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"Hudson Night"

On Feb 18, 2017, the Northern Florida Division featured "Hudson Night" at its regular 3rd Saturday meeting. Various members brought their Hudsons to operate on Larry's layout. At one point, we had 6 trains running at once, all pulled by Hudsons. There were some accidental rear end collisions with two trains operating on one track. Larry's block control system is helpful, but not fail safe if one train gets too far into the next trains' block.

We operated 5 different Gilbert Pacemaker sets from 1954, 55, 56, 57, and 58. We had 4 different locomotive numbers represented and one that was converted to High Rail operation pulling a long string of American Models heavy weight cars. Lloyd Lippert brought a kit that he had purchased to double head two Hudsons, but the bracket that came with the kit snagged on the pilot wheels and did not work. We tried modifying the bracket, but could not get it to work reliably.

We closed out the evening watching two videos featuring prototype Hudsons. One can be found on YouTube: The Mighty Hudson Steam Locomotive.
The second one was the "History of the 20th Century Limited Part 1" on loan to us from the Bill Howes collection.

Thanks to Sharon Lippert for her delicious Chocolate Chip cookies, and a good time was had by all.

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