Arrow Train Master article

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Mon Jan 21 10:41:19 EST 2013

On 1/20/2013 10:09 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:

> I would guess that the reputation of FMs (and Alcos)to make more

> smoke than "average" has some basis, but I haven't seen the hard data.

Maybe Skip can ask some of his brethren about the FM smoking
problems. The Train Master was one engine that I never got to run. A few
were around Roanoke when I hired on, but, they never made it up the
valley and the slug program was well underway.
Maybe I have written about this before, but, I will relate a
comment that Freeman Meadows told me about them. When I asked him about
the T/M's, he said that you could stand on the ground at the front
steps, have the engineer wind the engine up, release the brakes and by
the time the rear steps got to you, it would be going so fast that you
couldn't catch on. Maybe the brethren could comment on that too.
I've been known to catch up on units going pretty fast, but
honestly, with the way the steps were configured, I wouldn't want to try
that either!

Jimmy Lisle

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