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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, May 29, 2020 12:04 PM

Quite the spotlight on the back of the tender off photo 3.  I bet that thing would light up the yard!

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I will have to add Altoona, Pennsylvania to the loop.  I must see that Queen Mary heavy hauler in person.

 

 

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Posted by BRAKIE on Friday, May 29, 2020 12:28 PM

I'm  surprise nobody notice the track next to the freight cars in photo 3 is either out of service or hasn't been used for a long time.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Friday, May 29, 2020 5:17 PM

BRAKIE

I'm  surprise nobody notice the track next to the freight cars in photo 3 is either out of service or hasn't been used for a long time.

 

 

I didn't notice that one Larry. But now that you mentioned it, those rails do look a bit crusty on top.

I hope this is not a stupid question but I noticed a hose across the lines on photo 2 and 3.  I take it that's for filling the tenders with water right?

 

 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Friday, May 29, 2020 5:42 PM

BRAKIE
I'm surprise nobody notice the track next to the freight cars in photo 3 is either out of service or hasn't been used for a long time.

I looked at the wrong photo (2) and the track with the loco on the flat car, has ties that are much higher than the surrounding tracks.  Does that mean it was laid for the event?

What everyone has missed is that the people in front of the 3 locos are looking at something else.  They are not standing inline to see those locos, their backs are turned toward the locos.  What don't we see?

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, May 29, 2020 6:59 PM

BigDaddy
What everyone has missed is that the people in front of the 3 locos are looking at something else.  They are not standing inline to see those locos, their backs are turned toward the locos.  What don't we see?

Funny you should ask.

Last night I went through the stack to find the original three prints in hopes of something being written on then — zilch.

However, I came across two more prints from that day — I probably passed them over on the first go-around due to the lack of specific railroad interest. These two photos seem to show some sort of proclamation being read or presented plus some dignitaries and perhaps military officials, and do I see a fire department captain's cap?

PHOTO FIVE

 PRR_Display by Edmund, on Flickr

The freight seems to be running on another track "less ballasted"?

Some of those top-hats look like they've been sat on! I expect one of those fellows to pull a groundhog up by the scruff of the neck and declare six more weeks of winter!

 

PHOTO SIX

 PRR_Display_people by Edmund, on Flickr

 

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Track fiddler
I take it that's for filling the tenders with water right?

Or water for the E8s steam generator tanks. It still looks pretty chilly out so the steam heat is probably supplied to the train.

Still more questions than answers. Perhaps tonight I'll pose an inquiry in the PRR groups.io forum.

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Posted by dehusman on Friday, May 29, 2020 7:41 PM

I photo 5 the center of attention is the "Davey Crockett" person in the center wearing the coonskin cap.  You can see a gaggle of teen, pre-teen boys focused on him.

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Posted by BigDaddy on Friday, May 29, 2020 8:38 PM

I dunno if it's a fireman, behind a Marine officer and Navy commander.  The guys in the trench coats are Army or maybe Airforce.

There is a another kid in a coonskin cap between the guy that looks like Al Capone and the guy in the top hat that looks like Babe Ruth.  Could the coonskin cap with his back to us be Fess Parker?  Disney's Daniel Boone started in 1954.  I'll bet there were no coon skin caps before that, at least not outside the country.

I'm going to guess the date is 1955 or 1956

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, May 29, 2020 9:03 PM

BigDaddy
I dunno if it's a fireman,

You're right, he could be old enough to be an engineer Whistling

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(On closer scrutiny, I don't see any firefighter caps, either Embarrassed)

BigDaddy
I'm going to guess the date is 1955 or 1956

I was going by the 1951 Ohio plates on the Packard? (Photo 4)

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Posted by BigDaddy on Saturday, May 30, 2020 7:14 AM

I thought you meant this guy in back

How about Estes Kefauver, who adopted the hat to run for Senate in 1948?  That doesn't explain why a couple kids are wearing them.  Kefauver's name will ring a bell as he investigated organizied crime, as well as running in the 52 primary for President (where he won Ohio)

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, May 30, 2020 7:51 AM

BigDaddy
I thought you meant this guy in back

That sort of looks like a police cap, maybe? Huh?

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, May 30, 2020 9:04 AM

Someone date that waffle-side boxcar with 'Route of the' ... I can't figure out either the road name or what it's the route of, but the construction looks modern for 1952.

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Posted by BigDaddy on Saturday, May 30, 2020 9:38 AM

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Posted by dknelson on Saturday, May 30, 2020 11:28 AM

the Milwaukee Road rib-sided (not waffle sided) boxcars date back to the pre WWII era.  

I can say that in the mid 1950s it was the rare kid who either did not have a coon skin cap or didn't want one.  Fess Parker was our hero on TV.

I notice a number of dignitaries in the photo wearing very old fashioned top hats, sort of Civil War era.  I assume perhaps a civic celebration combined with railroad celebration?  It was obviously chllly out based on the caps and hats and leather jackets.  

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, May 30, 2020 3:10 PM

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the Milwaukee Road rib-sided (not waffle sided) boxcars date back to the pre WWII era

You'd sure think I could have figured this out from the three separate sets of clues in the picture... and no, I can't blame it on the phone this time.

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Posted by Little Timmy on Saturday, May 30, 2020 8:24 PM

gmpullman
The question posed to me was regarding the device hanging just below the jacking pad above the front truck.

Look's like a re-rail  frog to me.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Saturday, May 30, 2020 10:22 PM

I loved Daniel Boone with his friend Mingo back when I was a very young kid.

I would have to say I had some Hero's in that series back then.  And I did know Daniel Boone was Fess Parker. 

There's a coonskin cap out in my buddy Erv's garage in Prior Lake.  At different times either one of us put it on and the other one of us always laughs.

 

 

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Posted by PC101 on Saturday, May 30, 2020 10:34 PM

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In photo #1, lower left corner, the boy walking away from the camara, hat, over coat with a dark collar and sneakers, arms kinda up in front of him, (hands together ?).

In photo #2, the boy closest to and walking towards the photographer, same dress and hands together.

Now where is that lady with the big suitcase?  

 

 

 

 Right in the middle, walking away from the camera, next to the receeding hairline guy with the camera bag on the ground who is looking back at the camera.

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Yes Randy I goofed. I was trying to find the lady in the other photo. I had the wrong numbers with the photos and that ''find em'' sentence was not with the correct photo. Now I'm looking at a tall man (and surrounding folks) at the top of the stairs to the loco on the flat car. I am trying to match him to a tall man (and surrounding folks) halfway up the same stairs. Which would tell which photo may have been taked first.  

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Posted by BRAKIE on Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:41 AM

dehusman

I photo 5 the center of attention is the "Davey Crockett" person in the center wearing the coonskin cap.  You can see a gaggle of teen, pre-teen boys focused on him.

 

More the out rage is those wearing ball caps at a public gathering. It was considered improper for a man to go out in public with out a Fedora hat. I remember my Aunt giving my uncle what for and down the road because he went to a hobby shop without wearing a hat!  He was into building model cars.

 

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