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A Late Look Back At 2017

 

I am waaaay late publishing this update. I was hurt on my job back in Mid October of 2017 and was on injury leave for 9 weeks and sick leave for another, and while that left me more than ample time to be keeping up with all my blogs, I simply got out of my routine and just wasn’t finding motivation. So, it’s obvious that 2018’s blog posts and videos number will be substantially lower that 2017.

I have been in a 9-5 Monday thru Friday job since Mid February. Between the job, time with my wife, hosting a weekly Ministry radio show called Fulfill Your Ministry on 102.7 FM KPGZ-Kearney, Missouri Community Radio, that airs Saturdays at 9am CT, and delving more into my studies of the Bible, even completing a 13 Lesson online non-accredited course called The Story Of Scripture through Dallas Theological Seminary, and others that will follow, I have had and will continue to have less time for railfanning, blogging about it, etc. But I will do the best I can.

But I wanted to post an update on my railfan stats for 2017 especially in the face of a two week trip my family and I embark on Friday of this week, that will have us trekking across seven or more states, that will provide ample opportunities for excursion train riding, rail museum and rail display visiting, a Railroad Heritage Days Festival and more.

Legacies On The Rails Fan Videos: 84

Cities/Areas Railfanned: 35/30 (now up to 77 Cities over 10 states since March, 2008)

Railroads Documented: 156

Blog Posts: 16

Displays Visited:
Diesel:1
Steam:6
Caboose:10
Passenger:2
Freight:2

Rail Museums:5
Union Pacific Museum-Omaha, Nebraska
RailsWest Museum Council Bluffs, Iowa
Union Station Omaha, Nebraska
Railroad History Museum Springfield, Missouri
Patee House Museum St Joseph, Missouri

Railroad Facebook Pages Created:5
Wabash Cannonball
Union Pacific Flag Units
Rail Box Freight Car Fans
Mid-Train Helpers
Kansas City Chapter NRHS

Here are 4 of the last 5 of the 84 Legacies On The Rails Fan Videos:

Hope you are continuing to follow the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart mind and soul each day, and if you haven’t accepted Him as your personal Lord & Savior that you will do so today! And when it comes to trains, and everything that is Railroading, Continue Leaving Legacies…On The Rails!

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Vacation Trips Yield Less Live Rail-Fanning Than Usual

On my trips in July from Friday 6/30-Sunday 7/2/17, as well as Wednesday 7/12-Friday 7/15/17, live trains just weren’t happening for me. This was despite the fact that I made my usual solo trip to the Losh/Worley Family Reunion (that I have not missed since I first attended in July, 2010), and went track-side in Willow Springs, Cabool, Fordland, Seymour , North Diggins and Mountain Grove, Missouri (as I stayed in Mountain Grove for my 2nd year in a row), and Springfield, I settled for just pics as in some locations my wait left nothing to show for it, and in others, the BNSF trains I found idling on the tracks never moved, and my time or patience ran out. I did catch one that was moving south through Seymour, and initially paced it, getting some video, but there were too many obstructions for me to feel it was even worth keeping or sharing the video.

I did, however try to follow the example of the site I covered earlier here on Legacies On The Rails, The Trackside Photographer, and at least took pics of the railroad landscape. Signal towers, signal boxes, tracks, crossing gates, etc, understanding that just like some of the locomotives, rail cars, etc that I am normally so busy catching in pics and video, these features may not always be around, therefor preserving a bit of history by getting those shots.

I then started vacation on Saturday, July 8th but never went anywhere until Wednesday, July 12th, as my wife, my daughter and I had to get some much needed painting done on our house. But on 7/12, my wife Denise and I headed to the Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska area. But, when I am with her, I normally spend little time if any sitting track-side unless I am approaching a crossing as we go from one place to another and a train just happens to be coming, or already on the tracks. Then I may get video, or a few pics. But on this trip, I was always too late at the crossings to catch approaching trains and settled for freight car or covered hopper pics, but no live locomotives.

