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by John Bohon
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cab Ride Milw 261
Replies: 9
Views: 212

Re: Cab Ride Milw 261

Kevin brought back a little more memory of the entire video as I originally saw it. The video did not start at Montgomery but rather at the beginning of the trip in Huntington. The first daylight shot was the usual one in the dense fog at Barborsville. The narrator points out the dull sounding exhau...
by John Bohon
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cab Ride Milw 261
Replies: 9
Views: 212

Re: Cab Ride Milw 261

Mark, One of the best cab ride videos ever produced was shot in the cab of 261 in 1994 when it pinch hit for 765 on the New River Train in West Virginia. A year of two before The Fort Wayne guys teamed up with a video company and the result was called Runnin That New River Train. Rich Melvin was eng...
by John Bohon
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: California's "Boondoggle Train to Nowhere."
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: California's "Boondoggle Train to Nowhere."

Why is it that in the USA passenger trains are suppose to make money when no other form of passenger traffic makes money without very heavy government subsidy? For the most part driving on the highway is free. How many people would want to pay tolls to repair the stone bridge in another thread rathe...
by John Bohon
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grade Crossing Signals - Time
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: Grade Crossing Signals - Time

Crossing signals continue to evolve. Charles describes the basic way they work well. Older signal systems did not time out when trains stopped and in areas where that happened frequently there was a box on the side of the signal cabinet that accepted a key, usually a switch key, and the trainman cou...
by John Bohon
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 01-03-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 484

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 01-03-2018

The Southern black passenger scheme is black paint but with decorative gold striping on the tender and cab walls and probably some other decoration I do not remember. The freight scheme is a rather plain black without striping. The number of the locomotive is on the tender in big letters and the nam...
by John Bohon
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 01-03-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 484

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 01-03-2018

In case you are not kidding about knowing the color of 4501 these days it is in Southern freight black. Some of the guys working on the engine pushed for a passenger black livery like was on ex C&O 2716 when it was in the Southern Steam Program but that was ruled out. That would have been a good...
by John Bohon
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 01-03-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 484

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 01-03-2018

When we were rebuilding Southern 4501 at TVRM we took the time to do the job right. There was considerable talk that we were taking to long and that the engine did not need the addition of a stoker and feedwater heater. We replaced 98 percent of the firebox leaving only a couple of small and nearly ...
by John Bohon
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: GE and EMD Locomotive Business
Replies: 9
Views: 255

Re: GE and EMD Locomotive Business

Don't be surprised if US locomotives someday come from China.

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by John Bohon
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PTC - What Happens with Mainline Steam?
Replies: 11
Views: 332

Re: PTC - What Happens with Mainline Steam?

I am not entirely sure but I think ATS only used penalty brake applications. That may well have changed with diesels. ATS was developed to be used with steam so it recognized the technology at hand.

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by John Bohon
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: GE and EMD Locomotive Business
Replies: 9
Views: 255

Re: GE and EMD Locomotive Business

To say the least that makes EMD a very minor locomotive builder. They have a long and difficult road to travel if EMD is to be a true player in the locomotive market again. Should GE be sold the new owner may have the same kind of difficulties EMD has faced. That could allow EMD back into the market...
by John Bohon
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PTC - What Happens with Mainline Steam?
Replies: 11
Views: 332

Re: PTC - What Happens with Mainline Steam?

It may be possible for the trailing unit to handle PTC. I am not sure anybody really knows the answer to that for sure except the individual railroads and their different systems. There are two things I can see that may not allow that to happen. The first and probably most obvious is that the PTC ma...
by John Bohon
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: GE and EMD Locomotive Business
Replies: 9
Views: 255

Re: GE and EMD Locomotive Business

I thought from the beginning the real reason to switch locomotive production out of PA to a non union plant was an effort to cut costs and sell the locomotive business. There is no doubt they will sell it eventually, probably sooner rather than later. The problem is there is nobody that has the reso...
by John Bohon
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PTC - What Happens with Mainline Steam?
Replies: 11
Views: 332

Re: PTC - What Happens with Mainline Steam?

The problems with PTC are multiple and that is especially true for steam engines. I unloaded a box with the equipment in it a few years ago and the box was about the size of a dorm refrigerator. That can probably be mounted on the top of the tender and cabled to the cab. I am not sure how the antenn...
by John Bohon
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Norfolk And Western Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: A Norfolk And Western Christmas

Then the recording was made 60 years ago tonight. We certainly timed this discussion well.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Norfolk And Western Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: A Norfolk And Western Christmas

Years ago I read a story about this beautiful recording that may be worth repeating here. When Link conceived of this recording he had heard the chimes mixed with the steam engines before. By 1957 when he went to Rural Retreat to make the recording he learned the church had automated the chimes. Mor...

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