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Time & Again

Time & Again

The Mystery of the Missing Engine: For years, The Great Northern Railway's Engine No. 1246 stood on proud display at Woodland Park Zoo, until it was sold in 1980 to the Great Western Railroad Museum in Klamath Falls, Ore. There were plans to restore the engine for use on a proposed 64-mile run retracing the historic Santa Fe line that brought millions of tourists to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. But little was heard about it after that, and it became another lost relic. Last month, a reader who had fond boyhood memories of the engine wondered what had become of it. Letters and calls from railroad enthusiasts poured in. Since leaving Seattle, the engine has largely languished in Klamath Falls. Lucile Kepner, one of the officers of the Great Western Railroad Museum, said plans for the Grand Canyon line fell through. Today, just to restore the engine cosmetically, the museum needs to raise $75,000 to $150,000. The only change the engine is likely to see in the near future is when it's relocated, along with the rest of the museum, to Northern California. "Our plans just have not coalesced," Kepner said. -- Summer in Seattle: On Saturday, starting around noon or so (you can never really be sure in a neighborhood with signs that advise you to leave your watch at the border), the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade gets under way. It starts at North 38th Street and Woodland Park Avenue North and winds its way to downtown Fremont. Unlike most parades, which are organized with military-like precision, Fremont's revels in chaos. Spectators never know what to expect or even whether they'll remain spectators, because every now and then, they get pulled into the parade. Best of all are the floats. This year organizers say there will be a 10-foot microscope chasing amoebas, a coral-reef float with a steel band, schools of fish, a giant octopus, a castle with a dragon, assorted trolls, a giant jack-in-the-box, Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead and a goddess float. "We create this forum and they come," said Barbara Luecke, one of the parade's organizers. "But we always add the caveat that everything's always subject to change." -- Judging Films by Their Titles: If the Seattle International Film Festival, which wraps up today, had a competition for most intriguingly titled movies, our nominees would be: "The Most Terrible Time of My Life," "War Stories Our Mothers Never Told Us," and "The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love." But the award would go to: "Headless Body in Topless Bar," which, we are not too surprised to learn, was an actual headline in the New York Post.

Time & Again is written and compiled by Scene reporter Ferdinand M. de Leon. To reach him with your contributions, Write (Time & Again c/o Scene, The Seattle Times, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111), call (464-8474), fax (464-2239) or use e-mail (

---------------- RULES ARE RULES: ----------------

Even in the free-for-all chaos of the Fremont Solstice Parade, where a group of naked bikers have been known to make unscheduled appearances, there are rules. Four, to be exact, said Bradley Ehrlich, the float/ensemble coordinator.

1. No written words.

2. No motorized vehicles

3. No guns.

4. No live animals.

The first three rules reflect the parade's philosophy of encouraging community and discouraging noise, advertising and commercialization, Ehrlich said.

"We don't allow animals because no one wants to step on poo while dancing on the streets," he said.

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