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Re: Doe River Gorge Speeders

Lee Bishop
 

Wow, great looking ET speeder!
When I was at DRG back in August, Jeremiah was nice enough to take
me and my nephew up the gorge, and he talked about getting the
speeder restored and this is exactly how he described how it was
going to look when he was done!
I can't wait to see the photos from when he takes it onto the White
Pass & Yukon, like he said he eventually would!



--- In Tweetsie@yahoogroups.com, "Phil Raynes" <prraynes@...> wrote:

Hi,

Just a quick note: the Doe River Gorge has two new speeders! One
is an
eSpeeder (battery driven, no polutants!), and the other is
Jeremiah
Nave's rebuilt Fairmont A-4 resplendant in ET&WNC colors
(Excellent
job, Jeremiah!!!). Check out the news page at the Doe River Gorge
website:
http://doerivergorge.com/news/

Is anyone interested in a track work week/weekend either the week
and
weekend after Easter, or the following week/weekend??? Let me or
Mark
Know ASAP.

Phil Raynes


Re: GSMR

bart davis <bartdavis28211@...>
 

Jonathan, GSMR is a fun railroad, I worked there up
until I graduated from WCU in 2004. Nice rural
mountain shortline. 1702 has several issues, the flues
need to be replaced as do portions of the firebox.
Flues started leaking in late 2004 and the flues have
been cut out of the boiler. No timetable as to when
she will be back, GSMR seems to practice the *when we
get around to it* philosophy when it comes to steam.
Id love to see all of the plans Jerry mentioned below,
but GSMR is a LONG way from 100% steam operations. The
locals guys down there are pretty good with steam, its
just a matter of management giving them the funding to
repair 1702. When you have 4 deezuls to back ya up,
repairing steam isnt a big priority. Tweetsie HAS to
have steam and they have VERY knowledgable folks in
their shop and the financial means to keep their girls
in top shape. Just my 2 cents on it.

Bart

--- gledford55 <gledford55@yahoo.com> wrote:

--- In Tweetsie@yahoogroups.com, David Pressley
<notelvis2@...>
wrote:

Wonder what's wrong with the 1702? She was out of
service last
year too. The folks at GSMR are not too open about
the state of
their steam program. Maybe they ought to have the
crew from Tweetsie
take a look at their locomotives.

They might not want to hear what the experts at
Tweetsie would tell
them.

GSMR was on WLOS TV back in January talking about
their plans to;

1. Build a shop and turntable at Bryson City

2. Build a hotel at Bryson City

3. Go to an all steam operation

4. Enlarge/ heighten Cowee tunnel to acomodate high
chip cars.

I really do hope it all comes true.

Jerry Ledford, long lost relative of Fitzpatrick
Pennington Ledford,
ET&WNC agent, Cranberry NC




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Doe River Gorge Speeders

Phil Raynes <prraynes@...>
 

Hi,

Just a quick note: the Doe River Gorge has two new speeders! One is an
eSpeeder (battery driven, no polutants!), and the other is Jeremiah
Nave's rebuilt Fairmont A-4 resplendant in ET&WNC colors (Excellent
job, Jeremiah!!!). Check out the news page at the Doe River Gorge
website:
http://doerivergorge.com/news/

Is anyone interested in a track work week/weekend either the week and
weekend after Easter, or the following week/weekend??? Let me or Mark
Know ASAP.

Phil Raynes


Re: GSMR

gledford55
 

--- In Tweetsie@yahoogroups.com, David Pressley <notelvis2@...>
wrote:

Wonder what's wrong with the 1702? She was out of service last
year too. The folks at GSMR are not too open about the state of
their steam program. Maybe they ought to have the crew from Tweetsie
take a look at their locomotives.

They might not want to hear what the experts at Tweetsie would tell
them.

