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Rail Fan Update: First Four Months Of 2017

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I am happy to say that in addition to now having posted 13 previous blogs on this site compared to only four in 2016, and having become much more diverse in what I am posting about, this has been a very busy first four months of 2017 on the Rail-Fan front.

So far, it has had me in 12 different cities between the states of Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas:  In Missouri: Birmingham, Buckner, Granby, Kansas City, (and several areas in Kansas City) North Kansas City, Parkville, Sibley, and St Joseph. Just Wichita in Kansas thus far. In Arkansas: Eureka Springs, Rogers, and Springdale. I also took note of cities that I could identify as having rail lines by seeing tracks from the highway, as well as other cities I want to check out either in person or via the internet eventually to see if they do anytime I was not the driver on our trips to Wichita, Kansas and Arkansas this year. I noted 42 on the recent trip to Arkansas. So, this leaves a lot more cities to visit on my upcoming yearly pilgrimage to the Losh-Worley Family Reunion that will take me from Kansas City to Willow Springs, Missouri July 30th to July 2nd, and then vacation time I have from July 10th-22nd, 2017. There are many more sites in Kansas City, proper to check out as well as cities I want to return to.

I have photographed and/or filmed 20 different models of locomotives thus far, not to mention passenger cars, freight cars, coal cars, tankers, bare tables, covered hoppers, center beams, coil cars, empty or loaded Intermodal well cars, etc. The locomotive models are: Diesel: AC4400CW, ALCO C420, ALCO SW1, C449W, C4460AC, D840CW, D944CW, ES44C4, ES44DC,ET44C4, FP-45, GP38-2, GP40-3, GP50, NW2, SD70ACE, SD70M, SD75M, steamers: 4-4-0 and 4-8-4.

I have photographed and/or filmed 35 different railroads or companies with rail equipment, current as well as Excursion Trains and “Fallen Flags“, Heritage Units, display or in current road or yard use: Arkansas & Missouri, Burlington-Northern, BNSF, CB&Q, Central Kansas Rwy, Canadian Malting Co Ltd, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, Caterpillar, Citirail (CREX), Chicago-Northwestern, Conrail, CSX, Denver & Rio Grande Western, Eureka Springs & North Arkansas, Ferromex, Frisco, GATX, GMTX Locomotive Leasing Partners, Grand Trunk-Western, Hannibal & St Joseph, KC Power & Light, Kansas City Southern, KC Southern De-Mexico, Kansas & Oklahoma, Kansas City Terminal, New York Central, Norfolk Southern, Rail Box, Rail Link Of Montana, Santa Fe, Soo Line, TTX, Union Pacific, Wabash. Now, mind you, these are just the ones I have been able to positively identify, but with all the various equipment you see on trains, it is sometimes hard to catch Reporting Marks on everything, or have time to look them all up.

In January through April, I did 29 of my now 36 Legacies On The Rails Fan Videos on You Tube. I was up to 261 LOTR Fan Videos overall by the end of April and am now up to 266 overall since the beginning of May. I also recorded Episodes #13, 14 of the Legacies On The Rails Radio (Podcast). You may recall my mention in my last posting that Episode 14 (in 2 parts) was recorded while riding a passenger car on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad!

So stay tuned to Legacies…On The Rails the Blog, the Podcast and the You Tube for more! I’m John LoshThe Losh-Man” reminding you that nothing truly matters in life outside of a daily relationship with Jesus Christ and that knowing Him as your Personal Lord & Savior is the only way to know for sure you will spend eternity in Heaven. So follow Him each day of your life through His word, prayer, and involvement in a Biblical local church. And when it comes to all things railroad, continue leaving Legacies….On The Rails! I’ll see you next time!

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Presidential Trains Take Us Back In Time

A few weeks ago, our family was planning a trip to San Antonio, Texas to watch my youngest brother-in-law’s youngest Son graduate  Basic Training for the National Guard. None of us were able to get enough time off for that distance, and as  is often the case, I was unable to get any of the time off, so  instead my girls chose to travel to Omaha, Nebraska for the weekend. Since I was not along for the trip, and I know rail-fanning can get old for those that are not “into it”, I really did not expect them to do anything train related.

