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by Bruce Brown
Mon December 24, 2012, 5:48 pm
Forum: Railroad items
Topic: Train Pictures
Replies: 15
Views: 9094

MERRY CHRISTMAS BRUCE, AND EVERYONE!!! Thank you Greg and I wish you and yours and everyone a very "Merry Christmas' and may all get what they had on Santa's list. But above all, let's remember and celebrate Chritmas for it's true meaning. CHRISTmas. Our Lord and Saviour's birthday. May God tr...
by Bruce Brown
Sun December 23, 2012, 5:37 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Dink
Replies: 22
Views: 10420

I remember both the Hamlet "Dinks." One was "Dink " the painter. Never knew his real name but he would be in his late 80's now if he's still alive. The second "Dink" was Ronnie Singletery and he was redheaded. He graduated in the HHS class of 64, but don't know what his...
by Bruce Brown
Sun December 23, 2012, 5:13 pm
Forum: Railroad items
Topic: Train Pictures
Replies: 15
Views: 9094

Re: WRECK

BRUCE,WHO THREW THE SWITCH, DAVEY CROCKETT? That's right Greg. It was Davey Crockett(trainmaster) on authority of the dispatcher. After this incident the FRA added a new rule to the rule books of all Class A railroads in America. A rule that has undoubtly prevented other accidents of a similar natu...
by Bruce Brown
Sat December 22, 2012, 1:32 pm
Forum: Railroad items
Topic: Train Pictures
Replies: 15
Views: 9094

Bad, Bad, wreck happen !!!!!
by Bruce Brown
Wed December 19, 2012, 8:16 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Another celebrity railroad traveler
Replies: 18
Views: 8760

Another coincidence Jody.
by Bruce Brown
Mon December 17, 2012, 10:25 pm
Forum: Railroad items
Topic: Train Pictures
Replies: 15
Views: 9094

I've often been asked what a fireman did that was useful on diesel loco's since there was no coal to shovel. When I hired out as a fireman, the old diesel junkers were worn out and there was constant electrical problems like having to go back and reset ground relays, block in electrical relays, pump...
by Bruce Brown
Mon December 17, 2012, 9:09 pm
Forum: Railroad items
Topic: Train Pictures
Replies: 15
Views: 9094

Jody, the crew change points were sort of screwed up for the Seaboard crews out of Hamlet. The Hamlet engineers and firemen worked a round trip between Hamlet and Raleigh and back to Columbia and back to Hamlet. And on other passenger trains it was just the opposite. The Silver Comet engine crew ran...
by Bruce Brown
Mon December 17, 2012, 2:20 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Rev. Dick Brothers:
Replies: 5
Views: 2757

Good stuff Bruce!! I'm a little shorter in the tooth than most of you Rail Road guys though so I'm going to school now. Keep it rolling. I used to grease the wheels at the hump yard while my Dad ate his supper. Had that little dropped down hut to sit in to put you in the right level to squirt greas...
by Bruce Brown
Mon December 17, 2012, 1:38 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Another British connection to the Seaboard
Replies: 7
Views: 3702

Re: Yemassee

The train that stopped in Yemassee dropped off a bunch of young fellows headed to Parris Island... Wayne , the train carrying the Army recruits from NYC and the big northern cities to Ft. Jackson. came thru Hamlet. It was train #9, the southbound "Palmland." I worked this job for 3 months...
by Bruce Brown
Mon December 17, 2012, 1:26 pm
Forum: Railroad items
Topic: Train Pictures
Replies: 15
Views: 9094

Thanks for enlightning me on these coincidences Jody. It seems that 1968 was a good year for you as well as myself. I got married in 1968 and also marked it as my fourth anniversary of being released from the HHS learning and correctional facility. LOL !!! I haven't had the chance to read your book....
by Bruce Brown
Mon December 17, 2012, 12:50 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Rev. Dick Brothers:
Replies: 5
Views: 2757

Rev. Dick Brothers:

Many years ago, Rev. Dick Brothers worked as a steam engine engineer out of Hamlet. He was somewhat of a legend in his own time as he played "Oh Happy Day(s)" on his steam whistle as he was coming into Hamlet. Rev. Brothers was a 'lay preacher' and preached at churches around Richmond as w...
by Bruce Brown
Fri December 14, 2012, 12:39 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Another celebrity railroad traveler
Replies: 18
Views: 8760

Trying to figure out the Duke and Duchess real relationship besides their family trees is a real challenge. I even tried googling it and couldn't make heads or tails out of their marriage as far as the family trees went. The Duchess was definitely the dominating factor as far as the royalty factor g...
by Bruce Brown
Thu December 13, 2012, 7:29 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Another celebrity railroad traveler
Replies: 18
Views: 8760

I remember the little community of Warfield, VA. We had a siding there and it was listed in the employees timetables as Warfield.
by Bruce Brown
Wed December 12, 2012, 11:34 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Another celebrity railroad traveler
Replies: 18
Views: 8760

Jody, I remember hearing some of the old guys talk about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor but that was a little ahead of my time. They said, and I read somewhere, that they were very frequent travelers on the Orange Blossom and Meteor due to the excellence of service on these two trains, but were ver...
by Bruce Brown
Wed December 12, 2012, 9:12 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Who's Phone Number Was This?
Replies: 4
Views: 2640

Malcolm McLellan wrote:Crew clerk SCL Hamlet yard


You're right Malcolm. Before cell phones came on the scene we were tied to "Ma Bell's" umbilical cord. You came close Jim but not quite the answer I was looking for. I'll go to my grave remembering that crew clerk's number.
by Bruce Brown
Wed December 12, 2012, 9:05 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Who Was This TV Celebrity Who Made Many Trips Thru Hamlet?
Replies: 2
Views: 2208

From the hints I would guess: 1) The TV series was named "Have Gun Will Travel" 2) The star's "movie (character) name was "Paladin" 3) And the star's real name was Richard Boone. If I'm correct, I had no idea that he used to travel through Hamlet. You're correct on all thre...
by Bruce Brown
Wed December 12, 2012, 10:18 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Who Was This TV Celebrity Who Made Many Trips Thru Hamlet?
Replies: 2
Views: 2208

Who Was This TV Celebrity Who Made Many Trips Thru Hamlet?

Years ago when SAL was running their "Silver Fleet" passenger service, there was a famous movie character who had a long running TV series, played the part of a hired gun, and rode the Silver Meteor from Miami to NYC thru Hamlet. This is a three part question. He loved to travel and take c...
by Bruce Brown
Wed December 12, 2012, 7:27 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Who's Phone Number Was This?
Replies: 4
Views: 2640

Who's Phone Number Was This?

:?: :?: :?: Years ago, this phone number was the most called one in Hamlet, by a long shot. It rang almost constantly day and nite. The number was 582-1215. This one was quickly memorized by many as soon as they got it. Whose office number was it? Don't try it now though. There's no telling who you'...
by Bruce Brown
Sat December 1, 2012, 9:47 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: What Was His Name?
Replies: 7
Views: 3874

Junior is still around but doesn't get out. The man's name, which was intended to be the one in the trivia question, is not Junior Peele. To clear things up and give the correct answer I'm posting the following info: His name was Irving Gauthier. His address was 3 Main St. beside Reese's Bycycle Sh...
by Bruce Brown
Fri November 30, 2012, 9:03 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: What Was His Name?
Replies: 7
Views: 3874

The man's name in the trivia question was not Junior Peele. It is not nor never will be my intention to publically disgrace anyone. I've known Junior for many years and he is a man of fine character, as was also the man whose name I was seeking in the trivia question. My comment on Junior had nothin...
by Bruce Brown
Fri November 30, 2012, 6:49 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: What Was His Name?
Replies: 7
Views: 3874

What Was His Name?

I have deleted this trivia Question due to the fact that I don't feel anyone will be able to answer it and also I had one of my comments to sigmore deleted by the moderator. This site is rapidly going into the hole because out of 704 registered members, only a small handful ever bothers to contribut...
by Bruce Brown
Tue November 13, 2012, 3:35 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Town of Hamlet Trivia:
Replies: 5
Views: 2958

And congratulations to you Lynn. "Photographed" is correct. And by the way, I liked the other color much better than the one they're painting it now. The other one was beautiful but the new one just doesn't appeal to me. Why fix something that ain't broke? Then on the other hand I'm sure t...
by Bruce Brown
Tue November 13, 2012, 3:08 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Town of Hamlet Trivia:
Replies: 5
Views: 2958

Congratulations Malcolm. You are correct on 2 of your 2 answers. But you didn't answer the one concerning the depot.

And t12, your answer "HUB" is wrong. Think real hard and try again.
by Bruce Brown
Tue November 13, 2012, 9:09 am
Forum: Looking for Information
Topic: Just Curious:
Replies: 13
Views: 6301

Just Curious:

Months before the Seaboard Fest, there were two individuals of this site who were slinging some vicious threats about what they were going to do to each other at this year's Festival. I won't call any names due to the fact that all their next of kin may not have been notified. I wasn't there and hav...
by Bruce Brown
Tue November 13, 2012, 1:24 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Town of Hamlet Trivia:
Replies: 5
Views: 2958

Town of Hamlet Trivia:

This is a three part, three answer Trivia on the Town of Hamlet: (!) The Hamlet Passenger Station has the distinction of being the most "what" in the Eastern U.S.? (2) What was the small "hamlet's" name before it was founded and changed to Hamlet in the late 1800's? (3) To commer...
by Bruce Brown
Mon November 12, 2012, 8:25 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Who was he?
Replies: 10
Views: 5251

Congratulations Bruce, Lynn, and Jody. You are correct. Bruce Hardin. We lost a truly good man when he passed.
by Bruce Brown
Sun November 11, 2012, 11:14 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Who was he?
Replies: 10
Views: 5251

Who was he?

