How Many Different Locomotives Road Names do you Have on Your Layout?

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MANY different roadnames

As I posted some time ago

I just like Model Trains,...of all sorts....the scale miniaturization.

I'm particularly fond of steam engines, and particularly the large ones. I'm a fan of C&O, B&O, NW, etc, etc.

And as a kid of course I had the ubiquitous Santa Fe diesel engine,...those famous worldwide recognizable colors.

I had recently returned from Asia and was living in the Wash-Balt area when a company in Balt called Life Like made the bold move to really upgrade plastic trains to nice scale models. They introduced their Proto 2000 line. They introduced a whole line of detailed diesel locos, then they introduced that superb 2-8-8-2 steam engine.....WOW. They set a standard in plastic scale model trains that the others quickly followed. Bachmann, Athearn, etc all jumped on the band wagon to introduce their premium lines as well. Plastic detailing became an art that eventually was a rival to brass locos.

I was collecting a little of everything. I would buy some stuff that eventually got superseded by even better stuff, so I would attend the Great Scale Train Show in Balt and sell off older stuff and try to upgrade to the better stuff coming out. I would visit John Glabb's Peach Creek brass shop in Laural, Md, and droll over the brass locos which I considered beyond my reach, but then look what was coming out in plastic a few months later.

By this time I had collected quite a few steam engines of various lines, and principle a number of diesels from Santa Fe.

So when it came to planning my new layout, how could I choose just one time frame, or location, if I wanted to collect and run all of those type trains? I wanted to run steam and diesel, and I wanted to run east coast and west coast lines.....on one layout??

I've decided my trains are going to run from the east coast to the west coast,...Balt to Calif. I'll call it the Continental Connector. Balt will be on the lower deck and Calif will be on the upper deck.

Since I am not a stickler on time frames I'll be able to run both modern and older style freight and passenger cars on my layout, and of course steam and diesels. I'm going to have lots of staging that will present any number of variations,...including a few European trains I've collected. Yes it won't be prototypical, but it will be fun. And I hope to get a considerable amount of industry in this space as well.
Continental Theme
There were 2 things that inspired this west coast to east coast model rr theme.
1) My affection for both the Santa Fe and the B&O/C&O trains that I wanted to run all on a single layout.
2) The interesting fact that a lot of container traffic from Asia comes into the west coast to get loaded onto trains that bring it across to the east coast for further shipment to Europe.
So the lower deck represents the east coast, while the upper deck represents the west coast




Gomez Addams
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Some of mine have been sympathy purchases over the years, and some have been crimes of opportunity.
One of my engines is an NWP unit, which is a reminder of the time I spent living in California. A pair I have are from the local railroad where I grew up, and most of the other ones are from companies of which I am friends with the respective owners.
I am slowly weeding out the really far-off stuff, trying to keep a core of relevant stuff.


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Hi Greg, I try to keep mine to Minnesota traffic,

NP: GP-18, 4-4-0
CNW: GP-18 (2), GP-9
Great Northern: SW-12
SLCR (my own road name): 0-6-0, 0-4-0
Milwaukee Road: H-10

I think that's it!


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Good question!

If my inventory were up to date I could give you an accurate answer. As it is I'll have to look for this thread again sometime in the future.


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I'm trying to stick to the GN, but they seem to be harder to come by.
I have a couple of GN E7A's, a GN GP35, GN 0-6-0 Switcher, Santa Fe SD45B, UP 4-8-4, and a couple of other oddball Santa Fe and UP engines I'm going to do something with.


Gandy Dancer
Technically, zero. My one locomotive does not have a road name on it, because the railroad has no name. The owner never thought to give it a separate name; it being just a tool for the quarry and stone yard business.

Maybe I suffer from engine envy and don't know it.
For me, mostly Conrail and its predecessor lines, as I hired out on Conrail and worked for them in my younger days:
- Conrail
- Penn Central
- New York Central
- Pennsylvania

But I also like older Milwaukee Road diesels, and have three (GP9, GP40 and SD7)
And also a Bessemer & Lake Erie SD7, with its own orange-and-black paint job (that doesn't look too much different from the Milwaukee colors).
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3 : W&N, P&R, B&O

The original railroad was the Wilmington & Northern. It was purchased by the Philadelphia & Reading in 1900. I'm modeling 1903, so there are a few W&N engines still floating around that haven't been repainted. The rest are P&R. I will have one B&O engine that does a live interchange.
Well, the trite answer is "none", since I don't currently have a layout. But locomotives owned by railroad - nine:

Chesapeake and Ohio (1)
Conrail (2, gifts from one of my best friends)
Gulf, Mobile and Ohio (1)
Illinois Central (and two ICG units) (40)
Monon (1)
New York Central (2)
Nickel Plate Road (2)
Norfolk and Western (4)
Union Pacific (1)

...along with 26 units of the "Undecorated Railroad", most of which will end up as either Illinois Central or remain undecorated. You know, eighty-two million projects with only time for 12,418 of them, most of them won't get done.

If I count correctly, that's 80 locomotives -- for a man who's train room is roughly 13' x 16'... along with nearly 1,300 pieces of rolling stock. That's probably too many for "Z" scale - and I model in "HO".

But they're all so loveable! :D



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One nice thing about being in a club is you can run anything and any era. I primarily have CSX with some Conrail, Chessie System, and 2 UP (4141 GB and 1943). is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.