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The following video presentations are available in a variety of formats (note that SD is standard definition and HD is high definition):

In March of 2007, the oldest videos were reshot using my digital video camcorder.  Almost all of the videos prior to May 2010 presented below, with the exception of the very oldest, have been reencoded in the above three formats using encoder settings that give enhanced resolution (720 x 480, the native resolution of the DVcam), clarity, and quality.  All of the reshot and/or reencoded videos are so noted.  Most videos have their length noted; the longer the video, the longer it will take to stream down to you, though with most visitors to the web site using broadband, this isn't the problem that it was back in the dial-up days.  For many of these older videos, I've included the link that shows the YouTube player for the video -- while the resolution and quality can't match that of the other formats, it has the advantage of loading and streaming very quickly.  Because of the number of videos, I've had to split the Multimedia page into two pages.  This is the second Multimedia page and contains all of the Standard Definition Videos.  Click here to go to the first page which contains all of the True HD 1080p videos.

There are two sections below -- the first has videos of model trains and my layout, the second (down toward the bottom of the page) has videos of real steam trains.  Both sections are in reverse chronological order (newest first).  Many of the listings include a link to another page within my web site that has photographs of the trains in the videos.  Also, I have reviewed many of the models on my Train Reviews page.  (This LINK will take you to the main page of my web site.)  Enjoy!


O-Gauge & Standard Gauge Model Train Videos

Early in 2010, I got in the 7 new 36' woodside reefers put out by AtlasO.  They are, as always, exquisite models full of detail such as truss rods, painted trucks, chains on the ice hatches, and more.  I decided that a video showing them off would be a nice complement to my photographic catalog, so here it is, with the MTH Premier PRR H3 Consolidation (2-8-0) pulling them.  It's a short video but does show the reefers to good advantage and is available in your choice of formats.  Enjoy!

MTH Premier PRR H3 Consolidation with 7 AtalsO 36' Reefers (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR H3 Consolidation with 7 AtlasO 36' Reefers (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR H3 Consolidation with 7 AtlasO 36' Reefers (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the H3 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


When I picked up the Mohawk, I also picked up a new set of three add-on cars for the NYC #999, the Empire State Express.  This is a small 4-4-0 American type steam locomotive and in its day it set the world's land speed record.  The cars are the exquisite models of the 19th century woodside passenger cars, complete with potbellied stove, and with them my Empire State Express is now seven cars long, which is about as long as the prototype ever likely was.  Since I now have the complete trains, with the new baggage, combine, and observation cars, I decided that it was a good time to shoot a new video of the train in action.  It's 98 seconds long as is available, as always, in your choice of formats.  Fair warning: at some point during this year, I'm probably going to drop the Real Media versions as they are the least popular of all judging by my web statistics.

MTH Premier NYC #999 American with seven 19th century woodside passenger cars (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC #999 American  with seven 19th century woodside passenger cars (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC #999 American with seven 19th century woodside passenger cars(MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the #999 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In October of 2009, MTH brought out the long-awaited Premier model of the New York Central Mohawk,  This 4-8-2 steamer, called a Mountain on most other railroads, was the precursor of the superpowered 4-8-4 Northern and was a powerful type that saw service in huge numbers on many railroads.  This model is exquisite in terms of its details, sounds, and operating characteristics.  As you can see in the following video, I have it hauling a long string of recent Atlas reefers.  In this 3 minute video, you can see the entire train, here the quillable whistle in segment 2, and see how the locomotive looks with the removable elephant ears (smoke deflectors) snapped into place in the third segment.  It's in your choice of formats as well as on YouTube, where we've just about reached the 3 million views milestone for our videos.

MTH Premier NYC Mohawk (4-8-2) Steam Locomotive (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC Mohawk (4-8-2) Steam Locomotive (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC Mohawk (4-8-2) Steam Locomotive (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Mohawk has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


I noticed that my previous video of the MTH Premier Alco PA-1 diesel locomotives showed them hauling a freight train, which I happened to have on the tracks at the time.  Those locomotives, especially in their tuscan red with five gold stripes livery, were intended as passenger locomotives.  I had set up a passenger train to show a friend, and before taking it down to go back to steam and freight, I shot a short (<2 minutes) video of the Alco PA-1's hauling the passenger train.  As ever, it's available in your choice of formats and is also on YouTube, where my little videos have now racked up an astonishing 2.75 million views!

MTH Premier PRR Alco PA-1 A-B-A with passenger train (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Alco PA-1 A-B-A with passenger train (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Alco PA-1 A-B-A with passenger train (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Alco PAs has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In late February of 2009, MTH brought out a premier model of the CNJ 4-6-0 ten-wheeler Camelback steam locomotive.  This is a replica of the prototype #774 as it appears during fan trips and is equipped with a sound set reflecting that duty.  The model is a superb reproduction down to the gates on the tender and is my first to incorporate the new quillable whistle.that allows you to vary the pitch of the whistle.  The following short video (it's only 2 minutes long) shows the locomotive in action pulling the latest series of Atlas reefers, and features the quillable whistle in action.  As always, it's available in your choice of formats and is also up on YouTube.

MTH Premier CNJ Camelback Steam Locomotive (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier CNJ Camelback Steam Locomotive (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier CNJ Camelback Steam Locomotive (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Camelback has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


On a visit to Trains & Things in Trenton, NJ where Mike Wolf of MTH Electric Trains was visiting, they had on display the MTH reproduction of the Ives Olympian set,.which was one of the last made by Ives in the years leading up to the Great Depression.  It seldom happens, but for me it was love at first sight and I walked out of the store with the set even though it's Standard Gauge.  For those unfamiliar with it, Standard Gauge trains run on track that is much wider than O-gauge track and, being much more from the toy train genre, there is no real scale, so Standard Gauge trains come in a variety of sizes, from small to very large.  My Standard Gauge Christmas trains (videos down the page) are from the small school.  This new set is from the very large school.  The locomotive (based on a Milwaukee Road bipolar) and four cars stretch out over six feet in length!  Here's a 52 second video of the set in action, in your choice of formats as well as on YouTube, where my 90 train videos, which I've been posting for the last 22 months, have just passed a combined two million views!

MTH Tinplate Traditions Ives Olympian Standard Gauge set (Real Media - video)

MTH Tinplate Traditions Ives Olympian Standard Gauge set (Windows Media - video)

MTH Tinplate Traditions Ives Olympian Standard Gauge set (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Ives Olympian has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In August 2008, my friend Bob and I were able to visit Andy Edleman at MTH's headquarters in Columbia, MD, during a trip to the B&O Railroad Museum.  Andy showed us the new Premier line model of the PRR P5a boxcab electric locomotive.  It was exquisite.  We saw them in testing (every one is tested before being shipped to dealers) and I was really looking forward to receiving mine.  A few days later, it arrived at my dealer and I picked it up.  This video is the result.  It's just shy of 3 minutes long and shows the P5a strutting its stuff, hauling the newly issued Atlas reefers.  I've included demonstrations of some of the very nifty features available on this locomotive.  As always, it's available in your choise of Windows Media, MPEG-4, and Real Media formats from the links below.  It's also on YouTube which, though of lesser resolution and quality, reaches a much greater audience -- I've just passed 1.5 million views on my YouTube videos!

MTH Premier PRR P5a with Atlas Reefers (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR P5a with Atlas Reefers (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR P5a with Atlas Reefers (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the P5a has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In June 2008 MTH brought out a Premier line version of the R40 subway cars.  These were the slant-nosed cars that originally ran on the F-train (the Culver line on McDonald Ave. in Brooklyn) and I remember them well.  These cars are models of the prototypes as modified to meet safety concerns -- they have the guards along the slanted car fronts to make it safer for passengers to walk between cars.  Here's an 86 second video of this set in action, including a stop at the Ditmas Ave. station in Brooklyn.

