Better late than Never?

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:39 PM

It's not that I do not like F Units. Hated them when they first arrived. It took some time to warm up to the invaders. Maybe 40 years. Of all the issues and of all the people for this to happen to and in all the places. Must have got stuck in some postal bag that became surplus or slid behind a filing cabinet somewhere. 

It's not like we are high tech in some areas up here,

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Posted by SD70Dude on Thursday, March 29, 2018 9:12 PM


No steam!

Just a wee bit, many F's did carry steam generators.  But it is true that Vapor-Clarkson's products are a poor imitation of the real thing. 

I quite enjoyed the F-unit issue, especially the colour photos.

Greetings from Alberta

-an Articulate Malcontent

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Posted by Miningman on Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:48 PM

Yes, yes I do Firelock. I'm looking over my shoulder during this break, that was the opening sequence, a foreshadowing of whats to come. 


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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:32 PM

Well, it WAS the "Big F-Unit Issue" after all, just like there was a "Big GG1 Issue" at one time, and a "Big PA Issue," and a "Big Interurban Issue."

That interurban issue was a keeper, as far as I was concerned, it NEVER made it to the recycle bin or the mag rack at the gym!  I still have it!

You suppose that F-Unit issue dropped out of the "Twilight Zone" just to play mind games with you?  Or maybe "The Outer Limits?"

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Better late than Never?
Posted by Miningman on Thursday, March 29, 2018 6:27 PM

Wrapped up the last 2 hours of classes 1/2 hour early giving my hard working students ( and myself) a wee bit of a head start on our big 10 day spring/Easter break. 

So on the way home I stop at the gas bar where our Post Office Boxes are located inside to pick up the mail. One item, instantly recognized as a Kalmbach magazine, wrapped in plastic for shipping as usual.

I thought "hey I just got Trains, Classic came in last week, what the heck is this?"

Sitting in the driveway now, relaxed, looking forward to the break, I pick up the item and open it to see just what this is. 

It is the Spring 2015 issue of Classic Trains. 

'Special Anniversary Issue'--16 Extra Pages! 15 Years!

So it was only 3 years late. Suppose it bounced around lost in the Postal Service looking for a home and finally found home. 

Well that's the good news.

The bad news is it's all F Units!!! FT's F3's, FL9's,,, F frick fraggin everything! Cover to cover F this F that!  No steam!

What is the universe trying to tell me. F Units indeed....are you kidding me!

Bewildered, confused, disappointed, unnerved. 


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