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by Mark D
Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Almost 27 years ago, railfanning
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Almost 27 years ago, railfanning

It surely is a new world after those Chinese launched that stuff into the atmosphere for all the world to deal with it. It'll be a long time before we can live like we did even just a year ago. I'm not going to the 261 shop partly because of the COVID 19. The former Milwaukee Road locomotive 261 won...
by Mark D
Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sweet Steam: US Sugar Debuts Its 4-6-2
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Sweet Steam: US Sugar Debuts Its 4-6-2

WOW! That thing looks like it just came out from the factory that built it. Where does that thing run? I have no clue.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: R.I.P Burlington John
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: R.I.P Burlington John

Tragic. Burlington John was a good source for a lot of railroad topics. I never had any correspondence with him, but what he posted was always interesting or at least correct in what he posted. At least his, and everyone who posts here is still available for reading and even adding comments. For now...
by Mark D
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone riding steam recently or up coming?
Replies: 4
Views: 606

Re: Anyone riding steam recently or up coming?

At the 261 shop things are going slowly with the stay bolts because I and another guy only go there on Thursdays, and last week we didn't get a chance to touch the engine. I was instructed to remove a bunch of diesel fuel lines and filters and gauges from a power car that used to be owned by some ci...
by Mark D
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stay Bolts are Crucial
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Stay Bolts are Crucial

It has to happen. I don't like it because I like shoveling coal. With oil the fireman just sits on his behind and turn a few knobs now and then and call out signals. Whuppee Do. And it still has to be hostled at night because, according to our fearless leader, who got his info from the guys at Union...
by Mark D
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stay Bolts are Crucial
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Stay Bolts are Crucial

Oh, by the way, the Milwaukee Road 261 is going to oil burning sometime after this year. Coal is getting too hard to get.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stay Bolts are Crucial
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Stay Bolts are Crucial

Milwaukee Road 261 Is getting yet another stay - bolt inspection, per FRA rules. It's a long and arduous task, but it must be done for two reasons - rules say so, and we don't want to be operating with broken stay bolts that can't be known without an inspection. I sort of wonder if broken stay bolts...
by Mark D
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone riding steam recently or up coming?
Replies: 4
Views: 606

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: 7
Views: 814

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: 1316

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: 1316

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: 1316

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: 738

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: 799

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: 1871

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.

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