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Posted by rdamon on Monday, June 28, 2021 12:57 PM

tree68

That said, commuters notwithstanding, with all of the run-through power these days, it's hard to tell who IS on the rails.

 

 
Throw in a heritage or special unit on lead and then the local news could end up blaming the Canadian military!!
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Posted by CShaveRR on Monday, June 28, 2021 1:20 PM

The railroad involved would have had to have been CSX, former B&OCT line.  Commuter rail on that line is only wishful thinking.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, June 28, 2021 2:43 PM

afternoon

Back to work today.

Very muggy outside.Ns sent a stack train eastbound after work.They also have some cars uptown to shuffle.Going to stay inside so I don't melt.

stay safe

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Posted by mudchicken on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 6:56 AM

Uncle Pete continues to watch Glenwood Canyon nervously. The railroad has managed to avoid being shut down by the mudslides in the burn scar areas that closed I-70 for almost 4 days last week in two separate incidents. Being on the wrong side of the river has its advantages and 1880's location engineers (surveyors) King, McMurtrie and DeReymer made some fortunate choices. (The 80 foot wide, 5-7 foot deep waves of "not chocolate pudding" were impressive and not fun to remove.)

Monsoon season is here. 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 3:15 PM

afternoon

Ns sent a westbound stack train today after work.It had 2 up units for power.Getting some pop up thunderstorms now.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by mudchicken on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 9:23 PM

They just shut down Glenwood Canyon again (3rd Time) ... The railroad is still OK

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Posted by Murphy Siding on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 12:42 PM

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This is why the ladders are always bent up.  And also why I laugh every time someone wants to add tons of high-tech bits to all railcars.  

This is not my video, I have no clue where it's at, nor does it matter. 

 

 

How do they stop the cars? Is someone riding on the car?

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 12:56 PM

Murphy Siding
 
zugmann

This is why the ladders are always bent up.  And also why I laugh every time someone wants to add tons of high-tech bits to all railcars.  

This is not my video, I have no clue where it's at, nor does it matter.  

 

How do they stop the cars? Is someone riding on the car?

Sometimes they don't stop - except for running out of rail.

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 1:53 PM

An elevator here (retail - rail loads in, not out) has a winch/windlass to move the cars.  

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 3:36 PM

afternoon

Ns still had some cars uptown after work today.Ran errands in town.Mother nature sent rain.Matt is working on the layout.Mailman brought a couple packages for the layout too.Chores to do inside.Getting ready for the weekend.

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 5:47 PM

Double PostOops

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 5:51 PM

BaltACD
 
 
Murphy Siding
 
zugmann

This is why the ladders are always bent up.  And also why I laugh every time someone wants to add tons of high-tech bits to all railcars.  

This is not my video, I have no clue where it's at, nor does it matter.  

 

How do they stop the cars? Is someone riding on the car?

 

Sometimes they don't stop - except for running out of rail.

 

Or running into something...At Las Vegas NM they ran a cut of cars through a lumber mill building and through a wall (no door there originally - there was one after the second incident.)... Saw plenty of instances where the cut of cars just dragged the loader/tractor/truck along for the ride. Agridummies get an expensive physics lesson.

 

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Posted by mudchicken on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 5:55 PM

tree68

An elevator here (retail - rail loads in, not out) has a winch/windlass to move the cars.  

 

Most of those are illegal, but they get put in anyway by the clueless and the reckless. Switchmen hate them for good reason - they get set in the trainmen's walkway (a no-no) and most are clearance violations (state statute, double no-no)

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Posted by zugmann on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 7:41 PM

mudchicken
Most of those are illegal, but they get put in anyway by the clueless and the reckless. Switchmen hate them for good reason - they get set in the trainmen's walkway (a no-no) and most are clearance violations (state statute, double no-no)

I never had an issue with them.  Most of them I've seen lay on the tie butts when not being used.  Not supposed to be walking there anyhow. 

 

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Posted by Gramp on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 10:20 PM

Where's Charles Atlas when you need him?

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, July 1, 2021 6:46 AM

Beats using a pry bar...

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Posted by MikeF90 on Thursday, July 1, 2021 1:03 PM

Wildlife alert on the Tehachapi Loop cam:

I think the cam is on someones back porch ....

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, July 1, 2021 3:21 PM

afternoon

Ns had some more cars uptown today.Waiting on Matt to bring the mower home so I can mow our swamp.Got another piece for the layout in the mail today too. Going to check on my brother tomorrow morning.Need to get some light bulbs for the bathroom as well.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, July 2, 2021 11:05 AM

afternoon

Errands done.Checked on brother.Found a former UP engine on the back of the consist os NS train 310.Just waiting for Stacey to get off work.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, July 2, 2021 9:46 PM

Happened to be looking in on the Deshler cam tonight when a CP commemorative unit (7013) came through.  That was cool, but the real fun was watching a fan at the park as he realized that it was said unit.  

