261 drivers reduced


This is me standing in front of the 72" drivers on the 261. I'm 6' tall. I've always had a fascination with trains and much of my early woodworking experience was gained working on restorations at a railroad museum located in California in the Sacramento river delta. It's still there and called "Rio Vista Junction." It's operated by the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association and the primary focus is electric streetcars.

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  • Taken with NIKON COOLPIX L10
  • Focal Length 7.6 mm
  • Exposure Time 10/4025
  • f Aperture f/3.1
  • ISO Speed 64

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I got to ride on Norfolk Southern J-611 streamlined steam engine back in the early 90s. It had 70" drivers and could do 110 mph. They were the last mainline passenger steam engines made in the US.

They let us all get off the train and then backed it up a couple of miles, got up a full head of steam and came flying past us with the whistle blowing as a photo opportunity. Mighty impressive from 12 ft away !

I used to volunteer at our local rail museum back then.

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