Chasing 12 inch to the foot.

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Chasing 12 inch to the foot.
Posted by ttrigg on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:17 AM

Since I spend half the time on the road, I do a lot of train chasing. I've been asked to share some pics of my travels.

https://www.pinterest.com/tomtrigg/train-trips/

Here are a few from today. An antique standard guage in Arizona.

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Posted by ttrigg on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 11:10 PM

Just added 3 pix from my last trip to Yosemite. A 1920's something converted Ford Roadster. On my last trip there we were following the train by about 15 minutes. On the return trip our driver spotted smoke between the rails. On our car there were two 'fire flappers', think LARGE fly swatter, heavy duty mop handle with a 1/4 inch thick 12" x 18" rubber section. As the 'fire' was down in the ballast I turned to the driver and said "I don't known about these two gents, but I really need to off load some used coffee, if you could pull the car with the ladies around the curve for a couple minutes I'll have the fire out." Couple minutes later our driver honked his horn and coul hear a second roadster honking. The 'fire crew' had a good laugh when they found no signs of fire.

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Thursday, February 15, 2018 12:29 AM

Ha!  The advantages of coffee addiction!  Also, thanks for the AZ picutres.  We have been concemplating that trip for one of our family runs out there!

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Posted by ttrigg on Thursday, February 15, 2018 1:11 AM

Think about 1st class tickets. It's the difference between a "maintained" car with wooden bench seats and "restored" car with comfy seating. A modifyed gondola seperates the two classes with wooden bench seating open to all. There is a spot the youngsters will love to stand. The open gondola has its ends extended to safely reach the passenger cars. The 'hand railing' extends a couple feet into the gondola leaving a narrow space for two adults to stand on each side of the wlakway, when leaning against the handrail they will be able to 'speak in a vibrating voice'. As the wheels vibrate on the track, the vibrations move up the steal posts, also good for releaving back pains. I rate the scenery at "good plus" to "execelent minus", wildlife spotting "outstanding". Make sure to bring binoculars. At the end point of the trip, while the engines move to other end of the train for the return trip you may want to keep kids out of the gondola. While stopped it becomes a 'smoking car'.

 

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Saturday, February 17, 2018 11:03 PM

Thanks!

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Posted by chocho willy on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 1:36 PM

ttrigg

Just added 3 pix from my last trip to Yosemite. A 1920's something converted Ford Roadster. On my last trip there we were following the train by about 15 minutes. On the return trip our driver spotted smoke between the rails. On our car there were two 'fire flappers', think LARGE fly swatter, heavy duty mop handle with a 1/4 inch thick 12" x 18" rubber section. As the 'fire' was down in the ballast I turned to the driver and said "I don't known about these two gents, but I really need to off load some used coffee, if you could pull the car with the ladies around the curve for a couple minutes I'll have the fire out." Couple minutes later our driver honked his horn and coul hear a second roadster honking. The 'fire crew' had a good laugh when they found no signs of fire.

 

reminds me of a joke, but glade you were able to come to the rescue, Bill

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Posted by chocho willy on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 1:37 PM

great pictures thanks for the share, Bill

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Posted by ttrigg on Thursday, February 22, 2018 12:13 PM

When I get home from this trip I'll dig through my external hard drives and post some unique and restored goodies from years past at the Rail and Trolly meusem in Perris, CA. They do gorgeous work there. This trip is 99% desert wildlife.

Tom Trigg

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