Southern Pacific coal train stopped at Marcel after a meet. Thirteen
locomotives (three up front, six mid-train, and four near the rear),
work to get this heavy train moving from a dead stop. The engines
struggle a bit at first, accelerating with no movement, but once they
get the train moving, its MOVING. Check out the last set of helpers as
they are sanding approaching my camera position. Smoke, exhaust, dust
and roar of V16 and V20 prime-movers ----- Railroading at its finest,
doesn't get any better than
For the first time in half a century, a steam train has hit 100mph on one of Britain’s main rail lines.
That’s pretty cool.
During testing last night, Tornado, Britain’s newest steam train,
reached the speed on the East Coast Main Line (ECML), which runs between
London and Edinburgh, the BBC reported.
1990 a group of people came together to share an extraordinary ambition
– to construct a brand new Peppercorn A1 Pacific. They formed The A1
Steam Locomotive Trust and after nineteen years of incredible effort
that locomotive, No. 60163 Tornado, moved under its own power for the first time in 2008.
This website tells the story of Tornado’s construction,
an amazing tale of cooperation, skill and sheer hard graft which defied
the critics who said it could never be done. The A1 Trust has over
2500 regular supporters (covenantors) who have all played some part,
small or large, in guaranteeing that we have steam on the main line in
the 21st Century.
This is the FEC bridge over the St Lucie River just north of downtown Stuart. It is taken from the north shore between the tressel and the old Roosevelt drawbridge. The new fixed Roosevelt bridge is in the background.
I have been wanting to get a video of a train crossing the bridge but always miss. I found one on YouTube taken by someone else. Upstream is to the right and divides into the North and South Forks of the St. Lucie just past the old bridge.
Origin of the Blue and White Striped Engineer's Cap
There is no sport that evokes more nostalgia
among Americans than baseball. America's favorite pastime originated
before the Civil War as a game called "rounders." Throughout the 1850s
and 60s, the game evolved to include more mental judgment skills, and
eventually involved scoring and record keeping. By 1871, just two years
after the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, the professional
baseball league was born.
By the time the early 20th century rolled
around, most large cities in the eastern United States had professional
baseball teams. Because of the sport's popularity, many famous ball
players like Phil Rizzuto, Eddie Matthews, Harry "The Hat" Walker and
the legendary Babe Ruth spent a significant amount of time riding the
Employees of the railroads, with a desire for
camaraderie and recreation, formed employee baseball teams. These teams
were quite organized and even competed in leagues and championships.
One semi-famous railroader took time off to
play semi-pro and professional baseball. George "Stormy" Kromer was an
engineer for the Chicago and North Western. Kromer made a habit of
wearing his baseball cap while at the controls of his engine, but it
just wasn't quite what he needed while on the job.
Kromer came home one day and lamented his
discomfort to to his wife, Ida. The Kromers put their heads together and
came up the design of what we now call the railroad engineer's cap.
Ida Kromer, an expert seamstress, assembled
George's new cap with what she had at hand: blue and white pinstripe
pillow ticking. Their efforts were a hit. The cap became very popular
among railroaders, and ultimately resulted in the beginning of a
business that still exists today.