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NDG
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Posted by NDG on Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:29 PM
Welding Truck, Montreal Tramways.
 
When Welding had to be done or wear of switch components had to be built up by Electric Welding a Welding Truck was employed.
 
 
The Electric Current used in the various procedures was taken from the
 Trolley Wire, the Ground Return, the rails themselves.
 
A streetcar Trolley Pole used to contact the wire, it swung out of the way
 when a Streetcar approached.
 
A truck similar to this was often working on the Switches at the Wye where
we boarded cars to go Downtown, it's Welder and the Arcsurrounded by a Canvas shield to protect the people awaiting at the Stop from the Glare of the Arc and splatter.
 
As a child I thought the Truck was ELECTRIC and followed the wire as a
 Streetcar would to get back to the Car Barns.
 
Not So.
 
Photo from this Site.
 
 
Thank You.
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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:40 PM

NDG
As a child I thought the Truck was ELECTRIC and followed the wire as a  Streetcar would to get back to the Car Barns.   Not So.

But your concept wasn't far off the mark:  Detroit Street Railways - Detroit "Trackless Trolley"

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Posted by NDG on Saturday, May 30, 2020 3:08 PM

 

New Buses and Kids.
 
The electric buses we saw after the War were of a Brill design.
 
 
This version, as your photo showed, were Gasoline Powered.
 
 
We called the fairings as above the front door ' Smoke Deflectors '.
 
Before TV, we spent much time away from home on our bicycles exploring watching trains, ships in the Canal and new constructions, the odd job still using a ' Steam Shovel ' as per Mister Mulligan. The water came from a Hydrant for Fire Trucks. 
 
 
A trip to ride a Trolley Bus required several routes and Transfers, as they were confined to their end of town re Trolley Wire and Power supply, and took all day.
 
 
Lots to see and do when a kid, much of it gone.
 
Most of it, Steam.
 

Thank You.

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Posted by NDG on Saturday, May 30, 2020 4:13 PM

 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:08 AM

The de-activated swing bridge reminds me of several railroad bridges over the Sanitary and Ship Canal from just west of Kedzie Avenue to Summit.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 5:58 PM

CSSHEGEWISCH

The de-activated swing bridge reminds me of several railroad bridges over the Sanitary and Ship Canal from just west of Kedzie Avenue to Summit.

Do either of the BNSF (Former SF) bridges that you mention over the  canal ever open (or can) ? I know the tow (pushers) boats have pilot houses that duck but are the bridges totally inactive?  

Also, since you brought up bridges near Chicago, the CN (Ex EJ&E) bridge over the Illinois River near the Dresden Nuclear Plant has little traffic but I got to ride it (down, up & down, & up) one time when I observed the operator go to it for a  freight delivery to an industry (Reichhold Chemical or Aeropres) on the south side of the river. It was built, I believe, when there were coal mines (Coal City Illinois) around there but now it serves one or two plants by the river and an occasional (rare) shipment for the generating station. Bet the bean counters would like to shed it. Can't be cheap to maintain it.

 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Thursday, June 4, 2020 10:20 AM

The design of the bridges suggests that the bridge tender's cabin was on the platform above the center pier.  They may have been able to operate at one point but were probably de-activated after WW2.  South Shore's first bridge over the Calumet River was similar but it was replaced in the 1960's to improve clearances on the river.

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Posted by Paul_D_North_Jr on Monday, June 8, 2020 9:46 PM

A treasure trove of photos (mostly B&W) of railroads, looks to be mostly in the 1960s from the few I looked at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kheelcenter/ 

"Albums" in thumbnail format - the first 33 are railroads, with a brief description and the number of photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kheelcenter/albums 

"Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, ILR School, Cornell University www.ilr.cornell.edu/library/kheel. The Kheel Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible special collections pertaining to the history of the workplace and labor relations."

Enjoy! 

- PDN. 

"This Fascinating Railroad Business" (title of 1943 book by Robert Selph Henry of the AAR)
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Posted by SD70Dude on Friday, June 26, 2020 1:30 PM

Greetings from Alberta

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Posted by BaltACD on Sunday, September 5, 2021 4:20 PM

The final cut has been completed in the process to remove the MV Golden Ray from where it capsized in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, GA - just short of 2 full years from when it went over on September 8, 2019.

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/final-cut-completed-on-golden-ray-wreck-newspaper-reports/77-99cc2ac1-d9d8-466d-be3d-17b97253f42a

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 10:58 PM

NTSB attributes Golden Ray capsizing in St. Simons Sound, GA to the Chief Officer having the vessel improperly ballasted.

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/local/golden-ray-ntsb-report/77-80710ccb-06d8-4ee7-91ea-e0f2f3b354e0

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