|In the summer of 1998 a track car collectors' group visited the northeast. They stopped in Whitefield, NH for a few hours for lunch and to see the town before proceeding on to Vermont. Here are pictures of the front and back of every car and a few interesting closeups.|
|And an interesting comment from Dennis O'Mahoney you can read whilst waiting for the pictures to load|
I just found your photos of the visit of the railcar owner/preservation group on the Whitefield section of your website. They reminded me of the heyday of these machines in Ireland. A railroad runs through the farm where I was born and raised in the S. E. of Ireland. As a child in the 1950s, I was endlessly fascinated by the magnificent snaking monsters belching steam and smoke wheezing their way through the valley below our home. Another occasional apparition, not nearly as exciting, was the little railcar. My late father told me they were called 'pay-trains'. Apparently, they were mobile payroll offices that distributed the wages to the maintenance men scattered along the railroad (called 'railway' in this part of the world.) I sometimes worried what would happen if they ever met those great steaming behemoths that marked the twilight of the Steam Age in Ireland: would they be eaten up? Apparently they never were!
Another occasion for nostalgia, was something in the background of some of the photos. In the photos showing the rear of the railcars, I thought I recognised buildings I was associated with during my stay in Whitefield 29 years ago. Was that St. Matthew's Church, and to the left of it, the veranda of the pastor's rectory? I believe it is. I think I remember a road between the camera position and the incline leading into the background. It was the Jefferson Road I believe.
Thanks for keeping that letter of mine on the website for such a very long time. Well done on managing to maintain such a large website, while managing the day-job at the same time!
A happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Best regards, E-Mail: Denis P. O'Mahoney.