Went railfanning in Old Saybrook yesterday, circa Autumn, 1948. The DERS-1s are getting a little worn, having run millions of miles for the New Haven - and the US of A - throughout the war, but the newly-delivered stainless steel coaches provide a bright contrast to the weathered diesels.
The films are admittedly not that great, but what do you expect from 1948? At least they're in color!
(btw - DL-109s were beautifully weathered by BillS and feature Loksound decoders with the new Full Throttle feature. Enjoy!)
Thank you for posting these. I especially enjoy seeing the DL109's on the front of the long freights. I keep hoping that one of the manufacturers will release a high-end HO model of the NH DL109 (and RS3 and FA)...ReplyDelete
I totally agree - DLs on freight is really a sight to see, and VERY common on the New Haven during the 1940s. Photos are relatively rare though since the DL-powered freights ran primarily in the Shore Line at night due to heavy passenger traffic during the day.Delete
I know what you mean about having a REALLY good model of a DL-109, but the P1k version is actually ideal for my purposes since I have to handle them so often - no superdetailing to worry about breaking!
Thanks very much for stopping by and leaving a comment - hope you're enjoying the blog and will weigh in again sometime!
I love the DL-109 sound. What speakers did you install?ReplyDelete
Hey Mike - super easy - ESU decoder with iPhone speakers (well, technically, BillS installed so **super super** easy....) %^)Delete
I think that the advantage of having a lot of trains passing through and stopping at Old Saybrook is that it offers a fast, paced "exciting" alternative to the "laid back" operations of the Valley line.ReplyDelete
I like main line junctions for this purpose because it gives a nice variation to operations without worrying about where the mainline traffic comes from or goes to other than staging on each end. This extention of operations with loops on each end is valuable to stretching the "beyond the basement" concept.
Hey Barry! Always great to have you stop by - and thanks especially for leaving a comment! I couldn't have said it any more succinctly than you - having this contrast between one of the heaviest-trafficked lines and one of the least-trafficked is one of the very cool (though not totally unanticipated) surprises of expanding down to Saybrook.Delete