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by Mark D
Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nothing goes right when you're pressed for time
Replies: 0
Views: 36

Nothing goes right when you're pressed for time

When I was getting ready to go to the locomotive shop so I could choo choo fireman I fired up the car. But it quit about ten seconds later. I tried to start it, nothing. Well, this sucks, I just got done putting a new water pump in the thing. I did a quick test and found that the battery had gone de...
by Mark D
Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Fast?
Replies: 4
Views: 87

Re: How Fast?

Yeah, that's why I posted the question. I'm wondering if there is a true, factual, undebatable and verified top speed.
I can't find it, thought someone might have a book or something that would have that statistic.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Fast?
Replies: 4
Views: 87

How Fast?

Anyone know or can find the ultimate fastest speed of a steam locomotive. And, by steam locomotive it has to be the normal piston driven type, no turbines.
From that, we can then go farther by classifying locomotives by type and or size.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: On the Choo Choo tonight and tomorrow night
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: On the Choo Choo tonight and tomorrow night

Hi Fiz!
No, I have zero desire to run the thing. Steve has offered from time to time, but I just don't want to. I have fired on the road at times, but to be frank, I like the night shift. I'll let the 'children' as I call them, do the firing on the road.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: On the Choo Choo tonight and tomorrow night
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: On the Choo Choo tonight and tomorrow night

So I lived through it!!!! Mind you, the engine never moved more than two hundred feet, and that was to take on coal. Getting ready for Santa Train 2019 version. On the first night I was late because I had to put a water pump into my car before I could get there. Long story..... I got there around 10...
by Mark D
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: On the Choo Choo tonight and tomorrow night
Replies: 3
Views: 104

On the Choo Choo tonight and tomorrow night

Yeah, I'm assigned the dog watch two nights in a row at the choo choo shop. It's usually a nice and easy task, but being alone and having something nasty go wrong is what keeps me awake all night. I'm supposed to do it again on the 14th at SPUD, but am trying to get out of that one. I dislike everyt...
by Mark D
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amtrak In The Street, 1993
Replies: 3
Views: 199

Re: Amtrak In The Street, 1993

I watched the video and it looked just like the Empire Builder my wife and I rode out to Washington about 10 years ago. The train looked, to me, to be totally the same as back when that video was taken other than the engine was a generation older than the one that pulled our train. Amazingly, the en...
by Mark D
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT, Happy Thanksgiving
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: OT, Happy Thanksgiving

Charles, your rendition of Thanksgiving is almost a copy of my experiences as a kid. But I'm not well acquainted with my wife's extended family and therefor nothing to say or do while I'm there other than eat at the table. By the way, I do know when and how much to slow down based on road condition...
by Mark D
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT, Happy Thanksgiving
Replies: 5
Views: 170

Re: OT, Happy Thanksgiving

Yeah, Thanks for Giving... I had to drive two hours each way to my wife's sisters place for a typical Thanksgiving dinner. Four hours driving in the dark with scattered ice patches on U.S. Hwy. 12, oh how fun. Been there done that thousands of times, but I've never liked it. The worst thing about it...
by Mark D
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Roundhouse discussions
Topic: The Edmund Fitzgerald
Replies: 5
Views: 3046

Re: The Edmund Fitzgerald

And, Capt. McSorley was known to make the ship he was commanding at any given time to be very hard on ships. He beat them like I beat cars. Difference is that if the car goes down, I can walk on land. Other skippers who were out in that storm played it safe and took their ships into inlets or bays o...
by Mark D
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Much Sound Travels - If You Want it to
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: How Much Sound Travels - If You Want it to

Actually, I can hear very high pitch sounds. I can't hear her at times because I'm engrossed in thought and I'm not hearing anything in the background. But, to add to that, I will normally have my train of thought interrupted if a light aircraft with a rumbling sound that, to my ears, might sound li...
by Mark D
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Much Sound Travels - If You Want it to
Replies: 4
Views: 350

How Much Sound Travels - If You Want it to

I live approximately five miles north of the BNSF line that goes west to somewhere, and I live approximately the same amount of miles south from the Canadian Pacific Railway. If there is little or no wind, I can hear not only their whistles, (horns) but the engines themselves. I can also hear approx...
by Mark D
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Train Wreck???
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: Train Wreck???

WOW! Talk about train wrecks!! Amtrak is out of business between PA and NY until the mess is cleared. The mess looks like it's going to take a long time. Maybe now the track might be cleared though because it's been long enough that they could have cleared the track and inspected it. I can think of ...
by Mark D
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Railway proposes shipping 500 million gallons of Minnesota water a year to the Southwest
Replies: 8
Views: 502

Re: Railway proposes shipping 500 million gallons of Minnesota water a year to the Southwest

I've read all about the water issues in the 1800's and forward, but I guess, even though I don't like the idea at all of shipping our water down to a place where, maybe the people who live there should just move to where there is water, when we too could wind up in a drought and need that water for ...
by Mark D
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Train Wreck???
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Train Wreck???

Last night when I came into the house my wife informed me that on the national news there was a big train wreck. I figured it would be noted on at least one of the TV channels from the Twin Cities, but nothing was mentioned. This morning I checked on the web and found nothing. Was this 'train wreck'...

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