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Thread: Chapter 7 Cotton Belt Engineer

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    I like it. It gives a lot of facts but does not bog down with them. The photos are just a little rough. Not bad, but could be cleaned up a little with PS. You did a good job of giving me an idea of life AND times. I give a "yes" vote.

    Kent in SD

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    Is the article ready for the next step?

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    Yes. I'm surprised it hasn't been moved yet. I'd do it - but don't have a clue how to.

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    Duplicate image to create thread thumbnail for blog....
    Bob Harbison
    RailroadPhotoEssays host

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    After an extended visit in California the draft manuscript is now with a TEXAS editor. Chapter 7 has not changed too much from what you can read here on this website. Additional information has been gathered about Red Standefer's life while attending the Cotton Belt Symposium in Commerce, TEXAS this August. You can read a bit more about all of this on Dr. Jason Davis's website here .


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    A version of this article was published in the Fall 2010 issue of Trainline. Trainline is the quarterly publication of the Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society. See . The article is titled Cotton Belt Dieselization and it is different from the online version here on Railroad Photo Essays.

    The draft manuscript for the Book Cotton Belt Engineer is at Author House and technical details with photos to appear in the book are being worked out.


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    I just signed off on the final galley and set pricing. The book Cotton Belt Engineer should be available real soon through Barnes & Noble and .

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    The book is currently available through Author House. I'll be signing books at the Cotton Belt Symposium in Commerce, Texas on Friday Night September 23rd. There may be an additional signing in the Metroplex.

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    If I had a do over on this I'd write that four FTs were sent back to EMD for rebuild as a result of the Aurich wreck on 11/29/1949. There is enough circumstantial evidence to point at the rebuilding of SSW 921, 922, 924, 923 at EMD in the First Quarter of 1950. A Cotton Belt FT article is pending at SP Trainline that will explain it all.

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