St.Thomas, Ont. and Jumbo with a Caboose

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Posted by SD70Dude on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:00 PM

Flintlock76

If you're a railroad, LOOK like a railroad!  Pick a classic herald and don't change it!

They did, and haven't changed it in nearly 60 years now.  The CN noodle has become a classic logo in its own right, and is a classic story in corporate marketing and industrial design.

https://www.cn.ca/en/stories/20170609-allan-fleming/

But I think writing "www.cn.ca" on the side of locomotives underneath the logo looks tacky.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:21 AM

I'll tell you, irregardless of when it was introduced that CN "noodle" looks lousy!  More "Sci-fi" than railroady.

No more inspired than Penn Central's "mating worms."

OK, I can understand why it came about, it's more modern-looking and certainly cheaper to apply, but still...

If you're a railroad, LOOK like a railroad!  Pick a classic herald and don't change it!

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Posted by wjstix on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:32 AM

Canadian National introduced the 'wet noodle' in 1960, the last year they ran mainline steam. CN still had a fair number of wood cabooses in everyday use during the 1960's and later, and many of them were repainted into that CN scheme.

I notice on this caboose, the herald and reporting marks are mounted on separate pieces attached to the car, rather than just painted on as would normally be the case. I wonder if that was done as part of the restoration, so that the car could easily be adjusted / backdated at some point in the future?

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, April 7, 2019 2:19 AM

Some Sunday morning reading with your coffee! 

Madison Square Garden, which was Commodore Vanderbilt's old NY & Harlem station before Grand Central Depot, greatly renovated by P.T Barnum.
 
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Posted by Miningman on Saturday, April 6, 2019 3:46 PM
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Posted by Miningman on Saturday, April 6, 2019 11:39 AM

Actually Mike is still with us in several ways but we all know what you mean. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, April 6, 2019 10:38 AM

Great shot of that preserved CNR caboose!  That's  more like it!

And that's a good story of Jumbo told by his handler.  You know, it's only in relatively recent years people are beginning to realize elephants are a lot more intelligent than they've been given credit for.  Amazing animals.

Then again, most wild animals are more intelligent than people realize.

Soeaking of amazing, I'm still astounded at the things Mike comes up with.  I hope somebody  is taking notice and that sombody  should realize Mikes "exile" is a loss to us all! 

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Posted by Miningman on Saturday, April 6, 2019 1:08 AM

How many elephants get their own autobiography! 

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Posted by Miningman on Friday, April 5, 2019 11:41 PM
Jumbo doing what he loved to do .. being a celebrity star.

 
 
Jumbo's demise in St. Thomas. He saved his little buddy Tom Thumb hurling him out of harms way. 
( well... at least according to PT Barnum) 
 
 
 
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Posted by Miningman on Friday, April 5, 2019 10:13 PM

Maybe originally it had this paint scheme 

Or this one :

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Posted by Miningman on Friday, April 5, 2019 9:41 PM

All I know is that it was originally Port Stanley Terminal Railway #65. 

That is what it should appear as! The CN noodle is all wrong. 

At the least they should use the 'Serves all Canada'  Maple Leaf

That would be more period authentic although there probably was a few wooden cabeese that got the noodle, but that's not the point. They would have been for some special purpose. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, April 5, 2019 9:31 PM

Jumbo's impressive, but that caboose is more so.

It looks considerably older than the CN insignia on its side, and it still has plain bearings.   Any idea how old?

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St.Thomas, Ont. and Jumbo with a Caboose
Posted by Miningman on Friday, April 5, 2019 8:55 PM

Note: The statue was erected in 1985 for the centennial of Jumbo's untimely death in St.Thomas, September 15, 1885. 

Jumbo statue stands out more than the caboose! 

Repainted in a more historical appearance with Montmorency orange paint scheme. April 2017 Pam Aggelakos

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