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locked Passenger Car Lettering

Evan Miller
 

Hello all. When did Southern begin to use this simplified lettering on passenger cars?
http://southern.railfan.net/images/archive/southern/passenger/575.jpg


locked Charleston Union Station

George Eichelberger
 

There have been multiple conversations on the SouthernRailway.io group that describe the extent of the material in the SRHA archives. Although it will never be possible to make even a small portion of the archives available on-line, as people may be spending more time at home than usual we have uploaded an entire file on Charleston Union Station to Google Drive. Anyone interested in the subject can do their own “primary research” on what is probably an unknown aspect of Southern Railway history.

The following link to Google Drive contains 183 individual scans of letters and newspaper clippings beginning with the fire that destroyed Charleston Union station January 10, 1947 continuing to 1954. Maps and photos of Charleston are located in other files.


Please note that this is probably a one-time upload of an entire file. We simply do not have the volunteer manpower to repeat it. For anyone interested in this level of research, consider joining or donating to the SRHA archives.

Also, please provide your comments….

Ike


locked Re: Archives Work Session March

Doug Alexander
 

I'd say that's the right call.  Heck, TVRM is itself shut down, I guess as a result of the Mayor's proclamation.


Doug Alexander

Model Trains Department
HobbyTownUSA
840 Barrett Parkway NW 
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Main   770-426-8800
Cell     404-272-2986



On Friday, March 13, 2020, 04:26:59 PM EDT, Jim Thurston <jthurston@...> wrote:


After discussions we have decided to cancel the Archives Work Session scheduled for next week (20-21 March).

This is in an  "abundance of caution" regarding COVID-19. Although we're not a large group, almost everyone who attends falls into the elevated or high risk category. Losing any one of our few people would be a heavy blow. Travel, restaurants, motels, etc, just provide more exposure. A risk we don't need to run.

The mayor of Chattanooga declared a state of emergency this morning, in order to close libraries, senior centers and youth centers, and to suspend event permits. There are no confirmed cases in Chattanooga yet. But the number of cases in Tennessee doubled yesterday from 9 to 18. Fourteen of these are in the Nashville area. Georgia has 42 confirmed cases, all in the northwest region of the state. Nobody, of course, has a clue as to the real numbers.

Concern is that we may be entering a period where cases may spike. Some talk about the next 7-10 days. Our work can wait.. Hopefully, we might pick up again next month.

Jim Thurston
SRHA





--
Doug Alexander
Atlanta


locked Re: Archives Work Session March

wayland moore
 

Jim,

Take care of yourself.

Take care,

WLM

Found the "other" Southern Railway FaceBook page and lost a few hours looking at it.  Some interesting tales and photos.

I got a call a couple days later for a mainline trip as a flagman, and I had to report at the conductor's room. The call office had a sliding window into the room on one side, and the operator had one on the other side where we picked up our orders and waybills.
www.facebook.com



From: main@SouthernRailway.groups.io <main@SouthernRailway.groups.io> on behalf of Jim Thurston <jthurston@...>
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020 6:26 PM
To: main@SouthernRailway.groups.io <main@SouthernRailway.groups.io>
Subject: [Special] [SouthernRailway] Archives Work Session March
 
After discussions we have decided to cancel the Archives Work Session scheduled for next week (20-21 March).

This is in an  "abundance of caution" regarding COVID-19. Although we're not a large group, almost everyone who attends falls into the elevated or high risk category. Losing any one of our few people would be a heavy blow. Travel, restaurants, motels, etc, just provide more exposure. A risk we don't need to run.

The mayor of Chattanooga declared a state of emergency this morning, in order to close libraries, senior centers and youth centers, and to suspend event permits. There are no confirmed cases in Chattanooga yet. But the number of cases in Tennessee doubled yesterday from 9 to 18. Fourteen of these are in the Nashville area. Georgia has 42 confirmed cases, all in the northwest region of the state. Nobody, of course, has a clue as to the real numbers.

Concern is that we may be entering a period where cases may spike. Some talk about the next 7-10 days. Our work can wait.. Hopefully, we might pick up again next month.

Jim Thurston
SRHA





locked Archives Work Session March

Jim Thurston
 

After discussions we have decided to cancel the Archives Work Session scheduled for next week (20-21 March).

This is in an  "abundance of caution" regarding COVID-19. Although we're not a large group, almost everyone who attends falls into the elevated or high risk category. Losing any one of our few people would be a heavy blow. Travel, restaurants, motels, etc, just provide more exposure. A risk we don't need to run.