But wouldn’t you know it, they stayed at the Sure Stay Plus at 305 N Fort Crook Rd, directly across from active railroad tracks, and among other places, they visited the  Omaha Union Station, taking pics of several pieces of equipment from models to real, steam to diesel. Those units included Union Pacific 4504 (SD70M), UP 5733 (AC4400CW), UP 6053 (AC4400CW), UP 7370 (ES44AC). Union Pacific CA-8 Class Caboose 25559 built October, 1964 (the year my Paternal Grandfather passed away) and retired 08/11/1986. Union Pacific Steam #1243 (4-6-0 built October, 1890 at Cooke Locomotive & Steamworks. A model of UP steam 9000 (102 foot long, 782,000 lb coal burning prototype 4-12-2 built 1926-1930: the real one  is on display at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, California. They also caught a ‘Fallen Flag” in a Southern Pacific Box car, that along with an ADM Tanker and lots of assorted covered hoppers, were on a mixed manifest.

The Sure Stay Plus is also unique in the fact that all the rooms are named after various United States Presidents. They stayed in the Warren G Harding Room.

As I am trying to be more diverse in what I bring to you, the readers here on Legacies…On The Rails, it got me thinking as I not only love trains, but I love history, so Presidents….and Trains…..Hmmmm! So let’s look at some connections of our Presidents and Trains, starting with the aforementioned Warren G Harding.

Built in 1911, The Superb was President Harding’s personal Pullman railroad car in his cross country tour in 1923. It was that year that he drove the final spike completing the Alaska RailroadThe Superb is the 2nd oldest steel private car in existence. The Superb had also been used by President Woodrow Wilson. It also carried President Harding‘s body from San Francisco to Washington DC by way of the Southern Pacific and the B&O Railroad. after his death on 08/02/1923. He had traveled hoping to improve his health and his image with the American people as his administration was was plagued with scandal in The Tea Pot Dome.  But high blood pressure, an enlarged heart, pnuemonia and an obvious stroke (though many speculated as  to a heart attack or food poisoning, even trying to cast guilt on Mrs. Harding or the Mob)  took his life. Mrs. Harding did not allow an autopsy of the President’s body. The Superb was temporarily renamed Pope Pius XI for his train from New York City to Chicago.  The Superb  was later an office car for the Charleston & West Carolina, Atlantic Coast Line, Seaboard Coast Line railroads.

The Superb was donated to the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth, Georgia and opened to the public in 1995 after a 20-month restoration. It was placed on the National Registry Of Historic Places on 03/09/1998.

President Franklin D Roosevelt made use of United States Railcar #1 in late 1942. It was later a part of his funeral train. He had traveled 243,827 miles in 399 trips by rail in his life. It is on display in Miami, Florida. President Harry S Truman later inherited US Railcar #1, used it for his 1948 “Whistle Stop Tour“, and enjoyed running it at 80 mph. The iconic pic of President Truman holding the famous “Dewey Defeats Truman” copy of the Chicago Tribune was taken at the St Louis Union Station.  The term “Whistle Stop” was actually coined by Robert A Taft as an insult to Truman.

President Rutherford B Hayes was the first President to travel Coast To Coast in 1857 after the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

President Abraham Lincoln  used a train trip for his inaugural trip in 1861. It took twelve days, and 23 railroads. He later used the Executive Coach “United States” that was built for him in 1865. He was also the first President to use a train for Military purposes as he used it to visit Civil War Battlefields, including to deliver the Gettysburg Address which he put the finishing touches on during the train ride. Like President Harding, and others, it later carried his body home after he was killed by John Wilkes Booth.

On May 28,1886 President Grover Cleveland got engaged, and would later travel with his new bride to their honeymoon spot aboard the B&O Railroad.

