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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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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 SD70Dude on Friday, June 26, 2020 1:30 PM

Greetings from Alberta

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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 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 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 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.

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

 

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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.
 

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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 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.
 
 
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Posted by NDG on Saturday, May 30, 2020 7:33 AM

 

Feedwater Heaters.
 
Thank You to Mr. O for Posting the following!
 
 
The Worthington BL FWH definitely a COMPLEX piece of Equipment!!
 
Wonder how IT removed Cylinder Lubricating Oil from Exhaust?
 
According to Lore, Locomotive Firemen HATED some of the more modern FWH Devices, as they would ' Break ' when the Engineer moved the Throttle and Water Flow to Boiler had to be watched carefully.
 

Lovely Reading.

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Posted by NDG on Friday, May 29, 2020 7:24 AM

FYI.

 
Looking for something else, find this.
 
CN 3532 Built 1923 w Worthington FWH. Belpaire Fire Box, Vanderbilt Tender from 2-8-0. On Passenger.
 
 
Some of this class of Mikado received New Vanderbilt Tenders off New CN Built 2-8-0s. 1931.
 
 
Had V. Tender when built 1931. Front End Throttle. 250 PSI. Swivel Headlight. Wooden Western Pilot.
 
 
And so on.
 

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:52 PM
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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:37 PM

Amazing how big the Bell System grew by 1909, isn't it?

And only 33 years after "Mr. Watson!  Come here!  I need you!"

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Posted by NDG on Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:17 PM

FYI.

Bell Telephone Map 1909.
 
 
Thank You.
 
As Mr. O. says its one of those Worthington derivatives.
 
Have seen another view of a CN 2-8-2 with one.
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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, May 28, 2020 4:55 PM

SD70Dude
What sort of a pump is that on 2545?  I assume you mean the shrouded thing immediately ahead of the cross-compound air compressor.

Looks like one of those all-in-one feed water-heater things (what was it, a Worthington BL or something like that) which were supposed to be easier to retrofit than the kind with parts all over the locomotive.  Sure is big looking on that engine!

 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, May 28, 2020 3:18 PM

SD70Dude
Where is Nick Cage when we need him!!!?

I'll settle for Helen Mirren!

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Posted by SD70Dude on Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:15 PM

NDG
Arc Light.
 
In the old days illumination was achieved by the electric ' Arc ' between two
 electrodes in a suitable fixture.
 
The problem was that the electrodes were consumed during the process
 and had to be replaced.
 
 
 
Anyway.
 
 When used in street lighting mode, the lamps had to be lowered to
 street level so the Lamp Trimmer could trim or replace carbons as required.
 
A winch, rope and drum were used to do this.
 
In the following image, the Winch can be seen on pole next to pole with Car Stop sign to right.
 
 
Arc Lamp above Truck. 1945. US 2-8-2.
 
 
Interesting photographs.
 
 
Note Water Pump on CN 2545 2-8-0 at end of street.
 
 
The B T Co Cross Connect Terminal and Seat to left is interesting.
 
Connects Cable from CO Underground to Aerial Cable for distribution.
 
Thank You.

Carbon arc lamps would seem to be as maintenance-intensive as brushed DC traction motors.  No wonder they fell out of use. 

What sort of a pump is that on 2545?  I assume you mean the shrouded thing immediately ahead of the cross-compound air compressor.

PDN - That GE unit was trailing in a consist that hit a semi at a level crossing in B.C.  No one was in it during the crash.  It appears that some cars and containers ran through its cab as the slack ran in hard after the impact. 

Greetings from Alberta

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Posted by SD70Dude on Thursday, May 28, 2020 2:03 PM

What his picture doesn't show is the little Illuminati pyramid that is found at the base of every cell tower.  The tower and its antennas represent the all-seeing eye. 

Must be some treasure clues in them thar towers.  Where is Nick Cage when we need him!!!?

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, May 28, 2020 11:27 AM

rdamon

 

Bad enough I have to worry about midget albino neo-Nazi cannibals living under the Fort Lee anchorages of the George Washington Bridge!

What, you haven't heard about them?  Thank your lucky stars you haven't!

And don't get me started about the Satanist cults in the woods of Sussex County NJ!  

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:14 AM

rdamon

 

As charlie hebdo complained, stop spreading these conspiracy theories! If the 5G transmission is vaccine-based why are we having so much consternation over getting actual vaccine that works on this disease?

For amusement you would have to include the timeline of flubs and walkbacks that have characterized this disaster, some of which are even wackier than the meme.

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Posted by rdamon on Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:05 AM

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:24 PM

zugmann
 
tree68
Detroit (and some other cities) took arc lights to new highs - litterally.  Over 100 towers 175' high were spaced around downtown 

Dont' be fooled - those were 5G towers erected to spread viruses! 

Everything goes better with Chlorox.

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Posted by zugmann on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:43 PM

tree68
Detroit (and some other cities) took arc lights to new highs - litterally.  Over 100 towers 175' high were spaced around downtown

Dont' be fooled - those were 5G towers erected to spread viruses! 

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:21 PM

Detroit (and some other cities) took arc lights to new highs - litterally.  Over 100 towers 175' high were spaced around downtown.  Each had several arc lights at the top.  Known as moonlights, they didn't last long, as incandescent lighting became more practical.

Detroit's Moonlights

Photo from the Shorpy collection.

Despite their height, the lamps had to be serviced daily.  The towers had a hoist mechanism to make it possible for men to go up the tower for said service.

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Posted by NDG on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:25 PM
Arc Light.
 
In the old days illumination was achieved by the electric ' Arc ' between two
 electrodes in a suitable fixture.
 
The problem was that the electrodes were consumed during the process
 and had to be replaced.
 
 
 
Anyway.
 
 When used in street lighting mode, the lamps had to be lowered to
 street level so the Lamp Trimmer could trim or replace carbons as required.
 
A winch, rope and drum were used to do this.
 
In the following image, the Winch can be seen on pole next to pole with Car Stop sign to right.
 
 
Arc Lamp above Truck. 1945. US 2-8-2.
 
 
Interesting photographs.
 
 
Note Water Pump on CN 2545 2-8-0 at end of street.
 
 
The B T Co Cross Connect Terminal and Seat to left is interesting.
 
Connects Cable from CO Underground to Aerial Cable for distribution.
 
Thank You.

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