Confessions Of The Pastor Assisting, Youth Leading Railfan

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This  is the first in a series of special postings I will be doing that will be relating my experiences as the bi-vocational Pastor’s Assistant and Youth Leader at New Life Baptist Church in Gladstone, Missouri to my hobby of rail-fanning.

Have your ticket ready and we’ll get this ride started.

So here’s the deal. About two years ago, I felt God prompting me to call my best friend, a 1990’s graduate of Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri and who had been out of ministry for nearly 15 years, after various pastoral positions around the country that didn’t go well for him left him gun-shy about ministry, and driving an over the road truck, with a challenge.

We talked nearly every day by phone, but had lived nearly three hours apart, with me in Kansas City, he in Pratt, Kansas and hadn’t seen each other in what felt like forever.

I first sought  the advice of his father, as he and his wife had practically raised me, and always treated me like a member of their own family, that I also just call “Mom & Dad. They also live just seconds away, across the highway from me.

I called to say he either needed to get a job that would simply have him home with his family more, or get back into ministry….preferably the latter. I thought my having been stuck working 3pn-11pm for years (that now has me job searching) was tough, but not like his being gone for weeks at a time.

He definitely wanted to be home more, but still didn’t know about a return to ministry, but would not discourage me or his folks from praying for God’s will one way or the other.

Through a series of events, I got a call about 10 months ago, stating his church in Pratt and the Southern Baptist Convention were sending him back home to Kansas City, to start the first of what they hoped would be several new churches. God had already confirmed since the day of my initial phone call to him, that when (not if…) this happened, I was to join him in this endeavor. I was all in! It’s how I roll: either 110 % in, or not at all.

A tip from a buddy here in town led to getting us a free place to meet, and on 5/24/15, New Life Baptist Church (realistically a launch team for what will eventually be the full fledged real deal) was born in our current home in the basement of a bank building in Gladstone, Missouri.

Mom & Dad joined the effort from the start, which is a true blessing, and this born again rail-fan was later officially named Pastor’s Assistant, which has me wearing many constantly changing hats, including taking over a later vacated position of leading our youth, a calling I have felt since as long as he was out of ministry, but this is the first time anyone has given me a real shot at it.

For now, we both work other jobs in addition to the ministry. That, and other things, can sometimes feel like one of the freight trains I am so fond of watching, and taking photos and video of like the east-bound Norfolk Southern auto rack manifest in North Kansas City, Missouri pictured above, has just run over our hearts. But, as he likes to say, we have to “pick up our lip, and move on”, so we don’t project the hard times onto those we are responsible to God to faithfully, courageously lead, and encourage. No one said ministry, like rail-fanning was easy.

That is, when we are not rejoicing in victories like our first two salvation decisions and one re-dedication, all in the last two weeks, as fruit of you guessed it… the youth ministry! Those have come just as we are beginning a new focus here in 2016 on evangelism, discipleship and missions.

So it appears that our signals have started coming up green as of late, and we can really notch up, blast the air horn and get up to track speed with this new focus as far down the line as God sees fit!

On the New Life Baptist Line, we keep focused on the fact that God is Good all the time, and all the time….God is Good! And you can take that ticket to the bank!

Well, until next time, I’m John Losh, reminding you to keep Jesus as your engineer, as you leave spiritual Legacies…On The Rails!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 in review

I would like to thank all who visited Legacies On The Rails in 2015! Though the stats may not be earth-shattering, they are still encouraging, and I look forward to sharing more rail-fan adventures in words, pictures and video with you in 2016!

I have begun a lengthy list of potential rail-fan cities in Missouri and Kansas, and one in Iowa that I’d like to visit as many of as my schedule (which is very busy these days), and finances will allow this coming year.

Some are cities I would be returning to, and others I have found by watching other rail-fan’s videos on You Tube, and/or their pics on other social media. I will keep you posted on that.

Hope you will share this site with others and feel free to let me know if you have stories of your own, or of friends and relatives that have or do work on railroads, or are just avid rail-fans, that you would like to see shared here! Leave me comments in regards here on the site, or email me at loshgenaelogy@yahoo.com.

Remember to subscribe to my You Tube under John Losh, to view all past Legacies On The Rails Fan Videos (up to 147 as I write this) and watch for new ones!

I’m John Losh, praying that God blesses you with green signals and sees you and your loved ones safely down the line as we continue to leave Legacies…On The Rails in 2016!

