Say “Cheese!”

This next update kind of  looks like an old high school yearbook … It’s book V-02, entitled “Portraits“, which contains 100 photos of select US&S employees and associates.   Perhaps the  Has-Been community knew some of these people?  Corrections welcome – and if you find yourself or someone you’d like a  Hi-Res scan of, just drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do.    Enjoy!

Electro-Pneumatic Interlocking Photos

This weekend’s update is photos from book D-1, titled “E.P. Interlocking”.   A huge THANK YOU goes out to Kendrick Bisset for allowing me to scan these.     Below is the E.P. machine from Cincinnati Union Terminal:While this machine no longer exists – the track model is preserved and on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center.   There’s also a photo of the 72-Unit Push Button E.P machine at Belt Railway of Chicago’s Clearing Yard:  You can read about this installation at Clearing Yard in the August, 1915 edition of Signal Engineer (page 235).   There’s also a great article on the PRR’s Northumberland yard from November, 1911, which also featured Push Button EP machines.  I’m still searching for an online copy of this article.

You’ll also catch a glimpse into the life of a maintainer every once and a while in some of these photos, including this guy, who probably needs a bigger hammer.  If only photos could talk…     🙂

Enjoy – And again, thank you Kendrick for these fine photos.

Hump Yard & Car Retarders, R thru U

Included in this last update is a category called “Shop Photos”, which includes photos of equipment in and around the Union Switch property.

This  “Model 31 & 32 Car Retarder exhibit in Sale Promotion Center”.   would make an interesting paper- weight – providing your desk was big enough to support it!  🙂    I wonder if its still around somewhere?

There’s also outside photos, showing various car retarders being installed and tested in the US&S yard – this one caught my eye because it also shows a whole row of relay cases, and even a classic Ford pickup truck.     Enjoy!

Hump Yard & Car Retarders, H thru P

Two more Hump & Retarder books online, two more to go…

There’s some photos from DL&W’s Hampton Yard (Near Scranton, PA), including a few night photos, dated from 1937.

And some construction photos like this one, which answer the age-old question of how many cranes it took to install a car retarder – at  L&N’s Hills Park/Tilford Yard.  🙂

You’ll also find this photo of Illinois Central’s Markham Yard machine being tested in Dept. 58 at Swissvale, along with other shots of the machine and test racks:

And finally, lots and lots of photos of the Velac equipment drawers, circuit boards, and RF units from Canadian National’s Montreal Yard.  RF units like these were used to transmit a radar frequency and to detect the difference (Doppler) frequency between the transmitted and received signals to detect the speed of the rolling cars.  Further reading about the Velac VR-1 system can be found here.

R thru U coming soon.  Enjoy!