1985 The last time the Southern was in Bryson City

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Tyson Rayles, Aug 18, 2002.

  1. RI541

    RI541 Member

    aaaaaaaaagghhhhh....right in the heart..... cough,,cough.. ...cant ya cough,,hack,,cough,,weeeeeeeezzzkkkkkk (hair ball)...... cut me some..... hack,,cough,,weeezkk,,cough....... slack? :D :D :confused:
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Awww Bob ease up on Shane a little will you? :D :D :D BTW how did you find out about the crate? :D :p :D
  3. IMRL393

    IMRL393 Member

    Hey Bob -

    Didn't you see my RI RR bridge photo ("Going, going...") ?

    The RI bridge and track (A recent MapQuest map on the area still labels that track "Rock Island Lines Railroad"!) are here in Davenport - and I even saw THREE blue RI hoppers within the last two weeks on the Bettendorf - Davenport track !!!

    So the ROCK is still alive and well in Davenport ... especially in my basement !!!!!!!


    - George
  4. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Super shot. Super work.

    Put me down for a calender too.

  5. That makes two of us, Tyson. I've got to get away from this 'puter and get back to the basement. Even my wife is now referring to my layout as "that overgrown diorama in the basement." Worse yet, I was talking to one of my grown daughters on the phone a couple of evenings ago, and she referred to my layout as "The Spider Haven & Cricket Central" :(

    BTW: that's a really neat picture. As I said elsewhere, you just get better and better.
  6. billk

    billk Active Member

    Thanks for straightening me out, Bob. I always thought RI stood for Rapidly Indigent.
  7. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member

    Sources now report that the crate itself is all a hoax. Although there is a crate involved in the plot, it is just used to cover up the tank inside that is being used to transport "spirits." When in Scotland it was used to move single malt "beverages" and when it was seen in the south there seems to be evidence that moonshine was being moved by the Southern. No wonder they are such a happy lot:D :D

    The giveaway was when my agents noticed the "Hazardous Materials" signage on the sides of the crate:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

  8. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member

    Hey billk;

    I used to ride the Hiawatha to your hometown years ago. It too seems to have disappeared. Are the Milwaukee tracks there still active?

    I really don't know what the deal is in Council Bluffs. There are still a couple of tracks in the area where the mainlines of both the RI and Milwaukee used to be. I'm not at all sure who uses them now. Also the big yard the RI had is gone. Same with where the CB&Q used to cross those mainlines. I think they have very limited presence in CB anymore and use their line that crosses the Missouri River at Plattsmouth , NE almost exclusively.

  9. billk

    billk Active Member

    Bob - re: railroad in Marion - The tracks have just recently been abandoned. The city is in the usual quandry of what to do with them - biking/hiking trails, etc. For the last few years service has been less than daily, mostly to a scrap iron place.

    The roof of the old depot was restored and put over a pavilion in the town square, and I think a lot of the bricks were reused as well. It's kinda neat - still has that RRish look to it. There's a caboose on display in the square as well.

    Actually, I consider a little place called Sargen, Nebraska as my "home town" - Marion is just where I live! Here's a picture of the first locomotive to arrive in Sargent.
  10. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member

    I have been in Sergeant many times. Used to drive up from Broken Bow through Sergeant on the way up to the Long Pine, Bassett, Valentine area. Beautiful country. I recent bought a copy of a neat book called "The Cowboy Railroad." It is a history of the CNW from Norfolk through Chadron and both to the Black Hills and Wyoming. I used to do a lot of phesant hunting up in the Long Pine area. I actually learned to drive on the gravel that ran north from Sergeant up toward Bassett.

    My connect to Marion is actually to Cedar Rapids where my mother was born and raised and where my grandparents lived until the 50's when they both died. Lots of family buried in Linwood Cemetery there.

  11. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Marty thanks, it's in the mail. :D :D :D
    Casey thanks, it took a while to get a handle on it, but I think I'm going in the right direction.
    billk your picture is alot more realilistic than mine! :D :p :D
    Bob thanks alot for spreading our little secret all over the internet, the fuzz will probably be here any minute! :rolleyes:
  12. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member


    You weren't going to share were you?????

    I am soooooo happy to be able to be of help to you. Feel free to call on me anytime you want the word spread far and wide.
    :D :D :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :cool: :cool: :( :(

  13. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Bob how about we cut you in for 10% of the action? :D
  14. Vic

    Vic Active Member

  15. IMRL393

    IMRL393 Member

    OK, Vic - hand over that glue - that's enough fumes for YOU tonight !!!


    - George

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