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Old 11-29-2005, 08:37 PM   #1
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Tedd in the midwest

I know a lot of you know a lot about me.....

I'm a late 30 something with a wife and four kids. I have an Airstream in the side yard that is for parts to finish the one in the drive way.

I work in the electronics industry as a "Maintenance tech" but wind up doing just about anything they ask me to do from mowing the lawns to moving office furniture and even working on the production line.

My hobbies are many and varied from trains (both real and toy) to sailing ships of the British navy and landscaping to garden tractors.

As many of you know I have a tendency to take on too many projects and get my self in trouble and way behind. I don't think anyone else has that problem around here....

I stumbled into the world of Airstream (at my neighbors dismay) when he asked me if I could part out a trailer he knew of in a back lot. Two months later I ask him to tow it home for me. I had and have always loved the aluminum travel trailers and was thrilled to be part of a special group.

So two years after I brought home the Ambassador I have learned a lot and made some great friends. Thank you to one and all for your help, advice and ideas.

I know I skipped a lot of the details, but I have no clue as to what any one would really like to know. If you have any questions, please fire away....
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Old 11-30-2005, 10:21 AM   #2
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British Sailing Ships eh? Have you read Patrick O"Brians Aubery Maturin novels yet. If you haven't, treat yourself. It takes awhile to learn the vernacular but he also published a dictionary of the terms used. He was an Irishman who spent his youth at the Admirality studying logs and then started to write.

The movie "Master and Commander, The far Side of the World" is a compulation of two of his novels. I am rereading his novels for a third time right now.
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Old 11-30-2005, 12:16 PM   #3
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Jim,
I have the whole series, including book 21. Also have the Hornblower series.
Loved the film. I did notice parts of the first ten books in the Far side of the world movie.

I'm reading the Erogon books now. Dragons and such....
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Old 11-30-2005, 03:01 PM   #4
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Talking Pop quiz

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... My hobbies are many and varied from trains (both real and toy) ... If you have any questions, please fire away....
Well Tedd, I could not resist your setup.

This locomotive drawing graces my bedroom wall. The larger print says, in part, 4-8-8-4 Single Expansion Articulated. Who made it, and what is it commonly referred to as?

Your "buddy",
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Old 11-30-2005, 03:28 PM   #5
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Hey,
the 4-8-8-4 refer to the wheels.
Single expansion is the type of steam engine.
I dive on old shipwrecks and they always refer to the type of steam engine in them as single,double or triple expansion engines.
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Old 11-30-2005, 03:35 PM   #6
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You're right but....

I'll bet Tedd knows what the answer is.
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Tedd's whole house is filled with really nice locomotive art. He's a big boy of a collector!
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Old 11-30-2005, 03:44 PM   #8
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Think ya can work UP in there too?

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... He's a Big Boy of a collector!
Not that you're imparting hints or anything...



Don! your post relects a side of you I never knew!

Not that I even know you.

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I visited Tedd early this spring. I was amazed!

There are trains on all the walls!

Really neat.
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Old 11-30-2005, 05:10 PM   #10
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I'll bet Tedd knows what the answer is.
I know too, but the question was directed at Tedd. There is one sitting at Steamtown in Pennsylvania, as well as a bit more than a handful scattered around the country. And I'll drop a hint on the second part of the question... It is truly an American Locomotive....
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Those *?? *??s were fine locomotives, but I'm partial to Baldwin's "Yellowstones", the massive 2-8-8-4s made in the early 40's, and epitomized in the DM&IR iron ore service. There were more of them, and there are three on display in Minnesota.
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Those *?? *??s were fine locomotives, but I'm partial to Baldwin's "Yellowstones", the massive 2-8-8-4s made in the early 40's, and epitomized in the DM&IR iron ore service. There were more of them, and there are three on display in Minnesota.
There were 25 of the units in question built, from 1941 until 1944 The last one was retired in late 1962, about the time our Airstream was being built...
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There were 25 of the units in question built, from 1941 until 1944 The last one was retired in late 1962, about the time our Airstream was being built...
There were about 18 Yellowstones built for the DM&IR, and dozens more for the Southern Pacific, Northern Pacific, and the B&O.
(that's a 'Mallet', haha)
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Locomotives??.....Lawn tractors???

I just found out that my new ( to me ) farmhouse, where my Argosy lives,
was moved from across the road, about a hundred some odd years ago.
They used a steam engine of some sort to move it. I guess that the horses said no. I am curious about that old steam engine tractor. I sure would
be the talk of the campground when I pulled in towing my mobile farmhouse.
Hey , I think it's aluminum siding. Would they welcome me at a WBCCI Rally?
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Jim,
I have the whole series, including book 21. Also have the Hornblower series.
Loved the film. I did notice parts of the first ten books in the Far side of the world movie.

I'm reading the Erogon books now. Dragons and such....
What is book 21. If I don't have it I want it.
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Old 12-01-2005, 02:16 PM   #16
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Tom,
That would be the Union Pacific "Big Boy" also know as the 4000 class. Built by the ALCO locomotive works in I think New York. There are many of them around still. One was even rummered to be rebuilt for a move but nothing came of it.

Jim,

Book 21 is titled "Book 21" it is the unfinished book. It was found just a couple of years ago and was published with the original manuscrip.
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That would be the Union Pacific "Big Boy" also know as the 4000 class. Built by the ALCO locomotive works in I think New York. There are many of them around still. One was even rumored to be rebuilt for a movie but nothing came of it.
They were built in Schenedctady, New York. They exited the locomotive business in 1969, after General Electric started building locomotives, instead of supplying electrical parts to ALCo. The Big Boy that was supposed to be rebuilt was number 4018. They weighed over a million pounds, or the equivalent of 166 Overlanders loaded to capacity (dragging the thread back to Airstream content).
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Ah, yes! And I had the thrill of being in the cab of one, getting to play with all the goodies! And trust me.... for me, it WAS a thrill!!!
I've also chased the Challanger across parts of Iowa.... I do love trains. My grandfather on my dad's side worked for the Illinois Central... until he fell under a train and lost his arm. They backed the train from Galena, Illinois, across the Mississippi, to take him to the hospital in Dubuque!

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Ah, yes! And I had the thrill of being in the cab of one, getting to play with all the goodies! And trust me.... for me, it WAS a thrill!!!
I've also chased the Challanger across parts of Iowa.... I do love trains. My grandfather on my dad's side worked for the Illinois Central... until he fell under a train and lost his arm. They backed the train from Galena, Illinois, across the Mississippi, to take him to the hospital in Dubuque!

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Elizabeth, have you been to the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis? A pretty cool collection here. Well worth the visit. http://www.museumoftransport.org/

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Well, there's another one to put on my list of places to go!

Saw the Big Boy at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. There, one is allowed all over the Engine and tender! Inside the cab! Everything! At least, at the time we were there, that's the way it was.
Web site available at: http://www.nationalrrmuseum.org/index.php
Please note there is plenty of RV parking on the grounds.... not camping mind you, but day parking! And taking in food or drink is only discouraged during certain times spelled out on the site.

Ooooh! And I see Thomas the Train is visiting! Wouldn't my granddaughter love that! And what the hey! With an Airstream all is possible! LOL!!

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