Steam vs. Diesel

OLD SMOKEY DIALOGUE


| January/February 1986



Zephyr Hills, Florida

'Your readers may be interested in this write-up by Carlton Gee, a retired engineer who worked for the Nickelplate R.R.,' writes Walter Gasch of R #1, Colby, Wisconsin. Gasch goes on to say that Gee formerly lived in Conneout, Ohio and now resides in Zephyr Hills, Florida. We hope that our readers will enjoy this humorous dialogue. Ed.

After nearly 36 years of honest toil, old Nickel Plate (workhorse) Engine #665 made her last run in February, 1958. He engineer for many years wrote on the final report sheet, 'Good-bye, old friend, good-bye' and left her standing near the turntable at Bellevue, Ohio. Her road number was painted out and she stood on the scrap-track, cold and silent, thinking of her glorious past. Old #665 had a wide reputation of being able to do more work and make more smoke than any locomotive of her size in the world.

As I stood looking at her, one of the brand new N.K.P. Diesels #433 stopped nearby and I heard the following dialogue: (Old #665 was nicknamed 'Smokey' by the new diesels.)

New Diesel: Well, well, Smokey, I see they have grounded you at last. With you off the rails I'll be able to see the signals ahead of me. (To this, Smokey made no reply.)

New Diesel: It's about time you 'two-cylinder jobs' were junked. (This aroused Smokey, who replied in anger.)