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The engine was known as “Old Number 70”.
HARV
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Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 05:02 AM UTC
Another picture that was in my local newspaper, The Sheridan Press, today (12-16-14).

The engine was known as “Old Number 70” (2)

The engine was known as “Old Number 70” (1)

Thanks,
Randy
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Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 07:50 AM UTC
Randy,

Another amazing photo! An electric locomotive with catenary; look at those ties - they look like unfinished tree trunks with rail spiked into them.

“Old Number 70” had quite a set of drivers!

What I really take from this image as a modeler is how easy it would be to scenic the scene - just pile up lots of lumber and wood. Makes a chaotic yet interesting area along the tracks.

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Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 08:25 PM UTC
Good points, Fred. Nice disparity between the Wyoming landscape on the right and the work yard on the left.
What catches my eye, having grown up in Chicago and spending lots of time waiting on a subway platform, that the distance between the live rail and catenary wire looks so easy for a person to accidently touch both at once.
Thanks again for sharing, Harv!
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Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 05:48 AM UTC
You're welcome and thanks guys. I'm glad you like the picture. Two of the things that helped put Sheridan on the map were the railroad and the coal mining operations in the area. Both of which brought Chinese and Polish immigrants to the area. I thought this picture was pretty cool. I wish it had the date of when it was taken. It looks like they have placed blankets or tarps or something in the carts so that the riders don't get dirty. I am pretty sure that the electrical set up wouldn't quite pass todays OSHA standards!!!! The area shown in the picture is just north of Sheridan. I know a guy from work that is a metal detector enthusiast and he spends a great deal of time out in that area. I will have to ask him if he recognizes the area in the photo and also ask if that old engine is still sitting around in one of the ghost town areas. It would make a cool lawn decoration!!

Thanks,
Randy