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Re: Railroad true stories?

Gary Ray
 

Smoke in the Canyon: My Steam Days in Dunsmuir by Dick Murdock tells of his experiences as a SP engineer in the last days of steam. 

 

Gary Ray

 

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Brian, Railroad Magazine would fit the bill, as others have mentioned. Some B&M themed books that would be worthy include

1) Miriam Foster's Boston and Maine Railroad by Bradford G. Blodget, published by the Historical Society of Cheshire County 

2) Mid-Century Memories: The Boston & Maine Railroad: 1936-1950 by Robert L. McDonald, published by the B&M Railroad Historical Society

3) Vanishing Markers: Memories of Boston & Maine Railroading, 1946-1952, by Ralph E. Fisher, The Stephen Greene Press

4) Life by the Tracks: When Passenger Trains steamed through the Notch (Maine Central) by Virginia C. Downs, Phoenix Publishing

Regards,

Jack Dziadul

Sanford, NC     





Hurricane Matthew/East of Florida/Mike Brock/Sheraton Employees

Bill Welch
 

It looks like east coast of Florida may get hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. I am sure I am not alone in hoping the best for everyone in the target zone.


Bill Welch


Re: Railroad true stories?

 

Brian, Railroad Magazine would fit the bill, as others have mentioned. Some B&M themed books that would be worthy include
1) Miriam Foster's Boston and Maine Railroad by Bradford G. Blodget, published by the Historical Society of Cheshire County 
2) Mid-Century Memories: The Boston & Maine Railroad: 1936-1950 by Robert L. McDonald, published by the B&M Railroad Historical Society
3) Vanishing Markers: Memories of Boston & Maine Railroading, 1946-1952, by Ralph E. Fisher, The Stephen Greene Press
4) Life by the Tracks: When Passenger Trains steamed through the Notch (Maine Central) by Virginia C. Downs, Phoenix Publishing
Regards,
Jack Dziadul
Sanford, NC     


Re: Railroad true stories?

Doug Chapman
 

Karl A Borntrager describes his 50-year association with the NYC in Keeping the Railroads Running: Fifty Years on the New York Central. (New York: Hastings House, 1974).  Replete with personal accounts of his service on the NYC, he also describes the organizational structure and culture inside 466 Lexington Avenue.  Borntrager retired as VP of Operations in 1957. It's a fascinating look at railroading in its heyday.


Doug Chapman

Montclair, VA

 


Re: PRR X28 Handbrakes

Benjamin Hom
 

Tim O'Connor wrote:

"I don't know about the X28's (double door) - no 1950's photos at all."

That's because none of the cars existed. All were rebuilt to Class X28A during the mid-1930s.


Ben Hom


Re: PRR X28 Handbrakes

Tim O'Connor
 

Indeed, the PRR Color Guide Volume 3, page 50, has a 1961 photo of a
recently repainted X28A in Shadow Keystone paint - and it has a vertical
shaft hand brake! Amazing.

The N&W BPa's (like X28A) received Ajax power hand brakes at some point.

Tim O'

Bill,

I have yet to see a photo of an X28 or X28A with anything except a vertical shaft hand brake.

Regards
Bruce Smith


Re: PRR X28 Handbrakes

Bruce Smith
 

​Bill,


I have yet to see a photo of an X28 or X28A with anything except a vertical shaft hand brake.


Regards

Bruce Smith

Auburn, AL


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Subject: [STMFC] PRR X28 Handbrakes
 


I know some if not many PRR X29 types received powered hands brakes but I am wondering what I should do with the Sunshine X28 I am building—Stem Winder or powered HB or either?

Bill Welch




Re: Digest Number 10479

Schuyler Larrabee
 

Undoubtedly, Jim, there were parallel examples, but in this case I know the specific individual’s name . . .



Schuyler



Schuyler,

Are you sure that story isn't about the Lack-a-wanda? *G*

Seriously - the same story can probably be told on just
about any RR at one time or another with one official or
another and with a variety of "guests" ... life is good,
and then you die (or get sent to moderate jail).
- Jim B.

On 10/4/2016 4:03 PM, STMFC@... wrote:
8f. Re: Railroad true stories?
Posted by: "Schuyler Larrabee"schuyler.larrabee@... angus502001
Date: Tue Oct 4, 2016 4:03 pm ((PDT))

Another Erie reference . . . at one time one of the railroad’s top management was using one of the business cars, and conducting some rather off-topic “business” after hours. At one point, his “business partner” jumped out of the car and ran around it, followed by the executive in question. Neither she nor he were clothed at the time . . .



