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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #1005 on: April 24, 2021, 11:54:18 PM »
Your Honor, glad to hear you plan on making it back to the railroad next week. Hope your recovery continues without any setbacks.   Jeff
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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #1006 on: April 25, 2021, 06:31:34 AM »
Thank you, Jeff.  Progress is slow, but Cindy says she will get me into the train shed Saturday if she has to hold onto me and walk me to the roundhouse.  I think she wants to get rid of me for a couple of hours.  Quite frankly, I don't blame her.


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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #1007 on: April 25, 2021, 08:23:42 AM »
Hot diggity dog.....SBG fun & BS coming up soon.  ;D ;D ;D  I'm not sure to who Bob is referring..... ::)
Gregory P. DeMayo
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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #1008 on: May 02, 2021, 09:11:58 AM »
Saturday Report - May 1, 2021

Your reporter was unable to attend the gathering at the Atlantic & Southern location yesterday.  Recovering from spinal surgery is a slower process than expected.  Some days you feel like you are making progress.  Other days you feel like you have lost whatever progress you have made.

This week's story is the final installment of the adventures of Stewart Walter, who managed to get hired on as a fireman on the A&S due to his connection with "Tater" Cartwright.  He finally progresses to become an engineer and is one of the most respected employees of the A&S.  We may hear more from him in the future.

                                                                                                MOVE TO THE RIGHT SEAT PART III

   Stewart worked as an engine watchman for a week or two and by and by he was assigned as the fireman for the roundhouse engine facility.  Now, that was certainly not an “over-the-road” assignment but it turned out to be more of a hostler’s job than a fireman’s position.
   The A&S had just been assigned two new switch engines, a 0-6-0 and an 0-8-0.  Both engines were leased and they were in like-new condition.  The 0-8-0 was assigned as the “yard goat” and the 0-6-0 was assigned to switch at the Sanlando Yard.  Stewart got to run the engines on night shifts because there was a shortage of qualified engineers right after WWII. 
   Stewart proved to be an excellent hostler and switchman and was soon, "Tater" Cartwright, Roundhouse Forman, recommended Stewart to the Road Forman of Engines.  Stewart took his rules test and his physical exam and was pronounced fit for duty as an engineer. 
   His first assignment was an industrial run that required him to make a run up the Ovalix with the 0-6-0 switcher.  The steady grade of 1% proved to be a challenge, especially with a green fireman, and the switcher struggled to push ten boxcars up to Summit.
   About that time, the A&S purchased an ancient 2-6-6-2 to haul pulpwood from Piney Woods to the paper mill in Jacksonville.  The mallet was an oil burner and the roundhouse crew was unfamiliar with that type of engine. 
   Stewart studied everything he could find about oil burners because he assumed the engineer with the lowest seniority would be assigned as the mallet’s hogger.
   The mallet needed to be overhauled and the pipe fitters and boilermakers thought oil was so combustible that just piping it into the firebox was sufficient.  Nobody took the pains to make all the air that was drawn into the firebox mix thoroughly with the flame before it entered the flues.
   As luck would have it, Stewart drew the mallet for its first run with a fireman who had never seen an oil-burning engine.  Stewart brought the problem to the attention of the Road Forman of Engines and the next day the burner was adjusted, the firebox was sealed except for the damper, and there was no carbon in the way.  With those adjustments, Number 7 was fit to haul a string of pulpwood cars up the ovalix at about 4mph all the way to Summit.
   Stewart became recognized as a first-class engineer and it seemed like no time before he was assigned to passenger varnish, including the Florida Special.  It was during that time that he met and married Peggy Sue Baker from Tahope.  Peggy Sue gave Stewart four head of young 'uns and they all grew up to be railroaders on the L&N.       


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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #1009 on: May 02, 2021, 09:34:36 AM »
You were missed yesterday Bill.....hit the therapy as hard as the doctors will let you so that you can get back as soon as possible.  :) Great story!
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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #1010 on: May 02, 2021, 11:53:28 AM »
You were missed yesterday Bill.....hit the therapy as hard as the doctors will let you so that you can get back as soon as possible.  :) Great story!

Ditto that.  You were missed.  Keep working at it.  We hope to see you soon!
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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #1011 on: May 03, 2021, 12:10:50 AM »
Your Honor, sorry to hear that you couldn't make the latest get together, but remember that you are in it for the long haul, don't worry about a minor setback.   Jeff
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Re: The Atlantic & Southern Saturday Report
« Reply #1012 on: May 03, 2021, 05:51:19 AM »
Greg, Bob, Jeff - Thank you for the encouragement.  I plan on making it into the shed Saturday.   My ankle has improved significantly. 

 

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