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Old 07-18-2013, 10:19 AM   #1
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What REO Speedwagon album was this?

There was an REO Speedwagon album which had a photo of the band members in front of some gigantic, antique looking machine, that was coated in oil and grime. I think this photo was on the back of the album cover and not the front. What album was this?

I like the band but of all nutty things I want to have another look at that machine since I now have decades of experience wandering thought boiler and water chiller plants. I actually suspect now that the machine was a printing press or record press.

On the off chance this was not an REO album, it would be an album by a similar band. That is top 40, arena rock, from the 70's - 80's era.

For the sake of keeping this message somewhat Airstream related, if anyone knows the towing capacity of an REO Speedwagon, they can let us know.
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This one?
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:52 AM   #3
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Looks like a steam locomotive.
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I think the last time I saw that album cover I was in a paneled basement, sitting in a beanbag chair around a wire spool table with some friends. The blacklight posters were glowing, a lava lamp was oozing, and we were laughing even though nothing was really funny at the time. I was just thinking that was a really cool machine, and also hoping that my mom wouldn't come downstairs to do some laundry and inquire about the heavy smoke in the air.

Now that my remaining brain cells are uncontaminated, I can see that is definitely a steam locomotive. Thanks.
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Wow, that's heavy,man/
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blickcd: Good luck with your book publishing - throw an Airstream or two in a story along the way ... Hey! Maybe you should write an Airstream Crime Lab series ... Wendy
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Also...... trivia

REO was a car/truck building company which started in the early 1900's

"REO added a truck manufacturing division and a Canadian plant in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1910"

Note, this plant location was just a few klm's from our current home here in St. Catharines.
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Jim & Wendy, it has already been done. The book, I Just Know, has an Airstream trailer in it towards the end. Another book soon to be released, How Far You Run, also has an Airstream trailer in it.
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Bonus points: What engine is it? I'm guessing it's a 4-4-2 Atlantic, given I can only see two drivers (big ones!) and the trailing wheels are right there.
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I agree ATLANTIC. They were built for speed, hauling passenger trains. Where the PACIFICS were built to haul freight. Although some PACIFICS did double duty.
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Ahem. Both the Atlantic 4-4-2 and Pacific 4-6-2 were passenger and express engines. Neither was designed as a freight engine. The same can be said for the 4-8-2 mountain type, though it was more of a dual service locomotive.
Also, the REO company was started by the guy that started Oldsmobile, and REO was his initials, Ransom E. Olds.
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REO was a car/truck building company which started in the early 1900's

"REO added a truck manufacturing division and a Canadian plant in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1910"

Note, this plant location was just a few klm's from our current home here in St. Catharines.
And, since it hasn't been mentioned yet, for those who might not know:
"Ransom Eli Olds (June 3, 1864 – August 26, 1950) was a pioneer of the American automotive industry, for whom both the Oldsmobile and REO brands were named. He claimed to have built his first steam car as early as 1894, and his first gasoline–powered car in 1896. The modern assembly line and its basic concept is credited to Olds, who used it to build the first mass-produced automobile, the Oldsmobile Curved Dash, beginning in 1901.
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I stand corrected. Too much old iron on the brain. We are close to Cheyenne, WY. 90 miles SW. So we get to see the 8444 (Northern) and the Challenger run from time to time.
I have a lot of pics and videos of both.
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