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Feb 18, 2016 11:43 |  #3152

Certainly not a "best" train shot - but an odd one nonetheless. I was leaving from a meeting in Richvale California (Northern Sacramento Valley) and saw this coming down the tracks. One of the more unconventional train "engines" I've ever seen.

Not having my gear with me - I snapped these my my phone (while parked on the side of the road).


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Feb 18, 2016 16:16 |  #3153

McNeil Junction just north of Austin, TX. The local turn is done working for the day and heading for beans back in Taylor TX. (Olympus EM1)

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A couple of times a week a Santa Fe rock trains comes in from the quarries near Summit on the Austin branch with a load of rock bound for houston. This is the rear end helper unit, the train is making a backing move out onto the UP main from the local branch railroads yard.

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The strange new "up and over" diamond between the UP main line and local branch line. So far it has lasted 5 times longer than the conventional diamond that lived here previously

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Feb 18, 2016 19:09 |  #3154

Heat Waves

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Feb 18, 2016 21:53 as a reply to  @ post 17900044 |  #3155

Around here I find the greatest challenge is finding "clean" engines. So many units haven't seen a wash bay in years, just doesn't have the color impact of some of the examples shown here.


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Feb 18, 2016 23:28 |  #3156

Corralstar wrote in post #17903986 (external link)
Around here I find the greatest challenge is finding "clean" engines. So many units haven't seen a wash bay in years, just doesn't have the color impact of some of the examples shown here.

I don't know where your "Around here" is, but the same thing is true where I live, Elkhart, Indiana. All I see are very dirty engines :(


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Feb 19, 2016 05:19 |  #3157

Inspeqtor wrote in post #17904071 (external link)
I don't know where your "Around here" is, but the same thing is true where I live, Elkhart, Indiana. All I see are very dirty engines :(

Norfolk southern dont look bad. But they are black, so probably just hide it better


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Feb 19, 2016 09:04 |  #3158

I agree, I think BNSF quit washing their ugly pumpkin engines........that orange and green shows every spot of dirt. Miss the Silver/Red as it looked cleaner longer.


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Feb 19, 2016 19:07 |  #3159

This new trail just opened up about 10 minutes from my house. Great for train watching on the old SP Cal P line, now the UP.

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Feb 19, 2016 21:28 |  #3160

Itsed65 wrote in post #17905096 (external link)
This new trail just opened up about 10 minutes from my house. Great for train watching on the old SP Cal P line, now the UP.

lucky you!


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Feb 20, 2016 10:06 |  #3161

There are a few shots of trains I've taken over the years, but my favorites are always the steam powered locatives. I live just a couple of miles away from the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village where they have quite a collection of old trains in the museum, and they have a working roundhouse and railroad out in the village.

Here's an image of the Torch Lake. This is a restored steam engine that previously worked at a copper mine in Michigan's upper peninsula.

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They have three different working steam engines that they alternate into service. The third was put into service in 2013 for Henry Ford's 150th birthday. It was an engine he personally owned and operated. Back when he was actually building the Model T, the railroads in the area were failing and he needed a reliable way to get supplies shipped to his manufacturing plants... so he bought his own railroad (having money is convenient for things like that I suppose). This was the Detroit & Lima Northern Railway

The equipment was in poor repair (the railroad he bought hadn't been maintaining their trains.) But fortunately Henry Ford owned his own machine shops and plenty of skilled workers, so he put them to work getting the engines and rolling stock repaired and in proper working order. When the first of the engines was put into service, Henry Ford personally went for a ride in the cab, learned to operate it, and it became his favorite. This was a Baldwin 4-4-0. When he went on business trips (remember, this is before the days of commercial aviation when most long-distance travel was done by train), he would take his own train cross-country. Instead of riding in his private car (which he used as a mobile office), he preferred to ride up in the cab and operate the train.

Later Henry Ford sold his railroad and all the rolling stock associated with it... EXCEPT for that favorite engine of his. He kept that and donated it to the Edison Institute (the Edison Institute is now known as the Henry Ford Museum) where it sat for years. The museum always wanted to get the engine restored to working service and eventually began the project many years ago in the hope that they'd complete it in time for the 150th birthday of Henry Ford (the barely made the schedule -- even in the weeks leading up to the birthday celebration at the village, they were still having trouble with the water injectors). They did manage to get everything working and now the engine is in service on the railway.

