The "Flying Scotsman" toured the US in 1970. I drove to Mexico, MO to meet up with the train. I then chased it into St. Louis and toured the train in St. Louis Union Station.
|To operate on US railways, the L&NE 4472 had to have a headlight, bell, and whistle added as seen here.|
|Exhibition Car 1|
|This is a typical Pullman sleeper.|
|The rear car was an Observation.|
|One of the crew members is polishing the excentric rod.|
While I was taking this picture, I noticed that I was standing next to Jim Boyd and pointed out to him that the 3 F3s were all different versions.
After leaving Mexico the Flying Scotsman met a freight in a siding at Montgomery City, MO.
|The Flying Scotsman was next photographed at a location that I had caught the Golden Spike Centennial Limited a year before.|
|Near High Hill, MO, the firebox of the steamer triggered a hot-box detector, but unlike what happened a year earlier, the train only slowed to check for problems.|
|Our train is next seen crossing over I-70.|
|Next came a little pacing at speed.|
|It is next seen from "Chase 1" crossing over I-70 again.|
|"Chase 2" was driven by fellow Rolla student, John Beirne. His future wife, Ann, caught "Chase 1" in the maroon Camero about to pass under the train.|
|I next caught it at this highway overpass near Wentzville.|
|My last shot was near the Lambert Field in Bridgeton, MO as it was starting to get dark.|
|However, the chase did not end as I continued to Union Station where I watched this high drivered engine struggle with its train as it tried to back into the station. The engine exploded in sparks each time it passed through a double slip switch.|
|The Rolla student chasers visited the train on display in St. Louis Union Station, had a glass of ale in the observation car, and had their picture taken by the future Mrs. Ann Beirne beside the main driver of the locomotive. L to r: Tony Marchiando, driver Chase 3; Mike Condren, driver Chase 1; and John Beirne, driver of Chase 2. At the time of the chase John and Tony were living in a second floor apartment in a building next door to the building that Mike's second floor apartment was in. Need I say lots of slide shows in my apartment where the projector was a permanent fixture in the living room outside the slide closet.|
|A week later I drove to Decatur, IL but did not get any action shots and the station was so crowded that I got only the shot of the bell donated by the Southern Railroad. Part of the reason for the crowd was the advertizing by local businesses.|
|The message posted by Sandy worked. Look at John Beirne's photo of the crowd at the station.|
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