This man was probably more knowledgeable in Hamlet numbers than anyone else. He was a super nice guy and had a smile for everyone. This should immediately bring to mind who I'm talking about and he wasn't an accountant. Most words have other words that completely contradict the first wood and is so ...
by Bruce Brown
Fri November 2, 2012, 7:46 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Old Hamlet Building:
Replies: 20
Views: 11467

I don't know what the guy's real name was but I remember that he was elderly and was called "Louie The Greek." He had a room across the street at the old Terminal Hotel. I ate there many times and he probably sold more cigarettes than anyone in NC. All the passenger train crews would bail ...
by Bruce Brown
Fri November 2, 2012, 4:10 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Old Hamlet Building:
Replies: 20
Views: 11467

Correct. "HAPPY HOOLIGAN'S SALOON." I didn't know this but was at the library last week and was browsing thru the old newspaper archives on microfilm and there was a front page write up on it with a picture of the Purity Cafe. (Jan. - May, 1967). And congratulations Malcolm on having the f...
by Bruce Brown
Fri November 2, 2012, 2:20 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Old Hamlet Building:
Replies: 20
Views: 11467

Another hint. It was a well known watering hole, and if you guess what the two "H" letters stand for, then you're sure to be able to guess what the "S" stands for. I'm pretty sure that a picture, by Frank Marchant, has been posted on this site before, along with the name.
by Bruce Brown
Fri November 2, 2012, 2:18 am
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Old Hamlet Building:
Replies: 20
Views: 11467

Did it have anything to do with E. A. Lackey? ________________ Lynn Steen HHS Class of '60 Lynn, I don't think this building had anything to do with E.A. Lackey. This establishment was one of the first to be built in Hamlet, and like I said, I doubt there's anyone still alive who was around when it...
by Bruce Brown
Thu November 1, 2012, 9:02 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Old Hamlet Building:
Replies: 20
Views: 11467

You're right on the Purity Cafe but what stood there before the Purity was built.
by Bruce Brown
Thu November 1, 2012, 8:36 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Old Hamlet Building:
Replies: 20
Views: 11467

Old Hamlet Building:

This is an old, old Hamlet Trivia question. I doubt there are any Hamlet residents still alive who can remember it in their lifetimes. Years before the Hamlet Passenger Station was moved to it's new location, there was a cafe that stood just to the south side of the depot. What was the name of this ...
by Bruce Brown
Tue October 23, 2012, 3:15 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Chewing tobacco for Allan Gaddy
Replies: 8
Views: 4212

Jim, you're possibly right on the Beech Nut, and I'm possibly wrong on the Red Man. That red, white, and blue foil package was the first thing that hit my memory. I'm saying you're probably right .
by Bruce Brown
Tue October 23, 2012, 2:35 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: Chewing tobacco for Allan Gaddy
Replies: 8
Views: 4212

If my memory is correct, it was RedMan.
by Bruce Brown
Tue October 23, 2012, 2:32 pm
Forum: Hamlet Trivia
Topic: relationship between David Lee Smith & Kent Hicks
Replies: 7
Views: 4468

I think David and Kent were brothers-in-law.
by Bruce Brown
Mon October 15, 2012, 10:18 am
Forum: Looking for Information
Topic: Can you help identify?
Replies: 11
Views: 7382

The guy in the first frame (middle of pic), with the blonde, looks very similar to Robert Gibson who was proprietor of Gibson's Funeral Home which is now Harringtons.
by Bruce Brown
Wed August 8, 2012, 7:49 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Hamlet Golf Club 1929
Replies: 2
Views: 2132

Didn't know Hamlet ever had a golf club. Is this the one that later became Richmnd County Country Club and then Richmond Pines?
by Bruce Brown
Sat December 31, 2011, 4:25 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Boyd's Lake
Replies: 18
Views: 13998

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by Bruce Brown
Sat November 26, 2011, 2:05 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Train to Monroe October 1967
Replies: 6
Views: 4713

If old Bishop had stayed home and let Mike Caskey call the plays, the score might have been different. Caskey was a good coach but Bishop was just "a wanna be."
by Bruce Brown
Tue November 15, 2011, 4:26 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Red & White 1963
Replies: 16
Views: 8565

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by Bruce Brown
Thu November 3, 2011, 2:45 pm
Forum: Old Hamlet Stuff
Topic: Sports March 1959
Replies: 2
Views: 2261

Carson Oldham was a super nice coach and teacher. I think he was originally from Sanford. Besides coaching, he also taught Algebra. J.L. (John Lacey) Lassiter was a heck of a baseball player. I'll always remember these two guys.

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