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

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Playing Catch-Up On This Edition Of Legacies….On The Rails

A lot has happened since my last posting and I apologize for not keeping this site up. But, a while back, this little Chrome-Book computer that my wife and I share started shutting down on me, when I’d be in the middle of a blog, and even if I had hit Save Draft, it would usually only save the title and a few words, when I may have been several paragraphs into it. By the time this would happen, it would be too close to time for me to head to work, or needing to get to bed if I was writing after work, for me to have the time, energy or patience to go back and redo it. Thought I was done blooging until I can somehow, someday, get a better computer, but today, decided to try again.

In my last posting, I shared about what was then the upcoming Legacies On The Rails Railroad Art Show at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery located in the former CB&Q Depot in Parkville, Missouri. That did take place for the entire month of August but I have to sadly report that only one painting sold, bringing in only $30 for the Model Rail Experience at Kansas City Union Station, and I am still waiting for an opportunity to go get that check to take to them. I hope we can try again next year,despite how things went this year.

I have begun to make more frequent visits to to Union Station on a regular basis, but not in a volunteer capacity, just going to take pics and video as a way to kill time in between having lunch with my wife, who works directly across from my building in Downtown KC, and time for me to head to work. Being a bi-vocational Pastor’s Assistant for Legacies On The Rails Fan Video #111, I am now up to #138. This has included not only videos from the Depot in Parkville, and all the local yards here in town, but also a ride on the train at our local amusement park Worlds Of Fun, thanks to some tickets that my buddy Chris Noble set us up with. I have also been doing picture silde-show videos like this one.

New Life Baptist Church, and time with family on my days off from my full-time job keeps me very, very busy.

But here are a few pics and videos from those visits.

I have definitely not been dormant as far as rail-fanning goes, and have, as usual, been out taking tons of pics and video, and since my last posting when I shared through L

I also joined the Board Of Directors of the Operation Christmas Train Set Foundation at the invitation of Founder/CEO Dustin A Fisher since my last posting http://operationchristmastrainset.org/ . OCTSF
In the Fall of 2016, I will be working with the group in Dustin’s town of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for Midwest Legacies On The Rails Train Days-a week long event during which we will install permanent Model Rail displays in all the Oklahoma City Public Library locations. We are hopeful that this will catch on with other public library systems around the country. It would be awesome to be able to be in a at least one city a year if not more doing the same thing. Schools, Civic organizations, there is no end to the possibilities. Maybe I can even get a KCMO Chapter started in 2016.

In October, my girls and I paid a visit to the Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad in Belton, Missouri. They would love to have me come and volunteer with them in a promotional capacity, as well as being trained as a Conductor. But right now, as much as I would like to, I just can’t see a way to make the time. Maybe next year, we’ll see. Here are a few pics and a video from that.

The Saturday before Thanksgiving, I reconnected with my old buddy Todd Gordon, who gave me a last minute invitation to attend a community dinner that was being held that night in his town of Camden Point, Missouri and to make a presentation on the Interurban Railroad-otherwise known as the Kansas City, Clay County & St Joseph Railway-one that I was not familiar with until that day, but always love researching any railroad history, so I took the challenge, and talked about it, after also discussing why I love railroads.
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So, before this thing decides to shut down on me again, I will wrap this up.  But, as always, here is the signature song of Legacies On The Rails, Mr Roy Acuff with Wabash…….Cannonball!

This is John Losh, reminding you to continue leaving Legacies…..On The Rails!

 

 

 

 

All Aboard For The Legacies On The Rails Art Show And Local Rail Action!

I’ve been needing to update this for some time. But now that I am, let me kick this off by inviting you to the Legacies On The Rails Railroad Art Show. this will be a month-long event and it “heads down the rails” on that journey with a reception on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 6pm-8pm CT at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery located at 8701 NW Riverpark Dr in Parkville, Missouri which is, you may recall from my February 11th posting, a former CB&Q Depot that also houses the Parkville Area Chamber Of Commerce.

If you are an artist interested in having your work displayed for sale during the show, you must contact Cathy Kline on Facebook under her name or Cathy Kline Art Gallery or cathyklineartgallery@gmail.com and have your work submitted no later than July 30th. The best part is, 10% of sales for August will benefit the Model Rail Experience at Kansas City Union Station-which I am waaaay behind on making an appearance at. Will do that this coming week. Looking forward to seeing a good donation made to them and hopeful that this can become at least a yearly event, if not more frequent-we’ll have to see. But I am so incredibly humbled that my friend Cathy is hosting this event, and naming it after the LOTR blog and Podcast, and I hope you will seriously plan to come and be a part of it!

