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Re: Look what went by my office on Tuesday

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  • Charles Kuttner
    ... Bill, all levity aside, I m in awe just looking at these pictures. I ve been around just enough steam locos that I could imagine the rumbling of the ground
    Message 1 of 28 , Jan 31, 2004
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      On Jan 30, 2004, at 10:47 PM, Bill K. wrote:
      >
      >
      >> Very interesting. Unless this is a trick photo, Bill, it seems to be a
      >> very enlarged model of a real Z locomotive. It's amazing, seeing how
      >> small the cars and people look next to it. I would estimate it has
      >> been
      >> enlarged 220 times from the prototype.
      >>
      >
      > Since you enjoyed my cut and paste trick photos <smile> so much, I put
      > up a
      > few more that I took today. Poke around here:
      >
      > http://www.members.aol.com/zbendtrack/3985/
      >
      > By the way, I'm 6 foot 2 inches, if that helps give you some idea of
      > driver
      > size.

      Bill, all levity aside, I'm in awe just looking at these pictures. I've
      been around just enough steam locos that I could imagine the rumbling
      of the ground as this behemoth rolls by. These shots help remind us
      that we're not only making our own little versions of the world, but
      capturing the fascination we have for the real trains. If I were in
      Houston right now, I'd hang out wherever I could find this engine,
      except when with my family there. I wouldn't waste time at the Super
      Bowel, er, Super Bowl; I have my priorities!

      The local engine that keeps me fascinated is:
      http://www.pnwc-nrhs.org/pnw-trains/SP4449.html
      I recall being in a local station (Albany, OR) a number of years ago
      and seeing, hearing, and feeling this fire-breathing monster come up to
      me.

      But since you're 6 foot 2 inches, or 74 inches, and I'm 5 foot 6 inches
      tall, or 66 inches tall, you'd be 8.4 mm on my layout, I'd be 7.6 mm
      tall. Don't ask me why I just figured that one...

      Bill, you are our friend and mentor! Thanks to your inspiration, my
      railroad is under construction with a really neat track plan. It will
      be a slow process, but I plan to share pictures.

      chas


      Charles Kuttner, MD
      Portland, OR
      http://cmug.com/~ckuttner/

      Otherwise known as:
      Col. Cornelius Kuttner
      Proprietor, psychopathist and microferroequinologist, Oakville &
      Poorfarm RR
    • Loren Snyder
      ... From: Charles Kuttner To: Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2004 9:22 PM Subject: [z_scale] Re: Look what went by
      Message 2 of 28 , Feb 1, 2004
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        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Charles Kuttner" <ckuttner@...>
        To: <z_scale@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2004 9:22 PM
        Subject: [z_scale] Re: Look what went by my office on Tuesday

        > The local engine that keeps me fascinated is:
        > http://www.pnwc-nrhs.org/pnw-trains/SP4449.html
        > I recall being in a local station (Albany, OR) a number of years ago
        > and seeing, hearing, and feeling this fire-breathing monster come up to
        > me.
        Hi Charles, Your recollection of 4449 being in Albany
        years ago brings back some fond memories for me also. I was living in
        Albany when 4449 came through town and I went down to the station to see
        here come through. She was indeed a beautiful creature to behold.
        My memory is a bit hazy and I'm not sure if it was her or another engine at
        some other time, but the wild side of that encounter was when a bunch of
        train nuts, (who me?) tried following her down to Eugene along old highway
        99 E. The highway parallels the tracks for some distance near Junction City
        area or there abouts, and not just a few of us otherwise law abiding (?)
        citizens wanted to see her up to speed, close and personal
        like...........so...........there is only one (logical?) thing to do, and
        that is to jockey for position for the best photo op while trying to
        maintain some sort of control of our own speeding cars while filming and
        gawking and rubber necking in general.
        I do seem to recall, (rather sheepishly) that all of us looked more like the
        Keystone Cops and why some of us didn't meet our maker in a fiery head on
        collision, is beyond me? You haven't lived until you have
        risked life and limb chasing a monster like 4449 ! I'm not kidding you,
        several of us could have gotten jobs as stunt drivers after that bit of
        mayhem ! I didn't know ordinary folks could drive like that......swerving
        around each other, almost going into the ditches, slamming on our brakes,
        honking horns, speeding up and almost eating up the bumper of the guy in
        front of you.........I tell you Charles, it doesn't get any better than that
        !!!! Phew.......even thinking back at that time got my pulse pounding a bit
        !!! Like many I'm sure, I'm a bit envious of
        Bill down there in Texas being able to reach out and touch 3985 ! Super
        Bowl......what super bowl?......man get a grip on reality!!!!!!......there's
        a train in town !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Betcha a quarter that Bill is first in line
        with his camera when she pulls out of town???? Bill, be gererous, let other
        people take pictures too!! Well, enough of this trivia, I've got some
        modules to assemble !!
        Charles, hope to meet you in Portland at GATS on the 14th and 15th. I'll be
        passing through Albany on my way up to Portland and may stop by the station
        and reminisce about yesteryear. Keep Zmiling, Loren S
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