Here's my latest acquisition to my O scale train fleet - Lionel's Soo Line freight train set made exclusively for Menards, a midwestern home improvement chain, during the 2010 Christmas season. This set is a WINNER! It has an RS3 locomotive, a flatcar with a Menards truck trailer, a Soo Line 4-bay coal hopper car, and a Soo Line boxcar with a flashing E-O-T device on one end, which I thought was a nice touch. The RS3 locomotive featurs a nice horn which is an actual diesel horn recording, rather than the shrill, tone-like horns on older engines that I was expecting on this one. I was pleasantly surprised! The set came with a small oval of FasTrack as well as a "PowerMax" transformer (which as far as I can tell is like a CW-80 except it is only 40 watts and doesn't have an extra port for accessories), and a Menards billboard with two different advertisements. The set costs $300 but I paid $230 since the set is on sale until December 5th. I think this could be the best "Menards exclusive" train sets Lionel has made to date. It's not SUPER high quality or anything (the RS3 has only one motor, plastic frame and plastic handrails, for instance) but for what it is it's perfect. I love it!
Trains in Ottumwa, IA - Dawn to Dusk on National Train Day 2014
My first full-length video uploaded to YouTube: "Ultimate Trains of Ottumwa
- Dawn to Darkness: National Train Day 2014". Spend an entire day along the
tracks in Ottumwa, Iowa, on National Train Day - May 10th, 2014. I caught
every movement in the Ottumwa area during the daylight hours, on both
railroads - BNSF's Ottumwa Subdivision, and Canadian Pacific. You'll see
lots of coal trains, plus an intermodal, grain train, mixed freights, and
both east and westbound Amtrak trains. I hope you enjoy it!
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Amtrak's "Ocean View" to Chicago - the Illinois Zephyr, November 2013
In November 2013, Amtrak ran its only dome car, "Ocean View", on the
short-haul Illinois Zephyr train between Quincy and Chicago. On November
9th I rode the train its entire distance, taking video all the way, out the
front of the dome. In this program you'll experience the trip from this
unique vantage point, as we depart Quincy at sunrise, race across the
Illinois countryside, meet several opposing trains, and make our way into
Chicago on the famed "Racetrack" mainline. I'm sure you'll agree that THIS
is the way a passenger train should be!
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Lionel SD80MAC on my Christmas layout
Here's some video I shot of my O scale train layout around the Christmas
tree in 2008. Running on the layout is my Lionel LionMaster SD80MAC in
Norfolk Southern livery, #7203. The loco features Lionel RailSounds and
TrainMaster Command Control. The consist features both Lionel and MTH scale
freight cars, five of which were included with the locomotive in Lionel's
"Black Diamond Freight" set of 2005.
Westbound BNSF coal train at the IC&E RRX - Ottumwa, IA 6/21/14
While filming a train on the Canadian Pacific, I caught a westbound BNSF
coal train passing through the diamond crossing with the CP, on the west
side of Ottumwa, Iowa, powered by BNSF 9222 (SD70ACe) and BNSF 5984
(ES44AC). Known as the "IC&E RRX" on BNSF and "Lawler" on CP, this
interlocking, in addition to the diamonds, also features a crossover on the
BNSF, and an interchange track linking the BNSF to the CP. This track is
used by coal trains coming off the BNSF and going north on the CP towards
Muscatine and the Quad Cities.
Throughout the video, it may appear to be "snowing". This is from nearby
cottonwood trees, shedding their seeds.
The SOO Line: A Compilation of the Dying Railroad [HD]
The Soo Line Railroad is the primary United States railroad subsidiary of
the Canadian Pacific Railway, controlled through the Soo Line Corporation,
and one of seven U.S. Class I railroads. Although it is named for the
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (MStP&SSM), which was
commonly known as the Soo Line after the phonetic spelling of Sault, it was
formed in 1961 by the consolidation of that company with two other CP
subsidiaries, the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railroad and Wisconsin
Central Railroad. It is also the successor to other Class I railroads,
including the Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railway (acquired 1982)
and Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road,
acquired at bankruptcy in 1985). On the other hand, a large amount of
mileage was spun off in 1987 to Wisconsin Central Ltd., now part of the
Canadian National Railway. The Soo Line and the Delaware and Hudson
Railway, the CP's other major subsidiary (before the 2008 DM&E
acquisition), presently do business as the Canadian Pacific Railway.
However, because of CP's rebuild program, most SOO Line equipment has been
repainted to CP's scheme. This video compilation was created to show the
variety of SOO Line locomotives which have become a dying breed.
[Watch in HD for the best viewing experience]. LRF Video Productions.
My O Scale Train Layout, April 2012
It's been a little while since I've posted a video of my O scale train
layout, so here it is! In this video I give a tour of the layout and talk
about all of the new things I've done on it lately. I've also finally named
the town on my layout - "Rolling Acres, Iowa". The name comes from a
defunct shopping mall in Akron, Ohio that I've become interested in lately,
and it seems to be a perfect name for a midwestern town!
Lionel - Trains in Action
This video highlights some of the spectacular and amazing Lionel sets,
locomotives, freight cars, operating cars, passenger cars, accessories, and
tracks available. You will see a large variety of Lionel trains in action.
From the sounds of the different trains to the intricate details of
different environments, you will enjoy seeing all of the possibilities that
Lionel has to offer!
Opening the Mixed Goods Train Set by Hornby
*Yes, I KNOW 9 is not a prime number - I blame the sun (too much of)* Now
called the 'Mixed Freight' set, this train set is Hornby's defacto DCC
beginner's set - featuring 2x DCC factory fitted locomotives, a small rake
of rolling stock, some track and of course - a DCC controller. Whilst the
overall quality of the set is far from premium, for someone wanting to
enter the world of DCC, this set makes for a great stepping stone.
SD40-2 and BNSF Dash 9 lead CP train 474 - west of Ottumwa, IA 5/20/14
Here's some video I shot of southbound Canadian Pacific freight train #474,
shortly after it departed the yards in Ottumwa, Iowa, on May 20th, 2014.
The train is powered by two units: DME 6091 (SD40-2), and BNSF 4535 (Dash
9-44CW). With the SD40's slowly starting to disappear, it's always good to
see one leading a train nowadays. A lot more BNSF power is showing up on
these trains lately, too.
The crossing I'm filming at is 194th Avenue, at Milepost 308 on CP's Laredo
Subdivision. On some maps, this spot is named "Bidwell".
Opening 'The Anglian' train set from Hornby
Taking a good look at 'The Anglian' Hornby train set. From opening the box,
to looking at the loco and coaches, and finally putting it all on the track
for a quick run around the layout to see what it's all really like!
Opening the GWR Passenger Freight Train Set
Basic but with the deadly potential to end up getting you addicted! Watch
out for these innocent and simply looking starter sets. They have a magic
ability to cast a spell over you and make you spend more and more on
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Polar Express Christmas 2011
My carpet layout has undergone several changes since my PE video last
Christmas. Most notable is I now have an O-60 loop inside an O-72 loop.
There are a couple sidings with operating accessories. I show some of
these in this video. I hope you all enjoy this.
Lionel scale Polar Express
PM 1225 and Polar Express Tender.
Atlas RPO custom painted by Jeff Sohn.
K-Line Operating Milk Car painted by me.
Lionel scale Polar Express passenger coach and observation car. The
observation car went through a heavy modification...done by me.
I airbrushed all roofs with Floquil Graphite then used Doc O'Brien's
weathering powder to simulate wind blown snow.
Copy and paste the following to see a how-to on Winter weathering my
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