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by SOO2719
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: C&O 1309 Is Back Under Steam At Last!
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: C&O 1309 Is Back Under Steam At Last!

Here is a free to read article from Railfan & Railroad about 1309 moving under her own power again after over sixty years: http://railfan.com/co-1309-moves-under-its-own-power-for-first-time-in-64-years/ Image from the article: http://railfan.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/WMSR1309.jpg
by SOO2719
Fri Jan 01, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: C&O 1309 Is Back Under Steam At Last!
Replies: 3
Views: 211

C&O 1309 Is Back Under Steam At Last!

Western Maryland Scenic had a nice way to ring in the new year last night: fire up and move Chesapeake & Ohio 1309!

https://www.facebook.com/WMSRailroad/posts/10158818502052970

Interesting whistle she's got.
Happy New Year, folks. :D
by SOO2719
Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Duluth's Yellowstone
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Duluth's Yellowstone

Long before I saw a Union Pacific Big Boy, I saw a Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Yellowstone: 2-8-8-4 227, at the Duluth railroad museum. For a young boy, being able to not only look at but go into the cab of a big steam locomotive was the stuff of dreams. Every time I have been back in 227's cab,...
by SOO2719
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates
Replies: 5
Views: 1304

Why You Do Not Drive Around Crossing Gates

Here is a video of a train vs. car accident in Centralia, Illinois late last month that demonstrates why you do not drive around crossing gates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiOj58D4kek Amazing to relate, the driver was able to walk away from this--but he was ticketed for ignoring a railroad cros...
by SOO2719
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sweet Steam: US Sugar Debuts Its 4-6-2
Replies: 3
Views: 926

Sweet Steam: US Sugar Debuts Its 4-6-2

U.S. Sugar's first train of the season was pulled by their recently restored 4-6-2, #148 (article is free to read):

http://railfan.com/u-s-sugar-kicks-off-90th-harvest-season-behind-steam/

Photo from the article:

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by SOO2719
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Almost 27 years ago, railfanning
Replies: 4
Views: 1022

Re: Almost 27 years ago, railfanning

Whoa... Nice photo. Thanks for sharing. Ah the good old days of mainline steam.
by SOO2719
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: R.I.P Burlington John
Replies: 5
Views: 1574

Re: R.I.P Burlington John

My condolences to Burlington John's family and friends. He left us too soon. :( Today I snapped this picture of a stopped eastbound BNSF freight in Long Lake, MN. The GP39-2 you see, BNSF 2742, was originally built as a Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy GP30, Burlington 947, and even today retains the...
by SOO2719
Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion
Replies: 7
Views: 2015

Re: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion

That is the first I heard of 1278 being a parts source for a sister engine, since the Age of Steam Roundhouse only runs its engines occasionally. 1278 was F. Nelson Blount's pride and joy back when he was alive, and he even renumbered her to "127" and sought to "Americanize" her ...
by SOO2719
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stay Bolts are Crucial
Replies: 6
Views: 1587

Re: Stay Bolts are Crucial

261 is going to become an oil burner? Really? Wow. I wonder when Norfolk and Western 611 will be converted to oil.
by SOO2719
Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion
Replies: 7
Views: 2015

Re: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion

Thanks, Kevin, for the clarification re: what kind of incident this was. Good thing CP 1278 had a different kind of boiler setup, otherwise she could have blown sky high with who knows what consequences for steam operations. By the way, here is the full NTSB report on this incident, which the maker ...
by SOO2719
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later"
Replies: 7
Views: 2166

Re: "Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later"

Great photos, but I'm afraid I was not clear in my question. I meant, what was Steamtown NHS like when you went there in 1995? What did you think of their railroading exhibits? I read mixed reviews about those, so I'm curious what you, as a visitor, thought of those.
by SOO2719
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later"
Replies: 7
Views: 2166

Re: "Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later"

What is it like at Steamtown NHS, Fitz? I have read a lot about that site, both pro and con, but i have yet to go there myself.
by SOO2719
Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion
Replies: 7
Views: 2015

Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion

25 years ago, former Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 1278, then being operated by the Gettysburg Railroad, suffered a boiler explosion. I just watched this good video made to commemorate this unfortunate, but operations-changing, event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TJPmkcPer8 On a side note, kudos to Mar...

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