For the Ferroequinologists
Max Sigler has worked months on the Texas. Image via Civil War Picket blog.
Over at Civil War Picket, Phil Gast has a neat post up on the restoration of Civil War locomotive Texas, that formed the trailing component of the “Great Locomotive Chase” in 1862. The challenge in this case is what colors to paint the restored locomotive — something similar to the bright, colorful (but unknown) livery she carried when new in 1856, and likely still in 1862, or the dull, black finish she had by the 1880s, when she was rebuilt to her present configuration? (Texas remained in service until 1907.) It’s an interesting question, without an easy or obvious answer. Check it out.
Speaking of the Great Locomotive Chase, have you read Russell Bonds’ Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor? What are you waiting for?