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by John Bohon
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for distributed steam engines on long trains
Replies: 4
Views: 324

Re: Looking for distributed steam engines on long trains

Mark, The Western Maryland Railway used this style of operation often. I haven't the ability to post photos I find on this or any other site. If you go to the Classic Trains Magazine site and then to their Photos of the Day section you can find a few photos of this type of operation on the WM. One i...
by John Bohon
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How A Twin City Streetcar Wound Up In Maine
Replies: 2
Views: 378

Re: How A Twin City Streetcar Wound Up In Maine

I have never been to Seashore but would like to go someday. They have done a good job of saving a lot of cars over the years. We are very lucky a small number of museums started so early.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PTC and Steam...why couldn't you??
Replies: 9
Views: 1050

Re: PTC and Steam...why couldn't you??

That is exactly what you would have to do to the locomotive Mark. The problem is how do you do all that? If you link a mechanical device to the throttle somewhere between the lever in the cab throttle itself the apparatus is going to obviously change the appearance of the locomotive or cab. In the c...
by John Bohon
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PTC and Steam...why couldn't you??
Replies: 9
Views: 1050

Re: PTC and Steam...why couldn't you??

Going back to the original post it is definitely possible to build computer controlled devices to make a steam locomotive perform as intended by PTC. One of the problems is that diesel and electric locomotives are controlled by electronics and PTC is designed to work with a device that simply throws...
by John Bohon
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Indiana Transportation Museum Equipment Auction
Replies: 4
Views: 945

Re: Indiana Transportation Museum Equipment Auction

The whole ITM mess is a classic case of don't let this happen to you. Own your own site should be the first objective if there is any way possible. As for the F units they look pretty rusty to me. It is both expensive and time consuming to replace all those rusted side panels and whatever frame work...
by John Bohon
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Pulls Gourmet express on the former Milwaukee Road
Replies: 14
Views: 2449

Re: 261 Pulls Gourmet express on the former Milwaukee Road

I would not be surprised we have the beginning of one man crews in the next 5 years. Many shortlines already operate this way with the conductor following in an automobile. Amtrak only has one man on the locomotive. This may start in isolated areas but like one man yard crews operating with remote p...
by John Bohon
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Pulls Gourmet express on the former Milwaukee Road
Replies: 14
Views: 2449

Re: 261 Pulls Gourmet express on the former Milwaukee Road

It is important to remember the real reason the railroads went along with spending all the money on PTC is that they are looking to the future and crewless trains. The other option was to reduce train speeds to 40 mph and not spend all the money. I am not sure about the west but in the east that wou...
by John Bohon
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Minnesota Western Bridge Over The Crow
Replies: 9
Views: 1562

Re: The Minnesota Western Bridge Over The Crow

If I am not mistaken the abandonment date of 1970 is before the trail movement started. If true I can not imagine much thought was given to such an idea when the bridge was partially removed. That probably means the right of way was still in railroad possession when it was obtained for trail use. It...
by John Bohon
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whatere;d everyone go?
Replies: 7
Views: 1350

Re: Whatere;d everyone go?

I don't know about anyone else but I have been in Nashville again working on 576. We are still taking off parts. There are lots of parts on a 4-8-4 and when they have been sitting in the weather for more than 65 years they can be a bear to get off.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Minnesota Western Bridge Over The Crow
Replies: 9
Views: 1562

Re: The Minnesota Western Bridge Over The Crow

If the approach trestle was wood perhaps they were eliminating a future environmental problem. It is easy to take apart a wooden bridge and chainsaw off the piles. Any wood that is still good can be used in other bridges. Removing steel and concrete can cost way more than the value of the scrap stee...
by John Bohon
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Terms
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: Terms

I do not know if I have the words to answer this or not but I will try. The absolute lack of civility and manners in this country today is appalling. What is more surprising is that it often seems to be our older generations who are least able to conduct themselves in a civil manner. I remember grow...
by John Bohon
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Milwaukee Road 261
Replies: 9
Views: 1822

Re: Milwaukee Road 261

It is not just Amtrak. Had the railroads made the most logical reaction to PTC they would have reduced the speed of all trains to 40 MPH thus avoiding all the expense of PTC. Given the train speeds in this country the reduced speed would have had only a small effect on train performance over all and...
by John Bohon
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bessmer and Lake Erie 643 is Finally Safe
Replies: 11
Views: 2059

Re: Bessmer and Lake Erie 643 is Finally Safe

I look for this one to move by rail. As I recall 643 is sitting beside a double track mainline. It would seem possible to spot a heavy duty flatcar beside 643 on the closest mainline and with appropriate roadway protection crane the engine onto the flatcar. Passing trains could be routed down the se...
by John Bohon
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 31
Views: 5746

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

To me having seen 1218 run the 4014 really is just bigger. The big attraction for me in seeing these articulates is watching all the great machinery working and listening to the sounds. The front engine swinging back and forth through curves has to be seen. Then there are two sets of drivers rolling...
by John Bohon
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 4014's Return And "The Circus That Wasn't"
Replies: 6
Views: 1738

Re: 4014's Return And "The Circus That Wasn't"

Perhaps this is catching. When moving 576 from the park in Nashville last January everyone was discouraged from following the engine down the street and encouraged to go to a couple of different places and take pictures of it going by. Of course being city streets people could not be kept from walki...

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