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    Default BCCRL #8874 Traveling Passenger Car Picture thread

    "Welcome to the Traveling Photo Championship Competition!!! My Name is Bear and I am one of the Co-Chief Operating Engineers on the BCCRL. We developed the Traveling Photo Competition in order to help high school students learn more about our planet while honing their photography skills. These four students won their regions' photo competitions and are now qualified to enter this one."

    "Good evening I am Boogood2 and I am the Chief design engineer for the BCCRL. I would like to welcome all parents and guests. Could all parents/guardians please meet me after this presentation to turn in the information packets sent to you earlier this month. Of course that is if you are willing to permit your child to participate in this competition."

    "Hello, I am Moonstra and I am the Chief Modeling engineer on the BCCRL. Our competition started out by sending a request to all of the high schools in our surrounding regions. Each photography class selected one representative student who submitted their photos to be judged against other students. The winners of these regional contests were selected and then they submitted their photos to a committee to have the top four students picked."

    "Good evening ladies and gentlemen, my name is Little Monkey Bear and I am one of the Co-Chief Operating Engineers on the BCCRL. After careful deliberation by the committee, four candidates were selected. I would like to announce the four students now. they are:

    From Mule Tech High School I am please to award this honor to Juan Rodregues who is 15 years old -

    From Little Big Rock High School I am please to award this honor to Petrephony Washington -

    From Black Mountain Liberal Art High School I am please to award this honor to Sasha Winkling -

    From Deep Pockets High School I am please to award this honor to Christopher Mathews -

    Please come to the stage students so that we can explain what happens next."

    Bear - "In order to encourage you to learn more about our planet and to help you really work on your photography skills the BCCRL has created a unique opportunity. Of course this will require our parents permission."

    Moonstra - "We have dedicated a specially out fitted passenger car for you to travel the country with. We have asked the university to send us their top photography teacher to travel with the students as an instructor and chaperon, Mrs. Oakstumpy, could you please come to the stage?"

    BooGood2 - "Parents if you are willing to let your children learn about this amazing planet and really jump start a potential photography career we will need the consent packets i spoke of earlier, please."

    Moonstra - "Don't forget that Nikon donated the cameras to be used on this trip and that students get to keep them afterwords."

    Bear - "And as an additional sponsor ISGOOD donated the food and catering crew for this journey as well."

    ********* The Next Day***************

    Everyone has turned out to see the departure of the BCCRL with its 4 students and shaperone aboard and eager to start the adventure.......

    **to be continued***



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    "Ladies and Gentlemen, may i have your attention please?!", Bear looked about to burst he was so excited at the prospect of what was about to take place. It looked as if each parent had given consent and emergency information to Mrs. Oakstumpy. The Catering crew however turned out to be one young man in his 20's. Bear and Moonstra were more than a little worried about his abilities to cook for these kids. After all a healthy meal means a healthy mind....

    "We are about to board everyone. Please take a seat where ever you like. Parents you may go aboard to see that your kids get settled in. If you don't mind Little Monkey Bear, please show everyone how to fold down their seats to make their beds, and show them the lockers in the back where they can store their gear." Boogood2 seemed in really high spirits today as well as she handed out directions and answered questions.

    "Yes, Mrs. Washington?"... "The First stop for the children?" i am looking at the routing orders now.. it looks as if the kids are going to crisscross the United States right now. In fact they are leaving New England and will be heading right to California!!" Moonstra has a way of making these big announcements sound dull right until the end and then POW a burst of excitement!

    Mrs. Oakstumpy - " i have the office number, the cell phone numbers, and the mailing address. But what is this last one?"

    Bear - "HAHAHAHA, some of the places you are going to are a bit old fashioned. that is how to send a telegraph!"

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    Little Monkey Bear - "Mrs. Oakstumpy, on your way to Santa Clara i will need you to contact South Bay Historical Rail Service. Ask for Mr. Wiley. He knows you are in bound but he would like to have a call when you are about a day out."

