old railroad interest, songs

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November 6th, 2016 at 4:58:18 AM permalink
Fleastiff
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Whence cometh the term Redball Express for the re-supply efforts to keep up with Patton's tanks rolling across France and the expression high balling it for speeding.
And ofcouse, Big Rock Candy Mountain which is a homosexual oriented warning song relating to riding the rails.
November 6th, 2016 at 9:54:52 AM permalink
Evenbob
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When I was a kid in the 50's and 60's,
collecting RR memorabilia was a big
hobby for men. The railroads were
still a big deal and there were lots
of retired workers who were there in
the RR heyday. Collecting RR lanterns
is still popular, every line had their
own lantern embossed with their RR
logo.



If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
November 6th, 2016 at 11:30:39 AM permalink
kenarman
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When I was in high school I found a railroad lantern beside the tracks. Turned it into to an electrical lamp in shop.
"There is no sin but ignorance" Christopher Marlow
November 6th, 2016 at 12:24:18 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: kenarman
When I was in high school I found a railroad lantern beside the tracks. Turned it into to an electrical lamp in shop.


Some of the older ones from obscure
lines are worth thousands. For instance,
there was a line 10 miles from me that
ran for 20 miles between two towns,
from 1880 to 1920. All evidence that it
ever existed is long gone. A lantern from
that RR was found 25 years ago and sold
for $600. I'm sure it would be over $1000
today.

If you see a long RR line that runs for
hundreds of miles, it almost always
started as many small separate lines.
They were gradually bought up and
combined. The lanterns from the orig
lines are often worth a fortune. RR's
were like today's dot com's, lots of
start ups and lots of failures. Lots of
venture capital lost.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
November 6th, 2016 at 4:00:48 PM permalink
Fleastiff
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Quote: Evenbob
. RR's were like today's dot com's, lots of start ups and lots of failures. Lots of venture capital lost.

RR songs and barge canal songs have historic value also. After the Eire Canal opened linking Buffalo, NY to NYC,
the price of shipping wheat from Chicago to NYCity fell to seven dollars from one hundred dollars formerly charged
by the rail roads. Of course rail road bonds collapsed, nobody fore saw such a collapse in revenue.
July 7th, 2017 at 5:48:17 PM permalink
Face
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It's about 80*, fireflies just coming out. Got an extra rocker and some feel good if you wanna make the drive, OG.

Be bold and risk defeat, or be cautious and encourage it.
July 8th, 2017 at 3:41:57 AM permalink
odiousgambit
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Quote: Face
It's about 80*, fireflies just coming out. Got an extra rocker and some feel good if you wanna make the drive, OG.


that was a new one for me, love that dobro

one of these days I might surprise you and take you up on that, Face!
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July 8th, 2017 at 6:10:48 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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Have to throw up a classic.
July 9th, 2017 at 9:40:57 AM permalink
Fleastiff
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For an old railroad song try the work ditties from the 1832 masscre of Irish "cholera victims" at Duffy's Cut forty miles west of Philadelphia.
July 9th, 2017 at 11:13:46 AM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: Pacomartin
Have to throw up a classic.


Flatt and Scruggs and this type of music
was very popular in the early 60's, after
the Beverly Hillbillies came on in 62. Hard
to believe we were still a country that
was into our 'country' roots.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
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