I thought you would be interested to read this message from Dale Darney.
----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Yarger <bobyar2001@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 8:15 PM
Subject: Re: [Slimrails] U.S.Navy narrow gauge
> This is quite interesting. There has been a lot of
> discussion on what happened to this engine after it
> left Hawaii, and I believe this is the first evidence
> of what country on the huge continent of Africa it may
> have gone to. Anyone familiar with Algerian railway
> --- darney@... wrote:
> > is well known that ex N-C-O 2-8-0 # 14, ex
> > S.P. #1 and ex NCNG # 9 was sold to the U.S.Navy and
> > sent to Hawaii and that it was thought to have been
> > sent to Afraca with no other detail, although it is
> > thought that it was converted to a 0-8-0 by removing
> > the pilot truck this has not been confermed.
> > I found the following clipping from the
> > Grassvalley news paper in the personal album of
> > Johnny Nolan the Master Mechanic of the NCNG, and
> > thought it might be of interest.
> > Dale Darney
> > GRASS VALLEY CA,
> > April 16 1944
> > SGT. EV CHAMPION MEETS OLD "PUFFING BILLY" IN
> > ALGERIA.
> > Acting First Sergeant Everett Champion son of Mrs.
> > Jessie Champion of Alta street, in a recent V mail
> > letter to his home here declared that he is enjoying
> > his work and continues fine after 10 monthes of
> > service in North Africa, engaged mainly in the
> > operation of a P.W. (prisoner of war) camp as a
> > member of the Military Police.
> > The Grass Valley soldier writes that one of his
> > greatest moments, which brought a wave of nastalgia
> > and revived memories of the old Sunday school picnic
> > days at Chacago Park, was the appearance of one of
> > the locomotives of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge
> > Railroad, operating on a short line in Algeria. The
> > initials of the old locomotive which formerly served
> > on the now defunct local line, were plainly
> > discernable.
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been
> > removed]
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