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Re: Combines, #15 & others

Bob Yarger <ryarger@...>
 

Most mail was moved in sacks, but most mail cars also had such a letter
slot. They say that in the primitive days of the 1940s, a letter dropped
in the slot of a Rutland RR mail car in Rutland, VT could make it to Boston
and be delivered IN THE SAME DAY. Not quite e-mail speed, but pretty darn
good.

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From: Jerry Shepardson <j.shepardson@...>
To: Tweetsie group <Tweetsie@...>
Subject: [Tweetsie] Combines, #15 & others
Date: Tuesday, January 05, 1999 8:25 AM

The attached B&W jpg photo shows the letter box built into the sides of
combine 15. I assume it was so folks could drop their mail in like we
would at the Post Office today (DUH!) Was this common on an RPO? I
always assumed an RPO received it's mail in bags from the PO, not
individual letters. Was this another example of Tweetsie's down-home
service?
--
Jerry A. Shepardson

J.shepardson@...
or
CMSTC@...

The Southern Serves the South


Re: Combines, #15 & others

Curtis Brookshire <curtis.brookshire@...>
 

Most, if not all RPOs had a letter slot. That is one feature of the
"working" RPO that we lost when first class mail went airborne and the rest
went sealed. Most solid mail trains carried many "storage mail" cars -
they're sealed baggage cars - and at least one working RPO. Additionally
many passenger trains had either working RPOs and/or Storage Mail cars in
their head ends. In the last 15 years or so of RR owned passenger service
the mail and express often was what paid the bills. When the Post Office
Department (USPS came along in 1970) removed mail from most trains, that
finished off the passenger business and led to Amtrak. Combine 15 and RPOs
18 and 21 were just common RPOs serving a short line.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry Shepardson <j.shepardson@...>
To: Tweetsie group <Tweetsie@...>
Date: Tuesday, January 05, 1999 8:33 AM
Subject: [Tweetsie] Combines, #15 & others


The attached B&W jpg photo shows the letter box built into the sides of
combine 15. I assume it was so folks could drop their mail in like we
would at the Post Office today (DUH!) Was this common on an RPO? I
always assumed an RPO received it's mail in bags from the PO, not
individual letters. Was this another example of Tweetsie's down-home
service?
--
Jerry A. Shepardson

J.shepardson@...
or
CMSTC@...

The Southern Serves the South


Combines, #15 & others

Karl & Edwina Kleeman <kleenc@...>
 

A letter box on the mail car was common. A friend who's dad was a RPO
clerk said it allowed people from small towns
to mail a letter without the local postmaster seeing to whom they were
sending mail.

That is what I was told. Karl Kleeman, Raleigh kleenc@...


Re: Combines, #15 & others

Gary B Scoggins <Gary.B.Scoggins@...>
 

For whatever it's worth, my mother and her older sisters all recall vividly
times when they put mail on the 15 (in Boone) via the mail slot and had it
in the hands of the recepient before day's end. Anyone try to mail
something out of Boone recently? Who said we live in a land of progress?


Re: Photos

johnny graybeal <johnnyg@...>
 

Nope,
Haven't been there. The first person I would think of is Ken Riddle
Johnny Graybeal

-----Original Message-----
From: John Waite <jwaite@...>
To: Tweetsie@... <Tweetsie@...>
Date: Wednesday, January 06, 1999 4:30 PM
Subject: [Tweetsie] Photos


From: John Waite <jwaite@...>

Hello,
I'm am trying to locate someone who has been to the East Tennessee Railway
in recent weeks and has photos of the two new SW1200s. If you have such
photos let me know.

John Waite Technology Coordinator
De Soto Public Schools De Soto, MO 63020
Work: 1-314-586-1005 Home: 1-314-586-4573
E-Mail: jwaite@...
vdd000@...



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Re: Combines, #15 & others

johnny graybeal <johnnyg@...>
 

The era of fast mail goes back even further. I have a postcard that was
postmarked in Roan Mtn. at 12:00 and postmarked again in Elizabethton at
1:00. Anyone care to guess how it got there. Oh, by the way the date is
1908.
Johnny graybeal

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary B Scoggins <Gary.B.Scoggins@...>
To: Tweetsie@... <Tweetsie@...>
Date: Wednesday, January 06, 1999 12:23 PM
Subject: [Tweetsie] Re: Combines, #15 & others


From: "Gary B Scoggins" <Gary.B.Scoggins@...>



For whatever it's worth, my mother and her older sisters all recall vividly
times when they put mail on the 15 (in Boone) via the mail slot and had it
in the hands of the recepient before day's end. Anyone try to mail
something out of Boone recently? Who said we live in a land of progress?



