Saturday, February 17, 2018

At the Hop!

Chuck Berry!!!!

As I got on a city bus and found a vacant seat
I thought I saw my future bride walking up the street
I shouted to the driver, "Hey conductor, you must slow down
I think I see her, please, let me off this bus"

Nadine, honey is that you?
Oh, Nadine, honey is that you?
Seems like every time I see you darling
You got something else to do

I saw her from the corner when she turned and doubled back
And started walkin' toward a coffee colored Cadillac
I was pushin' through the crowd tryin' to get to where she's at
And I was campaign shouting like a southern diplomat

Nadine, honey is that you?
Oh, Nadine, honey where are you?
Seems like every time I catch up with you
You're up to something new

Downtown searching for her looking all around
Saw her getting in a yellow cab, heading up town
I caught a loaded taxi, paid up everybody's tab
Flipped a twenty dollar bill told him, ‽Catch that yellow cab”

Nadine, honey is that you?
Oh, Nadine, honey is that you?
Seems like every time I catch up with you
You're up to something new

She moves around like a wave of summer breeze
Go, driver, go, go, catch her for me please
Moving through the traffic like a mounted Cavalier
Leanin' out the taxi window tryin' to make her hear

Nadine, honey is that you?
Oh, Nadine, honey is that you?
Seems like every time I see you darling
You're up to something new


Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Night Steam

Just listen to those whistles!!  Sigh.....

Published on Mar 14, 2016
C&O 614 has the opportunity to show her stuff during the Fall spectaculars in 1996-98, running on track speed on the former Erie mainline between Hoboken NJ and Port Jervis NY, typically 22-24 cars with NO diesel assist!.

  1. Chesapeake and Ohio 614

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Chesapeake & Ohio 614
    C&O Railway Heritage Center - C&O 614 Locomotive - 3.JPG
    Chesapeake and Ohio 614 in 2012
    Type and origin
    Power type Steam
    Builder Lima Locomotive Works
    Serial number 9306
    Build date June 1948
     • Whyte 4-8-4
     • UIC 2′D2′ h2
    Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
    Driver dia. 74 in (1,880 mm)
    Length 112 ft 3 in (34.21 m)
    Adhesive weight 285,200 lb (129,400 kilograms; 129.4 metric tons)
    Loco weight 482,200 lb (218,700 kilograms; 218.7 metric tons)
    Total weight 868,330 lb (393,870 kilograms; 393.87 metric tons)
    Fuel type Coal
    Tender cap. As built: 21,500 US gal (81,000 l; 17,900 imp gal) water; 50,000 lb (23,000 kilograms; 23 metric tons) coal
    Current tender: 18,200 US gal (69,000 l; 15,200 imp gal) water; 100,000 lb (45,000 kilograms; 45 metric tons) coal,
    Auxiliary tender: 31,800 US gal (120,000 l; 26,500 imp gal) water
     • Firegrate area
    100.3 sq ft (9.32 m2)
    Boiler pressure 255 lbf/in2 (1.76 MPa)
    Cylinders Two
    Cylinder size 27.5 in × 30 in (698 mm × 762 mm)
    ]Performance figures
    Maximum speed 125 mph (201 km/h)
    Power output 5,000 hp (3,700 kW)
    Tractive effort 68,300 lbf (303.81 kN)
    Factor of adh. 4.13
    Operators Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
    Class J-3-A
    Number in class 5
    Numbers C&O 614, C&O 611
    Retired 1952 (revenue)
    1999 (excursion)
    Restored 1976
    Current owner Iron Horse Enterprises
    Disposition Temporarily On Display in Clifton Forge, Virginia.4
    Chesapeake & Ohio 614 is a 4-8-4 steam locomotive built by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio, in June 1948 for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O) as a member of the J3a class. As one of the last commercially built steam locomotives in the United States, the locomotive was built with the primary purpose of hauling long, heavy, high speed express passenger trains for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway such as the George Washington and the Fast Flying Virginian. Retired from active service in the late 1950s, the 614 was preserved and placed on display at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1979, the locomotive was restored to operating condition and was used for extensive mainline excursion service from the 1970s until the late 1990s. Today the locomotive is on temporary display at the C&O Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge, Virginia awaiting a potential return to steam.


    Most railroads called their 4-8-4s "Northerns," which is short for the railroad first using the 4-8-4 type, Northern Pacific Railroad. The workers of the C&O could not see naming these locomotives "Northerns" as the railroad was based in the southeast. The famous Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, a major resort on the C&O main line, was the inspiration for the name "Greenbrier" applied to these 4-8-4s.

    C&O 614 on display in Clifton Forge, VA.
    The C&O had a total of 12 4-8-4s, with the first five numbered 600-604 built in 1935, with the designation J-3. In 1942, two more were ordered from Lima numbered 605-606. In 1948, the design changed slightly and the 610-614 were produced, with the J-3-A designation. In 1952, 614 was retired from service and sent to a storage track in a Kentucky roundhouse where she sat for more than two decades. During the time she sat, 614 was renumbered to 611 when there was a power shortage on the C&O as to alleviate any confusion with a leased 4-8-4 that was also numbered 614.