MTH Premier NYC R40 Subway Cars (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC R40 Subway Cars (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC R40 Subway Cars (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the R40 Subway Set has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


It's quite a coincidence given the last video, but another Southern Pacific steam locomotive has now arrived, the MTH Premier Cab Forward (4-8-8-2).  This locomotive is a PS2-equipped reissue of the original PS1 Cab Forward whose video appears down the page a bit.  As with most such reissues, it has more detail than the original and, on this one, MTH has issued it in two different models; one modeling the locomotive as-built (as did the original model) and the other modeling a locomotive equipped with a more modernized cab front which SP used on a number of the older Cab Forwards as they were rebuilt.  It's the latter one that I got and I'm very pleased with it!  As you can see and hear in this 69 second video, it looks and sounds great.  The video shows it hauling the Daylight passenger cars and, while in real life the Cab Forwards usually hauled freight, at some point some of them hauled passenger cars like these, as you can see in a number of vintage videos that are available.  As always, the video is here in your choice of formats.  The link to the YouTube version follows.  OH!  I almost forget!  YouTube!    The 87 train videos that I have on YouTube (the oldest has only been there for 14 months) have now racked up the totally mind-boggling total of over ONE MILLION views!!!!

MTH Premier SP Cab Forward (Real Media -video)

MTH Premier SP Cab Forward (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier SP Cab Forward (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Cab Forward has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In the little more than a year since I started uploading videos to YouTube, they have in total garnered a, to me, astonishing 900,000+ views.  Two of the most popular have been the ones showing the Southern Pacific Daylight steamers, the GS-2 and the GS-4.  I've received quite a few messages asking to see them running double-headed.  This video is the result.  It shows the GS-2 in the lead with the GS-4 following, followed by a long string of matching passenger cars that I've taken the time to equip with passengers.  There are two run-bys in this two minute forty second video.  The first is under normal lighting conditions.  The second is the result of me wondering what the train would look like at twilight, with most of the lighting provided by the interior lights of the cars.  This is the first time I've set the mini-DVcam for low-light mode and though the video is somewhat more grainy and jerky, the cars show off to good advantage.  The video is, as always in your choice of three formats (Windows Media, Real Media, and MPEG-4) below.  There's also a link to the YouTube version for dial-up visitors.

MTH Premier SP Daylight GS-2 & GS-4 Double-Headed (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier SP Daylight GS-2 & GS-4 Double-Headed (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier SP Daylight GS-2 & GS-4 Double-Headed (MPEG-4 - video

A new video of the double-headed Daylights has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


The dummy set of BMT Standard subway cars finally arrived and they look as great as the first set.  Here they are all together in a very short video (the main BMT Standard video is three videos down).

MTH Premier BMT Standard Subway Cars (set of six) (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier BMT Standard Subway Cars (set of six) (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier BMT Standard Subway Cars (set of six) (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the BMT Standard subway set has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


My other 19th century PRR steam locomotive, the MTH Premier D16d American (4-4-0) was feeling kind of jealous that the H3 Consolidation got first crack at the new 19th century woodsided passenger cars.  I felt sorry for it, so swapped out locomotives.  Here's the D16d hauling the consist, looking just like a page out of a late 1800's train book.  The video is one minute long and, as always, is available in your choice of Windows Media, Real Media, or MPEG-4 formats.  For dial-up users, the link to the YouTube version follows the other links.

MTH Premier PRR D16d American  with 19th century woodsided passenger cars (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR D16d American with 19th century woodsided passenger cars (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR D16d American with 19th century woodsided passenger cars (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the D16d has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


I've now obtained the Pennsylvania RR version of the 19th century woodsided passenger cars shown in the NYC #999 video below.  I've teamed them up with the PRR H3 Consolidation (2-8-0), a 19th century steam locomotive, and they make quite an attractive consist.   The video is 62 seconds in length and, as always, is available in your choice of Windows Media, Real Media, or MPEG-4 formats.  For dial-up users, the link to the YouTube version follows the other links.

MTH Premier PRR H3 Consolidation with 19th century woodsided passenger cars (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR H3 Consolidation with 19th century woodsided passenger cars (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR H3 Consolidation with 19th century woodsided passenger cars (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the H3 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


To start off 2008, MTH delivered two new toys to keep me happy in the new year!  First off, the long-awaited BMT Standard subway cars arrived.  These cars, modeling the 2500 series, were in use when I was a child and I vividly remember riding in them.  Comparing the models to photographs of the prototypes, MTH has done a super job of capturing all of the intricate detail of these cars.  In this video, you can hear the station stop announcement that's part of the PS2 operating software of the train.  The video is 94 seconds in length and, as always, is available in your choice of Windows Media, Real Media, or MPEG-4 formats.  For dial-up users, the link to the YouTube version follows the other links.

MTH Premier BMT Standard Subway Cars (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier BMT Standard Subway Cars (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier BMT Standard Subway Cars (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the BMT Standard subway set has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


The second treat for the new year was the delivery of the 19th century woodsided passenger cars to accompany the 19th century steam locomotives that were previously issued.  Down below is the video of the NYC #999 American (4-4-0) steam locomotive that was shot when I received it.  At the time, I had to run it alone since I didn't have the appropriate rolling stock to accompany it.  This video now corrects that!   The new cars are absolutely superb, with detail inside and out including the requisite potbelly stove to keep the passengers warm!  The video is 56 seconds in length and, as always, is available in your choice of Windows Media, Real Media, or MPEG-4 formats.  For dial-up users, the link to the YouTube version follows the other links.

MTH Premier NYC #999 American with 19th century woodsided passenger cars (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC #999 American  with 19th century woodsided passenger cars (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC #999 American with 19th century woodsided passenger cars(MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the #999 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Now, here's something you don't see very often on my layout.  I'm a confirmed steam lover but the opportunity presented itself and was just too good to pass up, so I'm now the proud owner of these MTH Premier models of the Alco PA diesel locomotives in an A-B-A configuration (PS2, of course).  They're in the attractive tuscan with five gold stripes livery of the Pennsylvania RR and were usually used to haul passenger trains though I have them hauling a long string of AtlasO reefers.  The video is 66 seconds in length and, as always, is available in your choice of   Windows Media, Real Media, or MPEG-4 formats.  For dial-up users, the link to the YouTube version follows the other links.

MTH Premier PRR Alco PA A-B-A (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Alco PA A-B-A (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Alco PA A-B-A (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Alco PAs has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


One of the first videos I ever shot showed the layout in action with the three main loops running.  I thought that I'd revisit that and show what I'm running today.  All three trains are made up of AtlasO reefers, about 150 in all.  On the outside track (O-72) are the MTH Premier GN Z-6 Challenger (4-6-6-4), GN R-2 (2-8-8-2), and the GN S-2 Northern (4-8-4) running triple-headed.  On the middle (O-54) track is the MTH Premier PRR K4s Pacific (4-6-2) with a second K4s pushing.  On the inside track (O-42) is the MTH Premier PRR L1 Mikado (2-8-2) with the PRR B28 Six-Coupled (0-6-0) pushing.  That's a total of seven MTH Premier steamers running at the same time.  As you'll see, it gets quite smoked-up quite fast!   The video is 2:50 in length and the YouTube version follows the links to the three high-resolution, high-quality files in your choice of Windows Media, Real Media, or MPEG-4 formats.

The Layout of ToyTrains1 in Action! (Real Media - video)

The Layout of ToyTrains1 in Action! (Windows Media - video)

The Layout of ToyTrains1 in Action! (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the train on the outside track (GN Z-6, R-2, & S-2) has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.

A new video of the train on the middle track (PRR K4s & K4s) has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.

A new video of the train on the inside track (PRR L1 & B28) has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Here's a blast from the past!  One of the very first MTH Premier steam locomotives that I got was the SP Cab Forward (4-8-8-2) which came out in 1998 (it's hard to believe it's been almost 10 years).  This locomotive had the original ProtoSound system (PS1), which provided sound and smoke but no remote control as with the ProtoSound 2 (PS2) locomotives with DCS that are in the videos below.  The operation of this locomotive is purely conventional, though I was using DCS as a remote control for the track voltage so that I could shoot the video without being tied to the transformer.  While I've converted most of my original PS1 locomotives to PS2, because of the engineering challenges associated with this very strange locomotive, I haven't done so with the Cab Forward.  However, because it is an unusual locomotive, I thought it worthwhile to shoot this 80 second video.  The YouTube version follows the links to the three high-resolution, high-quality files in your choice of Windows Media, Real Media, or MPEG-4 formats.

