Ever feel/been Blessed (or whatever the PCF term is)?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by MCL_RDG, Mar 2, 2003.

  1. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    I've been blessed with many opportunities that- despite my dissapointments have made up for the losses.

    I have that 30 minute video tape I shot of the New Hope and Ivyland's steamer #40 (I think) getting fired on a bitter Feb morn- steam- a smokin' and screechin' out of evey leaky joint- buried in it I tell you- just a nice rolling boil at 10ø.

    I'll never be able to elaborate or convince you the time "we" watched as a couple of DOD flats were humped and the one bashed into the other- not quite having got onto the flat- lifted off it's truck- pin a showin' and dropped back on to it.

    'Course there was the tearing down of SF Tower...

    Then there are GG-1s.

    Did ya ever feel blessed doing what you do best?

    Ya might as well elaborate when ya tell all!

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  2. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Well, look at those! Only time I've been near a GG-1 was at the Green Bay Natonal Railroad Museum. What's the story behind that pic Mark?
  3. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    'tis the season.

    Another bitterly cold Sunday train chase with Blake. These bad boys- 10 of 'em, were parked at the Kearny, NJ Locomotive Maintenance Division of NJ Transit. I still didn't own any decent camera equipment, I borrowed the family 110 Instamatic and the cameraman was muh friend- Blake.

    I had to have a "me in the cab" shot- just below. That's the shop in the background- that's an E8 in the upper left corner beyond the 2 coaches.

    The Gs just got the word- "Out of service" and are awaiting orders to report to museums for display or scrap yards (by highest scrap value bidders).

    We went thru all of the Gs- walked right thru end to end- nose to nose. Pitch black inside the long nose- very little light penetrated inside even when the doors were opened. Sitting in the drivers seat was like sitting in a phone booth- very cramped.

    I've always loved GG-1s- used to watch 'em race thru Levittown, Pa along the corridor at their 120 MPH pace. On occasion they would take the outside- platform side track and I'd hang onto a light pole as they blasted by as "name" trains- The Senator, etc. Freakin' kewl~~~~~~! (Pardon muh French).


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  4. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Those are wierd! Especially those noses. What era are they from?
  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Weird? WEIRD?!? Woodie, please, a little more regard for the graceful powerhouse that was the GG-1, perhaps one of the most beautiful locomotives ever built. :)
    Here I am as close as I've ever gotten to the fantasy of running one of these well crafted machines.

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  7. interurban

    interurban Active Member



    I have always liked the big brutes.:)
  8. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    I remember the GG1s in Pennsy livery, I'd see them on the city side of Jamaica station, while riding the "flatwheel express", LIRRs mp54s, out the south shore to Babylon.

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