“They Expect the Unexpected”

Thanks to reader Keith MacCauley, I have a real treat to share – an article about my prototype, published in the November 1953 issue of CN Magazine. Click on the image below to read “They Expect the Unexpected”…
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This article originally appeared in the Hamilton Spectator, and as I’ve noted elsewhere on this blog there’s a set of photographs from the article available online. Having the words that go with the photos, though, provides a wealth of additional context for my layout.

For instance, I now have to equip the conductor on The Daily Effort with a stick suitable for chasing off bulls…

Thanks, Keith!

10 thoughts on ““They Expect the Unexpected”

  1. Wow! That was a fantastic read about the railroad we’ve come to know through your blog Trevor. Being able to read personal experiences like those, only makes me feel closer to the history of not only the railroad, but the people who lived it.
    Have you been able to research the local newspaper archives to gain more stories and information?
    35mph? Wow again!

    • Hi Darel:
      No, I haven’t gone through local archives. One of these days…
      I’m still absorbing all the great information I get from my readers.
      35 mph – not on the Port Rowan part of the run, that’s for sure.
      Cheers!

  2. A delightful story. Bygone times, that is for sure.
    I have never heard “jigger” used as a name for a section car. I am not sure if my knowledge came from my Grandfather, a FRISCO man, or the Santa Fe railroaders that switched rail cars to & from the industries across the tracks from where I grew up, but I call a gasoline powered section car a “pop car.”

    • Hi Rex:
      Everything is local – for example, in this part of the world a “caboose” is referred to as a “van”…
      Cheers!

  3. Could you imagine a five year old girl going shopping by herself today or a train making a special stop for her. Little things like saving half an hour by backing the train to the second port.

    • Good observation, Hunter. No – I suspect the air motor just wasn’t used that day. On the prototype it was there as an assist, when needed. On my layout, because the turntable is closer to the yard tracks, I didn’t have room to build up the ground all the way around the non-pit – so the air must be used all the time and the handles are used for final alignment.
      Cheers!

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