    Mrs. Oakstumpy "Call when we are a day out. Got it. Ok Children lets give hugs and kisses, its almost time to go!"
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    Bear - "Ladies and Gentlemen!! we wish you well on your journey and safe travels. It is time to depart."

    The children all said good bye to their loved ones and settled in to their seats.

    As the main train bumped the car to couple the kids laughed and sat up a bit more to watch what was going to happen next... as the train slowly built up speed and pulled out of the yard Mrs. Oakstumpy looked out and was amazed that she had lived in this area for some 30+ years and never knew just how much hidden beauty there was.

    Juan said excitedly - "Look!! We are heading into that tunnel!"

    The the contestants all started looking for their cameras so that they would not miss a shot along the way...
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    "Sasha, Sasha wake up!"
    "Mmmrrrrrrrrrrphhhhh.....Go back to sleep Juan"
    "But but we're in some sort of crazy plywood desert!!"
    "You're having a bad dream...go back to sleep..."
    "Ok"
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    "Good morning Children and welcome to Sunny California! Wave to the man in the tower everyone"
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    "Hello" "Hi" "Hola" "Hey"

    "Welcome to the SBHRS everyone. I'm Mr. Wiley and I'll be your guide on your visit to our corner of the Golden State. The SBHRS is a subsidiary of the friendly Southern Pacific and we're sure you'll enjoy your time here. Mrs. Oakstumpy if you could escort the children out to the station platform we'll get your car moved and hooked up to the engine we've set aside for you this week."

    "Certainly Mr. Wiley - Children this way please"
    "Woo Hoo finally finally! Juan was starting to stink up the place" "Oh be quiet Chris"

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    Sasha - "Hmmm Whole Foods. Hey Petrephony let's find out if this shop has any good snacks"
    Petrephony - "Sure I'm starving. Come on guys."
    A few minutes pass
    Juan "What the heck is sprouted wheat germ?
    Chris "Gross. Where are the Twinkies"
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    Mrs. Oakstumpy "All right everyone back onboard - We're ready to head out on our photo journey"
    The Children pile back into the car with pockets stuffed full of snacks they bought at the gas station...
    Mr. Wiley "Allright everyone welcome aboard. I'm sure you saw our engine and caboose as you got back in. On the point we have 5330 in our sharp looking tiger stripe scheme. Our engineer is my good friend
    Johnnie Gray. Wave out the window to Johnnie everyone"
    The kids lean out the windows and wave to the engineer who gives them a blast of the horn. Just then a passenger train rolls by.
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    "Ah here is our famous morning daylight train. You'll want to get some photos of her"
    Click click click click
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    The train slowly rolls out of the yard and heads down the line. The children chat and stare out the windows, taking pictures of the rolling hills outside the window.
    Mrs. Oakhurst “Mr. Wiley, what do you have planned for our first stop?”
    Mr. Wiley “We are heading to Mr. Thunderbolt’s winery. I thought it’d be a great outdoor location for the kids to get some practice shooting landscapes.”
    “There won’t be drinking going on will there? I’ve heard stories of this Thunderbolt character and his friend – don’t they call him Mad Dog!?”
    “Hahaha don’t worry Mrs. Oakhurst. We’ll be out in the vineyard. It will be just us and the grapes.”
    “Thank Goodness”
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    “Hey Juan I dare you to eat a grape”
    “Pshh whatever” Chomp chomp chomp – thhhhbbbbbbbbbt “Ewww they’re gross”
    “Hee hee – they aren’t ripe yet”
    “Doh!”

    >>>
    Mr. Wiley “We are now crossing over the Stamp River Gorge. We’ll stop on the bridge for a few minutes so you can take pictures of the bears down in the gorge.”
    Petrephony “Juan look at that one over there. It kinda looks like Mr. Bear back home”
    Juan “Har har…..Well maybe if it got a haircut…”
    Mrs. Oakhurst “Children! Respect your elders! That’s not very considerate. And bears do not get haircuts”
    Everyone in the car giggled at that one
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    Mr. Wiley “We have to stop and wait for the track gang to finish their work up ahead. Feel free to get out and take pictures.
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    Mr. Wiley “And now we come to our final stop everyone. Welcome to the Devil’s Post pile. This is geological formation is one of its kind.”
    “Wow” “Holy Moley” “That’s incredible” “Neat!”
    Mrs. Oakhurst “No climbing on the rocks children! I don’t want to have to send anyone home early. Remember we have many more places to visit on our trip.”
    Chris “Juan I dare you”
    Juan “No way. I double dog dare you to do it.”
    Sasha “Both of you give it a rest. The adults are watching”
    Grumble grumble grumble
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    Mr. Wiley “I hope you enjoyed your trip everyone. We sure enjoyed having you here with us on the ol’ Espee”
    Sasha “Mr. Wiley who was in the caboose? I thought I saw someone in there but they never came out to talk to us.”
    “Ah yes. Well regulations required us to have the caboose on our trip and have a brakeman ride along inside. However the gentleman assigned to our trip is not very friendly. They call him ‘The Shack.’ Fortunately he’s gone for the day and we’ve got a surprise for you. Your car is being added to the last Coast Daylight train of the day. Have a great trip everyone!”
    “Awesome! Thank you Mr. Wiley” “Yeah Thanks!” “Thanks a bunch!” “Cool!”

    Mr. Oakhurst “Thank you and the SBHRS for all your hospitality Mr. Wiley. It’s been a wonderful trip.”
    “You are all welcome. Have a great trip and take lots of pictures.”
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    Sounds like a good time has begun!
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    Bear - "Hello, Mrs. Oakstumpy?"

    Mrs. Oakstumpy "Hello, this is she."

    Bear - "This is Bear. I just got word that you are bound for Vermont. You are expected at the Black River RR, But i hear that they may be having some staffing issues. Please contact the Leo at the Riverside Museum. While you are out that way be sure to stop off at the museum! I hear they are doing some great work out there and this may be a great photo opportunity for the kids."

    Mrs. Oakstumpy - "Oh I certainly will call Mr. Leo. please text me the number and I will call as soon as I am able."

    Bear - "The number is on the way! Please tell the kids i said hello."



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    Default Arrival in VT

    by the time the kids arrived in Vermont it was getting late in the day and they were quite tired from their long journey from California. Leo had arranged for a retired engineer, Justin, who volunteers at the museum pick them up at the interchange using the museum's RS-1 #205. It was a short trip to Riverside yard where the children's special sleeping accomodations were waiting:

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    While the others excitedly got their things for "camping out" in the cabeese, one for each kid, or they could all stay in one, it was up to them. Juan talked Justin into leading him across the main-line to snap a photo of the cabeese.

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    Default Special announcement!

    Word is out, and the museum can't keep it a secret any longer. Coinciding with the children's arrival will be a special visit of the UP challenger 3985 and as an added bonus the Midwest RR have sent their RS-3 and a 4-4-0 for the grand opening exhibits.
    There will be a photo extravaganza, food, music and free beer for adults.
    The UP Challenger will lead the museums very first official all-day excursion featuring heavy-weight coaches, including a diner and parlor car. Rumor has it the BCCRL 8874 will be at the end of the train where the children will have the coveted view from the rear.

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    Ohhh, I do hope that the kids maintain their calm during this stop as they'll need to concentrate and keep a keen eye for some excellent photographic opportunities. Sooo exciting!
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    Default Opening day

    Attached are some of the photos the children took during the museum grand-opening ceremonies:



    Someone thought it would be a good idea to park the Challenger on the turntable for a photo-shoot:



    and a rabid railfan caught this shakey video:

    [YOUTUBE]bCoEklaPZ-4[/YOUTUBE]

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    Thats looking way cool, looks like you both had a good day!

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    2 Local news stations also captured the events of the day! Here are the videos!



