Some Random Classic Pics perhaps worthy of Discussion

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Posted by Miningman on Monday, February 10, 2020 8:56 PM

That's Bozzo the Clowns horn. Design Engineer must have been a fan.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Monday, February 10, 2020 9:09 PM

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Mass Coastal and Cape Cod Central are two sides of the same Iowa Pacific operation.

They also have MC 2026, another FL9.

 

With Iowa Pacific's bankruptcy, it puts some uncertainty into the FL-9 operation. 

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Posted by Jones1945 on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:37 AM

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That's Bozzo the Clowns horn. Design Engineer must have been a fan. 

I thought it was the sound of my cat's purr or he just farted... Coffee

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:17 AM

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1) Prototype HST Power cars, at the Derby Works Oct. '83

The styling of the HST prototype reminds me of the 6000hp British Rail Class 89 prototype electric engine...

I don't think I'll ever look at the HST prototype again without thinking of minions.

Long ago, of course, it was Kubrick.  Remember the pods?

https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/375:_Pod_Bay_Doors

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Posted by Miningman on Friday, February 14, 2020 8:11 PM

The High Line being built.

The High Line in use. 

The High Line today ...no more rails, being lifted.

 

2)  Holy Makinaw, that's a lot of loco's. Looks like all Southern and Norfolk and Western and their affiliates but 2 Great Northern in Sky Blue? ( maybe not) snuck in there.

 

3)  Now this is a nice looking corporate image. Down South too in Yankee Blue?  Well I like it!

 

4)  A rare photo capture! Mickey and Pluto taking the train. Perhaps going on vacation... now where would they go? 

 

5)  This one is for CSSHEGEWISCH.  CSS, 11th Ave, Michigan City, Indiana, GP38-2's . 

 

6)  The Blue Comet.  If only we could go for a ride on the real thing.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, February 14, 2020 8:37 PM

Great photo spread!  Let's take 'em one by one...

1)  The High Line.  What can we say?  Sic transit gloria mundi.  

2)  Man, that IS a lot of locomotives!  Where the hell is it?  All that unused power, mysterious, to say the least.

3)  Now that's a nice paint scheme on that TAG Line Geep!  It has to be, if it makes a Geep look elegant!

4)  Now that shot of Mickey and Pluto makes me think "Penny Trains" was in Disney World at exactly the right time and place, and with camera locked n' loaded!

5)  Street running!  Real ol' time Americana!  Wonder who's got the "right of way?"

6)  Groan!  My late, lamented "Blue Comet!"  Crying  And with a dirigible in the background, no less!  Makes sense, Lakehurst Naval Air Station isn't too far away from Lakewood.  In fact, Paul Kimball Hospital in Lakewood is where the Hindenburg's  civilian casualties were taken in 1937.  The hospital's still there, although heavily rebuilt since that time.  

The poster gives the impression Lakewood was a destination.  Not really, Atlantic City was THE destination, although Lakewood WAS a station stop for the Comet.  

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Posted by MidlandMike on Friday, February 14, 2020 10:01 PM

Miningman

 

2)  Holy Makinaw, that's a lot of loco's. Looks like all Southern and Norfolk and Western and their affiliates but 2 Great Northern in Sky Blue? ( maybe not) snuck in there.

 

 

Those blue units are Conrail.

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Posted by Jones1945 on Saturday, February 15, 2020 4:36 AM

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4)  A rare photo capture! Mickey and Pluto taking the train. Perhaps going on vacation... now where would they go?

  

From one Disneyland to another Disneyland.Angel Imagine Mickey's train stuck inside a slum in India and Brazil, Pluto visits a food market in China... culture shock to the max.

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Posted by Miningman on Saturday, February 15, 2020 11:14 AM

Firelock-- So it's THAT Lakewood! Thanks 

           -- Had to be Penny!

