Post Your Traction Photos

Hardcoaler Aug 6, 2020

  1. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    I'm supposing that some of us have traction images in our collections. If you have any, raise your pans and poles, and post 'em up. (y)

    These three were taken at the East Troy Railroad Museum in WI in Sept. 1978. The 715 is from the North Shore, the middle picture is of Chicago Transit Authority cars and the last is of a TMERL (The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company) freight motor.

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  2. Randy Stahl

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    Feel free to post more pictures of East Troy. This is my home town, I was a member when your photo's were taken and I fondly remember the place. If you take a close look at my little avatar this was also taken in about 1977. I'm the little guy in the foreground.

    I became a professional railroader in the following years, I currently have 30 plus years in the railroad industry and this is where it began.

    My entire family is still in East Troy, I'm the only one who left the nest.
     
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  3. BNSF FAN

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  4. Hardcoaler

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    That is VERY cool Randy -- I had no idea. :)

    If I come across any others, I'll post them. I may have some black and white negatives somewhere. I wasn't going to post this one of North Shore 763 because it's not of good quality, but here it is. I love the horns. Is that the bell adjacent to them?


    1978-09-11 004 North Shore East Troy WI - for upload.jpg

    A few weeks ago I posted this photo of their small diesel. It too was taken in Sept. 1978.

    1978-09-11 LOCO UNKNOWN East Troy WI - for upload.jpg
     
  5. Randy Stahl

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    The device next to the horns is called the retriever. It is a dual spring loaded device to pull down the trolley pole is case of dewirement.

    I'm the little guy in the white hat in both pictures. I have no clue who took the picture but a friend found them on the internet and sent them to me.
     
  6. Randy Stahl

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    The fellow at rear of the 45 tonner is Jim Voss
     
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  7. Hardcoaler

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    Interesting bit of hardware there. I hadn't thought of it, but you'd need something like that to deter a loose trolley pole from flailing about.

    Looks like a good crowd there that day. How nice that someone was able to find these photos on line and get them to you.(y)
     
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  8. Hardcoaler

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    These three are from the Illinois Railway Museum at Union, IL, all taken 10/1990. We see a Chicago Transit Authority car, then North Shore and South Shore cars.

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  9. Randy Stahl

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    This consist is the 251 (IRM) 757 ( Ex East Troy/ IRM) and 761 ( East Troy)
     
  10. Hardcoaler

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    Found another one taken at Union, IL on an overcast day in April 1980. It's IT car 415, built 1924.

    1980-04 IT Union IL - for upload.jpg
     
  11. bremner

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    I have PLENTY of traction pictures on my devices, just a few that are mine.

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  12. Doorgunnerjgs

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    Illinois Railway Museum, April, 2018

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  13. LegomanBill

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    A couple vintage ones from the collection.

    Denver Tramway Co. car 51, 1940s
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    Pacific Electric Blimp 300 at Compton, 1950s
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  14. Hardcoaler

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    The North Shore's 50th Street station was moved to the Illinois Railway Museum and renovated. Such a fine exhibit.(y)

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  15. Randy Stahl

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    My hometown freight train. Tom Chart (below) John Frymark (above)
     
  16. Hardcoaler

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    Looking at your photo, I was just thinking that electrified railroads have an added dimension of hazard in the form of electrocution on rooftops that the steam and diesel roads didn't face. (I see no wire above in the photo). I'll bet museum roads offer careful instruction on the topic. I think the Pennsy's G had rooftop hatches interlocked with the pan, making it impossible to access the roof while a pan was raised.
     
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  17. Randy Stahl

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    There is wire above the car, the roofs were canvas covered wood so they were pretty safe if you were careful. It was rare to find a trolley car with a metal roof.
     
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    From Nagasaki, Japan - photos taken in the spring of 2017.

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  19. BNSF FAN

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    St. Petersburg Russia - May 2005

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  20. r_i_straw

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    Galveston. Actually diesel electric. No overhead wires.
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