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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby PurduePilot » Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:31 am

I see.

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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby 3WE » Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:13 pm

PurduePilot wrote:He's taken it out to Copalis a few times but every time we've tried to go when I was in the plane it was high tide so we couldn't land, so I've yet to land on a beach. :(

http://www.flickr.com/photos/simpilot45 ... otostream/


Beach?

Salt!

Aluminum :shock: :(

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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby PurduePilot » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:48 pm

3WE wrote:
PurduePilot wrote:He's taken it out to Copalis a few times but every time we've tried to go when I was in the plane it was high tide so we couldn't land, so I've yet to land on a beach. :(

http://www.flickr.com/photos/simpilot45 ... otostream/


Beach?

Salt!

Aluminum :shock: :(

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Wash it off. :-P
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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby J » Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:57 pm

I was communicating with a forum regular about shipping locomotives overseas.
Here are some recent photos of some EMD SD9043 locomotives being sent to "northern Quebec" (perhaps the Quebec North Shore and Labrador railroad). As can be seen they are easily lifted by heavy duty cranes and placed on wooden skids in a flat hold. I suspect there is a lot of blocking and bracing installed before the ship leaves town.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=403878&nseq=4
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=403877&nseq=3

These 4,300 hp locomotives were derivatives of the very unsuccessful SD90 model with an EMD "H" engine and 6000 horsepower. Their 4-cycle engines were a departure for EMD who otherwise only builds 2-cycle engines. Manufactured in the mid-1990's some SD90's were retired after only a few years of service. Here is a photograph of one being cut up. http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=281002&nseq=39

The SD9043's were essentially SD90's with lower horsepower engines that could later be upgraded with the larger H engine. Because of the failure of the larger engine, I do not believe any upgrades were ever performed.

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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby J » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:29 pm

It has been a slow week on the Off Topic Thread so here are a couple of amusing videos:

1) Time Lapse Photo Showing Installation of Large New Truss Bridge in Chicago.
This was done a few days ago; the text shows that Mayor Ron Emanuel is responsible for this project as part of his Building a New Chicago Infrastructure Program. You've got to love politicians. (This project was in the works long before he became mayor.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByCin67MPuM&feature=youtu.be

2) New Hire on the London Midland and Scottish - 1939
Here a young lad begins his career as an engine cleaner wiping down locomotives (and being tricked into cleaning the inside of a smoke stack). Later he graduates to being a fireman as a colleague is promoted to driver.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SEicpqdumI&feature=youtu.be

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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby Peter_K » Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:24 pm

I like the second video J (haven't seen the first one yet).

On the slightly lighter note, somewhere in a deep, sparsely populated Russia you find an abounded narrow gauge rail trail. You wonder where it might be going, so you build your own light rail platform powered by a gasoline engine, take two of your craziest buddies, some fuel, some food and of course some vodka and... that's just the beginning of a great adventure.

From Russia with love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaPJWch0 ... re=related

PS. I love the soundtrack.

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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby Sir Gallivant » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:38 am

You say narrow gauge, at times I thought it to be variable gauge. And then suddenly the track varied more than the cart, Should have seen that one coming, but I was surprised none the less :shock:
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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby OldSowBreath » Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:35 pm

The roadbed goes on forever and the party never ends!

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Postby Peter_K » Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:50 pm

Railroad archeology. River Bug on most of its length marks Polands' eastern border. In '45 a bridge was blown off and as it often happens during the war, it was blown as the train was passing through it. Very hot and dry summer caused the levels of water to drop to its lowest level since...well... no one really knows.

As in a B class horror movie for the first time since 1945 the bridge and the train bound together for eternity emerged from bellow the water.

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Postby 3WE » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:56 pm

Peter_K wrote:Railroad archeology. River Bug on most of its length marks Polands' eastern border. In '45 a bridge was blown off and as it often happens during the war, it was blown as the train was passing through it. Very hot and dry summer caused the levels of water to drop to its lowest level since...well... no one really knows.

As in a B class horror movie for the first time since 1945 the bridge and the train bound together for eternity emerged from bellow the water.


