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Vic in Kenefick    Posted 06-05-2004 at 01:53:26       [Reply]  [No Email]

WE had this steam engine come through Dayton today. On the raido they said it was really hauling but when it came up the hill it sure slowed down. Hope to have my own pictures soon. I got a penny smashed flat by it too.

ret    Posted 06-05-2004 at 10:58:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
strange how you remember things that happened so long ago. Lived four blocks from the Illinois Central roundhouse in Waterlooo, Ia for 30 years. Used to go by the roundhouse every day on way to high school. In fact, used to go right through the middle of it cause it was a shortcut. It was about three blocks long. Try that now. It usually was full of engines getting overhauled, and all the guys working there were covered with soot and grease. Waited more times than I want to remember for switch engines to clear the track. Used to hear them at night, never forgot the sound of their whistle . Fern is sure right on how dirty they made the air. We had three railroads running through town, ILL Central, Chicago Great Western and Rock Island. They say one reason Dillinger never robbed a bank there was cause you had to cross railroad tracks in every direction to get out of town. Went to grade school next to a track, troop trains in the 40s used to come through there full of waving soldiers and tanks guns and etc.Chamberlain washing machine wringer plant was five blocks the other way from us, they converted to making shells during the war. Big shells, you could hear the 50 ton presses when they came down on the metal, five blocks away. they ran 24/7 during the war. Whump, whump. When the Ic shops closed down in the late 50s, you heard the steam engines no more, but when I moved to Ca and worked in a shop halfway between SF and San jose, which was only 25 feet from our back door, trains were an everyday occurance. Then someone decided to revive the steamers for a day and call it the Freedom Train. That day suddenly I heard a sound that jarred my senses. I knew it was a steam engine long before it came into view. I realized how much I missed that whistle, and every year when it came through I waited for it.

deadcarp    Posted 06-05-2004 at 09:18:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
We lived by the tracks for awhile and ore trains came by. If a wheel passed over penny it would ovalize. If you were lucky, another wheel would get it. Then you'd take the curve out & set it back for the next train. I've seen pennys get rolled to the size of belt buckles. :)

Fern(Mi)    Posted 06-05-2004 at 04:35:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Remember seeing these iron giants on the Grand Trunk RR during the forty's between Detroit and Chicago. Then they were gone with water and coal towers swiftly falling in disrepair eventually coming down.
A kid on the farm, there was a regular local passing two miles from out home. Not close enough to see every day it was a treat for a kid when I had the chance.
Dirty smelly things carried my imagination with them whenever seeing one going by watching their belched smoke trail out behind them often slowly drifting away slowly making any imaginary journey last longer.
Thanks for reviving and old memory Vik.

Clod    Posted 06-05-2004 at 05:47:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I live right by the tracks Vic is saying the train came down.I DIDNT SEE IT.I would only conclude that the engineer and my boss dont see eye to eye so he avoided passing the shop here by a going down the backroads.

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