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by Kevin Gilliam
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam on the Chelatchie Prairie
Replies: 2
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Re: Steam on the Chelatchie Prairie

Here are a few more. A house by the tracks in Yacolt.

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and one shot of the 10 on the regular tourist train at Lucia.

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by Kevin Gilliam
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam on the Chelatchie Prairie
Replies: 2
Views: 1223

Steam on the Chelatchie Prairie

Day 2 of the photo charter week was spent at the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad in Yacolt, WA. Crossett Western 2-8-2 #10, a virtual twin to Mt. Rainier's Hammond Lumber #17, provided the motive power for our trip.

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by Kevin Gilliam
Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Steam in Portland, Oregon
Replies: 5
Views: 1554

Re: Big Steam in Portland, Oregon

More nice shots, Kevin. 700 is a handsome engine and quite photogenic. I really like your night shot, something I usually don't do well at. Did you get to find out who was running her? Jim Abney, Greg Kamholz, or George Landrock? 2926 will be the largest 4-8-4 when completed. I don't have the numbe...
by Kevin Gilliam
Sat Nov 15, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Steam in Portland, Oregon
Replies: 5
Views: 1554

Re: Big Steam in Portland, Oregon

Great photo's, Kevin. You're probably right on largest in both categories at this time. Once that Santa Fe 2900 engine starts running, it'll take those categories. When the U.P. gets that Big Boy running, they'll take the largest operating steam locomotive anywhere category. Mark D. 611 will take o...
by Kevin Gilliam
Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Steam in Portland, Oregon
Replies: 5
Views: 1554

Big Steam in Portland, Oregon

Photo Charter Madness, Day 3. The Oregon Rail Heritage Center in Portland, Oregon played host to our merry band of photographers, and Spokane, Portland & Seattle 4-8-4 #700 was fired up for some spirited runbys in the yard and an evening photo session. The 700 is the largest operational 4-8-4 in...
by Kevin Gilliam
Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam on the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad
Replies: 3
Views: 1345

Re: Steam on the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad

Kevin, glad you made it out this way to enjoy one of my favorite spots, the Mt. Rainier Scenic. They always put on a great show for photographer specials. Did you make all of the sites that Pete Lerro-Martin Hansen featured on this trip? Yacolt, Sumpter Valley, MRSR and Oregon Coast Scenic? All gre...
by Kevin Gilliam
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam on the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad
Replies: 3
Views: 1345

Re: Steam on the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad

The rare posed shot that actually worked for video. The guy was happily oiling around the Rayonier #2 just to look up as the Hammond Lumber #17 blasted by. By the way, for those curious, #2 was built by the Willamette Iron & Steel Works, using the Shay design after the Lima patent expired. IMG_7...
by Kevin Gilliam
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam on the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad
Replies: 3
Views: 1345

Steam on the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad

OK, here's the reason for the western trip. A week of steam photo charters in the pacific northwest. For the first day, we found our intrepid group at the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad in Elbe, WA with Hammond Lumber Company 2-8-2T #17 and the only operational Willamette, Rayonier #2. Kevin IMG_7099...
by Kevin Gilliam
Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam in South Dakota
Replies: 4
Views: 1444

Re: Steam in South Dakota

I was last in the black hills in 1969. Was this railroad operating there in those days? Well, I wouldn't have known because railroads, trains, locomotives, were the farthest things from my mind. I was into women, cars and boats. Airplanes hadn't entered the picture yet either. It's a beautiful area...
by Kevin Gilliam
Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam in South Dakota
Replies: 4
Views: 1444

Re: Steam in South Dakota

IMG_6521.jpg So what do you do when the consist for the weekend trips exceeds the maximum tonnage that your regular engine is good for? You fire up the big engine, of course. After a day with the Black Hills Central Railroad in Hill City, SD, an unexpected surprise was finding 2-6-6-2T #110 steamin...
by Kevin Gilliam
Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam in South Dakota
Replies: 4
Views: 1444

Steam in South Dakota

Continuing our trip, we find Black Hills Central 2-6-2T #104 hard at work between Keystone and Hill City, SD in early October. The railroad, just a few miles from Mount Rushmore, had the 104 taxed to its limit pulling 4 passenger cars up the 6% grades, and this wasn't even the weekend yet. The sound...
by Kevin Gilliam
Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Milwaukee Road 261 to Duluth
Replies: 8
Views: 2527

Re: Milwaukee Road 261 to Duluth

What? The 'other guys' don't allow the vestibule windows to be open? That would surely suck! We ride in the tool car with the bag doors open, I don't see any difference. We do require people to wear safety goggles so they don't get cinders in their eyes. NS has a rule for closed vestibules. It was ...
by Kevin Gilliam
Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Milwaukee Road 261 to Duluth
Replies: 8
Views: 2527

Re: Milwaukee Road 261 to Duluth

Great pictures, Kevin! So, you were right there! You should have come up to the cab Saturday night. Can't imagine why a railfan wouldn't! Or, maybe you did but got there before I went on. In a few weeks 261 is going to dress up like Santa Claus and play Christmas train. That'll be fun for the kiddi...
by Kevin Gilliam
Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Milwaukee Road 261 to Duluth
Replies: 8
Views: 2527

Re: Milwaukee Road 261 to Duluth

and two more from the northbound run.
Kevin

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by Kevin Gilliam
Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Milwaukee Road 261 to Duluth
Replies: 8
Views: 2527

Milwaukee Road 261 to Duluth

ok, first of a bunch of posts. The fall has been busy here. Here's one close to home for several of you. On September 27-28, 2014, mainline steam returned to BNSF in the form of Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261. The locomotive made a 2-day overnight trip from Minneapolis to Duluth, MN. As I was riding on t...

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