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Posted by NDG on Thursday, October 27, 2022 5:48 AM

 

FYI.
 
 
Snow Removal, Montreal, 1957.
 
 
Conventional White and COE Sicard Trucks w Suicide Doors clearing Snow in Montreal
 
Manpower required.
 
Streetcars had two 2 years to go.
 
At Time 6:50 as truck turns to back into snow dump hole,
across the street beneath streetlight, a horse-drawn
side walk plow is standing.
 
A gasoline Narrow Gauge side walk plow seen elsewhere.
 

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, October 15, 2022 7:01 PM

It's been suggested that some mysterious ship disappearances in the forties and before were due to the same phenomenon as the SS Grandcamp in Texas City.

The captain of the Grandcamp attempted to fight a fire in the hold by flooding the hold with steam.  The problem was that the cargo was ammonium nitrate.  These days it's known as a blasting agent.  Pieces of the ship were found miles away.

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Posted by NDG on Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:08 AM
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Posted by SD70Dude on Monday, October 10, 2022 3:06 PM

Hanging on the wall in my grandmother's retirement home was a terrific aerial shot of one of those boats passing under Bridge 13 (Main Street) as it threaded its way through downtown Welland.  Before the canal was relocated the city would be cut in half for about 30 minutes every time a boat went through.

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, October 10, 2022 7:05 AM

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CSL A Lovely Advertisement from Sixty Years Ago.

CSL's ships still ply the Seaway.  I see them in the 1000 Islands frequently. Those ships running through the Welland Canal and the St Lawrence River are limited to just over 700' (IIRC) due to the size of the locks involved.

The "footers" can run everything west of the Welland Canal - they are 1000' and more (longest is 1,014').  The Soo Locks can handle them.  They are impressive.

There is an impressive community of fans of ships comparable to railfans.

 

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Posted by NDG on Monday, October 10, 2022 6:53 AM

O T.

CSL A Lovely Advertisement from Sixty Years Ago.
 
Thought this was wonderful, back in the Day.
 
 

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Posted by NDG on Monday, September 12, 2022 10:09 AM
Sanding an H-16-44. 
 
Details CP 8554 in Video.
 
 
Sand,
 
At time 2:21 in Video.
 
Bottom Left, on Running Board.
 
Hinged Hatch for Sanding Unit.
 
4 in all..
 

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Posted by NDG on Monday, September 12, 2022 10:07 AM
FWIW.
 
Last CPR Passenger Train Southern Route Across B C. January 16, 1964.
 
Sutherland, B. C.
 
 
The Grills over windshields are to protect Glass from Geese and Ducks in flight when RDC running thru marshlands. 
 
From here.
 
 

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Posted by NDG on Monday, September 12, 2022 2:32 AM

 

Scan CP 8554.
 
 

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Posted by NDG on Thursday, September 8, 2022 9:09 PM

FYI.

Elizabeth.
 
In 1951 the Royals Crossed Canada. We all were there in Welcome.
 
Elizabeth rode the Cab on CN 6057.
 
 
The Number Plate from CN 6057 now reposes in the
 Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal
 

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 9:33 AM

As an aside, those "Golden Glow" reflectors use uranium glass.  Radium glass at a concentration that would show any color would be... unadvisable.  (And about eight-figure expensive in the '20s!)

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Posted by NDG on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 8:20 AM

 

Mr. O is correct as usual!
 
EL DID have at least one GP w Garbage Can Headlight. No D/B.
 
 
And WP had several.
 
 
Both CPR and CNR had them, also.
 
CP 8417, Crowsnest. 1975.
 
 
This was LAST CP GP7 before being Rebuilt
 
 
CP 8484.
 
 
The bells were moved to above Headlight on some Units account
 would plug w snow when behind Pilot and not ring.
 
 
CP 8521. S/G Unit.  Tender is for Gang water supply.
 
 
Saddle Tanks outside Fuel Tank. Water Filler in YELLOW.
 
At least one 1 CP Geep received a flat-mounted Sealed Beam
Conversion front exterior of Garbage Can as mentioned by Mr. O.
 
Ditto flush-mounted front of Hood in large round opening on certain RS3s.
 
Some Engineers preferred Garbage Can lights when fitted
 w Radium Glass Yellow Reflector as made light
reflected from SNOW much softer.
 
Some Engineers PREFERRED OP Power as they had better Hauling characteristics than Geeps.
 
Westinghouse Motored Units pulled WELL and held on.
 
Thusly, CP put them in the Mountains where they were beaten
 to death summer and winter and had significantly
higher Maintenance Cost, looking bad, when compared
w flat land power.
 
Anyway.
 
CNR W Garbage Can.
 
These Two later Renumbered. NO D/B. Early CN Crest on Nose.
 
 
And So On.
 
Must be other Garbage Can Geeps? 
 
 
Four Sealed Beams.
 
 

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, September 5, 2022 4:36 PM

Didn't some of Western Pacific's early Geeps use those garbage-can headlights?