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    Since #8874 arrived prior to Thursday evening, she was able to be routed first up to the headquarters of the Tristate N-Trak club in Mason, Ohio. We spent our work session last night adding the main red/yellow/blue bus wires under the module, which is a club-owned corner that we desperately need. We've been working in monthly sessions; back in April I gave a fun and messy clinic on doing ground goop over the foam (which needs to be followed up since there are multiple cracks from where the foam shrank and the drying goop expanded, or maybe it's the other way around in reverse). Last night, we played around some with the spur track arrangements, as we have an enginehouse that will fit somewhere. While we were thus evaluating, BCCRL #8874 rolled by (curiously by itself, no loco power at all!).

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    OH NOOOOOOO!! no engine!! i hope they did not uncouple while the kids were inside!!
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    After a visit to Sunnyvale, West Virginia, as well as Winchester, Virginia:

    "There was a dead fly hanging on a string!" Sasha could not contain herself, and giggled again. It was beginning to seem like the next leg of the journey would be a long one. Mrs. Oakstumpy could read the disdain in Petrephony's wrinkled eyebrows.

    Christopher laughed with Sasha, but Juan was unhappy. "You don't understand anything, Sash!"

    "Don't call me that. Use my full name, thank you," Sasha ordered.

    As chaperone, Dierdre Oakstumpy took it on herself to redirect the conversation. "Why don't we take some time to review what we all did, during our time in West Virginia? Juan, how about you start us off, since you seemed to have a big adventure."

    Juan muttered, "Whatever. More like work, not really any adventure to it!"

    "But you met the shop foreman, I understand," led Mrs. Oakstumpy.

    "We all met him," offered Chris. "When we first got to Sunnyvale, they made us get off while our car went into the body shop."

    "It's called a roundhouse" said Juan.

    "Yeah, like the karate kick?" Chris stood and posed, making some chop-suey martial arts movie noises to tease Juan. Juan told him to shut up. "That's the thing, Mrs. Oakstumpy - first thing Juan thought of when we went inside the -rooound- hoooouse- was how the foreman could teach him ka-ra-te!"

    Concerned about some possible racial stereotyping, Dierdre tenderly asked, "Why did you think the foreman would know karate, Juan? Was it just because he was Japanese?"

    Startled, Juan looked up. "His name is Miyagi! You mean you've never heard of him? He trained competitors, back in the day. Then he retired, nobody knew where he went off to, and we find him here in Bumpkin, Appalachia?"

    "When I heard his name, I wasn't sure, but then I saw his face and I knew it was him," Juan continued. "He told me he had orders to do some work on the car, so we were going to be stuck here for a while. Since we had the time, I figured, why not ask him?"

    "Ask him what?" Sasha asked.

    "I asked him to train me in karate." Christopher sniggered at that, saying something about learning from a gray old geezer. "Mr. Miyagi's techniques are known to be unconventional, but effective, and it doesn't matter how old he is!"

    "That's quite right, Juan." Mrs. Oakstumpy liked this line of discussion. "We should all be willing to learn from our elders, they are full of wisdom."

    "Well, yeah, sometimes they are I guess," Juan allowed. "Other times, not so much!"

    "What do you mean?"

    "He took a while to answer, but then he said that yeah, he could train me. He told me to come back first thing in the morning, meet him there at the roundhouse." Juan settled into his tale. "So I got up, like, five hours before any of the rest of you, and he was there with the lights on inside since it was still dark out. I was pumped, I mean nobody but nobody has had a chance to train under Miyagi for like eons! First thing he does, though, he hands me some junky old coveralls, and points to the restroom."

    "So I get changed, and when I come out, he has a bucket and a paintbrush waiting for me. White paint. He shows me what he wants me to do, which is to paint a white stripe on our rail car!"

    "Wait, you did that?" Christopher asked.

