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  1. Randy Stahl

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    Correct.

    They called them GP20s. They were very thorough rebuilds. I've worked with both the Milwaukee engines and the Illinois Central engines, I think the Milwaukee ones were just a bit better.

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  2. Hardcoaler

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    It's been renamed the New Hope Railroad and still hauls tourists and freight, but I don't know anything beyond that. Hopefully someone here might. The BR&W is still running, but the line from Ringoes to Lambertville has been out of service for decades now and is missing in places. I think the BR&W has added freight operations on some some regional branches, helping to reverse loss of freight customers on its original line in the Flemington area.
     
  3. Hardcoaler

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    Neat shots Hemi. I've never seen a red Conrail hack before. o_O
     
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  4. Hardcoaler

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    EJ&E's Train No. 6 at Barrington, IL makes its way back to Joliet with a pair of shiny new orange SD-38-2s. [1976]

    1970s Mid 017 EJE Barrington IL - for upload.jpg

    Another shot of 6, this time at Sutton, IL I think.

    1970s Mid 027 EJE Sutton [Likely] IL - for upload.jpg
     
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  5. BoxcabE50

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    Also some info in my post #6272, above. :)
     
  6. BoxcabE50

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    Each time I scroll past this Rondout tower picture, I can't help but to recall my late friend Bob Brown. He was third trick there for many, many years. Great guy. I have a few of his MILW train orders from there.
     
  7. Doug Gosha

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    Prototype of the American Flyer Reading caboose.

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  8. Doug Gosha

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    Salesman: "I know we usually sell you guys caboose windows but we're all out of them, right now. In fact, the only glass we have is some leftover portholes we sold to a boat builder and they didn't need all of them."

    Pennsy buyer: "We'll take 'em!"

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  9. Hardcoaler

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    Nice memories to have. As you know, Rondout was a very busy place back in the day. Somewhere in my junk is a cassette tape I recorded in the late '70s featuring the Rondout tower op giving his MILW brothers a tongue-lashing for working some set out tracks without first communicating with him. They'd blocked a lead and were leaving cars that he knew nothing about, all while he was trying to keep the main and the Libertyville branch fluid for upcoming movements.
     
  10. Doug Gosha

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    I remember a large feature on Rondout in an old MR from the late sixties or seventies.

    Doug
     
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  11. Hardcoaler

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    Oh, neat! I'll have to keep an eye out for that. Back in the '70s I think, MR did a nice story on Mayfair, another neat Chicagoland location. It's track arrangement always puzzled me until I read it.

    Another memory I have remains from listening to my railroad scanner in mid-70s Chicago, I'd often hear railroadmen refer to the MILW as the "Saint Paul", such as when switching I'd hear, "Put the Saint Pauls on the west end", referring to a cut of cars bound for MILW interchange.
     
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  12. Doug Gosha

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    Oops, I think I am confused and I am thinking of the Mayfair article. In fact, I'm almost sure of that, now. Sorry. I sure remember seeing quite a few references to Rondout, however. And, there was an article about a concrete block station at Skokie.

    Doug
     
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  13. LegomanBill

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    A couple of shots from a trip to the Pueblo Railway Museum last month.

    Santa Fe 4-8-4 2912
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    Amtrak Coach 5410 (ex-ACL 218)
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    BN Reefer 950413 (ex-NP)
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    Santa Fe Reefer 8861
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    Amtrak Coach 5428 (ex-PRR 4048)
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  14. Mike VE2TRV

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    What a magnificent beast is Santa Fe 2912!:love:
     
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  15. HemiAdda2d

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    LOLOL!!!
    Probably not rare by any stretch of the imagination, this is a Frisco hopper in Montana. I think I'm near Shelby, 2008.

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    Also near Shelby, MT, Amtrak 8, 2008 or so.

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  16. Hardcoaler

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    I get confused as well. When I was a kid riding the C&NW, I'd always look forward to crossing the MILW main at Mayfair. There were CN&W bridges close by that looked unused and the placement of the line was odd. It was only years later that I learned that it was once part of an alternate C&NW freight route called the Mayfair Cutoff which crossed the MILW main just south of Mayfair. It then entered a tight wye with its legs connecting with the C&NW main in each direction, with the western leg working through a crossover and escaping northwest to find a connection with the C&NW's mainline to Milwaukee. Whew -- VERY confusing.

    Some decades later, the Mayfair Cutoff was replaced with a new C&NW/MILW route to the west. Most of the Cutoff is gone today.
     
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  17. Philip H

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    Grabbed these coupled together yesterday on the head end of a railroad North bound CSX Manifest freight out of New Orleans:

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  18. Kurt Moose

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    I caught a FW&D hopper in Tacoma a couple months back,looks the same, rare indeed!!
     
  19. Doug Gosha

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    You can say that again. I have always thought the word that best describes the Santa Fe 4-8-4's is "Behemoth" and that includes the Bachmann model.

    BTW, great pictures, LegomanBill!

    Doug
     
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  20. BoxcabE50

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    What is the green colored load? Almost has me thinking a boiler of some sort?
     

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