New York Central Shops At Harmon: Important to the Railroad

We just finished a new WebPage about the New York Central Railroad’s Shops at Harmon, New York

Take a look at it, even if you do not normally follow railroad history.

Great picture of New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey dedicating the new “NIAGARA” locomotive and four young ladies actually pulling a new “Niagara”.



Harmon Shops was responsible for preparing the “20th Century Limited” for it’s nightly trip. Had heard that it was the responsibility of the “Master Mechanic at Harmon” to ensure that Train 25 (the 20th Century Limited) reach Chicago without a hitch. Found an interesting post to a NY Central forum from Gordon Davids who knows this stuff:

“In the 1950’s time frame, there was no Master Mechanic at Harmon. The Master Mechanic was a division-level official, with his headquarters in the Grand Central Terminal office building until 1961, then in the division offices in 466 Lexington Ave. The road power for No. 25 (and all other “division steam jobs”) was maintained, serviced and placed on the train at Harmon. The Harmon engine house foremen and car inspectors were under the general supervision of the Master Mechanic of the Electric Division at New York (until 1956, then the Hudson Division). He would have had to answer to the Division Superintendent and System officers for any power failures en route. The same would apply to 25’s car equipment, which was serviced at Mott Haven and inspected at GCT under his jurisdiction. I believe that the Harmon Diesel and Electric Shop was a System shop, under the jurisdiction of a Shop Superintendent who reported directly to the System Mechanical Dept., but the actual servicing and inspection of the power for service was a Division function.”

Still looking for our picture of Governor Dewey boarding a train in Albany when he was the Presidential Candidate Accompanied by ONLY a New York State Trooper.


It took the assination of Bobby Kennedy until Presidential Candidates got Secret Service protection.

August 1944 (2)

Pacific Paratrooper

Left: RM1c George Ray Tweed Right: Sergeant Soichi Yokoi (Left) RM1c George Ray Tweed, (Right) Sergeant Soichi Yokoi

10 → 16 August – on Guam, when the resistance finally collapsed, only isolated pockets of Japanese soldiers would remain.  It was estimated that approximately 7,500 were at large.  Mopping up would go into 1945 to flush the enemy out.  The last enemy soldier finally surrendered 24 January 1972, Sgt. Soichi Yokoi.

A Japanese female nurse named, Shizuko was the sole survivor of the “Valley of Death.”  Wounded from her attempt at suicide, she was being taken care of by a US officer who told her not to move, he said, “We believe in humanity even in war.”  She didn’t believe him.  She said, “Everybody knows the Americans are devils, they tear prisoners apart with tanks.”  She added that she feared Americans, “…especially the black ones.”  The officer started laughing and told the nurse, “It was the Negroes that saved you!”

On Noemfoor Island, pointing to the enemy withdrawal. On…

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Every Media Outlet Except Fox Should Be Included In the Indictments !

Women: Each One A Survivor


I’ve been checking each night on how the early voting predictions are weighing in for electoral vote predictions.

Not tonight.

Tonight the news is taking an entirely new direction.  It should no longer be a question of who will win the election.

Now, it is watching the steps of how our Department of Justice and the current Resident of the Oval Office will handle the truths coming out on the gross mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton.  And the shocking details of the Pay to Play Hillary standard!

I have been scanning all of the news outlets and all of them except Fox are focusing on Melania’s comments regarding bullying of students and comically ‘attempting’ to stifle laughs.  They are praising Obama’s high approval rating and his campaign trail to support his cohort.

People, this election is becoming a farce for a far more drastic reason than the childish volleying of…

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Are you Original?

Kind & Bold

– less than 3 min

In my last week post ‘Imagination’, I mentioned about creativity with the following “Creativity lies within the imagination. When you pay attention to your imagination, your creativity sparks.”  And, in the post ‘The nerd’s guide to evolve’, I have mentioned that if you want to be a leader, you need to think like a leader and I wrote about joining communities. Now that we are talking about creativity, a question arises how does creative people think? How can they come up with so many ideas just out of spark?

Creativity has a close connection to the question ‘Are you original?’ and I ask this question after  listening to a thought provoking speech by Organizational Psychologists, Adam Grant. He calls the thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world as ‘Originals’.

So, Are you original?…..


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