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A Complete Video Tour of my Model Railroad 'Empire' - compressed into 10 minutes

Good afternoon DU'ers - Hope you are all having a Happy & Safe Holiday/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Diwali/Festivus - whichever applies!

Since I have a few new acquisitions to my model train collection, I thought I'd share my most recent video showcasing my 8 x 9 foot Lionel O-gauge three-rail layout and my O-gauge model train collection – featuring engines & rolling stock from Lionel, MTH, Weaver, Williams, Atlas-O, K-Line, RMT & Buffalo Creek Graphics. Steam, diesel & electric power. Passenger & freight. Over 150 pieces of rolling stock, plus structures, scenery & accessories.

This is the most extensive tour of my layout & train collection rooms yet, however I've managed to squeeze it into a short 10 minute video. Lots of train operations, operating accessories and - IMO - plain old sh*ts & giggles!

Here is the vid:
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Plus, for the most recent still images of my collection, see my website at https://northamericabyrail.info/model-railroading/

Hope you enjoy!

Best Regards,

Pete
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Tue Dec 29, 2020, 05:54 PM (27 replies)

Trying to channel my inner O. Winston Link

Good Saturday afternoon, DU'ers

Hope everyone is keeping safe.

Thought it might be time again to make a short but sweet submission to the DU photography group.

Having since converted in 2005 to digital from my old 35mm Nikon N2020 SLR, I haven't been taking as much B&W photos as I used to (not that I took very many in the first place).

However thanks to the magic of programs like Photoshop and PIXLR, I have converted a few photos from color to B&W that I think came out not too bad.

Title of my OP notwithstanding, I know they are nowhere near the same calibre as the venerable American photographer who took many photos at night and was a master of painting with flash, but here are a couple of pictures from my collection on Railpictures.net.

Hope you enjoy! Cheers, Pete

For those interested, there are more pics from my collection on Railpictures.net at: https://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=63021
And on my website at:
https://northamericabyrail.info/

Nickel Plate Road #765 on the point of the Erie Limited. Buffalo, NY


Milwaukee Road E70 on display in Deer Lodge, MT


Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sat Sep 26, 2020, 04:12 PM (17 replies)

Kenosha Militia Facebook Event Was Reported 455 Times. Facebook Said It Didn't Violate Any Rules.

Source: Buzzfeed
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/kenosha-militia-facebook-reported-455-times-moderators?fbclid=IwAR3DGpPOq-7HwvEgBZbfy2NMD0TBaDi6fjXSevYjPmSfFZPaJO8IV-4aXWY

-snip-
"In a companywide meeting on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that a militia page advocating for followers to bring weapons to an upcoming protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, remained on the platform because of “an operational mistake.” The page and an associated event inspired widespread criticism of the company after a 17-year-old suspect allegedly shot and killed two protesters Tuesday night.

The event associated with the Kenosha Guard page, however, was flagged to Facebook at least 455 times after its creation, according to an internal report viewed by BuzzFeed News, and had been cleared by four moderators, all of whom deemed it “non-violating.” The page and event were eventually removed from the platform on Wednesday — several hours after the shooting.

“To put that number into perspective, it made up 66% of all event reports that day,” one Facebook worker wrote in the internal “Violence and Incitement Working Group” to illustrate the number of complaints the company had received about the event."
-snip-

[Note: Moved from GD to Editorials & Other Articles as it seems a better fit here, also condensed to include only the link from the source article.]
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sat Aug 29, 2020, 04:46 PM (9 replies)

Just found this: Petition to Governor Tony Evers to arrest alleged Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse

Found this petition on Change.org to Gov. Tony Evers to arrest Kyle Rittenhouse - alleged shooter who claimed the lives of at least two protesters during the Kenosha BLM demonstrations.

Don't know what effect this will have, but already over 1100 signatures!

https://www.change.org/p/governor-tony-evers-arrest-kyle-rittenhouse-for-murder-and-charge-him-as-an-adult?source_location=topic_page
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Wed Aug 26, 2020, 11:29 AM (17 replies)

Congress won't let you de-fund it? Then destroy it from the inside by hiring your goons to "run" it

Destroying public services from the inside has been the R's modus operandi since orange pol-pot got elected.

The attack on the post office is only the latest, but perhaps also the most egregious because of it's disgustingly brazen attempt at voter suppression.

