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Horse Shoe Curve
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, August 9, 2001 8:47 AM
How many of you have been there and what was the best train you've seen. Mine was a a 100 car cool train and it had 2 SD 80 Macs as roadpower.
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Posted by Soo2610 on Thursday, August 9, 2001 9:08 PM
I was there forty years ago on the Twentieth Century Limited. It was great watching our engines pass the observation car going in the opposite direction at 3:00 in the morning.
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Posted by SSW9389 on Sunday, August 12, 2001 8:55 AM
I've been to the Shoe 10 times between 1973 and 2000. The best train would have to be the Roadrailer train a couple of years ago. It had an SD60M for power and its train of Roadrailers climbing the grade effortlessly. It just seemed to glide along.

Most memorable train on that grade was the time TV1 stalled in the Gallitzin Tunnel. Saw the train at Benny and got into town and waited and waited. Then two train crewmen walked out of the tunnel and we could hear them talking with the Dispatcher. Their train with three four-axle units had stalled inside the tunnel. About 45 minutes later the train boiled out of the tunnel with a two unit SD40-2 helper on the point!
COTTON BELT: Runs like a Blue Streak!
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, August 12, 2001 11:56 PM
I haven't ever been to Horse Shoe Curve but would like to go there sometime. My question is in the carving up of Conrail between NS and CSX who ended up with the curve.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, August 13, 2001 11:29 AM
NS ended up with it, and is removing most of the old PRR signal bridges and replacing them with standard NS signals.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 22, 2001 7:39 PM
He's a liar (John, Buttface, whateva?). I'm his brother and he's never seen an SD80MAC in his life except for the brass models down at the model rr shop. Want me to ask him what a "cool" train is?

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