Secret City Scenic Excursion Train

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by McFortner, Mar 20, 2004.

  1. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    I was watching Turner South last night and saw a piece on the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train near Oak Ridge, TN. Restored 40's Southern Railway cars pulled by 50's Alco engines. Who could ask for anything more! :thumb: :D

    The link to their site is here if you want to find out more.


    Growing up in Georgia, I saw a lot of these cabeese. I sure do miss them.


    Those were the days.... :( :cry: :cry: :cry: :(
  2. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Some Fun With Mac's Pic

    Hey I remember those cabooses too!!!:)

    Let's have some fun with that pic.....and see who can tell us why the caboose's side bays are painted yellow....:confused: :D :D....there's a specific reason for that:eek:

    I know the answer and the first one that gets it right gets to be Yardmaster of the Week!!!!:D :D :D

    You and I are disqualified 'cause we grew up with 'em:) :)
  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Great pics!

    OK, WAG here, cuz it sticks out and brakemen got sick of getting wacked by it?
  4. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Is that your final answer? Well you are absolutely...WRONG!!:D
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member



    Well, I can't send you a horn hook coupler as a fine, cuz I already gave 'em all away, so there! :)
  6. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    OK, I'll bite...

    I either read, dreamed or made up that they made the bay windows because freight cars were getting taller and they couldn't see over them with the standard height cupola cabooses. I guess they couldn't make the cabooses higher because they'd run into things?
  7. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Rory that has nothing to do with why they were painted yellow.
  8. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Oh...yeah...sorry... :( I guess I wasn't quite awake when I read that!

    Was it something to do with where the caboose worked? Like on a branchline or something?
  9. TR-Flyer

    TR-Flyer Member

    How's about, that's where the people sat so that helped you focus on them?

  10. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    We Have A Winner!!!

    (Congratulations Rory!! You are Yardmaster of the Week!!

    The Southern's bay windows fell into 2 classes. The road version was fully equipted and was painted all read.

    The "turn" version, painted red with yellow bays was not fully equipted and was used for switching movements outside of the yardlimits and short branch line movements that would require only a few hours to complete. They had yellow bays so they would not get mixed up with the road versions in the yards when making up trains. "Turns" usually spent their lives assigned to one particular yard or division.

    The "turn" versions lacked:
    1. An axel driven generator and batteries
    2. A "wall" (built in) radio.
    3. A "hopper" (toilet)....definitely not for the long haul:D :D :D

    Some road versions as they aged were downgraded to "turn" service so there were some in existance that had the road equiptment but it may or may not have been functional.
  11. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member


    Well, I guess as Yardmaster of the Week, I've already learned to keep my yellow bay window cabooses around the yard and let the red ones go out on the long hauls!
  12. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    But....with rank comes duty!:eek: :D....You have to see that the traincrew is fed:eek: So, Mac, Tyson and I shall be droping by for steaks soon!:eek: :D :D :D
  13. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Hey! Anytime! Just give me a little notice to run down to the meat market and to bring my only operating layout home from the office...
  14. billk

    billk Active Member

    Re: We Have A Winner!!!

    Gee, none of my cabeese have this stuff - does that mean I have to paint their sides yellow?

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