Since my trips to Branson and Columbia, (almost forgot to share this), I have been to my yearly Losh/Worley Family Reunion (our 41st annual) in Willow Springs, Missouri. That was over the 4th of July weekend. Along the way,I made stops at the Jefferson Avenue Foot Bridge in Springfield, Missouri, that overlooks the rail yard there in Downtown Springfield and got lots of pics and video, as well as getting pics and video at the crossing that is just down the road from the Lion’s Club Hall where we have the reunion, in Willow Springs, and getting pics and video in Cabool, and Diggins, Missouri on my drive back to Kansas City. As technical difficulties have reared their ugly head today, just going to share the videos that I know you will still enjoy.

But, getting back to local stuff, I have been down to the gallery several times lately, delivering items to help bring more permanent railroad atmosphere, including HO Scale train cars, a brake service valve for standard railroad freight cars that comes courtesy of New York Air Brake, which you will also recall from a previous LOTR POSTING, and as I have been into getting some of my train photos enlarged lately, in addition to several 8×10’s I am now displaying with my rail collection at home, I had a couple 11×14’s made (all from the Gladstone, Missouri Wal-Mart’s Photo Center) that are from outside the Art Gallery, as well as in neighboring Riverside, Missouri, in hopes that they can be displayed there-although my skill as  a photographer may or may not be suitable for them to be displayed there but if not, I will simply bring them home and display them. Of course, anytime I go down there, I make time to watch and listen for trains, and have caught a few.

Was going to share photos too, but the aforementioned technical difficulties as far as time’s sake (and my nerves) goes, is making that impractical right now.

In addition to that, I got a really good tip from former school classmate and now buddy from New Life Baptist Church, Todd Hawes that the BNSF Yard off Metropolitan Ave behind the Walmart in Kansas City, Kansas was a hopping place, and he wasn’t kidding. Got these pics and video, by standing on a huge mound of gravel on an open piece of land next to Walmart. Thanks, Todd! I will return often. I also caught a WAMX Switcher working some “Oil Cans” off 22nd/Kansas Ave and got some UP Engines off SB 7th St Trafficway. KCK is a major rail hub that I encourage any railfan to check out! Again, just going to share the videos this time. Enjoy.

In addition, I took my daughter Cara out rail-fanning one day, (the first of hopefully many) in hopes that she can score some photos worthy of display at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery. We hit some spots in Liberty, Missouri, the Chouteau Grain Elevator off Birmingham Rd just southwest of N Brighton Ave/210 Hwy, and caught the train the freight cars we shot belonged to, led by Santa Fe Blue Bonnet #3174 over by the former Sam’s Town Casino.

Then, while I went to NKC Hospital to visit my mother-in-law who unfortunately is there for her nearly 15th time in the past year, and like some of the other times, has been stuck there for over a month now, I found a great vantage point on a hill on the  Armour Rd side of the hospital and shot trains leaving EB from the Norfolk Southern yard and got several pictures and a video. Glad I can share both this time.

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A couple days later, I even got a pic of my very first railroad Heritage Locomotive, in the Norfolk Southern Veteran’s Unit #6920 when I looked out of my Mother-In-Law’s hospital room on Sunday afternoon (that overlooks the NS Yard) and saw it sitting there. Unfortunately, it was blocked in so much that the best I could do was a long-distance shot from the roof of the hospital’s Pavilion parking garage. But I’ll take that!

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As always, want to give a shout out to all my fellow rail-fans, whose pictures and videos I continue to share daily on my Facebook page, like Jim Matuska, Justin Spencer,Dave Mcdowell, Shane Mason, Railfan Jason, George Li, Tim White. My friend Alan Dewey, who was a recent guest on the LOTR Podcast and this past weekend, was riding the Amtrak Missouri River Runner from Kansas City to St Louis, and I hope to be able to share his story either here, or on the Podcast soon. So many more to say Hey to. Also my thanks  to those who do railroad podcasts like Tim and Craig on the Model Railcast Show, the Model Railway Show, Tom Conboy’s Terminal Talk in both Podcast and video, the Let’s Talk Trains Show, The Scotty Mason Show, Tom Barbalet and company on Model Rail Radio, and The Rip Track Podcast. Your shows continue to help make my work-days go by much smoother, and also continue to inspire me to keep leave Legacies…….On The Rails!

Here again is Roy Acuff with the now signature tune of Legacies On The Rails, Wabash Cannonball. I’m John Losh, and I’ll see you down the line!

