Sunday, January 24, 2016

Wabash Cannonball

by Roy Acuff with Lyrics

Name that locomotive.

Lots of folks have wondered about the following verse and who was "Daddy Claxton"

"Here’s to Daddy Claxton, may his name forever stand,
And may it be remembered ’round the courts of Alabam’
His earthly race is over and the curtains round him fall,
We’ll carry him home to victory on the Wabash Cannon Ball."

I finally found this explanation:

"The enigmatic verse about Daddy Claxton was in the version Roy originally heard.  The fact that Roy’s  middle name is Claxton is just a coincidence.  He was named after Dr. P. T. Claxton, a prominent teacher and lecturer at Austin Peay College in Clarksville." (Source)

For the hardcore, here is the Carter Family version with a couple of changes to the lyrics. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

FEC 432 EMD GP40-2

Seen in Stuart, Fla. last spring. Remember spring?
Just missed him going over the bridge on the St. Lucie River. Was operating as a southbound without any other cars, just the locomotive.

EMD GP40-2, Serial No. 857078-1, Built date 12-85

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Train Called Glory

A Gospel song about trains by Isla Grant.

Isla Grant was born in Wigtownshire, Scotland.She started singing in folk clubs in Scotland at 14 then discovered country music.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The General

File:Robert Edward Lee.jpg
 January 19, 1807 - October 12, 1870 (aged 63)

In honor of General Robert E. Lee's birthday here is a bit of information on the 4-4-0 locomotive "The General".

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Western & Atlantic Railroad #3 "General" is a 4-4-0 "American" type steam locomotive built in 1855 by the Rogers, Ketchum & Grosvenor in Paterson, New Jersey for the Western & Atlantic Railroad. The locomotive is widely known for being part of the Great Locomotive Chase during the American Civil War when Union spies stole the locomotive in an attempt to cripple the Confederate rail network. Today, the locomotive is preserved at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The locomotive wasn't named after Gen. Lee but I wanted to put a train in the post to honor a great man on the anniversary of his birth.

Deo Vindice


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bahia Honda Railroad Tressel

A previous post about the Overseas Highway reminded me of the uniqueness of the Bahia Honda bridge.

From Wikipedia:
It was purchased by the state of Florida and converted for highway use in 1938.[4] Rather than rebuilding the bridge, the top of the structure was redecked for use as the Overseas Highway (the existing deck inside the truss was too narrow for vehicular traffic).....

Before being reused as a highway bridge, the Bahia Honda Rail Bridge carried a single track of FEC across Big Spanish Channel from Bahia Honda Key to Spanish Harbor Key. Unlike other bridges on the Overseas Railway, the Bahia Honda has a steel truss construction]This was a necessary difference from the predominate concrete arch form of the other bridges of the Overseas Railroad, as the channel is the deepest of those spanned, at 24 feet.

See the Wikipedia article for more information. The picture and video below make it easy to see where the original rails were and the highway deck.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Black Mountain Special

A little bluegrass to hold us over to Rock and Roll Saturday at Chickenmom's blog. :)

Of course it is about trains with coal fired steam locomotives.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Florida East Coast Steam

Starting the year off with some steam.

FEC Locomotive #113 at the Gold coast Railroad Museum:

Another view of 113:

Found a video of a different FEC steam locomotive, number 153. 
Sorry , no whistle. :(
Use the one you make for your New Years Party!

 FEC Locomotive #153 at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum.

Photos from visit to GCRM July 31, 2015, video from YouTube.