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 Posted: Sat Nov 24th, 2012 04:06 pm
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Woodrow Elminero fellers..

Good morning from the Pacific coast..ish...

In the era that the Rlys of AZ came out...I think pre-internet ,the british narrow gauges and industrial european { feldbahn } stuff was but a wispy rumour..{over here,,!..}...

The Baja california railways book was a good early one..rather thin on neat glossy large format photographs...But in those days there was very little available on this Genre of railway..

Gilpin tram  { the first book }..was rather earlier than the Arizona series..Railroads of Nevada vols I-II..were 1965 ish very early and very good for their day..those by David Myrick as well..

Sugar trains 1979 was a gold mine of narrow gauge railways and small odd ball lokeys...Then the matching pictorial...coveted but un affordable in those lean times..

I have been compulsive about having books..a fellow really needs get them before they are out of print..if you are going to have them at anything like  a reason able price..

That said..I am slowing down..the latest "Railways of lake Tahoe basin..?.." , I passed ....so far..My interest is narrower now..

When that fellow prints the book on the Biscuit area trams I will need get that one..

It looks as if I'll be getting a place to live forever more....sooner rather than later..means I can put my book shelves in and have all my books at my fingertips..AND... some model railroad space and a proper workshop..this is good news..I been talking alot of trash ..and not shewing any thing built...

A sad state of affairs..



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 Posted: Sat Nov 24th, 2012 06:06 pm
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Indeed, like Bob Dillon said, the times, they are a changin...
I think most people would agree, that more information is generally a good thing. It has brought people like ourselves out of the woodwork(I was going to say closet, but that has a different connotation), where we can share ideas and photographs etc...but at the same time it seems to be killing the market for magazines and books.

I suspect one of the side effects is that magazines and books like MR and NG&SL Gazette are trying to broaden their audience-which to me means very short, bland articles(Im convinced either of those magazines could condense the history of the D&RG into one paragraph...).



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Emineminero , fellers..

Attention spans are not whot they used to be..mine getting longer..most getting shorter..?..










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 Posted: Sun Nov 25th, 2012 05:11 pm
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Interesting WPA stencil on that boxcar, wonder what the story is on that?



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El min , Woodrow , fellers...

Yeah ..I wondered..i always enjoyed that ....Uuuum...Works progress admin...the whole thing of putting people to work..not as a political statement..but that...like a lumber camp...or the forest service..Chain gangs..?..Went I went to the Army It felt kinda like joining an organization..:slow:.....

I noticed that and wondered myself..No idear..really..the boxcar might have been in service then..BUT...that end is not the end of a boxcar..it is shortened ...the other end is boxcar..this end..not..where the wood came from..the sheet of planks..?..maybe the park there has infos..a pitcher of the sign to name the park if you care to follow up the inquiry..inquiring minds wanna know..








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Symbolism?



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Well, the sign isn't bi lingual. Ist das richtig? Si, mui bueno...
That would make a cool thing to put on some old boxcar in the weeds, how about getting a full-side shot? Another road trip?

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Woodie wrote-

"Well, the sign isn't bi lingual"

Yeah-- in the very least it should be in Arabic in case some poor terrorist is looking for something to blow up-----

Herb 



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Woodrow Elmineroe , Herberte

The thing was partly due light and partly due the idear that straight on shot was illegible..this angle got the relief shewn in sunlight..etc etc..

And the illegible aliens aren't taking any jobs out there...the mining is pretty much shut down...

The big time shews are going gang busters only a hundred miles or so north eand east...big trucks..open pit mining...boomtown...the Carlin trend...is sorta the central of these...

I found a neat bit on the baby gauge out in / above Death valley..Ryan..the colmanite / Borate mine...Borax....this line still exists on public lands..and very nice..in a dez sort of way//

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http://ghosttownexplorers.org/california/babygauge/babygauge.htm



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After partially hijacking Martin's thread, I thought Id continue the story here. A condensed version of this appeared in the Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette a few years back. I apologize if it is a little offtopic from the Torres & Prietas RR

Back when I was a touch younger I worked as a firefighter for the United States Forest Service. Good times, got paid to see some of the most beautiful country in the US. One summer, I accepted a position on a remote island off the coast of Alaska. Before I left, I did a little research and found that on this island, which was about 70 miles long and 40 wide, several abandoned mining towns were located, which I figured would be easy to hike to. I figured wrong. As I found out, getting around Chichagof Island was not easy...First of all, the island has the densest Alaskan Brown Bear poulation in the US, with three bears per square mile. Because of this, USFS employees were required to carry a loaded 375 bolt-action rifle at all times. Its no joke. Not only was walking around the rainforest somewhat unsafe, it was almost impossible to walk anywhere as the growth was so thick that you couldnt see the bears or get a shot off if you did, and ground so marshy that even walking a few feet off of one of the few roads on the island was a really, really bad idea.

Having said that, I soon learned from the locals that not only did a couple of the abandoned mining towns have narrow gauge railroads, but rumour had it that one of the narrow gauge locomotives was still at one of the ghost towns. As both me and the oldtimer telling this story had a few cold ones in us, I didnt take it too seriously. But nothing else to do without TV, radio, phone and lots of daylight, I grabbed a coworker and we set off to play the role of "mythbuster".

The first two attempts to find the ghost town and narrow gauge railroad failed. Although there was a road within 1/2 mile, the forest was so thick, swampy and downright nasty that we couldnt find the townsite. On the third attempt, I caught this out of the corner of my eye:


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