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  • Karl's Avatar
    26 Minutes Ago
    Karl replied to a thread Turnouts in General
    Neither am I advocating trespassing on railroad property, nor am I advocating walking on the rail, but if one were to go to the heel of the frog where one's foot is exactly the distance between rails of the frog heel. From that point, walk heel to toe until one reaches the point of frog. The number of heel to toe steps will equal the frog number.
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  • Karl's Avatar
    55 Minutes Ago
    Perhaps not the best picture, but here is an ad for a Fairmont Tie Shear from Railway Track and Structures, July 1974. I have several issues of this publication, which has numerous ads for MOW equipment. Will look through them for other images.
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Sure you can, if you figure a air brush and booth, glue, decals, paint, setting solution, wire grabs, special trucks, brake details, a running board. A few more! Not to mention the kit to start with, tools and soforth. You are already in the hole. RTR is a lot more reasonable. Course it is a hobby, so you can do as you wish.
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    William Jackson replied to a thread Turnouts in General
    Thanks Karl, again right on target. In laymen terms, you would measure back on the frog tread, any number, so if the measurement say is 2 inches across the frog tread, just measure to the 3 inch mark across the frog tread. If it is about 8 inches then its a No. 8 frog, 10 inches is a No. 10 frog. Like Karl said 1 inch of spread for the number of the frog.
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  • SAFN SAAP's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Personally, I don't know how y'all do it. I'm a disabled vet on a fixed income of VA/SSDI, and if I had to pay for the cars and locomotives of today, I couldn't do it. Building all my cars out of wood is so satisfying and inexpensive compared to the RTR crowd, but the detail parts, trucks, etc, are no joke. It's tough, but the Good Lord above watches out over me and helps me every day. I just don't know how y'all can afford $50.00 cars, $450...
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  • SAFN SAAP's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    http://www.frisco.org/vb/showthread.php?7478-Tie-Gang-at-Mile-Post-C89-6-May-1975
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Absolutly had a lot of hoses, lot of power, those things really cut the ties quick. They went the way of the wind, hard to do anything with all the tie pieces, railroads tried to grind them up, but really didn't work well (Fire Hazzard). Now and for several years, they use a TKO or Tie Knockout machine, takes them out whole. They are easier to dispose of. Down close to DeRidder, La is a huge machine that shreads the ties and separates the metal...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    Thanks Bill, I found the thread, the shear pictured differs quite a bit from the model I have. Man those things had a bunch of hydraulic lines on them huh?
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  • Karl's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    Karl replied to a thread Turnouts in General
    The numbers refer to are the frog angle and not any particular brand of manufacture. #4 = a 1 in 4 angle or about 14 deg 15 mins; #6= a 1 in 6 angle or about 9 degrees 32 mins, etc.
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    William Jackson replied to a thread Turnouts in General
    Greg's advice is very good, the bigger the better, for cars and engines. One thing to remember, a little fall into the bowl tracks, will help, so the cars do not roll out. The term Bowl, in railroad language of course refers to yard tracks that are high on both ends and lower in the middle, so cars do not roll out of the yard.
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    Tom, Karl posted the tie gang on a thread. Do a search for tie gang, it should pop up. Good photo of a shear there. If you intend, most of the equipment, was on flat cars, the silver with black lettering. Just light rail, spiked to the flat with chains and come a longs.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    I am looking for Frisco equipment photos, especially the Tie Shear, pike pullers and similar equipment. I am not having much luck finding any.|-||-|
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    trainchaser007 replied to a thread Turnouts in General
    The yard in the other pic wasn't anywhere near this long and it wasn't snap track on plasitc road bed as this one appears to be, but turnouts on each end of the yard like this is what I had in mind. By #4, #6, & #8, are you refering to the Mark IV turnouts from Atlas? http://www.atlasrr.com/Trackmisc/hocode100.htm - Brandon
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  • gstout's Avatar
    8 Hours Ago
    gstout replied to a thread Turnouts in General
    The photo appears to have been removed. However, in general I would say that the 4-8-2 would be happier, and so would anything longer than 40' cars, if you used #6 turnouts (#4s would be a problem, though probably not for the SD40). I would use #8s if you are planning on main line crossovers. GS
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    trainchaser007 started a thread Turnouts in General
    Look at this picture I found of a storage yard. http://www.gmrg.org.au/images/wall-const-2009-04_01.jpg For future reference, in HO scale, what kind of turnouts would I need to do something like this with code 100 track. Keep in mind I have a Bachmann Spectrum 4-8-2 and an SD40-2 that would need to make the turns. Thanks in advance for the input. - Brandon
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    I wound up here as a result of my search for "turnouts." "Can I still afford this hobby?" Well that certainly got my attention. I'm in my late 30's. My wife and I are both HS teachers with a family of 4 so my answer is NO; but I do it a little here and there anyway! When I was a kid, my grandmother used to talk about being on a "fixed income." When I got my first paycheck for teaching, I called her up and said, "Mawmaw, my check is going to be...
