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Steam & Diesel on the Nickel Plate Road Preview.mov


Steam & Diesel on the Nickel Plate Road Volumes 1,2 & 3 preview. Great steam railroad action from from Herron Rail Video. Available at www.herronrail.com .

20 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - December 27, 2012 at 2:40 am

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MTH HO Nickel Plate Berkshire 01.mpg


The Nickel Plates 2-8-4 Berkshires belonged to one of steams finest family trees. The first 2-8-4, Lima Locomotive Works A-1, inaugurated the superpower era in 1925. A four-wheel trailing truck allowed the A-1 to have a larger firebox and boiler, producing a combination of power and speed never seen before in a steam locomotive. Initially tested on the Boston and Albany Railroad, the new wheel arrangement was dubbed the Berkshire after the mountain range it conquered on the B&A. New for 2010, the Van Sweringen Berks join the MTH lineup. The Nickel Plate version is modeled as it appeared in the 1950s, sporting illuminated number boards and a Mars light added above the headlight. While these are not the first HO models of these iconic steamers, we believe they are surely the best, with superb detailing, die cast construction for great pulling power, synchronized puffing smoke, steady speeds down to three scale miles per hour, and great sounds that include the actual bell and whistle from restored No. 765.

24 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - November 15, 2012 at 2:41 am

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Nickel Plate Road #765 Steam Excursion: North Judson to La Crosse, Indiana, 30.05.11


Nickel Plate Road (New York, Chicago & St Louis) Class S-2 Berkshire-type 2-8-4 #765 ran several trips throughout Memorial Day, and is scheduled to do so again a few more times this summer. It is running from North Judson to a point just south of La Crosse, Indiana, and back, several times a day, over the tracks of shortline Chesapeake & Indiana Railroad (CKIN), which operates freight service here with their ex-EJ&E and DM&IR SD9s, up to the CN and CSX connections at Wellsboro. The “J” unit was used to bring the train back to North Judson; it was not powering the train when 765 was leading. The tracks here are a former C&O branch- North Judson was once a massive junction where C&O, the Nickel Plate, Pennsy and Erie all crossed each other. Everything else is now abandoned except for this line. First, the 1944-built locomotive is seen crossing County Road South 650 West in the miniscule hamlet of English Lake. Later, Chesapeake & Indiana’s former Elgin, Joliet & Eastern SD9 #818 leads the train south toward North Judson, with #765 pushing on the rear, crossing Toto Road. I followed the train south to the intersection of W 500 S, S 450 W, & English Lake Rd, where EJ&E 818 looks for all the world like an Alco, until it becomes evident that 765 is pushing on the rear, blowing black smoke! Later, the train has arrived at C&I’s small yard at North Judson, and the Hoosier Valley Railroad Musem there, located on the former C&O/NKP/PRR/Erie junction site. Grasselli Tower, until

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Is it possible to make a toy steam boat using {iron, zinc, cobalt, or nickel }(not copper) as the engine?

If it possible, which ones more effective? why?

If it possible, which ones better? why?

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can i make a toy steam boat using {iron, zinc, cobalt, or nickel }(not copper) as the engine?

If it possible, which ones better? why?

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by - January 28, 2010 at 3:17 am

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