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the Prosperity Special

May 17th, 2017 by admin

the Prosperity Special was a train made up entirely 24 Baldwin locomotives, part of an order of 50, left on May 27, 1922. They “headed west out of the Baldwin Locomotive Plant to East St. Louis, took the Cotton Belt Line across Texas and was switched to SP tracks in El Paso.

Thousands of spectators lined the tracks to see an almost half mile long train made up entirely of new locomotives cross the country bound for California. A large sign was erected on the lead locomotive that read, ‘The Prosperity Special’.

The special arrived at Taylor Yard in Los Angeles in early June. Half of the locomotives would stay here and run heavy freights over Beaumont Hill and Tehachapi Pass. The rest of the locos went to Sacramento for duty over the Sierra Nevadas, the train stopped to take on water before the descent into Bakersfield and the trip up the valley to their new home in Sacramento.

A couple of years ago I posted this pic of the completed 50 at Eddystone, Pennsylvania:

Earle C. Anthony and Lee Miles with his airplane, Los Angeles, 1935

May 14th, 2017 by admin

The Miles and Atwood Special is on the trailer, and in front of it, are Anthony and Miles.

Miles was a living legend during the Golden Age of Flight. At the time this photo was taken he was the number one air racer in the National Aeronautics Association standings.

Earl C. Anthony is perhaps best known as the Packard distributor for the state California from 1915 to 1958.

Good song, damn fine sentiment… "Old Mustang" – Johnny Rowlett

April 10th, 2017 by admin

I’m not religious, so that ending of the song is not my thing exactly, but the whole thing is pretty damn cool, or I wouldn’t post and share it

Further, he has an incredibly cool charity thing he does… here is his description of it

Everywhere we went, we saw homeless. Once in Montana on a cold night we met a man laying on the ground outside of a flying J truck stop. We went to multiple homeless shelters all over the country and learned about how we could help.

How often have the Presidents of countries met with business execs to learn about the problems of international businesses? I’m not sure, but, it happened today, and POTUS was pissed to learn how lopsided tariffs are. Harley Davidsons might just get cheaper overseas in the near future if the pres hammers out some international tariff reform

March 1st, 2017 by admin

I’m surprised to hear in the speech to congress today that other countries double the cost of HDs for no reason other than to get their citizens to buy fewer of them, and more of the native bikes that need extreme helping measures to sell in their own countries.

“We want to make it easier for business to create more jobs and more factories to be made in the U.S. and you’re a great example of that,” Trump told the executives.

Trump is seeking to uphold campaign promises to return lost manufacturing jobs to the U.S. The president has met with the CEOs of the traditional domestic automakers as well as the heads of Dow Chemical Co., Whirlpool Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and U.S. Steel Corp. all in his first two weeks in office, indicating he’ll take a hands-on role in U.S. corporate decision-making, especially if it’ll lead to job creation for middle-class Americans.

Believe it or not, as I find it really odd, but the threat of extensive protests made it unlikely that a visit to the HD factory could be anything productive and it was found to be far cheaper and more effective to have the HD executives fly to Washington DC and meet the pres at the White House and bring some Harleys.

During his speech the president mentioned that the Harley-Davidson motorcycle company faces a 100% tariff in in at least one country.

Fact check: True. The tariff, applied by India on motorcycles with engines larger than 800cc, is a full 100%, according to the International Trade Centre. Other notable countries with high tariffs on large motorcycles are Thailand, China, and Malaysia.

The US’s tariff on large motorcycles from India is 0% and can range up to 10% for other countries.

Clearly, that isn’t good for business to be an importer of inexpensive items, and exporting the same type item at double the cost. How pharmaceuticals get cheaper when exported from the USA is a complete mystery, but it’s true.

President Trump used Harley-Davidson motorcycles as a metaphor for the obstacles faced by American companies on the global market.

“I just met with officials and workers from a great American company, Harley-Davidson. In fact, they proudly displayed five of their magnificent motorcycles, made in the USA, on the front lawn of the White House,” Trump said, and he related what he said the company’s executives had told him about global tax rates.

