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A Mikado out West, a Reading diesel in Pennsylvania, and a UP freight on the Plains

By Steven Otte associate editor | August 12, 2022

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An Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe 2-8-2 Mikado steam locomotive pulls a short freight through a Southwestern desert landscape

September 2022 Trackside Photos

An Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe 2-8-2 Mikado steam locomotive pulls a short freight through a Southwestern desert landscape

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe 2-8-2 Mikado no. 4089 leads Extra 4089 West through the Arizona desert on its way to Flagstaff, Ariz. The action takes place on Tom Thompson’s HO scale Albuquerque Division Third District layout. Tom weathered the Broadway Limited Imports locomotive with Premier Prismacolor pencils and Pan Pastels. The rocks are made from Bragdon Enterprises and Cripplebush Valley products. Tom also took the photo.

An Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe 2-8-2 Mikado steam locomotive pulls a short freight through a Southwestern desert landscape
A steam locomotive pulls past a gray waterfront warehouse with a fishing boat docked nearby

Great Northern 2-8-0 Consolidation no. 1147 departs after spotting boxcars at the Washington Farmers Co-Op Association Granary in Bellingham, Wash. The waterfront industry has been recently rebuilt into a multi-use facility, as evidenced by the fishing boat docked and ready to offload its catch of salmon. Herb Ershig of Bellingham scratchbuilt the HO scale structure based on measurements and photos from the Whatcom Museum archives. The locomotive is a Broadway Limited Imports model. Mark Turner shot the photo.

A steam locomotive pulls past a gray waterfront warehouse with a fishing boat docked nearby
A green-and-yellow hood unit diesel emerges from a tunnel set in a wooded mountain

Reading Co. no. 3675, an Electro-Motive Division GP40-2, leads westbound train HN-23 out of Buck Mountain Tunnel. John Shucavage of Tamaqua, Pa., detailed and weathered the Atlas model and photographed it on Jim Hertzog’s Shamokin Division layout. Jim’s layout was last featured in Model Railroader in May 2022.

A green-and-yellow hood unit diesel emerges from a tunnel set in a wooded mountain
A pair of yellow-and-gray diesels pulls a collection of freight cars through the gently rolling prairie

Two General Electric ES44AC diesel locomotives head up a Union Pacific manifest freight across the Wyoming prairies. Dave Easto photographed the scene on an N scale layout he built to test model photographic techniques. The locomotives are Kato models; the freight cars are from Atlas, with weathering with Humbrol paints and Mig powders. The scenery is static grass and Woodland Scenics ground foam.

A pair of yellow-and-gray diesels pulls a collection of freight cars through the gently rolling prairie
People fish in a pond while on the other side of a rail yard diesels wait for another train to pass

It’s 1970 in the Allegheny Mountains of central Pennsylvania, and Penn Central is in its third year, but not all locomotives have yet been repainted from their pre-merger schemes. Here, a westbound manifest freight led by a pair of Electro-Motive Division diesels still in Pennsylvania RR livery moves past the former PRR signal tower while a newly painted Penn Central SD35 waits in the hole. Kevin Connell of Dahlonega, Ga., built and photographed the two-rail O scale scene.

People fish in a pond while on the other side of a rail yard diesels wait for another train to pass
 Smoke billows from the chimney of a smelter as a short steam locomotive pushes a gondola across a diamond and into the smelter complex

A Gausergrad Central RR 0-6-0 maneuvers a gondola into the charcoal-fired Centre Furnace to be loaded with pig iron for the foundry in Bellefonte. The scene is part of Dave Rockenbeck’s HO scale Gausergrad Central, a freelanced railroad set in 1920 and based on the prototype Bellefonte Central RR. The iron furnace is scratchbuilt, based on a prototype in Curtain, Pa. The locomotive is a Bachmann model. Dave landscaped the layout with real dirt, gravel, slag, and charcoal collected from sites in Pennsylvania. Dave also shot the photo.

 Smoke billows from the chimney of a smelter as a short steam locomotive pushes a gondola across a diamond and into the smelter complex

 

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