Arrow Train Master article
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Tue Jan 22 13:43:39 EST 2013
Up here in the northeast they call Alco's "honorary steam engines"
because of the smoke.
Tom Cosgrove (NJ)
On 1/21/2013 10:41 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:
> 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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