Archive for February, 2009

In my quest to locate the train or locomotive I used to ride as a small boy with my grandfather in Hillsborough, NC…I have hit many dead ends. However, when I posted a story and photo of me in front of the train on this forum on January 3rd something interesting happened. Click HERE for the initial post.

A gentleman from the Pacific Coast Railroad Company in California posted a comment about the engine known as “Melodia.” Come to find out, his company has the engine and operates it. I was thrilled. I had found the locomotive. I posted a follow-up story from my initial post exclaiming how excited I was to find the engine. Click HERE for the second post.

The gentleman and I began corresponding over email. He asked if I had any other photos of the engine and I told him that all I had found so far was the one of me in front of it as a child (see below).


He then informed me that the engine in this photograph was, in fact, not Melodia. This engine is an old 0-4-0 that the Daniel Boone Railroad used in conjunction with Melodia, which was sold. The railroad continued to use this Cooke 0-4-0 even after Melodia had been sold. I have no recollection of the Daniel Boone Railroad having 2 locomotives. The gentleman was nice enough to share with me that the engine in my picture, old #22, is actually now in Miami at The Gold Coast Railway Museum, in diplorable condition. He sent me a link to it (HERE) with a photograph.


Needless to say, I am somewhat distraught. Here it is. I’ve finally found the engine. And it’s just in sad shape. My plans now are to contact the museum to see what can be done, if anything. I wish I was ridiculously wealthy and could afford to purchase and renovate the locomotive. Oh well, one can only dream.

The Winston Co. No. 48 Miami, FL
Date Action Description
Built For: The Winston Co. #48 at Edgefield, SC
[1934] Sold: Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. (dealer)
[05/1935] Sold: Bona-Allen, Inc. at Buford, GA
[Unknown] Sold: Georgia Lumber Co. #22
[Unknown] Sold: Lake Lure Scenic Railroad #22 at Lake Lure, NC
[1969] Sold: Daniel Boone Railroad #22 at Hillsborough, NC
[1983] Sold: James Wells at Fairfax, VA
[1984] Sold: Unknown
[Unknown] Donated: Gold Coast Railway Museum

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Back on January 3rd I posted my story about the train I used to ride with my Grandfather in Hillsborough, NC.

To read it, click HERE.


I have some very vivid and fond memories of the locomotive and train ride. For years I’ve made an effort to find out what happened to the equipment, as it seemed to have just disappeared into thin air. Calls and emails to the people at Daniel Boone Village, now a shopping mall, yielded no results.

However, a funny thing happened. Someone from the Pacific Coast Railroad Company posted on this blog letting me know that they owned it and it’s still in operation. Located 10 miles north of  San Luis Obispo, California, the company apparently owns several engines and operates them often. Great website too. Pics of how the locomotive looks today are on this post.


Needless to say, I was excited to learn this and I’m enjoying digging through their website, learning about the history of the engine and viewing the pictures. For the history of “Melodia”, as it became known as, click HERE.

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The 14th annual Carolina Coastal Railroaders show rolls into New Bern March 7 and 8.

Tracks will be set up at New Bern High School in the cafeteria and gymnasium.

Joe Hofmann of Carolina Coastal Railroaders said at least 10 model railroad layouts will be on display.

He said the layouts with trains running will include:

Onslow Model Railroaders; North Raleigh’s N scale layout; Kinston’s Thomas the Train and Friends; New Bern’s Neuse River Lines; Wayne Gibson’s scale layout; Atlantic Coast “S” Gaugers layout; Brad Carter’s “O’ Gauge carnival setup; Coastal Carolina Garden Railway Society’s “G” scale layout; Eastern Carolina Railroad “O” Gauge and Tidewater Virginia “O” Gauge.

The event will include hourly door prize drawings, food concessions and vendors selling a variety of railroad equipment.


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Source: WSOC-TV in Charlotte


Wednesday, February 4, 2009 – updated: 2:03 pm EST February 4, 2009

An Amtrak train collided with a tractor trailer after it stopped on train tracks in Harrisburg early Wednesday. 

The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened at about 10 a.m. near the intersection of Pharr Mill Road and Highway 49. Officials said they are not sure why the truck was on the tracks. 

The Amtrak train was carrying 15 people, including the crew, but none were injured. The tractor trailer driver and conductor suffered minor injuries, however. 

Officials said the tractor trailer driver jumped out of his vehicle before the train hit.

PHOTO GALLERY – photos by Triad Live Steamer’s own, Will Jordan


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Dan Nicholas Park has 17 covered shelters available for rent. Eleven shelters will accommodate 150 people and six will accommodate 30 people. They are equipped with picnic tables and grills. There is a charge for shelter and picnic tables on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.

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The Hurley Train Station is one of the most popular attractions of the Park! Come ride the Spencer Moose Special, Stanback Express or the F&M Bank Express.

What a wonderful diesel ride and awesome attraction for Rowan County and Salisbury!

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