Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Paisley Underground - Closer to Then Than to Now

In the early 80s there was an underground rock movement termed the Paisley Undergound.  It was a post punk phenomenon centered in L.A. and also Davis and Sacramento, California. It was a hybrid of psychedelic folk rock and early jangle pop like the Byrds and Love.  Therefore, it was only looking back less than two decades, and here we are over 30 years later, and boy this stuff still seems great to me. 

TWJ Preview - MRL in the Streetcar Business

Running freights like streetcars anyway.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

MRL 109 Works Superior Propane in Helena

Ex NP GP9 MRL 109 has been the Helena Switcher since I moved here five years ago. Even though it has been paired with SD40 262 for a while now, the job is always referred to as MRL 109 on the radio, as in "That'l do 109."

The Helena Switch brings empties out of Superior Propane. The train is on the former Great Northern Butte Line (see map at the bottom of this post.)  I believe that the facility it is passing through used to be a wood chipping operation, but is inactive.

Locking the derail back down.

Off onto a connecting track.

Back on the Main at Carter St. One more move to make to get back into the yard after the grainer clears the crossovers.

If you follow the old GN line to the east, you will see where it ends, but the old right of way is clearly visible just to the south of the MRL mainline.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Ticktock Man Catches Up With Harlan Ellison

The cover of a Harlan Ellison bibliography done in the Seventies.

New York Times Obituary:

Harlan Ellison's "Repent Harlequin" Said the Ticktockman is the best parody and critique of  industrialized society that I have ever read. If you have never read it, you can cheat by watching the YouTube video below:

You may have seen Harlan's post apocalyptic  A Boy and His Dog, which managed to be both hilarious and very disturbing:

Harlan also wrote the teleplay for one of the best Star Trek episodes:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018