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    Got the calander Keith, thanks! Tom, yes the Frisco used the Fairmont Tie shear, it was run by Joe McMorris, he was a huge guy the took great pleasure in leaving the gang in the dust. He ran it for years and got very good in the movement and dropping the heads. One thing, he was a expert with throwing rocks, he could hit about anything at a long distance. When he got way in the distance he would do a little rabbit hunting. Dinner quite offten...
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    12 Hours Ago
    klrwhizkid replied to a thread 1970 Frisco Calendar in Download
    I have created a 2015 version of this calendar here: http://www.frisco.org/vb/showthread.php?7838-Frisco-2015-Calendar&p=61866#post61866
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    20 Hours Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread 1970 Frisco Calendar in Download
    Great story Bill, Never enough kudos to our MofW brothers for sure, You guys always make us look smooth.. Hardest working people I have ever seen. A question for you. Did the Frisco use those " Fairmont tie Shears"? I have bought back, a few of those Durango press kits, and was wondering if the Frisco ever used them.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    20 Hours Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread Houston House, Newburg in General
    Yep you gotta be tuff to get older for sure, when I just turn around and throw my back out for a week, well that didnt happen when I was 20 or 30 or now 40 wait 50+ years old. LOL. All I know, is the older I get, the better I used to be.
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  • DanHyde's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    DanHyde replied to a thread Houston House, Newburg in General
    I've said it many times, "gettin' old ain't for sissy's!"
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  • DanHyde's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    DanHyde replied to a thread Frisco 2015 Calendar in Calendars
    Thanks, Keith! Now my work desk is complete!! ( when I watch the Texas Eagle pass the shop every morning, I'll pretend it's the Frisco coming home!!)
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    That's awesome ! Thank you !
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Charlie Dix replied to a thread Frisco 2015 Calendar in Calendars
    Thanks Keith! Charlie
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    The calendar for 2015 is attached below. Open it in Adobe Reader and when you print it, scale it to the paper you are printing to.
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  • Ozarktraveler's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Thank you for that walk down memory lane. :-)
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I will be looking forward to this calender, that's the year I went to work for the FRISCO. Eighteen and just out of high school, I was a long way from home (Norwood seemed a long way, at that time from Springfield). The heavyweight bunks were sitting on the siding at Norwood. There was no minium, for bunks, from the main track, not even a slow order. The first week scared me, especially about 2 or 3 AM, engines screaming by, only as little as...
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Many thanks, fellas. This was always my preferred route to drive into town for classes from Chaffee. Again, thanks for sharing, Jim,
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Chris, those billboards would have been about MP 135.5.
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  • Ozarktraveler's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I enjoy these posts and hope ya'all have a lot more birthdays too.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Got my scouting stuff there as well. Wish I could find my old knife.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    meteor910 replied to a thread Houston House, Newburg in General
    Sherrel - Like you, I hate getting older as well. And, boy do I feel it! More aches, pains and problems seem to be coming every year now. My latest is A-fib. But, aging beats all known alternatives. I want to keep having birthdays for a long time yet! K
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Here's wishing the KC Royals a good start tonight. Personally, I cannot wait! Congratulations on the Chiefs win over the Chargers too!
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Sirfoldalot replied to a thread Houston House, Newburg in General
    Great stories and information, Ken, I have enjoyed all your photos and tales of bygone days. i hate getting older!