MTH Premier SP Cab Forward (Real Media -video)

MTH Premier SP Cab Forward (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier SP Cab Forward (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the PS1 Cab Forward has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


If two big green steamers doubleheaded is good, well then, three big green steamers tripleheaded must be better! Here are the MTH Premier Great Northern Z-6 Challenger (4-6-6-4), the MTH Premier GN R-2 (2-8-8-2), and the MTH Premier GN S-2 Northern (4-8-4), my entire big green fleet, running triple-headed in a one minute video.  The YouTube version follows the links to the three high-resolution, high-quality files in your choice of Windows Media, Real Media, or MPEG-4 formats.

 MTH Premier GN Z-6 Challenger, GN R-2, & GN S-2 Northern Triple-Headed (Real Media - video)

 MTH Premier GN Z-6 Challenger, GN R-2, & GN S-2 Northern Triple-Headed (Windows Media - video)

 MTH Premier GN Z-6 Challenger, GN R-2, & GN S-2 Northern Triple-Headed (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the triple-headed GN steamers has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Anyone who knows me or my videos should have seen this one coming!  How can you have TWO big green monsters and not doublehead them?  So here they are, the MTH Premier Great Northern Z-6 Challenger (4-6-6-4) and the MTH Premier GN R-2 (2-8-8-2) double-headed in action in a one minute video!  The YouTube version follows the links to the three high-resolution, high-quality files in your choice of Windows Media, Real Media, or MPEG-4 formats.

 MTH Premier GN Z-6 Challenger & GN R-2 Double-Headed (Real Media - video)

 MTH Premier GN Z-6 Challenger & GN R-2 Double-Headed (Windows Media - video)

 MTH Premier GN Z-6 Challenger & GN R-2 Double-Headed (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Z-6 and the R-2 double-headed has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


The middle of August 2007 brought with it the arrival of the MTH Premier model of the Great Northern Z-6 Challenger (4-6-6-4) steam locomotive.  While people normally think of UP when you say Challenger, other railroads had them as well, among them GN, which had two.  Here's a 78 second video of this extraordinary model in action.  As is now the case, for dialup users, the YouTube version follows.

 MTH Premier GN Z-6 Challenger (Real Media - video)

 MTH Premier GN Z-6 Challenger (Windows Media - video)

 MTH Premier GN Z-6 Challenger (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Z-6 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In late July of 2007, MTH brought out a Premier line model of the Pennsylvania Railroad's B28 Six-Coupled (0-6-0) steam locomotive.  The prototype was a USRA design dating from the first world war and was used by many railroads.  The model is a superb rendition featuring the new wireless tether and a tremendous amount of detail, especially when compared to the previous RailKing model of the B6, which you can view below.  Here it is in a short 45 second video.  For dialup users, the YouTube version follows.

MTH Premier PRR B28 Six-Coupled (0-6-0) (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR B28 Six-Coupled (0-6-0) (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR B28 Six-Coupled (0-6-0) (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the B28 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


One of the really nice features of PS2 and DCS is that you can change the personality file that's loaded in a locomotive.  This file contains the mechanical properties as well as the full array of locomotive sounds.  When I upgraded the MTH Premier Class A (2-6-6-4) from PS1 to PS2, I used the personality file from the MTH Premier Y6b as a PS2 Class A personality file wasn't available (you can hear it in the older Class A video, below).  MTH recently released an enhanced PS2 version of the Class A and I was able to download its personality file and upload it to my Class A.  The new whistle sounds exactly like those heard in the prototype Class A on recordings made when these giants roamed the rails and the other sounds are more appropriate as well.  Here's the Class A with the revised sound set in a 60 second video.  If you're on dialup, you'll want to view the YouTube version below.

MTH Premier N&W Class A (revised sound set) (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier N&W Class A (revised sound set) (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier N&W Class A (revised sound set) (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Class-A has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In late June of 2007, MTH released a Premier line model of the PRR L1 Mikado (2-8-2) steam locomotive made from all-new tooling.  It's an exquisite model that compares very favorably to photos of the prototype.  I especially like the short tender with doghouse (and the requisite brakeman figure in it).  Here's a 60 second video of the Mikado in action.  Once again, if you're on dialup, you'll want to view the YouTube version below.

MTH Premier PRR L1 Mikado (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR L1 Mikado (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR L1 Mikado (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Mikado has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here,


In June of 2007, MTH released a Premier model of the CNJ Ingersoll-Rand boxcab diesel locomotive #1000.  This is a beautiful die-cast model of the very first diesel locomotive ever made.  This was the one that spelled the beginning of the end of steam.  It incorporates a new DCS feature, the grade crossing signal of two long blasts of the horn, one short blast, and one long blast.  This short (60 second) video shows the locomotive in action with the grade crossing signal.  Here it is in the usual three formats.  if you're on dialup, click on the YouTube version below.

MTH Premier CNJ Ingersoll-Rand Boxcab Diesel Locomotive (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier CNJ Ingersoll-Rand Boxcab Diesel Locomotive (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier CNJ Ingersoll-Rand Boxcab Diesel Locomotive (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Boxcab Diesel has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


I've always loved to run long trains.  They can be a pain however, if you want to turn them around to run in the other direction.  For that reason, when I built the current layout, I incorporated a pair of reverse loops so that I could turn a train while it was running, no matter which direction it was going in.   The reverse loops run through the yard in the center of the layout.  Though they're normally plugged up with stored trains (too many trains, too few display cases), I recently freed them up and have been able to use them.  I thought that I'd share their operation with you and so I've shot another video.  It shows both reverse loops in operation with the longest possible train (reefers, of course).  This video is 5 minutes 16 seconds long and the files below are on the order of 40 MB in size, so I don't recommend them for dialup users -- if you're on dialup, click on the YouTube version below.

Reverse Loop Operation - Real Media (video)

Reverse Loop Operation - Windows Media (video)

Reverse Loop Operation - MPEG-4 (video)


Videos can come about in some unusual ways.  The videos I already have here of the Big Boys show them double-headed.  I got an email asking about the pulling power of a single locomotive.  I don't have a gauge to measure the pull in pounds but I do have lots and lots of freight cars.  So, here's a video of a single Big Boy, #4012, hauling its auxiliary tender and 53 heavy scale freight cars, pretty much chasing its own caboose.  If the layout were bigger and I had the room to do it, I'm pretty confident that it could easily haul a hundred cars; as it is, what you're looking at is more than 60 lineal feet of train, over one-half scale mile long.  Toward the end of the video, you can hear the oh so appropriate freight yard sound set installed in this locomotive.  The video is 2 minutes 36 seconds long and the files are about 20 MB in size, so even with broadband it may take a bit until it streams down to you.  This is also the first video with my new intro.

MTH Premier UP Big Boy #4012 with 53 car train (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier UP Big Boy #4012 with 53 car train (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier UP Big Boy #4012 with 53 car train (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Big Boy has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In early 2002, I got a special train set from MTH.  They called it "American Legacy #768W" and it was a reproduction of a train set from 1939.  It had a die-cast scale NYC Hudson painted in tinplate grey enamel with a matching tinplate tender and a set of four blue tinplate passenger cars.  I never shot a video of it though it's been running on the auxiliary layout for years.  Not that long ago, I got the MTH Tinplate 263E in blue and put it together with the blue tinplate cars to make the "baby blue comet" that you can see in the 263E video below.  At that time, the Hudson went on the shelf.  Now that I'm shooting the forgotten locomotives, here's the "tinplate" grey J1E Hudson with not the blue cars, as they've already had their moment of glory, but my gorgeous set of terra-cotta MTH tinplate passenger cars, running on the main layout in a one minute video.

