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Wordless Wednesday #56

Bill Caloroso -Cal's Classics

Bill Caloroso -Cal’s Classics

Talky Tuesday #27

No fancy sanding towers at Marsh Hill in last week’s “WW 55”. Labor was cheap and machines were expensive back then. Sand domes on the locomotives were filled by hand, one bucket at a time. Wonder how long it took?

Talky Tuesday #26

I am unsure of the identity of the men in last week’s “WW #54”. Also, I am not sure whether the fellows are member of a train crew, or section crew. I do believe the location is Towanda, though, given the river and mountain in the background. As before, if any readers can help with identifying these guys, I would appreciate it.

Talky Tuesday #25

S&NY section crew and motorized section car are the subject of last week’s “WW #53”. Based on the number of tracks and the background hills, I would surmise this shot was taken at Marsh Hill. I am unsure of the identities of the men in the photo, and any reader’s help would be appreciated.

Wordless Wednesday #53

Bill Caloroso - Cal's Classics

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics

Talky Tuesday #19

The mail must go through! Last week’s “WW #47” illustrates on of the reasons the S&NY was able to weather the Great Depression. In the era before interstate highways, UPS, television, and the internet, one of the few ways people and businesses could communicate long-distance was via the U.S. Mail. The funds from mail-hauling contracts with the U.S. government was often the only thing keeping many otherwise unprofitable passenger trains and shortlines afloat during the Depression and WWII, at least until trucks began to take over the business in the 1950’s.

Here mailbags are exchanged at a station stop somewhere along the S&NY, possibly Wheelerville.

Wordless Wednesday #47

Bill Caloroso - Cal's Classics

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics

Talky Tuesday #17

Last week’s “WW #45” isĀ from the collection of Steve Hall, and shows SNY fireman H.G. McQuay, John J. Kilmer (section foreman?), and engineer Eli Chilson clowning a bit for the camera. Engine #114 forms the backdrop.

Wordless Wednesday #45

Photo courtesy of Steve Hall

Photo courtesy of Steve Hall

Wordless Wednesday #22

Bill Caloroso - Cal's Classics

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics