I would love to see people go deep and long on this. I have seen passion around railroads that nearly came to fists at a long ago "Infinity Central Model Railroad" at a Jacksonville, Naval base. One nut screaming at the other nuts (us) that "We are not good enough to model the Erie". Being a teen at the time I always wondered why? What was it that made this guys railroad take on such a "holy" form that he became the high preist...or was he just high on the Erie?
Myself. I grew up just yards from the ACL Tampa Division Mainline in the late 50¨s and ´60´s, a block or two from the Yukon (Naval Air Station Jacksonville) depot. Only a couple of bike miles from the Seaboard´s Beaver Street shops, Jacksonville Terminal, or the Georgia Southern and Florida (Southern) at Grand Crossing. The US Navy had a "shortline" with a daily run out the South gate and down to the Yukon Station for paperwork then back in the North Gate. There was an interchange with ACL and a line way back into base operations that had its start as Jacksonville Traction Companys Camp Johnson line. All of this and the FEC was just across the St. Johns River. Spending more hours at the Terminals and Yukon Depot then at home I was nearly raised by the railroaders. There was always the morning parade southbound, West Coast Champion, South Wind or City of Miami, The Dixie trains, Florida Special, and with little effort The Ponce de Leon, Royal Palm, Silver Meteor and Silver Star, Palmland, Sunnland and on and on.
Being both a railfan and a model railroader I could never figure out how to model all of these favorite railroads, they were all a part of me and I feel like I want to keep them alive somehow. Then while wandering in a California Antique Shop many years later I found an old Atlas dated 1924. When I opened to Florida, my fingers following each of "my" railroads around the state. Then there it was! A little line connecting Palatka (just south of my boyhood home) and Ocala (a town where dad visited on business) it passed through Orange Springs and Silver Springs and followed the Ocklawaha and Silver Rivers. Two of the most scenic and visited rivers in the world. "OV" was written next to the line on the map which I quickly and correctly guessed as "Ocklawaha Valley Railroad". As I researched the story in Jacksonville´s huge library a hard luck, Southeastern, Yosemite Valley sort of story unfolded. It connected with the FEC, ACL and GS&F in Palatka and the ACL, SAL, OSW and SSO&G in Ocala. In 50 odd miles it tied together ALL of my Southeastern Railroads. Gone today because of the most incredible circumstance, it was STOLEN!
So you see I have a love for the ACL, SAL, GS&F (SOU), FEC, JT, and a US Navy RR. So it was only natural that I altered history just a bit and brought the OV back to life in the 1950´s in HO scale. I can run engines and trains of all of my favorites and slip back into time when the squeeky screen door ment that "uncle" Pete Rood the Yukon agent was about to hand up orders to ACL 75. In my minds eye the ground shakes, Purple, Silver and Gold flash past and then a stainless steel blur.
Now, what is your tale?
For more information on the OV RR see: www.webspawners.com/users/ovrailroad/index.html
Lionel collector, stuck in an N scaler's modelling space.
why i love CNW so much and lost a great amount of respect for UP and BN:
when i was 3, my parents would take me to a railroad crossing at the end of this one road all the time. that was how i learned about railroad tracks and crossings. but that was it for a few days. finally, we got lucky. there it was, a CNW manifest bound for Itasca. i couldnt believe what i was seeing. i fell in love right there and then. i kept seeing them more and more. and it was always CNW. a CNW locomotive registered into my brain as "train" and still remains the most accurate deffinition to this day.
unfortunately, my family moved to the other side of town. i was separated from these trains for 10 years. when i was old enough, i started going to altoona more and more. then i found this board and learned of the entire fleet of CNWs i saw as a kid were gone because of UP. it drove me to hate UP. i finally took all the bad news in and it sank in only a few months ago. and now i run a CNW HO train in my basement.
i loved BN as a kid too. a lot. that green just ruled. especially with the striped noses. but i found out that BN killed the CNW main to Itasca and all the daytime manifests through Altoona. i still like them, but i dont think i can forgive them for making me have to go to Altoona at 2:00 AM if i want to see a manifest
the heartbreaker is that i have no pictures of the CNW i can call my own. i was too young to operate a camera. all my memories are gone forever and can never come back :(
Your friendly neighborhood CNW fan.
Simple. 2-8-8-4's, SD9's, SD18's, RSD15's, SD38AC/DC's, SD45T-2's, roaring notch 8 up a STEEP grade! Except the Yellowstones (2-8-8-4's), they were used on flat service.
Mechanical Department "No no that's fine shove that 20 pound set all around the yard... those shoes aren't hell and a half to change..."
The Missabe Road: Safety First
Been around them for most my life.