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The Filth of Progress Immigrants, Americans, and the Building of Canals and Railroads in the West - By eamurphy on 03/03/17 at 15:19:51 - 'Facebook_Filth_copy_1260x672.jpg' 85 KB
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The Filth of Progress: Immigrants, Americans, and the Building of Canals and Railroads in the West
Ryan Dearinger, March 11th, Lansing Michigan
Library of Michigan
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Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 01/13/17 at 13:53:47 - 'DSC_0852.jpg' 134 KB


What is this thing? - By ki4fkw on 11/11/16 at 15:33:45 - '15034005_10206145437554952_1927632478_o.jpg' 221 KB
This is in Ohatchee, Alabama on the Coosa River. Due to the severe drought, the river is down about 6 feet, right now. This would usually be under several feet of water and about 15 feet from the bank. This river is dammed. About a mile north of  this thing's location is the H. Neely Henry hydroelectric dam. Above it is the H. Neely Henry Lake. This thing is laying on the low side of the dam, which is the beginning of Logan Martin lake.  About 300 yards up river, there is a live railroad bridge that crosses the river.  
I know you can't tell from the picture, but the rail seems to be pretty thin as compared to current rails.  
I am a rail appreciator, but not a knowledgeable rail fan.
I'm just curious what this thing is and how old it could be.


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 08/08/16 at 05:02:45 - '14-2.jpg' 80 KB


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 08/08/16 at 05:02:15 - '13.jpg' 73 KB


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 08/08/16 at 05:01:49 - '12-2.jpg' 92 KB


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 08/08/16 at 05:01:23 - '11.jpg' 52 KB


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 08/08/16 at 05:00:59 - '10.jpg' 217 KB


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 06/26/16 at 15:47:31 - '9.jpg' 97 KB
Spean Bridge


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 08/08/16 at 05:00:08 - '8.jpg' 327 KB


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 06/26/16 at 16:00:33 - 'UK_Trip_2011_453.jpg' 257 KB
Wrexham Shropshire


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 06/26/16 at 15:53:42 - 'UK_Trip_2011_2_119.jpg' 357 KB


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 06/26/16 at 15:47:31 - 'UK_Trip_2011_349.jpg' 445 KB
Spean Bridge


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 06/26/16 at 15:41:38 - 'UK_Trip_2011_431.jpg' 310 KB


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 06/24/16 at 02:58:58 - 'UK_Trip_2011_414_-_Copy.jpg' 295 KB


Re: UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 06/24/16 at 02:58:21 - 'UK_Trip_2011_371_-_Copy.jpg' 313 KB


UK Rail pics - By CPRail4744 on 06/24/16 at 02:57:27 - 'UK_Trip_2011_370_-_Copy.jpg' 262 KB


Re: Merry Christmas - By Charlie Ricker on 12/25/15 at 17:32:31 - 'CSX_WB_at_382_coming_off_West_Shore_Dec03.jpg' 77 KB
Merry Christmas to all of you fine folks here at Railfan.net! Thanks Henry for keeping these forums some of the finest available online.  
(Westbound CSX coming off the West Shore at Chili Junction, December 2003)


Re: Merry Christmas - By toptrain on 12/25/15 at 08:47:46 - 'IMG_4569_-_Copy.jpg' 118 KB

 *****    Merry Christmas EVERYONE !!!!!  *****  
***    This MORING IS A Magical one. In my life it always has been. Children have a way of making it even more wondrous.  
*  The Christmas wish of "Peace on Earth, Goodwill Towards Men", Still remains in my heart . Hopefully filling the lives of all people every-where with Love and Compassion for each other. Then back to Tiny Tim and his wish of "God Bless Us, Everyone" May it remain in all hearts forever.
  "Peace and Love" a wish from us, the Olear Family to you, everyone, everywhere !


Re: Merry Christmas - By CHESSIEMIKE on 12/24/15 at 09:07:19 - 'NS_38_The_Brick_MC_small.jpg' 123 KB
Merry Christmas to all!


Re: Air Horns - By SBVR 91 on 08/23/07 at 12:33:55 - 'WVOL_69.jpg' 118 KB


Re: Air Horns - By SBVR 91 on 08/23/07 at 12:32:24 - 'WVOL_67.jpg' 115 KB
Has anyone seen this before? While riding a motorcar trip on the South Branch Valley Railroad in June, one of the speeders was equipped with a old cast Nathan P3.


Re: Amazing fire pics - By electro soundwave on 07/24/07 at 22:30:54 - 'Image00048.jpg' 143 KB
to give you an idea of how big this thing was, the northbound had time to clear two signals before we left


Re: Amazing fire pics - By electro soundwave on 07/24/07 at 22:28:18 - 'Image00045.jpg' 142 KB


Re: Amazing fire pics - By electro soundwave on 07/24/07 at 22:25:43 - 'Image00044.jpg' 175 KB
We tended to stay out in the middle of the yard as we figured that being on Track 2 of a very heavy mainline of a Class I railroad was probably the safest place to be.


