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Old 10-30-2007, 03:49 PM   #1
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nwgs sanctions an "Official Train Thread"

Yup I love trains. All kinds. I have my reasons.

You aint had a tough night till you've spent it in a wheat car waiting for a hookup.

Listen to ole George Strait spin a train song and share with us what you love about trains.

I order you.


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Old 10-30-2007, 03:51 PM   #2
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l was a train spotter in England until the early 70's when they discontinued steam engines on the grounds that they were poluting the atmosphere!!!!!1
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Old 10-30-2007, 03:54 PM   #3
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l was a train spotter in England until the early 70's when they discontinued steam engines on the grounds that they were poluting the atmosphere!!!!!1
Dunno if they stil do it .. but at one point when I was younger they used to bring out the Flying Scotsman (I think) and the Mallard and run them ... that's probably all stopped now ... friggin virgin rail and whatever else the friggin companies are called now.
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Old 10-30-2007, 04:02 PM   #4
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Dunno if they stil do it .. but at one point when I was younger they used to bring out the Flying Scotsman (I think) and the Mallard and run them ... that's probably all stopped now ... friggin virgin rail and whatever else the friggin companies are called now.
Nah,they still run them thro' private companies,& while living in Chester,it was only about 1/2hr to get to Llangollen in N/Wales where they have a permanent privately operated railway with regular daily steam train rides.
They also "borrowed" the Flying Scotsman from it's owners,& it had to be taken there by lorry,& they probably had it rented for a month or so,but the canny Welsh gits area council suddenly changed the weight restrictions on local bridges,& they couldn't get their bloody train back for the rest of the summer while "essential bridge strengthening" work was completed!
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Old 10-30-2007, 03:55 PM   #5
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I've been a railfan for years. I would like to ride the McCloud River railway ROW sometime in the near future. Before they turn it into a fucking nature trail.

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Old 10-30-2007, 03:59 PM   #6
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I've been a railfan for years. I would like to ride the McCloud River railway ROW sometime in the near future.

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WTF kind of girly man train is that ... there's no steam coming out of it
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Old 10-30-2007, 04:00 PM   #7
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WTF kind of girly man train is that ... there's no steam coming out of it
Fossil fuel baby. Fossil fuel !
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Old 10-30-2007, 04:02 PM   #8
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Logging trains. 15% grade. Wow.

What a tool. The stacked wood in the hopper is cool.

Just wood and water was all that was needed.


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Old 10-30-2007, 04:04 PM   #9
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Gramps was a conductor on the 4449, a steam engine, on the SP. I like trains a bunch. Traveled the Coast Starlight many times....some stories there. Me, the wife, and two boys took the Amtrak to Chicago and had a blast.

Besides jumping a slow-moving freight between Manhattan beach and Rockaway, Oregon, I've never done any wildcat train riding. Sounds like fun though. Sometimes I think about riding between Missoula and Spokane on a freight, but haven't got it up to do it yet.
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Gramps was a conductor on the 4449, a steam engine, on the SP. I like trains a bunch. Traveled the Coast Starlight many times....some stories there. Me, the wife, and two boys took the Amtrak to Chicago and had a blast.

Besides jumping a slow-moving freight between Manhattan beach and Rockaway, Oregon, I've never done any wildcat train riding. Sounds like fun though. Sometimes I think about riding between Missoula and Spokane on a freight, but haven't got it up to do it yet.

I spent many a day in the switchyard next to my Grandfathers house.
Was a source of income and hard work.

Catching rides in the caboose and in the cars was a special treat.
Gota know how to swing up into a moving train right or it will kill ya.

Ever ran down a moving train? Hopping over the couples?> What a rush.

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Was that at the Brooklyn yards? My dad bought his house near there just so he could hear 'em humping in the night.

Boom!
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:29 PM   #12
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l was a train spotter in England until the early 70's when they discontinued steam engines on the grounds that they were poluting the atmosphere!!!!!1
Could it instead have been the fact that steam locomotives converted approx. 5% of their fuel energy to motive force and even early diesels converted approx. 30%?

Steam powered marine shipping faced the same economics. Some modern marine diesels convert almost 50%.
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:53 PM   #14
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Class B Shay Locomotive
The most popular geared locomotive.
Thumping cylinders, spinning u-joints, articulating gear train. Pure torque



Got to ride in this one when I was a kid.



Hiesler geared locomotive. The ultimate V-twin.


Bert already identified the Climax in one of the previous pictures.

Used to be a big railfan. Still kind of am.
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Old 10-30-2007, 08:18 PM   #15
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Kawidual,
I've worked for railroads for the past twelve years, always in the south. Those blowers amaze me, I'd love to see one work someday. I routinely deal with 1-2% grades and those are a big deal, I can't imagine how big of grades there are in the real mountains.
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