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Old 11-24-2011, 04:15 AM   #766
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I was touring on the big GSA in Colorado and came across this beauty. It was a great ride. I too, am a fan of trains. Thanks for the pics and story.









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Old 11-24-2011, 04:17 AM   #767
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Old 11-24-2011, 04:25 AM   #768
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Old 11-24-2011, 04:58 AM   #769
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I was touring on the big GSA in Colorado and came across this beauty. It was a great ride. I too, am a fan of trains. Thanks for the pics and story.
Hey Mike, great pix, thanks for sharing! Wow, that looks like a stunning train ride!! JB2 and I rode the Million Dollar Highway past Silverton and Durango several years ago, but the weather was pretty much junk up there and we didn't get to see very much.

Ever done the Tweetsie Railroad? It's just a couple hours down the Parkway from us, but we've yet to visit. http://tweetsie.com/

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Old 11-24-2011, 05:20 AM   #770
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...Siloam Community.


See that beautiful old brick building up on the left? We're gonna take a lap around it here in a minute, but first I've got a fetish to feed.
This is right in our backyard! Next time you come through, the white building on the right (with the blue stripe) has awsome sandwiches. Siloam Rd is great from beginning to end...
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:59 AM   #771
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Ferris,

Save Tweetsie Railroad for when you have Jayden and he's old enough to enjoy it. Mom & Dad used to take JB3 and Kendra there and we had a family gathering there once. It doesn't get much better than Cass. BTW, cool shirt you had on in that picture standing next to No6. Looks vaguely familiar.

I remember the trip down the "million dollar highway"; snowing at Coalbank Summit, drizzling rain everywhere else, diesel trucks stacked up with no way to escape their fumes or pass them. We had such a damn good adventure I had forgot the only real bummer of the ride.

Hope y'all had a great Thanksgiving!

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This is right in our backyard! Next time you come through, the white building on the right (with the blue stripe) has awsome sandwiches. Siloam Rd is great from beginning to end...
Hey bluegrss, thanks for your post! Cute story about that store that I'll get to in a second. I actually crossed Siloam Raod at this point in my ride. I came in from the west (left in the pic below) on River Siloam Road (the road you can see just behind the brick building) from my stop in Rockford, and when I was done harvesting spikes and photographing the brick building, I departed Siloam Community to the east (right in the pic) on Hardy Road, which you can see the beginning of just behind the sign:


It's actually just a half-mile or so up Hardy Road that I encountered the Reeves Homestead, a very cool discovery, indeed. Part of what prompted me to take Hardy Road is that it parallels the railroad tracks and the Yadkin River. I was not disappointed.

I don't *think* I've ever ridden Siloam Road before, but looking at it on a map just now it looks like a peach, running all the way up to White Plains (home of Eng and Chang Bunker, the Siamese Twins), just south of Mount Airy, NC.

While I was shooting the brick building I could hear several sportbikes coming up Siloam Road from the south. I bet I heard them at least five minutes before they finally went by. There were three of them, and although they slowed and went through "town" at what I would consider to be a safe and respectful pace, I bet they were turning and burning on the way up. Thanks for your suggestion; it sounds like I need to check out Siloam Road for myself.

Thanks for riding along, and for your post. I'll spin a quick yarn about the store after supper...
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Next time you come through, the white building on the right (with the blue stripe) has awsome sandwiches.
While I was at the brick building shooting photos an older fella pulls up in a pickup, dressed in his Sunday-go-to-meetin' clothes, and asked if I was waiting for the store across the way to open. He was down-home and pleasant, genuine smile, and the easy way of talkin' that people around here have.

"Nah, just takin' some pix," I replied with a smile.

"Oh, OK, 'cause they don't open on Sundays no more, just wanted to make sure you knew!" And with that he was off.

It was no big deal, really, took all of about 20 seconds, but I just thought it was totally cool that he'd cared enough to take the time and make sure I wasn't needlessly burnin' up my day waiting for the place to open.