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Local Rail-Fanning And Out Of Town Trips Yield Much More Than Expected

As I sit here listening to Tim Harrison and Craig Bisgeier on Model Railcast Show #210, http://themodelrailcastshow.com/2015/06/mrcs-show-210-the-rose-knows-op-special-with-mike-rose-and-lawrence-order-swu-safe-wiring-unit-with-larry-eggering/ , that they were kind enough to mention me and the Legacies On The Rails Podcast in, I have to tell you that the last time I thought of doing a posting on here, I though “Well….I don’t have much to share except for a few local pics”. Even though I had more than enough pics to share from my usual local haunts of the KC-Front St KC Southern Knoche Yard, and the North Kansas City located BNSF Murray Yard, and  Norfolk Southern to also finally discovering where Mid-America Car is off KC’s Riverfront Rd just across from the Knoche Yard and getting some shots there. Too many to share everything. We started vacation on the weekend of June 21st and I don’t return to work until July 10th, so lots more time for rail-fanning.

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Then, my wife and I taking yet another get-away just the two of us, returning to Branson, Missouri and on the way there, I caught some pics and even a short video from the BNSF Yard in Springfield, Missouri.

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Once in Branson, we did not initially plan to, but later decided to again ride the Branson Scenic Railway.

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Once on board, all the Branson Scenic Railway staff like David, who has been with them since just after our last ride in July, 2014, after retiring, and driving around the country solo is his RV for a while, but finally settling in Branson to be near his sister who is a local resident,and who really loves all the people he meets on the BSR, and John, who was in the Kansas City area for thirty years before retiring and loves trains, and people, and Karen, and David, all took really good care of us.

They seated us with Norman & Carrie Bruggeman from Waterloo, Iowa who are newlyweds, having just gotten married the previous Saturday in Waterloo, after four years of traveling together as he drove a truck, and later we sat for a bit with Dale & Joann from Cincinatti, Ohio.

While in town, we checked out various antique malls and thrift stores, and I picked up a few items for my growing railroad collection. I also picked up some from the Trade Fair Mall (Antiques) in Osceola, Missouri both on the drive down and the return trip to Kansas City.

Speaking of my collection, I have now rearranged how some of it is displayed, and have had some of my pics turned into 8 x 10’s that have now been added, and have also used 3 x 5 index cards to place near the various trains and train cars that state what railroad they are from, and its history-which has been just that, a great history lesson for me. Some of my recent acquisitions include items relating to  Canadaian Pacific’s The Dominion Steam Locomotive, The St Louis-San Francisco Railroad, New York Central, and New Haven. If you really want to see everything, I would suggest, if you are already my Facebook Friend, check out my albums under Railroadin’ and My Railroad Collection. If you are not, send me a request at John W Losh II. You will also see that I have now also began to modify postings of other friends’ rail photos as well as my own, to further share my faith in Jesus Christ by taking the Road # from the various trains, and finding scripture verses to post that correspond to the Road #.

I then, upon my return to Kansas City, had to meet a buddy that I had sold some of my sports card collection to in the past, as he was buying some more that I found in my rec-room closet, and I knew that right near there,I could always find freight cars sitting on a siding, so I took a few moments to go shoot them.

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The next day, we had to turn around and leave for Columbia, Missouri where our University Of Missouri student Son lives and works, as our Daughter Cara was a State Finalist in the National American Miss-Missouri Teen Pageant. Here is a video I put together using my new favorite app Viva Video, of pictures from the weekend, both at the Pageant, as well as time with our Son.

And, though Columbia is practically a ghost town as far as railroads go, I was able to find some free time, and drove a couple exits east on I-70 and found some freight cars outside a Honeywell facility, as well as a cool locomotive outside Colt Transload.

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But then on Sunday, I was able to be in what is what I call my “Home Church Away From Home” of Renick Church in Renick, Missouri where my Cousin Robert Turpin (the one I told you early on is largely responsible for starting me on the Genealogy journey that has led to the rail-fan in me coming to life) and his family attends, which was great because though I have been in his area numerous times over the past year, just for a few hours here and there, his schedule had not been allowing for us to get together and had really missed him and his family. I was privileged to have him introduce me for the benefit of those who may not have known me, and to let them know that I was taking pics to turn into a video, and I also got to lead the closing prayer at the end of the service. Here is the video.