GSMR was on WLOS TV back in January talking about their plans to;

1. Build a shop and turntable at Bryson City

2. Build a hotel at Bryson City

3. Go to an all steam operation

4. Enlarge/ heighten Cowee tunnel to acomodate high chip cars.

I really do hope it all comes true.

Jerry Ledford, long lost relative of Fitzpatrick Pennington Ledford,
ET&WNC agent, Cranberry NC


Re: GSMR

Rob Bell
 

At 08:53 AM 3/16/2006, you wrote:

Last weekend I took my girlfriend down to Dillsboro to ride on the
old Murphy branch.
Next time go to Andrews and ride the Red Marble Gap excursion...Lotsa nice steep grades...


Robert Bell
Division Chief,
White Pass & Yukon Route,
Poplar Division
Waynesville, NC


Re: GSMR

Robert L. Harris <rlhjr@...>
 

In searching for answers for a situaution like this start with money.
rlh

Robert L. Harris
rlhjr@bellsouth.net



David Pressley wrote:

Wonder what's wrong with the 1702? She was out of service last year too. The folks at GSMR are not too open about the state of their steam program. Maybe they ought to have the crew from Tweetsie take a look at their locomotives.



Re: GSMR

David Pressley
 

Wonder what's wrong with the 1702? She was out of service last year too. The folks at GSMR are not too open about the state of their steam program. Maybe they ought to have the crew from Tweetsie take a look at their locomotives.

gledford55 <gledford55@yahoo.com> wrote: --- In Tweetsie@yahoogroups.com, "Jonathan Pleasant"
<sigmunddragonslayer@...> wrote:


Last weekend I took my girlfriend down to Dillsboro to ride on the
old Murphy branch.
Make sure you get a woman who can put up with your love of trains!

Did you ask them when they would have steam back? Doesn't look like
anytime soon to me.

Jerry Ledford






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Re: GSMR

gledford55
 

--- In Tweetsie@yahoogroups.com, "Jonathan Pleasant"
<sigmunddragonslayer@...> wrote:


Last weekend I took my girlfriend down to Dillsboro to ride on the
old Murphy branch.
Make sure you get a woman who can put up with your love of trains!

Did you ask them when they would have steam back? Doesn't look like
anytime soon to me.

Jerry Ledford


Re: GSMR

David Pressley
 

Hey Jonathan,

I'm glad that you had such a good time riding the GSMR. My first apartment after I got out of college and went to work was in Cherokee County, NC about 50 yards from the Murphy Branch line in the Tomotla Community. That's between Andrews and Murphy on the portion that is now out-of-service.

Let me suggest some other train ride possibilities that are within a half-day drive of the Johnson City area - I think any of these would appeal to you for different reasons -

1) The Tennessee Valley RR Museum 'Dixieland' excursions are really good. Look for the 'Steam All The Way' or 'Autumn Leaf Specials' where they make an all day trip from Chattanooga down to Summerville, GA and turn the steam locomotive on a turntable in the city park there. These trips usually include a photo run-by.

2) The Tennessee Central Railroad Museum in Nashville runs regular excursions over the remaining portion of the old Tennessee Central Railroad. My favorites are the all-day trips from Nashville to Cookeville, TN using vintage E-8 passenger diesels (as opposed to the freight diesels at GSMR) and streamlined passenger equipment. Book early and go the extra money for a seat in the dome car. It's a ride you will not forget.

3) The Cass Scenic Railroad in Cass, WV is probably the best example of a logging railroad that you will ever find. Switchbacks on the mountains, shay locomotives, awesome scenery. Take the all day trip that goes to the top of Bald Knob or maybe even the one on Fridays that ventures over to the Big Cut.

Finally, as you get older and venture further away, go to Colorado and ride both the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic and the Durango and Silverton. Anyone who loves the ET&WNC will be thrilled by these examples of what they could do with narrow guage tracks. Personally, I prefer the C&T but it's a matter of personal taste and that differs from one person to the next.

