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Date: 01/28/24 10:30
RIP: Colossus Of Roads
Author: Drknow

It’s on the Western board but deserves to be posted here as well.

Colossus Of Roads, BuZ Blurr, The Grab-Iron Kid, has caught out on the Westbound. Ride on Space Cowboy…

He was one of us and his work was as well known as Bozo Texino and Herbie; that’s saying something.

October in the railroad Earth.

Regards and respect.

Posted from iPhone



Date: 01/28/24 13:31
Re: RIP: Colossus Of Roads
Author: raytc1944

Very sad. I always loved seeing "Bozo Texino" and "Herbie" on box cars back in the day when I was a TM



Date: 01/29/24 07:24
Re: RIP: Colossus Of Roads
Author: sixaxlecentury

Atleast monikers are one bit of railroad history thats still alive and well.  




Date: 01/29/24 16:27
Re: RIP: Colossus Of Roads
Author: wcamp1472

I can make-out that it's a hat,
but, what's the other scribbles?

is it a recognizable 'logo'?


W.

 



Date: 01/29/24 17:06
Re: RIP: Colossus Of Roads
Author: skinem

wcamp1472 Wrote:
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> I can make-out that it's a hat,
> but, what's the other scribbles?
>
> is it a recognizable 'logo'?
>
> W.
>
>  
Always looked to me like a guy with a beard and a pipe facing a strong wind.



Date: 01/29/24 17:18
Re: RIP: Colossus Of Roads
Author: Drknow

Wes:

Colossus of Roads was as I mentioned above one of the most famous of the monikers on freight cars in the 20th century. Most are getting worn out now and I need to get some photos taken before they are all gone.

The picture shown is kind of hard to see but the character is the “Grab-iron Kid” a pipe smoking, hat wearing, bearded cowboy espousing wisdom, wit, and opinion on the side of boxcars.

From daily observations of the weather to esoteric questions and quotes BuZ Blurr called it like he saw it from the bowl tracks.

I believe there is more information on him on the interweb also.

Personally I never knew the man, yet I had seen his mark since the 1980’s by my recollection, and his passing does leave an occasion to reflect.

Tempus fugit.

Regards

Posted from iPhone



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