Transportation

Steam locomotives
continued mainline service through the 1950s
Steam locomotive

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Posted by Tommie at 12:47 pm (PDT) on Fri April 22, 2016   
In northern Indiana, the last steam engines to run in regular service were Grand Trunk Western's.  That was around 1958.  The New York Central phased them out about a year before that.  My father, a former railroad man, would take me to a spot near the roundhouse in the Elkhart freight yards and watch the steamers come in for servicing.  I was fascinated to see the big engines being turned on the turntable.  I was 7 - 8 years old.  Too bad they didn't last longer, but progress marches on.  Some locomotives were scrapped only a few years after being built, so impressive were the new diesels.
Posted by freddo30 at 11:17 am (PDT) on Wed April 20, 2016   
Yep. I remember as a child heading west and the murmur on the train was "this is a new diesel electric" ... then we rode the great Denver Zephyr with the domed observation cars. Boy was that cool in the mountains. At age 5, I was the mayor of the train by the time we arrived at the destination.

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