Coal fired UP and range fires

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Mon Aug 21 12:49:08 EDT 2017

Today's Roanoke Times has an article regarding storage of Eng 611.  Seems
some scratches have been discovered.  Vandalism ?  Bev Fitzpatrick reported
that in moving the Class J from Spencer to Roanoke, some lineside branches
had scraped the engine's side.  Time was that the Maintenance of Way Dept.
would plow the pole line clear of weeds and sprouting trees.  Then came the
underground cables.  No more pole line, no more plowing, and now there's a
tree teetering on the top of an embankment at Bonsack.  Harry Bundy  

Let's not put all the blame of the range (or other) fires on steam locos alone. Many fires are set by dragging breaks,etc.during diesel operation. The local fire dept. is called on yearly on many leaf fires set by diesel freights. Diesels throw sparks too . Ron H

 On Sunday, July 30, 2017 8:25 AM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at> wrote:



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