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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, June 2, 2022 3:16 PM

After the show Supertrain was cancelled, there was an ad in Model Railroader offering the models for sale.

I wonder if anyone who read the magazine purchased them.

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Posted by John-NYBW on Thursday, June 2, 2022 3:50 PM

John-NYBW

How about two TV series with railroad theme songs. 

The 1950s series Casey Jones starring Alan Hale Jr. in the title role, years before he gained greater fame as the Skipper on Gilligan's Island. I was surprised to see that series is available on DVD given that it only ran for 32 episodes. I was very young when it ran and don't remember much about it other than the theme song.

Casey Jones 1957 - 1958 Opening and Closing Theme - Bing video

The other is Petticoat Junction. Great footage of an old time steamer in both the black and white and color versions of the opening. 

Petticoat Junction Theme Song - YouTube

I don't think I ever watched a full episode. Wasn't it a spin-off from The Beverly Hillibillies which I did watch? My fuzzy memory tells me the central characther of Petticoat Junction was Jed Clampett's cousin who appeared on several episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies.

 

I was scrolling through YouTube and discovered somebody has uploaded at least some of the Casey Jones episodes. The story line is preposterous and to say they have taken some historical liberties would be an understatement but there is lots of interesting footage of a pair of really old time trains.

CASEY JONES - NIGHT MAIL - Episode One - Bing video

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, June 2, 2022 4:38 PM

I found the ad from Model Railroader where Supertrain was offered for sale.

Interesting that the advertisement includes the AHM logo.

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Posted by Medina1128 on Friday, June 3, 2022 5:18 AM

Enzoamps

I loved this 65 years ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYKbCN-zWjs

 

My father had this album, and this song still cracks me up.

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Posted by John-NYBW on Friday, June 3, 2022 11:36 AM

I remembered Stan Freberg as a Mad Man, aka advertising executive. I didn't realize until I looked it up on Wiki that he was so involved in the entertainment business as well. I remember mainly seeing him on talk shows. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, June 3, 2022 6:10 PM

Has anyone mentioned New Train by John Prine?

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, June 3, 2022 8:27 PM

How about...

Mr. Tinkertrain by Ozzy Osbourne?

Pirate

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:26 AM

Got another one...

My Baby Thinks He's A Train by Roseanne Cash

From the 1981 album Seven Year Ache.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:29 PM

Skimbleshanks, The Railway Cat by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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Posted by M636C on Sunday, June 5, 2022 1:35 AM

While not really a song, it is a poem with music..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_4r_YymgSI

There are modifed versions with updated music (and higher res video)...

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, June 5, 2022 1:56 AM

Dianne and I saw Gordon Lightfoot in concert on Saturday night. He put on a pretty good show considering that he is 84 years old! Alas he didn't do any railroad songs, but he was well worth the price of admission.

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Posted by John-NYBW on Sunday, June 5, 2022 9:42 AM

I was watching Gutfeld a few nights ago and learned the Rolling Stones just celebrated their 60th year together as a band. Of course it's only Mick Jagger and Keith Richards left from the original band after the recent death of Charlie Watts.

I've been to two rock concerts in my life and both of those were to see the Stones. The first was the spring of 1966 in Omaha. I think the admission was $5 and they didn't even sell out the Civic Auditorium. This was shortly after the charting of Satisfaction which I believe is still their biggest single. I can't remember the exact year but it was about twenty years ago in Columbus, Oh. Bill Wyman had left the band a few years earlier so it was Jagger, Richards, and Watts from the original band plus Ron Wood. They had a back up musician as their bass player. I can't remember the admission price but I'm quite sure it was more the $5.

Scientists should study Keith Richards DNA to find out how he has managed to survive into his 80s. It might hold the secret to eternal life. 

Correction. I just checked Wiki and both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are ONLY 78. The formed the band while still teenagers. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, June 5, 2022 10:33 AM

John-NYBW
The Rolling Stones just celebrated their 60th year together as a band.

The Rolling Stones had a song called Silver Train on their album Goats Head Soup.

The song is not about a train.

