nwgs sanctions an "Official Train Thread"

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

  1. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    Been there a couple times. I got to ride in the cab of the engine from that watering stop up to the top on one of those trips!
    Fall is a good time to go, when the leaves are changing. Bring warm clothes. It gets cold up on that mountain. The last time we went it was snowing up top and we were huddling as close as we could get to the engine for heat!
    The open car next to the engine didn't have a roof back then. When the engine was backing up thru the switchbacks the passengers would get showered with warm/hot cinders! It was kind of cool but I guess people complained...
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    I did some work in Covington Va back in the early 90's. One day we stumbled upon an old Steam engine sitting in the City Park. It was in disrepair and looked to be in pretty rough shape.
    Fast forward 20+ years...
    I had read somewhere recently that the engine had been restored. I was in Covington recently and wanted to go see it again...

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    Now I see why it was in such bad shape when I saw it last. It had been sitting about 45 years out in the open. The pavilion was most likely built when they refurbished the engine.

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    I wish I had done a little more research of the area. There's another Steam engine on display in Clifton Forge, 15 minutes away and a 5 minute detour on my way back home.
    Next time...
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  3. bwalsh

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    fixt.
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  4. a65l

    a65l Safeguarding our Precious Bodily Fluids

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    Assholes. Stopped dead. I get it, front end has no idea, but still.... started moving right at the 10 minute mark. Did I mention that's the only road into our neighborhood?

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    Front end does have an idea if they set their counter. Could be dozens of reasons they couldn't clear. They didn't do it to piss you off.
  6. a65l

    a65l Safeguarding our Precious Bodily Fluids

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    I'm sure they didn't. Normally there are more than a few axles on the left of the intersection when they stop. There's a signal down the road a bit that generally catches the westbound trains, and they usually sit for 5 minutes. Still annoying when you're trying to get home, or to work, and it holds you up.
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  7. 2whl-hoop

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    It's not going to get any better with the class 1s all trying to run 10,000'+ trains to boost productivity. Even if the train never stops, figuring 7-8mph entering yards and such, they could have crossings occupied for 15-20 minutes.
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  8. no

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    Need more bridges.
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  9. Tmaximusv

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    Our town has discussed it in the past. Doing so would wipe out two blocks either side of the crossing and would mean closing two others. The two blocks include city hall, the police station, the city newspaper, movie theater, largest seed vendor in two states, very large animal feed maker and half a dozen homes (mine included).

    Needless to say, the discussion has gone nowhere.
  10. no

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    Offset it a couple blocks?
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    to the east would put it right through the high school and middle school, west would put it through a fertilizer plant and residential neighborhood where no major streets currently run.

    Five blocks, hmmm. only major issue is the former mayor's auto body shop and a couple of houses. You may be on to something there!
  12. a65l

    a65l Safeguarding our Precious Bodily Fluids

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    WE have basically the same issue with a bridge. They run double stack containers through there so a bridge would have to clear 20 or so feet, and that's a long run-up. There are two houses right next to the track and that would wipe out their driveways, at the very least.
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    If ya can't go over, go under... Tunnel!
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