And that IS a true story!



Schuyler




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Re: Railroad true stories?

Tony Thompson
 

      I've written a couple of blog posts about railroad stories (for example, this one: 


but many of the recommended stories are not the requested 1930s. For those, I can highly recommend an anthology of such stories, entitled _Headlights and Markers_ and containing many pre- World War II stories.
       Even more extraordinary is Harry Bedwell, whose one novel, _The Boomer_ is now available in paperback (and one of whose short stories a was included in the anthology just cited). My review of Bedwell is in an earlier blog post:


His short stories, a number of them in Railroad magazine in the 1930s, are well worth seeking out.

Tony Thompson             Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
2906 Forest Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705         www.signaturepress.com
(510) 540-6538; e-mail, tony@...
Publishers of books on railroad history






Re: PRR X28 Handbrakes

Tim O'Connor
 


Photos show X28A's (single door) with stem winders in the late 1950's.
I don't know about the X28's (double door) - no 1950's photos at all.

Tim O'


I know some if not many PRR X29 types received powered hands brakes but I am wondering what I should do with the Sunshine X28 I am building�Stem Winderr or powered HB or either?

Bill Welch


Re: Railroad true stories?

spsalso
 

Railroad magazine from "back in the day" is a fascinating read.  They speak about and take for granted things that are just blowin in the wind, now.  Of course, it's from all over.  So if you want info on a particular railroad, that'll be kind of occasional.

Ed

Edward Sutorik


PRR X28 Handbrakes

Bill Welch
 

I know some if not many PRR X29 types received powered hands brakes but I am wondering what I should do with the Sunshine X28 I am building—Stem Winder or powered HB or either?

Bill Welch


Re: . . . Airbrushes 101 & Airbrushing Acrylics with Them-Help Wanted, I

Michael Gross
 

I recommend Bill’s clinic, as I attended it at St. Louis/Collinsville!


Re: Railroad true stories?

Steve Caple <stevecaple@...>
 

Life and Times of a Locomotive Engineer Paperback – December, 1992
by Charles F. Steffes (Author)   

Steffes worked from hostler to engineer on SP, starting in the '30s - '40s


Re: Digest Number 10479

Jim Betz
 

Schuyler,

Are you sure that story isn't about the Lack-a-wanda? *G*

Seriously - the same story can probably be told on just
about any RR at one time or another with one official or
another and with a variety of "guests" ... life is good,
and then you die (or get sent to moderate jail).
- Jim B.

On 10/4/2016 4:03 PM, STMFC@... wrote:
8f. Re: Railroad true stories?
Posted by: "Schuyler Larrabee"schuyler.larrabee@... angus502001
Date: Tue Oct 4, 2016 4:03 pm ((PDT))

Another Erie reference . . . at one time one of the railroad’s top management was using one of the business cars, and conducting some rather off-topic “business” after hours. At one point, his “business partner” jumped out of the car and ran around it, followed by the executive in question. Neither she nor he were clothed at the time . . .


And that IS a true story!


Schuyler


Re: Railroad true stories?

Thomas Klosterman
 

Workin' On the Railroad, a 2 volume set, covers many stories. Published in the 60's - 70's.

On Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 6:03 PM, 'Schuyler Larrabee' schuyler.larrabee@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:
 

Another Erie reference . . . at one time one of the railroad’s top management was using one of the business cars, and conducting some rather off-topic “business” after hours. At one point, his “business partner” jumped out of the car and ran around it, followed by the executive in question. Neither she nor he were clothed at the time . . .

And that IS a true story!

Schuyler

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Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2016 5:29 PM
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Subject: Re: [STMFC] Railroad true stories?

A Roy C. Long, from Hinton WV, wrote about a lot of those stories on the C&O railway . . . a conductor shooting a railroad exec for accepting advances of a flirting female passenger . . . that he was interested in, locals shooting up a baggage car carrying prisoners to a more secure jail, etc. Locomotive explosions are well written up also.

Al Kresse

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From: "grangerroads@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 4:06:18 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Railroad true stories?

Ah, hope this question isn't out-of-bounds for this list. The question is about steam-era railroading, and it might (I hope it does) involve freight cars. So. . . .

I've googled a bit but without much success. I'm looking for real-life, or fact-based fiction, stories about any part of the railroad industry as it existed in the late 1930s or previous years. Accidents, crime, corruption, operations . . . any topic, really.

Does Railroad magazine fit what I hope to find? Got magazines, books, or other sources you might care to mention?