           -- Someone here can tell us where it is, and why. Somewhere on NS, all those coal hoppers! Trade in power? Stored?

Midland Mike--- Conrail! The black roofs threw me off.

Jones-- Mickey sold out? Money over freedom? Next thing you know he's the spokesperson for the NBA and Apple.            

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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, February 15, 2020 12:15 PM

The Blue Comet?  I'd even settle for a ride on the Nelly Bly!  (The PRR competition that lasted several years after WWII, GG1 to K4 or E6 at Trenton.)

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:07 PM

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The Blue Comet?  I'd even settle for a ride on the Nelly Bly!  (The PRR competition that lasted several years after WWII, GG1 to K4 or E6 at Trenton.)

 

Oh yeah, I wouldn't mind a ride on the "Nelly Bly" either!  But on the other hand, Lionel never made a "Nelly Bly," or if they did, it wasn't like this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4L6OPvLZsI  

Oh baby...

By the way, I've never seen a photo or video that did justice to that pre-war "Blue Comet" set in the sense of showing it's size.  You really have to see it in person to appreciate just how big that train set is.  Takes your breath away, trust me.

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Posted by Jones1945 on Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:24 PM

PRR K4s Vs. CNJ G-3!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:00 PM

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4) Now that shot of Mickey and Pluto makes me think "Penny Trains" was in Disney World at exactly the right time and place, and with camera locked n' loaded!

You open THAT door you KNOW I'm gonna walk through it!  Laugh

Big Smile  I'm Cuckoo For Choo Choo Stuffs!  Big Smile

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:22 PM

Becky, you walk through that door whenever you like!  You're a treasure!

Guys, who needs the "Hallmark Channel" if "Penny Trains" is in the neighborhood?

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:00 PM

I second that.  Who NEEDS the Hallmark channel!  Wink

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Posted by Fr.Al on Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:08 PM

No.5 is terrific. The line is supposed to be rerouted in a few years. I hope to take my son and the grandkids on a ride through Michigan City this coming August. It is a part of America soon to be lost forever.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, February 16, 2020 7:23 PM

There's a place in New York State where the Susquehanna does some street running.  I don't remember where it is, when I find out I'll get back to everyone.

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Posted by Erik_Mag on Monday, February 17, 2020 12:38 AM

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You open THAT door you KNOW I'm gonna walk through it!  Laugh

 

That was quite the walk-through!

Did appreciate some of the anachronisms such as the Skull from the pre-1970 version of Fantasyland and the post ~1990 rocket ship ride (I greatly preferred the Bonestell theme from the original Tomorrowland). FWIW, the model of Disneland at the Disney Museum in San Francisco shows the Flying Saucer ride (1963-67) with some of the more modern rides.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, February 17, 2020 1:22 AM

Back to "All those locomotives:"  Not GN, clearly Conrail blue.

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Posted by Miningman on Monday, February 17, 2020 1:45 AM

As previously stated the black along the top threw me off. Also I suppose Big Sky Blue wasn't around long enough to get all faded like that. Contrail it's is. Now what's the rest of story? 

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Posted by Fr.Al on Monday, February 17, 2020 6:15 AM

There may be other places where street running occurs. But I'm sure the South Shore is the last Interurban running in the street. It will be a thrill for me and the grandkids. I'm only sorry that electric locomotives no longer pull the freight on the South Shore.

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, February 17, 2020 9:59 AM

I was in Plano, Texas over the weekend and had the opportunity to ride the north end of the 'red line' of the DART light rail system down to Union Station (hoping the Acela-2 set going to Pueblo might be in 22/422's consist).  The standard vehicle is a four-truck articulated Kinki-Sharyo car, with the center section containing the low-floor access (platform height being adjusted for zero walkover to the low section).  The cars can MU for rush-hour service.

This features running at 65mph for considerable distances, including up and down some fairly adventurous flyover bridges and over some interesting combinations of curve and grade, but also features several blocks of street running.  And a very, very, very large number of grade crossings, some of which are approached around curves at a high rate of speed.

