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by John Bohon
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Almost 27 years ago, railfanning
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: Almost 27 years ago, railfanning

The New River excursions are probably the best over all trips I have ever been on or chased. They certainly rival the Chessie engines slugging it out on Sandpatch and 17mile grades or 2102 on Horseshoe Curve. My first ride on this train was in the fall of 1978 and the next to last Chessie Steam Spec...
by John Bohon
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sweet Steam: US Sugar Debuts Its 4-6-2
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Re: Sweet Steam: US Sugar Debuts Its 4-6-2

You are very close Mark. So much of this engine is new it is almost a new locomotive. The frame of the engine and tender, cylinders, and the driver centers and axles are about all that is left excluding small items like domes and cab appliances. Even the air compressor is new with a cross compound r...
by John Bohon
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: R.I.P Burlington John
Replies: 5
Views: 587

R.I.P Burlington John

Sadly it was brought to my attention that there is a thread on Trainorders Steam and Excursion section containing the obituary for John Lewis, AKA Burlington John. He was among many other things a lover of all things American Freedom Tran and posted here over the years. I never met him but have comm...
by John Bohon
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone riding steam recently or up coming?
Replies: 4
Views: 721

Re: Anyone riding steam recently or up coming?

Things are opening slowly. TVRM began running their very successful diner trains a couple of weekends ago. There are at least some of TVRM's long distance excursion trains to Georgia planned for the fall color season and some will feature steam. I am not sure if they will go all the way to Summervil...
by John Bohon
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion
Replies: 7
Views: 980

Re: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion

I do hope you are wrong about people forgetting. Lives are depending on those in the cab and shop.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stay Bolts are Crucial
Replies: 6
Views: 625

Re: Stay Bolts are Crucial

At least 261 will still be running. Do I remember correctly that some of the sister 4-8-4's to 261 were oil burners back in their day? If so drawings may be available that will help greatly with the design and building of the oil burning equipment.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion
Replies: 7
Views: 980

Re: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion

I have been staying out of this but I suppose I should say something. I have both run and fired 1278 at Gettysburg with Jim Cornell on a few occasions. The Cornell's were well known for their lack of maintaince and that knowledge goes for the FRA as well. When I was on the engine I always took the t...
by John Bohon
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stay Bolts are Crucial
Replies: 6
Views: 625

Re: Stay Bolts are Crucial

You are right about staybolts being crucial and about testing them to be a pain. TVRM just completed the 5 year flexable staybolt test on 630 this year. In reference to the incident at Gettysburg it was an improved staybolt design used by the Canadians that saved the crownsheet from completely colla...
by John Bohon
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.S. Sugar's Steam Engine
Replies: 3
Views: 888

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: 1682

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: 1682

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: 2190

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: 1444

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: 2031

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: 1423

Re: St. Paul Union Depot Is 100 Years Old

That is a good article.

John Bohon

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