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Manitoba    Posted 02-15-2005 at 13:17:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
http://www.vintagelocomotivesociety.mb.ca/index.html

Have a gander at this old girl...


Farmall    Posted 02-15-2005 at 18:17:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I only seen onna those engines running, tho I saw a few in St Joe, maybe as switchers. They wasnt moving that I remember. The one I saw running, Ill always remember, even tho I only saw 1/2 of it. Dad had a 54 blue Chevy pk. in round about 56 or earlier. We came into Wathena, Kansas we had to cross the tracks. You drove right up to them, then turned rinht to cross them. There was a steep hill that ended near where the road crossed the tracks so that you couldnt see the train till you was nearly on the tracks. Well, dad got us on the tracks, and the engine blue, comeing from his side. I looked out and saw only about 1/2 the engine, from the light on down. he floored it, the babbit beater coughed and we got across just in time. Boy did mom eat his sass for awhile. Another time, this time comeing into St Joe on 4th street, they had like 4 tracks across the street. Well at that time they had a passenger train called the Tom Sawyer Special, or somthikng like that, every car was named a name of the story of Tom Sawyer. Anyway, that thing flew. We was on a couple of the tracks when it came round the bend. It more or less hit the street the same time it triggered the RR crossing lites. Anyway, dad stopped, and we watched it go by, REAL CLOSE. He got a good eating again on that deal


mark - LOL    Posted 02-15-2005 at 20:46:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Reminds me of the time we were coming into
a town called Vergas to meet another train.
There's a blind crossing south of town where
we come out of a cut that's also a curve, right
out of the curve is the xing.

Well we came out of the cut blowing the horn
and heres a caddy coming down the road at a
good clip. He must not of heard us cause he
didn't brake until he saw us, that caddy pitched
nose down, tires squealing. I'm looking at the
car and I see this little white haired head on
the passengers side bounce off the dash.

I radioed to the train we were meeting, told
them what happened and suggested they go
by slow in case the old folks needed help.
Smart aleck on the other crew gets on and
says " Well, right about now I bet that ol' boy
wishes he had just gone ahead and hit that ol'
train "


REt    Posted 02-15-2005 at 15:44:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was born ,grew up and lived for 30 years 4 blocks from the Illinois Central Roundhouse in Waterloo,Ia. Used to cut through the roundhouse on the way to high school. They never kicked us out. That place had a lot of stalls for engines to be overhauled. What dirty hard work is was. The big switching yard was there too, hundreds and hundreds of cars waiting to be hooked to make up a train. We had three railroads running through town, Ic, Rock Island and Chicago Great Western. They said one reason Dillinger never robbed a bank there was because you could never be sure you could get out of town. Sure loved the sound of those engines in the dead of night. Had a lot of school buddies who worked on the RR. some became engineers, some dispatchers. It is all closed now, the diesel engine killed the whole works. When I lived in Ca, used to like to visit the RR museum in Sacramento to see some of those old engines. You can take a ride on them too.
REt


sawtooth    Posted 02-15-2005 at 14:51:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think there ought to be a steam engine ran on every track in the country at least once a year. There is a large percentage of citizens that have never seen one operate. (the government has $$$ to waste on all kinds of less worthwhile projects) When I was a kid I used to sit in the yard and watch them go by on a track a mile away. Mighty impressive to a kid- and grownups alike.


mark    Posted 02-15-2005 at 14:59:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a chance to see the one the UP runs.
Yes, it was an impressive machine !


Burrhead    Posted 02-15-2005 at 17:02:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
My son worked on the UP engine for several days to get it spit shined and ready to carry Scrub from Houston to Crawford on vaction but when the prezident's party arrived UP brought in a whole different crew to run the train.

They had it about 20 miles away for a good neighbor whistle stop last year but I could'nt make it that day. I'd sure love to see it up close.


mark    Posted 02-15-2005 at 17:16:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was just lucky. It was on a run from Chicago
or to Chicago but either way it went through
the Twin Cities. Just so happened I was down
there for AET.

I bet your boy was hoppin mad, I'd a been. He
shoulda pi**ed on the rail, that causes
engines to go in the ditch ya know.


Burrhead    Posted 02-15-2005 at 18:08:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
yeah he was a little miffed awright....I told him he should have put a penny on the tracks and turned it over. ;^)

They run it out of Houston fairly often now I think. Scrub hauls some sheetheads around Texas on it.


mark    Posted 02-15-2005 at 20:33:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
They say if you place a penny in front of every
wheel it won't move. Never tried it ... too cheep
: )


Bob/Ont    Posted 02-15-2005 at 13:45:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice engine Friendly. See they run out of Winnipeg, could of swore I saw an old engine like that coming out the line from there when we came back from the west in 71. Nice to see them still rollin.
Later Bob


midway    Posted 02-15-2005 at 14:08:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Brings back memories of the early 30's when my father was the engineer on a steam locomotive on the Chicago and Alton line. He was on the line between Roodhouse IL. and Mexico, MO.. My older brother who was 9 and I at 7 would get to ride up in the engine with him, having to get in the coal car if the superintendent came near. He ran a helper engine, doing local work around Louisiana, Mo., moving boxcars in and out of Starks Nursery and helping the long trains up the hill between Louisiana and Bowling Green.


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