On July 12th, we ate and Dan & Jami’s Railway Bar & Grill in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The food and service were good and though it was right next to the tracks, despite my mad dashes out the door to try to catch trains we heard coming, I always settled for various freight car pics. We later visited the Grenville M Dodge House (one of the architects of the Union Pacific Railroad) also located in Council Bluffs. We also stood at the Lincoln Monument, the site where President Abraham Lincoln stood and declared (referring to the aforementioned Union Pacific) “This is where I will build my railroad!”.

On July 13th, we visited the Union Pacific Museum in Council Bluffs, and the Durham Museum that located inside the Omaha, Nebraska Union Station. I also got my pic with the Golden Spike Monument in Council Bluffs, the site where the Union Pacific Railroad began building westward, to eventually meet the Central Pacific Railroad, completing the Transcontinental Railroad in Promontory, Utah on May 10th,1869.

Dinner that evening was at the Old Market Spaghetti Works in Omaha, after we visited Hollywood Candy & Antiques, and a few other antique shops.

On July 14th, in Omaha, we found a pedestrian bridge that goes over railroad tracks at Lewis and Clark Landing and then discovered that the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (aka the “Bob Bridge“) also had the same tracks running underneath it. While we were on the “Bob Bridge“, Denise took a video of me clowning around, paying tribute to the character of “Achoo” played by Dave Chappelle from the 1993 movie Robin Hood: Men In Tights as halfway across the bridge, you can stand with one foot in Iowa, and the other in Nebraska. Unfortunately, despite waiting a bit on the bridge at Lewis & Clark Landing, I again failed to have any trains come my way and settled for pics of some some covered hoppers parked on a nearby siding.

We also took a riverboat ride on the River City Star, also located in Council Bluffs, as this is another of our favorite pursuits while we are on our various trips. We have also taken boat rides in our hometown of Kansas City, as well as in St Louis, Missouri, Hannibal, Missouri, Branson, Missouri and in one city in Texas.

We also took in the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Omaha. We also frequent the one in Odessa, Missouri.

The only real quality pics I ended up with on this trip came when we visited the Railswest Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs also on 7/14.

Dinner that evening was at Romeo’s Mexican Food & Pizza in Bellevue, Nebraska as we were staying the night at the Surestay Plus in Bellevue that I mentioned in my earlier blog on Presidential Trains that both my wife and daughter stayed at earlier in the year. We were in the Andrew Jackson Room. It was a really clean, impressive facility.

However, doing rail-fanning in Council Bluffs and Omaha, and Bellevue put me up to having done rail-fanning in 70 cities over 10 states since March, 2008. 21 cities over 4 states in the 2nd quarter of 2017 May through August thus far.

I did try to do some brief track-side time the morning of Saturday 7/15/17 before we headed home to Kansas City, but again settled only for pics I caught earlier before heading track-side.

Later that day we visited the Walnut Creek Recreation Area and the Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall both in Gretna, Nebraska and the Strategic Air Command Museum in Ashland, Nebraska, (I will be covering that and another smaller air museum in Council Bluffs that we visited on my Military Air Fan blog here on WordPress) and finally the Finders Keepers Antique Mall/ Coffe Shoppe in Percival, Iowa.

I also had the week of July 16th-July 23rd off though my wife did not, and while I could have gotten in a ton of rail-fanning that week, it was so hot out (100 plus most days) I hardly wanted to get out. I did get one Norfolk Southern video on Monday 7/17, and a few videos in North Kansas City, Missouri and at at Kansas City Union Station on Friday 7/28/17 as I attended my very first meeting of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society, that meets most 4th Fridays in the 3rd Floor Kansas City Terminal Railway Boardroom at Union Station: (check out my Facebook group Fans Of The Kansas City Terminal Railway) I have since started a Facebook page for them: see Kansas City Chapter NRHS. I planned to attend again on Friday 8/25/17, but something came up. Hopefully I will be back with them on 9/22/17. We were on vacation the week of  8/12-8/20/17 but I tried to concentrate on time with my family and did not get out to do any rail-fanning. That was my last vacation for 2017.

Here are my latest Legacies On The Rails Fan Videos from You Tube:

I hope that as I always encourage you to do that you are in a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and pursuing Him daily through His Word, prayer, and active fellowship in a local church. And when it comes to trains and all things railroading, that you 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!

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!