Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
#35 used the former Silver Streak diner-parlor-obs.
CB&Q office car parked near the depot
Posted by Randall Hicks at 12:53 PM
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Here we see #1511, a tram from Brussels, Belgium.
Stored behind it is #869, from Kyoto, Japan. This car is fairly "modern" in construction date. However, notice the Brill-type trucks, similar to what is under Indiana Railroad #205 at IRM.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The West Wind, that is! I was able to tag along for much of the Sunday Nebraska Zephyr excursion, and it was an experience I definitely won't forget. Flying through the Illinois countryside with the speedometer pegged at 79mph is not something I had ever expected to do on our Zephyr, but the hardworking IRM volunteers and officials from BNSF and Amtrak made it happen.
At Galesburg I disembarked along with Frank and Mike so that we could check people in who were boarding for the eastbound leg to Chicago, and the Zephyr headed off for its trip to Quincy and back. The train was on time until about half an hour before its scheduled return, when it started to get held up by traffic moving through Galesburg. Some of it was pretty interesting, including the BNSF business train (below left) and a different Zephyr, Amtrak's California Zephyr, heading west to the Pacific (below right).
The Nebraska Zephyr finally pulled into the station at about 5pm and we got back on the train for the return trip to Chicago, which was every bit as fast and enjoyable as the outbound trip. The customers and crew, made up almost entirely of IRM volunteers except for the Amtrak engineer and conductor, all seemed to be having a great time and it was nice to see how many people turned out trackside to watch the train pass through. We returned to Chicago only slightly behind schedule; I headed home but the UP road switcher was already there at the station ready to couple up and tow the Zephyr back to West Chicago from whence it would return to IRM. What an outstanding trip - and many thanks to all of the IRM people who made it happen!
Here we see a closeup of the Conestoga's skin, showing the shot welded sides, just like the Zephyr!
Here is an example of a Boeing B-52 Superfortress. Many are still in service with the Air Force. Pima has at least TWO on display.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Note: As of Sunday at 11:30 AM, today's trip seems to be proceeding well. Frank is aboard, and we'll get a complete update from him soon.