I think he was in shock.  Certainly made his day.

Ironically, I was chatting on the air with a Canadian ham about railroads at the time.

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Posted by mudchicken on Sunday, July 4, 2021 6:43 AM

Glenwood Canyon is shut down again with mudslides (5th time). The railroad again escaped the shutdown being on the other side of the river in the No-name creek area. (This is in last year's burn-scar area where the fire managed to jump the river)....Looks like the highway bubbas are going to deal with this for months?

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, July 4, 2021 12:39 PM

afternoon

Back home from MC's old turf.On the way down the I&O decided to cut off the train and take the power into the yard in Lima.Thing is it blocked the way we sometimes take south.Found out csx had a derailment in Lima yard to deal with.Today on the way home we saw q 202 crossing the Miami river in Dayton.We also saw a k 596 waiting to go south at Cario.Going to catch up on laundry.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Sunday, July 4, 2021 12:40 PM

Happy 245th Birthday America.

stay safe

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Posted by CShaveRR on Sunday, July 4, 2021 4:16 PM

Happy July 4, everyone, and happy July 4.2 tomorrow!

A little later we're going to visit one of our favorite places for a good American meal--pizza!  Some of the older Forum folks know of the place whereof I speak.  They've now been around for 45 years, and Pat and I have been patrons for all 45 of 'em!

I'm also hungry for some good manifest-freight action...Haven't had a nibble since June 29.  Probably won't get much on this holiday eve, but who knows?

(Forget it...they're closed this weekend.)

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, July 4, 2021 8:52 PM

Ran a locomotive today for the first time in a year and a half.  Even remembered how to start it...

Decent crowds all weekend, from what I'm told.  Aside from a dead tree across the tracks (we hit it, but it basically crumbled) and a few hikers on the ROW, things went quite well.

Something that struck me as strange on my way home was the complete lack of traffic - there was some, but not much.  I suppose that most people were where they wanted to be, especially with Monday being part of the holiday weekend.

Picked up a new toy yesterday - a "better" drone/UAV.  No take it out of the box and fly it, for sure.  I've been watching some videos.  Once I got to the point I could get it off the ground, I could fly it just fine.  Now I have to master using the camera.  Once I figure out the details, it looks like it will be fun.

I'm all registered as a recreational user (yep - the numbers are posted on both drones) and I'm strongly considering going for the 217 certification.  I'm not really planning on selling my services, but it'll be a nice feather in the cap.

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Posted by BaltACD on Sunday, July 4, 2021 9:40 PM

tree68
Ran a locomotive today for the first time in a year and a half.  Even remembered how to start it...

Decent crowds all weekend, from what I'm told.  Aside from a dead tree across the tracks (we hit it, but it basically crumbled) and a few hikers on the ROW, things went quite well.

Something that struck me as strange on my way home was the complete lack of traffic - there was some, but not much.  I suppose that most people were where they wanted to be, especially with Monday being part of the holiday weekend.

Picked up a new toy yesterday - a "better" drone/UAV.  No take it out of the box and fly it, for sure.  I've been watching some videos.  Once I got to the point I could get it off the ground, I could fly it just fine.  Now I have to master using the camera.  Once I figure out the details, it looks like it will be fun.

I'm all registered as a recreational user (yep - the numbers are posted on both drones) and I'm strongly considering going for the 217 certification.  I'm not really planning on selling my services, but it'll be a nice feather in the cap.

My local Community College has advertised courses to become FAA drone certified.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, July 5, 2021 8:11 AM

Morning

Went into town.Csx had a stack train each way.The ND&W crews have the day off.Saw the garbage truck rolling so put the can at the curb.Going to be another triple H day.Going to do lunch on the grill.Back to work tomorrow.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 5:12 PM

evening

Back to work today.Ns has a powder river coal train to go east for Detroit Edison.Came home and took care of the yard.Mother nature going to push the humidity out the next couple days.Grain elevators are busy taking in wheat.Going to do some chores inside.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 6:03 PM

Still working on collecting all 13 stations of the "Thirteen Colonies" amateur radio event.  I lack DE and PA.  There are stations in England and France, but I've about given up hope on them.

Heck of a storm last night.  I got just an inch of rain overall, but the first few minutes gave me a rainfall rate of over 8 inches an hour - a real downpour.

About time for a local radio net, and it's my turn to run said net.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 3:12 PM

afternoon

Ns still has the coal train in the siding to go east.Mother nature sent some rain.Mamma went into town to do some errands.Got an email that said my books have shipped from Kalmbach.Nothing from the mailman yet.Chores to do.

stay safe

Joe

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