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Old 03-30-2009, 11:44 AM   #181
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:56 PM   #182
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:45 PM   #183
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That thing's been through this area a couple of times now, but I haven't actually seen it. The locomotive and tender together weigh around a million pounds. The yard track they parked it on overnight started to sink into the ground under the weight of it.
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:06 PM   #184
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Way cool picture of a quite impressive gadget!
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:08 PM   #185
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Whats the stroy behind the Russian Submarine clock? It is cool....almost bought one once.
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Old 03-30-2009, 05:53 PM   #186
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More of the M&PP Cog Railway (not mine-can't find all my pics since reinstalling Windows


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Old 03-31-2009, 03:15 AM   #187
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Whats the stroy behind the Russian Submarine clock? It is cool....almost bought one once.
It is cool.

That train runs like clockwork. The clock was built for a harsh environment and he gave it one.

Probably just one of those things Leon found a home for in his cab and it seems to fit right in. A conversation piece - as if you need one in the cab. It's been there for years.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:53 AM   #188
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:02 PM   #189
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We did the Pikes Peak "Christmas Train with Santa" Adventure.. If you have a little kid and are in this part of the world, then it's well worth the trip. The folks at the railroad and the local Optimists Club put on a fantastic event. Going up that thing in the middle of Winter is an adventure..

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Old 04-01-2009, 07:06 AM   #190
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Next winter I will make it there for a ride!

Here is a page on modern snow removal on the cog railway.

http://www.cograilway.com/plowing%20snow%20page.htm
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Old 04-02-2009, 01:37 PM   #191
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I have seen several trains go through town that were nothing but turbine blades.

Here's a story about them
http://www.thehawkeye.com/Story/siemens-030309

All I have a crap cameraphone photos....

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Old 04-02-2009, 02:28 PM   #192
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Great to see activity on the train thread again...

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Here's an aerial view of an intermodal train passing through..

..this area last summer..

I recall reading about a steam-era train crossing a flooded trestle on Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho - I always thought that would have been an incredible photo op. Cool shots, thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:16 PM   #193
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Shay #11 - Feather River #3

In The Old Days...
Shay #3, built in 1923, went originally to Hutchinson Lumber Company, Feather Falls, Calif., this Shay is best known as the Feather River #3.

Past to Present...
In 1967 #3 went to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum San Diego, Calif. In March of 1997, Cass Scenic Railroad sent a team to Campo, California, to inspect #3. The purpose of this trip was to determine the means by which the big Shay could be transported back to Cass, and to get an idea of the type of repairs that would be necessary to bring the engine back to life.

Feather River Shay becomes the Cass #11.......
Another Shay has been added to the Cass collection. What was once the Feather River #3 is now the Cass #11.

The Cass #11 was built in 1923. It operated both as a logger and a common carrier. Until 1965 it served the Hutchinson Lumber Company, and then the common carrier Feather River Railway as #3. Weighing 103 tons (204,704 pounds), the wheels are 36" and the cylinders measure 14 1/2 X 15. With a boiler pressure of 200 pounds. Big 6 is the only larger Shay at Cass.

Four men from Cass and six from MSR&LHA went to Campo, California, to bring the Shay to Cass. Herbert Jones, INC. of Dunbar, West Virginia, was contracted to pick the Cass #11 up in Campo and see to its arrival in Cass. It took three days to load the massive Shay and have it sent on its way.



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Shay #2 Shay #4Shay #5
Shay #6Shay #7Shay #11
Heisler 6 Climax 9
Cass #11 repaired at Cass shop
Shay #11 is assigned to the Whittaker Station Train.
Technically Speaking:
Builder No.: 3221 Date in Service: July 14, 1923
Class: C-90 Trucks: 3
Bore: 14 1/2 inches Stroke: 15 inches
Drivers: 36 inches Weight: 103 Tons
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:29 PM   #194
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A few posts taken from this RR, Making time with the Mountain Momma.....



I headed west on SR 66 toward Cass....another one of the stops that I had to make.

This stop is for all of the train lovers at ADV.

I'll not bore you with my limited knowledge of Shay engines but I will tell you this. If you have any emotions, if you any thirst for history, if you have any interest in locomotive design and engineering, when that train comes around the bend a quarter mile away and heads down the track straight at you and the engineer blows the steam whistle it will flat put chills right down your spine.

I arrived about a half hour before the train was due off the mountain. I took that time to relax in the shade of and old oak by the river and take some notes. I rambled around the station and gift shop for a while,

took a few pics....











And then I heard that whistle...the train was still out of sight but that whistle echoed down the valley and off the hills for several seconds.

I positioned myself right in the center of the tracks and waited...........

another whistle blast.....getting closer.......but still out of sight.

A voice comes over the loud speaker warning people stay off the tracks...I ignore....the voice.

And then it rounds the bend, moving smoothly on the tracks. Another blast from the steam whistle......very loud now........








The white steam is from the whistle which at this point is REALLY loud.

The darker smoke is from the boiler.

And you can see that I did eventually move my arse off the tracks.

The ground rumbled.....


I stepped back a little.....


and she slowly came to rest.......





I stood there taking it all in, when slowly, as if stepping back into history, before digital, before electronics, before all of this technology...........Shay No. 11 gradually "faded to black and white".
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09-11-2008, 09:51 PM #72
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Great R.R.

WOW!!! Great trip and close too. I`ve been to some of those places but not on those dirt roads. Looks like I need to plan a trip to W.Va. for the spring....Thanks
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As I walked around the engine taking pictures the boiler huffed and chugged, steam hissed from valves and hoses. I could smell smoke, grease, fire and steel. These things are truely alive.











This, my BMW riding ADV friends, is one serious final drive ......








Lima, Ohio, FYI.

And one last parting shot..........


Cass Scenic Railroad, Cass, West Virginia. If you can...get there.

Try to schedule your day to take full advantage of this place and ride the train to the top of the mountain. Mid October, the leaves are changing and it's absolutely gorgeous!

Ride this train and I guarantee it will make you feel like a kid again.


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Old 04-06-2009, 08:36 AM   #195
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If you're ever in Duluth, Mn. to visit Aerostich, make sure you visit the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. There's a 6,000 horsepower steam locomotive on display there. A Baldwin Mallet.
Also in a park in Cheyenne. I'd give anything to see that monster come alive again.
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