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  • Coonskin's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Coonskin replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    We never get too old to not want our mom n' dad around. Very sorry for your loss, Karl. He has left a legacy through you.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    klrwhizkid replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Karl, may the Lord be with you, your brothers and sister, and the extended family.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Jim James replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    I'll echo the other's comments and I'm sorry to hear of your loss.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Charlie, I will package them up and send them to you along with a wad of Frisco Railfax. PM your address.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Although not quite accurate I'm going to order Athearn/Rounhouse all wheel electrical pickup tender trucks direct from Athearn. The same ones used on the old timer 2-6-0, 4-4-0 and 2-8-0. They are bullet proof for conductivity and I've used them on several locos and cabeese. Tonight I'll begin to build the under fame and stubby little end platforms.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    3 Hours Ago
    Thats a fine lookin outfit there Jim. What Kind of trucks are you gonna put under it?
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    Keith, I can scan these into PDFs for the archive if you like. Charlie
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    Charlie Dix replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Very sorry to hear it Karl. The best to you and your family. Charlie
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  • Kevin Blair's Avatar
    7 Hours Ago
    MB Klein in Baltimore (http://www.modeltrainstuff.com) also has a couple of A's left... about a dollar less than BLW - HA! Funny, never noticed that the SLSF units cost more than the Katy FP-7's.
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  • tmfrisco's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    tmfrisco replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Karl, I am sorry for your loss, also. It is tough loosing our parents, and the best way we can honor and remember them is to live the legacy they taught us as I know you will. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Terry Jankowski
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    14 Hours Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    So very sorry to hear of your father's passing Karl. What a loss for you, but us all, as well. We are losing these treasures at an alamaring rate. The Korean vets are among the least celebrated, but most deserving veterans we have. I am very sad for you and your family. Kindest regards,
    8 replies | 141 view(s)
  • meteor910's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    ..................... Tom - FYI, I learned something new (to me at least) at the TRRA annual meeting presentation given tonight at the Chase Hotel here in StL by Pat Hiatte. The Frisco offered a through sleeper, for a short time, around 1915 routed from Quanah to St Louis. You need a Pullman somewhere on your layout! K
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    You could hang a clothes pin from it and put CA or white glue on the string to make it appear tight when dry.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    Tom - The Tichy crane has a nice looking "snatch block", but again it is plastic. The crane is Tichy kit #4010, an Industrial Brownhoist 120-ton steam crane. Probably much more detail than on the Athearn part. Tichy is pretty user friendly - perhaps they would sell you the parts - everything is on sprue "O" in the kit per the instruction sheet. K
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    frisco1522 replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Karl: Our deepest sympathy for the Brand family for your loss.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    meteor910 replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Karl - So sorry to hear of your loss. Caroline's and my thoughts are with you and with all your family. Ken
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    My modeling buddy came through for me with the perfect sized FRISCO decal. He also added a creative bonus decal for the build date with my name on it. What a great way to celebrate my first scratchbuilt rolling stock. 7-15 could also mean 1915. Perfect. This forum is by far my most valued modeling tool! Next up will be caboose #319.
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  • Karl's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    Karl started a thread Charles Brand in General
    The source of my passion for things, railroad and specifically things, Frisco died early this afternoon. He was a veteran of the Korean War, a railroader, beloved husband and a great father.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    Hi Jim. I have the plastic one. The one that came with the Athearn crane is metal and will at least straighten the string LOL. I am being picky maybe. But thanks for looking Jim!
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    Could be a one evening scratchbuilding project maybe.
    4 replies | 110 view(s)
  • Jim James's Avatar
    23 Hours Ago
    Sounds like you're making all the right decisions. If I had to do it over I would also send it to Keith. I had a hell of a time. Keep us posted.
