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by Kevin Gilliam
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum 2-4-4-2
Replies: 11
Views: 5099

Re: Skookum 2-4-4-2

Skookum ran under steam this past weekend at the Oregon Coast Scenic. There is a photo on Trainorders of Skookum, McCloud 25 and Polson Logging 2 all three steamed up for the Pete Lerro photo charter. I am so bummed that I am no longer able to just zoom up there for these events. Saying that it &qu...
by Kevin Gilliam
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Explosive packets
Replies: 5
Views: 2908

Re: Explosive packets

Guys, A friend from Mexico tells me rail personnel in Mexico place thin explosive packets on rails that explode on wheel contact. Anyone ever hear of this practice? For what purpose? Bob Probably torpedoes. Sounds like a gunshot when a train goes over them. Early signalling device used to warn an a...
by Kevin Gilliam
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Very Interesting Steam Loco Story Trains Mag
Replies: 7
Views: 3819

Re: Very Interesting Steam Loco Story Trains Mag

Martin Hansen posted an article on TO Steam board today. Skookum was fired up yesterday, 9-20 for the first time in 63 years. I sure hope they will run her some on the OCSR before sending her to CA. Fitz, It will run for 2 rounds of charters. Pete Lerro has a week this fall, then Trains Magazine ha...
by Kevin Gilliam
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end
Replies: 15
Views: 6674

Re: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end

6988 was indeed out and operating on the Iowa Interstate. Saturday featured 5 runs out of Mitchellville, Iowa. Sunday's trips operated out of Booneville, IA. Running at speeds up to 45mph, the trips operated in push-pull fashion with a diesel on the back end. After the Sunday trips, the 6988 deadhea...
by Kevin Gilliam
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UP tracks
Replies: 12
Views: 4731

Re: UP tracks

Not really Mark. I remember reading some UP engines were converted after WW II due to coal shortages during strikes. Since UP ran to the west coast I assume they converted lots of engines to oil early. It is certainly possible some of the challengers were built as oil burners but I have no clue if ...
by Kevin Gilliam
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cab Ride Milw 261
Replies: 9
Views: 3315

Re: Cab Ride Milw 261

Thanks for the heads up, John. I'll look it up. I think I might have a VHS tape of that trip. The fireman on the261 that day was the one who taught me how to fire and hostle. He said Rich was flogging the engine in a way that our guys never do. I wasn't there to see with my own eyes, but he gave Ri...
by Kevin Gilliam
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best of 2017 Wrap-Up
Replies: 6
Views: 2741

Re: Best of 2017 Wrap-Up

You certainly covered a lot of steam operations this year, Kevin, and I for one thank you for sharing all of them with us. I only got out once this year and then the steam loco we (Bill K and I) went to ride was undergoing a boiler wash that day. Such is the luck of railfanning. ORcoastscenic15sm.j...
by Kevin Gilliam
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best of 2017 Wrap-Up
Replies: 6
Views: 2741

Re: Best of 2017 Wrap-Up

After a short break, we headed up to Strasburg, PA for a photo special in October, where the first ever tripleheader was staged with 2-6-0 #89, 2-10-0 #90 and 4-8-0 #475. History In the Making.jpg A few weeks later, another photo special found Everett Railroad 2-6-0 #11 and a vintage automobile shar...
by Kevin Gilliam
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best of 2017 Wrap-Up
Replies: 6
Views: 2741

Re: Best of 2017 Wrap-Up

In early August, the private Locust Heights & Western railroad near Clarksburg, WV hosted a photo special with their 2-foot gauge homemade Class A Climax. Not many of these contraptions survived, so blueprints were used and a replica was built in the early 1970s. The railroad typically only oper...
by Kevin Gilliam
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best of 2017 Wrap-Up
Replies: 6
Views: 2741

Re: Best of 2017 Wrap-Up

Just a few days--and a lot of driving--later, Milwaukee 261 climbs a short hill near Leonard, ND during a week of passenger and employee runs on the Red River Valley & Western shortline. Weirdly enough, all the passenger runs were late in the evening, so even though it’s June, we were able to fi...
by Kevin Gilliam
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Best of 2017 Wrap-Up
Replies: 6
Views: 2741

Best of 2017 Wrap-Up

As we near the end of another year, it’s nice to be able to look back on the year that was. We'll start in Florida in January. With fairly short notice, the operating contract for the steam trains running out of Tavares and Mount Dora were not renewed, bringing an end to steam operations here. On th...
by Kevin Gilliam
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Norfolk And Western Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 2222

Re: A Norfolk And Western Christmas

There were just a couple of days of steam operations were left, as steam ended on the Bristol line at the end of 1957. One other minimally interesting trivia item....it's not actually Christmas Eve! N&W Historical Society magazine, The Arrow (Vol.25, #4): "O. Winston Link was busy during th...
by Kevin Gilliam
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam on the Everett Railroad
Replies: 3
Views: 1863

Re: Steam on the Everett Railroad

Then, after a few runbys at a quarry near Roaring Spring, we headed towards Martinsburg over rare mileage.

Quarry.jpg
Midday Silhouette.jpg
Renaissance Nutrition.jpg



After this, the clouds and rain came in, but we had the good stuff in the bag.

Enjoy,
Kevin
by Kevin Gilliam
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam on the Everett Railroad
Replies: 3
Views: 1863

Re: Steam on the Everett Railroad

After a few runbys in Hollidaysburg, we moved out on the line heading towards Roaring Spring. A picturesque bridge provided the backdrop for several runbys.

Frankstown Branch Sunrise.jpg
Reflecting in the Branch.jpg
Fall Run on the Everett.jpg
by Kevin Gilliam
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam on the Everett Railroad
Replies: 3
Views: 1863

Steam on the Everett Railroad

On November 4-5, Pete Lerro operated a photo special on the Everett Railroad out of Hollidaysburg, PA (just southeast of Altoona and the famous Horseshoe Curve). 2-6-0 #11 provided the power.

MoonSet.jpg
Meeting at the Crossing.jpg
Hollidaysburg Depot.jpg

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