Re: Amazing fire pics - By electro soundwave on 07/24/07 at 22:22:37 - 'Image00039.jpg' 158 KB


Re: Amazing fire pics - By electro soundwave on 07/24/07 at 22:21:22 - 'Image00037.jpg' 141 KB
I apologize for the photo quality, but I think it's worth it to see the flames


Re: Amazing fire pics - By electro soundwave on 07/24/07 at 22:18:28 - 'Image00035.jpg' 156 KB
It was at this point that I called my sister. I ask her if the house is on fire, as this was in the direction of my house. After getting her confused, I point out the big cloud of black smoke that was visible from our back yard. I live in the general direction of the smoke. Thankfully it wasn't on our street


Re: Amazing fire pics - By electro soundwave on 07/24/07 at 22:15:16 - 'Image00034.jpg' 146 KB
Now by this point, several engineers, conductors, dispatchers, and the yardmaster had come out to see what was going on. After they moved out into the yard, i figured it was OK for me to do so.


Amazing fire pics - By electro soundwave on 07/24/07 at 22:11:15 - 'Image00033.jpg' 133 KB
OK, I was doing a bit of fanning at the NS terminal here in town. It's also the dispatch center for the Piedmont Division, so I get to hear a lot of stuff whenever it occurs. This is what I got to see today.


Large Photo Signatures - By Henry on 07/20/07 at 19:26:38 - 'sigsizes.gif' 30 KB
I have received complaints about some members' oversize photo signatures.
I really don't want to hav to institute rules about the maximum size of signature images so it would save everyone a lot of grief if people would voluntarily shrink their signature images. Signatures are not meant for displaying photographs.
A good rule of thumb is to keep tagline images smaller than about 650x100 pixels in size, like the "Reasonably Sized" box in the attached image. Long and short is better than tall and skinny as it won't scroll a thread so much.


Re: Unusal Railroad road names in parts of the country - By PRR#90 on 07/20/07 at 12:49:50 - '100_0932_712x536.jpg' 84 KB
Last one, now I know BNSF isn't supposed to be in Delaware. If you want to post yours go right ahead, even if it's a RR not in exsistance anymore.


Re: Unusal Railroad road names in parts of the country - By PRR#90 on 07/20/07 at 12:45:44 - '100_0933_712x536.jpg' 91 KB
I'm not sure if this is unsual or not, as you can see it's Canadian National


Unusal Railroad road names in parts of the country - By PRR#90 on 07/20/07 at 12:42:41 - '100_0939_741x556.jpg' 57 KB
I don't know if there already is a topic like this but. This is for unsual road names like, well I'll give you an example. I don't kow about you but I think this is very unsual. This was taken in Harrington, DE.


Re: RR's in your birth year - By hudsonelectric on 06/17/07 at 11:30:04 - 'Boxcar_Russ.jpg' 23 KB
When I was born in 1951, steam was still being used around the country, but was in its twilight years by then. I was raised next to the Erie Mainline in Northern NJ and, although the Erie still had some steam in commuter service, that was being replaced by the famouse ALCO RS2/3s. By the time I was a young railfan, the Erie was in the middle of the best diesel years....ALCO PA & FAs, EMD GP9s and F3/7s and E8s, SW & NW series switchers, bay window and offset cupola steel cabooses...passenger trains from Chicago bound for Jersey City...commuter trains of Stillwell coaches pulled by anything and everything...stations with agents and working water fountains...VERY long freight trains...and, of course, the Lackawanna ferries still ran out of Hoboken, too. The NYS&W ran a block away from my house and I remember those absolutely filthy RS1s the Susquehanna ran as well as those famous Budd RDCs. Back then you could wander around on property and maybe get a guided tour of a caboose...or even a cab ride! The world was different back then...and today's world is lesser for not keeping some of those certain special things.  


America's Oldest Railroad Turns 175 On Saturday!!!! - By anthonyd_SRR on 06/06/07 at 16:37:56 - '90_1.jpg' 42 KB
The Strasburg Rail Road, charter in 1832 turns 175 on Saturday. Today they had some speacil ceremonies but the real day is Saturday.  
There is a Strasburg Rail Road board already but for this special event I thought I would make a topic in hear. MODS: feel free to look this if you think it is a bad place for this topic.


Re: 1853 steam locomotives - By CHESSIEMIKE on 05/09/07 at 00:35:00 - 'The_General_Postcard.jpg' 180 KB
on May 7th, 2007, 11:21pm, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The L&N decided to run a reinactment of sorts in 1962 on the centennial of the original.  They pulled the General out of Chattanooga station, loaded it up on flatcars and got it back in working order as an oil burner - actually diesel fuel - instead of a wood burner and ran it from Kennesaw to Chattanooga under its own power -without diesel helpers - puling a single wood coach on the anniversary and then in other places around their system for about a year.
They did a nice job too.