MTH Premier NYC J1E Hudson (4-6-4) (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC J1E Hudson (4-6-4)(Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC J1E Hudson (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Tinplate Hudson has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


With a DCS engine number of 20, I've had the MTH RailKing PRR B6 (0-6-0) switcher for quite a while (it came out in 2001) and I've used it quite a bit, so I don't know how it came to pass that I've never recorded it in operation in a video.  It's especially odd since I don't often modify locomotives and I've modified this one and like to show it off.  In any case, here's a one minute video of the B6 switcher moving a short train from one yard to another; see if you can notice what it is that I've modified on it.

MTH Railking PRR B6 Switcher (Real Media - video)

MTH Railking PRR B6 Switcher (Windows Media - video)

MTH Railking PRR B6 Switcher (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the B6 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Another of the "forgotten" trains is my MTH Premier UP DC-3 rail inspection car.  This is a full-scale model of one of the cars that UP deployed on its vast system to check for flaws in the rails.  It came out in 2001 and I have no idea of how it's just sat there all these years without having its operation documented but better late than never.  This 75 second video shows it in action, checking out the rail on my layout.

MTH Premier UP DC-3 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier UP DC-3 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier UP DC-3 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the DC-3 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


It was something of a surprise to me to find that some of the trains that I never shot on video were my subway sets so I'm taking care of that right now with the following four videos.  The first subway is the MTH Premier R-32 BMT set that came out in 2001.  This well-made set is a model of the BMT N train, better known as the Sea Beach Express.  This is somewhat special to me as I grew up with this very train running through my backyard and I took it to high school and college every day for seven years.  Needless to say, when the model was announced, I jumped at the chance to own it.  All these years later, it still runs very well, as this 30 second video shows.

MTH Premier R-32 BMT Subway (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier R-32 BMT Subway (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier R-32 BMT Subway (MPEG-4 - video)


The second is the MTH Railking R36 World's Fair set that came out in September 2002.  I hadn't planned on purchasing it, but seeing it on the counter at the train store, it was so attractive that I couldn't help myself!  It's a very well detailed model of the baby-blue #7 IRT subway trains that ran from Times Square to the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing Meadow Park (photos are available on my Subways page).  They still run very well, as evidenced by the following 30 second video.

MTH RailKing R36 IRT World's Fair Subway (Real Media - video)

MTH RailKing R36 IRT World's Fair Subway (Windows Media - video)

MTH RailKing R36 IRT World's Fair Subway (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the R36 Subway Set has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


The third subway set arrived in October 2005 and is an MTH RailKing  model of the original IRT Lo-V (for low voltage) subway cars that were manufactured between 1916 and 1924.  Though I'm well familiar with many NYC subway cars from having ridden on them, these are so old that (I'm glad to say), they predate even me!   Here's a 34 second video of the Lo-V subway set in action. You can see close-up photos on my Subways page.

MTH RailKing Lo-V IRT Subway (Real Media - video)

MTH RailKing Lo-V IRT Subway (Windows Media - video)

MTH RailKing Lo-V IRT Subway (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Lo-V Subway Set has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


The fourth and last subway set is the MTH Premier model of the R1, the original cars purchased for the IND system.  It too arrived in October 2005 and, being a Premier model, includes such amenities as painted floors, simulated rattan seats, and passengers to fill those seats!  (You can see these features in the photos on the Subways page.)  It's a very good looking model of the A train, the 8th Avenue Express, that runs very well, as the following 53 second video shows.

MTH Premier R1 IND Subway (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier R1 IND Subway (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier R1 IND Subway (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the R1 Subway Set has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In the course of reshooting the older videos, I've noticed that there are a few trains for which I haven't done a video and I don't have a clue as to why that is, so I'm going to try to correct that.  Here's the first result.  This is the MTH Premier PRR 2500 HP transfer diesel which came out in 2002.  A product of Lima-Hamilton, this was at the time a very powerful diesel locomotive and the model is a good representation of the prototype.  Here's a 34 second video, as always in your choice of formats.

MTH Premier PRR 2500 HP Transfer Diesel (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR 2500 HP Transfer Diesel (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR 2500 HP Transfer Diesel (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the 2500 HP Diesel has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Ever have one of those days?  For the last few weeks, I've been reencoding recent videos and reshooting older videos.  Today I reshot the video of the MTH Premier PRR FF2.  Or rather, I tried to.  When you're shooting a video and something goes wrong, you either reshoot it right then if you notice it at the time, or edit it out later, or reshoot it later, or whatever.  This one, however, was just too funny, so rather than winding up on the cutting room floor, here's my first blooper, all 34 seconds of it.  I hope you laugh as much as I did! 

Blooper (Real Media - video)

Blooper (Windows Media - video)

Blooper (MPEG-4 - video)


In looking at The March of the Atlas Reefers (the most popular video I have ever posted), I started wondering if there were any other trains that I could stage in a similar video.  When I was down at the layout, it became obvious that there were.  I now have, with Big Liz (see below), a total of six MTH Premier PRR electric locomotives, all die-cast, gorgeous models.  Using DCS, I put them together in a lashup led by Big Liz, and hooked them up to a consist of recent Atlas reefers (in catalog number order).  Here, sextuple-headed, is The March of the Pennsy Electrics!

The March of the Pennsy Electrics (Real Media - video)

The March of the Pennsy Electrics (Windows Media - video)

The March of the Pennsy Electrics (MPEG4 - video)

A new video of The March of the Pennsy Electrics has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here,


I don't know that you would ever have seen this in real life, but then again, there have to be some perks to owing the railroad! Here are the FF1 (Big Liz) up front with the FF2 boxcab pushing on the rear.  Sandwiched between this boxcab tag-team are seventeen (!) heavyweight passenger cars.  While either locomotive could haul all seventeen by itself, one in front and one in back takes the heavy load off the couplers.  Besides, according to my PRR rule book (dated 1925), with twelve or more cars, I need two locomotives! Here's the 45 second video (that's 29 feet worth of train you're watching, real feet, not scale).

MTH Premier PRR FF1 and FF2 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR FF1 and FF2 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR FF1 and FF2 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the FF1 and FF2 double-headed has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Two days after receiving my FF1 and one day after shooting the video below, I got a welcome surprise -- the delivery of eleven new Atlas Reefers.  While I'm not going to do another March of the Atlas Reefers video (it's down below), here's a 1 minute video of Big Liz hauling the eleven new reefers (you can see all of the reefers on the Atlas Reefers page).

MTH Premier PRR FF1 with Atlas Reefers (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR FF1 with Atlas Reefers (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR FF1 with Atlas Reefers (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of Big Liz has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


February 2007 brought me a new locomotive, the MTH Premier model of the PRR FF1, known as "Big Liz".  This is a heavy die-cast model of an enormous jackshaft boxcab electric locomotive.  In the following 1 minute, 40 second video (dial-up users beware, these are large files), you can see her hauling twelve scale heavyweight passenger cars (quite a load).  In the second half of the video, you'll see the automatic pantographs in action and get to hear some of the special sound set that was recorded for her.

MTH Premier PRR FF1 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR FF1 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR FF1 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of Big Liz has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


If ten cars are good, then twelve cars must be better, no?   I got two more cars for the Blue Comet and it's up to a twelve car consist now.  Here it is, in action, in a video lasting about a minute!

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet with twelve car consist (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet with twelve car consist (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet with twelve car consist (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Blue Comet has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


I've recently acquired three new cars to go along with my Blue Comet set, giving me a total of ten cars for the PS-2-converted the MTH Premier Blue Comet (a heavy 4-6-2 Pacific) to pull (the new cars are reviewed on my Train Reviews page).  Here's a one-minute video of the new train in action.

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet with ten car consist (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet with ten car consist (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet with ten car consist (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Blue Comet has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


I converted my MTH Premier Big Boys (I have two) to PS2 operation a while ago (you can see the videos down below).  I've been on the lookout for an auxiliary tender to go with them and at last found one at a good price.  It was PS1 but I converted it over to PS2 operation (you can read about that adventure in my blog).  The following 40 second video shows the Big Boy in action with the PS2-converted auxiliary tender.

