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by Mark D
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Replacing locomotive tires without a fire ring...
Replies: 4
Views: 58

Re: Replacing locomotive tires without a fire ring...

The farthest anything from 261 was when the wheels were shipped somewhere east, I'm thinking Pennsylvania, but don't recall for sure. It's some big shop that trued up the wheels. I don't know where they went because I didn't care where they went because it had nothing to do with what I do. When they...
by Mark D
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Replacing locomotive tires without a fire ring...
Replies: 4
Views: 58

Re: Replacing locomotive tires without a fire ring...

WOW! Those guys know their stuff. Modern technology makes it a bit easier for them to do it. I wonder where that shop that did the new tires is located? Obviously in this country, but where? Sooner or later Milw 261 is going to need that same treatment on all 8, if it stays in service much longer. M...
by Mark D
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fortyfourteen schedule
Replies: 0
Views: 70

Fortyfourteen schedule

Testing to see if this works
by Mark D
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recent Amtrak/CSX tradegy in South Carolina
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: Recent Amtrak/CSX tradegy in South Carolina

In a recent blurb on TV the engineer said it was the duty of the conductor to realign the switch. I think he is right. Actually, it should be both. One should be checking what the other does to avoid incidents like this. But as the engineer said, "it is the responsibility of the conductor to al...
by Mark D
Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum is operational
Replies: 3
Views: 167

Re: Skookum is operational

Sure doesn't look very green from this monitor. Oh well.. Green would be a bit better.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skookum is operational
Replies: 3
Views: 167

Re: Skookum is operational

The whole story about that engine is simply fascinating. Talk about something that has fallen on bad luck and nobody cares and it lies on its side in weeds and water for decades and then someone comes along and offers help in the way of moving the entire engine out of the elements. But yet, it is de...
by Mark D
Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Union Pacific Has Applied For PTC Waviers For Its Steam Engines
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Re: Union Pacific Has Applied For PTC Waviers For Its Steam Engines

Actually the delays on PTC is very similar to what the state of Minnesota has going on. For some reason the DMV decided they could make a better software package for the various tasks they do. They wanted to combine everything into one neat little package. Well, they have a package, but three years ...
by Mark D
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Union Pacific Has Applied For PTC Waviers For Its Steam Engines
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Re: Union Pacific Has Applied For PTC Waviers For Its Steam Engines

I found out tonight that the reason U.P. can run without PTC is because the FRA has stretched the must have or don't run day into 2020. That means all can run. However, since BNSF has fully implemented PTC they probably won't let steam operate on their rails until they have working PTC on said steam...
by Mark D
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Union Pacific Has Applied For PTC Waviers For Its Steam Engines
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Re: Union Pacific Has Applied For PTC Waviers For Its Steam Engines

It does make sense and I was thinking that as I composed my thoughts above. But just because you own your own ROW shouldn't make any difference (in my opinion) because just because you own your own tracks doesn't mean that you can't have a nasty wreck that PTC could have caught. Just my opinion of c...
by Mark D
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Union Pacific Has Applied For PTC Waviers For Its Steam Engines
Replies: 7
Views: 680

Re: Union Pacific Has Applied For PTC Waviers For Its Steam Engines

I wonder if that could apply to other steam operations on main lines?
Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The lights seem to be on, but nobodys home
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: The lights seem to be on, but nobodys home

Hi Fitz! not so good that your wife was in the hospital, but it's good that apparently things are now getting better.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Yeah, that's it! Central Pacific. Duh!
Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Frisco 1522... for those that remember...
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Re: Frisco 1522... for those that remember...

The 1522 became persona non grata with the BNSF. They were on a trip that I forget where to now, but I think Chicago. But on the way there they wanted to stop somewhere where there was a scale and they wanted to weigh their engine. BNSF said the track would not hold the steam engine. They disobeyed ...
by Mark D
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: 4014 Schedule Article for 2019, Trains Magazine

Robert, could the 4014 even traverse the old Rock Island and Omaha? I would hope so, but the "Big" in "Big Boy" might nix that. Darn it Uncle Pete, couldn't you have upgraded all of the old Chicago and North Western to accept your steam fleet when you bought the C&NW in 1995...
by Mark D
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The lights seem to be on, but nobodys home
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: The lights seem to be on, but nobodys home

After that incident where the woman was too close and got whacked by 844 you can bet your life they'll have a serious safety program in place.
I won't need to worry about safety because I'm just going to wait until the video comes out.

Mark D.

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