Friday, July 11, 2008
Well I am sad to have been informed. Due to Michigan law, I was removed from my position of Brakemen due to my age. It has saddened me, as the burning want to do railroading as it is stuck in me blood now.
I hope MOW is somewhat like it... though I do doubt... I liked it while my other job lasted.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Today Im gonna share information about the Coopersville and Marne. Taken from the website, so its a little easier on me :P
(From the C&M webpage)
A General History of C&M
"The Coopersville & Marne Railway Company was incorporated on July 13, 1989. The initial purpose of those involved was to purchase the old Grand Trunk right-of-way between the towns of Coopersville and Marne, just to the northwest of Grand Rapids. The idea was to preserve the track for future use and to provide vintage passenger service. The purchase was made on December 14, 1989. Most of the cost was covered by the sale of shares of stock in the Company.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
This is my official last post for this blog, I wont surrender it over, nor will it jsut 'disappear' but it will change to something new. The official blog of Former VMoT man: Connor D. :), So you all can stay in touch and know what Im doing.BUT to start... I got a new railroading job, as a trainee Brakeman for the C&M, or Coopersville and Marne Railway company. It is fun, exciting, and keeping history alive, in a way I was unable to for the VMoT (That does not mean it is better... NOT BY A LONGSHOT!)I hope you all stay in touch with me :) post comments, come visit, do wahtever :) Ill get shots of it one of these days :D
Former Yardmaster/Intern Curator of VMoT
PS: If you ever need anything I can answer about the museum (Both C&M and VMoT) Im still able to do that, not so much in person anymore, but i still might be able to get the help you need :)
Thursday, May 1, 2008
It has been my Honorable Pleasure, to serve each and everyone of you, over the two years of dedicated service to the Museum, and for what it stands for. I hope the museum well, and hope it will continue into the future, teaching all those, who i once vowed to teach. I hope someone good replaces me, if anyone, as the museum really needs a workman for their yard and archives. I hope them well.
It has been, and always will be my pleasure to serve you, those who still read and ask questions ;)
Your faithful yardmaster,
PS: ill end my reign, with some posts here ;) just had to post this ahead of time
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Today's post, (More to come, i owe you all snow cat pics :) )
Is on the Lost Engines of Roanoke.... This is the story of two diesels and 4 steam engines, lost to the scrap torch, only to sit quiet in their resting place till we received ownership of them.
(Thank you to http://lostengines.railfan.net/history.shtml for the article below)
The Norfolk & Western Railroad is perhaps most famous for its mighty articulateds, the A and Y6 classes. However, in the early years of the 20th century, the majority of N&W's freight trains were pulled by humble 2-8-0 and 4-8-0 types. The engines in the Roanoke scrapyard are the last surviving examples of three classes of freight engines built for the N&W between 1901 and 1911; the W2 class 2-8-0, and the M2 and M2a class 4-8-0's.
The grand old lady of the scrapyard engines is no. 917, a W2 class 2-8-0 built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia in 1903. She was delivered to the Norfolk & Western on March 10 of that year. The first engines of this class were built in 1901 in Roanoke, and others came from Alco-Cooke and Alco-Richmond as well as from Baldwin. The last ones were built in 1905. Only no. 917 survives today. She arrived at the Virginia Scrap Iron & Metal Company yard on June 16, 1950, and has been there awaiting her fate ever since.
For most railroads, the next logical step up from the 2-8-0 was the 2-8-2 'Mikado' type, but not for the Norfolk & Western. Instead, they went with the 4-8-0, also known as the 'twelve-wheeler' or 'mastodon' type, starting with the M class in 1906. Although they weren't the only railroad to use 4-8-0's, the Norfolk & Western did have more engines of this type than any other railroad. The M2 class engines were essentially a large-boilered version of the earlier M class, and were the heaviest 4-8-0's ever built. The first fifty engines (nos. 1100-1149) were built by Baldwin in 1910. Engine no. 1118 was delivered to the Norfolk & Western on September 29 of that year, and fellow survivor no. 1134 arrived in October. In 1911, another eleven engines (nos. 1150-1160) were built to the same design by the N&W's own Roanoke Shops, sporting a number of improvements such as Baker valve gear and mechanical stokers. The first of these were designated class M2a. This included no. 1151, which was delivered on June 6, 1911. Later engines of the Roanoke batch included other refinements and were designated class M2b and M2c. Most notably, the M2c class featured Type A superheaters, making them the first superheated 4-8-0's on the N&W. The M2a's and M2b's were then upgraded to match the M2c's, and thus all eleven Roanoke-built M2's were eventually designated class M2c.
Originally, the M2's were intended as heavy freight engines, but were soon displaced by larger engines and relegated to local freight and switching duties. By 1950 they were among the oldest engines on the N&W roster. With the delivery of modern 0-8-0 switchers in the late 1940's and early 50's, many of the elderly M2's and M2c's became surplus to requirements. All of them were sold for scrap, the last ones going in 1957. The modern 0-8-0's that had replaced them would join them only a few short years later, victims of dieselization. The M2's that survive today in the Roanoke scrapyard had been among the first ones sold. M2 no. 1134 and M2c no. 1151 both arrived there on June 12, 1950, joined by no. 1118 a week later. Although two of the smaller M class engines survive in preservation (no. 433 as a park engine in Abingdon, VA, and no. 475, also a VSI&M scrapyard survivor, in steam on the Strasburg Railroad), none of the M2's or M2c's have been preserved... yet.
(end of the article)
BUT! A new day is dawning, since 1950, all four steam engines, have sat, saved from the scrappers torch. They sit quietly awaiting their fate on a old trestle, next to a Norfolk Southern main. Below are pictures i took for the Museum archives records.
*Above* The four steam engines, sitting quietly in their resting place, along with two diesels, and two aux. water tanks.
*Above* This picture contains the grain mills, two aux. water tenders, and the cab of one, of the two diesel engines.
Here are the rest of those photos!
Friday, December 7, 2007
Ill be back later today with pics and more info!