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by Charles T. McCullough
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up
Replies: 15
Views: 302

Re: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up

I'd bet that was one of the easiest jobs they have ever done. Of course, if'n you knows what you is a doin' you make it look easy!
by Charles T. McCullough
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UP tracks
Replies: 7
Views: 111

Re: UP tracks

I am sure the 3985 has run on 'foreign' rail (CSX I think) as a 'borrowed' engine to look like an engine that used to run on those rails as part of a "Christmas Train". I think there are videos of it on YouTube. I am pretty sure the 844 (8444) has done so also.
by Charles T. McCullough
Fri May 18, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 1844

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

Yes, that helps, but what about in Iowa? Where does it start and what route does it follow. Does it originate (as a named route) south Iowa?
by Charles T. McCullough
Fri May 18, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 1844

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

Looing at Google Earth with Railroads turned on... I see many possible tracks that might be the spine line. What cities/towns does it go through?
by Charles T. McCullough
Tue May 08, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 1844

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

I beg to differ with you Mark... I have a lathe and a mill and can't make a thing worthwhile... there is one more thing that is needed... and it ain't money!

Machining TALENT! (and maybe the patience to hone that talent by practicing.
by Charles T. McCullough
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: India Pass Train Runaway No Brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: India Pass Train Runaway No Brakes

The only real train ride I have ever had was one where the passengers fought tooth and nail for a window seat... then promptly closed the window shade and went to sleep. My son and I had to sit at opposite ends of the car, (IN THE DARK because all the window shade were down), and wait until some sta...
by Charles T. McCullough
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: India Pass Train Runaway No Brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: India Pass Train Runaway No Brakes

If you get off, you lose your spot!

"No way I'm gettin' off, you get off!"
"No, YOU get off!"
"Not me! I had to knock 3 people off to get this spot, I'm not giving it up!"
by Charles T. McCullough
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amtrak Is No Longer Allowing Charters And Private Car Moves?
Replies: 10
Views: 401

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

Please note that the edict didn't say they didn't make money from the Charters and Private Car Moves... it said they didn't make enough.

I always thought that profit was profit, but these days it has to be MASSIVE profit or they don't think it is worth it.
by Charles T. McCullough
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grade Crossing Signals - Time
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Re: Grade Crossing Signals - Time

That question has been under study for quite some time. All sorts of theories abound about it. And all sorts of "remedies" have been proposed and a few have been implemented, some at great expense (retrofitting ditch lights to all locos being one of them; the theory being that the changing...
by Charles T. McCullough
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grade Crossing Signals - Time
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Re: Grade Crossing Signals - Time

As I understand it... from discussions on other forums and what I have read... The tracks are shorted some distance from the crossing so that current flows out one rail and back on another, this current is detected so that the system can detect if there is a break in the rails or other wiring. When ...
by Charles T. McCullough
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 1844

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

I should clarify my comment about the color of the 4501... like Henry Ford, I think you should be able to paint any locomotive "any color as long as it is black." But the first time I saw the 4501 and all the photos I have of it, it was Green with gold accents, so I only think of it in tho...
by Charles T. McCullough
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 1844

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

For the record I'm still sore that they didn't paint 4501 green. ;) WHAT? That's like painting the White House purple with yellow polka dots. OH! I'm gonna lay on the floor and moan a bit! What color did it get painted? As for the work on 4014, I figure the I expense to tear down the various parts ...
by Charles T. McCullough
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam & Snow
Replies: 12
Views: 625

Re: Steam & Snow

I have to respectfully disagree! I have an Excel spreadsheet that I created that will print a calendar with photos for each month (1 month per page so it is like a standard hanging calendar, just 8.5x11 instead of 11x17). I was seriously considering snatching that photo to be the January photo (mayb...
by Charles T. McCullough
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PTC - What Happens with Mainline Steam?
Replies: 11
Views: 624

Re: PTC - What Happens with Mainline Steam?

I would assume it would tie in through the "Dead Man's" switch... Break the link that ties it to the spring mechanism that closes the throttle if the Engineer doesn't hold the pedal down.
by Charles T. McCullough
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amtrak 42
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: Amtrak 42

Mark: If you move the mouse arrow to the picture in the posting, it should change to a pointing hand, click the Left mouse button and the web page should open to just the photo, and the mouse arrow should look like a magnifying glass with a "+" in it. Click the mouse button again and it sh...

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