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Author:  060 Hogger [ Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:45 pm ]
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bbunge wrote:
But never a hot PRR steamer. Maybe, just maybe!,Bob


Try Williams Grove ... http://prr643.wix.com/wgrr1

Author:  Pennsy Power [ Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:31 pm ]
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I am drawn to his vast and fascinating history. Locomotives and cars are important but actually a small part of the business. There is so much more that goes on to run a railroad and that’s what draws me to the Pennsy. They had their own way of doing things that set them apart from everyone else.

Pennsy Power

Author:  060 Hogger [ Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:10 pm ]
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There is a lot of positive feeling in the wake of the old PRR.
Just to balance things and give a taste of the downside of an oligarchy,
I suggest delving into the history of the Philadelphia and Erie :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_and_Erie_Railroad

Recently, for my midwinter armchair railroading project, I waded through Homer Tope Rosenberger's monumental work on the topic:

http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=%22%20Philadelphia%20and%20Erie%20railroad.%22&type=Subject

It is at times, tedious. For the true historian and scholar, it is Filet Mignon.

It is also a periscope onto a peculiar malady, the petty politics of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania disease, which infects us to this day.

Author:  W.L.Avis [ Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:04 am ]
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I started life as a child. A very lucky one as I see it now having been drug along on my father's photograhic persuits in the last days of steam. Most of them were locally on the PRSL as he worked for them and was able to get to places 'normal' people couldn't. Scenes like these left a life long interest in both PRR and Reading steam power. Later I myself would be employed as a block operator for the PRSL making 6 generations of railroaders in the family.

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Author:  J3a-614 [ Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:21 pm ]
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Just to let you all know I've been watching this, and appreciating the comments and views; always interesting, at least to me, to hear what others say on something like this. Opens up your eyes, it does, and sometimes you see confirmations, too!

Author:  wilkinsd [ Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:58 am ]
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060 Hogger wrote:
It is also a periscope onto a peculiar malady, the petty politics of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania disease, which infects us to this day.


Such petty politics are not endemic to just the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Railroads in the 19th and into the 20th centuries wielded enormous political power.

If you can find a copy, a good book on a similar subject, but in Kentucky is Rail Routes South about how the city of Cincinnati battled the L&N railroad in the Kentucky General Assembly to build a railroad. The L&N didn't want the competiton, Cincinnati won eventually. (The Cincinnati Southern is leased to NS now).

After reading this book, I realized what the roots of some of the petty politics in Kentucky are based in.

Author:  bbunge [ Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:41 pm ]
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Jeff Lisowski wrote:

Curious as to which N&W power and how not PRR as you live in MD and Strasburg had Pennsy power operational in the '80's?

I've luckily seen an N&W J, A and M under steam.

And a Pennsy American and Atlantic.


Grew up in Columbus, only moved to Maryland in the 1990's. Just have never been able to swing a trip to Williams Grove yet. (sigh).

As to the N&W power, J, A, M and E.

Cheers,

Bob

Author:  superheater [ Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:31 pm ]
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"petty politics of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania"


Oh if people only saw what I saw from my little perch a few blocks away from the Dome....

Author:  Bob Davis [ Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:36 am ]
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When I saw "Pennsy Enthusiasm", my thoughts went to a long-ago colleague. His cubicle was a PRR admiration center. GG-1s, K-4s steamers and other views of the Standard Railroad let you know that even in Southern California, there are people who "bleed Tuscan Red". He was also a Sherlock Holmes fan; not sure how the two avocational interests correlate.

Author:  Richard Glueck [ Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:43 pm ]
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Bob, it is well documented that Sherlock Holmes was a Pennsy fan, too.

Author:  Bob Davis [ Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:52 pm ]
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I think I'll take that Holmes connection with PRR with a grain or two of salt, but his knowledge of one of the British railways helped him find clues in a document written aboard a train. One pair of avocational interests that I've noted in a number of rail enthusiasts is the combination of trolley cars and Wurlizter theatre organs.

Author:  Richard Glueck [ Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:27 am ]
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Bob, I know one such candidate in my home state, about sixty miles from me. Good friend, too.

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