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by Mark D
Mon Aug 01, 2005 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kinzua Viaduct - Question
Replies: 10
Views: 3752

Kinzua Viaduce Question

Speaking of painting the Titanic, Don... Here's where I'd like to waste some real money. No play money like a few mil. I'm talking a few hundred mil at least! Why worry about preserving the Titanic, broken and mostly missing, when we can raise a nearly identical sister from the Agean sea? The Britan...
by Mark D
Mon Aug 01, 2005 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kinzua Viaduct - Question
Replies: 10
Views: 3752

Re: Kinzua Viaduct - Question

Well, to take it down shouldn't be too expensive. Remember, the 700,000 is only for a preliminary engineering study. The actual engineering comes after that, and the cost of stabilization comes after THAT. OTH, they could hire Edgar Montrose (of the Red Green show) and blow it up. Heck, I'd love to ...
by Mark D
Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kinzua Viaduct - Question
Replies: 10
Views: 3752

Re: Kinzua Viaduct - Question

Ok. So they're going to spend nearly 3/4 of a million dollars to stabilize a bridge that is apparently never going to be repaired so people can walk under or near the wreckage. I'm catching on slowly. Would it not be cheaper, and far safer in the long run, to just tear it all down now rather than wa...
by Mark D
Sun Jul 31, 2005 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kinzua Viaduct - Question
Replies: 10
Views: 3752

Kinzua Viaduct - Question

In the current issue of Trains Magazine, there is a short news brief about Kinzua Viaduct. They mention that PA. is going to spend $7m for initial design work to "stabilize what remains of the Kinzua Viaduct." They say the purpose is, in part, for "limited access to the former Erie Railroad bridge i...
by Mark D
Sun Jul 31, 2005 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NP Caboose
Replies: 1
Views: 1501

Re: NP Caboose

Just the shipping from there to here would be more money than I have, but if I had money, I'd lay some rail across my driveway, park the caboose on one side or the other. That'd go good with my new crossing signal. It would also help keep people away. They'd know for sure that I'm totally crazy. Rig...
by Mark D
Thu Jul 28, 2005 9:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 East Of Chicago?
Replies: 4
Views: 2256

Re: 261 East Of Chicago?

Never say never, but don't look for it any time soon.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Union Pacific 844
Replies: 2
Views: 1944

Re: Union Pacific 844

Anybody know the answer to this question---
Does the UP steam crew allow visitors to the steam shop in Cheyenne when they're not out running somewhere?
Mark D.
by Mark D
Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Night Running
Replies: 7
Views: 3322

Re: Night Running

I don't know how it was for you others, but to me it was like I was caught in a time warp.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Mon Jul 25, 2005 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grand Canyon #18
Replies: 6
Views: 2876

Re: Grand Canyon #18

Which of their two engines were running with the 3751 a couple years ago? I should know, but I forgot somewhere along the line.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Mon Jul 25, 2005 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Night Running
Replies: 7
Views: 3322

Night Running

I posted a reply on TO regarding running excursions at night. A poster thought excursions should run at night because that's cool. Well, while I agree I also think most of the general public would rather be able to see the scenery outside of their sealed coaches. I can recall a number of times we ha...
by Mark D
Sun Jul 24, 2005 10:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UP 3985 broke down
Replies: 2
Views: 2462

Re: UP 3985 broke down

I just saw a very good photograph of the rod that got hot. It got HOT! Apparently they didn't catch it in time. The rod end is burned dark blue or black. This is not good. Likely the pin is the same. This is way not good! A rough guess is the clearance was too tight. I think this will now be a lot m...
by Mark D
Sat Jul 23, 2005 2:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UP 3985 broke down
Replies: 2
Views: 2462

UP 3985 broke down

I learned today that the 3985 developed one or two hot rod bearings. I heard they took them off and did some machining and put it back together. However, that must not have fixed the problem because now I hear it's been set out and left behind. Anyone have any info on what's up? I can only guess tha...
by Mark D
Sat Jul 23, 2005 2:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which restored steam locomotive has the most miles on?
Replies: 29
Views: 8158

Re: Which restored steam locomotive has the most miles on?

Basically any steam locomotive that goes through a complete overhaul prior to return to sercice is actually undergoing a heavy shopping. It's called a restoration I guess becasue it's being restored to service.
But the point was made.
Mark D.
by Mark D
Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: James J. Hill
Replies: 1
Views: 1619

James J. Hill

While I have an interest in history, there are some huge holes in what I know. So, anyway, in the small town that's the biggest one around here they have this little rag they call a newspaper. Every week it arrives on Thursday. Every week it has a page of stuff from years past. The following is from...
by Mark D
Fri Jul 22, 2005 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which restored steam locomotive has the most miles on?
Replies: 29
Views: 8158

Re: Which restored steam locomotive has the most miles on?

ans since the 844 was never retired, wouldn't that make it the one with the most miles? I guess that would depend on point of view. Alco636 specified post restoration. If we're talking post restoration era, then it probably still would have the most miles. If we're talking post restoration of each ...

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