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Posted by garyla on Sunday, June 5, 2022 10:58 AM

Maybe I missed it, but just in case no one else added these:

   She Caught the Katy

   Mean Old Frisco

Do these two songs together, and you have a "Texas Special Medley"!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, June 5, 2022 11:23 AM

Good morning

Ya know,...Been a better host than I've been lately.  Hopefully excused as something not so good came up for the better part of last week.

Always knew there were a lot of Train songs but didn't really have any idea there was this many.

Took a liking to TheRailFanningBoy videos found since the start of this thread.  Not necessarily all the songs he uses are extraordinary or anyting but the good photo shoots of the old Steamers are cool to see.

Here's another one for ya.

https://youtu.be/zWjd0h5fymQ

 

Looks like some great stuff you all provided to catch up with gentleman.  Looking forward to that after taking my daughter and her guy out for her birthday lunch.

 

Thanks again for all the participation hereWink

 

 

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Posted by John-NYBW on Sunday, June 5, 2022 7:19 PM

Track fiddler

Good morning

Ya know,...Been a better host than I've been lately.  Hopefully excused as something not so good came up for the better part of last week.

Always knew there were a lot of Train songs but didn't really have any idea there was this many.

Took a liking to TheRailFanningBoy videos found since the start of this thread.  Not necessarily all the songs he uses are extraordinary or anyting but the good photo shoots of the old Steamers are cool to see.

Here's another one for ya.

https://youtu.be/zWjd0h5fymQ

 

Looks like some great stuff you all provided to catch up with gentleman.  Looking forward to that after taking my daughter and her guy out for her birthday lunch.

 

Thanks again for all the participation hereWink

 

 

TF

 

 

That's some great footage of a variety of steamers. After it finished, YouTube brought up this video next.

Roll On Big Boy - YouTube

It contains footage for the restored 4014 Big Boy in lots of different settings and somebody composed a song about it called Roll on Big Boy. It contained a few shots of the 4014 rolling through some heavy snow. I don't think I'd ever seen pictures or videos of a Big Boy in a winter scene but it's beautiful to look at. 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Sunday, June 5, 2022 9:04 PM

Great find as well John.  Never seen that locomotive in the snow either.  4014 was a rememberable day when we seen her in St Paul.

Seen a video of 4014 when they had to negotiate a radius in Duluth and wish I had that to post.  They had to creep that thing inch by inch around the curve because they were afraid it would jump the track.

  My favorite picture that day.

 

Found Rosanne Cash with some Train photos Kevin.

https://youtu.be/HxzklJK5GpU

 

Here's The Silverton

https://youtu.be/2_8R3NNIae0

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, June 6, 2022 12:16 AM

OK, I found a real gem for you.

I owned the album Sundown back in High School, and I loved it. It contains the wonderful song The Conductor Wore Black by Rank And File.

(51) Rank And File - "The Conductor Wore Black" - YouTube

The video clip is from a live performance from 1983 on Alan Thicke's talk show Thicke Of The Night. This made me long for a day when bands really performed live on these shows.

You just have to love a live performance where the lead singer plays bass.

Rank And File was one of the original CowPunk bands that came out of Austin, Texas in the early 1980s. Their music kind of sounds ho-hum for country today, but in 1982 this was shocking.

I remember when three of Rank And File's songs were used in the movie To Live And Die In L.A., suddenly everyone was a fan, for about ten minutes.

This is the studio version from the album Sundown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQgHyQc7_W4

I wish I would have seen these guys live back in my punk teens.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, June 6, 2022 6:37 AM

Good morning

Liked that one Kevin.  Those Rank & File Kids sure looked like they were having fun performing that.

 

Found this old Great Northern film that's like a ghost from the past.

1) The one who can identify the muffled music in the background gets the cookie.

2) Watch for the giant rabbit illusion to see if you can find it. 

3) There will be a test at 1:00 O-clock so have your paper and pencil ready KidsLaugh

https://youtu.be/Ur7w7NsvzJ0

 

Here's some good Great Northern garden layout jazz with some Pullman's.

https://youtu.be/qDZb0cLeZZw

 

 

Thanks for your support.

