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Earle Baldwin

O Gauge Subway Models

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During the last several years, MTH Electric Trains has released fine models of many different classes of New York City subway equipment. Lionel has been licensed by the MTA and will be producing them as well.

 

Subway models have proven very popular and appear to sell out in many cases. This phenomenon has resulted in premium prices when certain items become available on the secondary market. Being an O gauger myself, I have contemplated the purchase of subway equipment a number of times; however, not having made accomodations on my present layout for a subway/elevated line, I have yet to purchase any.

 

Do any NYC Transit Forum members collect these models?

 

Regards,

 

Earle

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I've been contemplating on purchasing a subway consist for display only purposes but the prices have kept me from doing so.

 

I also heard about Lionel to be releasing MTA subway equipment on Transit Transit news but I haven't heard anything else about it since. This was about 6 months ago or so that I saw that report.

 

Zach "Brighton Local" has a few and a layout of what I believe are MTH models.

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Hi, Harry.

 

Lionel's first subway offering is a set of R27's decorated in green. Lionel has apparently become MTA's sole licensee for O gauge equipment. MTH is still cataloguing subway trains but is now limited to producing them without licensed nomenclature. Recent catalogs have contained equipment painted in schemes without TA logos. Some enterprising individuals are offering appropriate aftermarket signage and lettering which can be added to the models in order to increase their prototypical authenticity. The still to be released MTH R40's should be nice.

 

As an aside, Lionel in its newest catalog announced a set of Metro-North M7 equipment and some M-N accessories so it appears as if it will use its MTA license to full advantage. A number of years ago, K-Line produced an MNCR F-unit to represent one of the ex-GM&O F3's rebuilt to FP10 standards by ICG's Paducah, KY facility for MBTA.

 

Regards,

 

Earle

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Hey Earle, and agreeing with Harry about my layout.

 

 

my old Staten Island Layout is the pictures with the Gray colored 'el'. That was taken down in July 2006.

 

The links which sponser my new layout in Arizona have the green colored 'el'..

The new layout in ARIZONA , i built between Jan and April of this year..

enjoy everybody

 

Zach

 

 

 

here are the links:

 

http://www.modeltrainjournal.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=3504

 

http://www.modeltrainjournal.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4335

 

http://www.modeltrainjournal.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4508

 

http://www.modeltrainjournal.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4700

 

http://www.modeltrainjournal.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4776

 

 

 

hope u like!

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Damn Zach, your collection and layout was beyond what I thought it was. Now that I see the magnitude of it. I now understand what you were telling me at Stillwell that day. Outstanding!

 

~Harry

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hahaha thanx Eastman / Harry..

 

Ya ive been collecting O gauge trains since 1997. i got my/the first subway set back in Oct 1998. The R42 D train..

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Zach:

 

Thanks for sharing views of the layout and collection.....absolutely superb!

 

I would like to be able to add a subway/elevated line to my layout. Right now, the easiest option for me is to construct an addition based on the Newark City Subway. In fact, I have purchased the MTH New Jersey Public Service and NJ Transit PCC cars with this thought in mind.

 

Thanks again,

 

Earle

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