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16th Annual Dallas Area Media-Slide Show & NRHS Open House 2022

Skip Waters
 

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!   Annual NRHS Slide-Show ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!

The Dallas Area Train Show (Plano, TX) will be Jan. 15 & 16, 2022. 
It will be held at the Plano Centre. 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway. 
Go East from Central Expressway (Exit 31)
Hours 10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday. 

More info at:
http://www.dfwtrainshows.com

THEN on Saturday Night, January 15th, 2022
The North Texas Chapter, National Railway Historical Society,
will host the 16th Annual Dallas Area Media-Slide Show and
NRHS Open House.

SHOW LOCATION: - NEW LOCATION!!!!
Interurban Railway Museum
901 East 15th Street
Plano, TX 75074

Show Time:  6:00pm until 9:00pm
(the Train Show closes at 5:00pm).

LIMITED TO THE FIRST 25 GUESTS!  (Sorry, Covid Rules)

Show Admission is free!
RETURN of the PIZZA PARTY!!!  
We will pass the hat for PIZZA and have it delivered midway through the show!

If YOU would like to be a presenter, please reply directly to me, 
Skip Waters <wgcrush@...>, NOT to any email or facebook group, 
NO LATER THAN 12:00 noon CST on Sunday, January 9th, 2022.  
If you know the subject of your presentation, please tell me 
(having a subject is not mandatory).
List type of media you plan to show: 
1) Slides, 2) Digital photos, 3) Videotape or 4) DVD.

After all presenters have identified themselves, I'll let them know
A.S.A.P. how much time each will have at the show.  You can go ahead
and start putting your material together now, but keep it adjustable so
you can make it fit the time allotted when I announce it after January
13th.  You'll still have about one week to finalize it after I make that
announcement.

One program note:  Please limit Video or DVD to 15 minutes.  
Slides will only be limited by the available time divided by the number of
presenters.

Remember, the DEADLINE for getting your name on the PRESENTATION LIST
is 12:00 noon CST on Sunday, January 12th.  
Don't miss the train, let me know today!  
Thanks for your interest! 

Happy New Year to all!

Please pass this on to anyone that might be interested in this show.

Best regards,
Skip Waters
Show Chairman
North Texas Chapter
National Railway Historical Society
214-987-2888 office
http://ntxnrhs.org


Railspot Lunch

Mike Murray
 

I got the Railspot Lunch set up for Jan. 15, 2022 at 1pm at Love and War in Plano, TX. I will start the lunch list after the first of the year.


Re: The Train That Makes a Thousand Stops

Tom Roise
 


This is the actual issue april 1954
Tom Roise
469-525-0930

On Dec 22, 2021, at 7:34 PM, Dennis Hogan <denmeg_hogan@...> wrote:



[Edited Message Follows]

I found an article in Railroad Magazine with that title.  Date unknown, but I
think 1954.  Author is Robert Hegge.
It relates the story of the Cotton Belt supply train ("peddler") that plied the
rails from Ilmo to Tyler and Commerce.  It departed Pine Bluff every other month.
The train consisted of a waycar, a tank car (for supplying gasoline), an old business
car, a supply car (a converted passenger or baggage car), and some gondolas attached to a local freight. 
The gondolas were used for picking up scrap.
Interesting!


Christmas rocks!

Dennis Hogan
 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Merry Christmas from Texas Zephyr Publishing

texaszephyr
 


With the pending CP-KCS merger looming on the horizon we decided this fall that we should take advantage of what was probably the Kansas City Southern's final fall foliage change on Rich Mountain. We spent a total of seven days heavily documenting the line between Heavener, Oklahoma and Mena, Arkansas, shooting trains at just about every location possible. While I shot video for my newest DVD, Marsha managed to take a large number of digital stills like the one above. By the end of our visit leaves like the ones on the right were rapidly turning brown.

Will this route still be KCS by next November? Probably not which makes our trip last month even more special.


Merry Christmas to all Railspotters

TZ


ATSF 2926 and PTC

Dennis Hogan
 

Getting closer to the reality of running one day:
https://railfan.com/santa-fe-2926-gets-positive-train-control/


UP will do major upgrades to Englewood Yard next month

d pep
 

https://www.up.com/customers/announcements/customernews/generalannouncements/CN2021-72.html


A.C. Greene's editorial about the "Sam Houston Zephyr"

Dennis Hogan
 
Edited

For those unfamiliar with A.C. Greene let us acknowledge he was a big name newspaper reporter
and author in Texas.  In 1965 he wrote an editorial in the Dallas Times Herald (I think) about cutbacks
in amenities in the consist of the "Sam Houston Zephyr."  
I'm attaching two letters written to A.C. by the district passenger agent of the FW&D responding to the
editorial.  These can be found in the A.C. Greene collection at UT Arlington.

