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ALAIN DELASSUS

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Engine wiper
« on: December 05, 2017, 06:20:39 AM »
I'm proud on my new position on the railway. I wish I could be there and wipe your lovely locomotive. In Pithiviers it was my job when I started out a long time back. By the way what does a hobo  do ?
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Re: Engine wiper
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 12:01:50 PM »
A hobo is someone who rides freights from one place to another while trying to avoid conductors, brakemen, railroad police.  Typically in the US it happened a lot during hard economic times like the Great Depression.

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Re: Engine wiper
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2017, 12:04:59 PM »
There is a "ranking" system in the forum software that classifies members by the quantity of their posts. When the forum was set up many years ago, these categories were created. They really don't mean anything; it's just a fun way to keep the board railroad-themed.
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Re: Engine wiper
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2017, 03:27:47 PM »
You'll note that it refers to quantity - not quality!

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Re: Engine wiper
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2017, 03:56:38 PM »
Now Dave,

Carefully tread around those who sometimes take threads off into the wonderful world of wacky and tomfoolery.

I shan't include any names as the list might include me... 

And don't let the punsters loose on the next series of puns that seem to appear with no apparent cause.  Those Maine Narrow-gauge folks are a smart bunch in addition to being dedicated, hardy and hard workers.

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Re: Engine wiper
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2017, 05:50:45 PM »
A hobo is someone who rides freights from one place to another while trying to avoid conductors, brakemen, railroad police.  Typically in the US it happened a lot during hard economic times like the Great Depression.
James you should make it clear that the hobo is not only avoiding conductors, brakemen and railroad bulls (police) but what they are avoiding is paying for their fare!
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Re: Engine wiper
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2017, 03:14:58 PM »
[Moderator's note]
The discussion on the AMTP in Pithiviers, France has been moved to:
http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3101.0.html
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Re: Engine wiper
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2017, 04:33:38 PM »
OK Ed no probs. By the way I'm a gandy dancer by now on the forum  What does it mean  Is it related to the railroad like hobo? In my E dictionnary a gandy dancer is a drunkard. I know I like Jack Daniel's and other liquors but still.

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Re: Engine wiper
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2017, 04:42:55 PM »
Gandy Dancer is a track worker.
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Re: Engine wiper
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2017, 06:33:45 PM »
Thanks Ed . On the AMTP I was part of the track crew and I liked it. It was downright hard every now and again because I was more used to a pen than a  bar or  the tool to  tamp the ballast under the ties .But as I still say "What's the use of having rolling stock if you don't have a track to have it roll " As an engineman I appreciated to roll safely on a well kept track. But why ever a gandy dancer is a track worker ? I wouldn't like to misunderstand the meaning of my new position...