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Jeffrey's Trackside Diner for September 2021 - Featuring Stations & Depots

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Jeffrey's Trackside Diner for September 2021 - Featuring Stations & Depots
Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 12:48 AM

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Since this first post is at the top of the page, I will be happy to treat everyone to some genuine Kansas City Bar-B-Que... Yummy!

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For the month of September, we are sharing pictures of train depots or stations.

I will start out the theme for the month with this picture. It is a NEW YORK CENTRAL freight station preserved at the NICKEL PLATE museum in Ohio.

I think I have taken enough pictures of railroad structures to contribute one per day. This is my first time opening the Diner, so I tried to at least be minimally competent.

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At the beginning of each month we pay respect to the diner guests that have passed on with a memorial.

Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 1:25 AM

Well, I managed to push through the time-out errors and slow connection, and the diner is open!

-Kevin

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 4:34 AM

Good morning Diners.  Tea and toast please, Brunhilda.

The theme this month is Stations.

 

Darlington

 

 

Thoughts & Peace to All who Require

 

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Posted by Water Level Route on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 6:22 AM

Good Morning Diners.  Sure glad it's Wednesday.  I've got a busy, but good end of the week/weekend lined up.  Taking my daughter to practice tonight that will be a scrimmage.  I love watching her play.  Then the draft for my fantasy football league is tomorrow.  We do a live draft (where everyone gets together as opposed to everyone doing it on their computer at home) and it is a blast!  New tires for the wife's car scheduled for Friday, my favorite college football team (and most other college teams for that matter) kick off their season on Saturday, and then finally putting in a new slider door on Sunday.  Only bummer is I ordered a premade door sill pan that was supposed to arrive Friday, but now isn't showing up until Wednesday.  Grrrr.  Have to make one from scratch.  Hopefully that's the only thing that goes not quite right on the door.  I ordered the door in May, hoping to install it in June when things weren't so busy for us.  It showed up last Friday. Oh well, at least we got it.

My first contribution of a station is of the one in the little town I grew up in.  The station was torn down by the time my family moved there so I never got to see it.  This undated photo sure has some neat details in it though.

Cheers!

Mike

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Posted by York1 on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 8:15 AM

Good morning, diners.

I'm going to really enjoy this month's diner.  I love train stations and depots.  From childhood they always meant travel to interesting places on neat trains.\

I also have a busy couple of days lined up.  The layout has been untouched for several weeks, and I don't see that changing in the days ahead.

My first station picture is in the town in which I now live.  It is still used by BNSF.  Amtrak does not come through here -- it stops at a town about 40 miles southwest of us.

 

 

Have a good day, everyone.

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 10:19 AM

Howdy .....

 

I've been very busy in recent days. Our company left yesterday. I took a lot a pictures as we chased 4014 on Saturday, and I have been working with them. There were long waits in the hot sun in the two locations where we stopped to see 4014. Lots of other cars of people on two lane roads chasing 4014.

 

First group of pictures is at Thebes, IL. The train crossed the Mississippi River from MO to IL at that location. The bridge has multiple spans with a combined length of about 4000 feet.

 

As we arrived, a frieight train was crossing the bridge with 3 units. One in front. One in the middle. One in the rear. It had well over 100 cars.

 

 

Next, a barge tow went under the bridge with a huge tow boat pushing 15 large barges. Each barge may be about 200' long and 35' wide.

 

 

About 15 minutes later, 4014 and its train crossed. The massive bridge makes the train appear small.

 

 

 

 

I will post pictures of 4014 in Chester, IL later.

 

I still have to catch up with your posts.

GARRY

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Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 4:34 PM

Hello?

Testing... testing???

I just posted a photo in Show Me Something and got several error messages, then tried to resend my reply and got a warning that I had already posted a reply and duplicate replies are verboten!

Things seem to be speeding up a little.