A.C. was a railfan.  While working for the newspaper in Abilene in the early 1950s, he reported more than once
on the Wichita Valley doodlebug which ran between Wichita Falls and Abilene.  Check out Steve Goen's new book
on passenger trains of the Burlington Route for more SHZ information!


Re: The Train That Makes a Thousand Stops

Tom Roise
 

My mistake

My magazine is the Railroad Magazine
May , 1954.
The article is Saga of the Cotton Belt by Ches Parsell. 
Great history of the road from Fordyce to Gould. Conversion to standard gauge 
Making the railroad work and survive through tough times.

Tom Roise


On Dec 22, 2021, at 9:51 AM, Scott Kelm <skelm10@...> wrote:


Does anyone have the month this was published in, please?

On Wednesday, December 22, 2021, 09:48:31 AM CST, Tom Roise via groups.io <tomroise@...> wrote:


I think I have two copies of that entire issue. If I recall the entire issue covered the Cotton Belt.

Tom Roise


On Dec 22, 2021, at 9:11 AM, Dennis Hogan <denmeg_hogan@...> wrote:

I found an article in Railroad Magazine with that title.  Date unknown, but I
think 1954.  Author is Robert Hegge.
It relates the story of the Cotton Belt supply train ("peddler") that plied the
rails from Ilmo to Tyler and Commerce.  It departed Pine Bluff every other month.
The train consisted of a waycar, a tank car (for supplying gasoline), and old business
car, a supply car (a converted passenger or baggage car), and some gondolas attached to a local freight. 
The gondolas were used for picking up scrap.
Interesting!


Texas Interlocking Towers updates

Jim King
 

Updates to the following pages have been made recently at http://txrrhistory.com/towers/list_by_number.htm


Major Updates:

Towers 11 (West Orange) and 125 (Mauriceville), http://txrrhistory.com/towers/011/011.htm  (the Orange & Northwestern)

Tower 50, Morgan, http://txrrhistory.com/towers/050/050.htm

Tower 181, Mertens, http://txrrhistory.com/towers/181/181.htm



Minor Updates

Tower 64, Greenville, http://txrrhistory.com/towers/064/064.htm

Tower 101, Whitewright, http://txrrhistory.com/towers/101/101.htm

Tower 29, Saginaw, http://txrrhistory.com/towers/029/029.htm

 

--jk

 

Sent from Mail for Windows

 


An old photo of mine along the K.O.&G. line

Michael North
 

In Calvin OK. on a cold January day in 1989. Near the Candian river if I recall correctly. 


Re: The Train That Makes a Thousand Stops

Scott Kelm
 

Does anyone have the month this was published in, please?

On Wednesday, December 22, 2021, 09:48:31 AM CST, Tom Roise via groups.io <tomroise@...> wrote:


I think I have two copies of that entire issue. If I recall the entire issue covered the Cotton Belt.

Tom Roise


On Dec 22, 2021, at 9:11 AM, Dennis Hogan <denmeg_hogan@...> wrote:

I found an article in Railroad Magazine with that title.  Date unknown, but I
think 1954.  Author is Robert Hegge.
It relates the story of the Cotton Belt supply train ("peddler") that plied the
rails from Ilmo to Tyler and Commerce.  It departed Pine Bluff every other month.
The train consisted of a waycar, a tank car (for supplying gasoline), and old business
car, a supply car (a converted passenger or baggage car), and some gondolas attached to a local freight. 
The gondolas were used for picking up scrap.
Interesting!


Re: The Train That Makes a Thousand Stops

Tom Roise
 

I think I have two copies of that entire issue. If I recall the entire issue covered the Cotton Belt.

Tom Roise


On Dec 22, 2021, at 9:11 AM, Dennis Hogan <denmeg_hogan@...> wrote:

I found an article in Railroad Magazine with that title.  Date unknown, but I
think 1954.  Author is Robert Hegge.
It relates the story of the Cotton Belt supply train ("peddler") that plied the
rails from Ilmo to Tyler and Commerce.  It departed Pine Bluff every other month.
The train consisted of a waycar, a tank car (for supplying gasoline), and old business
car, a supply car (a converted passenger or baggage car), and some gondolas attached to a local freight. 
The gondolas were used for picking up scrap.
Interesting!


The Train That Makes a Thousand Stops

Dennis Hogan
 
Edited

I found an article in Railroad Magazine with that title.  Date unknown, but I
think 1954.  Author is Robert Hegge.
It relates the story of the Cotton Belt supply train ("peddler") that plied the
rails from Ilmo to Tyler and Commerce.  It departed Pine Bluff every other month.
The train consisted of a waycar, a tank car (for supplying gasoline), an old business
car, a supply car (a converted passenger or baggage car), and some gondolas attached to a local freight. 
The gondolas were used for picking up scrap.
Interesting!


