FW: RE: [dandh] Re: From the Archives
- I am forwadring this from the D&H list because it is directly connected to
the Sperry Rail discussion.
>From: "joseph Klapkowski" <riverlinejoe@...>
>Subject: RE: [dandh] Re: From the Archives
>Date: Sat, 04 Mar 2006 16:28:44 +0000
>I enjoyed the technical explaination. It was a long time ago for basically
>few months. I had a great time. Ivan could be, well tough but that was the
>old school in those days. To tell the truth I didn't think he was such a
>guy. Except for the first night when he told me to get out of his rom. He
>The thing about the Sperry Car is it is an thing you have to do. I can tell
>you about the paint pot but until you do it you don't have a feel for how
>much paint and how much diesel. I could explain lowering the brushes so
>are all the same height but doing it is so much more instructional. I just
>took Ivan at his word and did what I was told. I was 19 and it was one of
>first real heavy jobs. Cutting grass and driving a cab just do not seem to
>compare (although being held up or dealing with an unruly drunk is another
>personality shaping experience).
>There are literally dozens of chores to learn on the Sperry Car. The LAST
>one is learning how to test. You have to learn all the other tasks first. I
>donot know what the key to testing the rail is. I had to use the magic
>Ivan could literally look at it standing up and tell you what the defect
>One day he says, "Junior, look under the fillet of that rail". I bend over
>and look up and he says" there is a rust streak running from here to here"
>which was about six feet. "yeah" I replied. The head of that rail is
>completely seperate from the web. If we hit it with a hammer it qwould flal
>right off". That defect in particular he made the railroad guy change on
>spot. He usually never did that but that one he made them change.
>I have rambled on here. Will save the rest for the next edition which I
>think is number 8.
> >From: "Gordon Davids" <g.davids@...>
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> >To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> >Subject: [dandh] Re: From the Archives
> >Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2006 22:12:51 -0000
> >Oh, yes, Joe. This is good stuff.
> >I spent lots of time with Ivan Owen and Jimmy Langdon - I was the RR
> >guy on the car, on the NYC, D&H and EL. One night in April 1966 I
> >piloted Ivan running light over the New York Central from Cleveland to
> >Buffalo, after he had come up the N&W from Portsmouth to Belleview, OH
> >and over the NYC to Cleveland. That was a long day for them - I think
> >we got into Buffalo around midnight. It was Ivan's first trip when he
> >returned to work after his car had been clobbered by a train on the
> >Boston and Maine. It was the railroad's fault.
> >I took the 140 car over the entire D&H in the late fall of 1966, its
> >first revenue operation after it was built. Ivan was on the car,
> >along with Charlie Kennedy and Bob McQuire. Ivan took over the car as
> >the Chief after the shakedown, and I made several more trips with him
> >on the D&H and Erie Lackawanna. I watched him ride his Asst.
> >Operators ("Stooges" in Sperryspeak) and I have to hand it to anyone
> >who lasted out the first week on one of Ivan's cars.
> >The 140 was a standard IRT car from NYC Transit, built for Sperry by
> >St. Louis Car Co. as one of a NYCTA order. It was the first diesel
> >Sperry car, with one Cat engine to power both the traction and testing
> >systems. Before that, all the cars had two Winton gasoline engines,
> >one for traction, mounted crossways right behind the "engineman's"
> >seat, and one lengthwise in the middle of the car for testing power.
> >The heat and noise from those engines could be edging on unbearable.
> >We also had the problem of finding a supplier of gasoline by the
> >truckload at night, not always very easy. After the cars were
> >converted to diesel, it was much easier to find diesel fuel for them.
> >In the winter, when the rail was cold, you couldn't use water for a
> >couplant with the Reflectoscope (hand test) crystals. You had to use
> >kerosene, and everyone would be stinking from it at the end of the day.
> >All the Sperry guys were full of horror stories about the lousy
> >handling they had gotten on other railroads, and from our discussions
> >I found that they considered the D&H to be one of the best railroads
> >that they tested, as far as getting over the road and having their
> >needs tended to.
> >Keep it coming, Joe. I hope you didn't mind me getting techical on
> >you last week.
> >--- In email@example.com, "joseph Klapkowski" <riverlinejoe@...>
> > >
> > > I can not keep this up nigth after night.........the Pinewood derby is
> > > coming and I have a work project and a couple of evening engagements
> > > up. Several of you have offered encouragement with this "project".
> >Is there
> > > anyone else out there who wants to hear more ?
> > >