Sunday, September 21, 2008

Indiana Train Museum

I am starting this blog to put all of my pictures of the different things that go. I am starting with trains because my grandfather was an engineer for the old L&N Railroad. When I was a little kid spending the weekend with the grandparents he would take me to the round house on Saturdays to help him pick up his paycheck. I got to see, smell, hear and feel the big old steam engines being worked on. He also took me to see the last steam engine to leave town. This day is dedicated to him and the path he set me on.These pictures are taken at the Indiana Train Museum in French Lick Indiana recently. This small diesel engine was used at a large grain mill to move the cars around. It's diesel is actually a truck diesel with a truck transmission and then a secondary gear reducer to get the speed down.
This is a 4-4-0 engine. I didn't get the makers name, that doesn't interest me as much as the design details. The cab enclosure was added late in life to give the engineer some weather protection.

This is a really nice engine that I hope they can get running. This is a 2-6-0.


I always appreciate the conditions that the old engineers had to work under. Wide open to the weather and a red hot boiler just feet away.



The full instrument package. Water level on the left and boiler pressure gauges on top. Don't let the pressure get to high or it's too bad!!!


A more conventional 2-6-0 engine.
As this blog goes on you will see a great range of things that go. I am a 36 year member of the Sports Car Club of America with a love of planes, trains, cars and boats.







14 comments:

Mary said...

Good job, Mike! You already posted stuff that I didn't know.

Jane Marie said...

Your wife sent me here with her link. Nice blog!
I thought you might like my husband's blog called
http://mikes-show-n-shine.blogspot.com all about classic cars!

Kerri said...

Great shots Mike! My grandfather and uncles worked on the railroad.

Tom said...

Hi Mike- Welcome to the blogosphere. I also like trains, planes, and automobiles, but don't get too many opportunities to photograph them because I'm usually chasing bugs and dragonflies.

What do the three digit numbers that you have used to describe each locomotive mean?

Tom

2sweetnsaxy said...

I've never been on a train yet alone inside of one. Great pics!
:-)

Melissa said...

I can't believe you succumbed! You have now entered the evil world of blogging and all those comments above are just the beginning. I predict this will turn into a monkey on your back that will demand more and more of your time.

On the other hand, you did a good first post and I love the trains and the fact that you dedicate it to Grandpa. Now you will have to retire so you can feed the monkey.

Melissa who has better sense.

Mike said...

Thanks, everyone. Cars will be my next post. I won't be posting every day like Mary because I have to work to keep her in blog bucks.

Tom, the numbers represent the wheel configuration. The first number is the number of guide wheels, the second is the number of drivivng wheels and the third is for the trailing wheels under the cab. If there are none in that position you put in a "0".

Mary said...

Blog bucks??? I'll have you know that blogging is a very cheap hobby, except in terms of time :-) I think that it's "fabric bucks" that you keep me in....and I try to work enough hours to pay for that!

SAPhotographs said...

Now no squabbeling you two!! LOL!!
Lovely trains and interesting info Mike. They don't make them like this anymore. :)

Sandy said...

Hi Mike, nice blog and photos. I'm going to give my husband, Mike, you're link. I think he would enjoy this.

Becky and Gary said...

Gotta love the trains Mike! We take all these kinds of photos too when ever we see anything train related. You're doing a great job, and will be back often to see more neat stuff!

Jen and Curt said...

Great blog, Mike! It was great to see the old Chevy again! I had more miles driving the Alfa while you and Jerry pushed it in and out of the garage! We'll keep checking for new entries!

Haccampuscop said...

MIKE, I enjoyed your pictures, but your '58 Chevy is not a 58. It is either a '1959 or 1960 Chevrolet. In 1958, the only convertible Chevy made looked totally different. and was based on the Impala Sport . Check it out. Your title may say '58, but the car is not a '58. I was in the auto restoration business for twent five years. Rob C.

Haccampuscop said...

Mike, Google 1958 Chevrolet. You will see that Chevrolet only made one style in 1958. All the cars looked like little Cadilacs in '58. it was a single year style and was probably one of the best looking cars of the fifties. After '58 they got longer and uglier. The 55 through '58 Chevrolets are some of the most sought after antique out there.