The mayor of Chattanooga declared a state of emergency this morning, in order to close libraries, senior centers and youth centers, and to suspend event permits. There are no confirmed cases in Chattanooga yet. But the number of cases in Tennessee doubled yesterday from 9 to 18. Fourteen of these are in the Nashville area. Georgia has 42 confirmed cases, all in the northwest region of the state. Nobody, of course, has a clue as to the real numbers.

Concern is that we may be entering a period where cases may spike. Some talk about the next 7-10 days. Our work can wait.. Hopefully, we might pick up again next month.

Jim Thurston
SRHA





locked train show: Harrisburg, Penna. Saturday, March 14

Cohen Bob
 

Just a little reminder of the annual Harrisburg, Penna train show this Saturday, March 14, 2020.

 

It will be held from 9 am to 3 pm at the I.W. Abel Union Hall of the Steelworkers Union at 200 Gibson Street in Steelton, Pa. 17113.

Admission is $5 and kids are free and like all these things, you never quite know who and what's gonna be there. 

No doubt there will be models and parts a plenty but there should also be a goodly selection of railroad books, magazines both current, recent and who knows what else, railroadianna, papers issued by the railroads and depending upon whom you see and how anxious you are to acquire their wares, or how anxious they are to sell their goodies, the negotiations are often-times where the real fun is. No doubt some timetables of your favorite railroads will be there as well, so make sure to get there early and cherry-pick the goodies. Videos of all RR subjects imaginable should also be there and a test track for your new purchased models is also present, not to mention some operating modular layouts.

If you are hungry, there's a snack bar as well.

In addition, the sponsoring club, the Harrisburg Chapter, NRHS will have their Harris Tower open for tours and viewing at the Amtrak/former PRR station so there's another option, and who knows what action your camera might record while there.

How do you get to the show?

I'm glad YOU asked that:

It is located 1 mile south of I-83 in Harrisburg. From I-83N, use Exit 44b, then go south on 19th Street to Gibson, turn RIGHT, and follow your nose until you get to the Union Hall. From I-83S, use Exit 44 B, make a left at the stop sign, then left on Paxton St., then right onto 19th Street to Gibson. Turn Right on Gibson and once again, follow your nose.

Hope to see you there and hope you have a great time.

 

Bob Cohen


locked Re: Derail sign

Stephen Warner
 

Don't forget the SR standard for derails on tracks descending to main tracks. In the early 70's we were instructed to make a report on those locations, and many of them were replaced with switchpoint derails, as well as all new track constrcution.  The direction of the points were away from the main tracks.  If I recall correctly, they had a standard switch target.  Prior to this, I had a call to go to Greenland where the ASG Glass plant had a descending lead with a Hayes derail.  A hopper car had run down the lead, hopped over the derail and kept going out onto the (dark) main line.  Never got a wheel off of the rail except momentarily when the wheel "in the air"  over the derail.  No main line trains were involved, but it may have been industry-caused or the local may have let one get away.  We replaced it with a sw. pt. derail.  In another instance, the Night Local got one over the Hayes flop-over derail at Frisco Yd, shoving in a set off.  It was a new brakeman, and he threw off the adjacent derail to the track that he lined up.  Clarence McGee, my ATS used to say that the one thing that worked on SR was the derail.  But at Greenland he was wrong.


locked train show reminder: Harrisburg, Penna. Saturday, March 14

Cohen Bob
 

Just a little reminder of the annual Harrisburg, Penna train show on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

It will be held from 9 am to 3 pm at the I.W. Abel Union Hall of the Steelworkers Union at 200 Gibson Street in Steelton, Pa. 17113.

Admission is $5 and kids are free and like all these things, you never quite know who and what's gonna be there. 

No doubt there will be models and parts a plenty but there should also be a goodly selection of railroad books, magazines both current, recent and who knows what else, railroadianna, papers issued by the railroads and depending upon whom you see and how anxious you are to acquire their wares, or how anxious they are to sell their goodies, the negotiations are often-times where the real fun is. No doubt some timetables of your favorite railroads will be there as well, so make sure to get there early and cherry-pick the goodies. Videos of all RR subjects imaginable should also be there and a test track for your new purchased models is also present, not to mention some operating modular layouts.

If you are hungry, there's a snack bar as well.

In addition, the sponsoring club, the Harrisburg Chapter, NRHS will have their Harris Tower open for tours and viewing at the Amtrak/former PRR station so there's another option, and who knows what action your camera might record while there.

How do you get to the show?

Here is what I have:

It is located 1 mile south of I-83 in Harrisburg. From I-83N, use Exit 44b, then go south on 19th Street to Gibson, turn RIGHT, and follow your nose until you get to the Union Hall. From I-83S, use Exit 44 B, make a left at the stop sign, then left on Paxton St., then right onto 19th Street to Gibson. Turn Right on Gibson and once again, follow your nose.

