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Only B&M had more Bicentennials than P&S if I'm not mistaken. Real nice to still see it, but I really wish they would have skipped updating a such a nice design with that new logo.  Just leaves me with a "bad taste". Much like the buying and re-branding topographical and established man made landmarks alike. Some folk got no sense ..of history .

Matt, You are "half right" already (the bottom half) + about 23/25ths of the way there already, so I'll be expecting to see this post brought back to life (once again) when the double secret probationary ban (hereafter referred to as the ban ban) is lifted sometime soon after 2020.

  I'm not found of the other "flat panel cabs" for lack of a better name, but that sure is an interesting bulldog look on that one. Don't touch that dial..

El Classico posted:

Next year the CF7 would have been allowed, as from what I recall, they were converted in late 1967, which was 49 years ago. I might be wrong though. Wouldn't be the first time.

   I was being optimistic about the ban ban(). Not exactly the "last word" in railroading, but searching for more pictures I found Wikipedia listed the conversions dates to a better cab view for switching during overhauls as beginning 1970 till 1978. 

@scale rail posted:

Sometime in the early 80's I was on a driving trip through Yakima Valley. I lived in the area as a kid and would see the electrics run in apple season. The line was still running so I pulled in and talked to the guys. They offered me a ride. I loved it. They even gave me some of the original tools. Don

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I'll be attending the 100th Anniversary of the YVT Steeple Cab #298 Saturday (09/24/2022).  She'll be running on Pine St. (Yes... the tracks are still there and haven't been paved over).  I will take pictures and make a video.



I'm planning to go live around 12:30PM Pacific (3:30PM Eastern)

Link to LIVESTREAM:

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Among my favorites are the former CNJ GP40Ps from October of 1968 of which some are still in service today for New Jersey Transit still providing service on the same routes they have traditionally operated on in commuter service.  They have been rebuilt a few times but still soldier on.

My photos taken in 1983 with a very cheap plastic lensed 35mm camera when I was 14.

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Link to YVT GE Steeplecab #298 100th anniversary event livestream.  See YouTube chapters for the action as there was a lot of buffering and connectivity issues.  I will produce a better quality video in about a week. This was a really fun event and I enjoyed meeting other rail enthusiasts and modelers.  When I was a kid, this electric locomotive was still hauling freight (apples) on the city streets until 1985.  The trolleys were purchased from Porto, Portugal in 1974 as Yakima's Bicentennial project.  After refurbishment they were introduced in 1976.  I have a brass belt buckle and other souvenirs from the launch of the trolleys (#1976 & #1776).  That was a big deal!  At the conclusion of commercial freight service in 1985, Union Pacific turned Yakima Valley Transportation Co., all the track and equipment over to the city.  Yakima Valley Trolley's is a 501(c)3 non profit run by volunteers.  YVT is the longest active interurban still running today.  They are currently fundraising to refurbish #298 and rebuild one of it's electric motors.

Steeplecab #298 Centennial Restoration Fund

Video from YVT Trolleys inaugural run in 1976 filmed by YVT President Ken Johnsen.  Ken also wrote the book on YVT History.

Ken Johnsen's book: Yakima Valley Transportation Company (Images of Rail) Paperback

Some more vintage film of YVT including the Steeplecab #298 in operation

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Link to YVT GE Steeplecab #298 100th anniversary event livestream.  See YouTube chapters for the action as there was a lot of buffering and connectivity issues.  I will produce a better quality video in about a week. This was a really fun event and I enjoyed meeting other rail enthusiasts and modelers.  When I was a kid, this electric locomotive was still hauling freight (apples) on the city streets until 1985.  The trolleys were purchased from Porto, Portugal in 1974 as Yakima's Bicentennial project.  After refurbishment they were introduced in 1976.  I have a brass belt buckle and other souvenirs from the launch of the trolleys (#1976 & #1776).  That was a big deal!  At the conclusion of commercial freight service in 1985, Union Pacific turned Yakima Valley Transportation Co., all the track and equipment over to the city.  Yakima Valley Trolley's is a 501(c)3 non profit run by volunteers.  YVT is the longest active interurban still running today.  They are currently fundraising to refurbish #298 and rebuild one of it's electric motors.

Steeplecab #298 Centennial Restoration Fund

Video from YVT Trolleys inaugural run in 1976 filmed by YVT President Ken Johnsen.  Ken also wrote the book on YVT History.

Ken Johnsen's book: Yakima Valley Transportation Company (Images of Rail) Paperback

Some more vintage film of YVT including the Steeplecab #298 in operation

Wonderful!

The Iowa Traction Railroad is still running their Baldwin-Westinghouse juice jacks though the last time out that way I missed any operation.

When I retire I plan on a motorcycle trip out there to see YVT and tour the Hanford B reactor.

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