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.

> Frank,

> 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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Tom Cosgrove
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