I received the new Bachmann HO scale hi-railer for my birthday. It is a very nice model! My version is in safety yellow, with Conrail door emblems of course. It appears to closely resemble a GMC utility truck with an extendable crane hoist at the back right corner, and is quite detailed. The bed of the truck includes some hand tools, welding tanks, air compressor & tank, and even a vice mounted to the rear step bumper. Best of all, it is DCC equipped and has working headlights and tail lights! It has only been test run (on dirty track) for a few minutes, but it seems to perform well. The tires, which are black metal, pick up power from the rails and are also the drive wheels. I'm thinking a bit of yellow paint on the wheels (to match the body) and perhaps a few more tools in the utility bed and it'll be ready to serve the Pittsburgh Divison in style.
As a tragic week for the United States comes to a close I ask you to pray for all those affected by the events in Boston and West, Texas. My brother and I were helping my Grandpa with some yardwork today and when my dad was taking us home we saw some neat trains. Here are the pictures.
Happy Birthday Conrail! Yesterday (April 1st) was Conrail's 37th birthday. Although it may not be what it used to be it still lives on as a switching, shared assets railroad. To celebrate my dad and I went out to Manor to see the Pennsylvanian and got a few nice suprises too!
This Hi-railer passed accompanied by two others before the Pennsylvanian came.
Train 43 was led by B32-8WH as it sped around the curve running ten minutes late.
This coal drag was led by two former Conrail SD80MAC's.
I hope everyone had a Happy Easter! On March 30th my dad, Dan Grieco, and I went railfanning at Homestead, Glenwood, and Emsworth. We had a great time and saw a ton of trains! We are guessing that the extra trains were because the railroads had off on Good Friday, the day before, and they had to make up for lost time. In Homestead the traffic was almost constant on NS and a few trains passed on CSX. At one point a car pulled up to the crossing too far as a train came and the gate hit the car with the woman driving completely unaware until the bang! We also met a young railfan there named Owen and we quickly became friends. And to top it all off we saw 6920, the veterans engine, twice! Once leading west on train C07 at Homestead and on eastbound C35 at Emsworth! Enjoy the photos and videos!
Videos From Homestead at
Videos from Emsworth at
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