But as far as being a rail-fan is concerned,the best….was yet to come! I soon found out that as Manager for two Fastenal Stores in the area, Robert services all the local railroads, and that his family’s current home in Huntsville, Missouri has railroad tracks actively used daily by all the same Norfolk Southern and BNSF trains that I see come through the Norfolk Southern Yard here locally. He was even able to take me to the Norfolk Southern Yard in Moberly, Missouri, as well as showing me the exterior of the local rail museum in Moberly that includes a Wabash Caboose and a Pullman car on display. It is my hope that this recent re-connection we made will lead to him nailing down a weekend soon for me to come stay with them, as we could pretty much just set up at the edge of his backyard and shoot pics and video all day long, and who knows where else he could take me.

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Here is a video I put together from my pics from all these recent rail-fan excursions. Again, using Viva Video.

Now, during that same weekend, I had hoped…to meet with Tom Conboy of the Terminal Talk Model Railroad Podcast, https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/terminaltalk-model-railroad/id595057410?mt=2 but his schedule of church commitments just didn’t allow us to. And, as the Assistant to Pastor Russ Steel of local New Life Baptist Church, I certainly understand what it is to be busy in ministry. Here are some of Tom’s recent videos.

And, since I was there, here are some pics that Robert posted earlier today of a Loram Maintenance Of Way train that he caught near his home.

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I jokingly stated on Facebook that this is what happens when your Rail-Fan Cousin comes to visit for the afternoon-he has been assimilated! But, I am have yet another out of town adventure with lots of rail-fan potential yet to come. This Friday, July 3rd, I will point the Legacies On The Rails Cruiser in the direction of West Plains, Missouri, via Springfield Missouri where I will return to the Jefferson Avenue Foot Bridge that my wife and I visited in April, 2014 which is a great Rail-Fan site. This is before heading to my Hotel-the Super 8 in West Plains, where I will stay for two nights to attend my Losh/Worley Family Reunion (the 41st Annual) at the Lions Club Hall in Willow Springs, Missouri on Saturday July 4th. Willow Springs, from what I’ve read, has 20-30 + trains a day passing through, via tracks that are right near our reunion location and that’s just what I know for sure is on my agenda at this point. Indications are that there is a BNSF yard in West Plains, and the list goes on. So, the towns of West Plains and Willow Springs will be assimilated-resistance to Legacies On The Rails is futile!

I also hope to record more Legacies On The Rails Podcasts along the trip. Here is the link to all the current shows.http://www.podomatic.com/podcast . One of them is not a Legacies On The Rails show, but I needed somewhere to Podcast the audio of a speech my daughter gave at the National American Miss Pageant, so be sure and check it out as well.

Let’s wrap up with some Woody Guthrie-This Train Is Bound For Glory . 

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I’m John Losh, thanking you for tuning in again, and hope you will continue to as we continue to leave Legacies……..On The Rails!

Anniversary/Rail-Fan Trip Was Well Worth It

Exciting Anniversary Vacation Ahead Including Lots Of Rail-Fan Activity

My wife Denise and I are are about to celebrate 26 years together and 25 years married with in three days of each other on April 25th and April 28th. To do this here in 2015, we are taking a trip together starting today that will include lots of great rail-fan activity. What’s even better is, rail stuff is not “her thing” but she does enjoy a good train excursion ride like we did on the Branson Scenic Railway in July, 2014. So, as she began to check into things for us t do, she immediately looked up several rail related activities that she could do with me-primarily for me, along with some cave and other nature activities for her interests.

The first one on our agenda that I have briefly touched on in previous posts is taking the “Murder On The Petulant Express” Mystery Dinner Train ride with the St Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railwayhttp://www.slimrr.com/ . Here are some You Tube videos from them that I found 

 

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I love history and this train ride is so much more than just that for me. It has become a wonderful history lesson. Once I knew we would be taking the “Murder On The Petulant Express” ride and that it is set in the 1930’s, I began to study the period and found that is was such a pivotal time in history with our nation in the heat of the depression, President Roosevelt initiating “The New Deal“, and as a welcome distraction during those times, what I as also a classic movie, music and radio fan consider to be the greatest movies and what we now know as Old Time Radio shows, many featuring my favorite actors, came out of that period. And, just like modern day films, there were books that came out first, that later became the inspiration for those movies, by the same titles. Names like John Steinbeck‘s The Grapes Of Wrath, Margaret Mitchell‘s Gone With The Wind, many Agatha Christie titles including Murder On The Orient Express, Joseph Kesserling‘s Arsenic & Old Lace, and Charles Bernard Nordhoff‘s Mutiny On The Bounty. Moss Hart’s You Can’t Take It With You, Richard Llewellyn’s How Green Was My Valley. The beginnings of the Little House On The Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.

