nwgs sanctions an "Official Train Thread"

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by nwgs, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    My grandfather was an engineer. For my 12th birthday, my dad drove me 2.5 hours to the coast where his dad's train yard was. I had no idea what was going on...

    Until we got out and my grandpa stuck his engineer hat on me and invited me up into the drivers seat.

    I drove that train about 2 miles down the track and backed it back into it's home.


    What a fanfukinstastic birthday present! :wings


    I've loved em ever since. :thumb
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  2. nwgs

    nwgs solarfied

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    That is such an awesome story.


    Grandpa and trains go together. Awesome:thumb
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  3. mr. matteeanne

    mr. matteeanne Bender can pass him

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    My grandfather worked for Milawakee Railroad for 50 years. It was everything to him. He had a toy train set in his basement that had rivers, lakes, bridges, mountains and went through the entire basement. He built the entire thing by hand.
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  4. Bake

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  5. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    just WTF do these clowns think they're doing?

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  6. Bert

    Bert Fair / Balanced

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    I think that engine's called a Climax.

    I loves me steam locomotives. :raabia
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  7. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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  8. GTomic

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    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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  9. nwgs

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  10. wyowillys46

    wyowillys46 Tooteling my horn trumpet melodiously.

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    Hiesler geared locomotive. The ultimate V-twin.
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    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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  12. CGH

    CGH Polluting the ether

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    Yup, it's a NWGS thread. :D
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  13. CGH

    CGH Polluting the ether

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  14. cyberdos

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  15. nwgs

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  17. curbjumper

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  18. Klay

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  19. dwayne

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