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You've stumbled across the web site of someone who enjoys all trains, both 1:48 models (O-Gauge) and 1:1 models. Strangely enough, I also have a penchant for woodworking -- if you don't think those two can be related, read on! I also enjoy growing roses and working in my garden. Given the choice of working on this web site, working on my O-gauge layout, or working in the garden, somehow the web site always winds up on the short end of the stick, so it isn't all that it could be. Oh well, some day .... I actually have two main sites on the Internet -- this one, www.toytrains1.com, is devoted to railroading, both real and model while the other, roses.toytrains1.com, is devoted to my roses and other gardening interests. I maintain two blogs: ToyTrains1's Blog is devoted to my railroading and other interests and ToyTrains1's Garden Journal is devoted to my roses and gardening. I also maintain the web site of the Central Jersey DCS Demo Group (CJDCS) located at cjdcs.toytrains1.com. The following link will take you into the main railroading section. Some general interest material is below the link.
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stare into the gates of Hell? Well, I can't offer that, but the following image is of the firebox of C&O 614, a 4-8-4 Northern steam locomotive, with the gates open and the bed of coal blazing away. Quite a sight! This locomotive pulled a fan excursion between Hoboken, NJ and Port Jervis, NY during October of 1998, when this picture was taken, as well as the photo at the top of the page. It was inconceivable at the time that it would be the last photo I ever took of the twin towers.
On a vacation trip to northern California, I had the chance to visit the California State Railway Museum in Sacramento (well worth the time if you're in the area). This was sitting outside the museum! That's me next to it, for scale. Thanks to Lionel, it's probably one of the most famous locomotives in the world!
Lest you think that I only visit railroad museums on the left coast, the following photo was taken during a visit to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, PA (also well worth the time if you're in the area). This is "old rivets," GG-1 #4800 herself, the first GG-1 ever built (and the only one with a riveted skin). Once again, that's me next to it, for scale. As you can see, the GG-1 was NOT a small locomotive!
During a visit to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD, I had the opportunity to stand beside one of the two surviving Alleghenies, a 2-6-6-6 articulated behemoth that was the tallest, widest, and heaviest locomotive ever built. Here it is, with me in front of it for scale! It dwarfs even a GG-1!
On a visit to Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA, I got a chance to see the longest steam locomotive ever built, the Big Boy. Once again, that's me next to it to provide scale. Between the Allegheny above and the Big Boy below, I've had a chance to see and touch the two largest steam locomotives ever built on Planet Earth. They're awe-inspiring, and I regret that I never had the chance to see them in actual operation.
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