    "Yeah, that's right. He basically got me to do his work for him. He showed me how to sweep left and right with the brush, then left me to it. I finished one, above the windows, and then he pointed to the window sill. He made me do it again, and then sure enough he had me paint the top and bottom stripes on the other side of the car too! That's it, he never said anything else."

    "Finally, it was getting late in the afternoon and I was hungry, plus my shoulders were tired. I went up to him and was about to complain, but before I could say the first word he held out a sandwich. I downed that in about three bites, and tried to speak before fully swallowing but he shoved a cup of hot tea at me. I gulped that, and finally was able to speak."

    "I was like, 'Okay, I'm done with your work, now can you train me?' But he laughed. I asked him what was funny, and he said that I already know what I need to know. Then it clicked! It was his weird way of teaching!"

    "So I said, I get it! and I asked him to show me how to use the brush strokes thing. He said, 'Show me paint-the-stripe', and I waved the brush back and forth for him. He had me keep doing it, but he snatched the brush away. Then, he took a ready stance," Juan posed with one leg forward to demonstrate, "and he punched me!"

    "I saw that," Petrephony said. "I wondered why you were fighting, but I didn't want to come inside the shop and get involved."

    "Yeah, well, he hit me hard." When Chris made a remark about being beat up by a geezer, Juan barked "Shut up! He didn't just hit me once, he kept on hitting me! 'Paint-the-stripe' he kept saying, and I kept waving my arm left and right, but it just didn't work. Like, at all. Finally, he gave up punching me, and just turned and walked back to his office. I followed him."

    "He was just sitting there, with some chopsticks in hand. I asked him what that was all about. He said that maybe his memory was not so good any more. He said he remembered teaching by making them paint a fence. He didn't know why it didn't work this time."

    "Fences are vertical, duh!" Sasha commented.

    "What?" asked Juan.

    "You painted a stripe, right?"

    "Four stripes, actually."

    "Whatever. When you paint a fence, you paint it up and down, not left and right," she explained.

    A light came on in Juan's eyes. "You're right!" He took a stance and pretended like a brush was in his hand, and swept up then down. "Yeah, that maybe could work!"

    "You need me to punch you?" Christ asked.

    "No thanks. Anyways," Juan continued, "Miyagi didn't figure that out while I was there. He just grumbled a bit when I complained to him, and then he took his chop sticks and snapped at something. I hadn't even seen it until then, but it started swinging back and forth..."

    "A dead bug on a string!" Sasha laughed again.

    "Miyagi said that a man who catches a fly with chop sticks can do anything. He keeps that fly in his office, and every day he doesn't go home until he gets it at least once," Juan explained.

    "So like, all you gotta do," Chris offered, "is wait til it stops swinging, and then come at it all slow, right?"

    "Whatever," Juan said. "I gave up on him after that. When I left the roundhouse, that's when I found the rest of you guys, and we all went to the movies. Some adventure, huh?"

    Mrs. Oakstumpy was encouraging. "I think it was a well-spent day, Juan. And I, for one, think the new stripes look terrific. I think Petrephony got a lot of good pictures that show off the new paint. Maybe tomorrow, she can tell us about the helicopter tour she and I took while the rest of you rode on down to Winchester. Now, why don't we all hit our bunks, it's late enough, and tomorrow we'll be in a whole new town!"

    And the clicking and singing of the rails soon lulled them all to sleep. A world was rolling past that could only be captured in snapshots like these. One day with Miyagi, one that will not be forgotten.


    Some of Petrephony's helicopter shots, when the car was treated to a special move behind PA-1 #184 to bring it to the team track at Winchester depot:

















    Sasha took this one after arriving on the team track:



    And, Petrephony didn't want to post this shot, taken right as the helicopter took off from sunnyvale, but Mrs. Oakstumpy convinced her to include it. You can just barely make out car #8874 poking out of the roundhouse (the old roundhouse is used for car repairs these days) down there in Sunnyvale, WV. You just gotta imagine that the roundhouse isn't there, and if you do, you can clearly see the car as well as Juan talking to Mr. Miyagi...

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