    Excursion service

    In 1976, 614 was sent to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and was cosmetically restored.
    During 1979, the 614 was sold to Ross E. Rowland Jr. She was restored over the next 18 months with a cost of $1.5 million. During the restoration, 614 was given an auxiliary tender, doubling her water capacity to 50,000 gallons. This allowed the 614 to run for longer times without having to refuel as much. The Chessie Safety Express was 614's first major run, bringing her a bit of spotlight in the process. After the successful system tour, 614 was kept in Hagerstown, Maryland until 1985. American Coal Enterprise was developing a modern steam locomotive to be used as an alternative to rising oil costs by burning coal, known as the ACE 3000 Project. The 614 was modified for better performance under the guidance of David Wardale, and fitted with testing equipment to measure the performance of the engine. For several weeks in January and February 1985, 614 (now 614T, symbolizing it as testing) hauled coal trains between Huntington and Hinton, West Virginia. The 614's fuel consumption costs were actually lower than most diesel locomotives operating at that time. Throughout 1996 to 1998, 614 pulled many successful excursions between Hoboken, NJ and Port Jervis, NY

    C&O 614 engine cab.
    In 1992, Rowland's vision of the 21st Century Limited was taking shape. To give the public an idea of the train, one side of 614 was decorated in a futuristic way with a blue streamlined shrouding and centered headlight. In 1995, 614 was moved to the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad in Pennsylvania for a complete overhaul. It was then used for a series of popular excursions between Hoboken, New Jersey and Port Jervis, New York in conjunction with New Jersey Transit (NJT) between 1996 and 1998.

    Current status

    614 was required to pull 26 cars at 79 mph on some sections, and maintain speed up several hills. During this time, 614 was equipped with cab signals, 26L brakes, speed control and an MU stand. The 614 was moved to storage on the Reading and Northern Railroad in Port Clinton, Pennsylvania. In 2000. Rowland put 614 up for auction at the NJT maintenance facility, but no buyers were interested. The locomotive is still maintained by Iron Horse Enterprises, the most recent servicing of the locomotive being in 2006.
    In 2010, discussions began between Rowland and Jim Justice, owner of the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. The resort owner had been interested in running steam-powered excursion trains from Greenbrier to Washington DC. To be known as the "Greenbrier Express", Justice planned to use steam and diesel power in the project, but would have needed cooperation from CSX Transportation, the Buckingham Branch Railroad and Amtrak. In January 2011, 614 was moved to the Virginia Museum of Transportation for its Thoroughbreds of Steam exhibit. In May 2011, 614 was again moved to the C&O Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge, Virginia. From there it went to Clifton Forge, Virginia where it was repainted in preparation for display for the Greenbrier Presidential Express. Unfortunately, the Greenbrier Express project was cancelled in May 2012 due to lack of funding and capacity problems on the CSX portion of the route, where a lack of passing sidings makes it difficult for Eastbound trains to gain headway against the flow of Westbound empty coal trains. The diesels and passenger cars were auctioned off, and 614 continues to sit on display at Clifton Forge. The website for 614 states that once an opportunity to run the engine is finalized, Iron Horse Enterprises will invest the necessary funds to overhaul the locomotive for operation.


  2. quicktastic (July 3, 2008). Chessie 614 in Port Jervis. YouTube.

  3. "History of C&O 614".

She even has her own web site: (and be sure to watch the video)!


Today's funny :o)

A big H/T to Roberta!



Heard a terrible noise outside my window on Wednesday morning! Grabbed the trusty old camera and ran outside on the deck (Not a good idea - we had sleet overnight and the deck was cover in ice and I was barefoot)



This is what caused all the racket:

They landed in the trees right off the deck!
 When the took off, they headed for trees further up the road.
It was fun to watch them and was well worth getting cold feet!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Got an extra 5 million????

If 'ya do - you can get these beauties:

Attributed to Frères Rochat

The only publicly known matching pair of mirror-image gold, enamel, agate, pearl and diamond-set singing bird pistols, made for the Chinese Market
CIRCA 1820
Rectangular gilt brass movements, chain fusées, circular bellows, double-barreled pistol-shaped cases, the grips with translucent scarlet enamel over engine-turned background, set with one pearl and diamond-set and one diamond-set rosette, split pearl-set lower edges, the upper edges decorated with black enamel and pearl-set laurel wreaths, the grips' reverses embellished with gold and black enamel pattern and pearl-set scroll and foliage motifs, both pistols centred by split-pearl framed gold plates chased with a lion on one side and a stag on the reverse, the top edges set with half pearls, gold matted and engraved hammers, the heads of the flint vises engraved with lion's heads, gold vise nuts terminated with diamonds, agate flints, gold pan covers with polished interiors, the outsides engraved with acanthus leaves, their springs terminating with diamonds, opening under the right pan covers for sound, the blue enamelled double barrels decorated with paillonné and laurel foliage simulating damascene works, three barrel-like ramrod pipes to the undersides, the ramrods containing the keys for the bird movements, the birds released by the percussion of the hammers when the triggers are depressed, the front covers opening and revealing painted varicoloured enamel bouquets of flowers over turquoise enamel, the birds set with realistically multicoloured feathers, lifting to the top of the barrels, turning, flapping their wings, opening the beaks and moving their tails, in time to a lifelike imitated bird song, when the song has finished the birds will automatically retreat inside the pistols and the covers will close, unsigned (2)


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                    .... my wonderful readers:

Happy Valentine's Day!

From the gang in Coopville:

Maude, Betty, Wilma, Thelma, Louise, Charlie, Hubby and Chickenmom!