Kevin’s Komments 05/24/2024

Headlamps and other Details I’ve been working on the Cincinnati Northern locomotive roster for a while now. I’ve started looking closely at details on the locos (possible modeling project??). One of the early steamers that has caught my attention is CN #110, an American (4-4-0) built by Brooks (builder # 974) in 1883. CN #110 …
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Kevin’s Komments 12/26/2023

Christmas on the railroads It’s been a while since I’ve put together a collection of pics. Work and outside activities seem to have wrangled away my spare time. But, the holidays bring in the Christmas spirit. And, I’ve been doing one of these yearly for about four years now… This pic got me started: The …
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Kevin’s Komments 07/07/2023

Ballast Sorry about the four week interlude since the last set of pics – this was a tough research project The club has been moving forward with our new project:  Building some experimental modules for the “next” Cincinnati Northern model railroad layout.  As we approach a date where track will be laid on a few …
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Kevin’s Komment’s 06/02/2023

Alaska Railroad RF-1 It seems that one of the topics that creep up during discussions about RS-1s is, “Which end is the front end?” Urban legend has that the RS-1 was first produced when steam was king of the rails (1941). Hence, to match the steam locos, the long hood was the front end. And, …
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Kevin’s Komments 04/28/23

Climaxes A little over a year ago, we took a look at geared steam locomotives, specifically the Shays.  I promised that we would return to the topic.  (It’s been over a year(??)!)  While I have a soft spot for all geared steamers and have a  few nice operable HO Shays and Heislers, I have a …
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Kevin’s Komments 02/24/2023

Ross Winans – Camels A while back, we reviewed camelback locos and distinguished the difference between a camelback and a camel locomotive.  Camels were early steamers designed by the B&O in the early to mid 19th century, while camelbacks were late 19th century steamers designed around wide Wooten style fireboxes which burned the dregs of …
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The Cincinnati Northern Locomotive Roster: Ten-wheelers, Moguls, & Consolidations On the first study of the CNor roster, we identified 11 Americans (4-4-0s) that worked on CNor track. Ten of the Americans were acquired when the CNor was founded from the acquisition of the Cincinnati, Jackson & Mackinaw track south of Jackson. The eleventh was the …
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Kevin’s Komments 01/10/2023

The Cincinnati Northern Locomotive Roster – Early Americans (4-4-0) on the CNor I’ve been working on the CNor roster for a while now.  The roster during the early period – prior to the CNor’s existence, and during the time the CNor was independent, was relatively easy to pull together.  When the New York Central bought …
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Kevin’s Komments 12/01/2022

Track Work I found this pic with the caption:  “Portage Flyer passengers focus their attention on the train as they stretch their legs on the station platform in the background while we focus ours on this odd little home-built turntable at the east end of the line. It was built around an old salvaged swing-bearing …
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Kevin’s Komments 10/25/2022

I’ve been itching to do another trackwork study. I popped up this first pic, and trackwork drifted into abandoned trackwork! The caption on this pic talks about a century old RR trestle being found in Colorado. The bridge was “lost” after it was buried by an embankment. Those of us with a little understanding of …
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Kevin’s Komments 09/24/2022

Another of the layouts I really enjoyed at the NMRA convention tours was Paul Fries’ Chicago & North Western, East Iowa Subdivision.  Paul’s layout represented the expanses and long runs between towns with a really great potential for exciting operating sessions.  So with Paul’s layout in mind, and hopefully providing Dave with some interesting pics, …
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Kevin’s Komments 07/27/2022

I’m still stuck on the locomotive shops that built and maintained the steam locomotives. I believe this is a large milling machine. The site is the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Eddystone, PA, 1937. When I zoomed in on the item(s) being milled, it appears to be the chassis framing that holds the driver bearings – …
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Kevin’s Komments 07/08/2022

