why i love trains

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by cn nutbar, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. cn nutbar

    cn nutbar Member

    hello all---my father was a locomotive engineer on the canadian national railway.when i was a kid,my father often took my brothers and i down to the yard to see how he earned his pay.here's a picture from the mid 50's showing a group of happy kids on the front of 8550.


    i had to have a model of the 8550---too bad i could'nt find some miniature kids to finish the scene

  2. johnny b

    johnny b Member

    Thats very cool . I'm sure if you keep looking you'll find some kids to put on the front of it.
  3. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Lucky kids!!!!! I think its terrific that you hve a model of that loco!
  4. cn nutbar

    cn nutbar Member

    other train rides

    i was a kucky kid.steam was still in abundance and i remember riding e-10-a mogul #81 on the "Port Dover Granny".these engines had a Johnson bar and my father had to help me notch her up---great whistle as well.i have a few locomotives in my collection that i actually rode such as the 8550 and 81

  5. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Prieser might have the kids you're looking for. I have a prieser brakeman figure that looks alot like the engineer in your picture.
  6. Relic

    Relic Member

    gotta love those mid 50's haircuts, must'v been a CN thing ??
  7. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    50's! Heck I had one of those buzzcuts in the early 90's! (college volleyball team thing!)stooges8
  8. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    I think the Old Man must've been comin' up front to pick the bugs outa the rad intake.
    Seriously though, a nice shot that I'd not seen before. Mister nutbar was kind enough some years ago to arrange a cab ride for my son and me, although, unfortunately, not with his Dad.

  9. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Great photo - those kids sure had it made!!!

    I think the availability of child figures could use a lot of improvement - there's just not enough of them.

  10. Art67

    Art67 Member

    Heck, I thought that photo was a shot of the CSX conductor training program graduation ceremony. All kidding aside, a great photo you have there, and that #81 mogul sure is sharp. Woodland scenics has started putting out a nice variety of figures, althugh I am unsure if they have kids or not. Stuart.
  11. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    ...and pictured memories like that are what makes this hobby great. Nice job on 8550 too.
  12. cn nutbar

    cn nutbar Member

    since my first cab ride,i knew i was hooked



  13. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    I've kind of wondered why your username is CNnutbar..(Canadian National....nutbar?)
  14. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hmmmmm... ya think!?!?! sign1 :D :thumb:

    Great shots! I have one of me somewhere with the CPR steam locos on excursion through Orangeville. Wish I could find it...

    (Somehow though, I ended up a CN nut too!)

  15. cn nutbar

    cn nutbar Member

    nutbar ???

    hi miles---you're right re. the cn part---my wife thinks i'm nuts,therefore the" nutbar" label
  16. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    You do realise that that is a CP loco you're sitting in there though...? ;) :D

  17. cn nutbar

    cn nutbar Member

    hi andrew---yes i do,but i couldn't find any cn engines to play on---you have to admit though,cp also had some beautiful locomotives as well
  18. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I definitely agree... I saw CPR 2816 on here trip across Canada a few years back, and I was hooked. That, and the CPR connection in my home town means that I am not completely CN-oriented *gasp* ;)

    I watched the videos on the re-building and inaugural trip of 2816. Incredible work, but some of the fact made me a little sad - both CNR and CPR rostered over 3,000 (yes, that's THREE THOUSAND) steamers EACH, but today all but a few are gone :( And seeing the "deadlines" in Ian Wilson's CN "Steam..." books is enough to make you :cry:

    So I truly appreciate all your magnificent pictures produced in association with the good doctor. I think Andy Sperandeo wrote once "Mine is the truest form of nostalgia - the fond memory of something never experienced." Lucky for you, you were there. ;) :)

  19. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Great way to be brought up cn nutbar,
    Nice family shots, which kid is you?
  20. cn nutbar

    cn nutbar Member

    thanks for all the feedback---chris,i'm the one on the right in the cab shot.standing next to me is my brother jim,then brother dan and on the left is my cousin butch(actually his name was clare,so you see why we called him butch)

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