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by Mark D
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: March 21, 2002
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: March 21, 2002

How long did that engine stay in those colors? I remember when it was like that, And it was pretty cool, but I don't know when they put it back into it's normal livery?

Mark D.
by Mark D
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Steam Potential In Minnesota
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: New Steam Potential In Minnesota

I agree with you, but I am hoping the new man at the head of Amtrak might be a little more open minded about the use of their insurance at a profit, as was done for so many years.
If not, Oh well.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Steam Potential In Minnesota
Replies: 3
Views: 106

New Steam Potential In Minnesota

It's a long article in the Minneapolis Tribune on small, short line railroads. There are a number of them that are interconnected in various ways. All of them are begging the state to fork out a bunch of money so they can upgrade their tracks because of so many derailments. Most of them don't like o...
by Mark D
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amtrak Continues To Play CEO Musical Chairs
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: Amtrak Continues To Play CEO Musical Chairs

Fitz,, I don't think we'll have to do anything, I'm pretty sure that those who own big steam engines will most certainly go to Amtrak and beg for the old days to come back.
Probably won't go anywhere though.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amtrak Continues To Play CEO Musical Chairs
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: Amtrak Continues To Play CEO Musical Chairs

Well, I'm happy to see Delta Dick leaving, but we'll have to wait and see if this new guy can be a bit more tolerant for the steam people who need to use (and pay dearly for it) their self-insurance. THAT is what's keeping big steam off the big lines. Even if this guy doesn't get any better than Del...
by Mark D
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rotary OY
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: Rotary OY

Sure does look like fun and I'll bet that's the only one doing that this past winter. I would have liked it if I had track on my driveway this past winter so one like it could get the snow off my driveway. It's a long haul with a walk (push because no traction) 32" snow blower. It takes four pa...
by Mark D
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alas, poor Union Pacific 3985
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Alas, poor Union Pacific 3985

I've never seen one of UP's engines either. I haven't made it a point to do so either. When the Big Boy came to St. Paul, MN. I almost went there, but in the end decided not to. At the same time I would have been there thinking, "yep, she's a big one alright..." our fearless leader at the ...
by Mark D
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: East Broad Top Railroad Has New Owners
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: East Broad Top Railroad Has New Owners

I hope they can make a go of it. I wonder if they know what they've gotten themselves into? It's not much different from people with vintage aircraft, or vintage cars. In the vintage aircraft it's probably twice the cost of maintenance than the steam engines and rolling stock. But still, operating s...
by Mark D
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alas, poor Union Pacific 3985
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Alas, poor Union Pacific 3985

Well, you got to see it once more than I. But at least I have had the opportunity to actually work on, repair on, and fire a reasonably large steam locomotive. I will treasure those times until the day I die. I think that, for me anyway, makes up for not being able to see someone's locomotive that I...
by Mark D
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Gets Pickled
Replies: 5
Views: 730

Re: 261 Gets Pickled

Al, you should drop in on a weekday and see what goes on there. You would need to know which day because some days nobody's there, but when they ARE there you will find that Steve has been in the business of refurbishing PV's. They do a very good job of it too.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Missed it by that much...
Replies: 3
Views: 690

Re: Missed it by that much...

The big IF is; Do they have trackage to operate on? Most of the big steam have nowhere to operate because of the new head of Amtrak.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old Stuff
Replies: 16
Views: 1546

Re: Old Stuff

Great photo's all. It's just too bad that we won't be seeing big steam in action on the high iron anymore because of the change of the CEO at Amtrak. It's sort of a dark ages now and all we can do is look at the photo's from years gone by.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Perfect Fallen Flag Shot
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: The Perfect Fallen Flag Shot

Well, if they're fallen flags you have a nice photo of vintage railroads. They all look to be in fair to good condition and (I don't know where they are or who owns them or anything else about them) they could be sold to whomever has a need of a box car. I cold use one in my back yard.... Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Perfect Fallen Flag Shot
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: The Perfect Fallen Flag Shot

What I see is a bunch of box cars. I don't see a problem.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old Stuff
Replies: 16
Views: 1546

Re: Old Stuff

What railroad did the 700 come from?

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