The Amtrak rail & Thruway bus network was the rethug's trial balloon. Hire ex-airline CEO's to gut the national public transit provider. What is shocking is that the reptillians have become so brazen that they're not even trying to hide their conflicts of interest anymore.

The same holds true for trump's appointment of former coal lobbyists (Pruitt, then Wheeler) to the EPA.

IMHO this is an issue at the federal level in how officials are appointed to oversee the various public services, and one that needs to be addressed by the next administration. Of course that means Biden/Harris since Dem's are the sole party with a social conscience.

Though I fear the response from the khmer-orange once Individual1 gets word of the protest, kudo's to the protesters in DC for taking the fight to those responsible for trying to gut the USPS.

Keep up the fight and keep the gas masks and leaf blowers handy

Reference:

Amtrak Names Another Airline Exec as Top Boss to Replace Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson
https://skift.com/2020/03/02/amtrak-names-another-airline-exec-as-top-boss-to-replace-former-delta-ceo-richard-anderson-report/

Save Amtrak, Fire Anderson sign outside Philadelphia 30th Street Station


Scott Pruitt’s replacement at the EPA has a long, lucrative history of working for coal
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/06/scott-pruitts-epa-successor-has-long-history-with-coal-companies.html
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sat Aug 15, 2020, 11:16 AM (2 replies)

Los Angeles to Chicago on Amtrak's "Southwest Chief"

Good Morning DU'ers,

For those interested in taking a virtual journey across the Southwestern US, in better times my wife & I often traveled by train (and plan to do so again once the current global health crisis has passed) & thought we might share some pics from the route of Amtrak's Train #4 - The 'Southwest Chief' - which runs on a very picturesque route from Los Angeles, California to Chicago, Illinois.

The pics are a composite of several separate trips that we took on Train #4 and attempt to show some of the regions traversed, in geographical order from west to east.

The pics are from our website, https://northamericabyrail.info/

Stay safe & hope you enjoy!

Cheers, Pete

FIRST A PIC OF AMTRAK P42DC #153 ON THE SOUTHWEST CHIEF AT THE ALBUQUERQUE, NM, AMTRAK STATION


NOW FROM WEST TO EAST:

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES A SEEN FROM OUR HOTEL


ON AMTRAK’S EASTBOUND SOUTHWEST CHIEF, NEAR GALLUP, NM


PASSING FREIGHT LED BY SANTA FE GP60 #8729, GALLUP, NM


MESAS EAST OF GALLUP, NM


ADOBE STYLE HOUSES EAST OF GALLUP, NM


MOUNTAINS WEST OF ALBUQUERQUE, NM


HAD TO GET A PIC OF AMTRAK HERITAGE UNIT #822 ON THE POINT OF THE SOUTHWEST CHIEF AT ALBUQUERQUE

RAILRUNNER COMMUTER TRAIN, ALBUQUERQUE, NM


MOUNTAINS EAST OF ALBUQUERQUE, NM


MEET WITH WESTBOUND SOUTHWEST CHIEF LED BY AMTRAK P42DC #162, LAMY, NM


HORSEBACK RIDING NEAR THE TRACKS, LAMY, NM


LAMY, NM, AMTRAK STATION


SOUTHWEST CHIEF CLIMBING GLORIETTA PASS


GLORIETTA PASS


SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST


HARVEY HOUSE HOTEL, LAS VEGAS, NM, WHICH ONCE HOSTED THEODORE ROOSEVELT


ANTELOPE NEAR LAS VEGAS, NM


APPROACHING RATON TUNNEL, NM


RATON PASS, CO


KANSAS CITY, MO


STEAMBOAT ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, FORT MADISON, IA


SOUTHWEST CHIEF CROSSING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT FORT MADISON, IA


ENTERING CHICAGO UNION STATION


Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sat Jul 18, 2020, 12:02 PM (20 replies)

Seattle to L.A. on Amtrak's "Coast Starlight"

Good Morning DU'ers,

Happy 4th of July!

Hope everyone is enjoying themselves and keeping safe.

Once again as a weekend distraction my wife and I thought we might share some pics, this time from our journeys years back on Amtrak's Train #11, the "Coast Starlight", which runs on what we found to be an incredibly scenic route along the Pacific Coast from Seattle, Washington to Los Angeles, California.

The pics are a composite of several separate trips that we took on Train #11 and attempt to show some of the regions traversed, in geographical order from north to south.

The pics are from our website, https://northamericabyrail.info/

Hope you enjoy!

