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Great Burlington Strike of 1888.
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Locos and Cars since 1900. A picture-
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A later story announced that "one lane had been reopened for travel."
Rapid-transit lines fare no better. In reporting efforts to make an emergency stop of a four-car train of conventional M.U. subway equipment, one paper asserted that the motorman "wrenched the gear lever into reverse and pressed down hard on the brake."
If the press is beginning to report railroad stories in terms of highways and motor vehicles, we may see some real howlers before long.
7 Waterhouse St., Cambridge 38, Mass.
TF in lowa
On a trip to Boone, Ia., October 7, 1961, I ran across a post mortem to the announcement in October 1961 TRAINS [page 15] concerning the abandonment of the Tallulah Falls Railway. TF 502 was newly arrived in the Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern yards, and the other TF engine, renumbered FtDDM&S 407, was in the shops. I suppose the 502 will become 408. Also in evidence was the new paint scheme which duplicates that in use by the Des Moines & Central Iowa - orange and cream.
Don E. Christensen.
620 N. 12th St., Clinton, Ia.
A question on the KM's which were reported in the October 1961 TRAINS: How could they be tested on Austrian rails when they obviously were built for the much wider American gauge? Were narrow axles inserted just for testing purposes? This is hard to believe.
On page 47 a measured tractive effort of 80,000 pounds is mentioned. That is only 40 tons; it should probably read
800,000 pounds, unless I misunderstand something.
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Austria, in common with most of Western Europe and the British Isles, employs the same 4-foot 81⁄2-inch gauge we have in the U. S. Tractive effort is the horizontal pull of a locomotive. Inasmuch as approximately 1/300th of a car's weight is required in terms of pull to overcome its weight, what appears to be a relatively small T.E. number of pounds is sufficient to haul a train.
Comments on Cascade
D. W. McLaughlin's fine illuminating article on the Cascade Tunnel [November and December 1961 TRAINS] and the long hassle the Great Northern has had with it up to date was one of the best to appear in your magazine.
Best of all was the author's detailed description of the efforts of the late Graham McNamee, top-flight announcer of the radio industry, to keep interest at a high pitch while waiting anxiously for the Oriental Limited to emerge through the paper covering [page 29, December TRAINS]. Fresh from the microphone triumph of announcing the second Dempsey-Tunney fight in Chicago, September 22, 1927, and covering football games later in the same autumn, this trying situation was a new one for him. "Due to matters beyond our control" must have entered his mind several times, but his dignity dictated otherwise. "Vesti la Giubba," as Pagliaccio sings "The Show Must Go On" - and it did finally. Never in the history of railroading did a train look more beautiful! James Theodore Hatfield. 728 N. Prospect, Kansas City 20, Mo.
... A captious old-timer must suggest to author D. W. McLaughlin that the distinguished engineer Stevens did not "push the Panama Canal through to completion" [page 23, November TRAINS]. Mr. Stevens succeeded John F. Wallace as chief engineer June 30, 1905, and resigned
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Burlington is circulating the story about the girl in a Zephyr dome who watched the signals flick from green to
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red as the train entered each block, then turned to her husband and exclaimed, "We have the most marvelous engineer on this train. He's able to make every light just before it turns red."
Which reminds me that I've done a bit of dome riding recently on journeys to and from Colorado- and it's as much fun as ever. Searchlight signals, for instance. Ever notice how they seem to swim hazily into focus because of the heat waves from the diesel stacks? Or how the red indication bobs about a bit before assuming a steady beam (apparently because the lens-holder bounces a bit before settling down)? I admire to watch the fireman look back on the curves to see if his train is running "all black," and to be startled once again by Rio Grande's Gore Canyon (and wonder anew why the photographers don't exploit it more), and to ponder what we'll overtake between Aurora and Chicago as the DS gives us the center iron.
A dome is the best-riding, quietest, and finest train-watching spot on any train anywhere. And that, I suppose, is the least controversial sentence we've run in TRAINS for years.
There are no domes in Mexico, but there is virtually everything else that the most exacting train-watcher might ask, judging by my NdeM experiences there last October. No. 128, the 12:07 p.m. train out of Mexico City for Ozumba on the narrow-gauge Puente de Ixtla branch, was powered by the 185, a glossy black Baldwin 4-6-0 whose commanding whistle threatened to overtax the boiler as we struggled across summits at a walk. We had six cars; add one more and we would have doubled at least three hills en route.
