I remember seeing a postal ritual while watching Pennsylvania Railroad trains with my grandfather at the station in Marysville, Pennsylvania. There was a mail crane on the side of the eastbound track and a bin to receive mail pouches thrown from the RPO. This was a fascinating scene for a child and a metaphor for the high purpose of expediting communication in an industrial world. While doing research for my model railroad I came across this filmed reminiscence on the site of the National Postal Museum. Notice that the pouch thrown from the passing B & O train simply skips across the station platform.
Archive for October, 2010
My wife was doing a web search on google books and found old issues of Popular Mechanics. She typed “pennsylvania railroad” and found a variety of interesting stuff including this article. It’s fascinating to see reporting that was contemporary with the arrival of this locomotive on the property. As you’ll see, the reported facts about the S1 greatly exceeded the mechanical reality.
It seems like a bull session either got out of hand or is the precursor to a spectacular model railroad. According to the narrative in the news section of this website a handful of people standing around in a hobby shop in South Carolina incubated the idea of the “larges, most technically advanced, HO scale model railroad in North America.” Their great ambitions include accurate models of the Spencer Shops in Greenville to Union Station in Washington, Penn Station and Grand Central in New York, the Horseshoe Curve, the Cascade Tunnel and lots of other sites dear to railfans. We can all say “good luck” and monitor their progress.