A GREAT FIND AT A UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY SWAP MEET

It is with great anticipation and the hope of a “great find”, that I enter the room where the UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY’s annual swap meet is being held. I had barely entered the room and I was immediately  sure of a “great Find”. There before me was a large print, in fairly good condition, of a OR&N Baldwin 2-8-8-2, number 451. The image was not previously known to me and I immediately purchased it.

When I returned home, I “digitized” the image by taking a photograph illuminated by reflected sunlight. I then experimented with various editing adjustments aimed at “improving” the image so as to enhance the usefulness of the image. The result is shown below.

Three such engine were delivered to the OR&N in 1909. The UPRR received three similar engines (2000-2002) shortly thereafter. It is not clear why, but the UPRR engines came to be known as the “ocean toads”.

An article in  the UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY’s journal, “The Streamliner”, relates the interesting history  of these locomotives.

Vol. 5, Issue 2, “Ocean Toads” 1909 Monster Mallets,
by Jim Ehernberger (page 12)

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ATTENTION ALL MODELERS OF NARROW GAUGE EQUIPMENT!

I have been scratch building HO scale models since about 1961. That is a long time to commit precious “spare” time to a personal interest, i.e., a hobby. Since, most of the time, I am of sound mind, there must be other reasons for this interest to persist. There are, really simple and banal ones. I do it because I relish the challenge to my modeling skills and the accompanying “thrill of the chase”, which is imbedded in the search for sometimes rare and obscure information. A bonus benefit is the opportunity to meet very accomplished and interesting people.

This probably sounds daunting to the person contemplating the addition of scratch building to their repertoire. My advice to this person is simple. Find a “project” easy enough for a beginner and do it. It is that easy!

I have attached a drawing from the UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY collection of Union Pacific drawings.  It is a narrow gauge flatcar and it can be built using skills and tools acquired in your  practice of the modelling hobby. In short, get going on the sort of modelling that will be enjoyed for the years to come. In 1961, I did and I am enjoying every minute of it.

If you have any questions for me, The Old Machinist, use the comment feature of this Blog and I will reply ASAP.

Link to drawing:https://olrailpics.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/blog-n-g-flatcar-26050163.jpg

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 SUITABLE FOR A BEGINNERS FIRST SCRATCH BUILDING PROJECT

SUITABLE FOR A BEGINNERS FIRST SCRATCH BUILDING PROJECT

 

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EVERY ONE WANTS A SAFE LOCOMOTIVE!

The Federal regulations that govern the operation of steam locomotives in the United States requires that periodic inspections be performed. These inspections are performed to ensure potential safety issues are revealed in a timely manner and any issues found are mitigated before the locomotive can be operated. One of the tests required is the hydrostatic test of the boiler at a pressure in excess of the maximum allowed working pressure of the locomotive. These images were made during a recent hydrostatic test of the VC-2.

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ECHO CANYON SCENES AND THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD

Several years ago, I slowly worked my way up Echo Canyon road, all the while synchronizing my thoughts to the vibrations of history which permeate the canyon. The frantic race with the Central Pacific for maximum miles of construction, that played out in these Utah canyons, is the primal source of  these vibrations. There is no better experience, armed with the familiarity of history, than presence at the actual place of the historic events.

Of course I had to pause my historical reverie at times to accommodate my compulsion to photograph the canyon. Here is a sample of the resulting images.

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ANOTHER HOT WORKDAY AT ORANGE EMPIRE RAILROAD MUSEUM

The weather report the night before assured me the temperature on the morrow in Perris would be low enough for me to work in the machine shop. They were wrong, but I wanted to complete the job I had left setup in the vertical mill, so I went ahead and got the job done. It was only three o’clock when I finished the setup and was ready for the next setup. As I stood there, my head wrapped in a wet shop rag, it was easy to convince myself that photography was more important at that particular moment. The project that I was rendering scorned, by my decision, is the machining of eight brass castings into eight axle bearings for the trucks of a narrow gauge log car. When machining costly and scarce castings, it is essential that thoughtful planning precede the machining. Since my brain at that moment was not at anything like the optimum operating temperature, even as it was wrapped in a wet rag, it was easy to opt for photography. Click any image to enlarge.

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BEFORE THERE WERE SPRAYCANS ,THERE WERE POCKET KNIVES

It is a shame most visitors to Orange Empire Railway Museum (OERM) do not notice this small building near the Museum entrance. A visit to the building reveals many examples of old graffiti carved into the exterior siding boards. The visitor will be rewarded with  a little wider perspective about railroad history. A warning: some of what the visitor will discover is not “politically correct” by today’ standards. But, this is OK, because museums are places where “telling like it really was”  is encouraged, if not required, as it is at OERM. I consider some of the carvings as benchmarks from which we may measure our progress toward a civil society.

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