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VARIATIONS OF ENGINE TRAIN NUMBER INDICATORS

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The placement of the train number indicator on the top of the smokebox by the stack is an iconoclastic signature of UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD locomotives. It may come as a surprise to learn that this was only one of several … Continue reading

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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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BUILDING RAILROAD BRIDGES

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We were driving East on the Riverside Freeway and we reduced our speed to a crawl because of freeway construction. At slower speeds, one can look at the scenery without much concern as long as you do not overdo it. … Continue reading

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A RECENT DAY AT CAJON PASS SUMMIT

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I have been photographing trains in the Cajon Pass since about 1960. I have observed many changes to the right-of-way over the years and recently I returned to Summit Station area for an update. While there, I photographed a BNSF … 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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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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THE OLD MACHINIST’S FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHS FOR NOW

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THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE FROM MY COLLECTION OF COLOR SLIDES. THE SELECTION WAS BASED ON NOTHING MORE THAN I LIKE THEM. I SCANNED THE SLIDES USING A plustek 7600i SCANNER WITH VueScan SOFTWARE. THE ONLY IMAGE CORRECTION DURING SCANNING WAS WHITE … Continue reading

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ADDED ATTRACTION IN STOCKTON – UPRR DERAILMENT!

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The Union Pacific Railroad Historical Society held the 1993 annual Convention in Stockton, California. The attendees were looking forward to learning more about the recently absorbed Western Pacific Railroad and the interesting history of its construction and operation. One of … Continue reading

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