RDG 614 "The Crusader" Editors Pick!        
A streamlined Pacific GS1sas leads The Crusader, train #614 (the afternoon eastbound) past the Skillman depot. I'm told by a fellow who enhanced the pic that this is the #117. In 1947, the Crusader ran twice a day between Philadelphia and Jersey City. The trainset has an observation car on either end. The eastbound side is now tucked into an extention off the tender. In JC, the engine will be turned and placed on the other end, but the rest of the trainset is not turned.
Date: 9/1/1947 Location: Skillman, NJ   Map Show Skillman on a rail map Views: 1694 Collection Of:   Charles Knox Freericks
Locomotives: RDG 117(4-6-2)    Author:  Charles Knox Freericks
RDG 614 "The Crusader"
Picture Categories: This picture is part of album:  1940s and 1950s
User Comments
Name Type Comments Date
George Redmond General Nice shot. 12/18/2008 8:29:54 AM
David Abeles General WOW, awesome--thanks for sharing!! 12/18/2008 2:55:12 PM
Doug Wolfe General Good work! 12/18/2008 8:13:06 PM
Doug Wolfe General I did a net search and this does indeed appear to be 117! On the opposite side the word "Crusader" is painted on this locomotive. Very nice catch. 12/18/2008 8:18:50 PM
Steve H General what is spanning the 4 tracks above the loco? is it some sort of high car detector? 12/19/2008 7:09:25 AM
Charles Knox Freericks General Steve, those are tell-tales. My dad (Charles Knox Freericks) was standing on a bridge when he took this shot and those tell-tales were to warn anyone riding on top of the train (conductors or brakies on freights usually) that they were about to come to a low clearance point. The tell-tale would swipe at them moments before, giving them time to duck before hitting the bridge. 12/19/2008 12:24:12 PM
Jim Gavin General Nice shot. There were still a lot of tell-tales around when I was a kid. 12/21/2008 9:04:02 PM

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