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  • kenmc's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Yup, that's old Highway 74 south of the Cement Plant's natatorium, where I went swimming with my dad and uncle as a kid. My uncle lived on the top of those bluffs, and it was great to hear the trains go by at night. And yes, I bought my Cub Scout outfits and stuff at Buckner's. And I was thrilled when they came out with the Model Railroading merit badge. It was like getting paid to do your favorite thing. Ken McElreath
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    meteor910 replied to a thread Houston House, Newburg in General
    Tom - The two big hills out of Newburg, which sits essentially on the floor of the Gasconade river/Little Piney river valley, are Dixon Hill, 1.9% westward and Rolla Hill, 1.1% eastward. Another tough one is Iron Hill, 1.2% westward, climbing up to St Clair, closer to St Louis. The difficulty of these hills is enhanced by the fact that they all have several curves that really take the wind out of the locomotive(s). Dixon Hill originally was...
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Fascinating! What MP, guys? I'm guessing this would be somewhere on S. Sprigg south of the cement plant? Interesting thought, Jim, in terms of modeling the bluff billboards. The Buckner Ragsdale "font" was unique; I'd wonder if you could capture an image from an old add somewhere and then make a custom decal that would fit snugly over the model rocks? I wonder if any others here purchased their Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts uniform and badges...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread Houston House, Newburg in General
    Those are some really great Stories Ken. Even though you were perhaps considered a hoodlum of sorts by the local Gestapo huh? You were obviously up to no good with your camera in hand LOL. What is the ruling grade on Rolla and Dixon hills?
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Thanks, Keith. It was hard for me to make it out. I think those adds are cool and would make a neat model scene.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    meteor910 replied to a thread Houston House, Newburg in General
    Gordon - I was there for the first time in the late fall of 1960, my first semester at MSM. I have told this story before. Four of us went down to Newburg on a Sunday evening for dinner as none of the usual student eateries served that night - you were at the mercy of the restaurants and fast food places. That was the first time I ever saw Newburg, and I went "wow" when I saw the depot and the yard! Even better, when seated at the Houston...
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  • gbmott's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    gbmott replied to a thread SLSF 1062 in Heavyweight Cars
    You're right, of course. 1068 was the other coach assigned to 704/709 at the same time and I just wasn't thinking. Gordon
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Jim, that second sign is for Juden - Lilly Mercantile Co.
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  • magistrate's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    magistrate replied to a thread SLSF 1062 in Heavyweight Cars
    I belive that Heart of Dixie says that is coach 1062.
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  • gbmott's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    gbmott replied to a thread Houston House, Newburg in General
    Only once, but I did manage to eat in the "real" Houston House and it was a treat to be remembered! It must have been about 1974 and most of the railroad activity no longer existed, but the folks running the place were still the same. Gordon
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Found this 1910 postcard while my wife and I were looking through her great grandma's old photos. The advertisements painted on the bluffs are from Buckner Ragsdale Co. and Juden Lilt.
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  • gbmott's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    gbmott started a thread SLSF 1062 in Heavyweight Cars
    I post this from the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum. They have done a nice job of repainting/restoring 1083, a coach that late in its life was a regular on 704-709. Gordon
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    meteor910 replied to a thread Houston House, Newburg in General
    Most of the pics I took in Rolla were of our brand new Chemical Engineering/Biochemical Engineering building at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Mo S&T) - we dedicated it Friday, 10/17. But, here are a few Frisco pics I took. I didn't see a single train over the three days, but I heard some at night. I felt like going down to the depot at 8:20pm to see Number 9 come in, like what we did in the old days for a study break, but I...
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    meteor910 replied to a thread Houston House, Newburg in General
    I had a real great trip to Rolla, and Newburg, this past Thursday (10/16) thru Saturday (10/18). The weather was spectacular. Unfortunately, the Houston House was closed Friday afternoon when I visited down there. Too bad, I had some Frisco stuff for them. Here are a few pics I took of Newburg, the Houston House, the "corner bar", and the main line. - The Houston House is looking a lot better than it did the last time I visited (3 years...
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    One step closer.
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  • WindsorSpring's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    The fence looks pretty realistic in the scene by the park. Stuff can sure grow up through the chain links in a hurry.
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Well, mine has some of the ground cover (woodlands grass) but it dosen't really look very good. My next try might be the sponge type bushes (again woodlands) torn into small peices covering some of the posts and across the top, just glimpses or partially showing the fence in some places. Your fence really looks nice, a well maintained facility. Mine, will have to be the run down, basicly the four foot fencing used many places back maybe 70's or...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread random layout pictures in Freelance
    William. Whats your plan on how to add vegetation to the fence? Some thick glue and sprinkle? I need to do that to some of mine for sure. Mine are waay to clean.
