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In answer to Steve's Locomotive Clock question on his Seth Thomas Illinois Central locomotive clock, here is some photos of one's I have collected. My nickel plated Seth Thomas has two winding arbors.

 
Posts: 3352 | Location: Okotoks Alberta Canada | Registered: November 22, 2002
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Seth Thomas nickel plated locomotive clock case back

 
Posts: 3352 | Location: Okotoks Alberta Canada | Registered: November 22, 2002
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In this photo we see a nickel plated locomotive clock mounted above the air pressure gauge, the text refers to the crew, the locomotive engineer Brother B. Casey, his fireman F.D. Beard, and Master Mechanic Younger. This Locomotive was assigned to Brother Casey in the days before the railroads stopped this practice completely. You can see other personalized touches such as the nickel plated lanterns for illumination, and the heart-shaped mirror above the locomotive lubricator's. Other items of a personal nature were often seen on a locomotives exterior including antlers in the front by the headlight, and other such trophies. In the early days of railroading locomotives were assigned to engine crews, locomotive engineer and fireman, and cabooses to ground crews, conductors and brakemen. The railroads found that it was more economical to pool locomotives, that is to say any available locomotive could be dispatched with whatever engine crew was available. The practice of pooled cabooses did not take place on my railway the Canadian Pacific until the late 1960s. This photo was submitted to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Journal in the early 1900s.

 
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A Brass Seth Thomas locomotive clock from the Montana Railroad (The Jawbone)

 
Posts: 3352 | Location: Okotoks Alberta Canada | Registered: November 22, 2002
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Montana Railroad appeared first in Lewistown, Montana on December 15, 1897. Richard A. Harlow organized the Montana Railroad on May 26, 1895 to run from Lombard on the Missouri River where it connected with the Northern Pacific running approximately 56 miles to Leadboro (Leadborough) in the Castle Mountains which was in the midst of a silver boom, the Depression of 1893 brought to an end of profitable mining. So in the early years the Montana Railroad rarely if ever made a profit, so when Mr. Harlow decided in 1899 to extend his rails into the Musselshell Valley and eventually to Lewistown he had to use much persuasion or "jawboning" to achieve financing. Hence the moniker "The Jawbone" came to be associated with the Montana Railroad. Tracks Reached Marino in June of 1900. A new town was formed here and rail yards were constructed which were renaming Harlow after the Montana Railroads builder, the name was changed to Harlowton. The Montana Railroad operated over 157 miles of tracks which was incorporated into the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railway in 1908.

 
Posts: 3352 | Location: Okotoks Alberta Canada | Registered: November 22, 2002
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Another customized locomotive cab, with locomotive clock showing behind oil lantern, note frame for holding train orders mounted below steam pressure gauge. The fireman is doing a good job today and has his fire perfect, as the needle on the steam gauge is right on the "pin" a term used by steam crews to indicate the boiler pressure is just right, any lower to the left and you can run out of pressure, and any higher to the right will cause the pressure relief valve to "pop" which is a no-no.

 
Posts: 3352 | Location: Okotoks Alberta Canada | Registered: November 22, 2002
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Stay tuned for a further post on John J. McGrane's Locomotive Clock which I have been researching for over 26 years.
 
Posts: 3352 | Location: Okotoks Alberta Canada | Registered: November 22, 2002
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Larry
Every now & then I run across this post & wonder did you ever post anything on the John J. McGrane Locomotive Clock?

You know me, always want to know more about a name.

Tom
 
Posts: 5110 | Location: New Mexico in the USA | Registered: January 27, 2007
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Hello Tom:

It still a project on the back burner, Sheila Gilbert has helped me considerably with my research and soon as I finish compiling it, I will post it along with some pictures of the
locomotive clock.

Larry
 
Posts: 3352 | Location: Okotoks Alberta Canada | Registered: November 22, 2002
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Hi, before I post photos etc. I hope this particular page and contributors are still active,especially regarding the Mcgrane locomotive clock.
Regards,
Bruce
 
Posts: 9 | Location: California in the USA | Registered: February 02, 2020
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Hello clock collectors:

I see that there a posting looking for some information on the McGrain's Locomotive Clock, I Have One and I Will Try To Post some information on the history of these bonds. I am in the South Health Campus Hospital Calgary, Alberta. I Had My Surgery on January 29, Talking about being in the right place at the right time, a day after my surgery I came down with double pnuemonia, it was a close call, but I am a fighter. I have my notebook computer and all the information I need, I will have to resize some of information and will be posting in during the week, my release date is n back March 10

Larry Buchan
 
Posts: 3352 | Location: Okotoks Alberta Canada | Registered: November 22, 2002
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Larry, wishing you a good recovery. Doing the clock research will greatly assist with that, I am sure. Looking forward to reading.
 
Posts: 191 | Location: East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | Registered: December 31, 2005
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Larry,

Lindell and I wish you a speedy recovery!

Smile
 
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