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by John Bohon
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: March 22, 2002
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Re: March 22, 2002

When I was a working high school teenager back in the seventies I stopped by the park in Hagerstown, MD before work where Western Maryland Railway pacific 202 was on display. The Chessie System had agreed to paint the locomotive one last time for the city, something the WM had done yearly since it w...
by John Bohon
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: March 21, 2002
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: March 21, 2002

I have to qualify this by saying I have never seen 4449 in person and am not fond of the color orange. I am with you in thinking 4449 looks much better in the AFT colors than the original daylight colors. For that matter I think it looked better black. I will go crawl in a hole and hide now with tha...
by John Bohon
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Steam Potential In Minnesota
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: New Steam Potential In Minnesota

At this point I think we need to change our focus to which groups are going to survive. I think the all volunteer groups like 261 may have the best chance. They can essentially just stop spending money and come out on the other side in decent shape. The organizations, including shortlines, that have...
by John Bohon
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Steam Potential In Minnesota
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: New Steam Potential In Minnesota

I hope the shortlines do get some money. As much as the government pays out to all the other forms of transportation getting money for railroads is usually harder than pulling teeth from a mad rattle snake. The money excursions bring in to local communities could be a way to help pry at least a litt...
by John Bohon
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: East Broad Top Railroad Has New Owners
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Re: East Broad Top Railroad Has New Owners

These guys definitely know what they have gotten themselves into. They know EBT is going to be a money pit for a number of years to come. There are millions of dollars to be spent just getting it back up running and stabilizing the existing property without even thinking about any expansion. The rai...
by John Bohon
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alas, poor Union Pacific 3985
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Alas, poor Union Pacific 3985

I have never seen any of the UP steam engines. I was suppose to go see 3985 when it came to the Clinchfield for the Christmas train but a boss on the railroad found out I had plans and at the last minute made me work instead. Living near the Atlantic Ocean for most of the years 3985 ran made it a re...
by John Bohon
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief
Replies: 7
Views: 730

Re: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief

There three secrets to good track, drainage, drainage, and drainage. Places like this develop because the track is always or nearly always wet. This condition is normally caused by the type and condition of the subgrade, a wet weather spring, or some other source of water. Very often the subsoil is ...
by John Bohon
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Will the Y6 stay in Roanoke or return to St. Louis?"
Replies: 2
Views: 423

Re: "Will the Y6 stay in Roanoke or return to St. Louis?"

Not that what I think matters but if I had a vote it would be for whomever would keep the engine under cover.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief
Replies: 7
Views: 730

Re: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief

As a guy who has spent much of his life maintaining track I can tell you that is a nice mudhole by that station platform. They can be hard to get rid of especially in an area where you can not access one side of the track easily. The people on the train sound like Menonites. I grew up with them acro...
by John Bohon
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missed it by that much...
Replies: 3
Views: 714

Re: Missed it by that much...

I keep reading about the possibility of 2926 going to Grand canyon but that railroad does not seem to be overly interested in running their own steam engine much less that of someone else. In addition they are an environmentally friendly company and run their engines on french fry oil or something l...
by John Bohon
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Perfect Fallen Flag Shot
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Re: The Perfect Fallen Flag Shot

None of the railroads owning the cars in the photo exist today. Also the cars are relatively clean and free of unwanted "art".

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Perfect Fallen Flag Shot
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Re: The Perfect Fallen Flag Shot

This photo is a perfect example of why I have no interest at all in today's railroading. Today it is more like welcome to the pipeline. As I have said before, if I want to watch truck trailers go by I go sit by the interstate.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old Stuff
Replies: 16
Views: 1641

Re: Old Stuff

Spokane Portland and Seattle Railroad. The 700 is an oil burning copy of a Northern Pacific locomotive. It is also among the best looking 4-8-4's ever built. A photo like this makes me wonder if these two could have ever met during their regular service careers? Being an east coast guy I have never ...
by John Bohon
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Picture o f 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 1196

Re: First Picture o f 2020

How long has it been since these two roads merged? I thought it was long enough ago that the only place you would see a locomotive in original paint would be a museum or possibly a patched job on a shortline or industrial switching operation. Originally I did not look closely at the photo and assume...
by John Bohon
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Brrrrr
Replies: 1
Views: 420

Re: Brrrrr

Your picture was taken 4 months before I moved south to get away from the cold. That winter was very cold. I remember in January it was 17 below for several days and below zero for a couple of weeks. My sister lived in WV and the city water pipes running to her house were frozen even though they wer...

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