Re: THE CIRCUS TRAIN - By silver_champion on 05/01/07 at 14:06:30 - 'Pic098_768x576.jpg' 71 KB
In this picture, I would like to know if it is use for a Lounge Car or Diner Car.


Re: THE CIRCUS TRAIN - By silver_champion on 04/23/07 at 07:33:24 - 'Pic076_960x720-1-.jpg' 105 KB
I was at the Greenwich Yard for about two hours taking pictures of the  
circus train, it was a joy. Here is a another picture.


THE CIRCUS TRAIN - By silver_champion on 04/22/07 at 20:04:31 - 'Pic091_960x720-1-.jpg' 93 KB
I went down to CSX Greenwich Yard in S. Philly to see the  
Circus Train. It was something that I had to see and take pictures of.
Here is one,


Re: Your favorite picture - By KingCoal on 04/11/07 at 14:14:07 - 'bliz_of_96.jpg' 37 KB
This is not a "Black and White" and it is not "grainy". It was shot in color at  
2 PM in the afternoon. What you see are snowflakes, many, many of them.
Two Conrail Diesels wait out the "Blizzard of 96" at Lansdale, PA


Mother Nature vs Railroading...... - By Pyronova on 04/10/07 at 13:01:33 - 'washout10.jpg' 30 KB
Lytton British Columbia, Canada.
Extreme rains March 2007.
Canadian Pacific Railway - Thompson River Canyon.


Mother Nature vs Railroading...... - By Pyronova on 04/10/07 at 13:00:50 - 'washout5.jpg' 37 KB
Lytton British Columbia, Canada
Extreme rains March 2007.
Canadian Pacific Railway - Thompson River Canyon.


Mother Nature vs Railroading...... - By Pyronova on 04/10/07 at 13:00:05 - 'washout3.jpg' 35 KB
Lytton British Columbia, Canada.
Extreme rains March 2007.
Canadian Pacific Railway - Thompson River Canyon.


Mother Nature vs Railroading...... - By Pyronova on 04/10/07 at 12:59:11 - 'washout2.jpg' 50 KB
Lytton British Columbia, Canada
Extreme rains March 2007.
Canadian Pacific Railway - Thompson River Canyon.


Re: Your favorite picture - By ranger101 on 04/08/07 at 11:21:28 - 'BY3.jpg' 121 KB
Hi all,
     Chapion and Anthony, nice shots.  I looked through some of the many shots that I've taken over the past 2 years and this one is definitely one of my favorites.  Taken at the Brickyard Crossing in Altoona, Pa.  This was an eastbound-westbound meet at the crossing.


Re: Your favorite picture - By anthonyd_SRR on 04/08/07 at 11:16:56 - 'Big_90_756x617-2.jpg' 39 KB
My favorite pic would have to be this one of Strasburg Railroad 90 at the start of the day


Your favorite picture - By silver_champion on 04/08/07 at 07:49:13 - '59_1088x816-1-.jpg' 152 KB
Lets see your favorite pictures that you have taken. Here is one that I have taken. An Amtrak train going under the 4th St. bridge at the  
Darby Station.


World's Fastest Train....... - By Pyronova on 04/04/07 at 13:43:04 - 'Worlds_Fastest_train_article.jpg' 156 KB
Vancouver Province; April 4 2007:


Important Warning from your friends at the Pullman - By electro soundwave on 03/28/07 at 02:26:23 - 'Image00024.jpg' 135 KB


Re: SILVER CHAMPION - By gg_1 on 03/12/07 at 14:42:05 - 'banner-2.jpg' 57 KB


Re: Trains, TV, Movies, & Other Media - By toddsyr on 03/02/07 at 17:43:32 - 'IC_VID.jpg' 174 KB
Thanks for the input RDG_4-8-4. Anybody know the name of that RR museum out West you speak of? Just curious. Not too long ago I found a neat little video on EBay for a really good price. It's by Railroad Rarities and is called "South Hump I.C Markham Yard 1968". It's 51 minutes of mostly black & white Super 8 video featuring one of Illinois Central's hump yards. I thought it was GREAT! It's a nice look into the past featuring some cool hump action. Things you'd never see today like riding cars and humping auto racks.  All the video was shot by a yard employee. As a nice bonus, Markham Yard is shown as is today in color and it's operations today and yesterday are nicely detailed.  
          Todd K. Stearns