Cheers, Pete

FIRST, A PIC FROM ONBOARD THE 'COAST STARLIGHT' CROSSING THE TRESTLE AT GAVIOTA, CA


NOW FROM NORTH TO SOUTH:

KING STREET STATION, SEATTLE, WA


ONBOARD THE COAST STARLIGHT PASSING THE 'NEW' TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE [NOT THE OLD INFAMOUS GALLOPING GURDY]


ALONG PUGET SOUND


PACIFIC PARLOR CAR ON THE ‘COAST STARLIGHT’


PORTLAND UNION STATION


WILLAMETTE FALLS, OREGON CITY, OR, AS SEEN FROM THE COAST STARLIGHT


UNION PACIFIC YARD AT EUGENE, OR


WILLAMETTE PASS, SPRINGFIELD, OR


KLAMATH FALLS NOCTURNE WITH TRAIN #11


ONBOARD THE COAST STARTLIGHT, PASSING SUSPENSION BRIDGE OVER THE CARQUINEZ STRAIT


ON THE COAST STARLIGHT, STREET RUNNING THROUGH OAKLAND’S JACK LONDON SQUARE


PASSING THROUGH THE SANTA CLARA VALLEY


ENTERING A TUNNEL ON THE CUESTA GRADE AT PASO ROBLES, CA


CUESTA GRADE, PASO ROBLES, CA


THE COAST STARLIGHT DESCENDING THE CUESTA GRADE


FRONT OF OUR TRAIN, PASO ROBLES, CA


WINDING THROUGH THE HORSESHOE CURVES AT PASO ROBLES, CA


AMTRAK P42DC #189 ON THE POINT OF THE COAST STARLIGHT, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA


SAN LUIS OBISPO AMTRAK STATION


NEAR PISMO BEACH, CA


PACIFIC COAST, SANTA BARBARA, CA


THE COAST STARLIGHT TRAVELLING ALONG THE PACIFIC COAST, SANTA BARBARA, CA


PACIFIC COAST SOUTH OF SANTA BARBARA, CA


LOS ANGELES UNION STATION
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sat Jul 4, 2020, 08:47 AM (12 replies)

A Trip on The Rocky Mountaineer

Since my very first 'Canada by Train' post documenting our journey on VIA Rail seemed well received, I thought I might post some pics from a different train route through Western Canada.

Canada has two major Class 1 transcontinental railroads - Canadian National (CN) & Canadian Pacific (CP). CP was the first to be built through Canada and was a major factor in the creation of Canada as a country, as completion of a transcontinental railway was a condition of British Columbia joining the new Confederation of Canada.

Of the two railroads, only the CN line still has transcontinental passenger service in the form of VIA Rail Canada's 'Canadian' which traverses the country and the Canadian Rockies on the northern route through Jasper, Alberta.

The CP route, which runs through the Rockies further south through Banff, Alberta has no transcontinental passenger service. However there is a seasonal, regional tour train named the 'Rocky Mountaineer' which runs through the Canadian Rockies from Calgary, Alberta to Vancouver, British Columbia over the tracks of the Canadian Pacific and is the only way for tourists to travel on the CP line through southern Alberta and British Columbia.

A few years back, my wife & I decided to book a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer and thought we might share some pics.

So without further ado, for those interested in taking another scenic land cruise, here are a few pics from our website, https://northamericabyrail.info/

Hope you enjoy!

FIRST, A PIC OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER RUNNING ALONG THE KICKING HORSE RIVER, NAMED FOR THE PACKHORSE THAT KICKED & KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS JAMES HECTOR OF THE PALLISER EXPEDITION WHILE SEARCHING FOR A ROUTE THROUGH THE CANADIAN ROCKIES


NOW FROM EAST TO WEST: CALGARY, AB, STARTING POINT FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER TOUR TRAIN


CANADIAN PACIFIC 2-10-4 'SELKIRK' TYPE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE #5931 ON DISPLAY IN CALGARY, AB


ONBOARD THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER, PASSING THE THREE SISTERS AT CANMORE, AB. AS SEEN FROM THE OPEN-AIR OBSERVATION PLATFORM OF THE DOME CAR


