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by Mark D
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up
Replies: 14
Views: 273

Re: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up

I get that it was loaded this time. Understood. But they are going to have to do something to beef up the rail over the pit if they plan on continuing to move it in and out of the barn while it is in service. I doubt they want this to happen again and the way to stop it from happening is to beef up ...
by Mark D
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up
Replies: 14
Views: 273

Re: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up

I recently read that the cause of the mess was a broken weld. A single weld! That tells me they really need to beef up their support structure on the rails over the pit.
That, or don't put that engine over the pit.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up
Replies: 14
Views: 273

Re: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up

Not much detail in that google photo, but I caught the pit part.
Having not seen everything, I still say that it's obvious that they need to beef up the track over the said pit. I sort of doubt they want to do this again.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up
Replies: 14
Views: 273

Re: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up

Is it my eyesight or is the rail on the right in the photo tilted outward? I was under the impression that they had spread the rails, but I pictured the left rail out of place. But in the photo from the pit the right hand rail (fireman's side probably) seems to be pushed out. I think that once they ...
by Mark D
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up
Replies: 14
Views: 273

Re: 2926 Derailment On Eve of First Steam Up

I would sure like to see a photo or three of the derailment. Normally something like that can be handled with a bit of wood blocking and careful wedging. But apparently this happened right over a pit? So, I picture in my mind the engineer side wheels hanging in mid air? I can think of several things...
by Mark D
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Como Colorado
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Como Colorado

Nice photos! They show what the average person would never see - the behind the scenes things.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New track in Ridgway Colorado
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Re: New track in Ridgway Colorado

That sure looks costly! Are they going to put some ballast down between the ties before they start normal operation?

That's the kind of work I'd like to get in on. Too bad it is so far away.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Press Release: RailsNW announces the 2018 Oregon Coast Crawler schedule]
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: Press Release: RailsNW announces the 2018 Oregon Coast Crawler schedule]

How I wish I had the time and the money to go out there. How can it not be a good time?
Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs

THAT is a way cool photograph! I wonder how he got that high angle, what building it might have been taken from, or was he in an airplane? We'll probably never know.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amtrak's Southwest Chief at Flagstaff, AZ
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: Amtrak's Southwest Chief at Flagstaff, AZ

NICE photo's, Al. All too soon I think those bilevel cars might be history from scuttlebutt on the web. Same with the power - it's getting a bit long in the tooth and rather than rebuild for less cost I think Amtrak will go for brand new, untested.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BNSF Is Proud Of Its Positive Train Control
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: BNSF Is Proud Of Its Positive Train Control

If it is BNSF track, I would assume that Amtrak is operating with PTC while on BNSF track. However, Amtrak in the big picture still has a long way to go to be totally PTC compliant.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs

Thanks, Tony. I never knew anything about that bridge until the past few years when it has been in the news because of people on it everywhere. At the time I thought it was a new and expensive bridge that was built for pedestrians. Later I learned it was originally a railroad bridge. My thought then...
by Mark D
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs

Do you know when the last train went over the bridge? Not including railroad equipment used to take up the track.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BNSF Is Proud Of Its Positive Train Control
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: BNSF Is Proud Of Its Positive Train Control

Interesting article from the BNSF. The BNSF spokesperson alluded to the possibility of the wreck in N.D. a few years back might not have happened had there been PTC at that time. I agree that it MIGHT not have happened, but the chances for it not happening are very slim. There would have had to have...
by Mark D
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs

Was it still in use in 1993?
Mark D.

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