Re: Weird happenings on the R.J. Corman Pennsylvan - By K4s 1361 on 02/24/07 at 16:33:08 - '2005070512540628415.jpg' 121 KB
EMTrailfan, I asked my go to source for information he does not know why the Corman engine was in the yard either, It is not a Cresson to Keating engine, they are Gp38's and Gp-40 Tunnel motors numbered in the 6 and 7000's.
Might be a west Viriginai Lines engine. BTW, if you looked closely there are several Corman Boxcars on the B&P train. They might just be transporting them someplace for Corman, I know i've only ever seen a couple boxcatrs of theirs in Clearfield Yard.
Like i said there is only two places "The Pennsylvania Lines" as they call them can connect into the B&P(Genesee and Wyoming owned) line.
One is Keating into the former "Allegheny Valley Railroad"(A Pennsy operation, the one the yard in Dubois is on.) and in Punxy Via Mahaffey and McGees Mills to Punxy. The "Clearfield and Mahoning Line"(Former BR&P/Baltimore and Ohio) From Dubois to Clearfield through rockton was torn up years ago, you can still see the grade but there are no rails or ballast to be seen. In fact i think it has been donated to Rails to Trails but has not been developed yet.
The engine and cars may be going to yet another R.J. Corman line someplace. Also R.J. Corman bought 2 Gp38's and a Gp-35 from "KCS" anyway, I guess the Gp-35 was former "TFM" engine that had seen it's best chances at preventative maintnance not only pass but be totally ignored!! I guess it arrived in atrocious shape.


Re: Trains, TV, Movies, & Other Media - By toddsyr on 02/21/07 at 06:06:15 - 'Ghost_Rider_Loco.jpg' 14 KB
on Feb 18th, 2007, 5:31pm, electro soundwave wrote:       (Click here for original message)
In Ghost Rider (which is in theaters right now) the first battle between Ghost Rider and Blackheart's forces takes place in a train yard and there is what looks to be an E or F series diesel (although it could be an Alco) sitting in the yard

If I had to guess, I'd say a "Hollyweird Version" of an Alco. The narrow windshields remind me of my PA1's anyhow.
Image from:


Re: Trains, TV, Movies, & Other Media - By toddsyr on 02/17/07 at 17:13:43 - 'DMCL_Train_Car_Hit.jpg' 67 KB
Very nice to see some new interest in an old thread!
electro soundwave:
Ghostbusters2, man, that takes me back in time! At least in my short memory span, lol. I do remember that scene however. I always wondered if the "City Of Albany" was based in fact or ficiton though. Nothing positive in a Google search unfortunately.
No, there's been no mention of anything from the show "Law And Order"in this thread. If you care to add anything please feel free. I could never sit still long enough to sit through an episode of the show but would love reading about anything related to the show and trains, even subways!  
Ah the car chase movies from the '60's, '70's and '80's! None were complete without the rail scenes! One I'll always remember was the very end of "Dirty Mary and Crazy Larry". Just as the trio thought they were getting away, WHAM! Should've Stopped, Looked, and Listened! In my opinion, this was a very important subliminal message to movie goers in the pre-Operation Lifesaver 1970's.
                                                                                Todd K. Stearns
photo from:


Re: Weird happenings on the R.J. Corman Pennsylvan - By K4s 1361 on 02/09/07 at 19:57:16 - '9179TQ-3.jpg' 64 KB
See thats what weirded me out! For as long as i've been able to to train watch( about 32 years!) The cars coming through here were always, PPLX, Chessie,Penn Central,Conrail, and the last few years NS "Top Gons".
This is the first time i've ever seen this reporting mark on local tracks.
See the rail lines here in Clearfield have weird history The "Buffalo, Rochester&Pittsburg" built a line down from Dubois ,Pa. Called the "Clearfield&Mahoning" into the West side of Clearfield through to a "NYC" controlled "Beech Creek Extension Railroad" yard. Later the B&O took control of the B.R&P and got the line. Meanwhile New york central built up from the south and joined into the B.R. P's C&M line and excercised trackage rights over 6.5 miles into Clearfield. So when i was young you seen Penn Central and Chessie trains coming into town, The chessie trains would use the NYC "WYE" to turn around and go back to Dubois, This was when coal was booming here in Clearfield County. The Penn Cnetral trains would of course keep going down the old B.C.E.R. line to Keating.
There used to be a line running down through Downtown Clearfield to Grampian that was a Pennsy line "Tyrone and Clearfield" Branch line from Tyrone up over Wopsononock mountain into Clearfield and on to grampian.
This wa torn up around 1970 from Philipsburg to Tyrone because; 1. it was a redundant line and 2. It was too steep and winding for the modern unit trains. The remaining Clearfield to Grampian part was joined into the Former New york central yard by Penn Central, But it dead ended in Grampian at Hepburnia Coal companies collieries. When Hepburnia coal reduced operations Conrail tore up the rest in 1989. this rail line is nothing but an barely used siding now ending at the edge of town coming in from the railyard.
You can still see where the Pennsy Yard was some of the wearhouses are still standing as other businesses and an Apartment building, The St. Charles Cafe was the old hotel across from the old Pennsy passenger station that is now a Laundromat. But the line is gone forever the remainder of it West of town is now a Rail Trail between Clearfield and Grampian.  
R.J. Corman moved in when Conrail moved out, The local people were heartbroken to see the railroad leave us by abondonment of the "Old River line", But local politicians were able to market it and R.J. Corman was the taker.  
It is really ironic Conrail abandoned it because it was un useful and un profitable, yet now R.J. Corman is making a profit from traffic on it and Running "NS" trains over it from Keating to Cresson.( Somehow they have an Agreement where R.J. Corman crews take over operation of the NS rolling stock and engines at Keating and give it back at Cresson at the other end of their line.) So you actually see NS coal runs going north and south as well as R.J. Corman powered trains.
If R.J. Corman would open up the 105 year old tunnels, I bet we'd see some freight coming south too even double stack container trains.
Mr. Corman you reading this?


