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An SP intermodal, a C&O ore extra, two New Haven electrics, and more

By Steven Otte associate editor | July 5, 2022

A gallery of inspiring images from Model Railroader’s August 2022 Trackside Photos

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A trio of gray-and-scarlet diesels pull an intermodal train out of a tunnel and onto a track that snakes along a mountainside

Enjoy this photo gallery from the August 2022 Trackside Photos.

A trio of gray-and-scarlet diesels pull an intermodal train out of a tunnel and onto a track that snakes along a mountainside
Southern Pacific Electro-Motive Division SD40 no. 8476 leads the Pacific Coast Expediter through a tunnel near Cisco, Calif., on the SP’s Sacramento Division in 1969. Ken Harstine of Holyoke, Mass., photographed the action on his N scale layout. The locomotives are Kato models, and the tunnel portal, switch stand, and utility poles were 3-D printed to match the prototype. The backdrops were printed from a panoramic photo shot at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park, which is about 100 miles from the modeled location but has similar geology.
A trio of gray-and-scarlet diesels pull an intermodal train out of a tunnel and onto a track that snakes along a mountainside
A blue C&O diesel with a yellow nose leads an ore train through an Appalachian landscape
In August 1965, the Chesapeake & Ohio had a contract to move iron ore imported from South America, a job that called for the most powerful diesels the railroad could muster. Here, a General Electric U25B leads a trio of diesels hauling a westbound ore extra through Galt’s Mill, Va., on Mike Burgett’s HO scale C&O Clifton Forge Division layout. The structures were scratchbuilt to match photos taken at the prototype location. Craig Wilson of Cadillac, Mich., shot the photo.
A blue C&O diesel with a yellow nose leads an ore train through an Appalachian landscape
A heavily weathered geared steam locomotive works upgrade over a wood trestle in a logging area
In the early morning mist, a Shay locomotive pulls a string of empty log cars up a 10 percent grade along the second leg of a three-tier switchback. After pulling ahead over the trestle to clear the switch, the train will back up to the log loading site in the distance. The photo was taken on a 2 x 4-foot HO scale logging module built by Peter Vassallo of Schenectady, N.Y. The hills are carved extruded foam, painted and textured 
with dirt, crushed leaves, and a variety of ground cover products. The locomotive and log cars are Keystone and Durango Press models.
A heavily weathered geared steam locomotive works upgrade over a wood trestle in a logging area
A green New Haven electric locomotive pushes a boxcar into a covered loading dock while in the background a larger one crosses a bridge.

New York, New Haven & Hartford motor no. 3, an EY-1 electric locomotive, negotiates the street trackage on Seaview Avenue in Bridgeport, Conn., in the early 1950s. Above on the busy mainline, EP-4 no. 0363 hauls a heavy Grand Central Terminal-bound express. Rick Abramson of Trumbull, Conn., photographed the action on his HO scale New Haven layout. Rick built the layout with an authentic catenary system like that used by the New Haven, using components by Model Memories. The EP-4 is a brass Overland Models import.

A green New Haven electric locomotive pushes a boxcar into a covered loading dock while in the background a larger one crosses a bridge.
A blue-and-silver Amtrak train emerges from a tunnel and curves between a beach and a highway with a convenience store nearby

With Amtrak no. 463 on point, the daily Surfliner rounds the curve between Capistrano Beach Park and the Pacific Coast Highway on its way from San Luis Obispo, Calif., to San Diego. Dennis Caresio’s HO scale layout models the Southern California coast in the early 2000s. No. 463, an Electro-Motive Division F59PHI, is an Athearn model. The coaches are Walthers products that Dennis painted and decaled to match the Surfliner scheme. The AM/PM store is a Summit USA kit, and the lifeguard stand was scratchbuilt.

A blue-and-silver Amtrak train emerges from a tunnel and curves between a beach and a highway with a convenience store nearby
An articulated steam locomotive rumbles across a steel trestle above a street in an industrial area

Baltimore & Ohio class EM-1 no. 7615 sets the cans and jars rattling at nearby Picklers Canning Co. as it rumbles through Parkersburg, W.Va., on its way to Philadelphia in April 1947. David Gale of Matthews, N.C., photographed the scene on his O scale layout. The 2-8-8-4 steam locomotive is a Sunset Models brass import.

An articulated steam locomotive rumbles across a steel trestle above a street in an industrial area

 

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Trackside Photos is a showcase for the work of Model Railroader readers. Send your photos (digital images 5 megapixels or larger) to: Model Railroader, Trackside Photos, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612; or upload them to fileupload.kalmbach.com/contribute. For our photo submission guidelines, contact senior associate editor Steven Otte at  sotte@kalmbach.com.

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