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 Posted: Mon May 20th, 2019 11:38 pm
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The Last Spike - 1869 ... or something like that ... oil on canvas ... I think.

A different angle on a famous scene.  :cool:



I'd never seen the painting before, but have seen the 90-deg. to the right  ;)  photo loads of times.  L:


I'm pretty certain this ain't a railcar, railtruck or critter ! ...  :old dude:



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 Posted: Tue May 21st, 2019 02:32 am
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I love this painting Si. 

Very mid 1800s.

Leland Stanford, of the Big Four and president of the Central Pacific has the spike maul,
Thomas Durrant President of the Union Pacific is to the immediate right of him. 
Everyone was represented in this image. 
I am not sure that they were all there in physicality.

Both missed the spike when swinging the maul,
but the quick thinking telegrapher tapped out DONE in the first mass media event in the United States. 

The driving was left to Mr. Strobridge (Chief construction boss of the CP),
whom I think is the man in the black jacket at the far left of the image with his arms behind his back,
and Gen. Dodge, of the UP,
whom I believe to be the man in the gray jacket with his hat in his hand on the left of the image.

The Chinese called "Mister" Strobridge
(he could curse a blue streak and everyone was afraid of him)
"One Eye Bossyman", for he had lost an eye in a Bloomer Cut blasting accident.

If you look in the image, there are two members of the Celestial Kingdom depicted,
they (I believe about 2000 of them) with the help of eight burley Irish rail handlers,
and one Irish rail foreman to guide the eight handlers,
laid just over 10 miles of track on the 28th of April 1869,
a record that was and still has never been broken. 

The track was so well done that a CP engineer ran his loco 45mph
(that's 72kph for those don't think like us Yanks!)
over it just to prove that it was well done.

:cool:

What a thing...   [toast]  

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 Posted: Sat Jun 1st, 2019 04:10 am
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Hi Steven  :wave:


Thanks for the history lesson !  :old dude:

Yeah ... I used to just look at the pictures, back in class as well as here !!  ;)



I notice not a single bottle found it's way onto the 'upmarket' canvas version.  :shocked:

Anyone would think that 2 sides joining up a railroad  [toast]  aint thirsty work.



Looks like a big fat ceeeegar is OK though ...  :mex:

... & what ? is the Red & White circle on a stick, held by Mr. Ceeeegar in the right corner ?



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That's a survey marker for use with the transom! 

Good eye.    :shades: 


The surveyors had been done for a month or better by the time of the official joining. 

Like most of the workers they had been released or sent on to other projects. 


Many of the Chinese had been redirected to building other parts of what would become the Southern Pacific,

including the lines from Sacramento to San Francisco.




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 Posted: Sat Jun 8th, 2019 03:13 am
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Hi Steven  L:


Yeah ... I figure they just aimed the LASER at the little mirror in the centre.  :shades:

Could have ended up just going around & around in circles round Utah otherwise !  ;)



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 Posted: Sat Jun 29th, 2019 03:49 pm
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:old dude:       Well ... It's yella & has long legs ! ... where's my darn glasses ?






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Si

You do find the strangest thing's  :us:

What is its purpose ?

Looks like something you would find in the "Warhammer" line of kits for gaming.

Would make an interesting flatcar load  :shocked:




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A Flickr link...

Maybe someone knows where this contraption ploughed the rails? 

Seems it's a 1949 Fleetline, a nice body style that vanished soon later.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/alcomike/48217950127/in/feed


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