President Zachary Taylor rode a riverboat from Louisiana, then a stagecoach to Uniontown, Pennsylvania, by horseback to Cumberland, Maryland, and the B&O Railroad to Washington

In 1853 President Franklin Pierce and his family were traveling on the B&O Railroad, when it derailed, and his son Benny was killed. The White House was always a sad place during his term as a result.

In 1857, President James Buchanan (who succeeded Pierce) rode the B&O Railroad to his Inauguration

President James Garfield was shot twice by Charles Guiteau in July 1881 at the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad station-planning to board a train for vacation but was without his security detail.

President William Henry Harrison was the first president to campaign on a train, as his 5 predecessors never rode them. He also took a train to Washington after he was elected in 1840. But John Quincy Adams was the first to actually ride a train.

President Theodore Roosevelt (before he was President) took lots of train rides on behalf of President William Mckinley. After Mckinley was killed in New York, in 1900, he rode a train to Mckinley‘s funeral. Roosevelt would become the first President with an entire train at his disposal, then dubbed the “Potus (President Of The United States) Train.

The Ferdinand Magellan is a Pullman Standard observation car refitted to serve as living quarters and office for Presidents from 1943-1958. and is on display at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Its last official use was by 1st Lady Mamie Eisenhower in 1954 on her way to cristen the world’s 1st Nuclear Powered Submarine the USS Nautilus in Groton, Connecticut.  President Ronald Reagan used it for a one day tour on 10/12/1984, traveling 120 miles in Ohio, from Dayton to Perrysburg doing Whistle Stop speeches.

President Dwight D Eisenhower campaigned aboard a train. On March 28th, 1969, he died of congestive heart failure. His body was carried aboard a military train on a B&O Railroad baggage car.

President Elect Barack Obama traveled part of President Lincoln’s Inaugural Route in 2009. He used the Georgia 300 car built in 1930, that was also used by President Gorge H.W. Bush for campaigning in 1992.

Prince Charles did a 5 day Whistle Stop Tour of the United Kingdom on 09/06/10.

I hope you have enjoyed this little Whistle Stop Tour back in time looking at connections to our nation’s leaders and the trains they rode.

I’m John Losh, “The Losh-Man“, and as always, I hope that the very first priority in your life is a living, breathing, active relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and if you have never come to know Him as your personal Lord & Savior, my prayer is that you will do that today!

And I’ll see you next time here on Legacies…On The Rails!

CB&Q In Focus Volume 1

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Welcome back to Legacies…On The Rails!

With my Paternal Grandfather John Losh whose namesake I am and his brother Leonard Losh both having been career men with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, in honor of that fact, one of the railroad related Facebook pages I  created is Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (Burlington Route).

This year, I began inviting participants in that page to share their own Q stories, or the stories of friends or family members  that worked for the CB&Q, and giving me permission to also share them here on the blog.

Here are some recent stories that have been graciously shared and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to these fine folks for their willingness to share on the Facebook page and allow me to also share them here as well. I plan to make CB&Q In Focus a regular feature here on Legacies…On The Rails  first in 2017 and beyond, as part of my strategy to get more consistent and creative with the blog after only doing 4 postings total in 2016.  I plan to join the Burlington Route Historical Society this year so hopefully, that will lead to many, many more stories to share both here and on  Legacies…On The Rails Radio (Podcast) in the future!

From Joel Stirek:

I grew up on the C B & Q. I lived a mile or so south just off Cass and 63rd. I went to Maercker Grade School btw. I used to ride my bike into Westmont, get some penny candy at the Ben Franklin, and sit in the shelter on the North side of the track watching trains. I loved exploring on my bike and always knew where I was by watching where the tracks were going. I loved watching the freight cars go by with all the railroad adverts, especially from far off destinations. Many more memories and thank you!

From Earl Mc:

I too grew up with the Q. Lived in North Berwyn and would ride the bicycle down to the Q to watch trains. One time in the afternoon I was going to go shopping for my mom at the National Food Store on Oak Park Avenue across from MacNeal Hospital. When I got to the intersection of Oak Park and Stanley Ave which ran parrellel to the tracks on the north side, the gates came down. I could hear the Zephyr coming from the east. I wanted to get a better look so I started to ride my bike across Stanley. I was between a car and the curb. Well the car turned right and I flew over the hood of the car into the middle of the intersection. I was dazed but saw the observation car go by! I got to the side of the street as the gates went up. Had to straighten the baskets on the bike before I could load up the groceries. Mom and dad never did find out about that adventure.

