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PC: Fw: Re: Getting onboard
- Subject: PC: Fw: Re: Getting onboard
- From: "Stephen Foster" <wabash57@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 16:16:34 -0700
OK GUYS lets hear your stories like this one!
From: Stephen Foster <wabash57 -AT- worldnet.att.net>
To: The BN Guy <thebnguy -AT- swbell.net>; Railspot <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wednesday, September 09, 1998 7:53 AM
Subject: RS: Re: Getting onboard
>Patrick, and list,
>RE Cab rides aborted:
>Some years ago 1968 I think, I lived in Brookshire Texas when we first
>to Texas. I had a kodak 126 camera, and a super 8 movie camera, with slide
>film in the 126 (popular in those days).
>It was my habit before going to work to go the two blocks to the mkt tracks
>and watch the local switch the rice driers and cotton gin, feed store etc.
>Got lots of nice pix and some movies of the switching action on one
>occasion. That day the engineer, an old gentleman with a wonderful smile
>called me to climb on board. They had completed switching moves and were
>waiting on the passing siding at Brookshire (TX) to go westbound, but had
>wait a few minutes for an eastbound train to pass..... WOW... well got
>movies of the train approaching from the cab.... then the film ran out....
>the train started to move ..... and he says "COME GO WITH US TO
>SMITHVILLE... AND WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER CREW BRING YOU BACK!"
>And me out of film, and my old 57 Buick Ragtop still running at trackside
>had to decline and hop off MOVING locomotive!
>Been crying over that lost opportunity for some 30 years now!
>There were other occasions like riding to Galveston on the "Salty" in the
>cab of an F7 at night, In the cab of a new Santa Fe AC in Kansas, and
>numerous steam cab rides... but I have always regretted leaving that durn
>car running that day! Would have skipped work and taken consequences
>whatever that might have been (Manager of a Walgreen drug store at that
>in Houston). Now it is UP and the Usually Parked RR has torn up track
>between Katy Tx and Houston. No more red MKT to get a cab ride on or to
>and life goes on.
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