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  •  Sorry a bout that (2+ / 0-)
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    shortfinals, Otteray Scribe

    not my day for posts, I just lost an extensive post I will try to reconstruct

    I grew up in the San francisco East Bay Area. The SP roared through town on a triple track express way. The Santa fe sorta snuck into town fro the big yard in Richmond. the Western Pacific also came into Oakland.

    Wow, they were something to look at: The SP dealt with a varied terrain---from Portland to San Frncisco to Los Angeles to texas to New Orleans, LA. Late when i grew up as a teenager and later I hopped freights all over, it was kind of a hobby, guerilla transportation.
     The SP had the greatest variety of engines from these Cab Forward behemoths (unique to the SP) to the beautifu Daylights below. You can see more aboot the cab forward here, the one you ee is in the California State railroad museum.
    they still have a restored, running "Daylight" as picdured below, up here in Portland, #4449

    The Black Widow scheme referred to above is the first one, on a model GP9. This was the Frieght scheme for Diesel engines, passenger engine got the Daylight scheme above.
    The SP ended with the "Bloody Nose scheme on the bottom

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:33:50 AM PST

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    •  Thank you SO much for this....lots of work for you (1+ / 0-)
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      ....and I enjoyed it immensely. The 'cab forward is....interesting! The 'Daylight' however, looks absolutely superb.

      It reminds me of the two British attempts to run streamlined steam. The LNER's 'A4' locomotives, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley were intended to sustain 100mph, and were used on the long haul London to Edinburgh service. '4468' "Mallard" still holds the world speed record for a steam locomotive at 125.88mph (3rd July, 1938). It is seen here at the National Railway Museum, York.

      The LMS system countered with the 'Coronation' class of locomotives. These were not as speedy (c.110mph), but gave sterling service on the London to Glasgow route (the 'Coronation' class were later de-streamlined, whereas the A4's only lost the portion of their superstructure over their running gear)

      If any US rail fan makes it over the Pond, the National Railway Museum is an absolute must for your bucket list, (plus the fabulous WW2 airfield and Yorkshire Air Museum is only 6 miles outside the city!)

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 12:37:51 PM PST

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      •  I am SO going to see that now (1+ / 0-)
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        I have to spend more time over there I can see. Loved riding the trains while there. Always been entranced by France and italy, and I speak Spanish but I'd like to see more of England and Scotland too.

        The 4449 has its own museum home now but it does still run excirsions sometimes. Ive been trackside to see it go by several times.
         Steam engines take a lot of maintenance. The joke is: the worst thing you can do  to a steam engine is not run it----and the 2d worst thing you can do is run it.

        The SP was my favorite because they ran steam the longest, untill late 1957 and afterwards on excurssion ervice. ( In fairness to the UP theyre STILL running steam )

        I guess hopping a freight to get out of town is so unEnglish but its as American as Doritos and apple pie, I bet 20% or more of country songs are on that topic alone. American railroaading is moving big loads long distances you feel part of a huge process around them.
         hear that lonesome whistle blow.

        Happy just to be alive

        by exlrrp on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:21:48 PM PST

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