I am always looking for great sites with CB&Q material and as my wife and I took tomorrow off for my 48th Birthday (really, I’m just 29 for the 18th time) and were thinking of a Day Trip for some rail-fanning and thought about St Joseph, Mo and I started researching its railroad connections, found this site:
http://www.stjosephmemorylane.com/railroads/railroads.html . It has tons of CB&Q pics and information, from equipment to Depots, Administrative Offices and more! The very first pic you see is of the CB&Q Silver Charger. It has a list of St Joe related railroad lines including:

CB&Q
Burlington Northern
BNSF
Chicago & Great Western
Chicago & Northwestern
Chicag0, Rock Island & Pacific
Hannibal & St Joseph
Kansas City, Clay County & St Joseph
Missouri Pacific
Northeast Kansas & Missouri
Rock Island
St Joseph Belt (owned by Mo-Pac)
St Joseph & Denver City
St Joseph & Grand Island
St Joseph & Savannah Electric
St Joseph Short Line
St Joseph Terminal
St Joseph & Western
Santa Fe
Union Pacific
Union Terminal

It has lots of great pics and other items related to many of the other railroads in that list.

I encourage you to go check out the site. I plan to email the site owner and see if I can get him to share about the site’s origins.

If you have not checked out my page Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (Burlington Route), won’t yo do so and send me a Member Request soon?

And until next time, this is John LoshThe Losh-Man“, encouraging you to continue to follow the Lord Jesus Christ every day of your life, and when it comes to trains, Continue Leaving Legacies…On The Rails!

 

Revisiting Amtrak’s Worst

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Welcome back to Legacies…On The Rails and thanks for continuing to follow! I decided that here in 2017 I wanted to get more creative with more varied topics and guests not only here on the Blog, but also on the Podcast on Podomatic.com, as well as being more consistent as I stated in my last posting. This being my 2nd Blog in 2017 has me already halfway to my total number of postings in 2016 and it will only get better from here!

This edition of Legacies…On The Rails the blog, and the next upcoming podcast brought to you by The Cupcakin’ Bakery 2311 E 12th St Kansas City, Mo 64127 (816)-813-4880! A great place to satisfy that sweet-tooth after a long day of railfanning! Go see Erica Harris soon and tell her “The Losh-Man” sent ya! You’ll be glad ya’ did!

First let me say that the posting you are about to read is in now way, shape or form, meant to shed a negative light on Amtrak or passenger rail travel as a whole, as I am a seriously wholehearted supporter of both and always will be. And I never actually went looking for this topic, it just kind of found me recently.

As a You Tube user, I not only have my own channel as you are aware, but I also subscribe to many, many other channels. This ranges from Faith-Centered Channels to Classic Sci-Fi (Star Trek, Star Wars, Classic Battlestar Galactica), to World War II Battleships, Aircraft Carriers and Aircraft and Submarines, to Classic TV and movies in general, Old Time Radio, but especially as a railfan and rail blogger, photographer, videographer and podcaster,  I definitely subscribe, as I do on Facebook and other social media to a ton…..of real and model train related channels both classic and present day.

So, one day last week when I opened You Tube, in my various channel subscriptions were some videos on the 1993 wreck of Amtrak’s Sunset Limited. Also known as the Big Bayou Canot Train Wreck,  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Big_Bayou_Canot_train_wreck
it took place September 22nd, 1993 when several cars of the sleeper train headed toward
the city of Savannah, Georgia went careening off a bridge into the gator infested Big Canot Bayou in Alabama,taking 47 lives with it. Below is the “Seconds From Disaster” story from You Tube.

Once I saw the videos, I was reminded of the man whose comforting voice kept me company on my drives home from work after I worked 3pm-11pm shifts for the past 8 years until just this week,  as he preached the word of God on my local Bott Radio Station.