Hope to see you there and hope you have a great time.

Bob Cohen



locked Re: Derail sign

Paul Schmidt
 

Much thanks! So no "D" or "Derail" or "Attend Derail" pointing out the obvious. Explains why I can't find anything. ...
--
Paul Schmidt
Sequim WA


locked Re: Derail sign

Paul Schmidt
 

That's the era, Bill! I've searched the web for a photo --anything -- of what that sign would look like. 
--
Paul Schmidt
Sequim WA


locked Re: Derail sign

David Payne
 


Well, except when “newly installed” and the crew of the Griffin-Yates turn blind shoves into the passing track ... oops ... apparently working well in either direction.
DP


On Mar 4, 2020, at 1:14 PM, Carl Ardrey <carlardrey2005@...> wrote:

Painted orange, standards for location, and I promise we all knew where they were.
CEA


On Mar 4, 2020, at 11:11 AM, pschmidt3013@... wrote:

Understood. So how did the Southern indicate to TY&E that a derail was present?
--
Paul Schmidt
Sequim WA


locked Re: Derail sign

 

Used to be you had to know the territory. Logic says a derail protects against a movement coming out into the main line at spur tracks, at industries like tank farms where there are connections to cars ( usually under blue flag protection controlled by the plant) , shop areas, etc etc .

Just look for the large lump of orange iron, and make sure it’s off before entering the track.

Had an old school roadforeman always tell the new hires “ kid don’t call me at 2 am to let me know the derail works”. It was drilled into us to know where they were on our territory and not to run them over .

Todd Pearson


On Mar 4, 2020, at 10:13 AM, pschmidt3013@... wrote:

Understood. So how did the Southern indicate to TY&E that a derail was present?
--
Paul Schmidt
Sequim WA


locked Re: Derail sign

Carl Ardrey
 

Painted orange, standards for location, and I promise we all knew where they were.
CEA


On Mar 4, 2020, at 11:11 AM, pschmidt3013@... wrote:

Understood. So how did the Southern indicate to TY&E that a derail was present?
--
Paul Schmidt
Sequim WA


locked Re: Derail sign

Bill Schafer
 

What time era are you interested in? In the 1970s, we painted the derails white. Otherwise, no other indication was necessary. 

—Bill

On Mar 4, 2020, at 8:10 AM, pschmidt3013@... wrote:

Understood. So how did the Southern indicate to TY&E that a derail was present?
--
Paul Schmidt
Sequim WA


locked Re: Derail sign

Paul Schmidt
 

Understood. So how did the Southern indicate to TY&E that a derail was present?
--
Paul Schmidt
Sequim WA


locked Re: Derail sign

Carl Ardrey
 

Paul:
No such animal.  The derail sign is a General Code of Operating Rules requirement, not SOU.
CEA

On March 4, 2020 at 5:29 AM pschmidt3013@... wrote:

I'm looking for a photo of a Southern derail or "D" sign/target.

Thank you.
--
Paul Schmidt
Sequim WA

 


locked Derail sign

Paul Schmidt
 

I'm looking for a photo of a Southern derail or "D" sign/target.

Thank you.
--
Paul Schmidt
Sequim WA


locked Derailment, Springfiled, VA

Carl Ardrey
 

Attached is first telegraphic report of derailment of No 38, Springfield, VA, 1905, from SRHA archives.


locked Re: What was disposition of Harry Borsum's slide collection

O Fenton Wells
 

When I was working on my Smooth Side book, I tracked down a person who had some of Borsum's smooth side slides.  I tracked down his daughter and was told that he had passed and I think she gave me the lead for the new owner, not sure.
I can't find the email that I received from the gentleman who sent me good slides so that I could scan them.  I will see if I can find it and if so I'll send the info to you.  I'm not sure how many of Borsum's slides he had just that I was interested in the smooth side cars.
Fenton

On Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 10:20 AM Jim King <jimking3@...> wrote:

Ooops, got the 2 Harry’s confused.  Thanks for clarifying, Bill.  The question still remains:  where did Harry Borsum’s slides end up?

 

Jim King

http://smokymountainmodelworks.com/

 


--
Jim King
http://smokymountainmodelworks.com



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Fenton Wells
250 Frye Rd
Pinehurst NC 28374
910-420-8106
srrfan1401@...


locked Re: What was disposition of Harry Borsum's slide collection

Jim King
 

Ooops, got the 2 Harry’s confused.  Thanks for clarifying, Bill.  The question still remains:  where did Harry Borsum’s slides end up?

 

Jim King

http://smokymountainmodelworks.com/

 


--
Jim King
http://smokymountainmodelworks.com

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