Hey folks.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mike Kieran, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. Mike Kieran

    Mike Kieran Member

    I just wanted to say hello. I'm a fan of the Frisco and an even bigger fan of the AT&N. I became a fan thanks to one of the Railfan & Railroad articles about the Blakely Island car floats written by forum member Ken Kanne and Eddie Shaw in February 1994. I am obsessed with GE 45 tonners and carfloat operations.
  2. Peddling Joe

    Peddling Joe Frisco Employee

  3. Peddling Joe

    Peddling Joe Frisco Employee

    Think I goofed a minute ago. Meant to post we have a member of NARVRE
    (National Assoc. of Retired & Veteran Ry Employees, Inc.) that was a Roadmaster on on either the AT&N or the Pensacola Sub (not sure which) back in the 1970's
    Next time I see him I try to remember to ask him which location?
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  4. Mike Kieran

    Mike Kieran Member

    Thanks Joe. These look like interesting lines that I want to explore further.
  5. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Welcome Aboard, Mike!
  6. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Welcome aboard Mike!
  7. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Welcome, Mike. Always thought that the Blakely Island car float would make an excellent layout, especially for those of us with limited layout space.

    Best Regards,
  8. Peddling Joe

    Peddling Joe Frisco Employee

    Mike, yesterday (June 3, 2019) The Railroad Historical Museum, Inc. in Springfield, MO was given a shoe box full of RR information, most of which relates to the ALABAMA, TENNESSEE AND NORTHERN RAILROAD CORPORATION in the 1925 era. It includes mainly cancelled checks, receipts etc. paid out. No photographs. Since frisco.org is primarily model train
    related, I would be glad to e-mail directly to you & anyone else copies of some of the documents.
    Of interest to me are the claims paid for livestock and also documents covering cross tie purchases & specifications.
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  9. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Welcome aboard!
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  10. palallin

    palallin Member

    I wouldn't say the .org is primarily modeling related: this is essentially the only repository of information about the RR available on the 'net, and it is certainly the best. Please post what you are willing to share here.
  11. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Welcome to the Frisco website Mike!!!

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  12. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    There is a discussion about ties in this thread, Joe. I have more info about the annual Frisco tie renewal than is in this thread if your are interested.

  13. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    Karl, the livestock items are neat, as railroaders like your dad would say. Once a stray shaggy cow is killed, it turns into a prize bull. I was called to a sheep kill in Wyoming once, seen 50 cotton balls all over the track. The alligator call was the best.
  14. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    I wasn't onboard, but back when I used to go with Frisco fella's, I was told of a herd of cattle that was in a curved cut on the Fort Smith Sub. A southbound (almost entirely downhill from Winslow to Van Buren) was really haulin' hiney when they entered the curved cut and made like a bowling ball through the herd.

    They had an impromtu Biblical "Burnt Offering" alongside the right-of-way for days afterwards!

  15. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    This reminds me of a trip west to Salt Lake City back in the late 1990's. We just crested the hill at Thompson UT and got up to max speed for our train (50 mph), Were in max dynamic brakes, come around a curve and this sheep herder had his sheep along the ROW we started hitting them, I remember it sounding like popping popcorn. Look back on the mirror and they are running under the train as we are going by, rolling them up slicin and dicin. My old hoghead started to chuckle, he said "those sheep are like the energizer bunny, they just keep coming" He was a cantakerous kinda funny guy, always had a smile. About 3 miles from SLC we contacted the power in the tower to get landing dope. He said "Main line crew change, out bound crew is on the way"
    Hoghead started to chuckle, as about a mile from the stop he dressed the drivers with about a 7lb set of independent, needless to say when we stopped those drivers were cooking sheep guts and fat, and well it didnt smell too good lets say. I got off the engine kinda looked down and walked away, hoghead said "Its a good train no problems ", we got into the yard office to tie up, the TM came in the room and said "OK how many did you hit" to which I replied "all of them" he saw no humor in that, so he asked again, I said I have no idea how many we hit, they was committing suicide after the head end went by.
    By this time about everyone in the room was laughing, someone said, "I guess you gonna have to go out there and count feet and divide by 4". Then the TM started laughing. I remember headed back home the next day, that herder had what was left of hims sheeps way clear of the ROW.
  16. Now that’s a great story (not for the sheep) Tom. Thanks!!
  17. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson

    Yes great story, Tom, ya gotta be a railroad guy to know what that's like to crawl onto a engine with "Cow" scattered everywhere. I've been there.
  18. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    That was baaaaad for the sheep. Can you say Gyros. lol

  19. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

  20. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

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