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 Posted: Wed Dec 31st, 2008 09:10 am
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Thanks for the photos Max. Very enjoyable!! Some of my favourites in that lot.

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Thanks for the explanation Max

Im still abit confused what is the actual yellow railroad name on the sides of the locos?

cheers Brian

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Thanks Mike.  Brian, the yellow writing says, "Nickel Plate Road"  It's most clear on the GP 7's and GP 9's



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Try this Brian. 



Best I can do with my camera.  The front bit says  "NYC&StL" (New York Chicago and St Louis)  Cheers Max



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lovely pics Max,i prefer em working rather than posing.

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Great pics!

Great collection of motive power you have!

Really like the NKP paint scheme, looks the business!

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So you don't sit there all day long with your arms folded Max :roll::roll:

Those are great photos of a great layout.  And as for the sound vid - wow, I loved it  !!!:doublethumb:doublethumb:doublethumb:doublethumb



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If you look closely, Pete - I'm asleep.  Taken by our Treasurer at a Club (http://www.decca.net.au) working bee . . .



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MaxSouthOz wrote: Hi Brian.  Glad you enjoyed the pics.  Obviously the quality isn't too good, coz you can't read the name . . .

The Nickel Plate Road is a nickname coined by a journalist in the late 1800's to describe the fledgling New York, Chicago and St Louis Railroad, which ran from Buffalo in New York State, through Chicao to St Louis.  Anything nickel plated was pretty good quality in those days.

The railroad eventually folded in the late 1950's, but not after a stellar carreer as one of the first "customer service oriented" business in the US.  The business was based around fast freight, particularly perishables (fruit, vegetables, meat, etc) and they were the pioneers in the use of refrigerated boxcars, or "reefers" where the produce was packed with ice and sped away to the customers.

The NKP's Berkshire Class were absolutely stunning locomotives and one of my all time favorites of American power. 


#765 pictured in East Wayne, Indiana 1958 by Eugene L. Huddleston. 

Nickel Plate Berk #765 was restored and spent time in the mid 80's running around various lines in the mid-west to eastern U.S.  Richard P. Melvin produce an interesting video on that locomotive which was available for many years from Hopewell Productions, well worth seeing.

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Postscript:

Picture is NKP #769, not 765.

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Yep sdjr, the Berkshires were the main reason I was attracted to the NKP.  Tests done during the '50s against the diesels of their day, showed the Berkies had the advantage in cost per ton/mile.  However, the high maintenance cost and the EPA considerations were always going to do them in.  Too many moving parts and too much smoke.



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I, too, particularly like the 'less is more' grass treatment in the yard :doublethumb



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Fantastic looking loco - a powerful beast indeed.

It seems with both American and mainland European locos, they never quite got it right first time around :roll::roll:  Have you noticed all the extra bits of pipe and stuff they had to bolt on afterwards !!:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:



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It's a common trait, Peter, UK EU and OZ.  As each loco came in for programmed service or manitenance, upgrades and improvements were carried out, sometimes extra pipes were needed and extra extra equipment bolted on.  After a while, no two locos were alike.

I live near the Sydney/Melbourne to Perth line.  Every freight train goes past us.  It's interesting to watch the diesels as they pass.  They seem to be each a little different as well.



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What make are your PA/PB locomotives? I have the Athearn version in UP livery. The B unit of mine is motored and along with the A unit will pull a nine car passenger train around the local club layout with power to spare.

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Hi Max   Excellent, but your got me there, you wrote “ Where the Driver was at the back “. Is that the outback? Back cab making a cuppa?  Or whatever. Best wishes Kevin 



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Hi Kevin,
Max would have been referring to the driver being back of the boiler in the cab. US roads were offered the option or long or short hoods forward. Many initially chose the long hood forward option given that crews would have been apprehensive about safety in a collision after being protected by a steam engine boiler.  

Several roads, notably Norfolk and Western and Southern Railway specified high short hoods and long hood forward up to the late 70's and early 80's even for their longest locomotives.  The introduction of the Canadian Safety Cab in 1973 or so (seen on my St Agnes page) or so turned around the thinking behind the protection. US roads tried the CN units out on loan, made their own design changes and it has evolved to the standard cabs we see today. 

Kevin, you are obviously "trawling" info to get yourself up to speed and well done for doing so. However Max's last post about that layout was quite some time ago and I believe he is now into On30 with a "plank" layout.  His modelling however does merit another look and should give you, me and others some inspiration.

Cheers

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Hi Trevor. Yes , that is me , where my hands are not following my brain directions 100%,,I am not finding it easy to do precision work, so look for inspiration on the forum . Arthritis is a B. nuisance. Best wishes Kevin 



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