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#276 Dirk

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 01:44 PM

Very nice work!

#277 willysmb44

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 08:44 AM

I swore I saw the scale ghosts of conductor Cy Crumley and engineer Sherman Pippin. I snapped some shots, thinking when I looked later, they'd just be of empty track. Halloween came early for the ET&WNC!

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They just walked out of the cornfield at the Ensor farm, looked around, and Cy walked down the tracks to near the grade crossing at Sadie. Sherman went directly for # 11, which was sitting cold at the time. A chill came over the air...
As these two were gentlemen in life, I expect no evil from them now. As the locals said after I showed them the photos (taken from my Speed Graphic box camera), "Them ain't haints, they's wouldn't do nary a bit of evil h'yar!"
In other words, such distinguished men wouldn't come back as bad spirits. At the worst, I was told I might get spectral letters of admonishment over some of the working conditions on the layout.

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Posted 31 October 2019 - 11:45 AM

Great layout and photography!!



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Posted 04 November 2019 - 09:57 AM

I changed the number plates on three of my locomotives, using modified photos of the real plates (9 and 11's are in private collections, 12 still has a replica cast from her original plate)
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Posted 13 November 2019 - 09:37 AM

The 4X4 inch negatives were marked for July 1943 in the old, dusty box.
Sid Richardson, photographer/artist for the Elizabethton Star, was taking shots of the ET&WNC Stoney Creek branch, a rare doubleheader passing through Winner, Tennessee.
Exact date is unknown:
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#281 Dirt Detective

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 11:56 AM

Looking good Lee..a little OT but have you gone out to see the Big Boy 4014 making its rounds around the U.S. ? 



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Posted 13 November 2019 - 01:03 PM

a little OT but have you gone out to see the Big Boy 4014 making its rounds around the U.S. ?

Not yet. It hasn't come within several hundred miles of where I am yet. But the Union Pacific does run within a few miles of my house, so maybe someday. UP is trying to get the most out of the money for buying/rebuilding 4014 to operation. I've seen UP 3985 and ridden behind N&W 1218 (a 2-6-6-4) when she was still in steam, but nothing as big as 4014!

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 08:49 AM

Random shots, mostly around Hunter, Sadie and Winner, Tennessee...

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 09:13 AM

Excellent, the first one in your last post is my favourite, well done!



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Posted 06 December 2019 - 09:19 AM

Coming soon, some changes to the Army RR operating unit area...

Excellent, the first one in your last post is my favourite, well done!

Thank you. Those were taken with a cell phone at as close eye level as I could get. It gets pretty good depth of field for the most part.

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Posted Yesterday, 12:51 PM

Another random cell shot, of # 9 rounding the curve before crossing Stoney Creek Road at Sadie, TN:
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Posted Yesterday, 01:17 PM

A wonderful layout.

I never stop enjoying your posts.


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