Studio Shots: 3rd Rail CB&Q O5A (1940's)

Santiago - Nice purchase, of the Poage "H" wheeled water column. Not universal across the Burlington, but sufficiently represented to characterize a number of Burlington locales. In Four ways West's "Burlington Route Passenger Trains - Vol Two", on p.49, just such a column is beautifully pictured, in a Neal Miller photo, next to the eastbound Denver Zephyr in Fort Morgan, CO, pulled by shovel nose (pre E5's) "motors", at sunset, 11-03-47. The same water column was seen at the Galesburg engine facilities, at the mainline coaling tower in Mendota, IL, and at the Centralia, IL engine facilities.  I am sure other locations, too, with out doing research.

Phil McC - think the Burlington held the speed crown in mid to late 1950's with their Twin Cities Zephyrs, in Trains Magazine speed survey conducted by Don Steffee.

A friend of mine has the 3rd rail 5632 locked away in a storage unit.  It's new, never run and he should at least display it in his house but, no, it's hidden from admiring eyes (mine.)  I offered to buy it and he threw a fit because he chased it once & rode on an excursion behind it once and has an attachment.   Ah, well.  People do the weirdest things.   

Those O5s were nice looking engines, but I have never seen them look as nice as they do in Santiago's videos.  How does he do it?

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