5.4.18

IN PRAISE OF TOASTERS.

Classic Trains's Kevin P. Keefe reflects on the preservation of an AEM-7 "Toaster" in Cold Spring Shops's backyard.
An AEM7 as a museum piece? It seems like only last week these nimble little Swedish-design units began showing up on the Northeast Corridor — but it was nearly 40 years ago.

I remember standing on the platform at Princeton Junction in those days and for the first time watching one of these compact motors go whooshing past with a long train of Amfleet cars. With its boxy body, ribbed sides, and jumble of resistors atop its roof, it looked every bit “the toaster” it came to be called. It also looked like the future.

Of course, all eras become classic if you wait long enough, and that’s obviously the case here.
That just means he, and I, are still on this side of Valhalla, and capable of reminiscing.

The Toasters once had to give way to diesels on trains headed east of New Haven.


They began running through to Boston at the beginning of the current century.

I have some Atlas O models of Toasters, including one that's undecorated.  The purists might not like what I have in mind for a paint job.

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