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by Mark D
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone riding steam recently or up coming?
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Anyone riding steam recently or up coming?

I'm wondering if steam powered are becoming fewer and fewer as the years go by. Seems to me just a few years ago steam was running everywhere, or nearly that. Now there's nothing going on, again it seems to me it is that way, or close to it. Is there any steam running outside of Disney Land and litt...
by Mark D
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: Good Video About Gettysburg RR Boiler Explosion

It's Steve Sandberg who gets ALL the credits that help 261 stay in shape. Yes, we help him out, but he calls all the shots, and he really doesn't want that steam engine to blow up. That's why right now we're doing the FRA required stay bolt check and replace on the boiler. Those who neglect maintena...
by Mark D
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: More Steam on You Tube
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Re: More Steam on You Tube

Sorry about that. I received a new post from the same person who sent it as another link. It was late last night when it came in, I just shot it out on Chaski and left it at that.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: More Steam on You Tube
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Re: More Steam on You Tube

And here is another link that seems to provide some good looking at vintage railroading in the upper Midwest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7ib3FQeL0s I haven't tested the link. I don't have the time right now, but it came from a reliable source, who used to be a contributor in this Chaski Railfa...
by Mark D
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: More Steam on You Tube
Replies: 5
Views: 786

More Steam on You Tube

A new (to me anyway) link to some great steam. If it's been posted here already, shame on me. It was sent to me by a 261 crew member who also used to be on this forum, but has left since the phpbb forums seem to be going the way of the dodo bird. There is footage of one of the Twin Zephyrs being pul...
by Mark D
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Now There's A Steam Doubleheader
Replies: 2
Views: 369

Re: Now There's A Steam Doubleheader

How about telling us something about that photo? Nice shot, no meat.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Mon May 25, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Illinois Railway Museum Has Painted Their 2-10-2
Replies: 1
Views: 480

Re: Illinois Railway Museum Has Painted Their 2-10-2

I really like the way they went about it. Most of the time a static display just gets a new cover coat painted over everything. These people went back to the base and did it as right as probably possible. Nice work!!

Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri May 22, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Will the Y6 stay in Roanoke or return to St. Louis?"
Replies: 4
Views: 1461

Re: "Will the Y6 stay in Roanoke or return to St. Louis?"

I would say that it goes wherever the true owner wants it to go.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Wed May 13, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days
Replies: 9
Views: 1426

Re: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days

Well well well, yesterday two BNSF trains went past in Atwater during the period from 1:30 to 8:15 PM. One I didn't see because I was in a position to not get to the window to see what it was hauling. That was the first. The second one had about 20 tanks and nothing else. This isn't normal for this ...
by Mark D
Sat May 09, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No Union Pacific Steam in 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 1048

Re: No Union Pacific Steam in 2020

Since that worthless CEO at Amtrak left and a new guy came in, some of the mainline steam people are 'lobbying' the new guy to let them operate under Amtrak's umbrella. If it does happen, we could see some good days again.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Wed May 06, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days
Replies: 9
Views: 1426

Re: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days

Well, that shows they're doing some business anyway. I like that.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri May 01, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days
Replies: 9
Views: 1426

Re: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days

Yesterday on the way home I again crossed the BNSF track. I prudently looked up and down the track before crossing. I noted a BNSF diesel set coming my way, but a good half mile down the track. Since it was that far I did cross with a long time to spare. But I think it must have been only a set of d...
by Mark D
Fri May 01, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No Union Pacific Steam in 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 1048

Re: No Union Pacific Steam in 2020

Sad, but I think it's all because of the COVID 19. They wouldn't get much in the way of return if they did run it. Or, on the other hand, if they did get a big gathering here and there it would exacerbate what we're supposed to be staying from. On the other hand, will they be running the Northern? I...
by Mark D
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days
Replies: 9
Views: 1426

Re: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days

I was working in Atwater again yesterday. Another BNSF train went past. One. I was busy, so didn't get a car count but it wasn't one of those mile long trains judging by the sound. However, they might have had more because I wasn't there in the morning and left around 7:00 PM. But still, normally wh...
by Mark D
Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Not Much Railroading Going On These Days
Replies: 9
Views: 1426

Not Much Railroading Going On These Days

The past few weeks I've been doing metal fabricating in a town about 20 miles west of me on U.S. Hwy 12. Town is Atwater. Weird name because there aren't any lakes within their boundaries. Where I'm working just across the street from the elevated ballast of the BNSF main line all the way to Washing...

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