There were radio shows like The Lone Ranger, Superman, Fibber, Mcgee & Molly, Burns & Allen, Jack Benny, The Voice Of Bugle-Ann, Mr Deeds Goes To Town, and Angels With Dirty Faces. My Man Godfrey, and the list goes on…. President Roosevelt even created a theater program as part of “The New Deal“. Some of the same stars that appeared in the movies and on Old Time Radio comedies and dramas, were also the ones whose voices brought musical entertainment as well. Like Judy Garland, Kate Smith, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Bob Hope, Gene Autry, and Frank Sinatra. Bands like Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Harry James and Saturday Night Swings were all the rage.

Many of these groups, individual performers and radio shows were still in their prime during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. This is the era that my great friend and brother in the Lord John Christopher plays on his show (that if you haven’t checked out yet, you should) The Neon Beat http://www.radiogeorge.com/neonbeat/ . I am listening as I write this posting. Also check out The Neon Beat Fan Club on Facebook that I run. We have been shopping for 30’s period clothing for the ride.

But the 1930’s were not only a great era for social and economic reform and entertainment. The St Louis Iron Mountain & Southern is pulled by a former  Pennsylvania Railroad Streamliner and the 30’s were the glory days for the streamliners.

The first one is from the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad that my paternal grandfather and one of his brothers worked for.

I also seem to keep having run-ins with things from the 1930’s. I watch Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers a lot and more often than not these last couple weeks, have been running across items from the 1930’s. Including this recent episode of Antiques Roadshow in Birmingham that even featured my Facebook friend Julie Hedgepeth Williams http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/201403A25.html . Julie has two family members that survived the Titanic that she has written an award winning book about A Rare Titanic Family https://sites.google.com/site/raretitanicfamily/ . The Roadshow episode featured a depression era WPA Poster.

Then, as our daughter had a recent extra credit project that required us taking a trip down to Kansas City’s Loose Park, where my wife and I said “I Do” in the Rose Garden 25 years ago, something caught my eye that had not before. This. Look at the date.

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Ironically enough, my mother, who passed in March of 2012, but was at my wedding at this site, has the maiden name of Smith. Who knows?

Next came an early anniversary present my wife got me of some railroad collector plates. One was from the CB&Q Railroad.

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She got me three of them from our local Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store  http://www.redracksthriftstores.com/wordpress/ on Tuesday, but told me there were more and that they would be having a 50% off sale starting at 7am on Wednesday, so I would have to make the sacrifice of getting up at 6am on my first vacation day. It wasn’t a problem. One of the ones I picked up (even got a duplicate of to eventually donate along with other items to the Cathy Kline Art Gallery where the Legacies On The Rails Art Show is to be held Saturday August 1st from 6-8pm at 8701 NW River Park Dr in Parkville, Mo), was this one.

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The Santa Fe “Super Chief” from 1937. I am not a believer in coincidence but rather that God puts us in “the right place…at the right time”. I feel that not only about the train ride on Saturday, but my marriage to Denise, our family, and certainly about this whole thing of my having become a growing  rail-fan these last several years and everywhere that journey has taken me. Other than maybe my love of our Kansas City Royals who I also collect things related to, love going to watching and listening to games and who I blog about at https://loshmansportslive.wordpress.com/ this feels more like where I belong, I think because of the rich family history I have in it than any other hobby or interest I have had,

Also on our trip will be visits to the  Historic Railpark & Train Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, who I have recently messaged and told of our impending visit

as well as the Tennessee Central Railway Museum in Nashville, Tennessee

Overall, should be a great trip! I’ll take lots of pics and video to share with all my followers on Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, Flipboard,Twitter and here on the blog! Was going to share my videos from this week but though they are uploaded, they didn’t show up when I brought up You-Tube, but I will next time!

As always, here is a railroad action and music compilation for you to finish up this session!

I’m John Losh-reminding you to continue leaving Legacies……On The Rails!

Legacies On The Rails Roadshow Heads East To Historic Lee’s Summit

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Just as promised in my last posting, since I also had a hospital visit to make there, the Legacies On The Rails Road Show destination yesterday was historic Downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Hometown of my buddy Fred Liggett, of the Lee’s Summit Tribune. Anytime that I can visit a depot that is for one of the railroads that I have family history in, that’s always an extra plus for me and since the one there is the former Missouri Pacific Depot, I was thrilled.

Not only that but this has now become another of my favorite regular spots to visit for rail-fanning, as Union Pacific trains, much like they do at the depots I have visited in Weston and Parkville, rumble by there multiple times a day, and my timing was perfect as I had just stepped out of my car when it was clear that my first video catch of the day was upon me, with the blast of a UP 7982’s air horn. Here are both videos that I took during my visit.

