Discussion in '2-8-2 Mikado' started by patrick flory, Jan 4, 2020.
Tidy little pseudo-Frisco Mike!
Ha! A play on Lucius Beebe, in his book Highball. SLSF 4153 there.
One of my favorite Frisco photos.
That is one of my favorite books, seems to have a focus of sorts on southwestern roads like the Frisco. I have several favorite photographs in that book, among them the haunted water tank, back from the boneyard, the study in Texas & Pacific motive power, the Tonopah and Goldfield double header in the desert, and the Cotton Belt 2-8-0 in a plains setting much like the tidy little Frisco mike.
I lost everything in a flood several years ago and early replacement items were Highball, High Iron, and When Beauty Rode The Rails.
Where would we be without those two independently wealthy guys roaming the country taking not only just railroad photographs but great railroad photographs when no one else was.
I forgot the cover photo of the Santa Fe double headed helpers getting the Chief over Raton. Chee-zuss man! Railroading with a capital R!! If that doesn’t get your cardio going you ain’t alive.
Indeed! I have the big four Beebe books, as I call them, in the order they were published: High Iron, Highliners, Trains in Transition, and Highball. All wonderful books, all with a solid Frisco presence (although High Iron is a bit light with only two SLSF photos). When I first started to grow a major interest in the Frisco, late high school and early MSM/Rolla, I knew a bit about the Frisco and its b/y motive power because it was all diesel and I watched the Frisco often around Missouri. I knew very little about SLSF steam power - mainly from buying a copy of Frisco Folks (!) and studying SLSF 1501 at Rolla and the trio of SLSF 1522, SLSF 3695, and SLSF 1621 at the NMOT in St Louis County.
My first brass purchase, college time, was SLSF 1621, got that one correct, but the second, a few months later, was a USRA Mike, which I numbered SLSF 1352, because there was a pic of a 1350 Mike in Frisco Folks. Shows what I knew about Frisco steam!
During the later college years and beyond I rapidly gained knowledge of things Frisco, as Beebe's books and others including the SLSF came my way, I joined FMIG, and most importantly I met Don Wirth, who became a close personal friend, plus got to know Joe Collias and a number of the "Frisco Folks" in Springfield - Art Johnson, Lee Buffington, Ed Heiss, et al, who provided a wealth of Frisco knowledge which I soaked up as often as I could.
But, early on in that trail, I discovered Beebe's and Collias' books at the St Louis County Library. From that point on, I was hooked.
ps - Yes, I also have all of Joe's books, but for some reason sold the one on the Texas Pacific. Why I don't know! Joe autographed all of them.
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