Happy Travels,
David

Jonathan Pleasant <sigmunddragonslayer@yahoo.com> wrote:

Last weekend I took my girlfriend down to Dillsboro to ride on the
old Murphy branch. I hadn't ever been to the Great Smokey Mountains
Railway, but after stepping foot on that train I knew I'd be back.
Since I can do little more than walk the ET&WNC it was nice to finally
ride on the rails. With the exception of Tweetsie, Dollywood, and a
short ride on the chattanooga choo choo, I've not really been a
passenger on a train for any amount of time. The experience was
amazing, and I highly recommend going down there a getting a ticket.
With a little imagination (and sometimes a lot!!) you can almost
believe you are riding into North Carolina on the ET. Its just
unfortunate that they are refurbishing their steam loco and will only
have diesel rides this year.
--Jonathan Pleasant





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GSMR

Jonathan Pleasant
 

Last weekend I took my girlfriend down to Dillsboro to ride on the
old Murphy branch. I hadn't ever been to the Great Smokey Mountains
Railway, but after stepping foot on that train I knew I'd be back.
Since I can do little more than walk the ET&WNC it was nice to finally
ride on the rails. With the exception of Tweetsie, Dollywood, and a
short ride on the chattanooga choo choo, I've not really been a
passenger on a train for any amount of time. The experience was
amazing, and I highly recommend going down there a getting a ticket.
With a little imagination (and sometimes a lot!!) you can almost
believe you are riding into North Carolina on the ET. Its just
unfortunate that they are refurbishing their steam loco and will only
have diesel rides this year.
--Jonathan Pleasant


Re: ET&WNC Employee list available

David Pressley
 

gledford55 <gledford55@yahoo.com> wrote: Wonder what FP stands for? Felton Peterson? Franklin Persimmon?

Jerry Ledford, Etowah NC

Felony Perpertrator?
Hey Jerry!






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Re: ET&WNC Employee list available

Dick Sossomon <dbs_70@...>
 

Foot Print ? Federal Property? Field Peas ? I better stop before it gets too bad.

Dick

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To: Tweetsie@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 2:18 PM
Subject: [Tweetsie] Re: ET&WNC Employee list available


--- In Tweetsie@yahoogroups.com, "Ken Riddle" <keriddle@...> wrote:
>
> I borrowed the holy cigar box and made a spreadsheet showing all the
> employees carried on the railroad books from 1936-1982.

I noticed there is no info about F P Ledford on the employee list. I
could have told you that. Us Ledfords are mean ornery and mysterious!
Wonder what FP stands for? Felton Peterson? Franklin Persimmon?

Jerry Ledford, Etowah NC






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Re: Rachel in Texas (photo)

Philip Snyder <psnyder01@...>
 

Hey Steve....thanks for the link.

She looked happier at DRG. ;)

I noticed that we lost Bob Soule last month. I never got to meet him face-to-face, but we talked on the phone a couple of times and he wrote me a couple of nice letters back when we were trying to raise money for #4501 in '94. He always seemed like a really nice guy and a railfan to the core. I'm sure he will be missed.

Philip

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Re: ET&WNC Employee list available

gledford55
 

--- In Tweetsie@yahoogroups.com, "Ken Riddle" <keriddle@...> wrote:

I borrowed the holy cigar box and made a spreadsheet showing all the
employees carried on the railroad books from 1936-1982.
I noticed there is no info about F P Ledford on the employee list. I
could have told you that. Us Ledfords are mean ornery and mysterious!
Wonder what FP stands for? Felton Peterson? Franklin Persimmon?

