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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #30 on: November 21, 2020, 07:33:38 AM »
I stumbled on these last night.  Michael Palin's Confessions of a Train Spotter 1980

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYi1qLUAJJI

And:  Michael Palin's Great Railway Journeys - Derry To Kerry 1993

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_PzUzaf5uc

Warning, anyone familiar with modern Irish history will know that the word Derry and the date 1993 written together may lead to a spot of bother.  However, there are also steam trains and choppers.

I like Palin's travel shows.  He talks to the locals.

edit:  do yourself a favor and watch that second vid around the 4:40 mark for the goat story.
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #31 on: November 21, 2020, 11:51:16 AM »
Where is the home office for BNSF, I'm asking because they have a facility just down the road from me in New Westminster British Columbia, their trains seem to use CN tracks.
Kind of a neat name Burlington Northern Sante Fe
I found this map
http://www.acwr.com/economic-development/rail-maps/bnsf

It used to be St. Paul MN, but may have changed.  The tracks a few blocks from my house head north through White Rock and up to Vancouver were built by the Great Northern (I think also the Kettle Valley branch).  American company started by a Canadian: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_J._Hill


edit: great goat story John!


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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #32 on: November 21, 2020, 05:13:53 PM »
Their HQ is in Ft. Worth but the parent company, Berkshire Hathaway is headquarted in Omaha...home of Union Pacific.
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« Reply #33 on: November 22, 2020, 08:48:24 AM »
 In the great northwet, A Canadian train crew saw something fall down a steep stony slope and thinking it was a man or bear,
they stopped to help.  It was a young Sasquatch,  about  5 feet tall and unconcious .  they put it in a car on the work train and took it to the next town where it was displayed in a cage for about two months.  When some zoologists came to see it , it had escaped.     
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #34 on: November 26, 2020, 12:23:24 PM »
Saw a coal train on my morning walk. Took about 5 minutes to pass. Terrible pics but what locomotive is that?









Got some pics of graffiti, too. And, I miss cabooses. Caboosi?







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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #36 on: November 26, 2020, 12:52:19 PM »

      It is a GE ET44AH loco built in 2015.   Here is the site to I.D. any you see.https://www.thedieselshop.us/CSX.HTML

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« Reply #37 on: November 26, 2020, 02:11:02 PM »
Nah, it's a CSX..... :boozing:
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« Reply #38 on: November 26, 2020, 04:24:29 PM »
      It is a GE ET44AH loco built in 2015.   Here is the site to I.D. any you see.https://www.thedieselshop.us/CSX.HTML

       Paul B :boozing:

Cool site.  Thanks.   :thumb:
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #39 on: November 26, 2020, 11:34:32 PM »
Cumbres & Toltec, Alamosa, Colorado. Moving cars around. August 2020. Guzzi content.




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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #40 on: November 27, 2020, 07:56:20 AM »
Where is the home office for BNSF, 

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« Reply #41 on: November 27, 2020, 09:08:05 AM »
edit:  do yourself a favor and watch that second vid around the 4:40 mark for the goat story.

That's pretty funny! :thumb:

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« Reply #42 on: November 27, 2020, 06:19:21 PM »
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« Reply #43 on: November 27, 2020, 09:27:19 PM »
 Nothing says machinery more than a a steam locomotive at 85 mph....
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #44 on: November 27, 2020, 10:05:40 PM »
Cumbres & Toltec, Alamosa, Colorado. Moving cars around. August 2020. Guzzi content.






Cumbres and Toltec is my favorite railroad.  Good to see they are still working.  My brother and I rode from Chama over the pass to the meet the Antonino train and back in '96 - what a cool experience.  They let you walk around, peek in the sheds and talk to the engine crews.  I spoke to the fireman who was dressed in a clean striped shirt and bowler hat - may have even been wearing a tie.  He must've shoveled more than 2000lbs. of coal on the way up the 4% grade. At the top of the pass he climbed on the tender to fill it with water and all but his eyes were black.  Amazing how oily and sooty coal smoke is. The downhill engine crew were a couple Hispanic kids and it was interesting to see them and the brakeman bring the train down the 4%. We rode the D&S a couple days later - beautiful scenery but they wouldn't let you explore.   I need to go back!
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #45 on: November 28, 2020, 12:01:00 AM »
 When I was young and in the Army in the early sixties I traveled by rail often.  Sometimes on a troop train with 17 M-60 tanks and
sometimes on civilian trains to Austria.  At least 80 percent of these were pulled by steam engines.  I quickly learned not to put my headset the windward look forward.  Cinders in the eyes were the usual result.
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« Reply #46 on: November 29, 2020, 12:07:03 PM »
So true! The Cumbres and Toltec was the first coal fired train I remember riding and it was double headed up the 4% grade.  Funny thing was they put an open car for the railfans just behind the locomotives - there were lots of old guys with cinders in their hair and smelly clothes.
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« Reply #47 on: November 29, 2020, 03:52:01 PM »
I still have a cinder in the viewfinder of my video camera from a trip up to Bald Knob on the Cass Scenic RR in '92.  :azn: Brings back good memories.
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« Reply #48 on: November 29, 2020, 08:12:46 PM »
A few more pics of the Cumbres & Toltec...always a great stop on the way up to from Chama to Pagosa Springs.



