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Date: 01/11/17 09:59
Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: Harlock

Last fall I stopped in as part of a two week railroad-themed road trip I hosted for a couple of friends from New Zealand. Not sure why I never made it over there before. Met George Sapp while photographing #3, great guy. What a fantastic, special place.

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/11/17 10:32 by Harlock.








Date: 01/11/17 10:00
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: Harlock

more general photos and the lubricator from #3.

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..








Date: 01/11/17 10:02
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: Harlock

The machine shop was out of this world. As a part time machinist I was in heaven.

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..








Date: 01/11/17 10:03
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: Harlock

More machine shop, belt driven goodness.

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..








Date: 01/11/17 10:04
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: Harlock

More machine shop

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..








Date: 01/11/17 10:06
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: Harlock

Blacksmith's shop, fire ring for heating off tires.

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..








Date: 01/11/17 10:07
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: Harlock

mo' goodness.

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..








Date: 01/11/17 10:08
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: Harlock

Thanks for looking!

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..




Date: 01/11/17 10:37
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: LoggerHogger

Mike,

I can't believe you had never been to Jamestown!  Quite a sight isn't it?

Martin




Date: 01/11/17 10:43
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: TrainRidingGal

Wow! Lots of really nice photos!  Glad you and your friends were able to visit and share with us!



Date: 01/11/17 10:48
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: refarkas

Welcome to the wonderful world of the past. This s almost as good as time travel and a lot cheaper. The black and whites have a timeless qality to them.
Bob



Date: 01/11/17 11:01
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: Frisco1522

Great bunch of photos Mike.  Seeing engines in a roundhouse sure brings back memories.  The machinist in me would feel right at homein there.
Thanks for sharing them, and Martin's photo was the perfect finale.



Date: 01/11/17 11:06
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: Harlock

Great pic Martin. The Sierra sure was a popular railfan destination early on. It's amazing it has survived so in-tact for so long.

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..



Date: 01/11/17 11:19
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: Westbound

My first visit there was in 1958, when I met 67 year old Sierra machinist, Mike Knetchel. He was the lone employee still working there, taking care of steam, primarily just #3 and #28. They were used for movie & TV work plus the rare excursion.

Your photos look the same as it was back then.



Date: 01/11/17 13:04
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: Ardenwood

Wow!  Great photos!



Date: 01/11/17 13:22
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: nycman

Mike, you have a real knack for showing off the shop machinery, and this was a very nice example.  I love to see that old belt driven machinery.



Date: 01/11/17 13:31
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: callum_out

Yup, that's always been quite an operation, bit amazed it still exists through all the state budget cuts.

Out




Date: 01/11/17 13:38
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: PlyWoody

Lets consider authenticity and review just the photo of #3 as an example how the virus of change has infected even this historical railroad. For example the painting of the cutting lever handle. Any trainman or conductor with any real railroad experience should be able to find the cutting lever handle in the dark and there is no real reason for it to be painted. It is only used by someone qualified to put his hand on it and it is not for the public.

And the same exception is taken to the white painting of the pilot front steps. That is not a safety function to paint them, as the safety function is to refuse authority of any crew member to ride on those front steps because they are not on the side of equipment, but above the rails, and injury can happen by being hit by the end of the equipment. These items should be painted back to the original colors so that does not date the present image, and all qualified employees be instructed to never use the foot board on either end of equipment. If they can not find the cutting lever in a blind dark rainy night, they should not be on that job. It should not be painted for train crews.

A safety issue would be painting a yellow strip on the front edge of a step of the coach entrance step which the public uses, and have good hand holds and railings for where the public access.

Jamsetown is a gem just like Orbisonia, PA and the EBT but one is in much greater danger of becoming lost history than the other. Which is most threathened?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/11/17 13:43 by PlyWoody.



Date: 01/11/17 15:17
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: 28hogger

Railtown 1897 in Jamestown is something special, like walking into the past.
The 28 is my favorite, she should be back in service for the 2017 season. I'm chompping at the bit to get behind her throttle again.
This photo was taken of the 28 with her train in Rogers Cut on 5/2/99. Rogers Cut is just a little West of Jamestown.

Warren Smith




Date: 01/11/17 15:30
Re: Scenes from the engine house at Jamestown
Author: 28hogger

PlyWoody Wrote:
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> Lets consider authenticity and review just the
> photo of #3 as an example how the virus of change
> has infected even this historical railroad. For
> example the painting of the cutting lever handle.
> Any trainman or conductor with any real railroad
> experience should be able to find the cutting
> lever handle in the dark and there is no real
> reason for it to be painted. It is only used by
> someone qualified to put his hand on it and it is
> not for the public.
>
> And the same exception is taken to the white
> painting of the pilot front steps. That is not a
> safety function to paint them, as the safety
> function is to refuse authority of any crew member
> to ride on those front steps because they are not
> on the side of equipment, but above the rails, and
> injury can happen by being hit by the end of the
> equipment. These items should be painted back to
> the original colors so that does not date the
> present image, and all qualified employees be
> instructed to never use the foot board on either
> end of equipment. If they can not find the cutting
> lever in a blind dark rainy night, they should not
> be on that job. It should not be painted for train
> crews.
>
> A safety issue would be painting a yellow strip on
> the front edge of a step of the coach entrance
> step which the public uses, and have good hand
> holds and railings for where the public access.
>
> Jamsetown is a gem just like Orbisonia, PA and the
> EBT but one is in much greater danger of becoming
> lost history than the other. Which is most
> threathened

So here is a current photo of the #3. Whats the problem?




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