FIRE ON SHERMAN GRADE

IN 1967 WE WERE ON A VACATION TRIP TO RIDGEFARM, ILLINOIS AND STAYING THE NIGHT IN CHEYENNE AT A MOTEL ACROSS THE STREET FROM TOWER A (A FOAMERS DREAM SPOT). WE DECIDED TO GO ON AN EVENING DRIVE WEST ON HIGHWAY 30. AS WE PASSED BORIE JUNCTION WE WERE OVERTAKEN BY VEHICLES WITH SIRENS ON AND MOVING FAST. THEY LOOKED LIKE FIRE TRUCKS WHICH PUZZLED US AS THERE IS NOT MUCH TO BURN ALONG THAT PART OF HIGHWAY 30. SOON ENOUGH, THE ANSWER APPEARED TO OUR LEFT, TOWARD THE TRACKS. IT APPEARED TO US AS A LARGE BONFIRE AT FIRST, BUT THEN CAME THE REALIZATION IT WAS A FLATCAR LOADED WITH LUMBER. I STOPPED THE CAR AND, WITH CAMERA IN HAND, WALKED TOWARD THE BONFIRE. THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE THE RESULT OF THAT WALK THRU THE GRASS COVERED CINDERS – THE COAL KIND.

About THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 87 years old and married for 65 years. My wife passed away in 2016. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I was a High School mentor in physics, a mountaineer, a model builder, a machinist and I have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoyed my life and I am trying to look forward with a sense of anticipation and curiosity.
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