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by Mark D
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Runs This Weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: 261 Runs This Weekend

Actually we were stopped at several places starting at Hopkins' former depot area. I don't know what's there now. From there we ran slowly down the tracks to alleviate boredom on the passengers until we stopped again somewhere west. Slowly in this case is slower than the track speed limit which is a...
by Mark D
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Glorious 261 on September 8, 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: The Glorious 261 on September 8, 2018

Nice photos. But I don't see the real locomotive, just that one that drags us back because we don't have a place to turn it. :-( :-)


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by Mark D
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Runs This Weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: 261 Runs This Weekend

Lucky for you that you did Saturday and not Sunday. On Sunday the TC&W had a derailment on the line that held us back for several hours. Several cars derailed, but one had a truck drop out of the car and they had to get a crane out there to lift the car, put the truck back under it, re-rail it a...
by Mark D
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Runs This Weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: 261 Runs This Weekend

And I'll be on it tonight around 11:00 until someone comes to relieve me.
I'll finish reading the book I started night before last. I think I'll bring another one. Don't want to run out of reading material.
I'm thinking about hanging it up after this year.

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by Mark D
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Runs This Weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: 261 Runs This Weekend

I was smart enough to bring a book along.
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by Mark D
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Runs This Weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 268

261 Runs This Weekend

Right about now they're laying the fire. Someone will build a slow fire. I'll be on it at 10:00 tonight 'till probably late morning. By around that time the pressure will be wherever Steve says to set it. And I'll be bored to tears - hopefully. Operating this weekend on TC&W.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Very Interesting Steam Loco Story Trains Mag
Replies: 7
Views: 222

Re: Very Interesting Steam Loco Story Trains Mag

The story about it in Trains is all news to me. What really got to me was how it had been totally disassembled and the parts hauled out of the 'swamp', but then left to rust in a pile where some of the former locomotive seemed to disappear. Later it went through several owners of the pile of junk be...
by Mark D
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Very Interesting Steam Loco Story Trains Mag
Replies: 7
Views: 222

Very Interesting Steam Loco Story Trains Mag

Title of an article in TRAINS magazine; Skookum Lives. Story of a the first ever logging locomotive in a Mallet design. The story if it's hard life, first being sent back to the Baldwin Locomotive Works because it was too heavy. From there, sold to an outfit that could use it, goes through myriad va...
by Mark D
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end

Wonderful photo Kevin! Brings back memories that would be complete if there were passenger cars behind it. But I have, somewhere, stored digital footage of one of those QJ's pulling a pretty long train for the IAIS. It is (if I can't find it the word would be WAS, not IS) But I got it from somewhere...
by Mark D
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 8/20 - 2926 First Steam Up Successful (photos)
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: 8/20 - 2926 First Steam Up Successful (photos)

All true. They would be very lucky indeed if they did NOT find something that needs to be fixed. Not only something, I mean a number of something's. That's what the test fire is for. After all the stuff they find is fixed, they'll light it up again and see how things go. And so on. Often the second ...
by Mark D
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 8/20 - 2926 First Steam Up Successful (photos)
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: 8/20 - 2926 First Steam Up Successful (photos)

YES!! It's been a long ride for that group. I am thrilled by this important milestone. Next is to fix any little things that the test fire showed and then install the pistons and valve spools - if they haven't already. Then it's time to see if they can get permission to operate a maiden voyage, so t...
by Mark D
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end

I might find out how that happened in a week or two. One of the Milw. 261 engineers was down there operating the QJ. He would know.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end

I also just learned that it's the 6988 that's running. Supposed to be carrying passengers to raise money for a fire department. Or something like that. Good cause in any case. Nice to know it's going to run once more.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end

John, you might be right on that. I think back to when they were 'brand new' (so to speak) and it seems to be about that time. The engines were turned over to some sort of railroad club who have been caring for them but from what I've heard not operating them. So this operation is probably the last ...
by Mark D
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Chinese QJ's on the march this week end

I was under the impression that only one of them was roadworthy. But then I THINK I read somewhere that both are operational. Not sure either way. Also, I wonder where they're going to operate. I was also under the impression that the Iowa Interstate, or whatever it's called, didn't want them operat...

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