of the Akron, Canton, and Youngstown Railway.
Suffice it to say it is an excellent locomotive and that custom run Wheeling & Lake Erie caboose is pretty cool too!
It’s been awhile since my last video. Presenting the new MTH Premier Line Nickel Plate Road S2 Berkshire #755! I assure you that this will be the first of many videos for 2017. I plan on producing an in-depth comparison of the MTH Berkshire verses the Lionel one as well. Enjoy!
Today I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time to catch Nickel Plate Road 765 deadhead west back to Fort Wayne in Elyria, OH. Later on in the day I came across the shortest CSX train I have ever seen with two locomotives hauling a single Lake Terminal gondola traveling north to Lorain.
Direct from Uncle Ray’s Trains it is my very own Norfolk Southern SD60E First Responders #911 locomotive! This is the only one of the three specially painted SD60Es that I have had the pleasure of seeing in real life, thanks to the engineer friend who was running it that day and it was only fitting that I should add it to my collection. Lionel may have cataloged them first but MTH delivered first. When you listen to the PFA (Passenger/Freight Announcement) you will even hear the voices of Mike Wolf of MTH, Wick Moorman of Norfolk Southern, and I think the third one is Andy Edleman also of MTH. Something that Lionel versions will definitely not have!
You will go for a ride around the layout in this video where you will most of the new Lionel Remote/Command Fastrack switches in place. The reverse loop is now complete all that is left now track-wise is to install all of the yard and engine service tracks. I really like the built in wireless control since it cuts down on the amount of wires plus the hardware you would need to run them remotely.
After you have watched the MTH Premier Line 911 in action check out the real one below!
All aboard for Steam in the Valley 2016 with Nickel Plate Road 765 as 767 on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.