SP ferries of the New Orleans area

Dennis Hogan
 

The author of the Industrial History blog just wrote a feature on the SP ferries (2 routes)
which once plied the Mississippi River:
SP ferries at New Orleans


Valley Eagle negative

texaszephyr
 

Did anyone on RS win a MoPac negative of the Valley Eagle at San Benito on eBay yesterday?

TZ


Re: UP and those Tumbling Tumblweeds

Chuck Macklin
 

Yeah, couldn’t take up rehearsal time for a buncha tumbleweeds.

 

From: Tom Roise [mailto:tomroise@...]
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2021 4:04 PM
To: rrbooks earth <railroadbooks@...>
Cc: RS-TALON@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Railspot] UP and those Tumbling Tumblweeds

 

Perfect

 

Someone else’s problem !!!

 

Tom Roise



On Dec 17, 2021, at 11:17 AM, rrbooks earth <railroadbooks@...> wrote:



Since the wind was ALWAYS blowing, just lift ‘em up above / around the fence and let them blow away.

 

From: Tom Roise [mailto:tomroise@...]
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2021 11:46 AM
To: Chuck Macklin <railroadbooks@...>
Cc: RS-TALON@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Railspot] UP and those Tumbling Tumblweeds

 

What did you do with them?

 

Tom Roise

 




On Dec 17, 2021, at 10:44 AM, Chuck Macklin <railroadbooks@...> wrote:

 wow boy, this brings it back - spending the first half hour of marching band practice clearing them off the field and away from all the chain link fences. "Dear old Big Spring High, keep thy black and gold sacred unto thee....."


Re: UP and those Tumbling Tumblweeds

Tom Roise
 

Perfect

Someone else’s problem !!!


Tom Roise

On Dec 17, 2021, at 11:17 AM, rrbooks earth <railroadbooks@...> wrote:



Since the wind was ALWAYS blowing, just lift ‘em up above / around the fence and let them blow away.

 

From: Tom Roise [mailto:tomroise@...]
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2021 11:46 AM
To: Chuck Macklin <railroadbooks@...>
Cc: RS-TALON@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Railspot] UP and those Tumbling Tumblweeds

 

What did you do with them?

 

Tom Roise

 



On Dec 17, 2021, at 10:44 AM, Chuck Macklin <railroadbooks@...> wrote:

 wow boy, this brings it back - spending the first half hour of marching band practice clearing them off the field and away from all the chain link fences. "Dear old Big Spring High, keep thy black and gold sacred unto thee....."


Re: UP and those Tumbling Tumblweeds

randy james
 

After the wind died down we would pile them up on the curb and the town would come by with a dump truck and front end loader. You only pick them up with long sleeves and gloves. Still all cut up. I once had them piled up 7' high on a 5' fence. My house faced the desert so my street was first stop for them. UP (ex SP) had plenty of trouble with them to on the Sunset route which was 1/2 mile from my house. plenty of train watching.

Randy James

On Friday, December 17, 2021, 11:17:07 AM CST, Chuck Macklin <railroadbooks@...> wrote:


Since the wind was ALWAYS blowing, just lift ‘em up above / around the fence and let them blow away.

 

From: Tom Roise [mailto:tomroise@...]
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2021 11:46 AM
To: Chuck Macklin <railroadbooks@...>
Cc: RS-TALON@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Railspot] UP and those Tumbling Tumblweeds

 

What did you do with them?

 

Tom Roise

 



On Dec 17, 2021, at 10:44 AM, Chuck Macklin <railroadbooks@...> wrote:

 wow boy, this brings it back - spending the first half hour of marching band practice clearing them off the field and away from all the chain link fences. "Dear old Big Spring High, keep thy black and gold sacred unto thee....."


Re: UP and those Tumbling Tumblweeds

Chuck Macklin
 

Since the wind was ALWAYS blowing, just lift ‘em up above / around the fence and let them blow away.

 

From: Tom Roise [mailto:tomroise@...]
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2021 11:46 AM
To: Chuck Macklin <railroadbooks@...>
Cc: RS-TALON@groups.io
Subject: Re: [Railspot] UP and those Tumbling Tumblweeds

 

What did you do with them?

 

Tom Roise

 



On Dec 17, 2021, at 10:44 AM, Chuck Macklin <railroadbooks@...> wrote:

 wow boy, this brings it back - spending the first half hour of marching band practice clearing them off the field and away from all the chain link fences. "Dear old Big Spring High, keep thy black and gold sacred unto thee....."

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