Metro North is a commuter railroad that operates out of New York City, servicing downstate NY and much of CT, feeding commuters into the city. I've MOC's a classic consist dating to the 90's, of an FL9 and shoreliner coaches.
About this creation
A parting shot of the EMD F series diesel. These were the workhorses of the Hudson Line fleet, and were inherited from the original New York Central / Penn Central, later Amtrak, equipment.
They were underpowered, and a typical train of 7 coaches would be pulled by two of them, or one "A" unit and one "B" unit. They've since been retired from service in favor of the GE P42 Genesis locos.
A final bit of trivia: FL9 diesels are actually dual-mode, meaning that they also have a third-rail shoe which allows them to run via electricity on the lower Hudson and in Grand Central Terminal. The hole in the roof is for a Power Functions IR receiver.
A Bombardier Cab car, which contains an auxiliary control room for a motorman to operate the South-bound trains. Metro-North runs its trains as push-pull, which means that the locomotive does not have be at the front of the train.
A Shoreliner coach, with the blue stripe denoting that it is part of the MTA's main NY fleet. As an homage to their NY Central ancestry, Hudson Line cars are actually named.
The red stripe denotes that this car is actually owned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Some Metro North FL9's, and even one or two of the current P42's, were painted in classic New Haven Railroad livery.
The parts have been ordered via Bricklink, and I will have actual pictures up when I've built the train. I've designed some custom decals using CorelDraw and Photoshop, and am actually looking for suggestions on printing.
True on both points, Lucas! The L indicated a longer carriage, with the third axle incorporated to handle the additional weight of certain components inside the locomotive. The power functions motors are only two axle, unfortunately.
On the second point, MNRR inherited hand-me-downs from several railroads, and the handful of "B" units that I'd seen could have very well been old E8 stock painted in matching livery. The FL9's also ran in "AA" combos, with the second "A" functioning as a "B"
Very nice, the tried and true 6-wide F-unit nose contours never get old. One thing which stood out between your model and the prototype is that the FL9s had a 6-axle Flexicoil truck in the rear. Also, there were no B-units made.