||L&N trains were as common as
NC&StL in Nashville. Geep number 507 is a heavily
modified Athearn custom painted, weathered and detailed
specific for L&N 507. It uses a GP 35 frame and
has all the usual upgrades for good running. It was
usual for L&N to lash up Diesels in strange configurations.
||At Kayne Ave. engine terminal, there was a four
stall roundhouse which is long gone. It was used
to service the terminal switchers and do light repairs
on road units. Here I have staged a hostler next
to the ready track shack as Mikado number 672 sits
ready. 671 was the last real number of a Mikado on
the NC, class L-2.
||Another view of Mikado 672 “hot and ready” on
the outbound track at Kayne Ave. engine house. Numbers
672 and 3 are “what-if” class L-3 made
from Tyco Mikes with Pacific boilers, USRA cabs and
Bachman semi-Vanderbilt tenders. These two engines
have synchronized steam sound and all the usual upgrades
for flawless operation.
||Double header through Nashville with J-1 mountain
number 553 and J-3 “stripe” 576. The
otherwise stock USRA Bachman Mountain has been slightly
modified with NC styling queues and re-arranged details.
Two grace my RR, one having had its number changed
to 550 and details also re-arranged.. Typically I
run them together with a string of 12 heavyweights
from Bachman. Note that both a 4-8-2 and a 4-8-4
are of the same class prefix on the NC&StL.
||A view from Broadway, NC steamer 654 is having
trouble with her fire as she struggles to get to
shops for repairs, probably to the blower. Smoke
abatement was very important to Nashville and to
the NC. This model is a heavy-duty re-do of a Tyco
mike using a Cary light mike boiler, Kemtron working
valve gear and cylinders and details specific to
engine 654.The tender is unusual in that it is rectangular,