Category Archives: Flanger

Talky Tuesday #56

On February 15, 1942, a winter storm clobbered the S&NY, dumping nearly a foot of snow on the mountains of north-central PA. A work train headed by flanger #11 was called out to clear the tracks and repair downed telephone lines along the way. The repairs kept the S&NY going until formal abandonment in May 1942.

Wordless Wednesday #94

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics

Talky Tuesday #46

A 3/4 view of snow flanger #11 is the subject of last week’s “WW #74” . The cobbled-together appearance of this fascinating piece of equipment suggests just that; that it was home-built by the S&NY shop forces. The flanger is present on my 1926 ORER, but is not listed in 1905, so it was built in the 11 years between those dates. #11 has a wealth of interesting details: note the piping and airtanks on the deck for raising and lowering the flanger device integrated into the rear truck, which itself may have been a scavenged locomotive pilot truck; the bolted-on deckside reinforcement; the side grab-irons giving access to the roof and a probable surplus locomotive headlight; the smkoejack; and the fabricated sheet-iron plow.

Certainly a scratchbuilding project for “someday”…

Wordless Wednesday #74

Bill Caloroso - Cal's Classics

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics

Talky Tuesday #5

The subject of last week’s “Wordless Wednesday” is snow flanger #11. I believe this was possibly a home-built piece of equipment, and is listed on the 1926 ORER. The 1905 ORER I have does not break out MoW equipment individually, so I do not know exactly when this interesting car first appeared on the S&NY. I would love to scratchbuild or kitbash a representative model some day…

Wordless Wednesday #33

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Author’s Collection

Talky Tuesday #2

Going by captions from Edward Kaseman’s book on the S&NY, the photo from “Wordless Wednesday #30”  was shot near Cold Spring after a winter storm on 15 February 1942 dumped over a foot of snow on the region. The heavy snow pulled down telephone lines, requiring repairs up and down the line, even though abandonment was only a few months away.

Johnnie McGrath is on the pole, and Bill Heskell and Raymond Howe observe from below, per Kaseman.

Wordless Wednesday #30

Bill Caloroso - Cal's Classics

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics

Wordless Wednesday #20

Bill Caloroso - Cal's Classics

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics