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Posted by NDG on Saturday, June 25, 2022 11:49 AM
An Experiment in Repowering?
 
CN 1719, Engine Unknown?
 
 
When Built, CN 1719 would have looked like this.
 
 
Vertical Radiator Shutters, Exhaust Stack at rear of Hood, A1A Trucks.
 
 
Engine " Unknown " CNR 1719.
 
As Built. 539. Stack at Rear of Hood. Vertical Shutters.
 
Rebuilt, for a time. 1964. A1A.
 
 
 
Smaller Rad.  Horizontal Shutters. Exhaust Stack and Air Filters at front.
 
251 Repowering Experiment?
 
 
Other Modifications included.
 
 
CNR took idlers out of these A1A Units making them B-B and coupled them in sets for Transfer Service.
 
Branchline Service.
 
 
Transfer Set. B-B.
 
 
 
 
Then to some of These RS18s, allowing CN to get rid of 539 Fleet.
 
 
Diesel derated to 1400 HP as SWITCHER TMs.
 
 
 
PGE 561 Received A1A in Preservation as it was Built.
 
 
 
 
 
These Four Factory-New A1A Units CN 1800-03, using 244 Engines from A-Bs Repowered w 251 had 752 TMs
 
 
For much of their early lives 3  of 4 ran coupled in Transfer Service in Montreal.
 
Saw them every day.
 
Other Transfer power were Two H-12-44 Sets.
 
As A1A, CN 1800 ran on an Passenger Special over the M&SC Interurban rails.
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 11:31 AM

She had plenty of warning, and chose to ignore it.  That award that shall not be mentioned here comes to mind.

We're required to start our whistle/horn 20 seconds or a quarter mile from the crossing.  Crossing protection is configured to meet that requirement at track speed.

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 9:51 AM

Overmod
 
NDG
Another Incident. 

I have a somewhat different take on this -- woman driver jokes aside. 

There's less than 15 seconds from the time the gate finishes dropping to the time the train is on the crossing.  That seems short for passenger service where the train is moving as fast as pictured.

She decides to go across, then evidently sees the train coming and stops ASAP; whether she tried to engage reverse 'in time' I can't tell.  But this looks suspiciously like a case where someone expected the gates to be down a longer time before the actual train arrived... oops.

Gates are DOWN - wait for the train to pass and for the gates to go UP.

What a original concept!

In any event - once you get on the tracks - KEEP MOVING

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 9:23 AM

NDG
Another Incident.

I have a somewhat different take on this -- woman driver jokes aside.

There's less than 15 seconds from the time the gate finishes dropping to the time the train is on the crossing.  That seems short for passenger service where the train is moving as fast as pictured.

She decides to go across, then evidently sees the train coming and stops ASAP; whether she tried to engage reverse 'in time' I can't tell.  But this looks suspiciously like a case where someone expected the gates to be down a longer time before the actual train arrived... oops.

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Posted by NDG on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 6:59 AM
 
Passenger Extra 4081 West at Field.
 
In 1971 a group Chartered CP 4081 CLC CFA-16-4 on a Passenger Extra Round Trip Calgary-Field, resulting in several images on ebay.
 
 
 
Here it is shown Arriving Field.
 
 
 
The Blurb I saw quoted ' CP 4061 ' an F Unit, so I did not go.
 
Not many OP's on Passenger by then.
 
Maybe the last one?
 
FWIW.
 
Block Indicators.
 
 

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Posted by NDG on Monday, June 20, 2022 7:21 PM

Could Be!

 

Another Incident.

 

 

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, June 18, 2022 11:58 AM

Sometimes "improved" material did not give better longevity.  If I remember Steinman's biography correctly, he mentioned a great use of hardened steel wire in the wire rope and cabling used in suspension-bridge construction in the post-WWI period.  This came to grief in much the same way nickel boiler steels did.

The bridge cables in Quebec are more victims of neglect than "postwar technology" design.  Part of the fun is watching the shucking and jiving at upper levels about who reported this issue and when, with a certain 'wait and see' attitude entirely objectively unjustified.

It's almost to the point they can't pull cables for replacement without risking an accelerated load shedding leading to span collapse. 

Perhaps that spot is haunted.

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, June 17, 2022 10:06 PM

Electroliner 1935
How have John Augustus Roebling's suspension bridges (Cincinnati Suspension Bridge, 1867; and the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883) lastd so long with no rusting issues? I believe his cables as I understand them are sealed  in tar and  wrapped with a painted cloth. No rust.

In the 19th Century 'Engineers' did not have finite knowledge of the materials they were using to build their creations - the basically adhered to the adage - If a little gets the job done for now, a lot more will keep doing the job for a lot longer.  Engineers of that age wanted their creations to last 'forever'.

Mid 20th Century and later engineers now have strength specifications on virtually every material they use for their creations - they also know, in most cases, they are designing for a 50 year life span - not a 'forever' life.  As such they design accordingly.  These engineers are more cost concious than they are longevity concious.

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Friday, June 17, 2022 8:51 PM

How have John Augustus Roebling's suspension bridges (Cincinnati Suspension Bridge, 1867; and the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883) lastd so long with no rusting issues? I believe his cables as I understand them are sealed  in tar and  wrapped with a painted cloth. No rust.

 

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Posted by SD70Dude on Friday, June 17, 2022 4:32 PM

NDG

Other mines used to do the same with electric locomotives, and some had portable catenary stands for track that was regularly moved around in the pits.

https://www.railpictures.net/photo/391146/

https://www.railpictures.net/photo/714233/

Edmonton's trolleybuses would climb the hills out of our river valley like they weren't even there.  The GM diesel versions (6-71 Detroit with a 2-speed automatic, what a sound!) were slower but always made it, while some other designs were significantly underpowered and crawled or even stalled on occasion. 

