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by Mark D
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

I'm telling it like it is; If I had a million dollars I would donate 50 grand. But that's just horse pucky because I don't have a million dollars. In fact, at this moment I have, to my name, a total of $28.74. That is including all cash, in my wallet and in the bank. Am I likely to send money? No. I...
by Mark D
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

Yeah, for some reason I totally missed the Go Fund Me part of your first post. Dumb me. But that is only to raise enough money to buy it from the scrapper, or so it appears. After they get that engine they're going to have to find a permanent place for the engine, enough money to move it if free-be ...
by Mark D
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: Save the L & A 503 steam locomotive on GoFundMe page

They need to set up a Go Fund Me. If 'they' want to restore it to operation, they're probably talking into the hundreds of thousands of dollars at the bare minimum. A $20 bill from a few railfans isn't going to cut it. What was the status of this engine? I never really figured that out. Is it a park...
by Mark D
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BNSF Does Not Want To Share Space With LRT
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: BNSF Does Not Want To Share Space With LRT

Well, I can foresee a number of reasons why BNSF wouldn't like the City of Minneapolis running trains along that route. Only one of them being that if they ever need to double track along there they wouldn't have the space anymore. Moreover, it appears in the You Tube live map that there isn't much ...
by Mark D
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BNSF Does Not Want To Share Space With LRT
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: BNSF Does Not Want To Share Space With LRT

I am a bit confused on which line that Minneapolis seems to want to operate a train. I did see a very rough map, but too small to really make out anything. But it seems to head almost due west for a mile or five and then turns up nearly north. It is also said by the Minneapolis people is that things...
by Mark D
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Blue Goose
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: The Blue Goose

And all I know is that they would go like hell, way faster than legal on those same rails these days.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Blue Goose
Replies: 2
Views: 71

The Blue Goose

Does anyone know about the Santa Fe Blue Goose? I forget the number series, of which it was the first. It was the only one that was streamlined. Looked pretty cool. I recall reading in a now very old Trains magazine about a trip where a road foreman or something like that was assigned to ride with t...
by Mark D
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cab Ride Milw 261
Replies: 9
Views: 210

Re: Cab Ride Milw 261

And I'm sorry I didn't yet know about the 261 in those days, thus not being there myself. But on the other hand, I was having a lot of fun in live, racing stock cars through the '80s, and having a 35 foot cruiser on Lake Superior to bring the kids up there and see, eventually, all of the big lake. T...
by Mark D
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cab Ride Milw 261
Replies: 9
Views: 210

Re: Cab Ride Milw 261

Kevin, you are correct. I watched the video that John's link sent me to and Rich makes the same comment in the video. It's really a good video because Rich is narrating what he is doing and why the entire time, pretty much stopping narration just long enough to call out a signal. Steve Sandberg was ...
by Mark D
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cab Ride Milw 261
Replies: 9
Views: 210

Re: Cab Ride Milw 261

Thanks for the heads up, John. I'll look it up. I think I might have a VHS tape of that trip. The fireman on the261 that day was the one who taught me how to fire and hostle. He said Rich was flogging the engine in a way that our guys never do. I wasn't there to see with my own eyes, but he gave Ric...
by Mark D
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cab Ride Milw 261
Replies: 9
Views: 210

Re: Cab Ride Milw 261

Unfortunately I didn't notice the Len Shaner until long after I had posted the link. I decided to not remove it in spite of the idea that he probably pirated it from someone else and attached his name to it. However, I also didn't think the quality of the video was all that good. Done with a cheap h...
by Mark D
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cab Ride Milw 261
Replies: 9
Views: 210

Cab Ride Milw 261

Seek and ye shall find! I was wondering if there was a video of a cab ride on You Tube. I did a search and lo and behold, one came up. Part of one anyway. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=cab+ride+video+Milwaukee+Road+261&view=detail&mid=DF80F637956D0FCF1EF6DF80F637956D0FCF1EF6&FORM=V...
by Mark D
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Florida, Stupid People and Trains that go Fast
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: Florida, Stupid People and Trains that go Fast

Interesting. A few days ago I came across a link to some newspaper down in FL where an editorial tried to make the case that the higher incidence of people getting killed by the high speed trains is the fault of the railroads for not providing enough protection for the public, who cannot be expected...
by Mark D
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grade Crossing Signals - Time
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: Grade Crossing Signals - Time

I wonder how effective this would be; Design a special high audio frequency set of oscillators that would generate a number of discordant high audio frequency sounds that would be very annoying and attention grabbing to the human ear, to be directed directly down the track at a very high power that ...
by Mark D
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grade Crossing Signals - Time
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: Grade Crossing Signals - Time

Thanks for the tutorial's. The BNSF Wayzata subdivision still seems to have the old style signals. At least, as of about three years ago. Back then I still had my machine shop near the tracks and I could see that the signals had to be manually shut off when they were switching cars into the elevator...

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