 

 

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Posted by John-NYBW on Monday, June 6, 2022 11:01 AM

Nice pics of 4014, TF. I was on hand for 4014's first public run out of Cheyenne in 2019. I took both still shots and video of that day. After seeing her depart Cheyenne, I drove ahead to see her arriving in Laramie. It was my first experience taking video with the new camera and most of my video was really bad but I got a nice clip of 4014 approaching Laramie. I watched from a bridge on the west side of Laramie as 4014 pulled out to continue her westward journey. I tried to follow it by car. US30 runs very close to the UP mainline but except for a short stretch, it's a two lane highway most of the way. I read later the line of cars trying to follow 4014 was 12 miles long. I can believe it since there were cars in front of me and behind me for as far as I could see. I just caught a glimpse of the tail of the train during the short stretch of four lane highway but quickly fell behind again and the train arrived in Medicine Bow before I could get there. I was going to follow it to the next stop but decided it wasn't worth the effort. After watching it leave Medicine Bow, I headed north to Yellowstone. 

I'll post the pictures I took of 4014 when I locate my camera. 

Correction: I mistakenly wrote I took video of 4014 approaching Denver. I meant to say Laramie. That initial run didn't take 4014 into Denver. I corrected that passage.  

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, June 6, 2022 11:20 AM

Track fiddler
Liked that one Kevin.  Those Rank & File Kids sure looked like they were having fun performing that.

Glad you liked it.

Punk concerts in the 1980s were the most fun I have had in my life. The bands and fans always had a ton of fun, and the interactions with the audiences were always great.

If there was one day I could like over again it would be Thursday, 21/APR/1994, when I saw The Ramones in Orlando at The Edge. DeeDee had just left the band and was replaced by C.J. on bass. There was a new life in the band, and they really had a blast on stage that night. Joey was not terribly sick yet, but was a little weak. C.J. took lead vocals on a few songs. The crowd was 100% into the show, and everything was perfect.

CowPunk was a ton of fun to listen to, but I never had the chance to see Austin, Texas style punk at a live show.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, June 6, 2022 1:01 PM

Good afternoon

Yes,  Those wild crazy concert & party days were a blast as they are remembered well Kevin, most of them anywayLaugh  Certainly have some stories to tell as those days could be interesting sometimes as well.

Thanks for sharing about 4014 John.  Had a simular experience when Union Pacific's Challenger came through Shakopee Minnesota.  My brother and I chased that thing to get ahead of it again to take more pictures in Jamestown. 

He worked for a photography studio back then and had some nice equipment.  Have some great pictures around here somewhere but the videos and some other pictures were on a computer that crashed.  Don't remember her road number right off hand.

 

Managed to hunt down that video of when they had to navigate 4014 through too tight of a curve in Duluth Minnesota.  Of course we all know that locomotive was designed for drifting planes, negotiating anyting near hairpin radius, not so muchLaugh

The video is a bit too long but maybe just scroll a little.

https://youtu.be/KAlK61l6yQI

 

Look forward to seeing your 4014 pictures when you find your camera later.

 

https://youtu.be/1-qRiEUXh90

 

Thanks

 

 

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Posted by JeremyB on Monday, June 6, 2022 6:36 PM

It was mention here before downbound train by Bruce springsteen. 

That whole tape reminds me of my dad and when I was little. I think that album cam out in the early 80s. I can picture hot summer days when he would have that on in between blue jays games on the radio. Can still see the silver radio on the back deck and how the sun was in the sky during those days. He passed away in 2020 but when I think of Bruce Springsteen born in the USA album I always go back to those days.

sorry to go off topic.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Monday, June 6, 2022 6:58 PM

Not at all Jeremy.  Thanks for sharing as we like stories here.  I could tell by your words your dad was a great guy and I'm sorry about your recent loss.  I found a good video for you in honor of your Dad.  I've always liked Bruce too.

 

Downbound Train by Bruce Springsteen

https://youtu.be/qY7r8y97UwM

 

Here's one on some Great Northern History some of you might like.

https://youtu.be/2BpAPrAyyFw

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, June 6, 2022 11:44 PM

This is a fun rockin' country tune...

Southbound Train by Travis Tritt. It is a song about getting out to go to Florida to live the good life.

