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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #320 on: May 19th, 2012, 6:08pm »
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Echoes of a long-dead past haunt the silent interior of a retired L&N RPO.....
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/ln/ln-r1100ajc.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #321 on: May 19th, 2012, 6:15pm »
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Norm........
 
Now THAT's what I call a STORY!!!!!!!!!!
 
I KNEW that there HAD to be an interesting story behind that handsome little train!
 
My first thought was of a vintage LIONEL 027 set!
 
This reminds me of a 1950's battery-op tin litho SF set I purchased last year......train consists of only a diesel and a dome-obs!
 
Yes, indeed......TRUTH is STRANGER than FICTION!!!!
 
"H.F.M."


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #322 on: May 19th, 2012, 6:25pm »
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A truly elegant, stylish NP consist, 1963 (check out those vintage autos on the right!)........
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/np/np6700Acca.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #323 on: May 19th, 2012, 6:32pm »
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NP baggage car #410 at Savanna, Illinois, 1968......
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/np/np-b410ajs.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #324 on: May 19th, 2012, 7:39pm »
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Dearborn Station, Chicago, 1960 (WABASH).......
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/wab/wab1021ads.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #325 on: May 19th, 2012, 9:22pm »
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Minneapolis (RI), 1966......
 
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #326 on: May 19th, 2012, 9:28pm »
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St. Paul (RI), 1966.........
 
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #327 on: May 19th, 2012, 10:14pm »
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Blue Island (RI), 1969......
 
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #328 on: May 19th, 2012, 10:28pm »
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NYC express car and Flexi-Vans, Cleveland, 1966.......
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/nyc/nyc-be9310gea.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #329 on: May 19th, 2012, 10:33pm »
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NYC Train #222, Geneva, 1964.......
 
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #330 on: May 19th, 2012, 10:39pm »
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NYC RPO #1263, Lafayette Jct., Indiana, 1967.....
 
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #331 on: May 19th, 2012, 10:44pm »
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NYC #8976 at Crestline, Ohio, 1966.......
 
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #332 on: May 19th, 2012, 10:48pm »
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Baggage-Dorm #2962 (NYC), Farmingham, MA, 1960......
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/nyc/nyc-bd2962arl.jpg


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« Reply #333 on: May 19th, 2012, 10:50pm »
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on May 19th, 2012, 6:03pm, Norm_Anderson wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Mr. Malone, this photo may be kept and referred-to as "Exhibit A" to prove that no matter what you do on your model railroad, there is a prototypical precedent . . .
 
The true story behind this photo is also stranger than fiction (as in, you can't make this stuff up):
 
In 1948, the C&O's Robert R. Young planned to get in on the postwar streamliner frenzy with a dazzling Washington-to-Cincinnati service to be named The Chessie.  Resplendent in stainless steel with bright yellow pier panels, the all-daylight streamliner was to be pulled behind a massive and futuristic Steam Turbine locomotive (C&O was a coal-hauler, after all, and going to Diesel seemed, well, just a bit disloyal).  There were also two Vista-Domes-- a mid-train Dome Sleeper, and a beautiful round-end-Dome chair-lounge Observation.  These Domes were distinctive for their rather "rakish" profile-- a bit lower to the car roof than the standard Budd "short dome," but sitting astride the car rather like a tam-o-shanter cocked forward.  The idea was to enhance the overall "streamlined" effect.
 
Three trainsets were built and delivered (including the locomotives, so I'm told!), but then the idea was abruptly dropped, and The Chessie never ran a single revenue mile.  The rakish Dome Observation Cars were reassigned to Michigan, where they appeared for a while on the Pere Marquette streamliners.
 
The next year, 1949, the Domes were sold to the Denver & Rio Grande Western, which assigned them to its Royal Gorge between Denver and Salt Lake City via Pueblo and over Tennessee Pass.  D&RGW modified them for mid-train operation, not squaring-off their boat-tail round ends, but instead adding a "back porch" of sorts around the rear-end door.
 
By 1966, the Royal Gorge had fallen off to the point that the Domes were removed and reassigned to this train, the Yampa Valley Mail, plying the rails between Denver and Craig via the Moffatt Tunnel.  here's the kicker-- what is shown in the photo was the train's usual consist!  Single PA, RPO, and Dome Observation.  One of the most elegant little mail trains ever to take the field.
 
 
Regards,
 
Norm
 
P.S.  Thanks to Phil ("Vista") Dohmen's terrific DOMEmain website, here are a couple of links to these unique cars.  The first shows one of these Obs. cars as private car "Big Ben," restored to stainless steel glory, but showing the "back porch" to good effect.  As delivered, these cars had the usual rounded end, and bright yellow pier panels.
 
http://www.trainweb.org/DOMEmain/picCO1875g.jpg
 
The second is a side profile and floorplan (with the rear Lounge area devoted to more Coach seating), which clearly shows the "rakish" Dome-- so far as I know, this was unique to the six Domes built for The Chessie.
 
http://www.trainweb.org/DOMEmain/picDRGWdiagramc.jpg

 
 
In addition to the steam-turbine-electrics, C&O streamlined a couple of Hudons. If memory serves (not sure how many - one for certain because it survived to become part of the collection at the B&O Museum at Baltimore Mt. Clare Station). They had the same unusual prow shape as the turbines, and the stainless steel and yellow and blue colors.


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #334 on: May 19th, 2012, 10:54pm »
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Closer view of NYC express car (ex-troop sleeper) at Cleveland, 1966, seen in earlier photo......
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/nyc/nyc-be9310geb.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #335 on: May 19th, 2012, 10:58pm »
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NYC heavyweight baggage #8216 at Crestline, Ohio, 1966.......
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/nyc/nyc-b8216gea.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #336 on: May 20th, 2012, 12:07am »
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Here's one for my good friend, Norm, aka Mr. Santa Fe.....<G>
 
Fort Madison, IA, 1950's............
 
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #337 on: May 20th, 2012, 12:16am »
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Another classic SF shot for Norm......sure looks like a good head-end load on this train at Pinole, CA, 1966 (note containers)............
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/atsf/atsf0021rsa.jpg


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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #338 on: May 20th, 2012, 12:34am »
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''HEAD-END HEAVEN'', Dearborn Station, Chicago, 1956...........
 
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HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
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« Reply #339 on: May 20th, 2012, 12:42am »
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This 1966 scene at Kansas City speaks many volumes............
 
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