That man is Dr R.C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries http://www.ligonier.org/ and I recalled that some time ago, I had heard Dr Sproul share how he and his wife were survivors of Amtrak‘s worst train disaster to date, the wreck of the Sunset Limited. So I decided I wanted it to be the subject of my first new blog strategy for 2017 and I sent a Facebook message t0 Ligonier Ministries and asked for a link to that message, explaining how I wanted to utilize it. Their staff were extremely gracious and got back to me very quickly, which I would like to express my sincere gratitude for.

So , here is the link to Dr Sproul‘s message that you can find by clicking below:
http://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/providence_god_in_control/providence-and-accidents/ . I hope that it is a blessing to you as well as a reminder that life is indeed very short, that no one is guaranteed tomorrow and either has you rejoicing that you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, or has you realizing your need for Him in your life before it’s too late, just as life ended so quickly for the 47 people lost in the
wreck of the Sunset Limited.

And just as I always encourage everyone at the end of my blogs and videos to continue to follow the Lord Jesus Christ every day and when it comes to trains, Continue Leaving Legacies…On The Rails, I thought that there would be others that might benefit from hearing Dr Spoul‘s story. First, as a testament of God’s grace and provision, but also for the railfan aspect.

Here is the story of Brian Logan, another survivor of the Sunset Limited disaster.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/17/survive-deadliest-amtrak-train-crash

Although the wreck of the Sunset Limited is still the worst loss of life to date in a specifically Amtrak crash, like any rail line, it was far from the first ever Amtrak crash, and the 12th since 2010. This includes:

5/13/10-Amtrak Piedmont Mebane, NC-11 injured
6/3/11-BN Commuter Train, Amtrak heading to Carbondale, Ill collide at Chicago Union Station-5 injured
6/24/11-Amtrak California Zephyr
10/12/11-Amtrak San Joaquin collides w/ Coast Starlight Train in Oakland, Calif-17 injured
02/01/12-Amtrak Wolverine from Pontiac, MI to Chicago-6 injured
10/01/12-Amtrak Oakland California to Bakersfield-50 injured
11/29/12-Amtrak Silver Star in Orlando, Fla-10 injured
10/28/14-Amtrak/Semi collision-24 injured
03/09/15-Amtrak vs Tractor/Trailer in Hallifax, NC
10/05/15-Amtrak crash near Northfield, VT
03/04/16-Amtrak Southwest Chief crash 20 miles west of Dodge City, KS-32 injured
04/03/16-Amtrak crash in Chester, PA-31 injured.

And these are all actually minor in comparison to much larger rail accidents just in the continental United States throughout history.  And, again, while I will always encourage travel by rail, always enjoy a rail excursion with my family when I can and hope to include Amtrak among those sometime soon, just a reminder that anything in life has its risks.

As always,this is John LoshThe Losh-Man” reminding you as I mentioned earlier to continue to follow the Lord Jesus Christ each day, and yes, when it comes to trains, Continue Leaving Legacies…On The Rails! I’ll see you next time!

A Look Back And A Look Ahead

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Welcome to this first blog post of Legacies…On The Rails 2017! Hope you had a great year overall in 2016 and certainly a great year of railfan fun! I know I did and though I am going to be very brief in this posting because I want you to go listen to the first Legacies…On The Rails Radio (Podcast) of 2017 to get more of the details so you can actually hear them from me, rather than just read them here.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/legaciesontherails/episodes/2017-01-19T12_40_23-08_00

But, here are some of my final Legacies On The Rails Fan Videos of 2016:

And some recent photos, from ones that continue to celebrate the Heritage of “The Fallen Flags” to current day railroads:

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But, though you can hear all of these on the podcast, here are a few stats from 2016:

I did railfanning in 20 different cities in 3 states: Missouri, Kansas and Iowa (complete list in the podcast)

I did 82 Legacies On The Rails Fan Videos that got 927 views in 2016. Got up to 233 overall.