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The former Missouri Pacific Depot in Lee’s Summit is third generation. The very first depot was a box-car. Later a wooden building that later burned, and was then replaced by the current brick structure that like the depot in Parkville,housing its Chamber Of Commerce, this one  currently houses the Lee’s Summit Chamber Of Commerce. One of their ladies was kind enough to oblige me in taking my  photo shown above with the caboose that sits next to it. The Depot is currently undergoing renovations. When I asked if someone could share with me about the history of the depot,I was directed to Kathy Smith-Executive Director of the Historical Society Of Lee’s Summit Museum http://www.leessummithistory.net/ .

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Kathy was so gracious in taking time to ask if I needed anything as I looked around the facility, where a Lee’s Summit Veterans display is currently housed, as well as in taking time to share the information I sought with me. I was thrilled to find out that the museum is housed in a former WPA Post Office since I have been studying the 1930’s as I eluded to in my last posting in preparation for doing the 1930’s murder mystery ride wit the St Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway  on 4/25/15.

Kathy shared about how important the railroad has always been to the city of Lee’s Summit. It helped them rebuild after the ravages of the Civil War. A time period that saw the likes of Cole Younger and Bloody Bill Anderson. And Dr Pleasant Lea. Ir brought jobs, and made sure that farmers could ship their goods, receive supplies, and send equipment out for repairs and get it back. It has provided for the transportation of people, and still does today with the Amtrak Missouri River Runner coming through several times a day. It is one of the reasons behind the rich history of Lee’s Summit. History represented by murals like these on buildings around town. Speaking of Cole Younger, Kathy Smith was also well acquainted with our own Cathy Kline of the Cathy Kline Art Gallery, as Cathy Kline also has a Cole Younger mural there in town, which I missed on this trip but hope to catch next time.

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I also found this mural inside the Lee’s Summit Historical Society Museum by Aileen Franklin-which is among many of her circa 1960 Lee’s Summit history murals including The Community Church, The First School, Dr Pleasant Lea, Early Settlers, and The Star Route.

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Unfortunately, like some of my other Legacies On The Rails Road Show trips, a technical issue bit me in that the audio of my conversation with Kathy that I thought recorded and that I planned to upload as Legacies On The Rails-The Podcast Volume Two did not record. Even If I had known this as soon as we were done, she would not have had time for a re-take. I should have taken video to upload to You-Tube as I seemed to be doing well with that on the day. But, more opportunities will come very soon when I return to the Lee’s Summit Historical Society Museum to help bring several railroad artifacts up from their basement to display on the  main floor.

I hope you have enjoyed this snipit of the fabulous history of the railroad in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. I assure you that like my blogs about Kansas City Union Station’s Model Rail Experience, (which I hope to return to soon if my personal schedule allows), there will be much more Lee’s Summit highlights to share in the near future!

I’m John Losh, reminding you to keep leaving Legacies……On The Rails!

Plenty Of Rail-Fanning Going On!

As you probably imagined, I have not been idle as far as overall rail-fanning activity these past few weeks. Usually, if I’m not at work, or with family, or behind the computer blogging about rail-fanning, I’m out doing it. Whether it is stopping to take pics or video on my route to or from work, a quick run over to Parkville to do the same, while dropping in on Cathy Kline at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery, or even taking a Legacies On The Rails Road Show trip like I am planning tomorrow, to Lee’s Summit,Missouri where I will visit my Cousin Renita Tilton who is hospitalized there with Cancer, as well as visiting the Missouri Pacific and Amtrak Depots there. http://www.greatamericanstations.com/Stations/LEE .

If I have not already mentioned it in a previous posting, I am proud to announce that the Legacies On The Rails Art Show at the Cathy Kline Art Gallery will be Saturday, August 1st from 6pm-8pm. 8701 NW River Park Dr in Parkville, Missouri. 10% of sales will benefit the Model Rail Experience that I volunteer at in Kansas City’s Union Station! Hope you will mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Here are some of my recent photos and videos. In addition to taking video now, anytime I can get it from my car, I have started playing Christian music CD’s while the train passes and calling it (still as a Legacies On The Rails Fan Video) Gospel Trains. Have done three of those that I will share.

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Harry s Truman Amtrak Depot in Independence, Mo

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Near the former Sam’s Town Casino in KC North. Definitely getting an enlargement made of this one!

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23rd Street area in Kansas City, Mo

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Outside the former CB&Q Depot/Cathy Kline Art Gallery in Parkville, Mo

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North Kansas City, Missouri. The BNSF Loco is another that is likely getting an enlargement made of.