MTH Premier UP Big Boy with Aux Tender (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier UP Big Boy with Aux Tender (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier UP Big Boy with Aux Tender (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Big Boy has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


One of the last of my PS1 steamers that I've converted to PS2 is the MTH Premier PRR G5s (4-6-0 Ten Wheeler).  This one is a small locomotive and was a handful; I had to send it out to an expert since, while I got it converted OK, I couldn't get it back together again!  Fortunately, Steve Rider and his crew at Davis Trains did a great job and here it is, in action with DCS. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR G5s (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR G5s (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR G5s (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the G5s has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In August of 2006, MTH delivered their Premier line model of a PRR A5.  This is a very small four-coupled steam locomotive (0-4-0) that was used as a yard switcher.  As a scale model, the model it tiny but very detailed and quite powerful for its size.  Here's a short video (< 1 minute) of it in action hauling some AtlasO 36' woodsided reefers. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR A5 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR A5 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR A5 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the A5 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In early March of 2006, the MTH Premier NYC #999 American (4-4-0) steam locomotive arrived.  This is a scale model of the locomotive that, at the time, set the world's speed record in the late 19th century.  It's a small locomotive as were most locomotives of this time period but sports enormous 86" drivers and is wonderfully detailed.  Here's a short video (~29 sec) of it in action. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier NYC #999 American (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC #999 American (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC #999 American (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the #999 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


At the same time that I received the 263E, I also received the MTH Premier PRR D16d American (4-4-0) steam locomotive.  This is a model of a high strutting (80" drivers) late 19th/early 20th century steam locomotive, complete with high domes.  It's a small locomotive as were most locomotives of this time period.  Here's a short video (~23 sec) of it in action. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR D16d American (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR D16d American (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR D16d American (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the D16d has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Videos of my Standard Gauge tinplate trains appear below.  Here's a video of my new (Christmas 2005) O-Gauge tinplate locomotive, the MTH Tinplate Traditions #263E (the Baby Blue Comet) pulling the four tinplate passenger cars that it was meant to haul. There is something about these tinplate trains that, in either O-Gauge or Standard Gauge, is just totally charming. (This locomotive was reviewed, with photos, on my Train Reviews page.) (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Tinplate Traditions #263E (Real Media - video)

MTH Tinplate Traditions #263E (Windows Media - video)

MTH Tinplate Traditions #263E (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the 263E has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Someone emailed me and asked if I had a video of my MTH Premier 4-6-6-4 Challenger.  I thought I did but when I reviewed all of the model train videos that I've done, I found that I didn't!  So, here's an omission that's fixed -- the MTH Premier Challenger.  Since I'm a great believer in killing multiple birds with one stone it's pulling the ten gorgeous new Atlas reefers that just arrived. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier Challenger with Atlas Reefers (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier Challenger with Atlas Reefers (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier Challenger with Atlas Reefers ( MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Challenger has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Here are both of the MTH Standard Gauge Christmas sets (shown individually below) running together with all of the add-on cars that have been issued.  All of Santa's reindeer are now represented!  (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Standard Gauge Christmas Sets (Real Media - video)

MTH Standard Gauge Christmas Sets (Windows Media - video)

MTH Standard Gauge Christmas Sets (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Christmas Express Sets has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Just about a year ago, I had the chance to play with one of the first MTH locomotives equipped with their revolutionary Protoscale 3-2 feature that allows locomotives to run on 3-rail or 2-rail track.  That locomotive was a 2-rail model of the Santa Fe Hudson (a video appears below and it was reviewed on the Train Reviews page) running on 3-rail track.  During the intervening year, I got some 2-rail track (for display purposes) and, after performing maintenance on my new MTH Premier PRR J1 (when you run locomotives for hours on end at train shows, it's best that you give them a lube job afterward), I decided to try it out on the 2-rail track.  I took off the pickup rollers (1 screw each), threw one switch under a tender hatch, and put it on the 2-rail track.  I powered it via jumpers from the adjacent 3-rail loop so that I would have it under full DCS control (plus, I don't have a DC power source so this was done with standard AC power).  The following 30-second video shows that the 3-rail model works equally as well on 2-rail track, much as the 2-rail model ran equally well on 3-rail track. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR J1 -- 2-Rail (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR J1 -- 2-Rail (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR J1 --2-Rail (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the J1 on 2-rail track has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


During our DCS demonstration at the recent Greenberg Train Show (http://cjdcs.toytrains1.com), I had hoped to run my three MTH Premier 4-6-2 K4s's (two PS2, one PS1 converted to PS2) as a triple-headed lashup hauling my sixteen MTH Premier PRR heavyweight passenger cars.  Sadly, a loose wire in the K4s that I converted from PS1 to PS2 foiled that plan, so a double-header had to suffice at the show.  Once I had it home however, it was a very quick fix so here, for your enjoyment, are the triple-headed K4s's hauling the passenger cars -- complete with passengers!   The video is 75 seconds long so dial-up viewers beware!  Enjoy! (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR K4s's Triple-Headed (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR K4s's Triple-Headed (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR K4s's Triple-Headed ( MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the K4s's Triple-Headed has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In late July of 2005, the MTH Premier model of the Pennsylvania Railroad J1 (2-10-4 Texas) steam locomotive arrived.  It's a massive beast with an enormous tender and it has great pulling power.  As in the video below, it's hauling 16 MTH Premier heavyweight passenger cars.  The difference is that this locomotive doesn't need any help!  The video is 75 seconds long so dial-up viewers can expect to wait a bit before the video begins to play. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR J1 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR J1 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR J1 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the J1 Texas has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In July of 2005, I got the new MTH Premier BB1 "Rats".  These critters were small electric boxcab locomotives that were used, singly as B1's or in pairs as BB1's, to move cars around the Pennsylvania Railroad's electrified yards.  They are yet another die-cast model of PRR electrics and, as with the previous ones, are excellent representations of the prototype.  Here's a video (83 seconds) of them in action, hauling sixteen heavyweight passenger cars (probably more than they ever pulled in real life).  Since that's a very heavy load even for powerful models such as these, I gave them a little help at the rear of the train.   (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR BB1 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR BB1 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR BB1 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the BB1 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


It seems as though the toys are coming in pairs.  At the Greenberg Show in March of 2005, I picked up the new MTH Premier Reading T-1 Northern (4-8-4) steamer as well as the new MTH Premier PRR H3 Consolidation (2-8-0) steamer.  Both are very highly detailed models.  The H3 is a model of a late 19th century locomotive so it's even more laden with detailing.  Though I have videos of both of these in action at the Greenberg Show on the CJDCS web site, I've now shot short videos of both in action on my layout.  Both are just shy of 30 seconds in length. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR H3 Consolidation (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR H3 Consolidation (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR H3 Consolidation (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the H3 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.

MTH Premier Reading T-1 Northern (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier Reading T-1 Northern (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier Reading T-1 Northern (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Reading T-1 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


This was a banner week -- two new trains!  Besides the Standard Gauge gem below, I also got the MTH Premier Great Northern S-2 Northern (4-8-4) steamer.  This is a super detailed model of a very unique prototype and its green color really sets it apart.  I've shot a 54 second video of it in action with its big brother, the previously issued MTH Premier GN R-2 2-8-8-2 articulated steamer in pusher service.  I've cut out the middle run of the reefers (you can see them below) so that you can concentrate on the locomotives!   (reencoded 03/2007)

 MTH Premier GN S-2 Northern (Real Media - video)

 MTH Premier GN S-2 Northern (Windows Media - video)

 MTH Premier GN S-2 Northern (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the S-2 & R-2 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


I've purchased another Standard Gauge train!  This is another Christmas special from MTH, their reproduction of the #384E steamer with two additional Christmas Express cars.  It's a totally delightful train and comes as a ready-to-run set that you can buy and set up around the Christmas tree needing nothing other than what comes in the box.  As you can see in the following 37 second video, I've double-headed it with the previous #10 Standard Gauge Christmas set (which you can see separately in a video below) using DCS.  As much as I'm a confirmed O-gauger, there's just something about these large, colorful, enameled tinplate toys that I find irresistible. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Tinplate Traditions 384E Standard Gauge Christmas Set (Real Media - video)

