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Good years in Providence in Classic Trains

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June 9th, 2018, 9:16 am #1

The latest issue of Classic Trains has an 4 page article starting on Page  90 by Chris Burger about Providence. The pictures are B&W there is one color picture of an ALCO leaving the East Providence tunnel.
 And yes there is the extra "r" in Northup (Northrup) where it shouldn't be.

   Bill
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NH746EJO
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June 9th, 2018, 10:39 am #2

Northup or Northrup

Both spellings are correct.  For an explanation, see my home page at http://sites.google.com/site/humpyardprovidence 

I took the following photo of RS-1 0668 in February 1961 at the Northup Ave.Yard office in Providence which stood close to where Northup Avenue passed under the tracks before the road was buried by yard construction (Modelers - don't miss the pigeons on the roof and the LOOK AND LIVE sign. Also note how the fence was built with old rail - it protected against cars parked or driving on old Smithfield Ave, now I 95).
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June 9th, 2018, 4:31 pm #3

Why such a small "NH" on the cab's side?  Needs to be bigger so it can be seen.
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Jim Vaitkunas
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June 9th, 2018, 6:20 pm #4

Neat photo.  I used to sit here and at the east (south) end of Northup Ave yard and eat my lunch and watch the switching while attending Providence College.  I'm a Smith Hill guy (Orms Street) and used to visit Charles Street engine house on a regular basis as a young lad.
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June 10th, 2018, 9:53 am #5

Statkowski wrote: Why such a small "NH" on the cab's side?  Needs to be bigger so it can be seen.
The painters must have used their white paint on the cab side since they didn't have much left when they painted the tiny "New Haven" on the hood.
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June 10th, 2018, 10:33 am #6

Okay, so for an HO scale model one would use N scale decals for the 'NEW HAVEN" and O scale decals for the "NH".  Once again, the New Haven was thinking of the modelers.
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June 10th, 2018, 11:29 am #7

Jim Vaitkunas wrote: Neat photo.  I used to sit here and at the east (south) end of Northup Ave yard and eat my lunch and watch the switching while attending Providence College.  I'm a Smith Hill guy (Orms Street) and used to visit Charles Street engine house on a regular basis as a young lad.
Jim -- Chris Burger, the original subject of this post, also attended PC as did another of my favorite New Haven photographers, Bill Clynes.  I attended URI so I was close to the NH and the Narragansett Pier RR but mainly watched trains during summers and holidays.  My first trips to the yard and Charles St. were by bicycle from my home not far from Boston Switch, another good action spot.  When the hump was still active I would sit on my bike and watch the cars roll from the Smithfield Avenue viaduct which wasn't much of a place for photos since it had high fencing.  I think one of the reasons I became a life-long steam fan was that my father once stopped at Charles Street to watch the steam activity.  He wasn't a railfan and our stops were on visits to relatives in Providence. In fact it was hard to get him to repeat visits since he would use the back dirt road to get close and would say he was going to break an axle on the deeply rutted road.   I think I covered Charles Street well in my web site  ------------
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June 10th, 2018, 11:54 am #8

NH746EJO.  You are Ed, correct?  Wow, this exchange is bringing back a flood of memories.  I was born on Orms Street in 1947 moved to Cumberland in 1965.  So I spent some time at Valley Falls yard, Boston Switch, the Blackstone River bridge, etc., same as you.  When I was attending PC (65 to 69), I also worked in South County on the Narragansett Pier RR in the summer, and sometimes in the fall for a day or two to help with switching when the salt cars billed to RI DOT arrived at the interchange in Kingston Jct. (they came in ten-car lots.)  When I worked on the Pier, I slept in the Intercolonial Rwy. business car that was owned by Jim Bradley but stored on the Pier.  I believe the car is now in Newport.  Thanks!
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June 11th, 2018, 11:28 am #9

Jim -- I was at URI 1957-1961 but actually saw little of the Narragansett Pier RR.  But since I was frequently at the Kingston station where the NPRR interchanged with the New Haven I saw the remains of the turntable which fascinated me and stuck in my memory because of the simple but efficient track arrangement.   The NPRR ended only feet from the depot and there was a passing siding with the turntable located in the middle of the siding.  Therefore, in the days when there were steam hauled passenger trains, an arriving train pulled up to depot allowing passengers to cross the platform to reach a New Haven RR connection.  The NPRR locomotive uncoupled, reversed and ran down the passing siding and was turned while on the passing siding.  It then backed to the train and was ready to pull-out  -- very simple.   I never actually saw interchange with the New Haven in Kingston; I think interchange once took place on the far side of the New Haven in the freight house/ team yard but probably in the final years the interchange only took place where the NPRR joined the NH.         Ed
P.S.   I hope you've seen the NPRR and the Kingston pages (with the turntable)  in ----- http://sites.google.com/site/rhodeislandrailroads
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