Locomotives and Shops: We’ve looked at shops and talked about the PRR shops in Altoona. Here is the wheel mounting machine at the Altoona shops. The guy in the suit between the drivers is measuring inside of flange to inside of flange. (I think they need a giant NWSL wheel puller and quartered along with …
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Kevin’s Komments 06/10/2022

I had been doing some more research on towns along the Cincinnati Northern, but got distracted by a series of pics on the Pennsylvania and PRR shops. This first pic got me started. PRR #2644, a class H 2-8-0, along with the shop crew, pose for a photograph on the turntable at the Renovo shops, …
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Kevin’s Komments 05/09/2022

The club picked up some hoppers (from Accurail, thanks to George) with the Cincinnati Northern markings along with the NYC logo. Which brings us back to looking at prototype cars… The hoppers George picked up match hoppers built the first half of the 20th century.  From what I saw, they replicate the prototype hopper and …
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Kevin’s Komments 03/25/2022

The B&O in Cincinnati An old friend of mine that passed away a little less than 20 years ago was Walter Edgecomb. Walt was a founding member of the Winton & Waycross Model RR Club which merged into the Cincinnati Northern Model RR Club around the mid ‘80s. I met him in 1988 when I …
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Kevin’s Komments 02/15/2022

Unusual loads I typically don’t pick-up on unusual load pics because most of our loads on the Cincinnati Northern are related to the industries being serviced. I’m more apt to chase after loads related to a specific industry – So the research into loads begins with the research into a particular industry rather than just …
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Kevin’s Komments 02/04/2022

Cement City, MI. In preparing for our upcoming relocation (hopefully!), members of the club have discussed possible additional towns on the Cincinnati Northern that we might include in the new layout, if given appropriate space.  One of the towns that seems to have sparked some interest and is high on the list is Cement City, …
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Kevin’s Komments 12/22/2021

Christmas with the railroads CP #9773, a GE AC4400CW, is decorated for the holidays along with the Christmas train that follows. The Canadian Pacific decks out a Christmas train each holiday season. CP # 2246, an EMD GP20C-ECO, leads the annual Christmas train through Toronto. Hundreds of people lined the tracks near Runnymede and St. …
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Kevin’s Komments 12/15/2021

Railroad Bridges My second topic for the holiday season is bridges. I’ve wanted to do some RR bridge research for a while – the need seems to pop up in model railroading, and you can never find what you’re looking for quickly. At the same time, there’s a prototype bridge for about every MR span …
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Kevin’s Komments 12/10/2021

After being distracted from model railroading for a few weeks, my thoughts have drifted back.  And I have about three research projects already lined up for the next few weeks! This next photo caught my attention.  I’m not ready to do another exclusive roundhouse or turntable pic effort, but the location of this roundhouse put …
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Kevin’s Komments 12/07/21

Logistics…We’re going into the holiday season this year, and the news tells us products are short in inventory, and slow in arriving. Being busy the last few weeks, and being between model RR projects, I’ve had trouble coming up with good research topics – until…I tried to order some Christmas gifts online. Logistics…When it’s going …
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Kevin’ Komments 11/15/2021

Reefers, Ice, Icing & icing platforms. On our club layout, we have a meatpacking plant located with an icing facility nearby. Back when we were designing and building the plan, Tom did some research into icing – passed it on to me, and then I did further research into icing reefers for a facility like …
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Kevin’s Komments 11/08/2021

It’s been about 2 weeks since my past collection of pics – busy with Halloween. I decided it was time to do another collection of freight cars (in action) – preferably vintage era. I came across this classic C&O boxcar, but I can’t tell for sure whether it’s real or a model! The shadows and …
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Kevin’s Komments 10/15/2021

Rail Crews I’ve been wanting to do this topic for several years – railroad crews. The idea being that while the equipment is important, it was the crews that made the railroads operate. It’s a tough topic to research – it seems that you always run into good pics of crew members, but to get …
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Kevin’s Komments 10/02/2021