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  • Coonskin's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Received my Tennessee Central HH660 yesterday. It's indeed a lil' doozie. Beautiful paint job! Likely going to send it to Whizkid for a Tsunami 539T installation along with one of my RS-3's for a Tsunami 244 decoder. AND... I think I've figured out a way to piece together FOUR KCT decal diamond herald/stripe sets! More on that later.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I am on a quest for a part again, building a crane that needs this part, it is a snatch block. It came with the Athearn 250 ton crane. Thanks for looking
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    If anyone is interested, Brooklyn Locomotive Works still has the very nice Frisco FP-7 and F7-B models. I have no connection with Brooklyn Locomotive Works except being a regular and satisfied customer. Tom G.
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I think they just used whatever engines that were ready at St. Louis or OKC. The "Will" was an overnighter and they really didn't need anything fancy. Too bad, the script lettering was very neat! Tom G. Edit: A photo of that engine and lettering is on page 212 of Joe Collias' Frisco Power.
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Tom, I hadn't thought of this photo in a while until you mentioned it. I think it's one of the few instances of motive power* on the Frisco having the train name on the side. The other examples I can think of, and more permanent examples at that: (a) The Meteor, obviously, on 4500-4502 (b) The Sunnyland - also on the tender of #1042 on its inaugural run. Since #4519 wasn't regular power...what was typically assigned to The Will...
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    "Google" images: SLSF 4-8-4 locomotive 4519. Tom G.
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  • mktjames's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Pictures of the special , I have not seen . mktjames
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    I'm starting this thread as a "fan" of #4519 decorated as when she pulled the one time "Will Rogers Special." I know that this scheme was only a temporary paint job, but I was wondering if anyone here liked the decor as much as I do? I always wished that the Frisco had decorated two or three engines with that scheme and permanently assigned them to the "Will." Tom G.
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  • Coonskin's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Coonskin replied to a thread 215 Atlas Selector in DC
    The Atlas 215 "Selector" is used for track blocks. Here is a picture of a 215 "Selector": http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ho-Scale-Trains-215-Selector-ATLU0215-ATLAS-MODEL-RAILROAD-2-LOOK-/371382471776?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item56781ecc60 The Atlas 220 "Controller" is used for wyes, reversing loops, and turntables. Here's a picture of a 220 "Controller": ...
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    trainchaser007 started a thread 215 Atlas Selector in DC
    I bought a 215 Atlas Selector today not really knowing whether or not I can use for controlling isolated blocks. (I didn't even know they existed until I saw them in a store today.) Since I got home, I've read where the 215 Atlas selectors are used for reverse loops. Since it has 4 switches, I'm hoping there's a way I can wire it to control my 4 blocks in one little package (instead of 4 separate toggle switches), right next to the power pack...
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    You probably should have two cabooses on your line, Jim, so your next one up can be #319. Until I find evidence otherwise, I like the symmetry of the evenly-spaced windows, along with the look of the end windows, for my modeling era (1943). I reckon I can safely make the argument that these modifications would have been made by this time. Best Regards,
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Thanks for the insight, Jerome. Do you know, offhand, to which union(s) these agreements would have applied? I've thumbed through a BLE agreement (Rev. 1-16-1950) and a Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen agreement (Eff. 4-16-1939; new schedule eff. 12-27-1943). I can't find anything in those per the indices, and I don't have the patience at this hour to go through them from front to back. Best Regards,
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Most of us here in KC build benchwork with 3/4" plywood ripped to 3 or 4 inch wide strips and then use drywall screws to assemble. Plywood is more stable in terms of expansion/contraction with temperature and humidity and will not warp like dimensional lumber, especially the relatively green pine that you will normally find. Home centers will rip a 4'x8' sheet into the strips for you for a nominal charge. You will find your benchwork will be...
