Jeremy's New Engine
|The day after Thanksgiving (the US version, not the Canadian one which comes in October, Jeremy and Dick Glueck drove up to Quebec City and purchased Jeremy's dream locomotive from its builder. Reynald Proulx is a master of constructing live steam and live Diesel locomotives, not to mention many fine freight cars and equipment. In these pictures, Jeremy takes out his "new baby" and Reynald instructs him on operations, electrical circuits, etc. In the next set, Reynald runs his creation onto the turntable/lift for placing in Jeremy's truck. There's a sad moment for Reynald, saying goodbye to his beautiful creation, but in the next photo, Jeremy seems just a little happy about his new acquisition. The locomotive is in very good hands, which made the parting easier for Reynald. The buyer and seller shake on the deal before we began the drive back to Maine.
While we passed through customs, a red fox walked out of the woods and sat in front of our headlights. A few miles down the road, two huge moose stood at the edge of the highway, watching cars pass. When we stopped in Jackman, Maine, for a piece of pizza and a soda, a woman and her son drove up next to us. Her son told her, "That's what I want for Christmas!!!"
Back in Cherryfield the next day it derails almost immediately ... in the best tradition of John Brace, Jeremy immediately starts tearing it apart and making "minor" design changes. John would be so proud! I'm sure he's smiling down on Jeremy and thanks him for all he's done to keep the WCRR running.
And another day's adjustments:
Here he is going a little way without detrailing:
Test Drive #3
And back in the barn ... it gets dark early early at this time of year. Note how much longer she is than Lady Di:
November 28th ... all the snow melted overnight. It was about 60 in Cherryfield today:
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