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Re: Combines, #15 & others

Curtis Brookshire <curtis.brookshire@...>
 

That train must have been a "fast mail" to make it from Roan Mountain to
Elizabethton in one hour and go through the Gorge. Guess the times are
approximate.
Curtis

-----Original Message-----
From: johnny graybeal <johnnyg@...>
To: Tweetsie@... <Tweetsie@...>
Date: Wednesday, January 06, 1999 10:50 PM
Subject: [Tweetsie] Re: Combines, #15 & others


From: "johnny graybeal" <johnnyg@...>

The era of fast mail goes back even further. I have a postcard that was
postmarked in Roan Mtn. at 12:00 and postmarked again in Elizabethton at
1:00. Anyone care to guess how it got there. Oh, by the way the date is
1908.
Johnny graybeal
-----Original Message-----
From: Gary B Scoggins <Gary.B.Scoggins@...>
To: Tweetsie@... <Tweetsie@...>
Date: Wednesday, January 06, 1999 12:23 PM
Subject: [Tweetsie] Re: Combines, #15 & others


From: "Gary B Scoggins" <Gary.B.Scoggins@...>



For whatever it's worth, my mother and her older sisters all recall
vividly
times when they put mail on the 15 (in Boone) via the mail slot and had it
in the hands of the recepient before day's end. Anyone try to mail
something out of Boone recently? Who said we live in a land of progress?



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Re: Combines, #15 & others

Charles Brumbelow <cbrumbelow@...>
 

Some (all?) Knoxville TN streetcars had mail slots . . . Charles

johnny graybeal wrote:


From: "johnny graybeal" <johnnyg@...>

The era of fast mail goes back even further. I have a postcard that was
postmarked in Roan Mtn. at 12:00 and postmarked again in Elizabethton at
1:00. Anyone care to guess how it got there. Oh, by the way the date is
1908.
Johnny graybeal
-----Original Message-----
From: Gary B Scoggins <Gary.B.Scoggins@...>
To: Tweetsie@... <Tweetsie@...>
Date: Wednesday, January 06, 1999 12:23 PM
Subject: [Tweetsie] Re: Combines, #15 & others

From: "Gary B Scoggins" <Gary.B.Scoggins@...>



For whatever it's worth, my mother and her older sisters all recall vividly
times when they put mail on the 15 (in Boone) via the mail slot and had it
in the hands of the recepient before day's end. Anyone try to mail
something out of Boone recently? Who said we live in a land of progress?


Re: Combines, #15 & others

baskette@...
 

An hour to go some 20 miles, not bad but isn't it down hill all the way ???? I
bet the reply to that post card took at least two hours. 8^)

Mike Baskette


Re: Photos

baskette@...
 

New locos on the ET? Wow, to be honest I'm quite surprised. Have they had an
upswing in business? From all the "hanging on by the skin of their teeth" talk
I've heard the past couple years , I thought by the end of this century they
would have folded and the route served by an NS local or something like that.
This will give me something to go look for when I return to Johnson City to
visit my parents. I have no idea what the train schedule is on the ET or if
they even have one for that matter. When and where are good times to catch them
working. What industries are they still serving?

Mike Baskette


Photos

John Waite <jwaite@...
 

Hello,
I'm am trying to locate someone who has been to the East Tennessee Railway
in recent weeks and has photos of the two new SW1200s. If you have such
photos let me know.

John Waite Technology Coordinator
De Soto Public Schools De Soto, MO 63020
Work: 1-314-586-1005 Home: 1-314-586-4573
E-Mail: jwaite@...
vdd000@...


Re: Photos

Ken Riddle <ken290@...>
 

I will get you some first of the week John--do you want prints or slides??

Ken

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From: johnny graybeal <johnnyg@...>
To: Tweetsie@...
Subject: [Tweetsie] Re: Photos
Date: Wednesday, January 06, 1999 9:40 PM

From: "johnny graybeal" <johnnyg@...>

Nope,
Haven't been there. The first person I would think of is Ken Riddle
Johnny Graybeal
-----Original Message-----
From: John Waite <jwaite@...>
To: Tweetsie@... <Tweetsie@...>
Date: Wednesday, January 06, 1999 4:30 PM
Subject: [Tweetsie] Photos


From: John Waite <jwaite@...>

Hello,
I'm am trying to locate someone who has been to the East Tennessee
Railway
in recent weeks and has photos of the two new SW1200s. If you have such
photos let me know.

John Waite Technology Coordinator
De Soto Public Schools De Soto, MO 63020
Work: 1-314-586-1005 Home: 1-314-586-4573
E-Mail: jwaite@...
vdd000@...



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Re: Photos

Ken Riddle <ken290@...>
 

The SW butthead engines burn about half as much fuel as those hopped up
GP9s do. They are a lot easier to switch with as well. The ET is solvent.

Ken

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From: baskette@...
To: Tweetsie@...
Subject: [Tweetsie] Re: Photos
Date: Thursday, January 07, 1999 7:55 AM

From: baskette@...

