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Wacth at one minute 24 seconds

flatcar99
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Joined: July 22nd, 2017, 2:53 pm

January 1st, 2018, 8:52 pm #1

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rsullivan
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January 1st, 2018, 11:47 pm #2

I was hoping to see the R-3 under the wire between Cedar Hill and Devon. But, after watching the photographer's location up on the coal pile in the tender, I realized the photographer would probably have been a temporary 'pan' connecting the cantenary and the tender for the brief second of the brillant flash. Now that would have prevented us from seeing the brief double tracked main with a siding that had a siding of its own. I think it might be on the Maybrook Line somewhere. But, I'm not familiar with that section to hazard a guess as to the location. It might be interesting to see if anyone can determine the location of that film segment. Just a new year challenge to those much more knowledgeable than I. Thanks for sharing this South Carolina film clip Mr. Flatcar99.
Richard H. Sullivan, Jr.  member #3967
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Dick Otto
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January 2nd, 2018, 8:59 pm #3

This NYNH&H sequence shows 3553 westbound on the Shore Line, shortly ago passing S.S. 81, crossing the Quinnipiac River and approaching S.S. 80 Airline Junction.  The rectangular object silhouetted above the background hill beginning about 1:34 is the skip-hoist headhouse atop the huge coaling tower at the Cedar Hill engine servicing facility.  I note with interest that the bridge is clearly not the same one discussed in this previous Forum topic, which linked this photo, the one which must've superseded it which is still in Amtrak Northeast Corridor service in 2018.  R-3-a 3553 was brand new in 1928, the first of its batch of ten, hence the public relations dept.'s media darling being publicly displayed widely around the system, and I believe, the one sent to represent the NYNH&H at the Chicago Railroad Fair, the rail industry's national tradeshow.  Refer to Swanberg's New Haven Power, pages 187 & 190.
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rsullivan
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January 2nd, 2018, 11:59 pm #4

Thanks Mr. Otto for identifying the location. As you described the background scenes, and comparing the two track curve, bridge over the Quinnipiac River, the catenary support towers, and the buildings along State Street with the 1940 Mechanical Department Map "CDF C1" in the NHRHTA's Mechanical Department Facilities Maps: Revised Edition (1989), I can see everything fitting. I guess that short siding on the left just after crossing the Quinnipiac River was gone when the 1940 map was made. So, now I know I was watching this R-3-a westbound on the Shore Line approaching Cedar Hill. Thank you for your keen eye Mr. Otto.
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