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, June 17, 2022 9:20 AM

Never too old to have a happy childhood!

              

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Posted by NDG on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 7:35 PM
Streetcar Interior, Montreal Tramways One Man Car 1653. On ebay.
 
There are not many colour photographs of Streetcar Interiors 
from Montreal Tramways.
 
As can be seen, they were usually bright and airy.
 
The Seats are woven Rattan.
 
 
 

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Posted by NDG on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 9:22 AM
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Posted by tree68 on Friday, June 3, 2022 9:56 PM

blue streak 1

Actually we had a large building  that had painted white a large arrow with airport name also white and mileage 12-1/2 miles.

Unless you're that guy that painted "Welcome to [can't remember the place]" on his roof, except he lives no where near the city he put there...

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Posted by NDG on Thursday, June 2, 2022 6:48 AM
Outremont Arrow.
 
Yes!
 
Brought to mind Arrow and Name atop Gas Holder 
( judging by shadow of Cage, a Rising/Falling version )
in Outremont ( Montreal ) a similar identifier. C. 1947.
 
CPR Roundhouse adjacent.
 
 
Google.
 


 
 
North End Cartierville Airfield. c. 1947
 
Canadair Works, Bottom of Photo.
 
 
CNR Electric Left Right, Top Val Royal Station.
 
Montreal Tramways Cartierville 17 beneath CNR Top Right.
 Streetcar Facing North Bois Franc Road. 
 
Tramways Spur to Aircraft Factories on Bois Franc Road.
 
Streetcar traveling West to Aircraft Plants Bois Franc Rd. C. 1959.
 
 
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:11 AM

Actually we had a large building  that had painted white a large arrow with airport name also white and mileage 12-1/2 miles.

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Posted by NDG on Monday, May 30, 2022 8:02 PM
FWIW
 
Writ Large.
 
Station Names were written large back in the day in the event an aeroplane became lost and it's Pilot
had to reorient himself.
 
 
More historic images, here.
 
 

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, May 30, 2022 6:48 PM

NDG
A Near Thing.

Worst part is that they probably bragged about it to their friends - after they changed their shorts...

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Posted by NDG on Monday, May 30, 2022 11:26 AM
A Near Thing.
 
 

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Posted by NDG on Monday, May 30, 2022 6:26 AM
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Posted by SD70Dude on Monday, May 30, 2022 2:39 AM

The littlest Train Master?

The A1A GMD1s also had smaller wheels on their centre idler axles.

Greetings from Alberta

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Posted by NDG on Saturday, May 28, 2022 6:58 AM
Rare Diesel on ebay.
 
 
 
CLC-F-M H-10-64. CN 1615 CRG-12b  CLC 1951.
 
Passenger Train P E I.
 
One of Three with S/G 1615-17. No MU.
 
Note LOWER Journal on Idler Axle.
 
This Class was used to Dieselize much of Montreal and Southern Counties. Electric.
 
 
 
One was wrecked, One was to be Preserved, but Scrapping had begun.
 

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Posted by NDG on Thursday, May 26, 2022 8:24 PM
 
 
 
You Bet!
 
Probably trucks lined up at right angles loading up, too.
 
FYI.
 
80 Year Land Mark Gone.
 
This Telephone Pole set in 1942 now replaced.
 
From the pre-Dial days of Open Wire and Magnetos.
 
 
Note weather-worn top.
 
Ety Potash Train went East.
 

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, May 26, 2022 3:59 PM

NDG
Too Quiet.
 
Riding around on my 4-8-2 Bike today Idly wondering why there have been
FEW TRAINS for two days..
 
Then remembered this big mess East of the Divide about 170 miles to the East.
 
 

Should be a well fertilized roadbed for a short span.

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Posted by NDG on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:01 PM
Too Quiet.
 
Riding around on my 4-8-2 Bike today Idly wondering why there have been
FEW TRAINS for two days..
 
Then remembered this big mess East of the Divide about 170 miles to the East.
 
 
 
Sure quiet in a Rwy. Town when most of the Jobs and the Yard Engine are gone.
 
Turntable and part of Roundhouse still here.
 
Three 3 Cranes, two in Storage incl 250-Ton w 12-wheel Depressed Centre  Flat.
 
 
Sad.
 

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Posted by NDG on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 9:44 PM

Thank You, Sir!

I learned to drive a bike in Montreal and am not afraid of traffic.

Biggest fear are cars, and logging trucks w logs sticking out.

Many do not know Road Rules.

Street Car Tracks and Rain.

Did not know there was a term for that ' Crowding ' or what ever, went eight miles today, weather cool. Mr. Kat dozed, I think.

Usually drive Gears and Chain until teeth wear so much the chain skips when pedalling hard.

One day I was in traffic at speed  and decided to use Left Turn Hand Signal to alert motorist On Block I was Turning Left.

 Left Arm Horizontal out like Semaphore as per the Road Rules for Left Turn.

Lady approaching thought I ' Put the Board On' Her, Slammed on the Brakes and just by great luck averted a BIG Tail End crash in HER Lane.

By using a Bike calculate I have SAVED over $60,000 since I sold my Car.

Gasoline $1.99 C/Litre, Diesel $2.12 C/Litre. Don't know what it is @ Commercial Truck Card Locks.

Have NOT driven a Motor Vehicle for 3 1/2 Years.

Still have Air Ticket for Trucks, and for Motorcycle but banned from Driving at Night re vision.

 

Anyway.

 

Bears out, Lilacs bloomed this morning.

 

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Posted by Overmod on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 4:51 PM

I liked the Biopace chain rings.  Then again, I never 'split' with them... just stayed on one ring and twiddled the front derailleur a bit the relieve the 'scrooping' as I got to one edge of the rear cluster or the other...

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