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by Mark D
Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Indiana Transportation Museum Equipment Auction
Replies: 4
Views: 930

Re: Indiana Transportation Museum Equipment Auction

John, that almost seems just like the MTM in St. Paul, MN. (I think it's Saint Paul, hard to tell) They have all sorts of junk around there that just doesn't make sense. There's no 'theme' that I've ever seen. But sadly I would bet that's where the 261 will go when it's finally banned from all rails...
by Mark D
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Indiana Transportation Museum Equipment Auction
Replies: 4
Views: 930

Re: Indiana Transportation Museum Equipment Auction

It's surely behind a pay wall from here! The rare Milwaukee Road F units might be scarce, but I do know that Steve Sandberg has a E unit, I think it is a E. Might be earlier than that. I can't tell one from the other. I see them as covered wagons. His potential E unit will probably be behind the tra...
by Mark D
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Pulls Gourmet express on the former Milwaukee Road
Replies: 14
Views: 2409

Re: 261 Pulls Gourmet express on the former Milwaukee Road

I have to play mother to the 261 over night on 19th and 20th this week. I don't have information on when I start or when someone comes to relieve me. And since I don't want to hang around all day after being on the engine over night, I'll drive the 60 some miles home again between the two stints. Fu...
by Mark D
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Pulls Gourmet express on the former Milwaukee Road
Replies: 14
Views: 2409

Re: 261 Pulls Gourmet express on the former Milwaukee Road

In truth, PTS isn't the steam world's first problem. Even PTCS (Positive Train Control Steam) were to become reality most main line steam engines still couldn't operate. The reason is that the railroad they operate on don't want to insure the steam operation. How did the 261 operate back in the day?...
by Mark D
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Minnesota Western Bridge Over The Crow
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Re: The Minnesota Western Bridge Over The Crow

Thanks, Tony! As soon as I can get a pdf program in this computer I'll print out the top one. The lower one is, to me, ??? But that's too far into the Cities for me anyway.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Minnesota Western Bridge Over The Crow
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Re: The Minnesota Western Bridge Over The Crow

Tony, do you have knowledge about when the trail opened? Are bicycles welcome there? And, most of all, where it begins, and where it ends?
Thinking about taking my bike there

Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Minnesota Western Bridge Over The Crow
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Re: The Minnesota Western Bridge Over The Crow

Looks to me like something that can be used as is for a walking path and/or bike path. Maybe that's what they were thinking along with the city. In fact, I do believe that is what has been done.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whatere;d everyone go?
Replies: 7
Views: 1306

Re: Whatere;d everyone go?

Junk_Man999, you might want to cover that door skin before it rusts all the way through :-) I learned how to speed shift in a then brand new '65 Corvair Monza Spyder that belonged to a friend of mine. He'd lost his license for valid reasons so I drove him around in his car, mostly trying to pick up ...
by Mark D
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whatere;d everyone go?
Replies: 7
Views: 1306

Whatere;d everyone go?

This forum has had light traffic for the last many years, but it's been totally dead lately. Not a good sign.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Pulls Gourmet express on the former Milwaukee Road
Replies: 14
Views: 2409

Re: 261 Pulls Gourmet express on the former Milwaukee Road

Al, the way things are going none of us are likely able to witness steam power on the rails in the very near future. And we must never forget that the cause of that is that Amtrak wreck a few years ago. And when the then president of the United States came up with this idea of PTS. PTS truly is what...
by Mark D
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: C&O 2716 YouTube page
Replies: 4
Views: 906

Re: C&O 2716 YouTube page

I'm pretty sure that ancient diesel doesn't have PTC. It isn't all computer controlled like the modern freight engines of today. It needs some sort of active control that is able to work with PTC and when I was looking around in that thing I didn't see anything except what it had when it was built. ...
by Mark D
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: C&O 2716 YouTube page
Replies: 4
Views: 906

Re: C&O 2716 YouTube page

I wonder how they'll operate a couple years from now when PTC takes over. Until then they should run it as much as they're allowed to by CSX.
Wish we could get the BNSF to do the same.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Pulls Gourmet express on the former Milwaukee Road
Replies: 14
Views: 2409

Re: 261 Pulls Gourmet express on the former Milwaukee Road

Sucks to be you!
I might not go on this one.

Mark D.
by Mark D
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Terms
Replies: 7
Views: 1341

Re: Terms

I'm wondering about Todd at Trainorders. He used to run a tight ship and didn't put up with much, if any, nonsense. I've noticed though that the roster of members there seems to be slipping too. You can tell because each day is in one bracket. It used to be normal to have fifty topics in a day on an...
by Mark D
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Terms
Replies: 7
Views: 1341

Re: Terms

At least the one who started the thread took it in good humor. After that, he got the answers he wanted.

Mark D.

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