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HwyHaulier
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« Reply #40 on: Feb 2nd, 2016, 9:10am »
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Norm - R.C. - Lodge Members -
 
Errata Trivia Note. Here, R.C. remarked on the ESPEE handling of the head lamp housing. Your writer mentally noted it, but wrote it  
off as ESPEE being ESPEE. The line had its own way of doing things...
 
While your writer with the late "Corn Flakes" motor freight line, and at Menlo Park Offices, we always had to work with the refugees  
from the D L & W RR. These fellows lost out in the "musical chairs" result of ERIE (so called) merger. Anyway, the former D L & W  
folks would be quick to criticize the ESPEE Line between San Francisco and San Jose. They believed the ESPEE physical plant  
much too simplistic. They thought the line should have had CTC on it, at the least...
 
...............Ya' hadta' been there!.............Vern............................


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« Reply #41 on: Apr 26th, 2016, 1:44pm »
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Wow, this seems to be the day for "we haven't been here in a while" GTL's.......
 
This "White Mountain" is in no fear of exploding anytime soon (the last one was about 200 years ago), but just like they didn't think Mt. St. Helens would ever erupt, it of course COULD. It's a favorite of mountain climbers (no thanks, I'll take a pass!), and as you can see, it's a favorite photo prop on the way from Redding (not Reading, that's another place in Pennsylvania)
 


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« Reply #42 on: Apr 28th, 2016, 3:56pm »
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When completed in 1926, this part of the SP shown here was 25 miles shorter than what it replaced, and reduced the maximum grade from 3.3% to 2.2%. The line is also referred to by the name of the mountain range shown here.
C'mon, drink up and GTL!


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« Reply #43 on: Apr 28th, 2016, 4:17pm »
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T.L., I don't know if this soft drink brand is known on the East Coast, but they have a slogan - - "It Hasta Be _______"
 
This mountain is one of the "crown jewels" of California, and is one of a string of volcanoes that form Western North America's contribution to the "Ring of Fire." (Other names in the chain are Rainier, St. Helens, Hood, Baker, Lassen, and others.  And, you're right, T.L., we've learned to be very hesitant to call any volcano "extinct."
 
This particular peak also lent its name to one of Espee's most famous streamliners, and even prompted them to have a fleet of Chair Cars built with extra-large windows, the better to wow the paying patrons.  Not only this peak, but also the entire crossing of the Cascades, is spectacularly beautiful.  The snow on the peak stays there year 'round, though lately with the severe drought, there is much less of it than usual.
 
Though today, Amtrak's Coast Starlight is scheduled through here after dark in both directions, if the northbound run is a couple of hours late and the sky is clear, you would be treated to the almost moving experience of seeing the peak set afire by the first rays of sunrise.
 
A superb photo.
 
 
Regards,
 
Norm


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« Reply #44 on: Apr 28th, 2016, 6:08pm »
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Yes it is pretty well known on the east coast. Agreed on all counts!


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« Reply #45 on: Apr 29th, 2016, 8:53am »
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on Apr 28th, 2016, 6:08pm, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Yes it is pretty well known on the east coast. Agreed on all counts!  

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Incidental Baltimore History Note: SHASTA name well known locally. It did originate in California. Into its earlier years,  
it bottled DEER PARK Water here, and the product available on B & O RR Diners.  
This explains it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shasta_%28soft_drink%29
Also: http://www.deerparkwater.com/#/assured/history_and_heritage
 
..........................Vern...........................


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You guys have it, it's Mt. Shasta, in California!
 
The photo dates to 1979 and is from John Carr at www.carrtracks.com
 


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