Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. jeickerman

    jeickerman Full of it.

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    wait wait wait....no 8 track player? How are you going to play your Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive" tape then?
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  2. popscycle

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    Ha, it's more like Bill Haley and Rock Around The Clock on a 45.
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  3. jeickerman

    jeickerman Full of it.

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    45 or 78?
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  4. popscycle

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    Last Of The Fall Train Pics: This is the last of the fall (i.e. pre-Nov.) train pics taken this year.

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    I have bunch of trolley pics taken on an early fall ride that I will get converted now that it's getting cold. It's below freezing this AM with winds gusting to 40 mph - major league wind chill and less-than-stellar riding conditions.
  5. popscycle

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    Elevated RR Switch Tower: Below is a picture of switch Tower C of the Boston Elevated Railway that sat at the intersection of Causeway and North Washington Streets in Boston near North Station from 1901 to 1938. Saved from destruction in the 1970s, the tower now sits at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Maine. As it happens, the station's architecture was the work of famed poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's nephew, Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow.

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    The above is one of a series of pics taken on an early fall ride up to Maine. I will post more as I get them converted from RAW.
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    A Cool Cadre Of Conductors: A group of trolley car conductors were waiting for riders. It was "pumpkin patch" day at the museum, which had just opened. The trolleys would take passengers down the line to a field where they could get off and pick a pumpkin to take home. Great stuff for kids, young and old, that brings a smile to the latter.

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    The above is one of a series of pics taken on an early fall ride up to Maine. I will post more as I get them converted from RAW.
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    I love catching up on the this thread pops! No turkey hanging outside your home this fall? ;)

    Eric
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  8. popscycle

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    Glad you're enjoying the thread, Eric. As for turkeys, this year we've only had one frustrated tom hanging around on the deck and yard preening and pining for some hot hen.
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    CSX freight train rolling through Trafford, AL this afternoon.
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  10. jeickerman

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    Unit coal train?

    Is that a Suzuki 650 or 400?

    John
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    2007 DR650. Out on a test ride after some extensive maintenance. 76,800+ miles and still rocking along!
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  12. jeickerman

    jeickerman Full of it.

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    Aircooled = reliable. Not the most power available, but dang reliable.
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  13. popscycle

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    Thanks! We really needed some train pics. Given the current RR pic deficit, we're resorting to earlier (this fall), previously-unposted trolley pics.
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    Pretty sure it was, all hopper cars with some type of ore in them, most likely coal.
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    Trolley pics are cool! My grandfather was a streetcar conductor in the Washington DC area for many years. I have an old B/W photo of him by one of his streetcars. If it scans well enough I will post it up.

    EDIT to add - I talked to my Aunt. Grandad worked for Capital Transit 1925-1960. He started out as a conductor and over the years he was promoted up to Dispatcher at the Friendship Heights Car Barn, which was just south of the District line between upper DC and Maryland. Later in his career Capitol Transit was bought out and the name changed to D.C. Transit. He came to DC from Danville Va cause a friend got him the job.

    The streetcars running on his line went down Wisconsin Avenue a long way past Georgetown, (she didn't remember exactly where the line ended) and they turned around. Anyway from the car barn to Georgetown it had an electric line overhead and in Georgetown it was switched to underground.
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    Great story - thanks! It got me going though my pictures and, lo and behold, I found the museum has a Capital/D.C. Transit car. It was car No. 1304, built in 1941 by the St. Louis Car Co. for the Capital Transit Company. Fully restored, that car is the one on the left in the picture below at the back of the barn (the smallest of the six car barns on the property).

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    What are the chances your grandfather crossed paths with that car?
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    It’s possible for sure. Below are the 2 photos I have. My Aunt is going to look for more streetcar photos.

    With car 1010. Don’t know if this was his regular car.

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    He is on the right in his conductor’s uniform.

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    Seashore Trolley Pics 3: Below is a 1906 New Haven CT car built by the John Stephenson Car Co of NY. It was retired in 1948 and subsequently beautifully restored and maintained in running condition.

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    This trolley had been pulled out of the barn and was waiting its first passengers of the day. The interior of 1160 is shown below.

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    The above are two a series of pics taken on an early fall ride up to Maine. I will post more as I get them converted from RAW.
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    WOW.....just WOW!
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    Indeed. They did a stellar restoration job on that one. Here's another interior view of that car looking in the other direction. I skipped removing jpg noise so you could get a better look at the detail.

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