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* My son invited me to go up to Scranton and Steamtown this Saturday, on June 16. Well I will get up his house early and drive up with him. Of cours this wount be to see and ride the trains. This will be to help out with getting the two newley painted F units running. I get to work on the 1 foot = 1 foot gauge. I was hoppin they might be a little scaled down.
* "It will be a Heck of a day "
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*jealous!* hehe I is & take pics & show us them
There is a place there called Caboose Hotel & one time or they still do Sell HO cabooses with Caboose Hotel on them & I want one

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buss : I wount be on a vaciation. I am going there to work. Help however I can. I sincerly doubt that a side trip will be made anywhere.
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Frank,

You're going to Steamtown to work on diesels? You'd better bring your supply of spare Athearn parts.

The Red Caboose Motel is in Lancaster.

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Nelson : the only things i will bring is clean clothes, and lunch.
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Here are the 2 Lakawanna F3a's, 663 and 664 and CNJ F3b. I worked on the 2 A's.
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niiice locos & yes am jealous
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Frank,

What type of work did they have you do or if not yet, do you know what type work will you be doing on them?

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They asked Frank to test the generator output by putting his tongue to the wires.
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I'm jealous, Frank. Was that on the generator or the traction motors (and do they even have brushes)?
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Nelson : The traction motore have brushe sets at zero and 180 degreee ( top and botom ) like a open frame motor. The main generator has many 12 or 14 sets of 5 brushes each. Each brush is realy two.
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traction motor brushes photo.

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Thanks for the picture, Frank. I always wondered if traction motors were brush type or induction, since you'd think dirt could foul the commutators. I can't believe the number of segments.

The old DL&W MU's ran on 5000 V DC, so they had definitely had brushes.

It looks like you're having a good time.

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Have fun Frank! I wish I could work on those! Maybe you could kitbash a F-Unit into one the engines ya worked on!
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Justin; How is this F3a, by Gilbert.
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Nelson,
Now thats only the "DC" traction motors! The new AC motors I believe are induction!

Confusing, to say the least....

Thats why they are not to run a AC loco with a DC loco.....the AC locomotives doesn't have the fragile parts that a DC lcoo does! Which makes the speed on one to the other slightly different....

But with todays electronic knowledge, I believe they're over-comming that whole opperating guideline between DC locomotives and AC locomotives.....

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Another photo from Saturday. The only locomotive running on that day was Nickle Plate GP9 #514. This engine did it all today. It not only ran all tourist trains but worked the yard and turntable area. Everything else is being repaired.
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Awesome. We have Travel Town not to far from my house in LA. I have always wanted to volunteer but don't have the time right now. Must feel great to be part of maintaining real locos for a change.
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A view of the repair area in maintance building behind the round house. Mikado 3254 a railfan favorite at Steamtown.
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Nice Gilbert diesel Frank! Funny little joke there John about F-Units and AC/DC currents!
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what is that tiny track next to the real one?
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Buss that track is called the one liner track
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Is 3254 in service, or is it undergoing a major overhaul?
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quote:
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Nelson ; good morning. 3254 was being repaired. on saturday to get to crew lunch room you have to pass 3254. a worker there said thay had finished it. It was not connected to its tender. I would guess that they need to be reunited, and the loco inspected, and test run.
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Here is a the Anthracite Historical Society's CNJ RS-3 #1554. It is leased to the Delaware and Lackawanna Railroad. They have to keep it in the original CNJ paint. It is seen often at Steamtown in Scranton PA. That is where these 2 photos were taken.
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** Here is something for you Diesel modelers. This is the cab controls for Lackawanna F3A 664. The second is a June 15 2014 photo of the engineer operating the locomotive during a fan trip Steamtown to Goldsboro.
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Great looking pictures of those vintage diesels Frank. Brings happy memories from trips to Scranton.
Here are some of my print photos from 1996 to 1999 when this was truly named Steamtown.
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I tried my best to make these prints look presentable on computer.
Perhaps soon we will once again see steam side by side with diesel.

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Steamtown doesn't even deserve it's name anymore, it should be called Dieseltown since most of their locos are diesels now.They still have some pretty cool trains though.
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At my last visit the EMD F3B was sitting behind F3A #664. Good photos of it cant be taken at this time because it sits between 2 box cars and a building wall. It has received its number and is #664B. Both locomotives are owned by the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society. The will be a running locomotive. The pair sometimes with F3A 663 will be head ending many fan trips out of Steamtown.
* These are the best photos of the F3B #664B I have gotten to date.
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Well tomorrow it is back to Steamtown for a little volunteer work on the Anthracite Railroads Historic Society locomotives. Either the F3B 664B or the FA2. I'll find out when I get there. Going to my sons house, and then leave from there to Scranton.
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quote:
Well tomorrow it is back to Steamtown for a little volunteer work on the Anthracite Railroads Historic Society locomotives. Either the F3B 664B or the FA2. I'll find out when I get there. Going to my sons house, and then leave from there to Scranton.
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That sounds like FUN! Frank! I asked the wife if we could move closer to Altoona for pretty much the same reason, but she would have none of it!

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Hi Sean. Got back late from my sons house. Couldn't sleep so am writing this. Did some rewiring Sunday on the DL&W F3B 664B. Four others worked on the FA2, The Delaware and Lackawanna wants to lease the FA when done with a unique dual usage lease. They also will do some of the restoration of this Alco diesel locomotive. It was explained only once to me, so I can't really comment or the proposed lease. The Jest of it is D&L will use it for day to day use and the Anthracite Railroad Historical Society will still be able to use it to pull excursion trains on the D&L tracks. Somehow they have worked this out. The D&L which is almost entirely powered with Alco diesels has the expertise to do its end of the work, and the ARHS their part of the restoration. The D&L has always been a wonderful host Railroad line to Steamtown, and both giving the area railroad historical society's a great place to showcase and use their equipment.
I did find out for sure that the FA2 will be going inside once Steamtown closes operations for the year shortly. That will allow the volunteers to work inside in a heated area on the FA2 stripping all the sheet metal except I guess the formed cab shell and replacing all rusted out structural members so new treated sheeting can be applied and properly painted. It is what has been already done the F3B. still I also hope the F3B goes inside too. It is cold out there during the winter.
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And here is the 664 in action on October 26th, day of the Scranton fall Train Show.

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LVRR a great photo of 664 with the Lackawanna's Scranton's offices in the background.
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Some cool videos of train action in that region.







Fun to watch on your day off.

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Posting my photos again with more color.

































Three operating steam engines and many static engine displays during my numerous visits there.

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neat locos
& cancel request to get Red Caboose caboose
I got one
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Nice to hear you got some red caboose Ben.
No idea what a red caboose has to do with Steamtown.
Anyway I found some cool videos but no caboose.












Not my videos. Always appreciate other people who share their videos and memories with others.

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