“At our meeting, I asked them, how are you doing, how is business? They said that it’s good,” he continued. “I asked them further how they are doing with other countries, mainly international sales. They told me – without even complaining because they have been mistreated for so long that they have become used to it – that it is very hard to do business with other countries because they tax our goods at such a high rate. They said that in one case another country taxed their motorcycles at 100 percent.”

“They weren’t even asking for change. But I am.”

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How often have the Presidents of countries met with business execs to learn about the problems of international businesses? I’m not sure, but, it happened today, and POTUS was pissed to learn how lopsided tariffs are. Harley Davidsons might just get cheaper overseas in the near future if the pres hammers out some international tariff reform

“There’s no gas in all of Chihuahua.” Mexico has more problems than usual, and the border towns on the American side are suddenly selling out tankers of gas every week, instead of a 1/4 tanker a week

June 23rd, 2016 by admin

A mysterious gas shortage in the Mexican border state, home to some 4.8 million people, is pushing many Chihuahuenses to make the tedious cross-border journey into Texas to fill their tanks.

But Presidio, a town of 6,000 people and just three gas stations, wasn’t prepared to receive the long line of empty-tanked vehicles snaking up from Mexico.

Tom’s Service Station, an affiliate of Texaco, ran out of gas just two hours after it opened on Tuesday morning.

He says on an average day he sells about 400 gallons, and usually orders new shipments of petroleum every 10 days. But due to the unexpected lineup of vehicles from Mexico, Ornelas had to place an emergency order for a next-day delivery.

What a day… a Blue Angel and a Thunderbird – jet jock flying choreography waste of jet fuel and taxpayer dollars – crashed in Colorado and Tennessee

June 3rd, 2016 by admin

The Thunderbird pilot was part of the demo at the graduation of the current Air Force Academy, around 1pm, after a low pass, he ejected near Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, just after ceremonies at the nearby academy where President Obama delivered the commencement address.

The Blue Angel pilot was taking off in #6 from the Symrna Tennessee airport to join the Navy demo group at about 3 pm, did not change direction from the runway according to the map, seems there was a total engine failure

and seems to have stayed with his plane to keep it from hitting homes, and he died on impact, in a forested area next to a housing area.

Seventy-one years ago, a young soldier left his World War II ambulance in a vehicle “graveyard” in Germany and returned home to Wisconsin. Last year, he found that ambulance in Albuquerque.

April 1st, 2016 by admin

Thomas Grasser, 91, was visiting the New Mexico Museum of Military History last summer when he realized the museum’s ambulance was his “home on wheels” in Europe during World War II.

Grasser lives in Albuquerque now, but he grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Army drafted him just

Chalmers "Old Reliable"

March 23rd, 2016 by admin

“Denver to Mexico City, Billy Knipper,
Washington to Boston and return twice, Carl Schnoor and Joe Matson,
New York to Atlanta,

the reason there is a WW1 airplane in the Phoenix Intl Airport Terminal 3, it to honor the great WW1 ace, Frank Luke

September 30th, 2015 by admin

Frank Luke was the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor. His flying battles ranking second among U.S. Army Air Service pilots after Captain Eddie Rickenbacker in number of aerial victories during World War I (Rickenbacker was credited with 26 victories, while Luke’s official score was 18).

Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, a U.S. Air Force pilot training installation since World War II, is named in his honor.

A request went out for a Hemi Cuda

September 25th, 2015 by admin

Casey and his wife, Shannon

Casey’s buddy, Mike, posted a special request on a Hemi Cuda owners’ club website.

Mike asked if anyone would be willing to bring their car to Bethesda and surprise Casey and take him for a ride.

Redline Restorations jumped to answer, because the “felt it was the very least we could do for a tenacious, joyful young man who sacrificed so much for the love of his country.”

Our gracious client and the Cuda’s owner, Mike, readily obliged and in fact insisted on taking the journey with us to surprise Casey. We would like to personally thank Casey Jones and his friend Mike Elliot for their service and sacrifice, and for the moving reminder that life’s hardships are all relative.

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A request went out for a Hemi Cuda