Brakeshoe Bob ⋅ 66

I am a retired Railroad Locomotive Engineer. I hired out with the BN in September of 72 as a machinist and went with the Santa Fe in engine service in 1973 as a Locomotive Fireman. I was promoted to Locomotive Engineer in July 1974. I retired in September 2012 after 40 years. During the period I ran the Joint-Line (Denver to Pueblo,CO) and the Interdivisional between Denver and La Junta, CO. I had almost 8 years in management with the Santa Fe and BNSF.

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Pam worked the “Third Trick” or the 2300 to 0700 shift as a yardmaster. She basically did as instructed. She retired about 6 months before I did. She led a hard life, was divorced, and worked the...


I was working the Southwest Power desk on a warm week day. I was on the day rotation and with the usual people I worked with. The North Central man, worked the coal fields in the Powder River Bas...


I have probably written this in the old OD. So again bear with me. I have looked at “what” rail buffs call stalls. Some videos are regular train meets, so they are really slow.. If ya can start ‘...


I was still on the local, was great job. I was asked to become a mentor, due to my electrical and mechanical skills, plus I was a promoted engineer. I didn’t take it? Why?, Saturday and Sunday of...


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Me, doing well, along with a locked up knee. I get an MRI this coming Tuesday. They think it is a tear, from a past injury from 1975. Thanksgiving w...


How did we report for work? We were either assigned or called on a first in first out basis. On the Joint-Line, we were what was called a progressive board. As engineers we were not assigned...


Schaumberg, IL SOC Santa Fe Railway 1995 or close: I am working Crew planning, for the Santa Fe. The night rotation, and the HOT STUFF, is coming into Barstow, CA. I looked at the crew situation ...


This past Monday, we walked Moose for the first time, other than the trails around our home. He has been trained and is a pleasure. After our walk, it was nearing lunchtime. Maria said, we sho...


Lair Of the Bear Monday 10/22/2018: Maria and I decided to take the Moose up to a Mountain walking trail. About 900 am, we took off. It was about a forty minute drive up CO Highway 75. Throug...


I was asked to explain the RCE equipment. I will gladly do so. RCE is an acronym, for Remote Controlled Equipment. To make it easy to understand, it is a consist of locomotives, controlled by ...


Well, I am running as a regular engineer, with an established turn. I am about four or four and a half years of experience. I am comfortable, but cautious, because I still have a lot to learn. ...


I worked many an ore train, when I was in the pool out of Denver. CF&I ( Colorado Fuel & Iron ), smelted ore, in blast furnaces in Pueblo, CO. Hence the name “Pew Town”. Depending on...


We were then, ABS, double track, from South Denver to Bragdon. There was no CTC at Palmer Lake. The Rio Grande dispatched southbound, and the Santa Fe dispatched northbound. There were crossov...


Have had Mr Moose in the third session of Sit Means Sit. Wow what a difference. Walks are so much better, we still tug. But it is not like it was. A correction and we “almost” walk side by side...


Yep, we have found them dead on the railroad..


I may or may not have written this, either here or on the other site. These cars were Maintenance of Way, only cars. They were speed restricted, loaded and empty. So just having one in your tra...


We’re out on 8 hours rest. C&S Train 77 was my call. No, it is not the 151, but could be a quick run or a 10 plus hour drag. The phone rings at 1230 am. “Terry, 200 am on 77”. Call acc...


I think we have made progress with the Moose. There are still some problems. I am not a dog trainer, and before we got him, he was basically a wild man. So we have enrolled Moose in the Sit Me...


I was working the the “Mentor” troubleshooters job on the 730 am to 730 pm side of the equation. Spring, depending on where you live and be many things. Warming weather, the rain shower, severe w...


I posted about the Larkspur bridge. There was a BN Taconite pellet train, going over. While I was looking for that picture, I stumbled on an Taconite train at Orsa. This was on a sunny Friday ...


Larkspur, CO is about 45 miles or so out of Denver proper. How many times in my railroad career have I ran over this icon. This picture, a spring snow storm. The “orange car” A Datsun 240-Z. ...


The video shows where we used to inspect the DP’s ( Distributive Power ). DP’s are a “helper” so to speak controlled by a dedicated radio frequency assigned to the railroad. The engineer contro...


You may have heard me talk about the Hot Box Detectors from time to time. This is about 2 miles south of Big Lift https://1drv.ms/v/s!AgV2J1zT9nylqgVec1HBiGM1CWOz Airport Road ? At 19 seconds ...


From the map, last entry, you can see the town of Sedalia is not that big. “Main Street” 2 blocks long. Gabriel’s is a Northern Italian Restaurant, here in Sedalia. It is the Fancy one. It...


Sedalia proper isn’t that big. Manhart Street is “Main Street”. Map of the Metropolis Manhart Street looking south/southwest towards Perry Park and Deckers A note Jarre Mart is For Sale. ...