1940's and Fifties Steam Pictures

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1940's and Fifties Steam Pictures
Posted by CAZEPHYR on Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:54 AM

I want to share a few pictures from the late forties to mid fifties era on steam in the midwest. Many of the late forties pictures were taken by my Mother and I started taking pictures in the early fifties.

CZ

http://s806.photobucket.com/albums/yy345/Trainsforyou/Fifties%20Steam/?albumview=slideshow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by ZephyrOverland on Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:28 PM

Thank you for sharing!  I especially like the pictures of the Pennsy T1 and J1 in views that are not stiff and formal as we see in the majority of photos of those engines.

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Posted by KCSfan on Thursday, October 11, 2012 8:40 PM

Between the IC and the Pennsy there was hardly a dull moment at Effingham and your pictures capture much of that activity. I grew up just south of Markham Yard and the photos of the IC's 2500 and 2600 Mountains brought back fond memories of my boyhood when I'd see those engines every day. Were the pics of the NKP Berks taken at or around Neoga or possibly further north at Paxton? Thanks for the great set of photos.

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Posted by BigJim on Friday, October 12, 2012 6:32 AM

CZ,
Can you tell me where the picture "Y6" was taken?

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Posted by K4sPRR on Sunday, October 14, 2012 9:16 AM

Great photo's, thanks for posting.  The second photo of a J1 under the coaling tower, can you tell me what the number is on that unit?  Looks like 6472 or 76?

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Posted by CAZEPHYR on Sunday, October 14, 2012 6:06 PM

The NKP Berkshire pictures were all taken around Neoga and just north of town where route 45 paced them.

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Posted by CAZEPHYR on Sunday, October 14, 2012 6:07 PM

The Y6 pushing was just east of Roanoke on the grade.  There was a A pulling the train which was a regular type freight train.  Many of the eastbound coal trains had a helper up front on one in the rear..  One of the pictures in that series shows the Jawn Henry coming back into town after working up the Hill as a helper on a coal train. 

The double headed Y6's are westbound into Roanoke taken from the road bridge.

 

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Posted by CAZEPHYR on Sunday, October 14, 2012 6:10 PM

K4sPRR

Great photo's, thanks for posting.  The second photo of a J1 under the coaling tower, can you tell me what the number is on that unit?  Looks like 6472 or 76?

That is the 6478 and has the external sanding lines, which was not common on the J1's.  It is hard to see to see the correct number in the picture after the scan.

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Posted by K4sPRR on Monday, October 15, 2012 7:56 AM

CAZEPHYR

K4sPRR

Great photo's, thanks for posting.  The second photo of a J1 under the coaling tower, can you tell me what the number is on that unit?  Looks like 6472 or 76?

That is the 6478 and has the external sanding lines, which was not common on the J1's.  It is hard to see to see the correct number in the picture after the scan.

CZ

Thanks,  I have the number plate from 6472 in my collection and got a little excited. 

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Posted by BigJim on Friday, October 26, 2012 3:14 PM

CAZEPHYR

The Y6 pushing was just east of Roanoke on the grade.  There was a A pulling the train which was a regular type freight train.  Many of the eastbound coal trains had a helper up front on one in the rear..  One of the pictures in that series shows the Jawn Henry coming back into town after working up the Hill as a helper on a coal train. 

The double headed Y6's are westbound into Roanoke taken from the road bridge.

 

CZ


CZ,
The "Y6" pic I was speaking of is the one just after the two Y6's coming south into the Roanoke Station from Shenandoah. The pic shows a Y6 by itself, next to some coal hoppers, next to some passenger cars.

Is there a way to stop the slide show at certain pictures? I can't seem to get the thing to stop in order to get a good look at a photo.

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Posted by Redwards on Sunday, October 28, 2012 6:39 AM

These are great.  Especially love the shots of the running gear on the T1s. 

You can view the whole album and select what you want to look at from this link:

http://s806.photobucket.com/albums/yy345/Trainsforyou/Fifties%20Steam/

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Posted by CAZEPHYR on Sunday, October 28, 2012 8:16 PM

BigJim

CAZEPHYR

The Y6 pushing was just east of Roanoke on the grade.  There was a A pulling the train which was a regular type freight train.  Many of the eastbound coal trains had a helper up front on one in the rear..  One of the pictures in that series shows the Jawn Henry coming back into town after working up the Hill as a helper on a coal train. 

The double headed Y6's are westbound into Roanoke taken from the road bridge.

 

CZ


CZ,
The "Y6" pic I was speaking of is the one just after the two Y6's coming south into the Roanoke Station from Shenandoah. The pic shows a Y6 by itself, next to some coal hoppers, next to some passenger cars.

Is there a way to stop the slide show at certain pictures? I can't seem to get the thing to stop in order to get a good look at a photo.

You should get a stop type button as the slide show is going on. After that, you can go forward or backward with the arrows.  The two vertical lines on the left bottom side should stop the slideshow or when you get to the end, you get hit the go back on the right top side which should stop the show.

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Posted by CAZEPHYR on Sunday, October 28, 2012 8:21 PM

Reed

Great!

Thanks Reed for posting that. 

 

  The running gear on the T1's were really interesting and how they looked at speed.  We used to drive east of Effingham about ten miles and those T1's would have a train at track speed and the rods were a blur.  I am not sure what the track speed was in those days, but it was well over 80mph and the T1's were fun to watch.  The mainline to St. Louis was double track and fast with only a few very gentle curves.

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Posted by CAZEPHYR on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:25 PM

Two of the many faces of the K4.

CZ

 

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Posted by Mile132 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 7:37 PM

I've got more experience with film photography than I do trains.  You've got some great compositions there.  Do you mind sharing what camera (manufacture &, format) and film you were using to take them?

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Posted by CAZEPHYR on Sunday, March 31, 2013 9:22 AM

All of the fifties pictures were taken with a small Kodak box camera, nothing special about it.  Kodak film was used also,.  

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Posted by rrlineman on Thursday, April 04, 2013 8:17 AM

Thnaks for posting these great pictures !! loved the different shots of the streamlined K4s's, and the close up of the valve gears and poppet valves on the T1's. I envy your experiances.!!!

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Posted by CAZEPHYR on Thursday, April 04, 2013 5:53 PM

rrlineman

Thnaks for posting these great pictures !! loved the different shots of the streamlined K4s's, and the close up of the valve gears and poppet valves on the T1's. I envy your experiances.!!!

Thanks for the comments. The T1's were really great to watch especially at speed.   My dad was a steam Railfan and I got to see most of the local railroads.   It is good to know someone is enjoying seeing how it was in the late forties and early fifties.

It was a great time for the USA after WW II building up and the railroads were very interesting trying out new diesels along with the best in steam.

CZ

 

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