Trainmaster04 posted:

This is the benefits for waking up in five in the morning. 3230DF6A-A9A5-4158-A6BB-351FCFEEABDB 

That's pretty cool.  I wish I had paid better attention to the going ons in Cheyenne.   I think I would have planned a vacation around it.  

It doesn't surprise me that some folks don't know what a model train owners manual looks like. Judging from the questions posted here sometimes it's obvious some have never seen one or read one. 

Marty

 

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Congratulations UP Steam Team!

 

The story goes like this. Last summer I was given the privilege to be able to get a vision line big boy. I searched all over the place until I found a no. 4014. I got the engine for $3000 and the owners manual was thankfully in the box as well. 

Fast forward to May 2019. My family and I flew into Salt Lake from Lubbock, Texas on the 8th. We were surprised to find out that we got there at the same time as the Big Boy, so we got to see her pull into the yard. The next day all of us woke up five in the morning on the next day, so that we would be able to get a good spot for the celebration. We got there about seven and sure enough there was Ed. He and another lady that was leading him this way and that lead him to a tent where they stayed in there for a little while. In the mean time my dad and I went over to the tent. Ed saw us and said hi and eventually came out. Latter on he came back and signed a book that you could buy in the station for another person and then saw me with my owners manual. He came over and he said, "Sorry my hands are little cold this morning, so my signature will be a bit sloppy." Over all, I took my manual across the states just to get a once in a lifetime signature from Ed and then bring it back in one piece.

Dennis posted:

"May" is the correct grammar.   Computers are smarter than us.

Dennis

Not at all.  Computers do only what they are told to do, know only what they are told. 

As for may:  the word implies permission.  Might denotes a possibility, which is certainly what the OP meant.

Frisco, MoPac, and T&P near Rolla, MO

Trainmaster04 posted:

The story goes like this. Last summer I was given the privilege to be able to get a vision line big boy. I searched all over the place until I found a no. 4014. I got the engine for $3000 and the owners manual was thankfully in the box as well. 

Fast forward to May 2019. My family and I flew into Salt Lake from Lubbock, Texas on the 8th. We were surprised to find out that we got there at the same time as the Big Boy, so we got to see her pull into the yard. The next day all of us woke up five in the morning on the next day, so that we would be able to get a good spot for the celebration. We got there about seven and sure enough there was Ed. He and another lady that was leading him this way and that lead him to a tent where they stayed in there for a little while. In the mean time my dad and I went over to the tent. Ed saw us and said hi and eventually came out. Latter on he came back and signed a book that you could buy in the station for another person and then saw me with my owners manual. He came over and he said, "Sorry my hands are little cold this morning, so my signature will be a bit sloppy." Over all, I took my manual across the states just to get a once in a lifetime signature from Ed and then bring it back in one piece.

Lucky for you, you were in the right place at the right time. Enjoy your engine and enjoy your trophy!

I had my '10 Camaro signed by Scott Suttlemeyer from GM. He was one of a small hand full of folks that helped bring the Camaro back from extinction. Even got him to sign the Dealer Camaro banner.

Chris

Jayhawk500 posted:
Trainmaster04 posted:

The story goes like this. Last summer I was given the privilege to be able to get a vision line big boy. I searched all over the place until I found a no. 4014. I got the engine for $3000 and the owners manual was thankfully in the box as well. 

Fast forward to May 2019. My family and I flew into Salt Lake from Lubbock, Texas on the 8th. We were surprised to find out that we got there at the same time as the Big Boy, so we got to see her pull into the yard. The next day all of us woke up five in the morning on the next day, so that we would be able to get a good spot for the celebration. We got there about seven and sure enough there was Ed. He and another lady that was leading him this way and that lead him to a tent where they stayed in there for a little while. In the mean time my dad and I went over to the tent. Ed saw us and said hi and eventually came out. Latter on he came back and signed a book that you could buy in the station for another person and then saw me with my owners manual. He came over and he said, "Sorry my hands are little cold this morning, so my signature will be a bit sloppy." Over all, I took my manual across the states just to get a once in a lifetime signature from Ed and then bring it back in one piece.

Lucky for you, you were in the right place at the right time. Enjoy your engine and enjoy your trophy!

I had my '10 Camaro signed by Scott Suttlemeyer from GM. He was one of a small hand full of folks that helped bring the Camaro back from extinction. Even got him to sign the Dealer Camaro banner.

Thanks and that’s really cool. 

