A Gift of Love

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Mountain Man, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    My wife stopped at the Farmer's Market today while running errands and came home to present me weith a small gift: an old framed photo of a locomotive. Not just any locomotive, but an old, old one.

    One the back of the picture is writted: "Diamond stacked No. 23 15 mile (sic) west of Laramie Wyoming Station".
    The photo shows a diamond-stacked 4-4-0 and with a magnificent rack of antlers mounted above the headlamp, sitting outside a station apparently in the middle of nowhere.

    The engineer is in the cab, and a fellow in full railroad uniform is standing behind him on the footplate between the loco and tender, although there is no train attached. Another man with an enormous watch chain and something unidentifiable in his hand, but wearing a railroad hat, is standing with his hand on the driving rod at the front cylinder. The entire loco, especially the brass bell, clearly gleams with care.

    There are a number of colorful, hairy characters dressed in "Sunday best" with a significant collection of pistols and rifles stading around. The number No.23 is prominently displayed on the tender, but unfortunately the name board on the loco cab is illegible even under magnification.

    Now, that's a gift!
  2. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    That's a great find. Now you have to do some detective work and let us know what you come up with.
  3. Go Big1

    Go Big1 Member

    You should try to scan that photo and post it, so that we could all take a look at it. Sounds like a great photo.
  4. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    My very expensive flatbed scanner stopped working when Gates - that schmuck - came out with WinXP. I now must wait to get one that works with - no, wait a minute, Schmuckey did it again, didn't he? It's WinVista now - well, works with whatever system I'm using.

    I believe, however, that I have seen the photo in one of my reference books, so a little research and I should have the rest of the story...I hope. :rolleyes:
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    That's great! You have a good woman there! :)
  6. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    Well...she also says that model railroading is the equivalent of "doll houses for men", but then she bought me an expensive history of the Florence and CRipple Creek Railroad for my birthday, so I just have to love her even more.

    Except that she wants me to build her a doll house - a replica log cabin, no less...:rolleyes:

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