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by John Bohon
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.S. Sugar's Steam Engine
Replies: 3
Views: 400

Re: U.S. Sugar's Steam Engine

The 148 is a perfect size engine. It is small and light enough to go just about anywhere. It will pull a decent sized train and if the chance ever arises those big drivers can certainly run fast enough to pull trips on the mainline. The sugar railroad is a 40 mph railroad from what I am told so it w...
by John Bohon
Wed May 06, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No Union Pacific Steam in 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 979

Re: No Union Pacific Steam in 2020

In connection with this thread 60 years ago today N&W Y 6 class engines 2156 and 2190 ran the second pigeon and first pigeon switcher turns out of Williamson, WV for the last time. Thus ended mainline regular service steam in the US forever. I guess if this is the first year with no mainline ste...
by John Bohon
Sun May 03, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No Union Pacific Steam in 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 979

Re: No Union Pacific Steam in 2020

The 765 group announced the railroad they normally run trips on will not be operating before October meaning the 765 trips are canceled and of course so is the ferry move over NS. I do not know of any planned moves of 611. With neither the UP engines nor 765 running this year will this be the first ...
by John Bohon
Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days
Replies: 9
Views: 1343

Re: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days

Things are not much better in the south. Even before the lockdown PSR and the insane demurrage rules had done their intended job of running off traffic very well. Train frequency and car counts were way down. I live within earshot of the CNO&TP which use to have something like 50 trains a day. T...
by John Bohon
Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OVID-19
Replies: 3
Views: 981

Re: OVID-19

As far as I know everyone is closed now at a time when they need to be opening and starting to produce much needed revenue after a winter of little to no income. As for the future it depends on how long this goes on. At best it is going to be bad and at worst it will be terrible. Depending on how lo...
by John Bohon
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Apartment Railfanning
Replies: 6
Views: 1408

Re: Apartment Railfanning

The best thing about the wall is it does keep the sound down and the people walking and living along the track out. I would be all for keeping the wall.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: St. Paul Union Depot Is 100 Years Old
Replies: 2
Views: 1045

Re: St. Paul Union Depot Is 100 Years Old

That is a good article.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 newsletter
Replies: 2
Views: 1004

Re: 261 newsletter

At this point I would be glad just to know the Christmas trains will run this year. The situation at Amtrak these days is undoubtedly changing so fast I would not bank on anything with them being possible at least for several months. As of now I am hoping some of the summer season can be salvaged an...
by John Bohon
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: March 22, 2002
Replies: 1
Views: 676

Re: March 22, 2002

When I was a working high school teenager back in the seventies I stopped by the park in Hagerstown, MD before work where Western Maryland Railway pacific 202 was on display. The Chessie System had agreed to paint the locomotive one last time for the city, something the WM had done yearly since it w...
by John Bohon
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: March 21, 2002
Replies: 3
Views: 1028

Re: March 21, 2002

I have to qualify this by saying I have never seen 4449 in person and am not fond of the color orange. I am with you in thinking 4449 looks much better in the AFT colors than the original daylight colors. For that matter I think it looked better black. I will go crawl in a hole and hide now with tha...
by John Bohon
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Steam Potential In Minnesota
Replies: 3
Views: 1027

Re: New Steam Potential In Minnesota

At this point I think we need to change our focus to which groups are going to survive. I think the all volunteer groups like 261 may have the best chance. They can essentially just stop spending money and come out on the other side in decent shape. The organizations, including shortlines, that have...
by John Bohon
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Steam Potential In Minnesota
Replies: 3
Views: 1027

Re: New Steam Potential In Minnesota

I hope the shortlines do get some money. As much as the government pays out to all the other forms of transportation getting money for railroads is usually harder than pulling teeth from a mad rattle snake. The money excursions bring in to local communities could be a way to help pry at least a litt...
by John Bohon
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: East Broad Top Railroad Has New Owners
Replies: 2
Views: 1124

Re: East Broad Top Railroad Has New Owners

These guys definitely know what they have gotten themselves into. They know EBT is going to be a money pit for a number of years to come. There are millions of dollars to be spent just getting it back up running and stabilizing the existing property without even thinking about any expansion. The rai...
by John Bohon
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alas, poor Union Pacific 3985
Replies: 5
Views: 1805

Re: Alas, poor Union Pacific 3985

I have never seen any of the UP steam engines. I was suppose to go see 3985 when it came to the Clinchfield for the Christmas train but a boss on the railroad found out I had plans and at the last minute made me work instead. Living near the Atlantic Ocean for most of the years 3985 ran made it a re...
by John Bohon
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief
Replies: 7
Views: 2003

Re: Took a ride on the Southwest Chief

There three secrets to good track, drainage, drainage, and drainage. Places like this develop because the track is always or nearly always wet. This condition is normally caused by the type and condition of the subgrade, a wet weather spring, or some other source of water. Very often the subsoil is ...

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