MTH Tinplate Traditions 384E Standard Gauge Christmas Set (Windows Media - video)

MTH Tinplate Traditions 384E Standard Gauge Christmas Set (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the #384E Christmas Express Set has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


It's seldom that I run trains short enough to run two on the same track at the same time, something that is made rather easy with DCS.  Since I converted both the Blue Comet and the K4s, I've got both of them with their passenger trains on the same track and thought it might be fun to shoot a video of the two of them in action.  Since we have the Central of New Jersey (with the Blue Comet no less) and the Pennsylvania RR on the same track, both with 4-6-2 Pacifics and both hauling heavyweights, why, this must be the New York & Long Branch round about 1930 or so!   The video is 1 minute 21 seconds in length, so dial-up viewers beware -- it will take a while to stream down to you. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet & MTH Premier PRR K4s (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet & MTH Premier PRR K4s (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet & MTH Premier PRR K4s (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Blue Comet & the K4s has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


A little further down the page, you can see videos of the new PRR K4s 4-6-2 Pacific locomotives that MTH issued in their Premier line in February of 2004.  MTH first issued a Premier model of the K4s way back in 1996.  At the time, it was considered the best in its class with PS1 electronics.  Well, time has marched on and is hasn't seen much running time since the PS2 models with their vastly superior sound and remote control became available.  I've now converted the original PS1 model, #5400, to PS2 and the result is a locomotive that can run every bit as well as the new ones.  Though it has somewhat less detail than the new models, as you can see in the following 32 second video, it has nothing to be ashamed of! (reencoded 03/2007)

 MTH Premier PRR K4s (Real Media - video)

 MTH Premier PRR K4s (Windows Media - video)

 MTH Premier PRR K4s (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the K4s has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Getting back to steam, I've converted the MTH Premier Blue Comet (a heavy 4-6-2 Pacific) from PS1 to PS2.  The difference is quite startling.  This has always been one of my favorites and the following 39 second video shows it hauling its dedicated passenger consist.  You can even hear it pulling in the station! (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier CNJ Blue Comet (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Blue Comet has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


The first non-steam locomotive that I've converted from PS1 to PS2 is my trusty old MTH Premier PRR GG1.  While newer models have been released, I have a soft spot for this one.  In the following 25 second video, you can see it in its new incarnation with all of the bells and whistles of PS2, including speed control in scale mph. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR GG1 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR GG1 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR GG1 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the GG1 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


The eighth steamer that I converted from PS1 to PS2 is the MTH Premier N&W 2-6-6-4 Class A #1218.  It has an auxilliary tender, which I also converted to PS2 operation.  As you can see in the following 35 second video, it turned out quite well!  The difference in operation between PS1 and PS2 is like the difference between a horse cart and a race car! (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier N&W Class A (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier N&W Class A (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier N&W Class A (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Class-A has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


I've now upgraded my seventh MTH Premier PS1 steamer to PS2.  It's the C&O 4-8-4 Greenbrier #614 -- I was able to ride behind the real one as you can see in the real train videos toward the bottom of the page -- and it came out rather well as shown in the following 18 second video. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier C&O Greenbrier (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier C&O Greenbrier (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier C&O Greenbrier (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Greenbrier has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


One of the first videos that I did of my model trains was of my two MTH Premier 4-8-8-4 Big Boys running double-headed. Back then, they were running with their original PS1 sound system. I've now converted both of them to PS2 and the following 42 second video once again shows them double-headed, this time in all their PS2 CHUFF!ing and PUFF!ing glory. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier UP Big Boys Double-Headed (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier UP Big Boys Double-Headed (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier UP Big Boys Double-Headed (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the double-headed Big Boys has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


I've converted yet another PS1 locomotive to PS2 -- the original Premier GS-4 4-8-4 Daylight.  I also converted the auxiliary tender so that it works as it did when it was PS1.  The following 30 second video shows the newly converted locomotive in action with its main and auxiliary tenders. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier SP GS-4 Daylight (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier SP GS-4 Daylight (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier SP GS-4 Daylight (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the GS-4 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


The third conversion of a PS1 locomotive to PS2 that I've done is the massive DM&IR 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone.  This was the most difficult one to date given the size and complexity of the locomotive, but I think you'll agree after watching this 27 second video that the effort was worth it! (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier DM&IR Yellowstone (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier DM&IR Yellowstone (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier DM&IR Yellowstone (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Yellowstone has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


I've converted the original MTH Premier PS1 version of the Nickel Plate 2-8-4 Berkshire #765 to PS2.  Here it is double-headed with #779 (which appears in its own video further down the page).  The ability to so perfectly double-head locomotives is one of the great advantages of PS2 and MTH's DCS system.  This video is about 30 seconds long. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier NKP Berkshires Double-Headed (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier NKP Berkshires Double-Headed (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier NKP Berkshires Double-Headed (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Double-Headed Berkshires has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


I've just started converting my MTH Premier PS1 steamers to PS2 using the upgrade kits that are now available from MTH.  Here's a 23 second video of the MTH Premier PRR 4-4-4-4 T1 in action, after conversion to PS2.  For just about all intents and purposes, it has the same features as a native PS2 locomotive!  What with PS2 being so much more fun to run that PS1 (at least for me), this beauty should now see more action on the layout! (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR T1 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR T1 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR T1 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the T1 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


It's now late summer, 2004, and AtlasO has issued to date a total of 121 varieties of  woodsided reefers (both 40' and 36').  I have all of them on the layout in three trains of roughly similar lengths and I've filmed a video of those three trains in action.  In this one video, you can see every reefer that's been done to date, in catalog order no less!  Fair warning: the original digital AVI file of this six minute video was about 1.5 GB in size and even with compression for streaming, the RealMedia and Windows Media versions are both about 35 MB, so they'll take a while to stream down to you if you don't have a broadband connection.  (This is the first video taken with my new miniDV camcorder and is the first direct-to-digital video in excess of 15 seconds that I've done.)  The locomotives in use, all MTH Premier steamers, are the NYC A-2 Berkshire on track #1, double-headed PRR K4s Pacifics on track #2, and a PRR Atlantic and PRR Consolidation double-headed on track #3.  Videos of all of these individual locomotives appear further down on this page. (reencoded 03/2007)

The March of the Atlas Reefers (Real Media - video)

The March of the Atlas Reefers (Windows Media - video)

The March of the Atlas Reefers (MPEG4 - video)


Now, here's something you don't see every day -- a 2-rail O-scale locomotive running on 3-rail track!  This is the MTH Premier Santa Fe 4-6-4 Hudson in 2-rail, adapted with MTH's new Protoscale 3-2 feature to run on 3-rail track (it's explained in the review on this locomotive on the Train Reviews page).  Here's a 22 second video of the locomotive running on my 3-rail layout, hauling two dozen Atlas reefers. (reencoded 03/2007)

MTH Premier Santa Fe Hudson (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier Santa Fe Hudson (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier Santa Fe Hudson (MPEG-4 - video)


July 2004 brought the release of the MTH Premier New York Central A-2 2-8-4 Berkshire.  This model was made from all new tooling and bears no resemblance (other than being a Berkshire) to the previously issued NKP Berkshires.  It's painted a beautiful olive drab as was the prototype and comparing it to photos shows it to be an excellent model.  The original video was one of the worst I ever shot; using new hardware and software, I've reshot the video of this beautiful locomotive in action.  Here's the redone 103 second video, now available in all three formats.