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Riverside, Missouri

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Liberty, Missouri at the Canadian Pacific Depot and off Stockdale Rd

And, as my wife and I are gathering funds for our 25th Anniversary trip later this month which will include some great rail-fan activities like riding the St Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway on their “Murder On The Petulant Express” dinner train that I am definitely looking forward to http://www.slimrr.com/ , we have had some garage sales and I have sold some items on Facebook Swap & Shop pages. This led to one of our garage sale visitors being Joe Debane, who worked for 40 years testing railroad freight scales  Joe is a daily regular at the Timeless Treasures Antique Mall that my family and I shop at often. Joe has a booth there and sells primarily Hot Wheels cars. He has bought pretty much my entire die cast collection, as I have enjoyed them for many years, but as we need the funds, and I need the room in my several-themed rec-room to expand my railroad collection, it was time to part with them. Joe gave me several polaroids and some post-cards from his time in the rail industry that I took these pics of, that I have also now  shared on several railroad Facebook pages.

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I almost forgot to mention my newest Legacies On The Rails project, just started yesterday, the Legacies On The Rails Pod-Cast!
http://legaciesontherails.podomatic.com/entry/2015-04-13T11_49_53-07_00 . Many more entries to come. Hope you enjoy this inaugural episode!

 

As usual, let’s wrap up with a railroad music video, led off by the man in black, Johnny Cash!

I’m John Losh, reminding you to keep leaving Legacies……On The Rails!

Legacies On The Rails Road Show Visits New York Air Brake

I have been very focused lately on the blogs regarding the Kansas City Union Station Model Rail Experience here on the blog lately, but I have been doing so much other rail fan activity lately that I have not taken time to share. I assure you it has not been out of lack of desire, but it’s a work schedule/sleep schedule thing, as well as the fact that I have been very busy selling things between a garage sale we had at our home a couple weeks ago, and one we will be having this Saturday 4/11/15 from 8am-4pm as well as postings on various Facebook pages that have led to some sales, as we are raising additional funds for the 25th Anniversary trip my wife and I will be taking later this month. We will have been together 26 years on 4/25 and married 25 years on 4/28.

In my last Model Rail Experience blog, I made mention of the fact that Fred Cassity, brother to a fellow MRE volunteer had invited me to come tour New York Air Brake in Riverside http://www.nyab.com/en/aboutus/locations/riversidemo/address_1.jsp where they refurbish braking systems for trains but also do air horns and various other systems. I took Fred up on this on Monday 3/18/15. I have been having issues with my camera having been broken recently, making me mostly dependent on my phone’s camera for both pics and video, so this creates a data shortage issue, so I can’t take nearly as much as I was able to when I first started the blog and most of my rail-fan activity in June, 2014.  But here is the short video I took at New York Air Brake.

After taking this video, Fred explained that New York Air Brake has a Westinghouse Side as well as the New York Air Brake side to their remanufacture facility where about 85 employees turn out hundreds of braking conversion valves a day, many for the Amtrak trains, that their work is crucial in saving Amtrak lots of money on, since they don’t have to ship these units to Germany for remanufacturing.

Our first stop on the tour was the recondition station. I was shown how the braking units are dis-assembled, the parts are washed, how the station is set up with green totes indicating used parts that have been cleaned, and blue totes indicating new parts. I was shown how, once the units are re-assembled, they are tested on either a single-car test device that has been in use for freight cars for over 50 years, or a newer automated version that resembles a suit-case.

These units are then given a yellow test sticker, and a bolt-on tag that has the test date, and the warranty date-which is one year out from the test date, though most units are still in good working order way past the warranty date. I saw several recently tested and tagged units sitting on pallets.

Fred explained that older locomotive equipment has the designation of 26L and then there is the CCB-New York Air Brake‘s primary locomotive control valve that replaces the 26L. I saw some of those units that according to markings on them came from CSX and GE units, though those are just two of many railroad companies that New York Air Brake services units for.

There are many stations at New York Air Brake that are more simple, and then there are some that are very high-tech, with computers that have step-by-step instructions including photos, that Fred is instrumental in implementing.

Because of my technical issues, Fred gave me an open invitation to return to New York Air Brake later to take more pictures and video, and learn more about New York Air Brake‘s process. I also hope to meet more of the employees one-on-one and talk with them about their jobs with New York Air Brake.

Let’s wrap up with a music video from the Durango & Silverton Railroad in Colorado!

I’m John Losh, reminding you to continue leaving Legacies…….On The Rails!