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by wjstix
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Granger Railroads - C&NW, Rock Island, and MILW
Topic: Olympian Hiawatha
Replies: 7
Views: 12947

Re: Olympian Hiawatha

Sorry for re-surfacing an old posting. Anyway, important to understand the Olympian Hiawatha was the post-war streamlined version of the Milwaukee's old Olympian transcontinental (Chicago - Seattle) train. The Milwaukee did very well with the Hiawatha competing with the Burlington and other railroad...
by wjstix
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion: Fallen Flags
Topic: How do railroads get their names?
Replies: 52
Views: 31397

Re: How do railroads get their names?

"The Hudson Division of the New York Central was named for the Hudson River it parallels." Yes, but I think the main reason is that it was originally the Hudson River RR. For a while after they joined, the Central was called the New York Central & Hudson River RR. "The nickname of the NYC was "Water...
by wjstix
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Granger Railroads - C&NW, Rock Island, and MILW
Topic: Milwaukee Road question (from Australia)
Replies: 5
Views: 3956

Re: Milwaukee Road question (from Australia)

My understanding is that for the first few years of the agreement, only cars intended to be used on joint Milw-UP trains were repainted into UP yellow. Later (c.1959?) the Milwaukee Road decided it was better to repaint all their passenger equipment. I agree that a big factor was maintaining one pas...
by wjstix
Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: Burlington Northern, GN, NP, CB&Q, SP&S, SL-SF
Topic: 1940s GN safety film
Replies: 1
Views: 2603

Re: 1940s GN safety film

This film was one of the first VHS railroad tapes I bought back in the 1980's, always fun to see it again! One thing I've wondered about is the model railroad scenes towards the end (starting about 31:30). Since GN was headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, I've wondered if it might have been the Twi...
by wjstix
Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Burlington Northern, GN, NP, CB&Q, SP&S, SL-SF
Topic: Western Star / Fast Mail on CB&Q
Replies: 1
Views: 3069

Western Star / Fast Mail on CB&Q

I know that in 1960 (or thereabouts) Great Northern combined the Western Star and the Fast Mail between the Twin Cities and Seattle. This often lead to the Western Star having 20+ cars, usually 2/3rds of which were baggage, RPO, express or other 'head end' cars. I was wondering, did the CB&Q run the...
by wjstix
Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: New York Central
Topic: NYC H16-44: Black or gray?
Replies: 8
Views: 3672

Re: NYC H16-44: Black or gray?

Has anyone seen the actual 2014 model? It could be the picture posted is just an undec engine someone at Atlas painted and lettered to get a picture to post on their website / catalog. They maybe got the color wrong on it, or due to lighting it looks dark gray rather than black, but it could the pro...
by wjstix
Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: New York Central
Topic: Cleaning empty stock cars
Replies: 3
Views: 1845

Re: Cleaning empty stock cars

Generally, the cars were cleaned out using powerful hoses, spraying from the outside through the lower slats of the sides. The water used was usually mixed with a cleaning mix (bleach? chlorine?) that left a white stain on the lower part of the car over time...part of the reason some railroads paint...
by wjstix
Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: New York Central
Topic: Typical NYC passenger consist hauled by Alco PA?
Replies: 9
Views: 3414

Re: Typical NYC passenger consist hauled by Alco PA?

I think at least early on - until they had shown themselves to be less reliable than the E-units - PAs could be found on many of the top-end NYC passenger trains. Tempting to say for a 1950's NYC passenger train that the most unrealistic part of the train described is all the cars being in the same ...
by wjstix
Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: New York Central
Topic: Getting the 20th Century into and out of GCT
Replies: 16
Views: 4576

Re: 20th Century at GCT

When you watch the GCT part of Pentrex' NYC Combo DVD, you will see, that after the Century has left, the motor comes out of the end of the track on its tail, waiting at the end of the platform until the Century has cleared the relevant sections. That confirms, that the train was pulled to the plat...
by wjstix
Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Books, Magazines, Music, TV, and Movies, and other Media
Topic: Researching a cartoon
Replies: 5
Views: 4983

Re: Researching a cartoon

Well searching the web for "cartoon of railroad tracklaying crew" only came up with photos of girls laying on railroad tracks. What's up with that?
by wjstix
Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: 1935 NYC 20th Century Ltd
Replies: 1
Views: 2765

Re: 1935 NYC 20th Century Ltd

About the only one available is the 60' RPO car - with a little work. If you get the Walthers / Rivarossi 60' RPO with six wheel trucks, you can swap the floor - chassis assembly with their 60' coach or combine to get the correct 4-wheel trucks. BTW if you're doing a heavyweight 20th Century Ltd, I ...
by wjstix
Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: New York Central
Topic: NYC heavyweight cars in HO scale
Replies: 3
Views: 3102

Re: NYC heavyweight cars in HO scale

5344 became the Commodore Vanderbilt before the 20th Century Limited was streamlined in 1938, so any NYC cars it pulled would have been Pullman green whether owned by Pullman or NYC. Not long after the original two-tone gray 20th C. scheme was introduced in 1938 (light gray car with dark gray band t...
by wjstix
Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Granger Railroads - C&NW, Rock Island, and MILW
Topic: Milwaukee Road and Northern Pacific Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 13497

Re: Milwaukee Road and Northern Pacific Questions

C&NW could argue anything they wanted, but the BN merger wouldn't have happened if BN had to give up the NP (or a big chunk of it). If C&NW wanted the NP line, I'd assume they would have tried to get it when BN spun it off to Montana Rail Link. C&NW and NP/GN did interchange in the Twin Cities, but ...
by wjstix
Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Granger Railroads - C&NW, Rock Island, and MILW
Topic: Hastings Lift Bridge
Replies: 6
Views: 7975

Re: Hastings Lift Bridge

Well if nothing else, it seemed odd that a railroad in bankruptcy, and in the process of being taken over by another railroad (Soo Line) would build a new bridge, let alone put a huge herald for their railroad on it. That being said, it does look like that ancient looking bridge was actually built i...
by wjstix
Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Granger Railroads - C&NW, Rock Island, and MILW
Topic: Hastings Lift Bridge
Replies: 6
Views: 7975

Re: Hastings Lift Bridge

I doubt the 1981 build date. It might have been overhauled at that time, but I'm sure the bridge has been there for much longer than that. That being said, it's on their Twin Cities - Chicago mainline, and the line has seen a considerable amount of freight and passenger traffic over the years, even ...

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