Mid-week Photos/images, 7/11/2018

My contribution is titled:
"A Sunday morning at Antietam Station"

Sunday, July 8, 2018 I journeyed to Sharpsburg, MD. to donate my brother's HO scale equipment to the Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum, which is housed in the former N&W "Antietam" station.
The museum has N,HO, and O layouts, and a good selection of prototype material.
The building itself dates from 1911, and despite 40 years of private owners, including a period of non-use, is pretty original inside. Of course the members are always balancing a lean budget against the buildings needs, currently a new roof.

I showed up at 9am, 2 hours earlier than my appointment with the HMRRM, to catch some NS action.

13R came south first, my excitement at bagging a Heritage unit was dampened when seeing the taped CR letters over the Reading herald, and the paint chips/burn marks on the unit.
16T, a Roanoke train, was northbound after 13R passed, and another northbound quickly followed.0161

After delivering the donation materials at 11am, and getting a brief tour of the station, I relocated to Mondell Rd., 1 mile west of Sharpsburg, as scanner chatter indicated something unusual.
Turned out to be a southbound grain extra with 2 helpers, likely bound for the Harrisonburg, VA. area where the helpers are used on a reverse movement. On this part of the old N&W "H" line, the sawtooth profile also give helpers a workout.0801

The specific chatter that tipped me off to helpers was when the head end crew called the rear end crew on this train, and asked for a speedometer reading.

Head end: "How fast we going back there?"
Rear end: "42mph"
Head end: " That's good, thank you"

If in the area, these locations are always great to check out NS action.  www.antietamstation.com and facebook
All photos by Warren W. Jenkins


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Thank you for starting the thread this week, Borden Tunnel!  Great group of photos.  


On day 2 of RailCamp East, held in June, we visited the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, PA.  The campers, broken into 4 groups, took to different parts of the museum to explore and learn about railroading's past.  This is the "Johnstown Flood" engine, which sits atop a pit so visitors to the museum can look underneath a steam engine. 


The view from above the tracks shows steam, electric and diesel engines, The John Bull replica is newer than the GG1 to the right. 


Aaron Fried, a volunteer at the Museum, was at RailCamp in 2015 and RailCamp Northwest in 2016.  Many campers have moved on to railroad related activities and jobs. Here, he leads a tour of some pieces on display. 


This group gets an introduction to 4-4-2 no 7002 and they all get a chance to sit in the cab of the engine. 


This is Nigel in the window, and Paul on the footplate. 


They all get a chance to walk through the GG1 locomotive.  Jacob takes a grip of the grab irons and ducks his head to enter. 


Lotos Club, a private car, is the next piece we will explore. 


There is a combination of diner, lounge area set up as if the guests were on board to take the train to Chicago. 


The early 20th Century brought the bathroom into the home, with plumbing fixtures that we still recognize today. 


The only surviving E7 diesel, on beautiful display 


A neat part of the museum shows the interaction of rail and road vehicles. This hearse and a few other buggies are displayed along a train of the early 1900s. 


The tour of the restoration shop.  There isn't much room, so there are two levels to perform the work. 


The group posed in front of Nickel Plated 2-8-4 no. 757, which is being prepared for movement to Ohio. 


Another giant in the museum is 4-8-2 no. 6755.  


The kids also take on research projects to deliver a program on Friday.  The Sunnyside yard switcher is the subject for this group. 


The Amtrak AEM7 is one of the display locomotives the kids had a chance to enter.  Tyler poses for the camera. 


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Amtrak's west bound California Zephyr passing through Plano, IL on BNSF's Mendota sub.

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Amtrak's wet bound Illinois Zephyr stopped at the Plano, IL depot behind a new Siemens Charger. 


BNSF east at Plano, IL with a short work train.

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Metra #151 west bound on the U.P.'s Geneva sub approaching La Fox, IL.

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Don't call me irrational you know that makes me crazy.

And come see my videos on modeling and rail fanning the prototypes.




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I've been busy but still managed to get by the site of the big BNSF oil train derailment to take a few shots.  The 33 tankers are still there, lined up in an adjacent field.  I've also been shooting some more dry plates in my 4x5, getting ready for the big Civil War re-enactment in Pipestone, MN next month.

1. Doon, IA.  A s/b tanker train passes over the newly repaired section affected by the derailment.  I couldn't read the  red diamond placards, but this could well have been another oil train.  The entire area smelled strongly of oil.  The wreck caused all the brush to be cleared around this pool, and it would now make a great night shot!  However, there are still a lot of workers around cleaning up the 160,000 gallons of spilled oil.  My shot will have to wait.

2. Doon, IA.  The dpu of the tanker train.  Note all the oil soaked ground in the foreground, indicating how high the water was.

3. Doon, IA.  Some of the 33 busted tankers sitting in a makeshift graveyard.

4. Sioux Falls, SD.  The Falls of the Big Sioux River at flood stage.  Photo taken with a Chamonix 4x5 camera, a c.1858 Derogy Petzval, and a Lane dry plate (ISO 2).  This is exactly what you'd expect a photo taken in the 1850s to look like.


Kent in SD

In contento ed allegria

Notte e di vogliam passar!


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