Jun 26, 2019
And where else can you still get coal cinders on your domecar window!?
True that! I could have gone to the open door baggage car for better pictures but i was enjoying the view in spite of the drops and cinders. Watching 261's smoke and steam I could see when she was working hard or whistling for a crossing.
After reading through the thread and pictures, I am wondering if anyone knows of a set of drawings that details the firebox front 261? The Bill Wilkerson book only has a drawing from the side profile.
Just another couple of comments. I have the VHS of when they originally restored the 261 in Minneapolis and it is absolutely fascinating. Much detail.
I do believe the 261's whistle is the most beautiful one I have ever heard on a steam locomotive. The first time I ever heard it was in an audio file many years ago online. It sent shivers down my spine and I am not exaggerating.
I almost actually prefer the whistle they used when they had 261 in Steamtown in 1996. I've only ever seen videos, but that whistle just had a lot more of the haunting quality to it.
I hope I'm not confusing two whistles although, the one in this video sounds like the one I remember from those years ago.
Hoyden, thank you for this fine report. There is nothing wrong with your photography, no need to say that. Steve Sandberg and company really run a professional program whenever they are able to bring the 261 out.
I was thinking of this video, if it helps:
Not sure if that's that same whistle.
thank you, fitz. The 261 folks put on a memorable event. I will ride with them again.
Love that deep throated stack talk. It simply shouts of big power.
Wow! thanks for the great video but it it's the other whistle I am thinking of. Not that there is anything wrong with the one in your video. I just like the higher toned, almost wailing sound of the other one and how it changes tone depending on how far the engineer pulls the cord.
I'm thinking the high pitched whistle is from the plow. The plow has a cupola which leads me to think it probably is occupied.
I mean the one in this video:
PGE, great coverage. When was this?