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  • friscomike's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thanks Don, I suspect we will represent the wigwag crossing signal on the Texas Western now that we know... ~mike c
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  • friscomike's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thanks folks. Operations are very interesting. I wondered why such an inefficient practice prevailed, and now I understand: labor agreements. ~mike c
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  • Karl's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Karl replied to a thread AT&N: Modern-Era Layout in Freelance
    Linn Wescott does a very nice job explaining how to design and build strong, light-weight benchwork in this text. It is well worth the money. http://www.amazon.com/How-Build-Model-Railroad-Benchwork/dp/0890245428
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Jim--There's a photo of a Frisco gondola with those big letters in the Frisco Archive in the "Rolling Stock" section. FYI. Tom G.
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    The h/w ratio on the frame blueprint below isn't correctly proportioned, but I'm planning on beginning work on the frame for my next layout within the next two days. Notice the brown boards in the rough blueprint. They will rest on 2x4 pieces nailed horizontally to 3 stud walls (top, bottom and right end on the blueprint), roughly 48" above the floor. This design will allow me to take the layout with me easier whenever the time comes that I...
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  • slsfrr's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Mike, <<<It could be followed immediately by another transfer from the T&P with a full load of cars back to the Frisco yard>>> Labor agreements prohibited returning with inbound cars. There were a few exception to this rule, but not many. Jerome
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    I was kinda looking through the NMRA 2015 Portland show. I see Moloco has a booth their, any insider surprises? I am about 90% going, kinda wana see what has changed in the area. Course the two big bridges is quite the site. Columbia Double Swing, Willamette Draw. By the way, the Willamette was floated into place with the tide, they replaced that right before I started working their in 94.
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    The best I can remember after 60+ years was this. The area has changed as there really wasn't anything else around and it looks like the house that I THINK was my cousin's has been replaced by a new big house.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    That's what I thought. I actually have some gondola and boxcar decals but the letters are way too big. Figures. I may have a chance at scoring some that will be just right. Chris, if you ever come down this way give me a holler.
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Jim--There "might" be some gondola decals with that large lettering, although I'm not too familiar with HO decals (I'm in N scale). Tom G. PS: See Microscale 87-1459
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    First "date" that my wife and I had in May, 1993 not long after they'd closed the Broadway flood gate. A month or so prior, a bunch of us radio geeks at SEMO had an end-of-year meal there with our advisor. One new Broussard's patron expertly ordered gumbo. When his meal arrived, he told the server - with much frustration - "I'm sorry, I didn't order soup." My apologies for sidetracking. Jim, the project is looking fabulous. Please,...
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Man oh man. Chris, I really like that caboose #319 with the billboard FRISCO lettering and blocked off side doors. And 1915 is the perfect date. I need to purchase another AMB Frisco wood caboose kit so I can do an easy kitbash. Why did you have to go and do that!?
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  • friscomike's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Very interesting and thanks for sharing your memories. They are packed full of information we don't have. Do you recall the approximate vicinity of the wig-wag crossing? ~mike c
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Cajun catfish, etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo, whoooeee! I am drooling already.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Keith, that is so cool of you. I owe you one. How about dinner at Broussard's?
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Jim, rather than resistors, let me introduce you to something neat; a simple, adjustable voltage regulator that you can use with multiple lights. I will send you one along with instructions. I will have it adjusted for 1.5 volts.
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Folks - For background, see the following Frisco Museum "All Aboard" article on Cabooses, via Mike Condren's website: http://condrenrails.com/Frisco/Frisco-Museum-All-Aboards/AA1998.v11.3.pdf I'd not realized that there were slight modifications in the slanted, wood cupola cabooses or "Phase I" as the article describes them. For instance, the "Original design" (see "All Aboard" photo of 746 unknown date) displays uneven spacing...
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Guys, thanks for the kind words, it helps me feel like my efforts are not in vain or just frivolous. I still love this project and get excited when progress is made. I am determined to restore this girl with great detail in the original as delivered appearance. We pulled out the coonskin logo this morning and it looks pretty good. Would have been nice to pull it on the same side as the "ship it" logo but we just have to take the logos...
