nwgs sanctions an "Official Train Thread"

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

  1. Jurgen

    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    An interesting slice of history, something I knew nothing about. (Who am I kidding, I know nothing about much of this stuff :D) UP's turbine locomotives, 8500hp strong. Worth the watch IMHO.

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  2. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    I have a great book about the UP turbines. They are (were) very awesome. I wish they still had an operating locomotive.
  3. eddyturn

    eddyturn Wannabe

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    Cool video.
  4. Poweranger

    Poweranger Been here awhile

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    IIRC some of the old heads I worked with talked about running turbines in Michigan. I think it was passenger service on Amtrak they were talking about? They mentioned it was a miserable experience as it was so loud and the fumes were terrible.
  5. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Hard on the underpasses, too.
  6. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    There were a couple of turboliner sets that Amtrak ran, based out of Chicago at the beginning of Amtrak. I believe they were made by the French company Rohr.

    It bums me out that I did not take photos during the early days of Amtrak (I was 7 or 8 years old). My grandparents lived in Franksville on the Chicago/Milwaukee mainline for the Milwaukee Road. I remember seeing the all yellow Hiawathas, followed by the mixed breed early Amtrak trains and then the full Amtrak sets.

    MR and CNW had lots of interesting power in the Racine, Wi area while I was growing up and I did not take any photos.

    Sigh.
  7. Linzi

    Linzi Crazy Plott Lady

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    Just posting to keep up with this thread on Tapatalk. :)
  8. Jurgen

    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    Yes, Jurgen is watching Train Videos. :D

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    Interesting, full strip of a GP9 then a rebuild with a gen-set motor. Supposed to be much more fuel efficient. But one of the commentors, says "Gen-sets are fuel efficient because they're broken down all the time and don't run." Any of you real RailRoad guys have any comments on this?

    I wonder how much cheaper a rebuild like this is compared to buying a new, or used "only driven by a little old engineer to and from the barn on Sundays" engine?
  9. Poweranger

    Poweranger Been here awhile

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    Never run a gen-set. I have only even seen a few of these on the IHB RR we operate over in Chicago. I think our company has a few but we will never see them. They do not like our terminal so we only are sent the old junkers.
  10. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    What do you mean by Gen Set engine?

    Aren't all diesel-electrics by nature gen sets on wheels?
  11. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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  12. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    The video Jurgen posted explains the difference between a regular diesel/electric and a gen set.
  13. Klay

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  14. Poweranger

    Poweranger Been here awhile

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    Klay where is this? Looks similar to the shortline I started my career on.
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    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    I like trains....got myself a book at the local charity thrift store. 2003 edition and priced right at $1.00.:wink: Original price was $65.00, I gave them $5.00 for that one and another rather "expensive when new" recent book.Oh! Thank you very much they said.:wink:

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  16. Linzi

    Linzi Crazy Plott Lady

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  17. Jurgen

    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    Train peeps- what is the right way to pick up a wrecked train? A tracked crane??? :dunno
  18. Poweranger

    Poweranger Been here awhile

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    Sidewinders. Search R J Corman or Hulcher.
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    Wifey and I decided to take the Light Rail and check on the progress of the Denver Union Station project, ride the new West Light Rail Line, and train spot.

    Denver Union Station and the new train hall canopy
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    BNSF coal looking south from Millenium Bridge
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    Closeup!
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    Looking north from Millenium Bridge toward the Denver Union Station Light Rail station
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