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  • johnnychristman4
    Excuse me, 801 is in Ogdensburg and I belive it is the only engine currently operating on the NY&Og.
    Message 1 of 10 , Nov 11, 2010
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      Excuse me, 801 is in Ogdensburg and I belive it is the only engine currently operating on the NY&Og.

      --- In FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com, "johnnychristman4" <johnnychristman4@...> wrote:
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      > The 405 is still here and they use that for passenger excursions, and I think the 801 is around too, maybe in bellows falls or in Burlington.
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      > --- In FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com, joseph Klapkowski <riverlinejoe@> wrote:
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      > > Now that i am in the archives and have had an opportunity to look at the photos from that excursion a long time ago, the GMRR unit was the 405. The lead VTR Geep was the 801.....
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      > > To: fjgrailroad@yahoogroups.com
      > > From: riverlinejoe@
      > > Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:37:19 +0000
      > > Subject: RE: [FJGRailroad] Re: Hey Everyone :)
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      > > Well, this was quite a few years ago. I chased the Green Mountain job over the mountain from BF to Ruland and got some GREAT shots. One was where the RR crosses route 3(?) just after the railroad comes down the hill into Rutland proper. Its four or six lanes right there and the crossing gates and appliances were all new. I remember the looks from motoriasts as I stepped out into the middle of the road and took aim after the gates came down.
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      > > But my favorite is a vertical of 400 near the Howe building with big puffy white clouds above the unit and freight cars in the siding to the north. It was just well composed and well lit (which, if you keep at it long enough, you are bound to get by accident once in a while). The ROW at this point was pretty clean with fairly white ballast so it gave a nice contrast to the green grass alongside the ROW.
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      > > At the time, VTR would send the interchange job over to Whitehall late in the day, usually with arrival after dark....,...
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      > > This was one of those HOT summer days and I recall stopping by the deli near the Howe building and downing a coke in nearly one gulp. That was when I heard the VTR dispatcher clear the move out of the west end of the yard. My recollection on how it worked is a little foggy but I recall they had to get permission by the junction with the old C&P main to Burlington.
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      > > I nearly crashed speeding through the side streets that line the west side of the yard. I got onto the divided highway (Rt3 or 4??) and was able to pace the train enogh to get a couple of shots but he was moving right along.
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      > > Approaching Whitehall, I chose to get well ahead and position myself for a shot as the westbound crossed the Champlain Canal. The water was still and I got two shots of the engine (One was the reflectioin in the still water) in one frame!
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      > > Now the story. VTR had an old caqboose tacked onto the rear of the train and for some reason I think it had been a BAR car (not a barcar). The hack stopped oin the bridge above the canal. I wandered over to the bridge and was surprised to find the conductor on the rear platform. We chatted and he invited me aboard. The long afternooikn shadows turned to dusk and before it actually got dark I got off the caboose because getting on/off required a strong hold on the grabirons and swing up onto the steps (remember the caboose was on the bridge). For obviuos reasons I won't identify the conductor but he allowed me to clean out the conductor's desk in the caboose. I walked away with hours of train order and switch list reading materials.
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      > > That night I returned to the "camp" in Johnstown and sorted through my catch! i will have to look for the log book that I used to keep back then but I am pretty sure there was still an engine in Gloversville that I went to see the next day............
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      > > To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
      > > From: johnnychristman4@
      > > Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:29:18 +0000
      > > Subject: [FJGRailroad] Re: Hey Everyone :)
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      > > Absolutely, I would love a good story and some photos!
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      > > --- In FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com, joseph Klapkowski <riverlinejoe@> wrote:
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      > > > I have some photos and a story you might enjoy.....
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      > > > To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
      > > > From: johnnychristman4@
      > > > Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 22:08:34 +0000
      > > > Subject: [FJGRailroad] Re: Hey Everyone :)
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      > > > Well, I'm working for the Vermont Railway on former Rutland and mostly former D&H trackage. I got stuck with the night shift, so I go from 730 pm to 730 am, we take mostly empties over to Whitehall, work the yard for a few hours and swap trains with a local job on the CP out of Saratoga, and then bring loads back to Rutland. It's not so bad, however I'm essentially the brakeman (utility conductor) and the guy I have to work with is a total pain in the rear, but what can you do?! So anyway, thanks, I'm very happy to be back east! I will without a doubt make the next FJ&G function, nothing is holding me back this time!
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      > > > --- In FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com, joseph Klapkowski <riverlinejoe@> wrote:
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      > > > > You areworking for the Rutland Railroad out of Vermont? Welcome back east.
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      > > > > To: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com
      > > > > From: johnnychristman4@
      > > > > Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 19:11:15 +0000
      > > > > Subject: [FJGRailroad] Hey Everyone :)
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      > > > > Hey everyone,
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      > > > > John Christman here. I jumped ship on the DM&E and South Dakota and I'm now working for the Vermont Railway out of Rutland! Paul, I was wondering if I might be able to stop up some time and pick up a copy of your book, still haven't had a chance to read it! Let me know!
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      > > > > John
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