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2 year follow up on the all girls garage, success! There are now 6 garages in the USA owned by women. So if you, too, support this, take your business to them

May 18th, 2017 by admin

I posted about this in June of 2015 when it was still a goal:

the Girls Auto Clinic offers full-service auto repair, female mechanics, manis, pedis, and blowouts while you wait, all in a beautiful lounge tailored to women.

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:

Penn Station, New York 1910

February 6th, 2017 by admin

Penn Station, operating staff consulting with train engineer on platform,

the Motometer Collection of Francis Clax at the Antique Automobile Club Of America Exhibition

April 11th, 2015 by admin

Photos from

Imagine getting the chance to buy your great-grand dads fire truck, the one he was the Fire Chief on

March 10th, 2015 by admin

photo by Dale Gerhard

Video from

the 1933 August storm flood took out the center bridge support, and the photographer took a photo from both ends of the track near Kenilworth

March 1st, 2015 by admin

The Crescent Limited operated from New York to Washington on the Pennsylvania Railroad, on the Southern Railway from Washington to Atlanta

Details and photos on

Le Monstre of Briggs Cunningham, a 1950 Series 61 Coupe deVille

February 21st, 2015 by admin

At the end of World War I, Cunningham’s uncle street raced a Dodge Touring car that was powered by a Hispano-Suiza airplane engine. Briggs would accompany him on many of these races, thus fueling his interests for automotive racing.

Cunningham was a wealthy man. His father, who passed away when Briggs was only five, was the founder and president of the Citizens’ National Bank and a director of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

He married the grand daughter of Standard Oil’s co-founder.

Briggs went to Yale, and his classmates and friends from that time were pivotal in some ways to his successes. One friends father was the head of Chrysler engineering, and came through with new Hemi engines when Cadillac withdrew engine support, powering the C1 and C2 Cunningham cars.

Some info about the Big Boy locomotives

February 14th, 2015 by admin

The Big Boys were 132 feet long and weighed 1.2 million pounds (engine and tender) in working order.

the 4014’s 14-wheel tender can hold 24,000 gallons of water and 28 tons (56,000 pounds) of coal.

The drive wheels in this locomotive class are 68“ tall, that’s 5 feet 8 inches.

If a Big Boy was stood upright, it would be approximately as tall as a thirteen story building.

The Big Boy class measured just short of 133 feet long, weighed 1,208,750 pounds, averaged about 6,100 horsepower at speed.

For additional comparison purposes, the most powerful diesel engine was the EMD DDA40X, with 6600 horsepower. This class was also the longest and heaviest, at 98 feet and 521,980 pounds.

The longest class of locomotive ever built was the Norfolk and Western’s “Jawn Henry” steam- electric turbine prototype, which measured in at a massive 166 feet.

the Jawn Henry

The Chesapeak and Ohio’s M1 turbine, was a close contender, at 154 feet in length, and going by measurements in which the boiler is assumed to be full, but the tender is assumed to be empty, the CandO M1 at 1,233,970 pounds class is the heaviest steam locomotive.

the M1

Ollie the Dragon, the "Essex Wire" 1965 427 Shelby Competition AC Cobra, CSX 3009

September 17th, 2014 by admin Shelby historian, Gary Faules says that the car has been missing for many years and is indeed the Cobra that has won more races than any other.

But, proving there are more opinions than facts, the guys at GTPlanet say CSX 3035 was the winningest.

Pennsylvania law enforcement just won the battle, simultaneous no warrant vehicle searches, and they got a law passed to make hidden compartments illegal

May 25th, 2014 by admin

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled recently that police are allowed to search vehicles without a warrant. Meanwhile, the state General Assembly is advancing a bill to grant police authority to arrest those with “secret compartments” in their vehicles.

The bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Kate Harper, said law enforcement asked her to introduce the bill, the PA Independent reported, to crack down on smuggling between New York and Florida.

So what the hell happened in Philiadelphia? Now law enforcement is making laws, and the constitutional law that the revolutionary war veterans crafted in response to the British intrusion into American homes, is now ignored in Pennsylvania.

In a 4 to 2 decision weeks ago, the state Supreme Court decided that police could conduct searches of vehicles based solely on probable cause, or an officer’s reasonable belief that the vehicle contained illegal goods or evidence of a crime. The new standard puts the state in line with the federal law, which allows warrantless searches of vehicles.

If cops were trusted to behave professionally, getting a warrant from a judge would not have been a requirement since 1789, and the 6th ammendment “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Looks like the people in power in Pennsylvania have decided that the vague terms “unreasonable” and “probably cause” are all up to the officers to decide…. and no longer an impartial 3rd party, a judge, to be convinced that a search is going to be needed to find evidence of a crime.

A search warrant used to be a legal requirement that specified what was being searched for, where, and when, all with the reason why.

With a search any time a cop feels like harassing someone, anything they find regardless of why they are looking will be immediate cause for arrest.