Thanks for opening the Diner, Kevin! Everything looks great and the food is, well, improving Dinner

Here's a few photos of my adopted home town depot. Chardon on the B&O:

 B-O_Chardon_6_1971_edited-1 by Edmund, on Flickr

There have been passenger specials run here for our annual Maple Festival.

 B-O_Chardon_FA-809_edited-1 by Edmund, on Flickr

Mighty EM-1s used to regularly run through here moving coal to the Lake Erie port at Fairport Harbor.

 B-O_Chardon_EM1_edited-1 by Edmund, on Flickr

Here's the same place in 1982, a year before the branch was abandoned:

 B&O_Chardon_1982_fix1 by Edmund, on Flickr

Here's the last two engines to run on the line. They're tied up here for the night while working on the train that was removing the rail:

 Chardon_BnO-4158 by Edmund, on Flickr

Parts of the right-of-way are a biking-hiking trail now.

Regards, Ed

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 5:19 PM

Good afternoon. 

I'll wait to post pictures of stations until I'm done with Big Boy 4014 photos. 

All of these pictures are ones I took Saturday in Chester, IL.

 

The diesel is 4015 . It does not have the flag paint scheme. 

 

One more group of photos shows some of the train. I will post them next.  

GARRY

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 5:37 PM

Next pictures show some of the train. 

Generator car. Perhaps, UP shops kitbashed it from a baggage / RPO car. 

 

Next is a dome car. 

 

 

Last car of train with rear observation platform. 

 

 

Next, is the lead locomotive of a freight train that was following the special train. I accidently deleted a picture showing the second unit which was a KCS locomotive. 

 

These are all the pictures I selected to show of Saturday's trip to see 4014.

Thanks for looking.  

GARRY

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 5:40 PM

Thanks for starting September's Diner KevinSmile

Looks Good Guys! Yes

But after over 20 minutes to access here, .....Garbage!  Done!

 

I like all your guys's pictures so far for sureYes but I can't find time for this sort of thing, let alone me trying to post a picture from Wisconsin on HolidaySadTongue Tied

 

I will catch up with you good gentlemen laterYes

 

 

 

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 5:47 PM

Garry, Nice Shots!

I chased over in Poplar Bluff. I got up close to the beast. 

 

my first shots are in the August diner. 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 5:52 PM

MLC ... I saw your photos of 4014. Very nice. I'm glad to hear you could see the Big Boy. 

GARRY

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 6:39 PM

Heartland Division CB&Q

Howdy .....

 

I've been very busy in recent days. Our company left yesterday. I took a lot a pictures as we chased 4014 on Saturday, and I have been working with them. There were long waits in the hot sun in the two locations where we stopped to see 4014. Lots of other cars of people on two lane roads chasing 4014.

 

First group of pictures is at Thebes, IL. The train crossed the Mississippi River from MO to IL at that location. The bridge has multiple spans with a combined length of about 4000 feet.

 

As we arrived, a frieight train was crossing the bridge with 3 units. One in front. One in the middle. One in the rear. It had well over 100 cars.

 

 

Next, a barge tow went under the bridge with a huge tow boat pushing 15 large barges. Each barge may be about 200' long and 35' wide.

 

 

About 15 minutes later, 4014 and its train crossed. The massive bridge makes the train appear small.

 

 

 

 

I will post pictures of 4014 in Chester, IL later.

 

I still have to catch up with your posts.

 

There She is Garry!  I like your Bridge!

LovelyPirate

Back at you Garry!

The site seems to be working better now so which ones do I post?

