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by John Bohon
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 trips
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 trips

I like the gourmet twist to this excursion. The thing you have to remember with such an adventure is to keep the quality very high. TVRM once ran dinner trains with catered barbecue and canned soda to drink. Finally the boss at the time was convinced to do things right and since the food has been pr...
by John Bohon
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin

In the 1950's there were few railroad museums and about the only way to save a steam locomotive was to put it in a public park. It was seen as a monument to the past and few gave a thought to how to maintain the thing. It is truly sad to see a locomotive removed from a museum and returned to a park ...
by John Bohon
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UP tracks
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: UP tracks

The short answer is no. There are going to be restrictions and the UP clearance department will be working overtime to find where 4014 can and cannot run. It is not just a matter of weight. The swing on the front engine will endanger wayside objects like signals as well as trains sitting on adjacent...
by John Bohon
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Soo Line 2719 May Be Returning To Wisconsin

I am pretty sure you are right about the collision. I remember seeing the wheels in TVRM's shop on one of my few trips back to Chattanooga years ago. It was a long time ago so I am assuming the nineties. My impression was the sale of WC was the end of steam on the WC. I am a long way from the WC and...
by John Bohon
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up
Replies: 20
Views: 728

Re: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up

I suspect correcting the issues with the pit will pale in comparison to finding a place and way to run 2926. Do I remember they have a pretty good arrangement with government officials in the area? That could help. Are there any regional railroads capable of handling a locomotive of this size in the...
by John Bohon
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UP tracks
Replies: 12
Views: 386

Re: UP tracks

3985 ran for a few years after restoration as a coal burner. Fear of fires severely limited where and when UP could run the engine. After conversion to oil 3985 could roam the system like 844. Oil is also much easier to deal with on the road. A truck drives up and delivers the oil and there is no as...
by John Bohon
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up
Replies: 20
Views: 728

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: 12
Views: 386

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: 12
Views: 386

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: 20
Views: 728

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: 20
Views: 728

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: 20
Views: 728

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: 431

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: 211

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: 431

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...

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