New locos on the ET? Wow, to be honest I'm quite surprised. Have they
had an
upswing in business? From all the "hanging on by the skin of their teeth"
talk
I've heard the past couple years , I thought by the end of this century
they
would have folded and the route served by an NS local or something like
that.
This will give me something to go look for when I return to Johnson City
to
visit my parents. I have no idea what the train schedule is on the ET or
if
they even have one for that matter. When and where are good times to
catch them
working. What industries are they still serving?

Mike Baskette



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Piggyback flatcars w/tailers

Phread <fred1945@...>
 

All,

Come on folks, I know there are more than 12 "Eastern" narrow gauge fans
and modelers lurking out there. To repeat myself, there is a
possibility of getting a "Limited Run" kit of the East Tennessee &
Western North Carolina Railroad's Piggyback flatcars produced, with
trailer. It is being considered in both HOn3 and On3 for the time
being. For those who want to know what they look like, please refer to
the October '94 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine. The article
is by George R. Gilbert, on page 74.

All those interested in this kit please contact me off-line at
"fred1945@..." so I can add you to the survey I'm running
for the manufacturer.

Come on guys, contact me so we can get this kit produced,...an
opportunity like this doesn't come around all that often these days!

Phread
fred1945@...


Re: Piggyback flatcars w/tailers

Charles Brumbelow <cbrumbelow@...>
 

Bachmann recently imported one of these in "G" . . . Charles

Phread wrote:


From: Phread <fred1945@...>

All,

Come on folks, I know there are more than 12 "Eastern" narrow gauge fans
and modelers lurking out there. To repeat myself, there is a
possibility of getting a "Limited Run" kit of the East Tennessee &
Western North Carolina Railroad's Piggyback flatcars produced, with
trailer. It is being considered in both HOn3 and On3 for the time
being. For those who want to know what they look like, please refer to
the October '94 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine. The article
is by George R. Gilbert, on page 74.

All those interested in this kit please contact me off-line at
"fred1945@..." so I can add you to the survey I'm running
for the manufacturer.


Re: Photos

Curtis Brookshire <curtis.brookshire@...>
 

Ken:

Please arrange to get these photos posted on the web. I'd love to see them.
How does Keith Holley like them?

Curtis


Re: Photos

Ken Riddle <ken290@...>
 

They look really great but they have had some electrical problems. Keith
said he has put 250 feet of wire in one of them. He is about to get them
where he wants and plans to turn the other GP loose the end of next week.

It has sure been a long time since there has been anything green in that
enginehouse!

They had a better year financially than they expected and business is still
steady.

Keith Holley and Earl Durden have kept that little railroad alive.

Ken

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From: Curtis Brookshire <curtis.brookshire@...>
To: Tweetsie@...
Subject: [Tweetsie] Re: Photos
Date: Friday, January 08, 1999 12:34 AM

From: "Curtis Brookshire" <curtis.brookshire@...>

Ken:

Please arrange to get these photos posted on the web. I'd love to see
them.
How does Keith Holley like them?

Curtis




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Re: Photos

John Waite <jwaite@...
 

The ETRy operates on an as needed schedule. The railroad is a two man
operation with Keith and Darrell doing all office work, shop work, track
work, and serving as the train crew. Business actually exceeded
expectations last year. The two new locomotives are SW1200s, one built in
1950 and the other in 1964. They were transferred to the ET from one of the
other operations owned by the parent company. I suspect they were brought
in because they would be cheaper to operate than the two locomotives they
had. By the way, those are going to Little Rock to another of the parent
company's short lines.

The SW1200s have been numbered 214 and 215. They were painted Southern
green with a gold stripe and white lettering. They tell me they are really
sharp looking.

John Waite Technology Coordinator
De Soto Public Schools De Soto, MO 63020
Work: 1-314-586-1005 Home: 1-314-586-4573
E-Mail: jwaite@...
vdd000@...


Re: Photos

Rick Blanchard <bdesign@...>
 

Folks,

They look really great but they have had some electrical problems. Keith
said he has put 250 feet of wire in one of them. He is about to get them
where he wants and plans to turn the other GP loose the end of next week.
Please get some shots of the departing GPs, especially some straight on
side and end shots that will help me do the decal sheets. For modeling
purposes, identifying any unusual features or add-ons that the units had on
departure is a big help. Same with the new units too.

"You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone" -- Joni Mitchell

Cheers,
Rick

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
Rick Blanchard
rick@...
San Diego, CA

My East Tennessee and Western North Carolina web site:
http://www.urbaneagle.com/slim/etwnc.html


Re: Piggyback flatcars w/tailers

C Ford <cfordart@...>
 

fred1945@...
Fred,
I'll buy a couple of HOn3 kits, put me down as a customer.

Thanks
Chris


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Chris Ford
cfordart@...

http://www.mindspring.com/~cfordart/etwnc/home.html