I decided to look at yards this week. These first few photos are similar in era (‘40s or early ‘50s) and similar in the general rolling stock “look”, but because they are taken from different cities, the make-up of the trains has a flavor of the traffic in that area. Then the later photos tend …
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Kevin’s Komments 09/30/2021

We were going through a couple collections of MR models that were donated to the club on Tuesday night when a couple of us opened a box of MOW cars. Discussion ensued. We’ve discussed what MOW and non-revenue equipment would be appropriate sitting on a track or two near the roundhouse. And we pass around …
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Kevins’ Komments 09/28/2021

Vintage Steam Time for some vintage steam loco pics (and maybe a bridge or two thrown in)! This first pic got me started. This pic of UP #75 with a head of steam got me looking at 19th century locos.  In looking at how the tender is lettered – U.P.R.R. – this tells us that …
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Kevin’s Komments 09/17/2021

Oil Burners One of the locomotive curiosities that caught my attention after my recent trip out west was the oil burning steam locos of California.  Most of us steam lovers across the east and Midwest understand the firebox of coal fueled steamers.  But I wasn’t exactly sure about those oil burners of the west.  My …
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Kevin’s Komments 09/10/2021

Yosemite Valley Railroad It’s been a couple weeks since my last set of pics – I was on vacation last week at Yosemite…Which introduces the subject of today! Yosemite Valley RR Co. was a short-line that operated from 1907 to 1945.  The RR followed the Merced River for about 30 miles up to the edge …
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Kevin’s Komments 08/27/2021

So…Who knows model railroading history?  Who was the first manufacturer of electrically powered model trains? My normal research into historic railroad pics will take a little turn today – Let’s look at some historic model railroading! I found a little treasure right here in Cincinnati. A company named Carlisle & Finch, located on West Mitchell …
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Kevin’s Komments 08/18/2021

Odd Looking Railroad Equipment What is that? The first image below set me on course to look at all the oddities I’ve seen in pics the last few weeks. This is former PRR GG1 #4846. Pic was taken in 1979 at the shops in Wilmington, Delaware. It has obviously been cut in half. Note below …
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Kevin’s Komments08/06/2021

Camelbacks Camelbacks!  Mother Hubbards!  Way back when I was a teenager, I loved camelbacks.  I dreamed of a layout with a loco roster filled with camelbacks of all shapes and sizes.  Then I found out that it was impractical to have a camelback Big Boy!  Dreams sometimes fall hard! The general theory was that you …
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Kevin’s Komments 07/31/2021

Yard Switchers One topic that interests me but I haven’t covered yet is the small industrial steam switchers. We’ve looked at gas switchers like the Plymouths (Dupps #1). And we’ve occasionally shown some shop switchers, and a few yard switchers. But, what about the small industrial switchers?… One thing I found in this search is …
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Kevin’s Komments 07/22/2021

Towing and Shrouding I was putting together some photos, in which the topic was inspired by the first photo below – and last night we coincidentally mentioned the Strasburg Railroad!  A second separate but equally coincidental discussion last night came up about the cylinder rods of a loco being disconnected…possibly because it was recently towed.  …
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Kevin’s Komments 07/16/2021

GM&O 4-S So I was scanning one of my favorite photo collections, J. Parker Lamb, https://railphoto-art.org/collections/lamb/group-four/ , and found this pic of a diesel, GM&O #1900.  What is that?  The Gulf Mobile & Ohio diesel roster lists it as a 4-S built by Ingalls Shipbuilding. The GM&O merged with the Illinois Central in 1972 and …
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Kevin’s Komments 06/21/2021

A great photographer:  J. Parker Lam Sometimes you find a great website:  https://railphoto-art.org/ – and a great photographer:  J. Parker Lamb – and you just have to spend a lunchtime analyzing the photos.  We’ll start with the B&O, Dayton, 1955! This photo is interesting to me because I’ve never seen the process of emptying and …
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Kevin’s Komments 06/05/2021

