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by Mark D
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: R.I.P Burlington John
Replies: 5
Views: 287

Re: R.I.P Burlington John

Tragic. Burlington John was a good source for a lot of railroad topics. I never had any correspondence with him, but what he posted was always interesting or at least correct in what he posted. At least his, and everyone who posts here is still available for reading and even adding comments. For now...
by Mark D
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone riding steam recently or up coming?
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: Anyone riding steam recently or up coming?

At the 261 shop things are going slowly with the stay bolts because I and another guy only go there on Thursdays, and last week we didn't get a chance to touch the engine. I was instructed to remove a bunch of diesel fuel lines and filters and gauges from a power car that used to be owned by some ci...
by Mark D
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stay Bolts are Crucial
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: Stay Bolts are Crucial

It has to happen. I don't like it because I like shoveling coal. With oil the fireman just sits on his behind and turn a few knobs now and then and call out signals. Whuppee Do. And it still has to be hostled at night because, according to our fearless leader, who got his info from the guys at Union...
by Mark D
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stay Bolts are Crucial
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: Stay Bolts are Crucial

Oh, by the way, the Milwaukee Road 261 is going to oil burning sometime after this year. Coal is getting too hard to get.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stay Bolts are Crucial
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Stay Bolts are Crucial

Milwaukee Road 261 Is getting yet another stay - bolt inspection, per FRA rules. It's a long and arduous task, but it must be done for two reasons - rules say so, and we don't want to be operating with broken stay bolts that can't be known without an inspection. I sort of wonder if broken stay bolts...
by Mark D
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone riding steam recently or up coming?
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Anyone riding steam recently or up coming?

I'm wondering if steam powered are becoming fewer and fewer as the years go by. Seems to me just a few years ago steam was running everywhere, or nearly that. Now there's nothing going on, again it seems to me it is that way, or close to it. Is there any steam running outside of Disney Land and litt...
by Mark D
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion
Replies: 7
Views: 648

Re: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion

It's Steve Sandberg who gets ALL the credits that help 261 stay in shape. Yes, we help him out, but he calls all the shots, and he really doesn't want that steam engine to blow up. That's why right now we're doing the FRA required stay bolt check and replace on the boiler. Those who neglect maintena...
by Mark D
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: More Steam on You Tube
Replies: 5
Views: 1157

Re: More Steam on You Tube

Sorry about that. I received a new post from the same person who sent it as another link. It was late last night when it came in, I just shot it out on Chaski and left it at that.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: More Steam on You Tube
Replies: 5
Views: 1157

Re: More Steam on You Tube

And here is another link that seems to provide some good looking at vintage railroading in the upper Midwest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7ib3FQeL0s I haven't tested the link. I don't have the time right now, but it came from a reliable source, who used to be a contributor in this Chaski Railfa...
by Mark D
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: More Steam on You Tube
Replies: 5
Views: 1157

More Steam on You Tube

A new (to me anyway) link to some great steam. If it's been posted here already, shame on me. It was sent to me by a 261 crew member who also used to be on this forum, but has left since the phpbb forums seem to be going the way of the dodo bird. There is footage of one of the Twin Zephyrs being pul...
by Mark D
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Now There's A Steam Doubleheader
Replies: 2
Views: 628

Re: Now There's A Steam Doubleheader

How about telling us something about that photo? Nice shot, no meat.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Mon May 25, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Illinois Railway Museum Has Painted Their 2-10-2
Replies: 1
Views: 717

Re: Illinois Railway Museum Has Painted Their 2-10-2

I really like the way they went about it. Most of the time a static display just gets a new cover coat painted over everything. These people went back to the base and did it as right as probably possible. Nice work!!

Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri May 22, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Will the Y6 stay in Roanoke or return to St. Louis?"
Replies: 4
Views: 1767

Re: "Will the Y6 stay in Roanoke or return to St. Louis?"

I would say that it goes wherever the true owner wants it to go.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Wed May 13, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days
Replies: 9
Views: 1914

Re: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days

Well well well, yesterday two BNSF trains went past in Atwater during the period from 1:30 to 8:15 PM. One I didn't see because I was in a position to not get to the window to see what it was hauling. That was the first. The second one had about 20 tanks and nothing else. This isn't normal for this ...
by Mark D
Sat May 09, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No Union Pacific Steam in 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 1468

Re: No Union Pacific Steam in 2020

Since that worthless CEO at Amtrak left and a new guy came in, some of the mainline steam people are 'lobbying' the new guy to let them operate under Amtrak's umbrella. If it does happen, we could see some good days again.
Mark D.

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