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The 261 this month

Postby alco636 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:39 pm

Looking forward to seeing folks, and my favorite 4-8-4 on the mainline. Father and son photo from near Cedar, MN 2013.
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Re: The 261 this month

Postby Mark D » Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:04 am

Nice shot Al. For once the other end of the train gets the photo.
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Re: The 261 this month

Postby SOO2719 » Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:17 pm

Anybody here know what the consist strung out behind the 261 is for this weekend?
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Re: The 261 this month

Postby tom c » Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:13 am

trip to Duluth Saturday and back Sunday.

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Re: The 261 this month

Postby SOO2719 » Sun Sep 28, 2014 6:01 pm

Well, I heard it through the railfan grapevine that the 261 was up in Hinckley as of 4:30 and there were two northbound freights they had to meet at Cambridge afterward. It looks like the 261 is coming back after dark tonight, folks.
I had to break off my stakeout at Fridley station as a result.
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Re: The 261 this month

Postby Mark D » Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:09 am

Yep... There were two trains we had to wait for, but it became two different stops to wait. But we got stabbed again right in Northtown yard, only a mile or two from our shop, where we waited for an interminable amount of time for a light power move to come past our shop. I understand that... certainly the railroad would want to get their crew through there before turning the Mpls. Jct. over to us for an hour or two while we break the train up, reassemble a new train of cars for the Amtrak unit to take over to Midway and then for the 261 to do the switching duties to put our own cars away in the shop. They were so mixed on the train that it was kind of like shuffling a deck of cards, but using a steam engine to do it.
While we had to wait for what seemed an interminable time, it was the more logical way to do it.
And then, the poor tired guests from the train were leaving in a long line of cars, they got stabbed yet once again at the Mpls. Jct. wye by a train coming off the Wayzata sub (from the west) heading northward toward Northtown yard.
But overall, the trip was great! The weather was beautiful. Even in Duluth it wasn't quite cold enough to need a jacket. Plus, I got the hostler job from 10 to 6 all three nights! A new guy wants to be able to fire and do the hostler work too, so I was 'training' him in all three nights. He takes to it like a duck to water. In my view, he's already got the basics down for hostler work. On Saturday night I just told him, "I'm not going to do anything tonight. It's going to be your fire from now until we turn it over to Tom in the morning." "I'm not going to look at it, I'm not going to say anything. I have other stuff to do and I'm going to do that. We'll see what you have in end. Whatever it is, it's your fire."
It was perfect. He did a great job. It's not that it's all that difficult, because it isn't. But if you put someone in there who either doesn't know what to do or isn't physically able to do the job, you'll have a mess for a fire... if you have a fire at all.
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Re: The 261 this month

Postby Brent A » Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:09 am

I was the second to the last one out of the lot. Somewhere round 11:45. Only Swanee was behind me.
As per the rule of the day, yet another freight got between the crew and their dinner. Right as we were leaving the arms came down for one coming off Wayzata heading for Midway.
At least it wasn't super long. Ordered food around Midnight.

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Re: The 261 this month

Postby Fitz » Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:34 pm

Glad to hear you guys had a good trip, despite the traffic congestion.
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Re: The 261 this month

Postby SOO2719 » Mon Sep 29, 2014 4:56 pm

I thought about heading up the Hinckley Sub until I found the train, then remembered that Plan B was not feasible. If this happens on another Duluth trip, however, I am going to break off my stakeout and go seek out the 261. :D
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Re: The 261 this month

Postby alco636 » Sun Oct 05, 2014 1:56 pm

Here's my shots from Sunday. I was at the Fridley Northstar station.
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Re: The 261 this month

Postby Mark D » Sun Oct 05, 2014 5:27 pm

Cool photo's, Al. They show motion! Lucky you didn't get the tool car bag door on that side. You'd have had my ugly mug ruining your picture.
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