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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #49 on: November 29, 2020, 08:22:36 PM »
Another of a favorite in Colorado...in Silverton...taking the railroad from Durango to Silverton in the winter time and summer!







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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #50 on: November 29, 2020, 09:27:20 PM »
Nice photos! 

Here's some more narrow gauge - we get some of the White Pass and Yukon rolling stock here.
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There are pictures of C&T and D&S from 25 years ago around here someplace...
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« Reply #51 on: November 29, 2020, 09:34:02 PM »
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« Reply #52 on: November 29, 2020, 10:10:21 PM »
Great pics and video! 

Found another one here digging thru the archives...this one at the Queen Wilhelmina lodge on the top of the Talimena Scenic Parkway...Dusty's backyard with a view!  Not sure how they got this one up there...I don't recall seeing any nearby railroad tracks...





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« Reply #53 on: November 29, 2020, 10:20:41 PM »
That's cool Charlie.  Do you know people that work there?  It seems like there are always people with interesting skills at places like that.
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« Reply #54 on: November 30, 2020, 09:17:21 AM »
That's cool Charlie.  Do you know people that work there?  It seems like there are always people with interesting skills at places like that.

No, I don't. But, I've been going there since the '80s ('85 on my SP may have been the first time) and regularly stop by there - operating or not - on my Sunday rides.

The Rockhill Trolley Museum http://rockhilltrolley.org/ is right next to the EBT and is also very interesting.
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« Reply #55 on: January 27, 2021, 03:41:57 PM »
Train went past during today’s hike.









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« Reply #56 on: January 27, 2021, 04:20:08 PM »
Sorry about the terrible photos.  The train was moving pretty fast and I barely had time to get near the tracks-- I forgot to zoom the cameraphone.

I miss cabooses (caboosi?), so I looked them up.

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There are conflicting versions of how the caboose got its name and where the word was first used. One popular story points to a Dutch derivation of the word "kabuis," meaning a little room or hut. The English word "caboose" was first used as a nautical term for a ship's galley.
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Before George Westinghouse invented the automatic air brake in 1869, it was the rear brakeman's job to walk forward and turn a wheel that applied the handbrakes on each freight car, on cue from the engineer's whistle to stop the train. The head brakeman, who rode in the engine, walked toward the rear of the train performing the same task.
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In addition to the conductor's work area, cabooses often had bunks for sleeping, stoves for cooking, and toilets (initially, the straight-dump kind, then later, chemical toilets).
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Railroaders affectionately called their cabooses by many nicknames, including cabin, crummy, buggy, doghouse, waycar, shack, and hack. On the Pennsylvania Railroad, the caboose was a cabin or "cabin car." The Burlington, C&NW, and other roads used the term waycar. Canadian cabooses were called "vans," a word similar to "brake van," used in England to describe railroad cars that performed a similar function to a caboose.
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Many railroaders believe the final nail in the caboose's coffin was the "End-of-Train" telemetry device. This small metal box was first used by the Florida East Coast Railroad in 1969. The EOT fits over the rear coupler of the last car on the train, and is connected to the train's air brake line. Powered by battery, the EOT sends a periodic signal to the locomotive indicating the brake pressure at the rear of the train, whether or not the last car of the train is moving, and in which direction. EOTs are also equipped with a flashing red light, activated at night by a sensor, which serves as the train's rear marker.

New labor agreements cut train crew sizes to two or three, eliminating the need for the extra crew space provided by a caboose.

By 1972, Florida East Coast had replaced all of its cabooses with EOTs, and other railroad soon began to follow suit. In 1985, Robert Claytor, then chairman of Norfolk Southern, summed up the reasons for doing so in an address to the Railroad Public Relations Association.

"Today's caboose costs about $80,000 - more than the cost of most freight cars - and weighs about 25 tons. It can be replaced with a box that costs about $4000 and weighs 35 pounds. The end-of-train monitor doesn't have to be switched through terminals and doesn't require expensive maintenance….The fact of the matter is that the caboose is certainly the most dangerous place to ride."
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #57 on: January 27, 2021, 04:21:34 PM »
  Always loved trains, I'd rather sleep beside a main line than a barking dog next door. I know it's not a Guzzi but both pics are same crossing, different trains,going opposite directions, same bike, 2015 and 2018



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« Reply #58 on: January 28, 2021, 07:44:19 AM »
So, I had posted a while back about a derailment at the crossing I go over for work on a regular basis. I was able to get some pics of the engine. I couldn’t believe the 1” plate on the front of the engine got bent. The forces behind the physics must really be something!




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Kiwi Roy, was this the machine you were posting about helping design? The drivers were having clearance issues so I was sitting patiently (mostly) behind them.






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