We are having a heat wave! The thermometer here is up to 9 degrees. A gust of wind occasionally rattles the chimes on the front porch. All of our pets are indoors (9 cats and 1 dog). There’s about an inch of snow, but the roads are clear. CSX is running today, but I’m not going to Shelby. Here are a few images to indicate what it has been like since yesterday.
1. WM GP35 3576 and B&O 3515 back down on their train at Shelby on a brutally cold Dec. 29, 1976. Shelby KY. 12-29-1976.
2. A “Sandy Valley Shifter” behindC&O 5810-B&O 6569-4184 heads out of the yard onto the Sandy Valley & Elkhorn Subdivision. Shelby KY. 12-29-1976.
3. A couple of days later on New Years Eve westbound manifest No. 97 rips through Shelby on the main line. GP38 4827 with 4168-3763 provide plenty of power. Prior to the merger with SBD, C&O manifests terminated at Elkhorn City. The green boxcar was used briefly as a switchman’s shanty. Shelby KY. 12-29-1976.
4. Shelby KY. 12-29-1976.
Let us remember the real reason for Christmas. It’s not about getting gifts and drinking egg nog. It is a time to reflect and worship our savior Jesus Christ.
But Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year just the same. (It will warm up next week).