Now, the ride in all of Mexico, so they say, is the onetime independent Mexicano (now NdeM) between Veracruz and Mexico City, 268 miles. It is more. It is a first-rate spectacle which takes a back seat to no other mountain railroad in my experience. To keep the time with just eight cars out of Orizaba west on day train 52 we required 6700 h.p.: an EMD F9 cab-and-booster team on the head end, and an Alco A-B helper behind the open observation car. At the outset the grade is 3.5 per cent, then it briefly eases to 2.1 and then up you go on successively steeper gradients of 4.1, 4.5, and finally 4.7 per cent (with short 300-to500-foot pitches exceeding 5 per cent) for a distance of approximately 20 miles. The ascent equals our steepest gradeSouthern Railway's 4.7 per cent Saluda Hill in the Blue Ridge - except that it's longer. The town of Orizaba recedes to half-dollar size on the valley floor below; alarm bells betraying hot engines and/or motors begin ringing in both road and helper units; and just as one assumes the summit must be here, the rails coil through the tightest of curves and spiral on up at 4.7 to there. It's marvelousand if you'd like to sample some pork chops Mexican style (with onions, tomatoes, and peppers) during the 2-hour 12minute climb to Esperanza, why, the National Railways of Mexico will be happy to provide those, too.
It's as splendid as our Mexicano re
port by Messrs. De Golyer and Kistler in May 1961 TRAINS indicated. Just ask me. Better yet, ask my wife. She'd never stood on an observation platform face to face with the flat nose of a wide-open Alco making just 20 mph.
But then, how many have?
In case you might be interested:
¶Subscribers received their index to Volume 21 of TRAINS (November 1960October 1961) in the last issue. If you'd like to have a copy, just send us a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope.
¶Since the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie gathered the Wisconsin Central and the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic into its fold and condensed its name to its old nickname, management has been calling the road the New Soo. Details are available in a folder from Wallace W. Abbey, Director of Public Relations, Soo Line, Minneapolis 40, Minn. A post card will do the trick.
[Miami Railroad Historical Society Inc., Box 8033, Coral Gables 46, Fla. - the group that operates that ex-FEC 4-6-2, the Presidential private car Ferdinand Magellan, and other equipment on week ends - offers six color post cards of its rolling stock for 50 cents.
¶Neatest tie bars and chains, cuff links, brooches, bracelets, and so forth, we've seen of late carry an excellent reproduction of Denver & Rio Grande No. 1, the narrow-gauge Baldwin 2-4-0 of 1871 which weighed just 121⁄2 tons. Quality is high, prices are more than reasonable and proceeds go to a D&RGW veterans' organization of employees with 20 or more years seniority. The man to write is Guy E. Lockhart, 3817 Osceola St., Denver 12, Colo.
¶Once again the Talyllyn Railway, | Britain's revived and nonprofit 2-footer, has its annual illustrated calendar ready. For the 1962 edition send 50 cents to R. K. Cope, "Brynglas," Beckman Road, Pedmore, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England.
The group of A.A.R. and other American railroad officials who toured Russia in June 1960 have compiled their observations in an illustrated hard-bound 342page book: Railroads of the U.S.S.R. The price is $10 and the supply is very limited. Write C. D. Buford, Vice-President, Association of American Railroads, Transportation Bldg., Washington 6, D. C.
If you're lukewarm about diesels, meet |
Mrs. Annabelle Cooper, 70, of Battle Creek, Mich., who recently retired after 43 years of service with the Grand Trunk Western - as an overhead crane operator. She began work in manpower-short 1918 to support her family, made an estimated 1 million lifts with her 160-ton crane without an injury or an accident. She could have retired at age 65 but stayed on the job, passing an annual physical to qualify. In fact, Annie Cooper says she could still pass a physical but the climate inside the shop is beginning to bother her. When steam engines filled the bay, she recalls, they gave off enough warmth to keep her comfortable. However, the diesels arrive coated with ice and snow, Continued on page 58
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