 

 

 

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Posted by BigDaddy on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 6:55 PM

This one is a few miles away from me.  I'd love to be able to look inside.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 7:02 PM

Just Love for 4014

 

 

 

TF

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 7:03 PM

Just Love 4014

 

 

 

TF

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Posted by BigDaddy on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 7:12 PM

My old hometown of Annapolis was hit by a tornado.  No injuries as far as I know.  You see these pictures all the time on TV.  When you actually know the area, and see the destruction, it is shocking.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/photos/bs-md-vg-hurricane-ida-baltimore-area-20210901-smdxkjlp25eh3caots5shfzjsi-photogallery.html

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 7:15 PM

Tiss my favorite

Owatonna Minnesota preserved by the American Historical Society

 

I think it's a nice Depot would'nt you agreeYes

 

I got to go inside itStick out tongue  What I seen was great but the old smell was Utterly DelightfulPirate

 

 

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 8:29 PM

Heartland Division CB&Q
Generator car. Perhaps, UP shops kitbashed it from a baggage / RPO car. 

Garry, back when I was working, I was involved in putting this generator car into service for the Ringling Brothers Circus in Sarasota.

NOTE * * * I did not take these photographs. These were publicly available in a press release from my previous employer, so I am not violiating my NDA. * * *

I cannot share the photographs I took.

I can say this... the welders and fabricators that built those roof-top radiators were artists and geniuses. They made a critical functional component look beautiful.

We all had bets on whether or not the cooling package was going to be functional. We tested it on a day when the ambient air temperature was 94 degrees with no wind. The generators were load-banked at 110% rated load for six hours. Neither engine ever exceeded 182 degrees. Amazing. 

This depot is in Flowery Branch, Georgia. It is beautifully restored.

I did take the picture of the depot.

-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 9:04 PM

Osceola Wisconsin is another story.

It was near noon and the attendant was not supposed to leave but he did.

I can't remember the dates but Steve the conductor was telling me the story that he left for 10 minutes to grab lunch.

A train derailed and crashed through the Osceola Depot.

Had the attendant been there he would have perished.

I still got to meet up with Steve back at the Osceola Depot to drive the Soo line.

The time I was there there was a new conductor in training and I could not drive it.

 

Steve told me to come back and he will let me drive it.  I will get back there and drive this big machine!!!

 

 

 

TF

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 9:20 PM

Here's Steve the conductor with me in Osceola.

 

Trust me Kids that I will go back and drive that big Soo line machinePirate

 

 

 

TF

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 9:55 PM

You know, once in a while one of my daughters has come over and fixed the internet problems with my phone.

But you guys are Model Railroader magazine.  I would think you should have a good computer geek to fix the problem when your sight goes South!

 

Thanks

 

 

 

TF

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Posted by "JaBear" on Thursday, September 2, 2021 4:20 AM
Kevin, thanks for seamlessly moving the Diner.
 
A big thanks to everyone for sharing their really interesting stuff, though I must admit that MLCs close ups of 4014 really took my fancy, I’m not sure I can actually grasp the size of the beastie!
 
I was bought up on a farm 2 miles from the South Island Main Trunk and went to the Morton Mains Siding primary school. This photo was taken in the early 1900’s. The “goods shed” (freight house), and stockyards, behind the goods shed and not seen in this photo, were still in use when I was very young, but the station, the lean to, behind the transportable workers hut on the right side in this photo, was not in use, and I think was removed while I was still at school. The transportable workers huts were designed to be moved, and were often left on, E Class 4-wheel workers (MOW) wagons .
 
MMS by Bear, on Flickr
 
There are no sidings left, the church is gone and the village store and school are now private residences; progress??? HmmSigh
 
Thoughts and Best Wishes to All that need them. Kia Kaha.
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, September 2, 2021 4:51 AM

Good morning Diners.   A full English breakfast please, Flo.

 

Lovely pictures of 4014.   

 

Bristol Temple Meads Station.

 

 

David

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, September 2, 2021 4:55 AM

Things are gradually improving on the upload speeds here. I tested all the tubes in my old desktop and that seemed to help.

Pretty handy when your locomotives and depots are painted in the same colors.

 SOO_2225-A by Edmund, on Flickr

Saves on paint inventory Whistling

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, September 2, 2021 8:26 AM

Good morning, everyone.  I may be pushing a little, but I think it feels a little like fall outside.

