Scott's Train Spotting Day May 3, 2017

scottmitchell74 May 3, 2017

  1. scottmitchell74

    scottmitchell74 TrainBoard Member

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    We were coming back from my daughter's track meet Saturday night and I spotted an old switcher out in what appeared to be the middle of nowhere. I decided to go back and tack a closer look. It's in a little town called Roscoe, Tx, about 45 minutes away from Abilene.



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    I think this is an SW1. Anyone confirm, deny?

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    As we passed by I got excited and told my wife; "I want to go touch it!" She looked at me about as you'd expect. (In fact, I'm sure many of you have received a similar look)

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    Note the W. Texas windmills in the distance.

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    These are former Navy NW2s that the Southern Swtiching Company keeps in nice repair. I believe they go all the way back to 1939.
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    This switching company on the surrounding area will feature heavily in my upcoming layout.

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    Trying to find a better vantage point for my UP photos...I came across this old Burlington Route office/depot!! 18 years in Abilene, and never knew this existed. Some Railfan I am!!!

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    Couldn't get in, of course, but this window was clear enough to get a nice photo.

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    The Abilene downtown "skyline" in the background.
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The black switcher is not an SW1. Can't think right now what model.

    That switching company, in the photo quoted here- Is their track really as weedy as this makes it appear?

    The depot would be ex-Fort Worth & Denver. A CB&Q subsidiary.
     
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  3. Hardcoaler

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    Thanks for posting your shots. Neat stuff! I'll take a stab that the black unit is an SW-8 from the early 1950s. Scott, the SW-1 has a sandbox in front of its radiator. I shot one in Flemington, NJ a month ago, built in 1939:

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    Ah! I see it. So, an SW8, probably? Thanks for the info.

    Boxcab E50 - That's where they park them when not in use. It is weedy-ish there, but not as bad as that photo makes it seem.
     
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  5. badlandnp

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    Now you just have to talk the wife into buying the depot, and doing the needed repairs and minor remodeling to make it a home!
     
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    You have no idea how badly I would want to do that...and how much resistance I'd get.

    But, we can dream, can't we?
     
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