At one of the stops, the engineer hopped off with the oil can to refill the one of the automatic oilers and I captured this image. This is Henry Ford's Baldwin 4-4-0 steam locomotive.

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Feb 20, 2016 10:12 |  #3162

TCampbell wrote in post #17905619 (external link)
There are a few shots of trains I've taken over the years, but my favorites are always the steam powered locatives. I live just a couple of miles away from the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village where they have quite a collection of old trains in the museum, and they have a working roundhouse and railroad out in the village.

Here's an image of the Torch Lake. This is a restored steam engine that previously worked at a copper mine in Michigan's upper peninsula.


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They have three different working steam engines that they alternate into service. The third was put into service in 2013 for Henry Ford's 150th birthday. It was an engine he personally owned and operated. Back when he was actually building the Model T, the railroads in the area were failing and he needed a reliable way to get supplies shipped to his manufacturing plants... so he bought his own railroad (having money is convenient for things like that I suppose). This was the Detroit & Lima Northern Railway

The equipment was in poor repair (the railroad he bought hadn't been maintaining their trains.) But fortunately Henry Ford owned his own machine shops and plenty of skilled workers, so he put them to work getting the engines and rolling stock repaired and in proper working order. When the first of the engines was put into service, Henry Ford personally went for a ride in the cab, learned to operate it, and it became his favorite. This was a Baldwin 4-4-0. When he went on business trips (remember, this is before the days of commercial aviation when most long-distance travel was done by train), he would take his own train cross-country. Instead of riding in his private car (which he used as a mobile office), he preferred to ride up in the cab and operate the train.

Later Henry Ford sold his railroad and all the rolling stock associated with it... EXCEPT for that favorite engine of his. He kept that and donated it to the Edison Institute (the Edison Institute is now known as the Henry Ford Museum) where it sat for years. The museum always wanted to get the engine restored to working service and eventually began the project many years ago in the hope that they'd complete it in time for the 150th birthday of Henry Ford (the barely made the schedule -- even in the weeks leading up to the birthday celebration at the village, they were still having trouble with the water injectors). They did manage to get everything working and now the engine is in service on the railway.

At one of the stops, the engineer hopped off with the oil can to refill the one of the automatic oilers and I captured this image. This is Henry Ford's Baldwin 4-4-0 steam locomotive.

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POTN only allows two images per post, but if you want to see the whole engine you can see it on my Flickr page: https://flic.kr/p/fVy7​E2 (external link)

Beautiful images and even greater story! Thank you for sharing!!

You can put as many as 8 images in a post if you copy them from a service such as Flickr :-)


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Feb 20, 2016 13:35 |  #3163

Just a couple taken on the Severn Valley Railway


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Feb 21, 2016 06:25 |  #3164

TCampbell wrote in post #17905619 (external link)
There are a few shots of trains I've taken over the years, but my favorites are always the steam powered locatives. I live just a couple of miles away from the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village where they have quite a collection of old trains in the museum, and they have a working roundhouse and railroad out in the village.

You are very lucky to live so close. The Ford is a great museum that is overlooked by many. I really miss going there.

I love their steam engine collection. My Grandfather was a rail engineer for 57 years and in fact he drove the Allegheny loco that now rests at the Ford. I can only imagine what that must have been like.


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Feb 21, 2016 07:47 |  #3165

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TCampbell wrote in post #17905619 (external link)
There are a few shots of trains I've taken over the years, but my favorites are always the steam powered locatives. I live just a couple of miles away from the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village where they have quite a collection of old trains in the museum, and they have a working roundhouse and railroad out in the village.

You are very lucky to live so close. The Ford is a great museum that is overlooked by many. I really miss going there.

I love their steam engine collection. My Grandfather was a rail engineer for 57 years and in fact he drove the Allegheny loco that now rests at the Ford. I can only imagine what that must have been like.

You are so right. I wish I lived as close as he does. My wife and I went there in our very early marriage back in the mid 70's
What a great place that is!


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