Signals are color-light on the high-speed parts of the run, but the kind of streetcar signal that shows a white horizontal bar for stop and vertical bar for proceed permission, to distinguish aspects from traffic signals, for the street running.

Interestingly enough, the cars have something sounding very similar to Hancock air whistles for those many grade crossings ... but have a nice loud air horn for 'problems' requiring more immediate attention.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, February 17, 2020 10:25 AM

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There's a place in New York State where the Susquehanna does some street running.  I don't remember where it is, when I find out I'll get back to everyone.

 

It's in Utica NY, a one-mile run on Schuyler Street.  It's actually the old Lackawanna's entrance route to Utica.

Mod-man, we were in the Plano area the first time about thirty years ago, and there was nothing, absolutely nothing, between Plano and Dallas.  The last time we were in the area was four years ago, and the urban sprawl from Dallas to the Plano and Sherman areas was absolutely shocking. 

DART also runs to the university town of Denton and is VERY popular.  Charming town Denton, very walkable and with a great center of town area.

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Posted by Miningman on Monday, February 17, 2020 10:34 AM

Overmod--" Interestingly enough, the cars have something sounding very similar to Hancock air whistles for those many grade crossings ... but have a nice loud air horn for 'problems' requiring more immediate attention."

Good to see someone was thinking!

Wonder how they got that thru all the committees and meetings.

 
 
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Posted by Overmod on Monday, February 17, 2020 12:38 PM

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Wonder how they got that thru all the committees and meetings.

They were built in Japan.  Probably just quietly installed them without making a big thing out of it...

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, February 17, 2020 6:56 PM

Speaking of street running, that reminds me of a recurring dream I have where there are tracks down the middle of my street.  At least there are when there isn't a monorail on the tree lawn.  Wink  Seriously though, a railroad did run accross the street from my house.  Most traffic was northbound and conductors and riders followed the creekbed in the dead of night.

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Posted by Erik_Mag on Monday, February 17, 2020 10:19 PM

When I first heard the name of that railroad, I thought it was in a l-o-n-g tunnel. Wayne probably remembers the Underground Railroad episode of "The Great Adventure" which aired early 1964.

Would have loved to see the street running that took place between my high school and the jr high that I attended 8th and 9th grades. I would also liked to have seen the street running on two streets that I crossed to and from my 7th grade jr high in front of what is now the Nevada Governors Mansion.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, February 17, 2020 10:21 PM

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There's a place in New York State where the Susquehanna does some street running.  I don't remember where it is, when I find out I'll get back to everyone.

 

I found a short video of a Susquehanna plow extra doing some street running in Utica.  The street run comes at the 2:00 minute mark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S04T1Xl_gSs  

Cool, huh?

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Posted by rcdrye on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:30 AM

UP still runs a couple of blocks on the Embarcadero in Oakland north of Amtrak's Jack London Square station.  In SP days it was directional double track, but now it's bidirectional CTC, so "don't drive here" lines are painted on the "lanes" used by UP freights and Amtrak Capitol Corridor trains.

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:08 AM

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Now what's the rest of story? 

Some clues here for acquiring the date -- pass 'em to Mike.

Note the big Alco a few engines back - and, shades of the Lost Engines of Roanoke, isn't that a Chesapeake Western engine (complete with what appears to be a stylish chime horn) in the right foreground?  This leads me to think this picture is associated with a locomotive or scrap dealer...

Those Conrail engines appear to be SD45s (they don't appear to have visible axle snubbers), which may account for a likely early retirement.  Don't know if these are ex-EL long-chassis units, one of which certainly wound up in Roanoke for the longest time (it's been saved by a group doing it justice at last!)  Looks like another end-cab switcher behind them ... perhaps a T6? and somebody may have enough spotting clues to ID the slug immediately behind that.

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