Three Locomotives Arrive Today
Two packages containing a total of three HO scale locomotives arrived today. I placed these locomotives on my display case and noticed that for the first time it was completely full - 16 shelves each hosting five locomotives for a total displayed stable of 80 locomotives. This fixture is as captivating to me as any work of art you can find in a museum.
I stopped posing every new equipment delivery in this blog some time ago. This was mostly due to time limitations. Since I have mentioned today's delivery I will share the details. Two locomotives came from ScaleTrains.com and one came from Toy Train Heaven. Direct from ScaleTrains.com came two SD40-2s from their latest release: Conrail SD40-2 6482 and EMD Leasing SD40-2 6312. The Toy Train Heaven Shipment was an Athearn Genesis GP38-2 that I had pre-ordered a while ago and I had forgotten about! This would be a model of Illinois Central GP38-2 9619.
Conrail 6482 arrived with a little damage to the front handrails. It looks like I can repair them with little effort. It is a gorgeous model as expected.
EMD 6312 adds another splash of blue to the wall of power! These lease units were all over the railroad scene in the mid 1990's and so this locomotive will fit nicely in a number of locomotive consists. This is a beautiful locomotive!
IC 9619 is my first Illinois Central model sporting the Operation Lifesaver logo. These logos were quite common on IC power by 1996 so needless to say I need more! Unfortunately the front handrails on this engine are badly damaged. I will reach out to Athearn and get a replacement.
All three models are welcome additions to the Meridian Speedway fleet!