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by John Bohon
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Norfolk Southern Wreck (video)
Replies: 2
Views: 66

Re: Norfolk Southern Wreck (video)

For the people living in that house I bet the pucker factor want through the roof every time a train passes from now on. There is no way I would ever live close to a railroad track. I have seen to many things happen. People think I am out of my mind because I will not get close to a crossing when a ...
by John Bohon
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 13
Views: 240

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

If you have never seen a large simple articulated locomotive run do yourself a favor and go see the 4014. If you really want to see an interesting sight set yourself up on a curve and watch the articulation work. It is well worth the price of admission and is worth far more effort that you would ima...
by John Bohon
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ancient Diesel Arrived Twin Cities Yesterday
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Ancient Diesel Arrived Twin Cities Yesterday

I feel certain PTC can be installed on the E unit or any other diesel of any size for that matter. It is a question of money. A boxcar full should be about the right amount.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July
Replies: 13
Views: 240

Re: Big Boy IS going to Duluth this July

Or it could be the rules have not become law yet. If you will recall UP filed for a waiver to run their steam engines on their railroad without PTC and the FRA denied the waiver since the law was not in effect yet. It is their engine, their railroad, and their employees so the FRA said they could do...
by John Bohon
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Video Footage - 1939 - Opening of Los Angeles Union Station
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: Video Footage - 1939 - Opening of Los Angeles Union Station

This is amazing footage The shot of the cab forward strolling down the street at a good clip with the engineer's had on the throttle is impressive. Seeing the number of people who came out to watch the show points to a far different time in history when entertainment was not so easy to come by. The ...
by John Bohon
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ancient Diesel Arrived Twin Cities Yesterday
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Ancient Diesel Arrived Twin Cities Yesterday

Virtually every locomotive I have ever operated diesel or otherwise has been ancient. Back in the mid eighties I did some switching with a borrowed CSX GP 50 which was nearly new at the time. That is about the only even relatively new locomotive I have ever run. Congratulations on getting the E unit...
by John Bohon
Sun May 12, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ceremonial dignitary hoopla at Ogden.
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: Ceremonial dignitary hoopla at Ogden.

This is UP using the steam program perfectly. Use the steam engines to get the dignitaries and politicians there and then deliver the company message. Remember this is really all about getting the message out to the right people and perhaps selling some freight business and not just running the engi...
by John Bohon
Fri May 03, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 150 Years Ago: Ten Miles Of Track Built In One Day
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Re: 150 Years Ago: Ten Miles Of Track Built In One Day

It is really to bad this milestone has been swept under the rug in all the news about the golden spike and 4014. Laying 10 miles of track a day is an incredible feat. Think about the logistics for a minute. Ten miles of track means 3,500 rails, 30,000 crossties, 120,000 spikes, 7,000 joint bars, and...
by John Bohon
Fri May 03, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Video 4014 outside appliances running whistle testing
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Video 4014 outside appliances running whistle testing

I learned earlier this week that the whistle on the 4014 may be blown with superheated steam. if so and if the superheater units were full of water then all the water in the units would have to blow out before the whistle would blow properly.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 5/1/2019 - Apparently 4014 moved under its own power tonight...
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Re: Installing and testing 4014s whistle (video link)...

Watching the video it seems the only thing they were doing to fix the problem was to continue to blow the whistle. I can only assume the valve was sticking. At one point I thought I may be able to see steam blowing from around the stem but if so that cleared up. The initial blow was probably full of...
by John Bohon
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It looks like the Soo Line 2719 will stay in Duluth for now
Replies: 5
Views: 632

Re: It looks like the Soo Line 2719 will stay in Duluth for now

Who could not see this coming? Having just helped move a large steam locomotive I know first hand had difficult and expensive a job it is. We were lucky the railroads donated their part of the move or the price would have gone up drastically. Either someone at the city or some consultant was blowing...
by John Bohon
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Insides of a Steam Locomotive
Replies: 2
Views: 417

Re: The Insides of a Steam Locomotive

Having spent an uncounted number of days inside boilers and fireboxes over the last 40 years I feel your pain. The work is dirty, hard, and generally miserable. It can be very boring as well as well as difficult. It is seldom pleasant. I feel for the guys doing the work. On the other hand I have nev...
by John Bohon
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water for 4014?
Replies: 5
Views: 622

Re: Water for 4014?

Water is easy. They can get it at any fire hydrant.

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by John Bohon
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Replies: 15
Views: 1416

Re: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

I think the slide valve is losing lubrication not the rod bushings. This seems to be a classic case if the valve seizing up and the rest of the engine wants to keep rolling Something has to give and classically the eccentric rod is the weak point. They may well be bending a few other things too like...
by John Bohon
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Replies: 15
Views: 1416

Re: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

If this were a simple engine a broken eccentric rod would make me think of a loss of valve lubrication. The report I initially saw said it was a timing issue. I do not understand how that could be but knowing the little I do about compounding I have some ideas. Having never seen a compound engine ru...

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