TRAVELING ALONG THE BOW RIVER WEST OF BANFF, AB


ROCKY MOUNTAINS EAST OF LAKE LOUISE


CANADIAN PACIFIC STATION AT LAKE LOUISE, AB


VINTAGE HEAVYWEIGHT PASSENGER CARS AT LAKE LOUISE STATION


ROCKY MOUNTAINEER NEAR STEPHEN, BC


PASSING THROUGH THE YOHO VALLEY


TRAVELLING THROUGH THE KICKING HORSE PASS ON THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER


MOUNT STEPHEN TO THE LEFT


PASSING DEMOLISHED ROAD BRIDGE, KICKING HORSE CANYON


CANADIAN ROCKIES AT LEANCHOIL, BC


THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER IN THE KICKING HORSE CANYON


PASSING THROUGH THE SELKIRK RANGE AT GLACIER, BC


MEET WITH A CP FREIGHT LED BY CEFX AC4400CW #1057, REVELSTOKE, BC


MEET WITH THE CANADIAN PACIFIC EXECUTIVE TRAIN LED BY CP FP9 #4107, REVELSTOKE, BC


CP CABOOSE AT REVELSTOKE, BC


CROSSING THE COLUMBIA RIVER LEAVING REVELSTOKE


BAR AREA IN THE FRONT OF THE DOME CAR. NEAR SHUSWAP LAKE, BC.


BACK ONBOARD THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER LEAVING KAMLOOPS, BC, AFTER AN OVERNIGHT STAY


PASSING THROUGH THE ARID THOMPSON RIVER CANYON NEAR ASHCROFT, BC


BIGHORN SHEEP


COYOTE, LEFT OF CENTRE IN PHOTO


BALD EAGLE


VIEW FROM BACK OF TRAIN AT A ROCK SLIDE DETECTOR FENCE IN THE THOMPSON RIVER CANYON.


ROCKY MOUNTAINEER IN THE THOMPSON RIVER CANYON


VIEW FROM REAR OF TRAIN PASSING THROUGH A TUNNEL AT LASHA, BC


PAINTED CANYON REGION OF THE THOMPSON RIVER CANYON


CISCO, BC, IS WHERE THE CANADIAN PACIFIC & CANADIAN NATIONAL LINES CROSS EACH OTHER


IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER DOME CAR, TRAVELLING THROUGH THE COAST MOUNTAINS NEAR BOSTON BAR, BC


CROSSING THE FRASER RIVER AT VANCOUVER, BC


ROCKY MOUNTAINEER PULLING INTO THE STATION AT VANCOUVER, BC
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sun Jun 21, 2020, 10:42 AM (40 replies)

A Rare-Mileage trip on the 'Montana Daylight'

Years ago, I had the opportunity to ride a passenger train on a route that today would be considered "rare mileage" by railfans and thought I might share some pics.

From 1995 until 2004, a tour train known as the ‘Montana Daylight’ used to run over a portion of the old Northern Pacific Railway's (now Montana Rail Link) mainline on a 2-day journey from Sandpoint, ID to Livingston, MT, via Missoula, MT, where an overnight stop-over was made (passengers could overnight in one of the local hotels which along with meal service, was included in the price of the tour).

The Montana Daylight ran on a section of the route of Northern Pacific’s premier passenger train, the ‘North Coast Limited’, which itself ran all the way from Seattle to Chicago, as did it’s replacement – Amtrak’s ‘North Coast Hiawatha’ which ran until 1979.

These pics were shot with a Nikon F60 using Kodachrome 64 slide film and later "hillbilly scanned" by photographing the slide projections with my then-new Nikon D50 digital SLR.

Not my best work - but since neither Amtrak's North Coast Hi nor the Montana Daylight are running anymore, I for one will always cherish these views of a streamlined passenger train running on this now-freight-only line through southern Montana.

Pics from my website at https://northamericabyrail.info/

Cheers, Pete

FIRST, A SHOT OF MY FAVORITE SPOT ONBOARD THE TRAIN. IN THE DOME CAR ON THE MONTANA DAYLIGHT. BEARMOUTH, MT


NOW FROM WEST TO EAST. ON THE EASTBOUND MONTANA DAYLIGHT, DEPARTING SANDPOINT, ID, AMTRAK STATION


NEAR THOMPSON FALLS, MT


DINING CAR ON THE MONTANA DAYLIGHT


LOWER LOUNGE IN MONTANA DAYLIGHT DOME CAR


MONTANA DAYLIGHT DESCENDING EVARO HILL WEST OF MISSOULA, MT. DUST DEVILS IN THE BACKGROUND.


