Category Archives: THE WAY IT WAS

THE CLICKETY-CLACK SOUND IS LONG GONE

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The romantic lore of the history of the railroads has within it the “clickety-clack” sound produced as the steel wheels of railroad cars roll over the rail joints and this sound is widely associated by people to railroads. Except, today … Continue reading

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1965 PHOTOGRAPHS OF COLTON, CAL. S.P. ENGINEHOUSE

A younger version of The Old Machinist took these photographs with the idea of constructing a model of the engine house someday.  Well, someday never came because I abandoned ” The Friendly” and became a modeler of “Uncle Pete”. Maybe … Continue reading

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NEW OIL CUPS FOR THE “EMMA NEVADA”

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Very little is simple and without complications when you are making replacement parts for an 1881, Baldwin built, 2-6-2 Prairie type steam locomotive and I would not have it any other way. The fabrication of four new brass oil cups … Continue reading

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RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ORANGE EMPIRE RAILROAD MUSEUM

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These photographs are mere teasers. You must visit OERM for the details!

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SOMEHOW THIS DOES NOT LOOK RIGHT

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I have driven by this spot many times, but recently I stopped to take a closer look at this misaligned section of track hoping to find a clue to the reason for the misalignment. No luck in this, instead, I … Continue reading

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WHOOPS! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

This photo has a little bit of history attached to it. The Santa Fe Railroad Historical & Modeling Society, Western Archive, donated materials related to the Union Pacific Railroad to the Union Pacific Historical Society and these materials came into … Continue reading

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BIG CHANGE IN CAJON PASS

THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD EXERCISED THEIR RIGHT TO A ROUTE THROUGH THE CAJON PASS BY CONSTRUCTING A NEW LINE FROM COLTON TO PALMDALE. THE NEW LINE SAW ITS FIRST REVENUE FREIGHT TRAIN IN 1967. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, I MADE TRIPS TO THE CONSTRUCTION SITE … Continue reading

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SPEEDER TURN-AROUND

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My wife and I visited Silverton, Colorado on our trip home  after attending the 2012 Union Pacific Historical Society convention held at North Platte, Nebraska. While at the Silverton Depot of the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad we watched … Continue reading

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SOMETHING DOES NOT LOOK RIGHT; BETTER CHECK IT OUT.

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It was 1968 and my Wife’s brother was home on leave. We had decided to show Joe a little bit of the high desert in the Antelope Valley area and we were headed home in the late afternoon when I … Continue reading

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THE EVOLUTION OF THE CAJON PASS SUMMIT AREA

If you are a Southern California railfan, you know of the railroad route that goes from San Bernardino to Victorville via Cajon Pass. To the railfan-photographer it is known as an area of many locales for very dramatic pictures. To … Continue reading

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