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by Mark D
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap
Replies: 7
Views: 83

Re: Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap

I suspect the U.P. will stuff the train with customers and vendors first. Only after those seats are filled will they sell the rest to the ticket paying public. And the ticket paying public will pay through the nose to help offset the costs.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap
Replies: 7
Views: 83

Re: Big Boy Excursion Tickets Are Available, And They Ain't Cheap

Even if I had that kind of money I wouldn't spend it on that. Reason? Because if I were to go spend money on things like that I wouldn't have that money for very long.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: It looks like the Soo Line 2719 will stay in Duluth for now
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: It looks like the Soo Line 2719 will stay in Duluth for now

Yeah, that engine has had a rough second life. First a group of dudes get it into good enough shape that it can run, and after a couple short trips they park it on a side track close to the main. Naturally they didn't bother to chain the drivers. Cars behind it didn't have hand brakes set and a coup...
by Mark D
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Insides of a Steam Locomotive
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: The Insides of a Steam Locomotive

They will probably far out live the operating time that engine will ever see. Yeah, most circulators come into the firebox low down on the side sheets and then turn upward to the roof. At least, that's the only other picture I've ever seen of circulators. But what we have seems to work just fine. It...
by Mark D
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Insides of a Steam Locomotive
Replies: 2
Views: 60

The Insides of a Steam Locomotive

You all have seen a steam locomotive somewhere and some time back in your lives I'm sure. But not many get to squeeze can get the 'opportunity' to explore the insides of one. I had the bad luck to have to do just that. Most of you know I'm part of the crew of the former Milwaukee Road S-3 Northern t...
by Mark D
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lights are on, but nobody's home
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Lights are on, but nobody's home

The downside of your method is that the last cut seems to always make it just a tad too short. It's always Mr. Murphy that causes that.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water for 4014?
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: Water for 4014?

Yes, it's pretty much certain they will carry extra water. Reason is with a steam engine you can never know when you will need more water than you thought you needed and sometimes you can't get the locals to let you use their hydrants. And also sometimes there is no good water source for a long dist...
by Mark D
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Replies: 15
Views: 401

Re: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

I think the slide valve is losing lubrication not the rod bushings. This seems to be a classic case if the valve seizing up and the rest of the engine wants to keep rolling Something has to give and classically the eccentric rod is the weak point. They may well be bending a few other things too lik...
by Mark D
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water for 4014?
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: Water for 4014?

Yep, and that's what any steam locomotive crew does when water is needed. You get permits ahead of time... you do have to plan in advance. Sometimes the city or town lets you have as much as you need for no charge. Other times they put a meter on the hydrant that will be used. Then you get a bill in...
by Mark D
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Replies: 15
Views: 401

Re: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

That would mean that one end or both ends of the rod needed lubrication they didn't get causing it to seize, thus causing damage.
Anybody know what the long term plans for this engine are?
Mark D.
by Mark D
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Replies: 15
Views: 401

Re: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

Thanks Fitz, I had the term wrong. It was an eccentric rod that broke. And I had heard earlier that an eccentric rod had broken. This leads me to think there's something wrong with the geometry that stresses the rod, assuming it's the same rod that broke twice.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Replies: 15
Views: 401

Re: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

I have been seeing on the web that Skookum has been having some issues with reach rods and maybe other things. Have they cleared that up yet? Or are they still trying to figure it out? Just curious. I'm guessing that something isn't quite the right length.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Replies: 15
Views: 401

Re: Skookum at Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

SUPER GREAT PHOTO'S !!! They all look like Skookum is back in the 1930's. Were you able to get a ride too? I've been following that engine that overall has been shot with nothing but luck, other than that one little incident where the track rolled out and the old girl couldn't hold on. Mark D.
by Mark D
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lights are on, but nobody's home
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Lights are on, but nobody's home

Charles, to me, it means if you measure twice you will be sure that your measurement is correct. IF the first two differ, do it again. Do NOT cut until you are sure that your measurement is correct. That philosophy had to apply to just about everything we did in the flight test business, otherwise ...
by Mark D
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lights are on, but nobody's home
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Lights are on, but nobody's home

Knowing better, I still like to switch that old adage to; Measure once, then cut to fit.
Mark D.

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