Re: The Railfan: a "non-conformist" speaks - By Miss_Phoebe on 02/04/07 at 11:53:39 - 'Phoebe_Snow_Postcard_23b.jpg' 125 KB
Re: Reply #72


Re: Favorite Train/Railroad Related Song. - By K4s 1361 on 01/13/07 at 20:02:42 - '1361_BE_PC.jpg' 37 KB
"The train they call the city of New Orleans"  
And no this ain't it below, I just thought i throw in a gratuitous Pssenger excursion photo on the bald eagle branch powered by PRR 1361. For your viewing pleasure of course!


Re: The Railfan: a "non-conformist" speaks - By K4s 1361 on 01/12/07 at 23:20:46 - '9179TQ-2.jpg' 62 KB
And yet they all go Ooh and Ahh when they see a well built model layout.
The last time a guy said Model trains are for children to me I showed him a $800.00 UP "Big boy" model. I said "I suppose your paper boy has one of these?"
A RC car fan was at the hobby shop when iw as buying two R.J. Corman Gp-38-2's atlas produced for about a month.(It turns out they actually road numbers that operate out of the yard in my town.)
These were DCC equiped Locos, The guy overheard me asking questions about DCC and how you can control Which engines move or stop, when they make sounds such as horns and things. He said "Let me get this straight, Model trains are now Radio controlled?" I said "NO, Digital actually!" He said "So you can control any function on your layout by computer or remote digital control?" I said "Yep!"
He shook his head and stated "Boy things have come a long way from those Tyco trains i had as a kid!"
He was really impressed.
See, Clearfield Yard, R.J. Corman GP-38-2 7799 by Atlas below.


I applied for the railroad...but.......... - By K4s 1361 on 01/12/07 at 23:02:36 - 'tn_weather_resistant-2.jpg' 6 KB
I'm not worthy!!
I applied for Norfolk Southern, Alttona Locomotive Shops. Boilermaker(Actually a welder) But my training in welding is twenty yearas old and i had no work experience in it.
I also applied for Machinist(To repair locomotives) again not qualified.
Oh, well I'm still in the running for Dispatcher and Laborer.
I could be working at the foot of the Great Horseshoe curve if i get the laborer position, Fueling and sanding engines etc.


Re: Life is Good!! - By x600 on 01/03/07 at 01:37:21 - '2006_1230Museum2006A0021.jpg' 71 KB
The engineer and his able assistant watch intently as they carefully tread their way out of the yard an onto the main with 4 units, 10,000 HP and 80 cars mixed. This my friends is big time railroading!!
Thanks to the Lovely and understanding Mrs. x600 for photos and diaper changes. (His not mine, yet)
Enjoy the New Year, I will!!
Greg O


Re: Life is Good!! - By x600 on 01/03/07 at 01:26:17 - '2006_1230Museum2006A0010.jpg' 53 KB
After cleaning the wheels, I hand the locos off to the hostler to prepare our D&H consist for it work on the road.


Re: Life is Good!! - By x600 on 01/03/07 at 01:23:51 - '2006_1230Museum2006A0008.jpg' 59 KB
Here we share the finer points of wheel cleaning at the service track as we ready a long freight for it's run.


Life is Good!! - By x600 on 01/03/07 at 01:19:01 - '2003_0210MattLoop0116.jpg' 95 KB
On a positive note for the New Year, I would like to share a great gift that I received. As a Railfan, Historian, and Modeler it has been a little difficult over the years. I had two girls, and although we shared some railfanning trips and modelling, they really weren't interested and Got on with their lives. When My younger daughter married and had children, each time there was hope for a little railfan. My oldest grand daughter, now eight, shared some time with me playing with Thomas and watching Thomas videos with me but has since moved on to other things. My Second grand daughter is a wonderful little princess but has no interest in trains, big or small. Then my older daughter had her first child. A BOY! I plotted and planned and dreamed. Just Maybe if Wish hard enough!! I bought him a Lionel Thomas set for his first Christmas. Oh boy ! He loved it, Then more track and stuff for his wooden trains. Each time he visited, I would show him my TRAINS mags and watch some videos. Then!!!! The plot thickens!! His other grand parents move to a little town in California called Tehachapi.!  Seed Planted, watered,fed and growing!!  At 3 years old he can recognize all the major rail lines paint schemes, and can tell Erie and Lackawanna F units apart. His favorites are Amtrak and Santa Fe blue and Yellow freight and he can spot a caboose a mile away.
 So after several successful train watching outings and  watching him carefully playing with his HO and my (shudder) n-scale trains, I thought it was time to take him to see our club layout at a train show. Here a a few photos of my bliss
Here he is on his Dad's shoulders watching a rolling meet at Woodford siding, just below Tehachapi Loop. That's his other Grandfather (A newly converted railfan!) catching the action on video for future review


