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Test Photo, 261

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:03 pm
by Fitz
I can't do what Keith Schmidt or Doug can do with the 261, but when I was there in 2004, this is probably the best shot I got of the 261.

Re: Test Photo, 261

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:35 pm
by Mark D
Fitz, do you remember where that photo was taken?
Mark D.

Re: Test Photo, 261

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 12:31 am
by Fitz
Mark, I may have been trespassing. I crossed over the tracks on a bridge and found this industrial center, and parked in their parking lot, walked down an access road to the back of the facility, and found that fence. There were some other guys set up across the tracks under the bridge, better sun angle, but I had just enough time to get to where I got and set up. Someone said it was Jackson Street.

Re: Test Photo, 261

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:10 am
by Brent A
See if I'm close.
St. Paul, MN 07/04/04. BNSF Midway Sub.
Looks like the photo was taken between Mississippi St., and Phalen Blvd. The last trip of the Grand Excursion, heading back to the shop after an excellent 2 weeks of trips.

Re: Test Photo, 261

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:46 am
by Mark D
Do also have the time, like down to minutes and seconds?
You have a distinct advantage in that you know that area too well.
Is that at the top of the big hill that makes the engine actually have to work a little? Like not far from Midway Stadium?
Mark D.

Re: Test Photo, 261

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:21 pm
by Brent A
I can't tell you the exact time, but I do know something about a few guys that slipped back to the Skytop for that ride up the hill.........
That spot is pretty close to me, but the earlier jaunt up the Short Line Hill(on the C.P. Merriam Park Sub) took us right through my neighborhood. 261 was really working hard on that one. I was in the cab at that time.

Re: Test Photo, 261

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:33 pm
by Fitz
Brent, it was the last day, and you guys were on your way back to the house. Earlier I video'd the run up Shortline Hill and the engine was working hard. When you backed down, I would guess Robert Franzen was running, judging from the whistle concerto, and it sounded great echoing off the hills. A great ending for a few days of riding and chasing with your great crew.

Re: Test Photo, 261

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 8:40 pm
by Mark D
Yep, Fitz, you're probably right about who was running judging by the whistle. Robert plays that thing like the musical instrument that it really is.
We'll be going up that hill again in September, I guess. But with two steam engines pulling what? maybe 14 cars? Maybe 16 on the outside, neither engine is going to be working very hard.
Mark D.

Re: Test Photo, 261

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:12 am
by Charles T. McCullough
Mark D wrote:Yep, Fitz, you're probably right about who was running judging by the whistle. Robert plays that thing like the musical instrument that it really is.
We'll be going up that hill again in September, I guess. But with two steam engines pulling what? maybe 14 cars? Maybe 16 on the outside, neither engine is going to be working very hard.
Mark D.


Put one of them in reverse!!!!

Re: Test Photo, 261

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 4:12 pm
by alco636
Rolling west, just through Westminster. That's the new bridge in the background.