MTH Premier NYC A-2 Berkshire (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC A-2 Berkshire (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC A-2 Berkshire (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the A-2 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In late May of 2004, MTH released their Premier model of the PRR L5 steeplecab electric locomotive.  This is a prehistoric appearing beast that's so ugly, it's beautiful!  Here's a short video of it in action. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR L5 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR L5 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR L5 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the L5 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


April of 2004 saw the release of the MTH Premier Erie 0-8-8-0 Angus -- an articulated camelback no less!  One of the strangest looking locomotives ever, the model is a superb representation of the prototype.  Here's a 43 second video of it on my layout. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier Erie Angus (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier Erie Angus (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier Erie Angus (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Angus has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


MTH also brought out a new model of the slotted pilot version of the K4s locomotive from the 1920's in what was probably its snazziest livery.  Though I didn't originally plan to, I got both and here they are, double-headed and smoking up a storm! (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR K4s Double-Headed (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR K4s Double-Headed (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR K4s Double-Headed (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the double-headed K4s's has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In February of 2004, MTH released their Premier PS2 model of the PRR K4s 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive.  This is a reissue of the original PS1 model released a number of years ago (that had a slotted pilot, the new one is a model of the locomotive in the 1940's with a solid pilot) and includes many improvements and enhancements.  The model is a very good likeness of the prototype and both runs well and sounds great.  Here's a 41 second video of it in action. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR K4s (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR K4s (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR K4s (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the K4s has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In January of 2004, MTH brought out a Premier line scale model of the PRR 2-10-0 Decapod. It's an excellent model of the prototype, runs and sounds great, and has great pulling power. In the short video that follows, it's pulling 50+ Atlas reefers, which is not a small load, yet it doesn't hesitate at all. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR Decapod (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Decapod (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Decapod (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Decapod has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In December of 2003, MTH reissued their Premier scale model of the 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone. First issued as the DM&IR, it has been reissued as both DM&IR and Northern Pacific. Since I already had the first DM&IR, I got the Northern Pacific. Detail has been greatly improved and the PS2 sound and control package adds a great deal, as you can see in the following minute-long video. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier NP Yellowstone (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier NP Yellowstone (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier NP Yellowstone (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the NP Yellowstone has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In December of 2003, MTH delivered a Rugged Rails (part of the RailKing line) 2-8-0 Consolidation painted in the colors of the MTH Railroader Club. This is a close-to-scale locomotive with adequate detail and the complete PS2 sound and control package for a grand total of $179. Who says that this hobby has to be expensive?!?!  As you can see in the following 27 second clip, it's a smart running, smart sounding locomotive. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Rugged Rails MTHRRC Consolidation (Real Media - video)

MTH Rugged Rails MTHRRC Consolidation (Windows Media - video)

MTH Rugged Rails MTHRRC Consolidation (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the MTHRRC Consolidation has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here,


In November of 2003, MTH reissued their Premier scale model of the C&O 2-6-6-6 Allegheny, one of the largest locomotives ever to pound rail.  The detail has been enhanced from the first version issued many years ago and this one includes the complete PS2 sound and control package.  As you can see in the following 2 minute 45 second video that features a slow-speed run-by, it looks and sounds great! (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier C&O Allegheny (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier C&O Allegheny (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier C&O Allegheny (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Allegheny has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In June of 2003, MTH brought out a Premier line model of the Pennsylvania RR S1, a one-of-a-kind 6-4-4-6 duplex locomotive. This locomotive spent the first two years of its life on rollers at the 1930 New York World's Fair.  The model is an exceptional one; it looks great and runs better, as you can see and hear in the following 39 second video. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR S1 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR S1 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR S1 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the S1 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


I've had the MTH Premier WVP&P Shay, with PS1, for many years.  When MTH announced a version in C&O livery, with PS2, I ordered one and I'm glad I did.  The model has been improved and the revised sound and control system makes all the difference in the world.  The following is a 30 second video showing the new Shay in action. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier C&O Shay (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier C&O Shay (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier C&O Shay (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Shay has been shot in True HD 1080p.   Click here.


By my calculation, there are 57 varieties of Atlas reefers currently available (giving them something in common with Heinz).  I've been able to collect all of them and, being me, have them all running on the layout.  The following video shows all of these steam-era reefers being hauled by, of course, a steamer -- in this case, the magnificent MTH Premier M1b Mountain.  The locomotive is under DCS control and is running at a constant 15 scale mph, so you have a good chance to see the beautiful detail and design of each reefer.  Fair warning -- this video is close to 2.5 minutes in length and even in encoded format will take a while to stream on a dial-up line.  (In March 2007, I recaptured this video using my DVcam as an A/D converter and then edited and reencoded the resulting video.  While the files are now three times the size they used to be, they are in their full as-shot resolution and are quite high quality compared to what they used to be.  The video is also now available as MPEG-4.)

MTH Premier PRR M1b Mountain with 57 Atlas Reefers (Real Media - video)

 MTH Premier PRR M1b Mountain with 57 Atlas Reefers (Windows Media - video)

 MTH Premier PRR M1b Mountain with 57 Atlas Reefers (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Mountain has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In late April of 2003 I got the new MTH Premier PRR FF2 boxcab electric locomotive.  It's die-cast, quite heavy, and has great pulling power.  The following 31 second video shows it in action on my layout. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR FF2 Boxcab (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR FF2 Boxcab (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR FF2 Boxcab (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the FF2 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Here we have the MTH Premier Virginian Triplex in action.  This is a new (2003) locomotive made from the same tooling as the Erie Triplex, with a new paint and lettering job.  It is a super running, super sounding, super looking locomotive, as was the Erie predecessor that you can see below. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier Virginian Triplex (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier Virginian Triplex (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier Virginian Triplex (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Virginian Triplex has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Here's a 38 second video of my new MTH Premier PRR DD1.  This little pair of electric locomotives was powered by the third rail and was used to haul trains from Penn Station (NYC) through the tunnels under the Hudson River to Manhattan Transfer (NJ) where they were taken over by steamers, well before the Pennsylvania Railroad put up the catenary for completely electrified operations. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier DD1 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier DD1 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier DD1 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the DD1 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


This is the MTH Tinplate Traditions Christmas Express set.  It is the only Standard Gauge train that I own and is a reproduction of a Lionel set that was first made in 1925 (which was a representation of a bipolar electric locomotive), though the Christmas colors (and car names) are unique to MTH.  It is an incredible treat, bringing back a long gone era in toy trains.  This one minute video lets you see the set and hear the special passenger station announcements that were recorded especially for this set.  (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Standard Gauge Christmas Express (Real Media - video)

MTH Standard Gauge Christmas Express (Windows Media - video)

MTH Standard Gauge Christmas Express (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Christmas Express has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In February of 2002, the MTH Premier 2-8-8-8-2 Erie Triplex arrived.  It is one of the most highly detailed O-gauge scale models ever done!  The prototype was an experimental locomotive with one set of cylinders that used high pressure steam, and two (!) sets of cylinder that reused the low pressure steam exhausted from the first set of cylinders (a true Mallet (compound articulated) locomotive.  This model is absolutely exquisite, as you can see in the following video clip.  (In March 2007, I reshot the video of the Triplex, now pulling a long string of Atlas reefers at 12 scale mph so  you can get a really good view.  The video is 2 minutes in length.)

