ramblings of a railfan


While it has been somewhat unofficial since the beginning of February of this year (or mid-August 2013, depending on how you look at it), as of today, the 11th of April 2014, this Tumblr will be officially on Hiatus until further notice. 

I wonder how many of you saw this coming. Regardless, I do not anticipate my eventual return being any earlier than the beginning of June.

Thank you very much for your time.

As always,

Ramblings of a Model Railroader

While I haven’t done any real model railroading in some time, I’ve recently been doing some thinking on my model railway and how it fits into the context of everything.

I imagine my railroad, The New York and North Western Railway (NYNW), being a Erie Railroad-owned/controlled subsidiary that operated all local traffic east of Port Jervis between the late ‘40s and the Erie Lackawanna’s inclusion into Conrail in '76 (possibly even outlasting the EL, like the NYS&W did).

This allows me to model my home territory in Orange County, and run both steam and diesel.

It’ll be a few years before I ever have the time and space to build a proper layout, but I might start with a modular thing soon. The only thing I have gotten down is an idea of what the NYNW’s logo might have been. 

This is that logo, or at least the first draft of it, clearly showing the road’s Erie lineage:

But when working that out, I had a few other, erm, unconventional ideas…

Like an Erie/NYNW-owned Lehigh and Hudson River Railway (L&HR). The L&HR was one of two railroads headquartered in the county, the other being the Middletown and Unionville / Middletown and New Jersey.

Or an Erie/NYNW-owned New York, Ontario and Western (OW):

Or how about what is probably the most probable of the three, an Erie-owned New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway (NYSW), based on the fact that the Erie had a controlling interest in the Susquehanna:

Anyway, just some ramblings I’d thought I’d share…