Hello, I just wanted to say that I love 1630, and enjoy seeing your work on her and on the other engines! Your department is very neat, I wish I could help you work, but alas I live pretty far away. :( But I still wish you all the best! :D
#1 Harry Fairbanks on 2015-02-02 16:22
The other nice benefit from the snow storm is that there is lots of shoveling to do. It makes for excellent training for the student firemen.
#2 Philip Cwikowski on 2015-02-02 16:36
That's what I like. A positive outlook!
#2.1 Nigel Bennett on 2015-02-03 09:14
Great work on the update Nigel! Thank you for all your work.
#3 Tedd ILL on 2015-02-02 18:28
First time volunteer but long time member joining this weekend! I had about a year of experience working on the black River rr in New Jersey.
#4 John heid on 2015-02-10 22:11
John, Apologies. I have been off line for a couple of days so did not pick up your note. Welcome. I am afraid that the start up may be a bit slow this morning as I have to attend a board meeting. However there should be a number of people in and a lot to do. Nigel
#4.1 Nigel Bennett on 2015-02-14 07:15
Howdy! So glad you folks are at work. I can't wait for spring so I can get there in person. The website will have to do for now. Here's a question: the Rogers Locomotive Works Wikipedia entry features a photo of Illinois Central 201 and claims you have it. It's not listed in your steam inventory. Do you in fact still have it? The reason for my interest? My great-great-grandfather was the Superintendent of Motive Power at the CB&Q, based in the Aurora shops, for about three years (1880-1883) before he got kicked upstairs. He worked on and supervised the construction of approximately 25 engines. I haven't been able to track any of them down, of course, but I'm looking around for engines built in that era. Thanks!
#5 Sam G on 2015-02-15 21:52
Sam, Ooops!. Now that is something I had not noticed before. For sure we have IC201. I walked past her just yesterday in barn #9. I had not spotted previously that she was not in the website inventory. Nigel
#5.1 Nigel Bennett on 2015-02-19 11:16
in my opinion, i think the steam roster, wait... no, whole roster page needs to be updated.
#5.1.1 Raphael on 2015-02-21 02:55
IC201 was featured on the IRM calendar 6 or 7 years ago, and at that time I, too, searched for it on the equipment roster. It has an interesting story: it was in use at the Columbian Exposition at the same time Casey Jones was an engineer there, so it may have been operated by a legend (although there is no written record of locomotive assignments at the fair).
#5.1.2 Mike Gorecki on 2015-02-22 11:15
Mike, Yep. We always like to think she may have been operated by Casey ...... but we will never be sure. Nigel
# Nigel Bennett on 2015-02-27 11:44
I am curious as to whether or not you will be offering cab rides on 1630 this coming season. I understand you did not offer any last year, as it was your first running session in nine years. Thanks.
#6 Zach Kaye on 2015-02-27 09:34
Zach, At this time we will not be offering "Take the Throttle" on 1630 this year. The issue is that, after not running for a number of years, we are very short of trained crew so are normally running with trainees under supervision and cannot take riders at the same time. Once we have some firemen qualified it will become more possible. Nigel
#6.1 Nigel Bennett on 2015-02-27 11:42
Thank you Nigel! We look forward to seeing 1630 in operation this season. Good luck with the repairs!
#6.1.1 Zach Kaye on 2015-02-27 16:26
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