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  1. Rick A

    How to fire up a steam locomotive video

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    Train Wrecks from the Movietone Outtakes Collection, Volume I

    Part one of a 5 part series. The others are all on Youtube.
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    Maine Narrow gauge railroad museum

    Here are a few recent pics taken in Portland Maine at the Narrow gauge railroad museum.
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    RIP Sleepy LaBeef

    Anyone out there ever head of Sleepy LaBeef? He was one of the great unknown rockabilly artists, a contemporary of Elvis Presley, and he toured right up until recently. I first heard him back in the early 70's when he would occasionally play a residence at the Hillbilly Ranch on Kneeland Street...
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    Elements of railroad track and construction 1908

    Elements of railroad track and construction 1908
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    Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen

    The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen (B of LF&E) was a North American railroad fraternal benefit society and trade union in the 19th and 20th centuries. The organization began in 1873 as the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen (B of LF), a mutual benefit society for workers employed...
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    The Westinghouse automatic and straight air-brake combined E. T. equipment and machinery. 1920
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    Need help identifying steam whistle

    I picked up this item and I'm trying to figure out the whistle mfg. It's about 5 1/4" top to bottom and there are no markings. Any ideas? Thank you in advance.
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    Need ID for these track maintenance machines.

    I saw these 2 machines on the tracks nearby today and although I'm assuming they are for track maintenance, I would love to know for sure. One had some kind of clamping device that would drop down and come together over something on the ties. I think.
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    Eugene Bourdon and The Bourdon gauge

    Almost every gauge since 1849 has come with a Bourdon tube inside. It's the metal tube that flexes when put under pressure and causes the needle on the face of the gauge to read the pressure. Here's a copy of his original US patent and some information about him...
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    Frisco-man newsletter

    Anybody here familiar with the FRISCO-MAN monthly periodical? I stumbled across it today. Great newsletter put out by the Frisco railroad Co years ago for the employees. Check it out.
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    Vintage Steam Era parts and fittings catalogs.

    There are so many old steam parts catalogs I run across I thought it would be easier to put them on one thread. Enjoy. Crane Co. 1917 Illinois Malleable Iron Co 1916...
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    Patent from 1876..Improvement in steam cars

    1876 Steam car patent
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    Buzzards Bay Station and RR Bridge, Buzzards Bay, Ma.

    A beautiful old Railroad Bridge and the station that's next to it. The station is now a chamber of commerce and the bridge is still occasionally used.
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    Wash up and brush up, 1950's engine maintenance film

    Nice video from the 1950's
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    I get most of my Ashton Valve information scrolling through these old trade journals on Google Books. Another great place is
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    Eagle Lake and West Branch RR Maine

    Nice story about an old RR in Maine
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    To understand a true transportation revolution, I wanted to drive a coal-fired locomotive. On the Nevada Northern Railway, I found one.

    Nice article about driving a steam locomotive.
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    Permanent way day to day track maintenance film

    An old B&W film about track maintenance
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    Vintage RR films

    Here's a nice compilation of old RR films is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.