MONTANA RAIL LINK SD19 #651 ON THE POINT OF THE MONTANA DAYLIGHT, MISSOULA, MT


NORTHERN PACIFIC 4-6-0 TYPE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE #1356, MISSOULA, MT


DOME-SLEEPER-LOUNGE CAR ‘BELLA VISTA’ ON TAIL END OF MONTANA DAYLIGHT, MISSOULA, MT


DOME CAR ‘CITY OF LIVINGSTON’, MONTANA DAYLIGHT, MISSOULA, MT


MONTANA RAIL LINK SD19 #652 ON THE MONTANA DAYLIGHT, MISSOULA, MT


ON THE MONTANA DAYLIGHT, LEAVING MISSOULA EASTBOUND


ABANDONED MILWAUKEE ROAD RIGHT OF WAY, RUNS PARALLEL TO MRL - NEE NORTHERN PACIFIC - MAINLINE


MONTANA DAYLIGHT CROSSING AUSTIN CREEK TRESTLE IN MULLAN PASS


LOOKING BACK AT AUSTIN CREEK TRESTLE


ALONG THE MISSOURI RIVER AT LOMBARD, MT


MONTANA DAYLIGHT PASSING UNDER THE OLD MILWAUKEE ROAD BRIDGE AT LOMBARD, MT


LOOKING BACK AT MILWAUKEE ROAD BRIDGE, LOMBARD, MT


REAR VIEW OUT OF DOME CAR, LOMBARD, MT


LOGAN, MT


MEET WITH A BNSF FREIGHT, LOGAN, MT


MODEL RAILROAD ON DISPLAY AT LIVINGSTON DEPOT, EASTERN TERMINUS OF THE MONTANA DAYLIGHT


Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sun Jun 14, 2020, 12:36 PM (22 replies)

Florida-bound on Amtrak's Silver Meteor

Good afternoon DU'ers,

With all the non stop depressing news, first about the pandemic, then the grave injustices still being inflicted on vulnerable groups - especially people of color - and with the hope that America will emerge from this as once again being a beacon and inspiration for all peoples, I though it might be time for another weekend distraction with a few pics from a somewhat better time, and about a completely different subject.

Back in 2015 my wife and I decided to forgo the dreary weather up here in Canada and head south to Florida. Instead of flying or driving, we chose to take the train (naturally, as those who are familiar with my prior posts will know).

For those interested in taking a land cruise down the eastern seaboard to Miami, my wife and I often travel by train and thought we might share some pics from our trip a few years back on Amtrak's "Empire Service" train from Buffalo to New York City, and then aboard Amtrak's "Silver Meteor" from New York to Miami, and finally by rental car to the Florida Keys.

The pics are from my website, https://northamericabyrail.info/

Hope you enjoy,

Best Regards, Pete

4:30am at Buffalo-Depew Amtrak Station. Waiting for Amtrak's 'Empire Service' train that will take us to New York City


Passing a New York Central 0-6-0 type steam locomotive on display at Utica Amtrak Station


Passing another Amtrak Empire Service trainset at Albany, NY


Along the Hudson River south of Albany, NY


Passing Bannerman's Castle on the Hudson River


Storm King State Park, Cold Spring, NY


By train through the scenic Hudson River valley


Along the Hudson River at Croton-Harmon, NY


US Post Office Building, New York City. Photographed during our layover in New York while changing trains


The Empire State Building, taken during our layover at Penn Station.


Onboard Amtrak's 'Silver Meteor' departing Penn Station for Miami, with the dining car crew working to prepare this evening's meal.


Dinner in the diner, nothing could be finer. Fresh Tilapia


Entering Philadelphia, PA


Entering a tunnel at Baltimore, MD


Engine change in Washington, DC. The electric locomotive that pulled our train from New York is uncoupled...


...and replaced by diesels for the rest of the trip to Miami


Bedroom on Amtrak's Silver Meteor, set up for day use


Passing swamplands near Savannah, GA


Approaching Deland, FL Amtrak station


Entering Winter Park, FL


Approaching Winter Park Amtrak station


Passing a fountain in downtown Winter Park


Winter Park Amtrak station


Entering Orlando, FL


Passing an orange grove south of Orlando


Leaving the Silver Meteor at Miami Amtrak Station


View of Miami Beach as seen from our hotel


Collins Ave, Miami beach


By rental car to the Keys along the Florida Overseas Highway


Mangroves in the Florida Keys along Overseas Highway


A shot of a rooster wandering the streets in Key West, FL


The lighthouse at Key West, FL
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sat May 30, 2020, 03:51 PM (76 replies)
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