I caught 19 different railroads, not counting the countless number of them represented in things like grain trains and other mixed manifests (complete list in the podcast)

I caught 23 different models of locomotives (complete list in the podcast)

I caught 21 different Heritage representing pieces of rail equipment (complete list in the podcast)

There were several firsts: my first all Ferromex grain train, my first live steam locomotive (UP 844), catching the new Kansas City Streetcar, my first Canadian National video and more (complete) list in the podcast)

My Railroad Bridges, Related Photos and Video Facebook group exceeded 1,000 Likes!

My Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (Burlington Route) Facebook group exceeded 220 members!

So,what’s next for Legacies…On The Rails in 2017:

Again, full list is on the Podcast but:

  1. I am considering joining the Burlington Route Historical Society http://burlingtonroute.com/ and trying to make their spring meet in Batavia, Illinois the weekend of April 7th,8th
  2. Want to continue to add more states and cities to my railfan resume but it may be harder as we just realized The Legacies On The Rails Cruiser: my 2013 Kia Sportage that we bought in December, 2013 as a replacement for my 2007 Ford Focus that someone totaled for me, is now just less than 25,000 miles shy of hitting 100,000 miles and thereby being out of warranty. And that is even with having bought an extended warranty, so I have to watch my miles this year, but we’ll see.
  3. Would like to ride more excursion trains, and document them here, on my Facebook page and on Legacies On The Rails Radio.
  4. Be better about maintaining consistency in this Blog and the podcast as I only did three blogs last year and four episodes of the Podcast. Going to shoot for a minimum of one of each per month. Currently building a list of potential topics. Got a suggestion? Look me up!
  5. Want to start doing more interviews for both the Blog and the Podcast. Currently  building a list of potential guests to approach. Know somebody? Look me up!
  6. See about promotional items: business cards (already have some but not for LOTR specifically) door signs for the LOTR cruiser, having my pics put on shirts, doing a 2018 Calendar.
  7. Continue top develop my trains collection in pics, HO, O and other gauge pieces, (have recently picked up my first two tin train pieces as well as more HO pieces.)Again, full list of What’s Next? and much more is on the Podcast.

    Oh, yeah, and in addition to here, and on Facebook as John W Losh II, and (816)-914-3578, (preferably before 1:30pm CT on weekdays), you can now also reach me at:
    legaciesontherails@gmail.com .

    Until next time, as always, this is John Losh “The Losh-Man” reminding you to continue to follow the Lord Jesus Christ on a daily basis, and when it comes to trains,
    Continue leaving Legacies…On The Rails!

Confessions Of The Pastor Assisting, Missions Directing Railfan

Welcome back to Legacies…..On The Rails

Well, as I sit here watching Santa Fe’s Cajon Pass Pre-Merger on DVD, and anticipating the arrival next week of the Wabash Cannoball pendant I won in a bid on Ebay (never won a bid before and I’m rarely on Ebay but just happened to see it one day and gave it a shot) I unfortunately must report that my plan to catch some action in Blackwater, Missouri on my way to Columbia, Missouri was a bust.

I got a much later start hitting the road that day than I planned which is very uncharacteristic of me on a solo road-trip and though I did stop and eat lunch by the tracks in Blackwater, nothing came along, and all I caught was a former Mo-Pac (now Union Pacific) covered hopper parked on a siding. I got to Columbia just barely in time to pick up my Son as he got off work and headed to the Mizzou game.

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But what has highlighted my rail-fanning of late has some switching action at the North Kansas City/Avondale, Missouri Norfolk Southern yard, as the Union Pacific and BNSF action I have been catching on the Kansas side, in Lenexa, Kansas after I attended the two-day 3E Midwest Regional Church Administration Conference at Lenexa Baptist Church, as well as at I-35/Lamar on recent trips to visit my Sister.

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It has also largely been catching the Union Pacific 844 Steam Locomotive not once but twice during the month of October. The first time as it was leaving Kansas City, and passed through Buckner, Missouri on a mid-morning Monday and then a couple weeks later in a night-time scenario at Kansas City Union Station.

