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by Fitz
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Moving Big Boy 4012
Replies: 5
Views: 203

Re: Moving Big Boy 4012

Interesting series, Tony. Bet that couldn't happen today.
by Fitz
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Choo-Choo time in Minnesota Last Weekend
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Re: Choo-Choo time in Minnesota Last Weekend

Mark, after seeing photos of 261 out on the road, I was wondering if you crewed the trips. No rest for the hostler, eh? Interesting story about the boy, and I'm with you as to "Does he have parents and do they care?" It is interesting that he first of all knows about the 261 and second of ...
by Fitz
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 26
Views: 977

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

Steam locomotives, and particularly the articulateds, are masterpieces of engineering. I have heard people say that the steam locomotive is the closest thing to a living creature that man has created, and they certainly are, with all of the different systems which work together much like our human b...
by Fitz
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Well Written Story of the Restoration of a Big Boy
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: A Well Written Story of the Restoration of a Big Boy

Mark, definitely well written. We railfans have been subjected to the controversy between different factions about this restoration. This article is free from any preference for either side. Bottom line being the engine WAS restored, has run, and is scheduled for a lot more trips. A very real accomp...
by Fitz
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steve Lee and 4014.
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Re: Steve Lee and 4014.

Steve works with John Rimmasch (SP) basically across the street from the Cheyenne UP operations. I'm sure he is aware of what is transpiring there, but from what I have seen elsewhere, there is no love lost between Ed and Steve. I just hope that the 4014 will indeed run after all that went through g...
by Fitz
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water for 4014?
Replies: 5
Views: 836

Re: Water for 4014?

UP almost always has their steamers pull canteen cars, especially on long trips.
by Fitz
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Replies: 15
Views: 1889

Re: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

Mark, I have no first hand information, but do know that the last rod that had a problem was an eccentric rod. Don't know which one of the four of them it was. When it first ran it had a rod problem but I don't know anything about that one. The engine had not run in years. I'm guessing a friction pr...
by Fitz
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Replies: 15
Views: 1889

Re: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

Super photos, Kevin. Another lament on my part, being immobile I can't even get up to the OCSR, 90 miles away. Sure wish I could have participated in this venture, to meet you and several other folks who do not often visit that favorite place of mine, and whose photography and prose I admire.
by Fitz
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lights are on, but nobody's home
Replies: 8
Views: 1151

Re: Lights are on, but nobody's home

Mark, you are right about the lack of training. That accident in San Francisco a few years ago was a classic case of pilots really didn't know how to fly the airplane.
by Fitz
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lights are on, but nobody's home
Replies: 8
Views: 1151

Re: Lights are on, but nobody's home

Charles, to me, it means if you measure twice you will be sure that your measurement is correct. IF the first two differ, do it again. Do NOT cut until you are sure that your measurement is correct. That philosophy had to apply to just about everything we did in the flight test business, otherwise p...
by Fitz
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum is operational
Replies: 3
Views: 849

Skookum is operational

Martin Hansen just published a group of photos of Skookum, the rare 2-4-4-2 logging locomotive restored to operation at Oregon Coast Scenic railroad. With his permission, I will post a photo.

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by Fitz
Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The lights seem to be on, but nobodys home
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

Re: The lights seem to be on, but nobodys home

I am here, just returned from 12 days in Portland with no internet while my wife was in hospital. Her surgery was successful, but took a long time to recover.
by Fitz
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: C&TS video on NatGeo
Replies: 5
Views: 1302

Re: C&TS video on NatGeo

Mark, you should watch it. Joe Harper, who is a regular 261 rider, sent it to me. John Bush runs the Cumbres and Toltec, and their engines are coal fired. It is quite interesting about his history and what made him get involved.
by Fitz
Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NC&StL 576 4-8-4 Move Completed
Replies: 8
Views: 1702

Re: NC&StL 576 4-8-4 Move Completed

Thank you for that detailed report, John. Looking forward to the future of this engine.
by Fitz
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Something a little different...
Replies: 7
Views: 1801

Re: Something a little different...

It looks great. 5415 would be a J-3, and as originally built would have Scullin Disc or Boxpok drivers, not the spoked ones. (nit pick). I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas. Ours will be different. My wife Sharon just got home from a five day stay at OHSU hospital in Portland, with vascular dis...

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