MTH Premier Erie Triplex (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier Erie Triplex (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier Erie Triplex (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Erie Triplex has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


At the beginning of 2002, the MTH Premier 2-8-8-2 N&W Y6b arrived.  It is a highly detailed scale model of the prototype, which was a hulking brute designed to haul long coal trains over the mountains.  It has many of the new details of Premier locomotives, such as opening hatches, vents, windows, whistle cord, detailed backhead, etc.  It has an excellent whistle and sound set, and operates extremely well, as you can see in the following 46 second video clip. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier N&W Y6b (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier N&W Y6b (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier N&W Y6b (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Y6b has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


At the very end of 2001, the MTH Premier SP GS-2 4-8-4 Daylight arrived.  This model is based on the GS-4 Daylight that was done some years ago, and has many enhancements, including opening hatches, windows, and doors, as well as better sound and control.  It's a totally exquisite locomotive, and operates extremely well, as you can see in the following 44 second video. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier SP GS-2 Daylight (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier SP GS-2 Daylight (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier SP GS-2 Daylight (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the GS-2 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In December of 2001, MTH released a Premier model of the Nickel Plate 2-8-4 Berkshire #779.  This is the second model of the Berkshire that they've done (#765, which still runs in excursion service, was the first).  This second model has even more detail than the first, and the sounds are exquisite!  Best of all, purchase of this locomotive helped with the funding of the rebuilding of the prototype #765, owned by the Fort Wayne Railway Historical Society. The following is a 43 second video of this exquisite model locomotive in action. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier NKP Berkshire #779 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier NKP Berkshire #779 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier NKP Berkshire #779 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Berkshire has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In October of 2001, MTH released a Premier model of the Baldwin Sharknose diesel.  Though I'm not usually a fan of diesels, one of the roadnames it was released in was PRR, and being a sucker for anything PRR I bought it.  It's an excellent model that runs well and sounds great.  The following is a 50 second video of the Sharks (they're an A-B set with both units powered) pulling the MTH Premier PRR work train. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR Sharks (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Sharks (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Sharks (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video the the Baldwin Sharks has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In late September of 2001, MTH released their Premier model of the PRR H10 Consolidation, a 2-8-0 steam locomotive. It has truly exceptional detail (there are a number of photos on the page linked above), and for a small locomotive has extraordinary pulling power.  The following video is 39 seconds long and shows the H10 in action. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR Consolidation (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Consolidation (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Consolidation (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the H10 Consolidation has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In early September of 2001, MTH released their Premier model of the ATSF Texas, a 2-10-4 steam locomotive. It too has exceptional detail (there are a number of photos on the page linked above), and runs well, and has the sound and action to match its appearance.  Here's a 43 second video of the Texas in action. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier ATSF Texas (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier ATSF Texas (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier ATSF Texas (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Texas has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In August of 2001, MTH released their Premier model of the Great Northern R-2, a 2-8-8-2 articulated steam locomotive. It has exceptional detail (there are a number of photos on the page linked above) and runs very well, with the sound and action matching it in appearance.  Here's a one minute video of the R-2 in action. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier GN R-2 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier GN R-2 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier GN R-2 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the R-2 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Just in time for Independence Day, 2001, MTH released, and I added to my collection, their Premier model of the PRR 4-4-6-4 Q2.  It is an exquisite model, and I have included a number of detailed photos of it on the page linked above.  Since the sound and action are every bit in keeping with its overall appearance, I've also done another short video.  Click on the following links to see it in action in a 38 second video. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR Q2 (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Q2 (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Q2 (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Q2 has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In mid-June 2001, MTH released, and I added to my collection, their Premier model of the NYC 4-8-4 Niagara.  It is a gorgeous model, and I have included photos of it on the page linked above.  Since the sound and action rival its looks, I've also done another short video.  Click on the following link to see it in action in a 47 second video. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier Niagara (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier Niagara (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier Niagara (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Niagara has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


Utilizing a new toy (a video digitizer), I've been able to capture and digitize a movie of my layout that I shot with my camcorder. It's about 90 seconds in length and shows the EM-1 pulling its long mixed freight on track #1 (O-72), the RS-11 pulling the pipeline-on-rail on track #2 (O-54), and the Dreyfuss Hudson pulling the 20th Century Limited on track #3 (O-42).  Enjoy! (In March 2007, I recaptured this video using my DVcam as an A/D converter (that old "new toy" turned out to be awful) and then edited and reencoded the resulting video.  While the files are now three times the size they used to be, they are in their full as-shot resolution and are quite high quality compared to what they used to be.  The video is also now available as MPEG-4.)

The Layout of ToyTrains1 in Action! (Real Media - video)

The Layout of ToyTrains1 in Action! (Windows Media - video)

The Layout of ToyTrains1 in Action! (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the locomotive on the outside track (EM-1) has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.

A new video of the locomotive on the middle track (RS-11) has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.

A new video of the locomotive on the inside track (Dreyfuss Hudson) has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


MTH has released the Climax geared locomotive.  As with the Shay, this is a small locomotive that moves slowly but inexorably.  It is equipped with PS2, and I think you will agree that it looks and sounds great!  Photos are on the Geared Steam Locomotives page; the following links shows it in action in a 30 second video. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier Climax (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier Climax (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier Climax (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Climax has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


It's the first day of winter and I've added the new MTH Premier 4-6-4 Dreyfuss Hudson to the roster (photos are on the 4-6-4 Hudson page).  It has the new PS2 sound package, along with the synchronized sound and smoke, and is a super model of the prototype.  The following 1 minute 15 second video shows this fabulous locomotive in action -- listen for the passenger station sounds! (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier NYC Dreyfuss Hudson (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC Dreyfuss Hudson (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier NYC Dreyfuss Hudson (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Dreyfuss Hudson has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In late 2000, I also added another new locomotive, the MTH Premier UP 4-8-4 F-E-F (photos appear on the linked page).  It too has MTH's new Protosound 2 system.  The following links will show it to you in action in a 44 second video.  Make note of the very voluminous smoke output! (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier UP F-E-F (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier UP F-E-F (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier UP F-E-F (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the F-E-F has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


In late 2000, I added a new locomotive, the MTH Premier PRR 4-4-2 Atlantic (photos appear on the linked page).  It's my first locomotive with MTH's new Protosound 2 system, which provides greatly enhanced sound and smoke operation (among other improvements) as you will shortly see.  The following links will show you this fabulous locomotive in action in a 38 second video. (reshot 03/2007)

MTH Premier PRR Atlantic (Real Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Atlantic (Windows Media - video)

MTH Premier PRR Atlantic (MPEG-4 - video)

A new video of the Atlantic has been shot in True HD 1080p.  Click here.


On the "4-8-8-4 Big Boy" page, you can see photos of my MTH Big Boys double-headed.  I've received a number of messages from people wishing that they could see them run.  Well, now you can!  The following link shows the two of them, nose-to-tail, chasing their own caboose and coming around an O72 curve on my layout.  I hope you enjoy this, the first video that I've ever posted!

Double-Headed MTH Premier UP Big Boys (Real Media - video)

Double-Headed MTH Premier UP Big Boys (Windows Media - video)


Real Steam Train Videos

Here's a 15 second video of NYS&W #142 (the China-built 2-8-2 Mikado) at Dunellen, NJ, taken during Dunellen Railroad Days, September 2002.

NYS&W #142, Sept. 2002 (Real Media - video)

NYS&W #142, Sept. 2002 (Windows Media - video)


These are two short videos that I shot while visiting Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA in July of 2002.  The first shows Canadian National 2-8-2 Mikado #3254 backing into the roundhouse after completing the last excursion of the day.

#3254 Backing into the Roundhouse (Real Media - video)

#3254 Backing into the Roundhouse (Windows Media - video)

The second video shows #3254 going for a ride on the turntable.

#3254 on the Turntable (Real Media - video)

#3254 on the Turntable (Windows Media - video)


Here are 15 seconds of video that I shot during Railfan Days at the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad in New Hope, PA, 6 April 2002.  It shows old #40, a 2-8-0 Consolidation, as it backed-up for a photo run-by.

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad (Real Media - video)

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad (Windows Media - video)


The next video is one that I took in Sept. of 2000 showing the NYS&W #142 (the China-built 2-8-2 Mikado) at Railroad Days in Dunellen, NJ.  I've edited it down to just the scenes with the locomotive -- it's about 1.2 MB in size.

NYS&W #142 at Dunellen RR Days (Real Media - video)


The following video shows the C&O 614 (a 4-8-4 Greenbriar) at Hoboken at the start of a fan trip, October, 1998.  Fair warning: the file is over 3 MB in size, and will take a while on a dial-up connection.

C&O #614 at Hoboken (Real Media - video)

The next video shows the runbys of the C&O 614 at Port Jervis. I've edited it down to the best five minutes; you get to see the locomotive in action, the entire train (it pulled quite a consist that day), and the beautifully restored Erie station in Port Jervis. Again, fair warning: the file is 5.7 MB in size -- dial-up connections will take a while to stream.

C&O #614 at Port Jervis (Real Media - video)


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