I caught this Union Pacific/Ferromex Grain Train in Buckner while waiting for the 844’s arrival with a host of other anxious rail-fans.

I included the Howard Fogg car that accompanied the 844 because out of all the ones that did it is my favorite because I own some Howard Fogg art. I was disappointed that neither the City Of Salina or the Cheyenne cars that I got to ride in in 2014 were among the manifest.

The other favorite part of my recent rail-fanning has been all the Santa Fe action I have been catching in North Kansas City/Avondale, Missouri with units still in Original Santa Fe schemes and then the very long Union Pacific manifest I caught most of in the Kansas City West Bottoms in front of the Doc’s Caboose train collector store, as I stopped by there to make a wish list of future purchases. It was actually earlier in the day on the same day I got the night coverage of UP 844 at Union Station.

And, as I love to find models of the actual Road #’s I get pics or video of, I was fortunate to fond this little gem in a metal model of the Union Pacific 844 at the Gladstone, Missouri Hobby Lobby store.

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I have also added some short segments of the Legacies On The Rails Radio Podcast on Podomatic.com recently recorded in Buckner, Mo with the 844, and hope to add another show while I’m off for the next 4 days. I have also added several pics to the My Railroad Collection album to my page (John W Losh II) on Facebook. If you are my friend there, check them out!

That’s going to wrap up this posting. I hope you will come visit us at New Life Baptist Church in Gladstone, Missouri at 6924 N Oak Tfwy at 10am Sundays soon and that you continue to follow the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart, mind and soul, and when it comes to trains, continue leaving Legacies…….On The Rails!

 

Confessions Of The Pastor Assisting Railfan

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Welcome back to Legacies….On The Rails! I’d say after 9 months, it’s about time, wouldn’t you??? Well, as you can see from the picture above taken just last Friday 9/16/16 of the Illinois Terminal Heritage Unit (Norfolk Southern 1072) at the North Kansas City/Avondale, Missouri Norfolk Southern Yard, my railfanning of late has had a large emphasis on 1. Hunting the “Heritage Units“, which are specially decorated locomotives most in my current favorite model, the SD70ACE, that celebrate the heritage of what are known as the “Fallen Flags“, the railroads no longer in operation today. most of them have been absorbed by still operating railroads.

I am also enjoying getting pics and or video every chance I can of the Fallen Flags that despite being taken over by other companies, have either not yet repainted some of the fallen flag equipment, or maybe don’t plan to repaint some, again…to keep that no longer operating “road’s” history and heritage alive.

In the months since my last posting, I have caught nearly 10 of these specially decorated Heritage Locomotives. The one you see above came on a tip last Friday from my Facebook/Railfan buddy Darryl Hall Jr. He has tipped me off that NS 8105 (the Interstate Railroad Heritage Unit) may be at my local yard today or tomorrow and I hope to add it to my trophy list of Heritage Units caught so far.

Here are some more Heritage Unit Pics.

Here are some pics of those Fallen Flag equipment that are simply still in original paint that I have been catching as well. I also created a Facebook album just today on my page (John W Losh II) that features all these pics.

But, for you to really get the jist of my railfan exploits since my last posting, here is Episode 10 just recorded earlier this morning of the Legacies On The Rails Radio (Podcast) that I am actually planning on making a major part of this blog, so that I have to do less typing, since I already do a rough draft on paper, it is easier to speak than to type.

I hope to be reporting this Saturday as I will be heading from Kansas City to Columbia, Missouri to take my son (a Political Science Major at the University Of Missouri) to the Mizzou/Delaware State football game, and plan to make some railfan stops along the way, including Blackwater, Mo (home of the Iron Horse Hotel) as I have been there twice before, but have not had time to stick around long enough to catch any trains there, but should most certainly this time.

Until next time, continue to follow the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart, mind and soul, and when it comes to trains, continue leaving Legacies….On The Rails!

 

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!

Here’s an excerpt:

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.

Click here to see the complete report.

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.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansas_City,_Clay_County_and_St._Joseph_Railway

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!