Re: Which engine are you? - By silver_champion on 12/31/06 at 14:09:07 - '22.jpg' 61 KB
I would have to think myself as a GG1. For my love of passenger trains.


Re: railroad laptop - By csx7006 on 12/28/06 at 02:25:20 - 'bn_laptop2_1024x768.jpg' 86 KB
another view


railroad laptop - By csx7006 on 12/28/06 at 02:11:52 - 'bn_laptop_1056x1408.jpg' 165 KB
heres a laptop i painted in BN colors!!!


Re: Before UPS....Before Fed-Ex..... - By toddsyr on 12/15/06 at 18:46:38 - 'REX_3411.jpg' 111 KB
I always knew of the REA delivery trucks and their semi-trailers too. New to me however was the discovery that REA also had some containers as well. I found this out while reading Larry DeYoung's Erie Lackawanna In Color Volume 1, page 88, bottom photograph. The flatcars used were leased from the North American Car Company fleet and were equipped with steam and signal lines for head end service on passenger trains. The photo below was found on-line at:


Re: stupid engineer - By K4s 1361 on 12/08/06 at 17:19:08 - 'tn_weather_resistant.jpg' 6 KB
Sounds like the guy running the Norfolk Southern/CN train of Lye down over Keating, "So it's Posted 17mph, that means 90MPH(The speed the train was going when it jumped) in code doesn't it?"
15 miles of native trout waters wiped out later, and treatments of Citric Acid still happeneing months later, it was no big deal right?
But he had to make good time and was running late, that makes it all good!


Re: Rails 'n Rubber (railroad buses) - By KingCoal on 12/08/06 at 15:04:26 - 'BT3.jpg' 345 KB
Circa late 40's / early 50's


Re: If you could be your favorite rail hero: - By silver_champion on 12/05/06 at 18:54:55 - 'ac.jpg' 29 KB
I would have to say Mr. A. Cassatt. Who was president of the PRR and had C.F.Mc Kim design the Penn Station, NYC.


Re: Survey of Railfans - By Spooler734 on 11/28/06 at 19:45:43 - 'WMSR_734_Spooler.jpg' 68 KB
Here's and Update:
Gender: Male
Location: Cumberland, Maryland
Age: 16  
Favorite Railroad: Western Maryland Railway
Favorite Locomotives: Western Maryland H-9's J-1's, and M2's, Reading I10sa class 2-8-0's and Reading T1's
Favorite Food: Crab Legs, Hamburgers, steak, BBq Ribs
Favorite TV Show: Don't know, I don't watch much TV
Favorite Sports Team: Washington Redskins
Favorite Movie: Vintage's of the Western Maryland Part 1 and 2, Western Maryland Railway 'End of an Era',  Full Metal Jacket or Monty Python's search for the Holy Grail.  
Other Hobbies: Model Railroading, Fishing, Hunting, sports, photography
Favorite Book: Western Maryland Fireballs and Black Diamonds, Western Maryland Railway in Color, Western Maryland Railway Steam Album.
Music: Late 70's and 80's rock
Cultural Group: White Railfan


Re: A. Philip Randolph: another class of RR hero - By silver_champion on 11/25/06 at 09:31:32 - 'r.jpg' 15 KB
Here is a picture of MR. PHILIP RANDOLPH


Re: Rails 'n Rubber (railroad buses) - By KingCoal on 11/17/06 at 15:09:55 - 'RA3H2V0.jpg' 225 KB
and last but not least


Re: Rails 'n Rubber (railroad buses) - By KingCoal on 11/17/06 at 15:02:15 - 'ra1H0V0.jpg' 173 KB
on Nov 17th, 2006, 2:46pm, HwyHaulier wrote:       (Click here for original message)
King Coal -
Great find! Note in the garage, what is possibly a ca. 1936, rear engine, Yellow Coach city transit?
Yeah, yeah! The One True Way rail foamers don't want to hear of any of it! Funny thing. I'll wager none of the zealots ever had to make a payroll, or answer to stock holders! The little old ladies can get downright nasty about getting their dividend and interest checks!
Whatever to do, then, about lines that never had enough ridership, or cargo, to sustain rail service? Let another competitor run in there and grab the customers?

