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  • Stephen G. Myers
    Did you ever work in the capitol district on Sperry? Steve On Sun, 26 Feb 2006 23:30:52 +0000 joseph Klapkowski
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 26, 2006
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      Did you ever work in the capitol district on Sperry?

      Steve



      On Sun, 26 Feb 2006 23:30:52 +0000 "joseph Klapkowski"
      <riverlinejoe@...> writes:
      > Before I begin some corrections and additions., I was on the Sperry
      > Car in
      > 1979. That would be 27 years ago not 17 as I stated. Gosh I am
      > getting old.
      >
      > An error of omission. I stated that the SRS had a auxilary engine
      > and the
      > power engine. Let me start all over. The standard on the SRS 145 was
      > to have
      > three engines. One Cat in the rear for running the frig, the
      > lights, the
      > Tube computer, the detection equipment. Traction power was provided
      > by
      > another Cat up front next to the engineman's compartment. Next to
      > that Cat
      > was a smaller Onan generator. Now having said all that the SRS 145
      > did not
      > have the Onan generator. I do not know what happened to it but it
      > was not
      > there. Just before I left the car they actually installed a new
      > generator
      > but I do not remember what it was. I do not think it was an Onan.
      >
      > Generally the first thing in the morning you would get up and start
      > the
      > house power plant in the rear. On the 145, there was an air primer
      > and you
      > had prime the engine with the air then move a lever (looks like an
      > Armstrong
      > Interlocking Lever) and get the clutch to engage the pullies without
      >
      > stalling out the air. This would start the engine (If I do not have
      > that
      > exactly correct, I would appreciate anyone who knows letting us all
      > in on
      > what I said incorrectly).
      >
      > Now even though we did not have the Onan, I understand that the next
      > thing
      > to do was shut down the Onan once the house power Cat was going.
      > there were
      > various chores to do in the morning and we will get to that later.
      > Five
      > minutes before you were going to actually move out we would start
      > the Cat up
      > front. for lack of a better phrase this was the Traction Cat. Its
      > only
      > purpose was to provide power for the traction motors and I believe
      > run the
      > air compressor.
      >
      > In the afternoon the process was reversed. We often had to deadhead
      > to our
      > tie-up (the place where you put the car overnight). While we were
      > deadheading the rear engine was shut down. Almost immediately upon
      > getting
      > into the clear for the nght, we would shut down the Traction Cat.
      > Somewhere
      > between the shutdown of the House Cat and setting the hand brake we
      > would
      > have started the Onan if we had one.
      >
      > So here is how the whole deal worked. Being the youngest, and the
      > newest
      > crew member it was my job to get up in the morning and set up the
      > car. First
      > you had to start the Power Cat behind the bedrooms and ahead of the
      >
      > detection room. But I get ahead of myself............
      >
      >
      > In part 3 we will tell about my arrival on the Sperry Car and my
      > first
      > encounter with the Chief, Ivan Owen............................
      >
      >
      >
    • joseph Klapkowski
      No. I started in Watertown, went to the Cuse and then west to Buffalo and then south on the Pennsy to Harrisbugh..............but for more details you will
      Message 2 of 3 , Feb 26, 2006
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        No. I started in Watertown, went to the Cuse and then west to Buffalo and
        then south on the Pennsy to Harrisbugh..............but for more details you
        will have to wait for the next installment of From The Archives
        ........................time for dinner.

        >From: "Stephen G. Myers" <Knixrule1@...>
        >Reply-To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
        >To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
        >Subject: [FJGRailroad] From The Archives SRS 145 Part 2
        >Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 18:34:19 -0500
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >
        > Did you ever work in the capitol district on Sperry?
        >
        > Steve
        >
        >
        >
        >On Sun, 26 Feb 2006 23:30:52 +0000 "joseph Klapkowski"
        ><riverlinejoe@...> writes:
        > > Before I begin some corrections and additions., I was on the Sperry
        > > Car in
        > > 1979. That would be 27 years ago not 17 as I stated. Gosh I am
        > > getting old.
        > >
        > > An error of omission. I stated that the SRS had a auxilary engine
        > > and the
        > > power engine. Let me start all over. The standard on the SRS 145 was
        > > to have
        > > three engines. One Cat in the rear for running the frig, the
        > > lights, the
        > > Tube computer, the detection equipment. Traction power was provided
        > > by
        > > another Cat up front next to the engineman's compartment. Next to
        > > that Cat
        > > was a smaller Onan generator. Now having said all that the SRS 145
        > > did not
        > > have the Onan generator. I do not know what happened to it but it
        > > was not
        > > there. Just before I left the car they actually installed a new
        > > generator
        > > but I do not remember what it was. I do not think it was an Onan.
        > >
        > > Generally the first thing in the morning you would get up and start
        > > the
        > > house power plant in the rear. On the 145, there was an air primer
        > > and you
        > > had prime the engine with the air then move a lever (looks like an
        > > Armstrong
        > > Interlocking Lever) and get the clutch to engage the pullies without
        > >
        > > stalling out the air. This would start the engine (If I do not have
        > > that
        > > exactly correct, I would appreciate anyone who knows letting us all
        > > in on
        > > what I said incorrectly).
        > >
        > > Now even though we did not have the Onan, I understand that the next
        > > thing
        > > to do was shut down the Onan once the house power Cat was going.
        > > there were
        > > various chores to do in the morning and we will get to that later.
        > > Five
        > > minutes before you were going to actually move out we would start
        > > the Cat up
        > > front. for lack of a better phrase this was the Traction Cat. Its
        > > only
        > > purpose was to provide power for the traction motors and I believe
        > > run the
        > > air compressor.
        > >
        > > In the afternoon the process was reversed. We often had to deadhead
        > > to our
        > > tie-up (the place where you put the car overnight). While we were
        > > deadheading the rear engine was shut down. Almost immediately upon
        > > getting
        > > into the clear for the nght, we would shut down the Traction Cat.
        > > Somewhere
        > > between the shutdown of the House Cat and setting the hand brake we
        > > would
        > > have started the Onan if we had one.
        > >
        > > So here is how the whole deal worked. Being the youngest, and the
        > > newest
        > > crew member it was my job to get up in the morning and set up the
        > > car. First
        > > you had to start the Power Cat behind the bedrooms and ahead of the
        > >
        > > detection room. But I get ahead of myself............
        > >
        > >
        > > In part 3 we will tell about my arrival on the Sperry Car and my
        > > first
        > > encounter with the Chief, Ivan Owen............................
        > >
        > >
        > >
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