Odd Locomotives After a while of research, I always end up with a collection of unique or odd locomotives that catch my eye. Here is a collection of locomotives, sometimes historic, that just ended up in that “odd” category. Below is a replica of the B&O’s famous Tom Thumb, a 2-2-0 built in 1829.  The …
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Kevin’s Komments 05/27/2021

Historical Photos Stumbled on the Van Wert County Historic Society facebook page and found a few photos I wasn’t sure whether we had: I’m not sure if this loco had anything to do directly with the Cincinnati Northern – It looks like it came from the Cincinnati, Van Wert, & Michigan RR, a predecessor of …
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Kevin’s Komments 04/27/2021

Passenger Rail Service For a while, I’ve been collecting pics on rail travel during the golden era of passenger service. The first pic is a 1942 station photo – seeing the troops off. I found a series of pics taken of Pullmans. I don’t have much info, but they show the opulence at the high …
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Kevin’s Komments 04/09/2021

Electric Locomotives Our club doesn’t discuss much about electric locos – it’s not really a topic pertinent to the Cincinnati Northern. But I was looking at passenger cars and service, and caught some glimpses of the electric motive power used on some of the east coast lines… We all know of, and I think most …
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Kevin’s Komments 04/01/2021

Steam Switchers Somehow (probably because of the USRA pics of switchers), I’ve been caught up with pics of yard switchers – steam era. This is the Milwaukee Railroad yard: If you like UP steam, this is a great site:  https://donstrack.smugmug.com/UtahRails/Union-Pacific/UP-Steam-Locomotives/ .  I found this UP switcher along with a few others: Same website – this …
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Kevin’s Komments 03/31/2021

Steam Engines Most of us have a basic understanding of the USRA steam locomotive standards – When the USRA took over the railroads during WWI, they created standards for steam locomotives so that a number of locomotives could be produced and distributed to the railroads.  The reason was the deficit of steam locos caused by …
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Kevin’s Komments 02/23/2021

Steam Turbine Locomotives When I was creating the “largest Locomotive” list, I got my first real look at the steam turbine locomotives. There weren’t many of them, and for the most part, they were unsuccessful experiments. But a few had short lives before being replaced by the diesels. Most of them failed because of maintenance …
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Kevin’s Komments 02/18/2021

With all the snow this week, and more to come tonight/tomorrow, I thought we’d take a peek at snow on the railroads. This pic was titled “proper snow plow” but it’s actually a Jordan Spreader, often used to clear snow off the tracks and the immediate roadbed. We’ve talked about the multiple uses of these …
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Kevin’s Komments 02/11/2021

“Largest” steam locomotive I was bouncing around one of my favorite websites, https://www.steamlocomotive.com/ , my quest still being details on CNor 2791 heavy pacific.  I was trying to figure out when and how often Worthington Type SA feedwater systems were added to the heavy pacifics.  The Mantua boiler casting has a molded detail at the …
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Kevin’s Komments 02/08/2021

Steam Engine Repair I’m still detailing out CNor #2791 4-6-2 for the layout. I’ve been looking at everything from Pyle generators (dynamos) to Worthington feedwater systems. Which brought me to today’s topic – locomotive shop photos. It always strikes me on how many large shop machines were needed at each loco facility for the roughly …
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Kevin’s Komments 02/01/2021

Yard and Interlocking Towers Joe has been discussing with me (and a few others in the club) about yard and interlocking towers. I think he resolved his questions, but I thought RR towers (in general) would be a nice topic to look at. Some of Joe’s questions were about construction – So…we’re looking at the …
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Kevin’s Komments 01/21/2021

Streamlined Steam Monty got me attached to a project he and I are working on where we’re going to try and model a streamlined Pacific passenger loco. I know I’ve probably flashed some of these photos up before, but…streamlined steam locos – they’re the best! …and that’s only a few of streamlined steam locos! Thx, …
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