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Hey Everybody!

My name is Louis, many years ago I worked as coal sampler here in Baltimore. I worked at both terminals, south east Baltimore and Curtis Bay. My favorite was Curtis Bay because we did not have an automatic sampler, it all had to be done by hand. I loved climbing into the 100 ton hoppers and digging coal. Hey, I was young!

Born and raised and living all my life in the Northeast corridor has afforded me the opportunity to see all kinds trains and I never seen one I did not like!

Being a big fan of Lionel Trains that love for all kinds of trains can be expensive, but that is for the other forum.

I hope to meet everybody and learn from you all.

You will see I love to post pictures and i think this one is pretty good to start with.


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