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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby RailKevin » Mon May 21, 2018 5:45 pm

I've never seen a "cab unit shay" before. :-) Is it for winter operations?
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby nydepot » Mon May 21, 2018 7:47 pm

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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby NYCRRson » Tue May 22, 2018 10:12 pm

"I've never seen a "cab unit shay" before."

Actually the unit in the photo is an "A" unit Shay with an operators cab. They also made a "B" unit Shay with no cab. The throttle, brakes and valve gear settings between the "A" and "B" Shay locomotives was accomplished with a very early "MU" design that used mechanical cables (as opposed to modern MU setups with electrical cables) to control the unit without a cab from the Shay with the control cab.

This setup was so rare that nobody ever had a chance to photograph one before it was removed from service......

OK, I know it's too late for April Fool's but an "A" and "B" unit Shay loco COULD be built and would have been very "interesting" to say the least.....
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby BR&P » Wed May 23, 2018 7:11 am

I presume a "B" unit Shay would have had to be stoker fired, to avoid having the fireman run back and forth from one to another shoveling coal or tossing in wood! :wink:
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby Benjamin Maggi » Wed May 23, 2018 9:12 am

Well, it isn't that far flung from the Great Western Railway's set-up with push-pull trains having steam locomotives on one end and coaches with a control cab on the other end. Mechanical linkages ran along the underside of the train connecting the two. The fireman rode the engine to stoke it, but contract by the driver was on the other end of the train.
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby umtrr-author » Wed May 23, 2018 12:17 pm

Looking for something completely different, I came across this photo today:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bmrrhs/10409823384/

This is from the B&M Historical Society and it's dated August 1937.

Note the placard (or whatever it's called) attached to the top left of the side of refrigerator car MDT 145857. I can't quite make out the first line but the second and third appear to read "Genesee Falls Railway / Rochester, N.Y. "

Fascinating...
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby CPSmith » Wed May 23, 2018 12:32 pm

umtrr-author wrote:Looking for something completely different, I came across this photo today:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bmrrhs/10409823384/

This is from the B&M Historical Society and it's dated August 1937.

Note the placard (or whatever it's called) attached to the top left of the side of refrigerator car MDT 145857. I can't quite make out the first line but the second and third appear to read "Genesee Falls Railway / Rochester, N.Y. "

Fascinating...


Yes, indeed. Great catch! I'm guessing the top line is "When empty return to"
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby BR&P » Wed May 23, 2018 12:50 pm

Bueautiful!

Note also the stencil "ER 1-37". East Rochester no doubt.
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Re: Genesee Falls Railway

Postby D Alex » Wed May 23, 2018 5:38 pm

Wow, looking at the pic of that shay....looks to be rather uncomfortable during a heat wave....
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