Random Railfan Prototype Photos For All

Hardcoaler Mar 26, 2015

  1. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    A batch of shot at Lostwood, ND on the BNSF Grenora Sub today. Light power heads west to pick up storage cars.
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  2. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    An abandoned railroad ferry dock at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. No tracks leading up to it anymore, only rusty rails on the ramp. In the background can be seen the Liberty Ship Jeremiah O'Brien and Alcatraz.
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  3. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

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    Dang, just think of the trains that have gone thru that portal!:rolleyes:
     
  4. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

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    I'd bet some great photos can be taken set up just at the railing right in front of the portal. Just wait for some vessel to drift through the "keyhole" and snap it. If the Jeremiah O'Brien is perfectly aligned, that makes two pieces of history in the photo.

    God bless those people who crewed the Liberty Ships back then.(y)
     
  5. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    Here is a photo of that taken by Tim Warris.
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  6. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

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    That's awesome!(y)
     
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  7. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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  8. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I am so glad someone had the drive and fortitude to save a Liberty ship. I hope they keep her solid and safe!
     
  9. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

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    Had an uncle that was on one of those ships, said he loved his time in the Navy!
     
  10. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

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    That Alcatraz train would be interesting to model-you can see the bars across the windows!o_O

    Tough lookin' barge too, wow!
     
  11. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

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    I most wholeheartedly second that!:)
     
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  12. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    Heading up the Colorado River between Green River and Grand Junction.

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  13. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    After some research it appears this is not correct. That prisoner train loading happened at another terminal. This page indicates that it was part of the State Belt Railroad of San Francisco.
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  14. Pastor John

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    My father served on the SS Manderson Victory carrying ammunition in the Pacific theater (and the campaign in Okinawa). She was likely very similar.

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  15. Hytec

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    Growing up during WW-II and hearing war news every day, I've always wondered about the difference between Victory Ships and Liberty Ships. After nearly 80 years, I found this explanation. This is kinda personal for me, though in a different way than for Pastor John. Thanks for your Dad's Merchant Marine service. Those guys were phenomenal.

    All I can say is, WOW! Thank you Google.

    I'll add one thing that most, if all don't know about. The Norwegians were neutral, having "surrendered" to Germany. Unbeknownst to almost everyone, Hundreds, if not Thousands of Norwegian seamen served as crew on all(!) Atlantic convoys. If a ship was torpedoed, the first to be saved were the Norwegians. If they had been identified, that would have proved that Norway was NOT neutral, and all citizens would risk immediate execution.

    I found this out shortly after Germany surrendered and all "non-combatants", Norwegian sailors included, were to be repatriated. Apparently the Norwegian sailor "holding area" was in my home town in New York State. November 1945, my mother received a phone call from the police chief. He said, "Mrs. Coolidge, the Norwegian sailors have asked for a permit shoot their mascot that cannot be returned to Norway. Would you consider adopting a St. Bernard weighing 200 pounds?" We loved "Shumpy" for another 6-7 years. :love:

     
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  16. Doug Gosha

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    Thanks for that wonderful post, Hank!

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  17. Mike VE2TRV

    Mike VE2TRV TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks from me too, Hank. Love that story. it's a great glimpse into the lesser-known action that went on behind the scenes to support the Allies in their fight against tyranny.

    I have to thank those folks because without them, history would have changed a lot for my Mom and Dad and I wouldn't be here today.
     
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    A bit overcast and just about to rain as CSX 214 gets ready to head shout toward Atlanta with a string of mixed freight.

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  19. BoxcabE50

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    Looks like lighter rail, a bit less well kept.
     
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  20. BNSF FAN

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    That track actually enters a small yard and is not quite as bad as it looks. Its always seen a fair amount of traffic but even more so now that CSX shut down Tilford Yard in the ATL.

    As for the weeds, just guessing they must have spilled a little grain there sometime earlier in the summer. This is a side view about 10 cars back from the engine.
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