One focus of mine is railroad organizational structure: What were the various departments of a Class I railroad, how did their duties and responsibilities intermingle. What did a top-down organizational chart look like?

Thanks much,

Brian Chapman
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Re: Ultra Scale FGEX Kit question

Clark Cooper
 

Thanks, Bill!

Would you, or perhaps someone else, be able to direct me to a photo or diagram of the brake rigging layout? The rest I could probably figure out from materials I have available.

Thanks!

-Clark Cooper

On Oct 4, 2016, at 5:45 AM, fgexbill@... [STMFC] wrote:

It is the 1927 FGE/WFE car, gorgeous model complete w/center grooved wood sheathing. Look to Protocraft for decals.


Bill Welch


Re: Railroad true stories?

A&Y Dave in MD
 

Another good one from the northeast is "Behind the Iron Horse: The People who Made the Trains Run in the Bellows Falls, Vermont Area (1941-1980)", by Giro R. Patalano

Dave

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On Oct 4, 2016, at 6:12 PM, 'Don Burn' burn@... [STMFC] <STMFC@...> wrote:

 

For the Boston and Maine, the book "High green and the Bark Peelers;: The story of Engineman Henry A. Beaulieu and his Boston and Maine Railroad" has a lot of good stories of operating.

Don Burn

From: "grangerroads@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 4:06:18 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Railroad true stories?

Ah, hope this question isn't out-of-bounds for this list. The question is about steam-era railroading, and it might (I hope it does) involve freight cars. So. . . .

I've googled a bit but without much success. I'm looking for real-life, or fact-based fiction, stories about any part of the railroad industry as it existed in the late 1930s or previous years. Accidents, crime, corruption, operations . . . any topic, really.

Does Railroad magazine fit what I hope to find? Got magazines, books, or other sources you might care to mention?

One focus of mine is railroad organizational structure: What were the various departments of a Class I railroad, how did their duties and responsibilities intermingle. What did a top-down organizational chart look like?

Thanks much,

Brian Chapman
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Re: Railroad true stories?

Don Burn
 

For the Boston and Maine, the book "High green and the Bark Peelers;: The story of Engineman Henry A. Beaulieu and his Boston and Maine Railroad" has a lot of good stories of operating.

Don Burn


From: "grangerroads@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 4:06:18 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Railroad true stories?




Ah, hope this question isn't out-of-bounds for this list. The question is about steam-era railroading, and it might (I hope it does) involve freight cars. So. . . .



I've googled a bit but without much success. I'm looking for real-life, or fact-based fiction, stories about any part of the railroad industry as it existed in the late 1930s or previous years. Accidents, crime, corruption, operations . . . any topic, really.


Does Railroad magazine fit what I hope to find? Got magazines, books, or other sources you might care to mention?


One focus of mine is railroad organizational structure: What were the various departments of a Class I railroad, how did their duties and responsibilities intermingle. What did a top-down organizational chart look like?


Thanks much,


Brian Chapman
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Re: Railroad true stories?

Schuyler Larrabee
 

Another Erie reference . . . at one time one of the railroad’s top management was using one of the business cars, and conducting some rather off-topic “business” after hours. At one point, his “business partner” jumped out of the car and ran around it, followed by the executive in question. Neither she nor he were clothed at the time . . .



And that IS a true story!



Schuyler



From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...]
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2016 5:29 PM
To: Steam Era Frt Car Group
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Railroad true stories?





A Roy C. Long, from Hinton WV, wrote about a lot of those stories on the C&O railway . . . a conductor shooting a railroad exec for accepting advances of a flirting female passenger . . . that he was interested in, locals shooting up a baggage car carrying prisoners to a more secure jail, etc. Locomotive explosions are well written up also.



Al Kresse





_____

From: "grangerroads@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...>
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 4:06:18 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Railroad true stories?





Ah, hope this question isn't out-of-bounds for this list. The question is about steam-era railroading, and it might (I hope it does) involve freight cars. So. . . .



I've googled a bit but without much success. I'm looking for real-life, or fact-based fiction, stories about any part of the railroad industry as it existed in the late 1930s or previous years. Accidents, crime, corruption, operations . . . any topic, really.



Does Railroad magazine fit what I hope to find? Got magazines, books, or other sources you might care to mention?



One focus of mine is railroad organizational structure: What were the various departments of a Class I railroad, how did their duties and responsibilities intermingle. What did a top-down organizational chart look like?



Thanks much,



Brian Chapman
Cedar Rapids, Iowa









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