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Jim - A totally cool cab! K
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Great story Brad ...... what a neat gondola load this would make! What could we use to model spent cartridge casings? Mostly 30-caliber? Any big stuff? I had my USO shift this morning at Lambert STL. We had a bunch Fort Leonard Wood Marines coming from FLW going to Okinawa, and then a few Army Engineer troops going back down to FLW. Next time I'm going to ask what all they fire off down there these days. I was an Army Engineer Corps...
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Okay. FRISCO decal is too small but it's the closest I had. Early Frisco era decals are rare as hens teeth so that's my excuse. I'm still proud of how it's turning out but I didn't think I'll be scratchbuilding any more rolling stock. I should've started by building a flat car or box car but oh well. I added the 1.5 incandescent marker lights but I need to order some resistors in 750 or 850 ohms (I think). Still need to add several details and...
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  • Brad Slone's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Guys, for those who look for interesting prototype loads to model. This weekend I was talking to a fellow that worked on Fort Leonard Wood back in the 50's & 60's. He told me they had a ramp that could handle three dump trucks at a time, bear in mind these were old single axle trucks with probably 4 - 5 yd beds. These trucks would go out to the ranges and return loaded full of spent brass casings, they would back up the ramp and dump them...
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    The 1500 was running light, probably down to Union Station. I used to sit out in the back yard at night and watch a Santa Fe 2-8-0 switching. I remember a wig wag signal at the grade crossing that fascinated me. When we were in FTW with the 1522, I ran her north right past my cousin's old house. Looked a lot different than it did in the early '50s.
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  • mark's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    mark replied to a thread SL-SF caboose 1288 and 1291 in 1260-1292
    Paul, We continue to enjoy your hard work and great progress. It will be a great pleasure to see the cabooses fully restored to their original glory, car bodies restored, windows open to light and prototypical paint schemes. Thank you for your dedication and contributions to preserving part of our history. We look forward to much more. Hope this helps. Thanks!
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    I agree with Keith, I enjoy the updates. Bill Jackson
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Chris, thanks a lot for taking the time to find that out. I'm just getting ready to go downstairs to paint those grabs black. The corner grabs are Tichy 24" grab irons. My attempts at bending them myself are not quite up to snuff.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Great work, Paul.
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Great stuff, Mike. Wonder why they operated this way - work rules? Until I should find any information to the contrary, I think I'll use similar rules for any transfer runs that I'm contemplating with our KC Lines. Thus far I think I can make room to interchange with the MKT, Wabash and AT&SF. I'll look forward to the further details when they arrive! Thanks very much for documenting and for sharing. I still kick myself for not...
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Jim, I've seen definitive data that says that handrails and grabs went from black to yellow paint sometime in 1948. Combined with pre-1948 b/w photos where the rails and grab irons seem to be a different color than the car body, I'd tend to say that black is the way to go. On the other hand, I've seen photos here of one of Don Wirth's c. 1928 slant-cupola cabooses where the end rails and grabs are the same red color as the caboose itself. ...
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  • friscomike's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Howdy Don, From what I hear locally, that is correct. I checked the Sanborn maps, and I don't know any other way they could have gotten there. What was the 1500 doing, light, freight or passenger? Perhaps a section of the Texas Special? Best, mike c
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Making progress on 1291, the red interior panels are wall sections that have been replaced due to rust, we butt welded custom sized panels to the walls where we cut out the bad sections. We found the "ship it" logos under the paint and repainted them black, so we can lay paper over them and make stencils of the exact original logos. We painted the black logos today but had to stop because the caboose was getting too hot to put paint on. We...
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I don't know FTW that well, but didn't they have to go south to Bird's then hang a right on the ATSF to get to the trackage to 8th Ave. I had cousins living in FTW way back and stayed with them in about 1948 or so. One cousin lived on the 2900 block of 8th, just a bike ride to the yards and the other cousin lived at the end of birds where the ATSF branched west. I remember seeing a 1500 come around the curve and head north at Birds. Also...
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