Thanks, Vern. Here are a few more.


Re: Do you remember...... - By ErieAtlantic7597 on 11/16/06 at 18:39:14 - 'K1Erie_commuter_Pacific.jpg' 161 KB
   The accompanying photo is what I remember from my very young days in the Riverside section of Paterson, NJ. It is also the memory that has driven my endeavors in the live steam hobby. I believe my signature photo will attest to that.  
There is a great similarity between the two engines pictured. All except for the number of drivers.
   Take care,
   The photo was given to me, with no identifying labels on it. But its an Erie K1. These were the engines that I modeled my Atlantic after. From memory.


Re: Patriotism rides the rails (bi-centennial sche - By toddsyr on 11/14/06 at 18:50:13 - 'EL_C354.jpg' 48 KB
My favorite caboose, EL C354 at Meadville PA on Dec 10 1975. From the Larry Berger Collection as posted on:


Re: What bonehead move have you done???? - By ErieAtlantic7597 on 11/05/06 at 21:52:03 - 'cockroach.jpg' 44 KB

   I've done a whole heap of bonehead stuff in my life time. But here is one boneheaded unthinking stunt that was done TO me. The picture should explain itself.
   Take care,


Re: Move over "CARS": it's "TRAINS"!! - By sgp__Rail_Fan on 11/05/06 at 17:28:10 - 'Model_trains_0c.jpg' 48 KB
on Jun 19th, 2006, 2:53am, W.G McAdoo wrote:       (Click here for original message)
                                    'CAMELBACK' CHARLIE", a classic CNJ Camelback, loves hauling lengthy trains and rattling windows with his whistle

Here we go!


Re: Patriotism rides the rails (bi-centennial sche - By Les_Shepherd on 11/05/06 at 02:34:49 - 'SP_3197.jpg' 181 KB
Here is the reverse view


Re: Patriotism rides the rails (bi-centennial sche - By Les_Shepherd on 11/05/06 at 02:18:11 - 'SP_3197_train.jpg' 180 KB
I find that I have about a dozen photographs of bicentennary liveries. These were taken over two visits in 1976 and 1979.
As I thought, BART in San Francisco never got past applying some vinyl decals on the front or side panels of cars.
I have PCC 1776 in San Francisco and PCC's 5 & 11 on City Subway in Newark, also a poor view of a PCC in Philadelphia.
This photo ws taken at 4th St station in San Francisco. The train was awating departure on a PM commuter run to San Jose.


Re: Confessions of a Railfan - By Charlie_O on 10/19/06 at 15:11:19 - 'CR_NS_CSXgoingaway.jpg' 84 KB
Requiem for the manifest freight?
Of course it's too early to be singing dirges and wailing laments, but it does seem as if the once ubiquitous mixed freight is becoming an increasingly rare sight.  As the necessities of our current import economy make the intermodal more common than even the once unchallenged King Coal, it seems as if the regular manifest freights get shorter and less frequent.  
And while stack trains and TOFC's may be practical and necessary, they are far less interesting for today's trackside observers, as we scan increasingly scarce rolling stock to spot rare liveries and survivors from our favorite fallen flags.
In looking thru the photos of my last 5 years (yes, I returned to fanning in October '01 with the intention of pursuing the hobby for one year), I've noticed not only the increasing abundance of intermodal traffic, but also the increase in unit trains carrying trash, steel slabs,  stone, and other commodities.  I realize that the railroads must make money where they can, and certainly don't begrudge them the handling of bulk commodities, which have long been their bread-n-butter.
But still, there's something irreplaceable about the passing of an old-time freight, with its colorful mix of boxcars, tankers, hoppers, and gons.  So go ahead and post a few of your favorite manifest pix...I'd love to see 'em.


Re: Ever Sneak A Cab Ride On A Class 1 Railroad? - By CP8673 on 10/13/06 at 00:30:48 - 'ParksvilleFr8827_R.jpg' 20 KB
Several in the 80's
Canadian Pacific  
Victoria and Port Alberni Subs on a very regular basis
Princeton Sub a couple of times  
Cascade & Mission Subs once
Laggan Sub once
Canadian National
Okanagan Sub a few times
Fraser Sub once
Ashcroft Sub once


Re: Move over "CARS": it's "TRAINS"!! - By Chessie 2101 on 10/08/06 at 11:23:11 - 'PA200002.jpg' 55 KB
On this fast freight, he had better coal.


Re: Building a PVC Whistle with Spooler734. - By Spooler734 on 10/07/06 at 22:52:41 - 'PVC_Whistle_003.jpg' 48 KB
Now you Put your 4 chimes into the four one inch holes in the 3" PVC Pipe end cap. You can make your Chimes as tall or as small as you like. Bigger Chimes are deeper noises and smaller ones are high pitched, it depends on how you want your whistle to sound. You need to also cut the throats into the chimes with a Ban-saw. The discs inside the Throat is harder to make. I used some pieces of spare plastic i had just laying to make them. They need to be 3/4th of an inch wide. I will post my chime measurements later.


