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TedW posted:

Indulge me with two more to show off my Grandpa’s clockwork tinplate loco, “America”.  Circa 1880 the tinplate guys here on the forum tell me.  All original, including key.

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Nice. Does it still run?

Yup, if ya keep stuff out o the way.  

 

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This Front End Friday engineer is O. O. Martin from the Frisco OK City board.  He was one of those people that attained legend status in his own time.  A member of the 729th Railway Operating Battalion, an operator of steam locomotives, passenger trains, symbol freights, and a salty story teller.  On Christmas eve 1981 we deadheaded to Tulsa on a bus and brought light engines out of Cherokee yard southward to Sapulpa to pick up a unit train that had gone dead between Oma switch and the Salpulpa crossovers. (Single track ABS up from Ft Worth and Single track ABS from OKC come together at Sapulpa to form CTC 2 Main Tracks from Sapulpa to Oma).  Nearing the crossovers I was riding the head platform getting ready to step off and talk to the DS on the wayside phone which was about 1 engine length past the home signal.  As I gave the stop signal, O O Martin rolled right past the "All Red" searchlight signal and stopped to let me off precisely at the phone booth.  The instant I was down, "Double O" was smoothly backing out of the interlocking, and I working to get my heart rate back down.

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Moonson posted:

Erie comin' 'round the bend...

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FrankM, Moon Township, USA

FrankM, I looked lovingly at your photo of the “Erie comin round the bend”.  What drew me in was your model of the “big Healey” and behind it the E type Jaguar. I owned a ‘67 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 .  A wonderful car to drive.  As an aside, the owner of that Jag needs to fix his license plate.   

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TedW posted:
Moonson posted:

Erie comin' 'round...

FrankM, I looked lovingly at your photo of the “Erie comin round the bend”.  What drew me in was your model of the “big Healey” and behind it the E type Jaguar. I owned a ‘67 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 .  A wonderful car to drive.  As an aside, the owner of that Jag needs to fix his license plate.   

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Wow, TedW, you certainly have an eye-for-details! Thank you. I went to the trainroom and made the appropriate adjustment.

FrankM

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