Some interesting sealed-beam conversions were tried.  NYC and B&O used what I recall was a Pyle conversion that attached on the front of a headlight, replacing the glass and frame -- this defines some of the familiar look of a Niagara.  PRR put vertical sealed beams behind glass on quite a few GG1s.  I have seen ONE picture of a T1 converted to two sealed beams (vertically arranged) -- in Indiana in 1948.  (Didn't the Australian T1-tribute 4-8-4s wind up with horizontal pairs of sealed beams?)

At least one Southern railroad -- I think ACL -- put SEVEN sealed-beam units in one headlight housing... which as I recall had glass in front, perhaps not for too long.  I suspect this did not last any longer than UP and C&NW's vertical 'spotlight' headlights (another fascinating idea).

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, September 5, 2022 4:06 PM

SD70Dude
I've replaced a few headlight bulbs and many marker light bulbs over the years (CN still puts red lights on DP capable units), but I wouldn't dream of trying that while we're moving. 

Trivia:  For those familiar with the animated movie "Polar Express," the headlight bulb changing scene was relatively authentic (aside from being done on a moving train, etc).  

The train sounds for the movie were recorded using PM 1225 at Owosso.  After the sound crew had left, it apparently occurred to someone at the production company that they should know how the bulb was changed in the headlight.  They requested that SRI (Steam Railroading Institute) video the process, which SRI did.  And you've seen the result.

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Posted by SD70Dude on Monday, September 5, 2022 3:31 PM

The ditchlights on modern units also get pretty scummy after trailing for a while, they get covered in dirt and track grease that gets thrown up by the wheels.  The "Grime-Free" hand cleaner packets we get are pretty good at dissolving this stuff, and then you can easily wipe it off with some paper towels.  

I've replaced a few headlight bulbs and many marker light bulbs over the years (CN still puts red lights on DP capable units), but I wouldn't dream of trying that while we're moving. 

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Posted by NDG on Sunday, September 4, 2022 6:20 PM

 

In some cases it WAS a Retrofit, especially in later years.
 
But, back when these CLC Units were NEW, they could be ordered
 with the LARGE Reflector Headlight a la Steam as here on CNR.
 
 
OR w Sealed Beams.
 
CP 8547 photo was in 1957, so it is New.
 
It was FIRST CP H-16 to get Retired and Scrapped.
 
CN H-16-44s had different fan arrangement.
 
AFAIK, the CP 8547-8556 group CAME w Sealed Beams in large opening..
 
CP ordered early Geeps w Large Garbage Can Headlights.
 
The Sealed Beams were WAY BRIGHTER, and if one burned out,
 the other was still lit.
 
 A Godsend before Ditch Lights.
 
NYC ordered New F-M A Units w Sealed Beams in Large Opening where a
Reflector Headlight would have gone.
 
 
The Bulbs/Sealed beams could be accessed from inside NOSE on an A Unit as whole assembly hinged inwards, 
so lamps could be replaced at Track Speed.
 
Did many miles on A Units, and the Reflector Lights were AWFUl esp if Unit in question had run Trailing for a time.
 
Ditch Lights a Blessing!!
 
Some had Yellow Radium Glass Reflectors, Some were Silver
 
In later years many units were Retrofitted w Sealed Beam lights as much better,
and to cut down on Inventory.
 
When listing information on these postings, one has to decide
 just how much data is interesting/important.
 
 The CNR H-16 Units had Westinghouse Gear, CP GE, and so on.
 
Modellers may?
 

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, September 4, 2022 2:14 PM

NDG
Note CP 8547 in Photo. This order had Sealed Beam Headlights within a  Large Circular Glass-Face opening.

I believe this was a retrofit than many railroads used, replacing the large, single lamp reflector.

Perhaps those pieces of sheet metal were already cut.

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Posted by NDG on Sunday, September 4, 2022 6:56 AM

 

CP 8609. From ebay.
 
A clear view of one of these as originally painted with Radiator end Front.
 
 
 
C. 1960 most of the Long Hood Front H-16-44s were converted to
 Short Hood as Front.
 
CP 8554 and CP 8555 were not.
 
Likewise converted were CP's Train Masters. CP 8900 to 8920.
 
Note CP 8547 in Photo. This order had Sealed Beam Headlights within a
 Large Circular Glass-Face opening.
 
Note Extra Steps, w Light, Centre, each end to facilitate climb from Lower-Running Board Units while in motion.
 
The extra steps on corners each end made these very tiring when
 used in Switching.
 
The THIRD Cooling Fan is Centered behind Slanted Front two.
 
There were hinged Shutters below the Fans which Clattered when
Fans turning slowly.
 
2400 HP Units had Four 4 Fans, Two 2 Each Side.
 
Box on Running Board ahead of Cab is Heater, which worked FINE in Summer.
 

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Posted by NDG on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 6:44 PM
Golden History.
 
After the War, CPR Built Three 3 Steel Bay Window Cabooses.
 
