Unloading Pigeons at St. James

Discussion in 'Action Photos' started by wpmoreland719, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. wpmoreland719

    wpmoreland719 Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Not really sure if this is a good candidate for an action photo or not, but it does show one of the less glamorous jobs of railroading. Worse than that: the poor fella who has to clean out this express car.

    Photo from collection of James Memorial Library, used with permission.

    Pat Moreland,
    Union Mo.

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  2. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Frisco.org Supporter

    Neat picture--notice the Railway Express placard in the card holder.

  3. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    It's nice shot of a baggage truck (wagon)....yellow with black lettering and black wheels....SL-SF on the side....town name (St James) on the front of the "bulkhead".... a chain "parking brake" on the left rear wheel(not engaged in this photo)
  4. frisco4301

    frisco4301 Member

    Nice posts Pat. Anyone know why the shipments of Pigeons? Jeff
  5. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Many folks in the Ozarks raised small animals such as pigeons (squab) and rabbits for food. I believe that at one time Miami, OK was home to a large commercial pigeon producing operation.
  6. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    That is a priceless photo of an interesting and esoteric bit of operation!

    Karl's already covered many of the subtle details. These, combined with the shipment type, can really make modeling smaller branchline passenger trains (or even a secondary passenger train on a main line) more than just "interference for freights."

    I had no idea what "squab" was. Now it makes all those times that Sylvester referred to Tweety as "squab" make sense. :)

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