Cassville and Exeter RR

Discussion in 'Ft. Smith Subdivision' started by Ozarktraveler, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Agreed: Beautiful photo of C&E 345 nee Frisco 345.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Andre Ming
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  2. JamesP

    JamesP James Pekarek

    I'll second that emotion, what a great picture of a classic locomotive! Something about slide valves and Stephenson valve gear just make me smile...:)

    - James
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  3. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    That photo was on the back cover of a very early Trains magazine and I admired it when I first saw it and couldn't believe the negative showed up on ebay and it was a 5x7.
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  4. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    There's a lot to like about this locomotive...

    a "serial" locomotive number 3-4-5
    big Sunbeam Headlamp
    Hancock Number Plate

    The C&E did the Frisco one better...
    aluminium/white runninig board trim, tires, and pilot trim

    thanks Don

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  5. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    That's a really neat photo, Don. You saying that the negative its self was 5x7? The clarity is outstanding.
  6. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    Yes, it's a 5x7negative.
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  7. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Interesting place for the bell mounting - right up next to the cab along with the generator and whistle. I guess the crew liked noise!

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  8. Brian waller

    Brian waller Member

    Thanks Don, that a nice picture of C&E 345. The paint job look like the way The ES&NA RR painted their Locomotives. Nice picture Don.

    If anyone want to know the History of The Cassville & Exeter Railroad, I do know the whole history of this Railroad.

    Here are some pictures of the Frisco Depot in Exeter, Mo. If you look at these pictures you will see a spur line behind the depot. The spur rail line is leading to Cassville, Mo. Enjoy.

    Brian Waller

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  9. Brian waller

    Brian waller Member


    Does anyone have a picture of The C&E RR Steam Locomotive #20, known as "Mary Ann"??

    Brian Waller
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  10. nvrr49

    nvrr49 Member

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  11. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter
    See post #14 in this thread
    Don's photo of this engine was taken while it was on the KC Public Service RR, which operated on the old Country Club Street Car Line. The KCPSRR stored its equipment about 87th and Woodland. The locomotive began its career on the Joplin-Pittsburg RR as that road's #2001
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  12. renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013)

    renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013) Passed away March 8, 2013

    Here are some photos I thought you might enjoy.

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  13. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

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  14. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    She's been rode hard and put away wet.
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  15. gbmott

    gbmott Member

    Thanks Richard, I had never seen those photos of 345 before. That said, I have to confess that I really prefer Mac Poor's shot that Don posted some time ago -- looked like she was in her gravy days then. I actually watched for a little while as the scrappers were at work tearing up the C&E. My father and I were driving to St. Louis and stopped -- it was a gray, rainy day. The former J-P Ingersoll gas-electric was there and I got some shots of it (on 118 size film -- anyone remember that??). The 345 by then was, unfortunately, long gone. What a neat little engine!

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  16. What years did #345 serve on the C&E RR??? This line is very interesting and begs to modelled(It would be easier than most considering its length).
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  17. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    The Frisco sold the 345 to the C&E during June 1935.
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  18. Thank you for the information Karl. #345 is a nice looking little engine. I had thought about making this my layout at one time even though it is one of the smallest railroads to exist the layout(if done to actual scale) would be over 300Ft long!!! Right now I'm thinking about a made up Frisco based layout featuring key structures from Fort Smith/Van Buren area(incase I get to build a more accurate one later one). One of these days I'll have to travel up there and follow the abandon R-O-W and look for still existent remants of the old Cassville & Exeter Railroad.
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  19. Bill Wehmeier

    Bill Wehmeier Member

    I am doing a steam short line and I am calling it the Cassville and Exeter( I just liked the name), it really has no bearing on the real C&E RR. Does anyone know anything about the fruit shipments from this RR? Would like to model a fruit packing/shipping idustry
    Bill Wehmeier
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    SAFN SAAP Member

    What scale Bill? I'm working on the proper size doors for fruit cars right now. Maybe a Frisco 34' Ventilated Fruit Car is in your future.
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