Sorry everyone. I thought my original post from my phone would have come out here. My brother found 4-5 pictures on the the internet about a year ago with our father in them, and this was one of them. He was a Prisoner of  War, WWII, in the Philippines for 3-1/2 years, Battle of Batan. We are not sure if it was taken right before, during, or after this time. The pic also included all last names. My Dad is the one on the middle of the steps. I am also not sure what loco it is, I just knew I had to have this for my train room.

Our daughter is a Graphic Designer, and she tried to produce the pic with the names at the bottom as I requested, however, to do this would have done some head chopping at the top, so that was out.

When he was around 14 or 15, he worked for UP on the Pullman Car out of Omaha, and always loved trains. I wish he was here to enjoy my trains. I know he would loved the layout out we are trying to build. The trains were just not something my wife and I could not afford in the earlier years of marriage, and raising two daughters.

Joe Gozzo

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Trainlover160 posted:

Sorry everyone. I thought my original post from my phone would have come out here. My brother found 4-5 pictures on the the internet about a year ago with our father in them, and this was one of them. He was a Prisoner of  War, WWII, in the Philippines for 3-1/2 years, Battle of Batan. We are not sure if it was taken right before, during, or after this time. The pic also included all last names. My Dad is the one on the middle of the steps. I am also not sure what loco it is, I just knew I had to have this for my train room.

Our daughter is a Graphic Designer, and she tried to produce the pic with the names at the bottom as I requested, however, to do this would have done some head chopping at the top, so that was out.

When he was around 14 or 15, he worked for UP on the Pullman Car out of Omaha, and always loved trains. I wish he was here to enjoy my trains. I know he would loved the layout out we are trying to build. The trains were just not something my wife and I could not afford in the earlier years of marriage, and raising two daughters.

Joe Gozzo

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It's been 75 years since those guys endured what surely must have been hell-on-earth. They are not forgotten.

PD

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Trainlover160 posted:

Sorry everyone. I thought my original post from my phone would have come out here. My brother found 4-5 pictures on the the internet about a year ago with our father in them, and this was one of them. He was a Prisoner of  War, WWII, in the Philippines for 3-1/2 years, Battle of Batan. We are not sure if it was taken right before, during, or after this time. The pic also included all last names. My Dad is the one on the middle of the steps. I am also not sure what loco it is, I just knew I had to have this for my train room.

Our daughter is a Graphic Designer, and she tried to produce the pic with the names at the bottom as I requested, however, to do this would have done some head chopping at the top, so that was out.

When he was around 14 or 15, he worked for UP on the Pullman Car out of Omaha, and always loved trains. I wish he was here to enjoy my trains. I know he would loved the layout out we are trying to build. The trains were just not something my wife and I could not afford in the earlier years of marriage, and raising two daughters.

Joe Gozzo

20171104_113437

It's been 75 years since those guys endured what surely must have been hell-on-earth. They are not forgotten.

PD

The picture was almost certainly taken before he was captured. The Japanese believed that any prisoners had lost their honor and were no better than dogs or slaves. In addition, the Japanese chose their most cruel and sadistic officers to run the forced labor camps. Prisoners would have been beaten regularly, and tortured/starved/worked to death. It was indeed hellish.

The fellows in this picture are way too healthy, well dressed, and well fed to have had this picture taken while in captivity. It's an incredible testament to his strength and brains that he survived for three and one half years in this form of captivity.

RoyBoy

AF 559 & 531racing through the 213 & 313 bridges leaving Chicago.

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Also, the Blue Comet, gunmetal 249E, Red Comet, and a few others lounge at the Station waiting their turn to get out and stretch their legs.  I really like the black and white look, but man those rich colors give them all some real charm that's lost with BW  That said, it almost looks like a shot out of a 1941 Model Builder magazine.

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Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

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Mystery photo that belonged to my father in law. Not sure if he took this near Danville, Il where grew up or when he was stationed at Fort Sheraton, Il. during his time with the army during WWII.

Wish the photo was in better shape, looks like it was taken through a window? 

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My dad's first train set...the "original" # 2129WS Berkshire Freight set from 1947.  Pictured here in 2015...

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The Conventional Classic "remake" of set #2129WS from 2012.  Pictured here in 2016...

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Joe A.

Enjoying this Great Hobby in memory of Dad & Pop...the "original Joe's" responsible for my interest in trains!!

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Hay Briansilvermustang, 

The loco with the # 40 in the front, is that a New Hope & Ivyland shot of their consolidation, sure looks like it? I have that particular pic on my phone "desktop". I was a fireman up to the age of 59 and couldn't handle it anymore. I think my age had something to do with it. (65) now! Great loco!

Some 35 year old pictures of my GN layout in the 'early' stages of building the layout.  I'm guessing black and white film was cheaper to buy than color film, 'back then'.  Raising a family of 5 on one income, one didn't spend a lot of money on 'frills'! 

Used to paint brass engines to get money to build the layout.

Building 1500' of track, to save money, I used individual wooden ties and spiked all rail and made my own turnouts.

Back then, I think turnouts cost around 8-9 bucks versus about 75 cents to make my own.

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