Re: Building a PVC Whistle with Spooler734. - By Spooler734 on 10/07/06 at 22:47:09 - 'PVC_Whistle_004_1.jpg' 61 KB
Insert 1 1/2 X 1/2 PVC cap into 3" X 1 1/2" PVC Pipe reducer and connect them to the 3" PVC pipe end cap.


Re: Building a PVC Whistle with Spooler734. - By Spooler734 on 10/07/06 at 22:44:20 - 'PVC_Whistle_001.jpg' 40 KB
3" PVC Pipe end Cap with (Four or Three) One inch holes drilled in them.


Re: Building a PVC Whistle with Spooler734. - By Spooler734 on 10/07/06 at 22:43:09 - 'PVC_Whistle.jpg' 46 KB
3" X 1 1/2" PVC Pipe reducer with 2" 6 inches long PVC pipe already inserted.


Re: Building a PVC Whistle with Spooler734. - By Spooler734 on 10/07/06 at 22:40:57 - 'PVC_Whistle_002.jpg' 464 KB
1 1/2 X 1/2 PVC end piece.


Re: Move over "CARS": it's "TRAINS"!! - By Chessie 2101 on 10/07/06 at 20:52:51 - 'P1140040.jpg' 64 KB
Here's Berk!


Re: Ever Sneak A Cab Ride On A Class 1 Railroad? - By anthonyd_SRR on 10/06/06 at 17:09:34 - 'RF37_534x369.jpg' 20 KB
Cool I got a ride on The Long Island Railroad


Re: Ever Sneak A Cab Ride On A Class 1 Railroad? - By hudsonelectric on 10/06/06 at 01:30:17 - 'Russ_in_Alco_Cab.jpg' 73 KB
Yeah....back when I was 7 years old or so in the '50s. We had Erie employees living in town that my father knew and arranged a cab ride in an Erie RS passenger unit.    Here's a shot that my father took.


Re: Move over "CARS": it's "TRAINS"!! - By Chessie 2101 on 10/03/06 at 20:21:20 - 'PA210034.jpg' 62 KB
This is Kerry.He's a Metra F40HM-2 leased to the Buffalo Transit.Here he is in Metra paint.(That's not a tear,he has blue eyes .)


Re: Are they still running? - By Teen_NS_fan on 09/28/06 at 16:40:02 - 'IMGP0706.jpg' 111 KB
They are on display and under cover...shot this at Roanoke in July '05.


Re: "Mobile Homes" for railfans - By silver_champion on 09/22/06 at 13:58:04 - 'i50.jpg' 68 KB
I would have to say Seasboard's sleeper-lounge car. Here is a picture of it.


Re: New Motivational Campaign by the Railroads - By K4s 1361 on 09/14/06 at 20:40:40 - 'motivator6085389.jpg' 82 KB
This one works too!!


Re: New Motivational Campaign by the Railroads - By K4s 1361 on 09/14/06 at 20:34:36 - 'motivator9079455.jpg' 72 KB
I'm going to burn in hell for this!! But what the heck!


Re: What old-time RR prez would you like to be? - By silver_champion on 09/06/06 at 08:31:01 - 'CASSATTA..jpg' 28 KB
I would had like to me A. Cassatt, The prez who had C.F. Mc Kim draw plans for the late great Penn Station. Here is a picture of Cassatt.


I'll never win!! Why can't they just work together - By K4s 1361 on 09/01/06 at 18:03:13 - 'usa1843.jpg' 37 KB
I collect HO scale U.S. Army model railroad equipment.
Everyone launches their models of U.S. army Engines every few years, Atlas just released a GE road switcher. But the companies that build the rail cars do it in between when the engines are released.
Why can't they just release it all together?


Irony of Railroading. - By K4s 1361 on 08/31/06 at 22:39:37 - '3750indoorsmSM.jpg' 9 KB
It's probably not TOO obvious, but i'ma pennsy fan!
Anyway, I was reading some history of the Pennsylvania railroad last night and how for certain periods of time the Pennsy had Controlling interest of the B&O(which they appointed W.F. Loree, Chairman) And they had control of Norfolk and Western.
And now the modern versions of both of those roads now own the skeletal remains of the Pennsy. Fortunes change i guess.
But another irony was how many companies Pennsy owned stock in are now still succesful and outlived the Company that started or owned them.
Pennsy owned major investments in Greyhound Bus Lines, Strick trailer(Makes tractor trailer trailers) Six Flags theme parks and many other companies.
I guess i just find it ironic that all the companies the Pennsy had fingers in are still around and the Pennsy only lives in the memories of those willing to remember it.

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