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ErieAtlantic7597
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« on: Oct 9th, 2006, 1:37pm »
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  Dear Friends,
 
   Last night I received a phone call from a very old, good friend of mine. He just registered here on railfan.net. I had already told him how friendly this site is. And actually, you guys have seen him already in the photos at the BCRR.
 
   He is going by SteamHeaton. I know him since he was about ten or thirteen years old from the Florida Live Steamers organization and when he was active at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Ft. Lauderdale. He just recently took possesion of a 1.6 scale complete running chasis of a USRA 2-8-2 Mikado.
 
   BTW, he is also a locomotive engineer for a major railroad. I sure hope all here make him welcome in the same fashion that you all made me welcome a while ago.  
 
   Take care,
 
   Bruce  


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anthonyd_SRR
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 9th, 2006, 5:36pm »
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SteamHeaton,  
Welcome to Railfan.net enjoy your stay!!!!!!!! If you need anything ask any of use, we don't bite(usally ) I mostly wonderd around the Tourist Railroads, Model trains and the Mainline.  
Welcome Aboard
-AnthonyD


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« Reply #2 on: Oct 9th, 2006, 8:20pm »
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hey mister raritan loco!
 
where ya been!  you WILL be posting pictures of your loco for all to see.   the only loco that i know of that will run more hours in a night than bruce's erie atlantic (stopping only for coal, water, and operator necessities)??!!!?
 
for those who've never witnessed the raritan river loco, it generally sees more 'railtime' in a week of meet running than some locos see in 5 years....hmmm, maybe longer.  it's for sure that bruce has more than a few stories to tell about this fine young livesteamer!
 
btw, if you ever get rid of the raritan...just park it in my garage!  it is one of the locos that i watch the most, because it runs like a deere, er, deer.  welcome to the railfan.net threads, please do visit and post in the threads that interest you...often!
 
 
moose the caboose


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« Reply #3 on: Oct 9th, 2006, 8:39pm »
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SteamHeaton,
Welcome aboard. Yeah, that Raritan River is some chooch.
 
Greg B.


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« Reply #4 on: Oct 9th, 2006, 9:03pm »
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Hello,and thankyou Bruce, Matt,Anthony,and George ,for the warm welcome. This is a great site. My name is Ray Heaton, I have known Bruce since I was  around 11. I have been in the live steam hobby since 1980,when I attended my first meet , which was at John Cassady's. This was the FLS winter  meet, and the hobby in fl was at a different place ,back then. All of the tracks were on private property, and they were much smaller meets than we are used to today , but in no way any less fun. Every 3 or 4 months we would all get together at a different track , usuually the same track was used for the winter meet and the summer meet and so on. Iaquired my first loco at age  14 and had only the basic skills to run it ,but none  of the skills required to maintain it , this would come later. |I was cutting grass back then for my cash and  had to scrape together all of it  for the raritan, which was sold to me by another very good live steamer,  to make room for his next project. 25 years later I still own this engine. I  have  learned alot alongthe way including welding a new boiler for the  raritan,  the running gear is the only thing that is still original. I also aquired a  mogul about 10 years ago which i just sold to a young and very good live steamer  in fl. He is polishing the rails in largo with that one now. I am now working on a 1.6 mikado ,that I bought ,running on air . sorry for getting so long winded ,just wanted you to know a little about me , and I am also an engineer for the CN. running the real ones for  almost 20 years now . thanks again for the warm welcome , looking forward to many good articles onhere. SteamHeaton

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« Reply #5 on: Oct 9th, 2006, 9:55pm »
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here is a pic  of the raritan. SteamHeaton

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and here is a pic of the mike chassis, which I intend to finish as a I.C. mike complete with aux tender. steamHeaton

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« Reply #7 on: Oct 9th, 2006, 10:27pm »
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   I'm sort of partial to this pic of the Raritan.


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« Reply #8 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 4:05pm »
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Nice pics amd engine
~AnthonyD~


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« Reply #9 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 4:51pm »
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   Ray,
 
   Please post pictures as the Mikado project takes shape. I'm sure most here would be very interested in that undertakeing. Especially since most folks, even in our scale, don't do the Illinois Central. The boiler portion of the project will be VERY interesting to say the least.
 
   Take care,
 
   Bruce


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   Guys,
 
   Here are a couple of snap shots of SteamHeaton enjoying himself at the BCRR back in March of this year.
   Ray bringing the NYC Mohawk up grade to the arched bridge.


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   and another pic. Ray running the very nicely build and operating GE Dash40-C of Dunkin Herring's. Ray commented that this engine ran so prototypicaly that he felt he was back working his regular job. Heh,heh,heh.


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« Reply #12 on: Oct 11th, 2006, 2:29pm »
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Hello all.  Here is the business end of the raritan. The fire box on this engine is only 4x6 inches ,so you are pretty busy keeping it hot. All the important stuff ,has lights , the pressure gauge,and water glass.for night running , and the head light is wired for bright ,dim and off. Dim is nice when meeting a train.  SteamHeaton

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Nice pics
~AnthonyD~


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« Reply #14 on: Oct 11th, 2006, 7:39pm »
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  Guys,
 
   This next photo will confirm just what I always say to you younger guys that are interested in live steam. That if, at your age, you get bit by the live steam bug, its for life. Ray (SteamHeaton) may want to kill me for posting this pic, but I just counld'nt resist.  
   It is of Ray in 1981. I don't know who's switcher it is or at what track. But its a neat picture of a very young live steamer. Sorry for the poor photo quality. It came out of the 1981 Florida Live Steamers year book.
 
   Take care,
 
   Bruce


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   Oh, BTW, did anyone notice, in reply #13, the steam pressure gauge in the cab of the Raritan reading 120 psi.  
 
   You all should see that thing running at night. Skyrockets in the night.  
 
   Br.


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« Reply #16 on: Oct 12th, 2006, 11:31am »
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Bruce , the pic of me is at the Elder's track,and the loco is the  Hill's switcher , fort taylor and south western.  That loco was a battery powered,  koster built engine.  My grand father bought that from the Hill's and we had  alot of fun with it.  And yes thanks for posting it, I owe you one. Steamheaton

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The next few pics are ,the 2-8-2 chassis , All of the work up to now was completed by a gentleman from Indiana. It is running on air ,and ready for the boiler. Steamheaton.

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another  2-8-2 pic

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2-8-2 pic

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