Category Archives: railroadenia

Can you see it?


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There…just off the highway, about 15 yards into the woods…

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…how about now?

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Maybe now?

Found this old right-of-way on a drive to a distant property, the rails most likely the victim of a WWII scrap drive.

As with anything, it’s not necessarily what you see, but what you’re looking for…

Rare TYCO chrome bay window caboose in KCS colors…


…well…maybe not TYCO but, you gotta admit, it’s cool.

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Found whilst on the road in Simmesport, LA, apparently the Kansas City Southern owned a couple of these. This one now spends its time roadside as a tourist information center…

Now you have an excuse to make a home for that Silver Streak ‘boose you’ve kept since you were a kid…

From the, “I will build this someday” files…


…this neat roadside garage/warehouse made using a standard 50′ boxcar found near one of my complexes…

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Details to note would be the lone window, the small T-111 sided shed to the right, roll-off dumpster, the roll up doors and mismatched siding…no doubt from some recent storm damage. It’s also far from any trackage and there is no evidence of any roadbed near enough to cover the era of the car.

AAR wheel bearing, flange and journal condemning gauges


…circa 1956, a gift from a resident who is a retired Frisco wreck train supervisor. They are used to check the wear on flanges, wheel surfaces, axle bearings…even journal box lids. They haven’t been in use since the AAR banned wrought iron wheels and friction bearing trucks.

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Now…if the railroads—from the shiniest brass hat to the lowest gandy dancer—understood they needed a transcending standard that all were held to, regardless of where they were in the country…what’s up with the Church in this country today?