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by John Bohon
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up

Thinking about this a little I know the track was rebuilt something like 5 years ago so I am sure the track is solid. Gage rods, they are not called bars, will probably do little to help since they offer little to no protection from a rail turning over. I wonder it they opened up the track gage half...
by John Bohon
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UP tracks
Replies: 7
Views: 124

Re: UP tracks

Not really Mark. I remember reading some UP engines were converted after WW II due to coal shortages during strikes. Since UP ran to the west coast I assume they converted lots of engines to oil early. It is certainly possible some of the challengers were built as oil burners but I have no clue if t...
by John Bohon
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UP tracks
Replies: 7
Views: 124

Re: UP tracks

In the nineties 3985 was brought east for the Clinchffield Christmas train in Eastern Tennessee. The train is still operated by CSX but that year was an anniversary and steam was used in place of the usual diesels. UP supplied 3985 because the Clinchfield bought several identical challengers that th...
by John Bohon
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up

The picture shows the pit to be at the end of a curve which explains the rail turning over. Now that part makes sense. Blaming all this on a single weld is probably to simple of an explanation. This engine has been moved over the same location who knows how many times. All of those moves were succes...
by John Bohon
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up

Mark, Click on the first link and there are a couple of photos of the derailed wheel near the bottom of the thumbnail photos. The wheel is not hanging over the pit but is near the edge. Blocking the wheel back on would require blocking from the bottom of the pit. Otherwise blocking suspended in the ...
by John Bohon
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up
Replies: 15
Views: 319

Re: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up

How it happened is obvious. Having a boiler full of water and the fresh load of oil in the tender as well as whatever water is in the tender the whole thing was to heavy for the structure of the pit. The track looks to be straight but the trailing truck may have crabbed to the left at just the wrong...
by John Bohon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NS sues train crew in Kentucky (March 18th)
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: NS sues train crew in Kentucky (March 18th)

As one who has worked for small companies for more than forty years I can assure you that is no way to insure a good employment experience. In my younger days I worked for a company who paid so poorly I went back to my parents house on weekends because I could not afford food seven days a week. Even...
by John Bohon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking public input re: automated trains
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Re: The Federal Railroad Administration is seeking public input re: automated trains

I certainly am not in favor of crewless trains or for that matter remote control switching. There is nothing safer about either and the job losses hurt the middle class even more than they have already suffered. Having said that I must tell you I started in the railroad business firing and running s...
by John Bohon
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NS sues train crew in Kentucky (March 18th)
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: NS sues train crew in Kentucky (March 18th)

That is an easy question to answer. Bean counters and lawyers running companies do not give a damn about anything but money. I was once sent to a seminar for new managers. My job as a long term manager was to accompany a recently promoted individual from the company. The whole point of the presenter...
by John Bohon
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: India Pass Train Runaway No Brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 363

Re: India Pass Train Runaway No Brakes

I have no idea what kind of brakes they have in India. The video is in the dark so I could not see any air hoses so they may not be air. Regardless the most frequent cause of runaways like this would probably be not having the brakes tied into the locomotive to start with. That could be from the ori...
by John Bohon
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NS sues train crew in Kentucky (March 18th)
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: NS sues train crew in Kentucky (March 18th)

This is probably as much about not paying for injuries to the crew as anything else. Railroad employees by law are not a part of workmans compensation. The only recourse when an employee gets injured is to settle with the company or sue. In this case the employees may well win their case but if NS w...
by John Bohon
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: India Pass Train Runaway No Brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 363

Re: India Pass Train Runaway No Brakes

What does this being from India have to do with passengers who would not think of the cars having hand brakes? I see plenty of our tourist passengers who can barely find the steps to get on the trains much less know where the hand brakes would be or even if there are any. As amazing as it seems to t...
by John Bohon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page
Replies: 20
Views: 935

Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Returning to an old subject, it appears the city has completed their effort to pull defeat from the jaws of victory. I read this afternoon an ex city councilman is now leading an effort to "restore" the 503. I can see this evolving into a bunch of Boy Scouts slapping a coat of cheap paint ...
by John Bohon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amtrak Is No Longer Allowing Charters And Private Car Moves?
Replies: 10
Views: 419

Re: Amtrak Is No Longer Allowing Charters And Private Car Moves?

Assuming you are using hours of service employees on your "Amtrak" train what you may be costing Amtrak is a crew start. My guess is they maintain as few employees as possible and may not have enough to cover regular service trains and extra movements. That is the most valid reason I can s...
by John Bohon
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amtrak Is No Longer Allowing Charters And Private Car Moves?
Replies: 10
Views: 419

Re: Amtrak Is No Longer Allowing Charters And Private Car Moves?

All of this reminds me of both the early days of Amtrak and Conrail. In both cases attempts were made to bring people in from outside the railroad industry in an attempt to bring new ideas to the organization. These attempts only worsened the situation as it probably will today. The general arrangem...

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