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I was born late 1953 and the transition from steam power

to diesel power was well past as most railroads interested

in diesel locomotives were already all=most all diesel in 1953.

By the time I can recollect the trains in my youth, it was all

diesel. Maybe laying in my crib during my baby daze I heard

the GN Steam power assulting the 1% grade leaving Bham

northward in the we hours of the night but I dont remember

any "steam engine sounds" from my baby daze.

Actually I have to admit I'm sort of a dummy of steam power

as the best I can do is assess the "wheel arrangement".

But read through a couple 100 Trains Magazines and there

is always opportunity to "learn your steam engines".

Of course any steam locomotives operating today have

a "following". The SP 4449 and UP 844 are the most well

known today along with the MILW 261 and several others.

I'm going to post the whole list of common steam engine types

next time.  Did you know a 4-4-0 steam engine was known as

an "American". I really can feel like a spaz discussing steam

trains with most but I think that I can get up to par if I apply

myself. If I can learn the "Diesel's Spotter Guide" page by

page, I can learn the steam engines too.

 



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I rode the Berkshire 765 from TQCOTW to the home terminal once. Stood up behind the guy actually running the engine about all the way. Does that count for anything?


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Cy Valley wrote:

I rode the Berkshire 765 from TQCOTW to the home terminal once. Stood up behind the guy actually running the engine about all the way. Does that count for anything?


 that's a ton more than I got.... 



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Snippy phired on the Mecca Plowerpot of The Red Team many times when they ran it on the silky smooth rails of The Green Team. Didn't want to wreck it like The Red Team's mainline did.

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As a kid I remember going through my dads photo albums from his
days in the Army. Before he got sent to Korea he spent training
days at Fort Eustis Va in 1951 or so. So he took these pictures
with the crappy cameras of the day of these 2 German steam engines
sitting at Fort Eustis. Well it turns out that my dads pictures may be
the only other pictures to exist of these German Steam engines.
There is one you can find on a search of one person on Flicker who
has posted the same two engines and I'm glad he did or I'd have
no clue as to what these steamers were or why they were there
in the first place. Wow if you replaced the German cross with say
N&W you'd have yourself one sharp-looking steam engine. Who
knows why this design never caught-on in the USA..speaking of
"The Deutche Reichsbhan #19 1001 German V-8 Steam Locomotive"
the only one of its type. This engine design was the pre-cursor to
"Coors-Lite Silver Bullet". The 2-10-0 was a German Class 42
engine 42-159". This steamer was scrapped in 1951, the Coors
engine in 1952.

 



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That first one would be great for the taggers...nice big canvass. Paint a Sara Palin Target on it.



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http://www.railarchive.net/firing/

 

Don't matter the wheel arrangement...they all pretty much operated the same way. oil or coal firing



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Speaking of "firemen" (the railroad kind), thats what my dad did
for the US Army in the Korean War. Think I still have his certification
card of being a qualified fireman. Being a Scorpio and mechanically
inclined it was perfect for him to do his tour involved with trains.
Like I say his photo albums had enough pictures of trains to "spark
or ignite" my railroad blood at a very young age. I do not recall one
conversation we had where he talked about his "train-rides" in the
Korean War. I had to learn that from my Mom's memory of what
Dad did during the Korean War. Never got to discuss with my dad
his "steam engine memories". Somehow I got all the model-train
sets I asked Santa for at Xmas. He knew I loved trains.



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Interesting a "railroad fireman" job is to keep the fire "going" whereas
a "fireman" known to all that live in a city is one who "puts the fire out".

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We got movies somewhere of Summit11 and 4-4-0's at Promentory Summit. BlackDog cut his teeth on steam locomotives. Soo 2719, NP 328, C&NW 1385, D&NM 14...

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BlackDog wrote:

We got movies somewhere of Summit11 and 4-4-0's at Promentory Summit. BlackDog cut his teeth on steam locomotives. Soo 2719, NP 328, C&NW 1385, D&NM 14...


 Who has the movies? Prob'ly our 'sweat-shop' pal... Maybe. Here's a couple borrowed pics of the "Jupiter," and SP 119 at Promontory. Back then both were wood fired. The spark arrestor atop the Jupiter is proof enough!

Both units were built back east tu! Rogers Locomotive Works was located in Paterson, NJ. Uke's parents moved there after leaving Newark in the '50s! The Jupiter was buily by Schenectady Locomotive Works, which later on was merged into ALCO.

        UP_steam_loco.jpgCP_steam_loco.jpg

These reproductions were gorgeous any way ya look! And the teams that built 'em followed the original drawings as much as possible. Of course in the 2000s the ol' gals are oil fired so the environmentalists won't piss and moan!



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Cy Valley wrote:

Uke looses.


 Dude, you've harshed the old guy's mellow.



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Snippy wrote:
Cy Valley wrote:

Uke looses.


 Dude, you've harshed the old guy's mellow.


 I didn't loose anything.  Snippy has misquoted me.  



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