Mr. Ed. I was originally going to model 1954 - 1959, then along came those beautiful I-5 models. So, I pickd up some. Then the artcile by Ms. Kathy Millatt on "Build a New Haven Class J-2 Heavy Mikado" in Model Railroader, vol. 78, no. 3, which explained not only how to make corrections to an excellent existing model, but also a very simple way to make the New Haven's classic arched windows. So, I picked up two J-2's, some J-1's, a Mongul, a Consolidation, a R-3, two I-4's, and some other steam locomotives, all of which will be detailed to match specific New Haven steam locomotives that still existed in 1949 (I'll be using Mr. J.W. Swanberg's New Haven Power 1938 - 1968 (1988) as my reference). So, I back dated my layout's model era to 1949 - 1959. So, take the plung. There are plenty of lost wax brass and plastic detailing parts to make the locomotive New Haven specific. I know mine will not be in the same quality as the late Mr. John Pryke, but his is a standard I can strive for.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr. member #3967