Here's a couple of meandering Frisco topics:
I'm currently reading Mary Alice Beemer's book "The Iron Sounds of Summer". This is a semi-fictional book she wrote in the mid-1980's about a typical summer in Newburg, Mo in 1923. Quite a town back then! It's very interesting to read her comments about things we can still see in Newburg - the Houston House, the Newburg jail building (which had a second floor on it where the town council met), the bars on front street, the various town stores, the Lyric Theater, the street names, the surrounding hills (seven, just like Rome !!!), the Newburg school, the Newburg churches, the Newburg cemetery, the Branch, the spring fork, the Little Piney, the Frisco depot, the Harvey House, and, of course, the Frisco RR and the Frisco yards and roundhouse. Kind of campy at times, but a good read. I recall her telling me it was loosely based on the history of this key Frisco town on the Eastern Division and its people as she understood it.
Does anyone know of the fate of Mary Alice Beemer - the Newburg historian? I last saw and talked with her when I visited her in the late 1980's and bought my copy of "Iron Sounds" to go along with her other books I have (3), all dealing with Newburg history. Mary Alice was a key figure behind the formation of the Newburg Historical Society, which still exists. That's where cab SLSF 1111 resides.
I see where Broadway Limited is coming out with a HO model of the Baldwin Centipede, in PRR, SAL, NdeM and undec colors. The Frisco liked Baldwin's stuff in the early years of dieselization. Hmmm .....
Move into "Fantasy Frisco" mode (where my SLSF E8B and F-M Trainmaster locomotives lie): ..... I have a fantasy vision of the Frisco obtaining two A-unit Baldwin Centipedes to replace the spot 2-10-2's as Newburg based helpers to give needed pushes on both Rolla Hill and Dixon Hill. Wouldn't that be a sight to behold to see one of those things shoving on the rear of a freight grinding its way up either hill, or shoving on extra-long consists on No's 1,2,9,10 and others?
Poof! I just woke up. Nah - I'm not gunna get a Centipede, but it sure would look neat in Frisco b/y! After all, our Frisco loved those Baldwins!