Any way to get a higher resolution photo? They look interesting....small, but interesting.
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Postby Not_Karl » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:02 pm

3WE wrote:...small, but interesting.

That's what she said.
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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby Peter_K » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:49 pm

3WE wrote:
Any way to get a higher resolution photo? They look interesting....small, but interesting.


Sure. Follow the link and click to enlarge: http://podlasie24.pl/wiadomosci/biala-p ... bbfe.html#

And this one has more pictures and I think even better ones: http://prochowniaterespol.blogspot.com/ ... lu-cd.html

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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby J » Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:37 pm

Thanks. Interesting stuff.

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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby Peter_K » Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:16 pm

Since at least two people enjoy the subject of railway archeology, I will continue along the same line. Significantly north and slightly west of the above spot is another old line where hastily retreating Germans blew up some bridges to slow down the advancing Soviets. This line was never rebuild after the war, so after a short hike through some forest and bushes you feel as if moved backward in time, as if the bridges got blown hours or days ago.

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Another bridge on the same line:

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This one still in tact:
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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby 3WE » Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:14 pm

Peter_K wrote:Since at least two people enjoy the subject of railway archeology, I will continue along the same line.


Thanks...Neat stuff.

In this link, the bridge is not of archeological significance, but the paint job is.

http://bridgehunter.com/mo/st-louis/frisco/
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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby Not_Karl » Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:02 am

Peter_K wrote:Since at least two people enjoy the subject of railway archeology, I will continue along the same line.

Excellent, thanks!
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NEAR TOTAL TRAIN DISASTER!!!!

Postby 3WE » Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:17 am

Some random thoughts...

The joke about women and their bad ability to judge distances...

...or maybe all the rest of us and our ability to judge distances... I'm thinking that it would certainly scare the crap out of most folks, and adjust hair-do's, that train clearances are not quite that tight that hanging just your head out isn't still leaves some room to spare????


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmuI3ICNAuc

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/gi ... 41491.html
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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby Sir Gallivant » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:27 am

Well, what is the clearance typically between two railway carriages? Or the distance to various poles holding signals and wires? Could be interesting if another head was sticking out of a window on the opposing train.... Dang, can't get the sound of two coconuts colliding out of my head now.
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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby J » Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:57 pm

A common track center distance in the US is 13 feet. If you consider that a standard railway car is ten feet six inches wide you get about 7.5 feet - a little more than 2 meters between the cars. In orther words the young lady was not in too much danger. However freight trains are known to have occasionally experience shifted loads such as the following. Rather than coconuts, the resulting sound might have been more like the swish of a guillotine.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=109391&nseq=2

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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby 3WE » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:13 pm

Errrr....more like 2.5 feet... / well short of 1M

13 ft center to center.

Car on the left takes 5.25 feet of it. Car on th right takes 5.25 feet

13 -5.25 - 5.25 = 2.5

I suppose you could have meant 13 feet between the closet rails which would give you another ~5 feet.
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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby J » Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:37 pm

I flubbed it. 2.5 feet is about right. Coconuts it is.

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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby Sir Gallivant » Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:03 pm

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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby J » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:20 pm

Here is a video showing how a new EMD locomotive was placed inside the Las Vegas Conventon Center for a recent Mining Exposition. It is not every day you see a locomotive passing down Las Vegas Blvd.
http://www.progressrail.com/prs-vegas-video.html

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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby Thunder Down Under » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:06 am

Myth or Fact?

Have just read an article about a train disappearing in the old Wild West of the USA. in 1848.

The train was a large freight owned by The Kansas Pacific Company and it ran into a ferocious storm (ala New York etc.) and at its heart was a giant waterspout.

Over 16,000 feet of track were washed away when the eye of the storm passed over a particularly remote part of the railroad. Unfortunately, the train was somewhere on that stretch of track when it happened.

Despite numerous searches up to modern times no trace of it has been found.

Fact of Fiction?

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Re: Railroad Thread

Postby GlennAB1 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:35 pm

Never heard of that, so I'm going with "fiction."
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