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Another confusioning point.(I think that is the present tense of confusticating)

When it's said that a train is sounding it's whistle, is it checking the depth?


General Discussion / Railroaders Renuion
« on: December 12, 2013, 12:19:37 AM »

I'm actually in Richmond, VA. I work for CSX as an engineer on far less appealing big trains. Philly is my away-from-home terminal.

Beautiful country in the Lancaster area. My wife hales from the Reading area and we've made countless trips through Lancaster County. Even managed a few Strasburg visits over the years!


Museum Discussion / Re: Sheepscot pictures for the away crowd.
« on: December 11, 2013, 07:58:38 PM »
Just took a trip to Philadelphia and the snow up near the Susquehanna river was beautiful. Real fluffy and stuck in the trees, but the rails were much further apart!

Those are some wonderful photos, Brenden. Thank you for sharing them.

Just curious, how would anyone living know what #5's whistle sounded like? Wasn't she retired in 1927?

Perhaps the person reporting this was a poltergeist, or an allergist or something hard to spell like that!

Just sayin......


This thread dead? But we're not done flogging it yet!

I do appreciate Hansel's entry. I had considered wandering into the barnyard and recruiting some animals (if I had a barnyard) to fill the vacancies left by the young foxes, but it seems I was out of stock.

Perhaps someone can take this bull.... by the horns and steer us into the heavy grass before we bale.

Thank you, so much, for the Horn/No-bell prize.

I understand it is awarded for wringing the life out of a topic.

As much as I appreciate it, I will gladly seed my position.


While I was outstanding in a field, I see Mr. Lecuyer has farmed us out to greener pastures. This was just, as we had wandered far and wide with those Rock Island puns.
Far too broad a topic for a two foot forum!

But, while we're out here, I don't know if many folks are aware that the Rock Island's scientific approach to heavy grass right of way stabilization had an unforeseen benefit for poultry farmers adjacent to it's branch lines.

Seems that these chicken farmers had a big problem with foxes raiding their coops. This was severely effecting their profits. One strand of tough right of way grass that had been developed by the Rock's horticultural department (every respectable railroad should have one) happened to be irresistible to young foxes. They absolutely loved the stuff, especially the roots. Unfortunately this grass caused a nasty rash to develop on their tender skin, causing great misery for the little fellows. Ultimately the local fox population declined and with it the poultry farmers distress.

The Rock Island was justifiably proud of their accidental accomplishment and sought to capitalize on this by emblazing a slogan on the sides of their locomotives.

It read..........

"Root of the Raw Kits"

Kind of wish I hadn't touched this with a (almost) two foot Pole.

Ah, the proper amount of fertilizer will start 'em groan!

This garden is thick with punsters. The last I checked, "weed" is plural!
I hope no one accuses me of being the fodder of all these puns.

Humor like this can't be bought.

Try it first with family to see if it's home groan.

I think I've sunk below route level now.

OK, now that we've laid the groundwork, here's a youtuber showing the B und W in it's salad days.

I think most shots are taken during the early '70s, judging by the clothing and the "Saturday Night Fever" haircuts and 'stashes. It's amazing to compare US early '70s gas crunch days with eastern European horse and wagon culture. I would have been pretty cool over there with my '72 Pinto!

I understand that on some of the grain gathering branches, the Rock was barley able to maintain the track!

I thought about that all evening. Couldn't come up with crop.

Hmm... using heavy turf for road bed stabilization.

This could be a sod story with a happy ending!

Massachusetts' Two Footers / Re: Edaville #11
« on: December 04, 2013, 05:31:55 PM »
I'm curious about the languid plate, also.

My first guess would be a sub-par meal served by a lackluster waiter.


I envy your experience. It looks like there was an awful lot to see over there in the early '90s. I've only been exposed to it recently via the wonderful world of Youtube.
I'm amazed by the speeds they make over some really questionable looking track. Seems that they depend on healthy grass to hold the rails in place!
It appears that most of the narrow gauge systems (primarily 750mm) have gone belly up in the last 15-20 years. There does, however, seem to be a pretty healthy preservation movement.

I did manage to get to Germany last year, and rode the Molli and was treated to a cab ride on the Harz up Broken mountain. I did not score any throttle time, but I was very impressed by the professionalism of the crew. Those guys really new their stuff! They walked that 2-10-2T up 3.3% grades like it was a daily occurrence. Which it is! We met three trains on the way up and three on the way down. All 8 car consists, powered by those big tank engines. I don't believe we met the same engine twice! There was also an 0-6-0T under steam with a three car train, parked at the top of the mountain.
The track on both lines looked like the Northeast Corridor!             John

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