They were of lower profile, and not really popular.
 
Anyway, one was based at Golden, BC as a Rider Car to travel
 w Road Switcher West from Golden to switch sawmills.
 
Here it is in Caboose track on south side of Main Line East of Station.
 
 
 
Vulnerable in a side swipe situation at night? 
 
Note Coal Scuttle and Drinking Water Pail.
 

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Posted by NDG on Saturday, August 20, 2022 5:39 PM

 

 

Montreal Tramways 5001, 1944.
 
Have not seen this view before.
 
 
Lovely Bell. Where did it go?
 

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Posted by SD70Dude on Friday, August 19, 2022 8:02 PM

Alberta Prairie did the same thing with the tank car they used as an auxiliary tender for their ex-Frisco and Mississippian 2-8-0.  The tank car is now used as a stationary storage tank at the south end of their run (Big Valley, AB) and the headlight is back in its original location on 41's tender. 

http://www.trainweb.org/oldtimetrains/tourist/alberta_prairie.htm

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Posted by NDG on Sunday, August 14, 2022 1:34 AM

 

Pusher, Frank, Alberta.
 
Rather than Turn Pusher and Caboose to return East to Bottom
of Frank Slide for another Push, they fitted rear of Caboose
w a Locomotive Headlight on Running Board, and ran in
Reverse back down.
 
 
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FYI.
 
Pipe above coal bunker on tender is Stoker Exhaust.
 
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Posted by NDG on Friday, August 12, 2022 4:10 AM
Correct!
 
 
 
Spent a summer dumping Air Dumps and noticed the hoses wrong in photo, and much else.
 
Fill for Bank Widening for CWR, and Rip Rap the size of Econoline Vans
 
 
 
Made a 50 MPH Run at night to save the Railway w Kootenay under cutting the ties w Spring Runoff.
 
Roadmaster pointedly trying to NOT look at Speedometer on the H-16. Still 85 lb. steel above tired ties last changed during the Depression.
 
H-Lines had better ' Loading ' characteristics and Compressors than latest GP9s,and could 'Shake Out ' 40' Londitudinal Ballast Hoppers with alacrity.  Doors opened and closed w cranks.
 
 
 
Mosquitoes were Awful.
 
Behind the Wings Cab, Wood, Spreader, Air, had a Single Note
Westinghouse Honker from early Diesel which received much
use just for the Hell of it round curves. Safety First re MoW.
 
 
Horns Modernized c. 1951.
 
Just Lovely. Water Level Route and All.
 
 
 
Youth, Hope.... and where did it all go?
 
 
 

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Friday, August 12, 2022 1:59 AM

   Aha!  I've been looking at that first picture for three days, and all I could come up with was that that car has endured a mighty rough life, and that I felt very nervous for the safety of that brakeman, but I couldn't find anything wrong. Then it hit me. The knuckle on the coupler seems to be on the wrong side.  The clincher was the brakeman's shirt.  Unless he's wearing a woman's blouse, the buttons are on the wrong side.  The picture was printed backwards.

Edit:  I just realized that the brakeman is wearing overalls, but the convention for buttons should still apply.

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, August 11, 2022 9:33 PM

I would suspect that the shot was posed and no one put two and two together.  Or they didn't want the cord to block his face.

In the series "Emergency" there is a shot in which Captain Stanley is famously talking at the back of the radio mic.  I think it  was a "stock shot," so it showed up in several episodes.

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Posted by NDG on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 12:02 AM

Correct.

 

The Telephone Receiver is being held Reversed.

Darkened Wards with rows of Iron Lungs were a chilling sight in Hospitals back in our day.

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Monday, August 8, 2022 10:57 PM

2nd picture:

   Is she holding the phone backward?  The cord is usually attached to the mouthpiece end of the handset which seems to be against his ear.

   Brings back memories of the sad scenes on TV back in the fifties of rows of kids in iron lungs.

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, August 8, 2022 5:05 PM

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#2.  It is a sad day when the only communication device the young victim has is a coin telephone.  Even if he could vocalize 'reverse the charges'  I don't see how he gets the coins in there in the first place.

Since he can't individually handle the hand set of the phone - the caregiver that is holding the phone would also be the one to handle the change and the dialing action.  One could only hope that the caregiver would be in earshot of the ringing from a incoming call.

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, August 8, 2022 4:16 PM

#1: I sure wouldn't want the be riding whatever shove move bowed the end platform and whacked those steps in like that!   Hard to believe that was legal, even for proprietary mine railroads.

#2.  It is a sad day when the only communication device the young victim has is a coin telephone.  Even if he could vocalize 'reverse the charges'  I don't see how he gets the coins in there in the first place.  And the gritted look on his face may be trying to hear while the microphone on the handset is pressed to his ear with the speaker up in the air...

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Posted by NDG on Monday, August 8, 2022 2:20 PM
OT.
 
ERRATA.
 
What is wrong in these two photographs?
 
 
 

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