There are good people everywhere I've ever traveled, but for some reason the South seems to have gotten an extra helping of goodness along the way. It one of the things Dnutz and I love about this area, and played a big factor in why we chose to make this our home.

Thanks again for riding along, bluegrss - much appreciated.
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Save Tweetsie Railroad for when you have Jayden and he's old enough to enjoy it. Mom & Dad used to take JB3 and Kendra there and we had a family gathering there once. It doesn't get much better than Cass.
JB2, sniffing around their website I think I'd be inclined to do the Tweetsie during one of their railfan dealios; I don't need all the fu-fu. Cass offers a pretty cool railfan experience; I'm thinkin' me 'n D need to head back up there one of these weekends.

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Thanks, it's still one of my favorites.

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I remember the trip down the "million dollar highway"; snowing at Coalbank Summit, drizzling rain everywhere else, diesel trucks stacked up with no way to escape their fumes or pass them. We had such a damn good adventure I had forgot the only real bummer of the ride.
We're just damn lucky we didn't have some serious snow up there:

photo by JB2

And EVERY time I get stuck behind a diesel I think of Durango!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We did, thanks! Alex "That's not a knife, that's a knife" and Heather Dundee were our hosts, and treated us like royalty:





Hope ya had a great one!
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Cass Scenic Railroad: A Ride On Big 6

We're headed down the mountain now, being pulled rather than pushed on
this leg, and taking quite the coal smoke and cinder bath in the
process - note the distinct lack of heads hanging out the windows:

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Cass Scenic Railroad: A Ride On Big 6

Yet another stop at Oats Run to take on water - the Shays
get real thirsty when they're working this hard. This photo gives a great idea of
what a giant Big 6 truly is:

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Cass Scenic Railroad: A Ride On Big 6

The next three photos show the afternoon Whittaker Station run passing by at
the upper switchback. The Cass line is a single rail, so to provide a
simple means for two trains to pass each other without the use of a
costly, difficult-to-construct siding, they simply made the end of the
switchback "Y" just long enough that the uphill train can run out to the end
of the Y, the our train comes in behind it and clears the crotch of the Y,
then down the hill we go, and then up the hill the other train goes. Simple!

The conductor for each train is on the ground during this maneuver,
manually switching the track junction at the appropriate time to
enable all of us to go on our merry way. The engineers "talk" to each
other during this time with short blasts on the steam whistle, letting
each other know where they are and when it's safe to proceed. Everyone
carries portable radios, but I never heard or saw one being used
throughout the day.

They have the timing of our meeting down to an art - we waited for no
more than a minute or so, and could hear the uphill train long before
we could see it. It made for a great photo opportunity, and gave us a
good look at the "driveshaft side" of a Shay in operation.

You'll note that the uphill-bound Shay, #11, is pulling its consist.
It left the station in Cass pushing, just like we did, but has already
traversed the first switchback, indicated by the fact that it's
pulling rather than pushing. From here to Whittaker Station it will be
in its customary position at the back of the consist, pushing again.

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Cass Scenic Railroad: A Ride On Big 6


Shay #11 weighs in at 103 tons (compared to Big 6 at 162
tons), and was originally put in service on July 14th, 1923 -
88 years young and still going strong!

#11 is the second-largest surviving Shay. It has a fascinating
history, having spent the vast majority of its life in California,
with much of that working for the Hutchinson Lumber Company (as #3)
and regularly running the Feather River Canyon. Shay #11 was acquired
by the Cass Scenic Railroad in 1998:


Here's a very interesting link to more info on #11, from the San Diego
Railroad Museum: http://www.sdrm.org/roster/steam/s-3/

Also note that the final verbiage on the page indicates that #11 is
still on display in San Diego - oops! The page was last updated in 1995...
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Here's a very cool musical and photographic tribute to Shay #11 (not my video):

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