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Pulling a Niagara

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Pulling a Niagara
Posted by Overmod on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 7:52 AM

This was brought to my attention earlier this morning:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=Kljmz_c-QQ8

I'd seen the picture of the girls pulling a Niagara in Staufer's Thoroughbreds, a re-enactment of the stunt publicizing the Four Aces 4-8-4's roller bearings.  I confess that 17-year-old me wondered what those girls were like, based on their facial expressions.  Lo and behold, here they are in action!

Note the lovely Rolling-Power style view of the side of a Niagara in motion!

(I tried not to snicker at the part preceding this, where the straight-faced claim is made that smoother riding of passenger trains is the result of rolling-element friction reduction...)

 

 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 11:52 AM

That was a fun film Mod-Man!  Thanks!  

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Posted by 54light15 on Thursday, September 22, 2022 3:48 PM

That was fascinating- I love the women's hair styles of the 1940s. Mr Smith must have been paid well, driving a 1939 Buick and his wife had those modern conveniences. 

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Posted by selector on Thursday, September 22, 2022 5:58 PM

Yes, the Niagara they pulled is a beauty.  I happen to have it in HO scale.  I'd love to have spent an afternoon with the ladies to talk about their experience and what they thought of a heavy locomotive rendered easily moved by roller bearings, but with chaperone of course..

Here is the same S1-b, #6001, only in HO scale. Cool

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Posted by kgbw49 on Thursday, September 22, 2022 6:22 PM

selector

Yes, the Niagara they pulled is a beauty.  I happen to have it in HO scale.  I'd love to have spent an afternoon with the ladies to talk about their experience and what they thought of a heavy locomotive rendered easily moved by roller bearings, but with chaperone of course..

Here is the same S1-b, #6001, only in HO scale. Cool

 

Arriving right on the advertised! Nice!

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