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    TAG1014 replied to a thread Vintage Rail pics in General
    I think that might be Whistle Stop Trains at Oklahoma City. http://www.whistlestoptrains.com/ I bought a couple of RR picture discs from them including one of Frisco steam. Tom G. (Something is STILL wrong with the "M's" when you try to type a posting!)
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Charlie Dix replied to a thread Vintage Rail pics in General
    How did you make the purchase? Charlie
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  • mopguy's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    mopguy started a thread Vintage Rail pics in General
    Hello, Hope this is the correct forum. I need some help locating a company named Vintage Rail Pics. I purchased a CD from this manufacturer but none of the laptops I tried could make it run. I took it to a couple of computer shops and they had the same problem and said that the CD is either corrupt or damaged. The website on the CD does not exist. Does anyone know who this is , location or a contact number or address. The CD contain over 100...
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Ditto what Tom said! a small amount of litter in the park and an overflowing trash bin too would add to it.
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Got my wigwag relay today! Progress posts to come.
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  • murphy millican's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    I was told that Passenger Trains will return in about two weeks. If I hear any different I'll let you guys know. Murphy Jenkins A&M Passenger Train Conductor
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread random layout pictures in Freelance
    I think your fence looks fine William. Like you say you could use some vegetation (I had not thought of that, good idea) on it and maybe dry brush some of the spots if you wanted too. But what you really need is a bunch of those little water bottles poked in the fence :). I see your main tracks are ballasted, tamped and broomed only like a Roadmaster would have it. I think its a fine bunch of modeling there myself. It's a nice looking RR....
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Jim, I was really inspired by Tom Holly's fencing, but beings I have a foam surface I needed to try a different way. So I tried the various kits and quickly discovered that most of the kits are so fragile that they fall apart. Now I would have to say I used way too much glue as it easily spread to the areas that clogged the links. I decided that I would put vegatation on the fence, because most fences on the railroad are, in some cases...
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Jim James replied to a thread random layout pictures in Freelance
    That fence looks good. I would like to see a better photo of it. I've got some fencing of various types to model but I've never made any before. All those locos are nice to see.
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  • gstout's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Saw this elsewhere on the web, and it's correct: The Giants can't beat the Dodgers, the Dodgers can't beat the Cardinals and the Cardinals can't beat the Giants. This was the worst possible matchup for the Cardinals. They do not play well on the West Coast generally and they do not do well against the Giants, going back to Marichal vs. Gibson. Good luck to the Royals. GS
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    The mistake the cards made (not just Matheny) was putting Wacha on the NLCS roster. As a result, they weren't able to include Freeman, who did some real good work in relief the second half of the season. Freeman would have been a valuable asset for those three disaster games out in SF. BTW, that was the very first stand the cards got swept in this season. They picked the wrong time for it! We gotta get a couple of guys who can hit in...
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Well, another false clear, wow. Still some progress. The road turned out nice. The fence, maybe a loss. Might cover it with weeds. The area still, has a lot of work left, but here it is so far. Seems like the drunks are out, don't know why they are always on the wrong side of the road.
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    He brought in Wacha because he didn't have anybody left that hadn't poured some gasoline on the fire...Besides, the Giants are pretty good! Tom G.
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Real Bummer, that was! Too many pitching changes by Mathney ... I don't understand why?
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Sigh.......
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    lot of folks like Katy, good to see. ​whj
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Well the Cards lost, but so much for Wainright being washed up,and they lasted a while longer than the Kershaws... Tom G.
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  • Oldguy's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Well, that sucks. So much for another I-70 series. I'm guessing Fox Sports just breathed a huge sigh of relief.
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    I just read that the A&M excursion train was hit by another train earlier today and 38 people were injured. Luckily nobody was hurt really bad, but I hope this does not mean the end for the passenger trains on the A&M.
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    (It isn't "Frisco," but with the history shared between the Frisco and the Katy, I hope this is OK to post here.) I just saw MKT covered hopper 549 on a northbound, Norfolk Southern, mixed freight rolling through Bear Creek, AL, today, October 16, 2014 at 9:45am. I didn't have time to take a picture but here is a link with pictures on rrpicturearchives.net: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/rsPicture.aspx?id=658796. It was nice to finally see...
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