Ft Eustis Transportation Museum

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BClemens
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Ft Eustis Transportation Museum

Postby BClemens » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:37 am

Near Newport News, VA the Ft Eustis Army Transportation Museum has aircraft of all sorts, marine vessels of all sorts and a couple of steam locomotives on exhibit. A consolidation (without lagging) and a narrow gauge tank 0-6-0 switcher.

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Re: Ft Eustis Transportation Museum

Postby spro » Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:32 pm

Fort Eustis is great. I always wanted to back there. I stopped there on way back from a machinery auction and my vehicle was overloaded, hot and so was I. I had some great time looking at the grand armored vehicles and helicopters .. Oh I forgot the loco's ( heck I wasn't into everything) but I remember reaching for the camera and it was shot or out of film. That wasn't the first time I knew there was a whole different world and history about steam and the ways they worked. In a way, it was a box I didn't open. Even though one grand Dad and his son/ one of my uncles were immersed in it. I was so young then but dang, when you can actually see the reciprocation and slides, valves and heavy work to maintain... wow.

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Re: Ft Eustis Transportation Museum

Postby ALCOSTEAM » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:56 pm

My father was at Ft. Eustis in the transportation corps and was an engineer. He was a locomotive electrician on the Wabash RR so he already had railroad experience and knew how to operate at least the diesel locomotives. He also got to operate the steam on post with the 610 (which is at TVRRM now) being his favorite steam engine to run.
On days the C&O was too busy to bring cars up to post the C&O would allow the army guys to make the trip down to C&O's Lee Hall interchange so long as they were operating diesels. By the late 50's the C&O wanted nothing to do with any steam out on its tracks.
if I can find them I have scanned what few pictures he has left that he took while stationed at Ft. Eustis.


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