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by Mark D
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs

Well, on the evening news the other night it was announced that our usually worthless governor has asked state legislators to approve money for repairs to the bridge.
We'll see what happens.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Stone Arch Bridge Needs Repairs

Saw it on the news the other night. Needs all the bricks tuck pointed and it'll cost like a zillion dollars, far more than the city of Minneapolis is likely willing to spend. But then again, the city of Minneapolis is willing to spend anything and everything to have about eleventy five stadiums, so ...
by Mark D
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 01-03-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 266

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

That's interesting! It would have made Southern engines a sort of curiosity for people along the route, to see the engines and figure out where they came from, or are going to at some point. I'm used to steam locomotives being just plain black with white markings, period, except for passenger servic...
by Mark D
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 01-03-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 266

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

John, what is the difference between passenger black and freight black? I've always thought that black is black. There's even an old pop tune that goes; Black is black, I want my baby back....
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: GE and EMD Locomotive Business
Replies: 9
Views: 185

Re: GE and EMD Locomotive Business

John Bohon wrote:Don't be surprised if US locomotives someday come from China.

John Bohon

I hope that time never comes!

Mark D.
by Mark D
Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 01-03-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 266

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

The boiler does take most of the time spent on returning an old steam engine back into service. And it has to be done right with nothing left to chance. When the Milwaukee Road 261 was first put into service back in the mid '90s that is what they concentrated on. Mostly, the running gear was good en...
by Mark D
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 01-03-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 266

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

I agree with you 100% Wowak. Actually, the steam piping for all the systems and appliances, as they're called, should be replaced. That isn't difficult or very time consuming to do. That, and every single one of the stay-bolts need to be tested and replaced as necessary. One can almost guarantee tha...
by Mark D
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 01-03-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 266

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

Ed has a lot on his plate to get this thing done in time for the big shindig the U.P. picked it up for. He knows what he's doing, but he is a perfectionist to a tee and sometimes that gets in the way of progress. Some things on that engine that are maybe worn, but not ready to fail by any means, sho...
by Mark D
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam & Snow
Replies: 12
Views: 268

Re: Steam & Snow

Yeah, if I were putting a steam themed calendar together I think I would use all of the above photo's for the winter part of the year.

Charles, you live at least 100 miles south of me and you are 6 degrees lower than we are at the same time.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam & Snow
Replies: 12
Views: 268

Re: Steam & Snow

Nice! Another calendar picture.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PTC - What Happens with Mainline Steam?
Replies: 11
Views: 269

Re: PTC - What Happens with Mainline Steam?

Don't know how it worked, but the CMStP&P had an automatic train stop on their bigger engines, at least the ones pulling passenger trains on the 'high' speed routes. systems on their S-3 Northern's When one of two surviving S-3's was returned to service (261) the entire system was ripped out of ...
by Mark D
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steam & Snow
Replies: 12
Views: 268

Re: Steam & Snow

Wowak, your first one would make for a great calendar photo! The second one is a great portrait of how it was back then, but we are there.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: GE and EMD Locomotive Business
Replies: 9
Views: 185

Re: GE and EMD Locomotive Business

Open up for a foreign market for locomotives.... Like Seimens? (sp?) I just read that the new Charger locomotives, built by Seimens for Amtrak aren't doing very well. A large number of problems from quality of workmanship to issues with cold weather and everything between. I understand the two remai...
by Mark D
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amtrak 42
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Amtrak 42

Yeah, color scheme is great, but what does that logo in the middle say? I can't make it out even with a magnifying glass.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PTC - What Happens with Mainline Steam?
Replies: 11
Views: 269

Re: PTC - What Happens with Mainline Steam?

Wowak, if you learn more about it, I hope you post it here. I would really like to know what's going to happen.

Mark D.

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