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N&W MW #526632 [Misc. RR Photo Archives]

nw526632_01.jpg: Lincoln, IL. Sep. 12, 2019

This boxcar still with roofwalk is found at the siding in Lincoln, Illinois.
Barely read markings indicate this car as Norfolk & Western Railway maintenance of way equipment #526632. Built date 5-67 given at the consolidated stencil suggests when it was reassigned. The original number is coming to the surface as rust but not enough to read.

According to the Norfolk and Western Historical Society web site, N&W class BS #526632 was built by N&W East End Car Shops at Roanoke, VA in 1929 as N&W #50158[1]. It was converted to MOW service at Frankfort, IN in 1967. It was last seen in service at Decatur, IL in 1994.

N&W 50000 – 50499 series boxcars
The Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER) for July 1966 shows the group #50000 to 50499 with 335 cars in place, accompanied by 37 cars with the same dimensions but with the 110,000 pounds capacity, described as follows:

AAR Designation XM and description “Box, All Steel” only.

The inside length of these cars is 40 feet 6 inches, inside width 9 feet 2 inches, inside height 10 feet 4 inches, outside length 44 feet 9 inches, extreme height 15 feet 1 inch and capacity 3898 cubic feet or 100,000 pounds.

All photos are taken on Sep. 12, 2019.

[1] Norfolk & Western Historical Society web site for N&W #526632;
* 1969 photo of N&W #50064 found at Railroad Picture Archives web site;

nw526632_03.jpg: Lincoln, IL. Sep. 12, 2019

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Unique Loads – 04 : Bricks [Column_Tracksides]

beldenbrick_03.jpg: Sugar Creek, OH. Sep. 7, 2019

After visiting the Age of Steam Roundhouse, we found a Columbus & Ohio River (CUOH) boxcar placed at the spur to the Kiln in the town of Sugar Creek, Ohio. Massive bricks were quietly waiting for loading; it was Saturday.

The kiln is operated by the Belden Brick Company, established by Henry S. Belden (1840 – 1921) in 1885. The Belden bricks are also used in constructing the Roundhouse.

ageofsteam_08.jpg: Sugar Creek, OH. Sep. 7, 2019

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Utopia – Quest for the Perfection, part 2 [Column_Tracksides]

Last summer, our family visited several places in the United States where it thought to be utopias.

Here, utopia means a commune that quests for the perfection of economy, government, and/or justice through orderly and spartan communal living. Many regard it as fantasy or sometimes criticize it as dystopia because of its tendency to dehumanize. But, the utopia attract us; let me introduce the still surviving utopias we visited:

The Abbey of Gethsemani
abbeyofgethsemani_02.jpg: Trappist, KY. Sep. 10, 2019

The Abbey of Gethsemani is a monastery founded by the Trappists in 1848[1]. It is the oldest continuously operating monastery in the United States.

We went there for their fruit cakes, but the five days retreat seems also an incredible experience.

The Monastery of the Immaculate Conception
st.benedictmonastery_02.jpg: Ferdinand, IN. Sep. 10, 2019

Monastery of the Immaculate Conception at Ferdinand, Indiana was built by the Benedictine women in 1886[2].

We went there for the craft beers at the St. Benedict’s Brew Works located in the monastery. The pizza served at the brewery was as excellent as their beers.

Age of Steam Roundhouse, OH
m&nf_04.jpg: Sugar Creek, OH. Sep. 7, 2019

The Age of Steam Roundhouse is a facility founded by Jerry Joe Jacobson (1943 – 2017) in 2008[3].

The full-time fellows quest to maintain America’s railroad history alive through preserving, restoring, and repairing the equipment in Monday-to-Friday status. The Morehead & North Fork #12 from Clearfield, KY was completely restored to operatable status as shown above.

It seemed to me that the Roundhouse placed in the middle of Amish country, thought to be another utopian community, was more than coincidence.

ageofsteam_03.jpg: Sugar Creek, OH. Sep. 7, 2019

[1] Abbey of Gethsemani web site;
[2] Sisters of St. Benedict web site;
[3] Age of Steam Roundhouse web site;

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