ENGINE 119. "Elizabeth" Built for Houston & Texas Central Railroad in April 1892 by the Cooke Locomotive & Machine Company, Patterson, New Jersey. When Doc Holliday left Georgia, he arrived in Dallas, Texas in September, 1873 aboard the Houston & Texas Central Railroad.

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Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 9, 2008

Hello MaryAlice, knowing my love for steam locos, you would not be surprised to find me here, now would you!!

Wiki has a little interesting info on this builder of Steam Engines. According to their records, there are only two locos remaining in Georgia, one at Grant Park, and the other at Riverdale. I was also surprised to learn that the Cooke Locomotive and Machine Works supplied two of their most powerful engines to the Port Talbot Railway Company, here in the UK, in the late 1800s. There was much mining of heavy minerals, and Slate in that region, which is well known for its mountainous terrain :>)

Ah well, that's food for further thought no doubt,

Any visitor to my gallery will see much evidence of the enthusiastic efforts of many historical railway supporters who toil endlessly to keep these wonderful machines on the tracks!!

Best wishes MA


MaryAlice on December 9, 2008

Good evening, and SO nice to see you here, JIM!

What fascinating information you have with you as well! Wow! I have been to Grant Park when I was younger. It is in Atlanta, but I don't remember seeing a Loco there. I probably missed it, as I was just a little girl and had no interest in this sort of thing then.

Riverdale is right around the corner from me. I wonder where there is an old Loco there? How very interesting indeed. I may have to look into that further.

Wiki is a wealth of information, isn't it?

Thank you for looking into that for me.

Fascinating about the Cooke Locomotive & Machine Works as well. It's a small world sometimes, isn't it? =)

Well, I'm glad you came over and took a peek at "Elizabeth!"

It's always a pleasure hearing from you, and I wish you a great evening.

Best regards,

Mary Alice

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 9, 2008

Oh really MaryAlice, I derive much pleasure from the information that you so thoughtfully provided in the title. I enjoy doing a little research MA, it takes no time and adds much to the interest that others visiting here will no doubt glean. I can find so much more to say on a subject that is within my knowledge and scope. This is within my comfort zone so to speak.

Goodnight my young Georgian friend, I'll no doubt catch up with you and your railway adventures before too long. Its way past my bedtime!!


MaryAlice on December 9, 2008


I derive great pleasure from your interest, and thank you again for sharing your added knowledge to this shot.

Sleep peacefully, my friend! It's past my bedtime as well, and my eyes are quite heavy. That alarm comes so early in the morning. Oh, I do dread it so!

I will look forward to catching up with you more soon.

Until then, Sweet dreams,

Mary Alice

© LDG on December 10, 2008

Mary Alice, do you like very much the trains?? It is fantastic, I also like, and with your photos, I can see beauties machines!! Congratulations for this photo, it is very good :) Greetings, Luis Duro.

Jean Gregory Evans on December 10, 2008

Wow, Mary Alice. Nice engine... and history!


MaryAlice on December 11, 2008

Greetings, Luis!

How very nice to see you here this evening. It is always a treat to hear from you.

Yes, I do love trains, old and new. They are fantastic and worth of much respect.

Thank you so much for your always kind words.

I hope that you are doing well, and that you have a fantastic weekend!

Warmest regards,

Mary Alice

MaryAlice on December 11, 2008

Good evening, Jean!

Now, I'm a bit confused. Is Jean Evans that same person as JeangregoryEvans, or are you two completely different people?

Well, regardless, I thank you very kindly for your visit & praise!

I'm very happy that you enjoyed the shot and the added history.

Best wishes,

Mary Alice

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 12, 2008

Here's something even more confusing MaryAlice Hope you are well----jimevans

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on December 12, 2008

Nice shot Jim! I will call you Amante dei treni! ;-) Sorry but it sound very well in Italian! ;-) I see that you know few languages and hope you will understand also this one! ;-)

BTW, did you check the two years up? I think something is wrong.

And BTW, about the questions, I wished to ask you. What does Axota means?