Big Smile

From the 2000 album Down The Road I Go.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 7:12 AM

Good morning

SeeYou190

This is a fun rockin' country tune...

Southbound Train by Travis Tritt.

Certainly is.  Lots of instruments going on in that one.  Right away noticed the crazy fiddler that reminds me of our late Charlie Daniels who is missed.  I had to back up the tune a couple times to identify the instrument sounding like a train whistle that was a nice touch.  Steel guitar also known as the Hawaiian guitar I do believe.  

 

Travis Tritt

https://youtu.be/Py6VWRNEfkY

I ain't Siskel or Ebert but I'll give that one three thumbs upYesYesYes

 

 

York1

Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues.

Here's one found for ya John that must have been missed in my absence.
 

Good Ol' Johnny

 

 

Thanks for posting.

 

 

 

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Posted by John-NYBW on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 10:45 AM

Track fiddler

Good morning

 

 
SeeYou190

This is a fun rockin' country tune...

Southbound Train by Travis Tritt.

 

 

Certainly is.  Lots of instruments going on in that one.  Right away noticed the crazy fiddler that reminds me of our late Charlie Daniels who missed.  I had to back up the tune a couple times to identify the instrument sounding like a train whistle that was a nice touch.  Steel guitar also known as the Hawaiian guitar I do believe.  

 

Travis Tritt

https://youtu.be/Py6VWRNEfkY

I ain't Siskel or Ebert but I'll give that one three thumbs upYesYesYes

 

 

 

 
York1

Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues.

 

 

Here's one found for John that must have been missed in my absence.
 

Good Ol' Johnny

 

 

Thanks for posting.

 

 

 

TF

 

Very impressive. I didn't know 4014 had roamed that far south. I did notice two auxiliary water tenders. Must have been a long way between stops. I think I read that on the inaugural run, the UP had arranged for the fire department in Rawlins to refill their tenders, I'm assuming from fire hydrants.

I like the idea of using drone cameras. I wonder how long it take to become good at taking videos with it. One of the reasons my videos of 4014 aren't very good is because I didn't drive all that way to see the 4014 through a viewfinder. I'm always amazed at the people at sporting events or concerts who paid a lot of money for their tickets and then watch it through their camera phones. 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 6:22 AM

Good morning.

Like the Petticoat Junction engineers picture Marlon.  Wasn't one of their names Floyd if I recall correctly?

 

John-NYBW

 

 
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York1

Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues.

Here's one found for John that must have been missed in my absence.

Good Ol' Johnny

 

Very impressive. I didn't know 4014 had roamed that far south.

I like the idea of using drone cameras. I wonder how long it take to become good at taking videos with it. 

 

 

P.S.  I bet those water cars must have took a long time to fill out of the fire hydrant John.  Yeah, people and their cell phonesHuh?  I leave mine at home when I'm not going to be gone long.  I see people while driving in my truck walking down the sidewalk texting and walk right into a Street Lamp and I have to laughLaugh

Saints Fan John must have missed that video posted for himCrying...Laugh but I'm glad you liked it.  The best Johnny Cash train video I've ever found and it just fell into my lap.  It's kind of freaky how Google's robots learn what you like and present things to youHuh?

Those drones are incredible and I've been thinking about getting one for railfanning.

The neighbor kid next door at my buddy Erv's has one that was just over five hundred bucks.  He boatfans Prior Lake watching people catch fish, water skiing and girls in bikinis of courseStick out tongue  His model has a zoom lens so he doesn't have to bother anyone, relatively speaking I suppose. 

You put your goggles on and fly it and if it gets too far out of signal range the override will take control and fly itself back landing within ten feet of where you are.  He said they have more sophisticated ones that will correct themselves if you make a mistake so they're dummy proof and impossible to crash.

Those things are fast too.  Here's a guy railfanning around a bridge.  I didn't appreciate how he disrespected the engineer's space but it's a cool video.

This guy apparently has mastered drone flight.  He dances the cameras to the music causing a bit of dizzinessLaugh

https://youtu.be/nQDcDZ6rmGE

Enjoy

 

 

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Posted by maxman on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10:11 AM

I believe that it is time to rehang some telltales mid span of that bridge.  That will quickly cure him of some of that nonsense.

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