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September 2, 2012
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Steam railroad buff takes controls

A man from Mountain View, Calif., earned his railroad engineer stripes Saturday, operating a steam locomotive as a special treat from his wife.Alternating grins with serious attention to detail, Ray Tolles sat like an old hand in the engineer’s seat and blew the locomotive’s whistle before heading down the tracks at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.“It was a birthday gift from my wife,” said Tolles not long before he headed down the tracks. Bonnie Tolles snapped pictures and looked on at the depot during her husband’s preparations.“This is his 70th birthday present,” she said. “He’s been very excited.”The gift, part …

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