Best regards, Mimi

mimipet's greeting

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 12, 2008

Greetings MA, Here I am!! back on track ;>)

Yes, that is very true Mimi, I really do love trains. It is that boyish part of me that never grew up ;>)


Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on December 12, 2008

But I think it is missing in your gallery a photo of Thomas & Friends Jim! ;-) You have to do it boy!

Smiles, Mimi

mimipet's greeting

MaryAlice on December 12, 2008


I am REALLY confused now!

Are you an EVANS too? Are you also in the same family with the two Jeans? ( or is there only one Jean? She never answered me.)

Are you married to Jean? =)

And what is all this with Mimi? Are you going to tell her what AXOTA means?

Please do fill me in on the whole EVANS thing. =)

Best regards,

Mary Alice

Jean Gregory Evans on December 12, 2008

Confused MaryAlice,

I'm sorry I didn't get around to answering your question until now.

Yes, I am Jean, the same one with two galleries. The first gallery (jgevans) is where I put up a photo a day or just about. The other gallery (jeangregoryevans) was for my husband who didn't want it, so I used it for those old photos that are hidden in files that nobody ever sees. In addition, I have gone wild and uploaded lots of photos in one day! It is a hodge-podge.

Jim isn't my husband, Jim is an Evans and he may be distantly related to my husband since they share that last name. We call each other cousin. He seems like a heck of a nice guy.

Mary Alice, do you know what AXOTA means? I'd like to know too!

I am not sure

Good Evening,


PS - My husband, Ronnie, is a solo guitarist who plays fine dining restaurants, many of them in north Georgia! Kingwood Country Club, Waterfall at Lake Rabun.

MaryAlice on December 12, 2008



Thank you very much for the most thorough explanation. I feel so much better just knowing what's going on here. You have helped settle my confused mind greatly.

For some reason, I want to say that I have read on Jim's site before what AXOTA stood for, but now I have forgotten. We're going to have to get him to explain it for us all again.

It probably has something to do with eating raw ducks, knowing Jim! ( kidding, Jim!) ;)

That's so interesting that your husband plays guitar in fine restaurants. Classical guitar? I bet it is beautiful. You don't live in Georgia, do you? I was not aware that you were so close to me. How wonderful.

Well, I thank you again for clearing up my confusion.

I hope your weekend is off to a great start! It's a bit chilly, huh?

Best regards to you,

Mary Alice

Matildes-morfar on December 12, 2008

It is pure nostalgia. Nice picture.

Merry Christmas from Denmark

Jewels on December 13, 2008

What a great find, Mary Alice. She is definitely a beauty and full of wonderful stories, too. We always enjoy your photos and bits of history that go with them. Thanks so much for sharing.

Hope your holidays are full of happiness and wonder!!

Warm regards, Julie

Lecleire Jacques on December 13, 2008

Hey MaryAlice What can i say more... It's a beauty and you put it great in the picture. Pity that she must stay in the field,but she is still very nice. Thank you for sharing that lovely "Elisabeth" So old and still good looking...

I wish you and your love once a merry Christmas. Jacques

doben on December 13, 2008

Wow! This is an old machine, really nice shot!

My contest photos

regards from Hungary, doben

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 13, 2008

Dear MaryAlice, forgive my little joke, It wasn't meant to be mean, and I know that you don't think this of me, but please forgive my foolishness anyway. I should know better ;>)

It was Jean who really discovered my true identity following a visit to my daughters page just HERE

Since discovering this, we communicate quite frequently and shared a little joke or two about our sirname and like so many of our shared contacts, we have a great deal in common, which is very nice!!!

When I first started posting stuff on here, my handle was evansy, a bad choice I thought. So a new nicknme was chosen, Why I chose AXOTA I shall never know. It was simply a random thought that entered my head. Now I see that there are many references to Axota on the www. Which came first, I have no idea!! ;>)

Thankyou Jean and MaryAlice for your lovely comments, it is indeed a pleasure to chat to you both!!

Kind regards-------Jim

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