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Re: "Robart's Ridge" =or= "Olaf's Overlook"?

June 12, 2018 01:43PM avatar
My apologies to all concerned -

One of Ernie's photos that I neglected to post previously is one that he took of our good friend and fellow railfan Olaf Rasmussen at the tender age of 25 standing near the top of the ridge that I suggested earlier be named in Ernie's honor.  Having just re-watched the "Final Freights" section of TRAINS magazine's excellent new video 'Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Freight Trains', which features several minutes of Olaf's movies of the very last Rio Grande freights over Cumbres Pass exactly three months after the 'Mad Dash', I'm having second thoughts, and now feel that the location shown on the above map as "Robart's Ridge" be renamed, and henceforth identified as "Olaf's Overlook" instead, and that the edge of the mesa overlooking Ferguson's (aka Hangman's) Trestle be named "Ernie's Escarpment" (see the first three photos on [ngdiscussion.net], above).  Here's Ernie's photo of Olaf taken May 28, 1968, and another of Ernie's b&w shots from that location to illustrate the views that Olaf caught on color film of the very last revenue freights on August 28 & 29:
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Photos copyright © 1968, 2018 by Ernest W. Robart - All Rights Reserved.

To see Olaf's color movies from fifty years ago – along with other historic and recent film & video of both surviving sections of the former D&RGW San Juan Extension plus some interviews with former D&RGW employees – get yourself a copy of this new TRAINS video!   And for a now nearly nine year old photo of Olaf at 64 see the first photo on my post at [ngdiscussion.net].  (That's Olaf at the far left of the photo, and Christian Romberg at the far right.  Note that the two former East Germans are the best equipped of the entire gang to deal with the Monsoon Season on the C&TS.)



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/15/2018 11:58AM by Russo Loco.
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