That’s cool I guess.  One thing sticks in my craw.  Not really, but if I may ask, if you were surprised to see the engine there, why would you be carrying the owners manual around with you.  Is that something you normally do when traveling.  You don’t have to answer.  It’s really not that important to me.  Glad you’re happy.  I can’t say I’m jealous.  $3,000 for a model train engine.  You lost me there.  Enjoy.

William 1 posted:

That’s cool I guess.  One thing sticks in my craw.  Not really, but if I may ask, if you were surprised to see the engine there, why would you be carrying the owners manual around with you.  Is that something you normally do when traveling.  You don’t have to answer.  It’s really not that important to me.  Glad you’re happy.  I can’t say I’m jealous.  $3,000 for a model train engine.  You lost me there.  Enjoy.

Yes I was very surprised. When we got there on the 8th and we found her in the yard and when I saw her I just could not stop smiling and I also cried a bit. Because I was so happy. Why I was carrying the manual was because most people would get a piece of coal, but since she is an oil burner I took my manual instead. No I usually do not carry it around with me. In truth this was really my first real planned train trip and that was the first time I left with my manual. Finally, the person who was selling the engine wanted more but I was able to get him down to a more reasonable price. Also, today you have to pay about $5,000 just to get a vision line big boy, so yes i'm happy and thanks.

I dont understand all the anamostisty towards the original poster comments.  I dont think I would bring an owners manual to be signed.  I would think a picture of the 4014 would be the ticket. Nor do I think the manual is worth more than the paper its printed on.  But it made him happy, and he's  got a cool souvenir, so why all the grilling and negativity? 

Train Nut posted:

I dont understand all the anamostisty towards the original poster comments.  I dont think I would bring an owners manual to be signed.  I would think a picture of the 4014 would be the ticket. Nor do I think the manual is worth more than the paper its printed on.  But it made him happy, and he's  got a cool souvenir, so why all the grilling and negativity? 

You mean a photo like this?

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I have Neil Young's autograph on a Lionel catalog. The way I look at it, the original poster got a unique autograph that is clearly linked to the engine depicted on the manual.  Pretty cool.

When the 765 was released folks were getting Rich to sign the box, the special "blueprint" that came with it, and in some cases the tender underside.  So to each their own.  I think it's pretty cool.

 

Marty

 

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Congratulations UP Steam Team!

 

I saw this post a few days ago but didn't comment. This is a great post, it has something all railfans would enjoy I should think. Telling the story of getting out there, seeing it come in the same time you get there, having your family around you and getting excited because you get to meet someone that makes something move you beyond words is just something so magical dare I say.

We've all been in a situation where we've wanted to meet a celebrity or someone famous, so how is this any different? Seeing the engine is one thing, meeting the engineer in what could only be described as a candid moment is so much more.

I haven't had any opportunities to converse with the crew of Number 60(of the BR&W) out by me, but that's because I haven't gotten tickets for a cab ride yet. I did get lucky enough to meet Rich Melvin back at 2017's October York. It was early Saturday morning and at the OGR booth there were watching Rich on one of the videos while taking pictures of him. I did snap a few shots and waited to say good morning and autostoker which brought a raised eyebrow. All joking aside with that comment it was the best Saturday morning in my memories dealing with trains that I can recall. Someone else in the booth did make some other jokes directed at Rich(I think Jim did) but I guess that is fair game for them. Needless to say, it was something else.

I'm sort of wondering now if they'll have autographs for #611 at Strasburg in October?

Like what Marty said, pretty cool what you have there and unique since it is signed by the person who was head of the big boy project. 

I have a one of a kind signed Lionel Railroader club magazine with Neil Young on the cover from years ago. Neil signed it, "To Ted, Thanks Cap, Neil Young". Making it more special was a friend and former president of Lionel brought it to Neil to have it personally autographed.

Whatever people say is their business, some here think it is pretty cool what you have there! 

Ted Bertiger, President

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders Lakewood, N.J.

www.ocsmr.com

 

An interesting way to document the event. 

And fyi, edit is under "Take action" I think. Lower right and blue within each post... if your andriod can open it.

  I assume Android because google has "spellwreck" and "vindictive text", while other mnfg. programs work and obey anyany setti

  That closing sentence's babble is all you'd get if I didn't correct Googles a.i.. It's about every other line I type, and on 5 devices in a row all different mfgs, different carriers, and not the cheapest in the stores.... Android is a toy os, and Linux alone is not too much better; both are super glitchy.

   Even perfectly typed, sometimes while posting it will change things on you. It took about two years before I noticed, checked real well, then eventually knew for sure it wasn't just me being dumb.    E.g., This took about amost an hour to read & type because of fighting the OS 

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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