Jerry Ledford, Etowah NC


Rachel in Texas (photo)

srfreer
 


Re: More Johnson City Railroad Music

johnny graybeal
 

I could raise steam. There was just a hole in the boiler that kept letting it out.
Funny Ken,
Johnny

-----Original Message-----
From: keriddle1958 <keriddle@yatesind.com>
Sent: Mar 14, 2006 8:54 PM
To: Tweetsie@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Tweetsie] More Johnson City Railroad Music

Looks like we have a new page up at Henry's. 9A, all about the CC&O,
accompanied by Al Hopkins and His Buckle-Busters. The tune is "CC&O
Number 558"

558 was one of the 2-6-6-2 mallets, and Fogless Bill was engineer J.
Fred Leonard. His nickname was Fogless Bill. I was told he got the
nickname as a cub fireman, when he couldn't raise enough steam to make
fog come out of the whistle.

Fogless Johnny??

Ken


Re: Johnson City Blues

Alan Bridwell <barstow54@...>
 

Ken it is now official. Our friend Bob L. Cox, noted music historian and great nephew of "Fiddlin" Charlie Bowman, has joined our Johnson's Depot freelance railroad history alliance. Bob's website is http://www.bcyesteryear.com/ and he writes a history column for the Johnson City Press each Monday. These old recordings were new to me but I appreciate you and Bob introducing me to Charlie Bowman and the Johnson City Columbia record sessions from the 1920s.

The oldtime music of the Appalachias ran strong through Asheville, Johnson City and Bristol and included Jimmie Rodgers. How they got the fiddle/railroad sounds is amazing. Bob said that Charlie Bowman hung out in Johnson City practicing matching his fiddle to the railroad whistle and train sounds. Bob has a forthcoming book by the Univ. of Tennessee Press coming out in the fall on the local music history featuring the Bowmans and others. Bob lives presently in Columbia, South Carolina but is in Johnson City quite a bit.

Supposedly the Charlie Bowman band known as the Hill Billies was the first country music "group" that reached national popularity. As with most "firsts" they did not know they had done anything people 100 years later would consider special.

I just put the audio file "Moonshiner and his Money" on the old time music page:

http://www.johnsonsdepot.com/oldtime/oldtime.htm

This song really shows what great entertainers these guys were and you know what a lively show they could have put on.

Thanks for sending me these audio files and have you got any more tunes from these guys? I hope we can get more of this music on the website and eventually some video as well - maybe a little vintage tweetsie footage or a short clip from the Tennessee Tweetsie movie. Let me know if the music files play on your computers ok as this is a beta test. The Clinchfield page has some major glitches I hope to get ironed out tomorrow.


keriddle1958 <keriddle@yatesind.com> wrote:
Henry has put the 1928 recording of "Johnson City Blues" on the main
page at johnsonsdepot.com.

It is a way cool tune, recorded by a guy named Clarence Green in
Johnson City in 1928. I had to right click it and click on "play" to
make it go.

Just needs a 12-string bass part I think!!
Ken





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More Johnson City Railroad Music

Ken Riddle
 

Looks like we have a new page up at Henry's. 9A, all about the CC&O,
accompanied by Al Hopkins and His Buckle-Busters. The tune is "CC&O
Number 558"

558 was one of the 2-6-6-2 mallets, and Fogless Bill was engineer J.
Fred Leonard. His nickname was Fogless Bill. I was told he got the
nickname as a cub fireman, when he couldn't raise enough steam to make
fog come out of the whistle.

Fogless Johnny??

Ken


Re: Johnson City Blues

Philip Snyder <psnyder01@...>
 

DOH! You beat me to it Ken! ;)

Philip
www.12stringbass.net

Henry has put the 1928 recording of "Johnson City Blues" on the main
page at johnsonsdepot.com.

It is a way cool tune, recorded by a guy named Clarence Green in
Johnson City in 1928. I had to right click it and click on "play" to
make it go.

Just needs a 12-string bass part I think!!
Ken


Johnson City Blues

Ken Riddle
 

Henry has put the 1928 recording of "Johnson City Blues" on the main
page at johnsonsdepot.com.

It is a way cool tune, recorded by a guy named Clarence Green in
Johnson City in 1928. I had to right click it and click on "play" to
make it go.

Just needs a 12-string bass part I think!!
Ken

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