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Remembering Ernie...

December 26, 2018 12:56PM avatar
As one who followed the C&TS literally from Day One (Sept. 1, 1970), Ernie Robart was one of my C&TS Heros. I still have a copy of Iron Horse News from Oct., 1970 with the picture of Ernie relettering the 483's tank. I was a member of the old Narrow Gauge RR Association that Ernie was heavily involved in. His name and pics were all over their newsletters. I finally met Ernie in June of 1981 shortly after I started working for the C&TS. He wandered up that way and spent a few days helping out and taking pics. He was of course a great guy and we became good friends. A week or so later I got a little envelope in the mail from Ernie. In it was a short note thanking me for the good time he had in Chama and said I "was nicest guy he ever met on the Narrow Gauge". Wow.... Also included were a few slides he took of his visit. We were running 488 on some hill turns to train George Knauff as engineer. George had been firing for a few years, but he was badly needed to be an engineer when 3 C&TS engineers left that spring for greener pastures. Russ was still working Chama, so he worked with George for a week as got he used to taking the trains down the hill. One of the days Ernie was there, I took my first (and only) student firing trip up the hill, and he took some pics of it:

488 in the Chama yard 6/4/81. Yours truly in the fireman's seat. We were hostling her around the yard.
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The next morning, I'm looking rather... concerned..... about my upcoming student trip.
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Heading out of town. You can see Russ hanging out of the gangway looking over George's shoulder.
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Charging around Hurley's Curve. I was pretty proud at this point. Not only does 488 have a decently clean stack, but it looks like I got the pops to lift...
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More to come as I find them...
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