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Steam under high-voltage catenary
Posted by daveklepper on Monday, December 6, 2021 7:31 AM

For some 50 years steam ran under 11,000V 25 Hz catenary on the PRR, NYNH&H, and LIEE BAy-Ridge branvh,   but:

 

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGllMHsfrLJVsMClmDLTBVSNflX?projector=1

 

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, December 6, 2021 1:36 PM

I think you'll have to move the file out of your Google mailbox and host it somewhere -- it just loads Gmail on my end.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, December 6, 2021 2:23 PM

Thanks!   Try this:

https://youtu.be/gwo2bJxuvdk

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, December 6, 2021 3:53 PM

I guess the catenary could have used a little steam cleaning, huh?

And WOW, what caused that Frankenstein's lab effect as the train rounded the curve?

Thanks David, cool video!

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Posted by 54light15 on Monday, December 6, 2021 4:24 PM

I wonder why the YT comments were turned off. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, December 6, 2021 6:08 PM

54light15

I wonder why the YT comments were turned off. 

 

YouTube acts funny sometimes.  There's another 'Tube site I go to where the comments were turned off.  The YouTuber said he didn't know why, he had nothing to do with it. 

He's a nice young man from Long Island like you '54!  You (and everyone else) may find his site interesting.  I certainly do!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNjHzOHMCrXwEwggLpuDm0g

 

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Posted by 54light15 on Monday, December 6, 2021 7:20 PM

Thanks, Flintlock- I've never heard of this place. When I was a kid, the only real train store on Long Island was Mulraney's House of Trains in Lynbrook. The local auto parts store called Tager's in Amityville sold model trains around Christmas time. Back then, as now, everything you want is on back order or is no longer in production even if it was in the catalog last year. Sometimes I wonder about the model train hobby. 

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Posted by Erik_Mag on Monday, December 6, 2021 11:27 PM

Flintlock76

And WOW, what caused that Frankenstein's lab effect as the train rounded the curve?

A WAG on my part is that the cload of condensed steam and coal dust was conductive enough to allow an arc between the contact wire and the steel bodies of the passenger cars.

Reports from the steam era indicate that the soot from the steam locomotive exhaust greatly increases the wear rate on the contact wire(s).

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Posted by M636C on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 3:34 AM

A feature of the "Duchess" class in its final years in service was a wide diagonal yellow stripe on the cab side below the windows (with a gap for the locomotive number). This was an indication that the locomotives were not permitted to run under 25kV catenary.

I think we just saw why this restriction was imposed.

Peter

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 8:28 AM

Thanks Peter and Eric!  

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 8:31 AM

54light15
Sometimes I wonder about the model train hobby. 

The hobby's pretty strong right now, supply issues notwithstanding.

The Northeast has a pretty vibrant model railroading culture that's quite obvious from the popularity of train shows.  I'm sure other parts of the country are the same but not having first-hand experience I can't really comment on that. 

What I see locally makes me pretty optimistic as well.

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:35 AM

Flintlock76

 

 
54light15
Sometimes I wonder about the model train hobby. 

 

The hobby's pretty strong right now, supply issues notwithstanding.

The Northeast has a pretty vibrant model railroading culture that's quite obvious from the popularity of train shows.  I'm sure other parts of the country are the same but not having first-hand experience I can't really comment on that. 

What I see locally makes me pretty optimistic as well.

 

I think the hobby is still pretty strong in the western suburbs at least around Chicago, judging by the revived train shows at the DuPage County fairgrounds.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:07 PM

charlie hebdo
I think the hobby is still pretty strong in the western suburbs at least around Chicago

Right, Chicagoland's had a strong model railroading culture for years as well.  I'd guess most major urban and suburban areas are the same. 

As a tip for all, check Railserve.com for show schedules around the country. 

https://www.railserve.com/ 

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Posted by 54light15 on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:46 PM

I'm not saying the hobby isn't strong, it's just that everything I want is difficut to find unless I went to Germany and perused the shops which I have done. What they have over there is amazing as there are a lot of small bespoke companies that make some mighty fine stuff. Most of which I can't afford. I've been in love with European trains ever since I saw "The Train" with Burt. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 12:12 PM

Yes, European-prototype model trains are pretty thin on the ground here in the US, I suppose there's just not enough interest to make importing the same worthwhile.

There might  be some specialist importers of the same but I've no idea who they might be.

I concur on "The Train!"  Probably the best railroad movie ever!  A masterpiece on so many levels, and not just the railroading.

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Posted by SD70Dude on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 12:54 PM

54light15

I wonder why the YT comments were turned off. 

Youtube disables comments on what it considers to be kids videos.

Greetings from Alberta

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:57 PM

I know of only 2 European railroad shops in Canada, one here in Toronto and one in Summerland, B.C. In the US are Reynauld's in Elburn, Illinois and Helmut's Hobbies in Warrenton, Virginia who also run a great repair service. They've overhauled many of my locomotives and they come back running like new, even those that are over 40 years old. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 3:35 PM

SD70Dude

 

 
54light15

I wonder why the YT comments were turned off. 

 

 

Youtube disables comments on what it considers to be kids videos.

 

Man, then they've got a strange definition of what constitutes a "kid's video."

I've seen comments disabled on some political videos, which actually doesn't surprise me.  I assumed that was the poster's choice. 

With kid's videos I can't blame them for playing it safe.  A lot of loons out there.

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, December 18, 2021 6:33 AM

The driver TOLD that fireman to be careful with that clinker hook!

     Well, he won't be doing that again anytime soon...  Whistling

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, December 18, 2021 8:32 PM

charlie hebdo
I think the hobby is still pretty strong in the western suburbs at least around Chicago,

Mr. Hebdo's not kidding, this video found ME an hour or so ago.

You have GOT to see this!  Superb club layout!

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

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