Bear, I watched an interesting program on the Coastal Pacific train in New Zealand.  It showed some of the damage the earthquakes cause along the line, and it also showed the neat observation car on the train.

One sad thing about this month's diner's topic is the old stations.  Back in history, they were such bustling places with people traveling to places and events -- imagine all the excitement.  Now we're in crowded airports where it seems many people are unhappy, or have their faces buried in their phones.  Probably not a realistic view, but those train stations seemed like a more relaxed and happier time.

This station is on the old Kansas City & Omaha Railroad that came through my town.  The building is used for storage for a local business:

 

In the following, the square above the windows used to have a clock in it, but no one has seen the clock in years.

 

The tracks are long gone, but there are remnants of the old line.  When I walk the trail each morning, I follow a small creek.  When the water is low, you can still see the pilings for an old trestle that this railroad used to cross the creek.  The trail does not follow the old railroad path.  The adjacent landowners just took over the old train path.

 

The forum seems to be working much better this morning, so I hope we can see a lot more train stations from everyone.  Have a good day.

 

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Thursday, September 2, 2021 10:42 AM

Howdy .... 

I hope each of you liked the photos I posted on Big Boy 4014 in southern Illinois. 

MLC .... Again, I liked your pictures of 4014 before it got to Illinois. 

TF .... I like your Big Boy pictures and your phosots of stations in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Kevin ..... The generator car you showed is interesting.

Ed .... Save on paint with same colors. Now, that's resourceful.

David (UK) ...... Thanks for the video.  Very interesting to see trains from the 1800's. 

Bear .... That is an intersting old picture of a "goods shed". 

Stations ...

I will begin with Chicago Union Station. This is an old photo. Union Station had two buildings originally. The taller building behind the one in front was demolished to make room for a large office building. I think that happened in the 1980's. 

Most tracks were stub end except for a couple of tracks close to the Chicago River which went trhough. More tracks were on the south side (left side of picture). CB&Q, PRR, and GM&O used the south tracks, and MILW used the north tracks.

The south tracks ran past a big Railway Exprees building, and then went under a very large US Post Office building as they approached Union Station. In this picture you can see a CB&Q train and a PRR train arriving on those tracks. 

 

Everybody : ..... Have a good day. 

GARRY

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Posted by cats think well of me on Thursday, September 2, 2021 1:06 PM

Hello All!

Here's the station from my city, Lancaster PA's own station built in 1929, replacing a smaller station that ran in the downtown area. In it's long and great history, the Broadway Limited had stops here (I think) and it was part of the PRR's "Broadway" 4-track mainline from Philadelphia to Chicago. I first became a fan of the station in 2003 when I would take the train to and from Washington DC to visit family in Lancaster PA. I saw video of the LMS Coronation Scot, engine plus train, visiting the station in 1939. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, September 2, 2021 3:25 PM

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Kevin ..... The generator car you showed is interesting.

Garry, I wish I could share the pictures I took. The pictures I shared are poorly photo-shopped to hide any evidence of the physical location, and some proprietary hardware.

It is an amazing train car, and the power generation hardware installed was truly state-of-the-art (13 years ago).

This project was one of ther top-ten highlights of my career.

-Kevin

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Posted by richhotrain on Thursday, September 2, 2021 3:46 PM

Heartland Division CB&Q

I will begin with Chicago Union Station. This is an old photo. Union Station had two buildings originally. The taller building behind the one in front was demolished to make room for a large office building. I think that happened in the 1980's. 

Garry, you got that a bit mixed up. The taller building in the background is the Headhouse with its Great Hall where travelers gather until their train is announced. That building still stands.

The smaller building in the foreground is the Terminal Building where arriving and departing trains were located. That building was torn down years ago, as you indicated, and replaced by a modern glass and steel structure.

IMHO, they should have left the Terminal Building standing.

Rich

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