AN EXAMPLE OF USEFUL LONGEVITY

My wife and I recently rode the C&TS R.R. from Chama to Osier and back. Our train’s locomotive was the 484. On more a hope than a hunch, I looked at my 1965 slides of the then D&RGW R.R.. Sure enough, my hope rang true. Part of the time, in 1965, we (“We” is my very understanding wife and three sons.)  were chasing a pipe train destined for Antonio, NM. We hoped we were ahead of the train and went to Gato. Gato turned out to be a water stop. We arrived at Gato as the train pulled in. The locomotives took water with a great show of smoke, steam, whistles. It was a great moment for us. The lead locomotive of the doubleheader was the 484! That was forty seven years ago! As I thought about this, I realized this locomotive will outlive me. I don’t know if I should take comfort from this or not.

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About THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 82 years old and wed for 65 years. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I am a High School mentor in physics, mountaineer, model builder, machinist and 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 enjoy life and am looking forward to the future with my usual sense of anticipation and curiosity.
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