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by John Bohon
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Durango & Silverton 2017 Fall Photo Special
Replies: 9
Views: 208

Re: Durango & Silverton 2017 Fall Photo Special

They must have a lot of people working to get 476 ready by February. That is pretty impressive. Is that a water car head out behind 473?

Great photos and an interesting subject.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 4014 at Promontory Point in 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1119

Re: 4014 at Promontory Point in 2019

From what I can find the tubes and flues are 22 feet long. That is about as long as they can practically get. From what I understand 20 feet and up the tubes can vibrate and break. The combustion chamber is a little over 9 feet long. The Big Boy can boil some water.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question about The John Bull
Replies: 5
Views: 361

Re: Question about The John Bull

I agree with Wowak, the cylinders and valves are between the frames and under the boiler. In the video you can see some of the motion moving on the left hand side of the locomotive. I would hate to get my pants leg caught up in those levers cranking back and forth if I were firing the John Bull but ...
by John Bohon
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Columbia Star Dinner Train
Replies: 7
Views: 499

Re: The Columbia Star Dinner Train

The meal can not be mediocre. These trains charge a large premium and the food has to be great. The TVRM dinner train is a short run so the train crawls along in order to allow people to enjoy their meal. It also travels much of the journey through, shall we say, urban scenery. The train does run mo...
by John Bohon
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Update on C&O 1309 2-6-6-2 Restoration
Replies: 1
Views: 225

Re: Update on C&O 1309 2-6-6-2 Restoration

While the unexpected is always going to show its head during locomotive rebuilds my problem with this unexpected development is that something like pits on a driver journal, and it sounds like the crank pins too, are not that hard to find. These drivers have already been sent to Strasburg to have ne...
by John Bohon
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Columbia Star Dinner Train
Replies: 7
Views: 499

Re: The Columbia Star Dinner Train

I do not think you can call dinner trains a dying breed. There are any number that are thriving including the one in Napa California. TVRM operates a Saturday evening dinner train about 9 months out of the year and it is well patronized. It is a question of having a customer base, marketing, and put...
by John Bohon
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: John Bohon in print
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: John Bohon in print

Without seeing the picture I believe it was probably taken when we were putting the drivers back under 4501. Jim Wrinn was in the shop nearly the entire week. Being one who does not particularly like having my picture taken I ask my old friend not to put my photo in print. You see how far that got m...
by John Bohon
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 4014 at Promontory Point in 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1119

Re: 4014 at Promontory Point in 2019

In an attempt to answer the original question I remember the Golden Spike Limited train run for the 100th anniversary of the driving of the spike by Ross Rowland and company in 1969 terminated at a town or city near the actual site. The UP official trains also terminated in the same area. I do not k...
by John Bohon
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Want to own your own passenger coach?
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Want to own your own passenger coach?

These cars are in decent mechanical condition. I think they were first put into excursion service by Altoona shop who knew nothing about working on passenger cars. They were worked on several different times in the TVRM shop over the years under the direction of NS personal so improvements have been...
by John Bohon
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A St Louis Fallen Flag
Replies: 4
Views: 435

Re: A St Louis Fallen Flag

To bad. I would bet the railroads chased off this good business as they have many other opportunities. At least the rail still exists so perhaps someday.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hot Times on the Railroad Back When...
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Re: Hot Times on the Railroad Back When...

Just as Mark says, our generation grew up with virtually no air conditioning. The only time I felt AC when I was young was when we went shopping at some big store. My first car equipped with AC was bought in 1988. I think that because our bodies remember how to deal with heat or cold we can more eas...
by John Bohon
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bill Withuhn passed
Replies: 1
Views: 220

Re: Bill Withuhn passed

I never met Mr. Withuhn but have read some of his work and of course know his reputation. He will be missed and I know of nobody who can fill his shoes. Condolences to his family and friends.

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The American Freedom Train Returns ....
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: The American Freedom Train Returns ....

If only the Freedom Train would make another appearance. With only brief stints on the 2101 engine crew and chasing or gong through the train the Freedom Train easily is the best thing I have seen on rails in my lifetime. Only the Chessie Steam Special trains come even a reasonably close second. Joh...
by John Bohon
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Choo Choo time next week
Replies: 20
Views: 1337

Re: Choo Choo time next week

I wish I could but between work, a family illness, and a recent death in the family it will not be possible for me to make those dates. What kind of work are you planning for those dates?

John Bohon
by John Bohon
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New steam in Minnesota
Replies: 20
Views: 1134

Re: New steam in Minnesota

I was speaking of split bearings on both ends of the mainrod. On older and smaller power it was very common. In fact from my experience it was very close to being universal. The reason for using this arrangement was probably a result of it being the best technology at the time. Those of us use to bi...

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