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 1   Physical Plant - Track, Structures and Signals / Stations / Re: Ridley Park Station PW&BRR 1875    Posted Today at 1:10pm 
Response #9 By Henry       Thread Started By toptrain       View Thread with GIMP-BIMP.jpg - 190169 Bytes
There are plugins for GIMP to batch process images, one is called BIMP. I just downloaded the latest version of GIMP from  https://www.gimp.org/downloads/ and installed BIMP from https://alessandrofrancesconi.it/projects/bimp/ and resized a whole folder while preserving the originals with only one problem.
 
After installing the BIMP plugin when I restarted GIMP it asked me if I wanted to remove the "Batch Image Manipulation Plugin for Gimp" so I clicked the Cancel button (Duh, I just installed it, don't remove it!) and thought it might just ask the first time you install a plugin, but no, it pops up every time you start GIMP, which is very annoying. I googled various things about it and didn't find any direct references so I started looking for the mechanism that was spawning the uninstall for it. Using the Windows Explorer file manager (not Internet Explorer the web browser) I looked in the GIMP installation folder and found a "lib" folder. In that was a "gimp" folder, in that was a 2.0 folder and finally in that was a "plug-ins" folder. I opened the lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins folder and plainly visible was a file named "bimp-uninstall.exe."  Eureka! I made a folder named "Uninstalls" and put the bimp-uninstall.exe file in there, hoping that would prevent GIMP from running it every time it starts. Sure enough, it no longer asks if I want to uninstall it. I have no idea why they would set up the install package to put the uninstall file where it would be executed at every program start or if that even usually happens when installing BIMP. Fortunately it only took a couple of minutes to figure out and this will save you from it as well if you decide to try it and that happens to you. It may have happened because I had GIMP running when I installed the BIMP plugin, which is probably a no-no.  
 
Back to batch resizing. I went to the File menu and started "Batch Image Manipulation..." then I clicked on the "Add" button, selected Resize and in the window that popped up I clicked "Set exact size in pixel" and selected "Width only," clicked "Preserve aspect ratio" and entered 1024 to make all the photos 1024 pixels wide and the proportionate height to that so they look right when resized.  Back in the BIMP main window I clicked "Add images" and selected "Add folders..." then browsed to my test folder of images, selected it and clicked "Add" and the filenames appeared in the BIMP window. I clicked on the "Output folder" button and clicked on the "Create Folder" button to make a new folder for the finished files and clicked "Ok." Back in the main BIMP window I clicked "Apply" and Biff, Bam, Boom, it resized all the images to 1024 pixels wide.
 
The whole process from installing the latest version of GIMP and BIMP to having a batch of resized photos was about 10 minutes.

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 2   Regionals and Short Lines / RBMN / Re: Covered Wagons Headed for Port Clinton  Posted Today at 11:28am 
Response #2 By towny72       Thread Started By glennk419
Bessemer & Lake Erie fans will be happy to know they are possibly being saved.
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 3   Physical Plant - Track, Structures and Signals / Stations / Re: Ridley Park Station PW&BRR 1875  Posted Today at 6:22am 
Response #8 By toptrain       Thread Started By toptrain
Henry do you know if either program you mentioned can resize photos a few at a time. I use to be able to 20 at once. That saved a lot of time. Didn't just resize but copied at the same time. Once done you had your originals, and the resized copies.
 frank
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 4   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?  Posted Today at 6:16am 
Response #374 By toptrain       Thread Started By green_elite_cab
Yep, that's it alright. A Rivarossi bobber caboose. Mantua, Tyco, Rivarossi and Fleischmann all made 2 window bobber cabooses. Bachmann made a 3 window one for a long time. Now they also make a 2 window type. The three window one, maybe because it is different looks a little better.  
frank
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 5   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?  Posted Apr 27th, 2017, 9:59pm 
Response #373 By NEFAN       Thread Started By green_elite_cab
Looks like the same model Frank, but sold by AHM.
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 6   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E&N (SRY-VI) Movement Reports: 2017  Posted Apr 27th, 2017, 5:39pm 
Response #53 By Goose5       Thread Started By CPRail4744
Light engines returned southbound from Superior Propane.
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 7   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: Boston & Albany K6b Pacific build  Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 11:52pm 
Response #28 By Henry       Thread Started By BobbyT
Slow and steady will get the job done
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 8   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....  Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 11:51pm 
Response #229 By Henry       Thread Started By BobbyT
Excellent progress! Thanks for the update.
 
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 9   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: what do you do in HO scale?    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:50pm 
Response #372 By toptrain       Thread Started By green_elite_cab       View Thread with IMG_8416_-_Copy.jpg - 170650 Bytes
I got this bobber on April 8th at Timonium Maryland. I need a better photo. It is still new in the box.
 frank
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 10   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: HO cars 1950's-1960's, with 30's and 40's thrown in.    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:30pm 
Response #370 By toptrain       Thread Started By toptrain       View Thread with IMG_7754_s.jpg - 208134 Bytes
I found a older plastic Athearn reefer. B&A Bangor and Aroostock
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 11   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: Brisbane Valley Tramway, Australia  Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:27pm 
Response #612 By BobbyT       Thread Started By fred_55
Peter, the Diesel looks "spot on!"    How did you attach the door panels? Did you weld them or glue them?
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 12   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: Boston & Albany K6b Pacific build    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:25pm 
Response #27 By BobbyT       Thread Started By BobbyT       View Thread with 20170219_160012.jpg - 73718 Bytes
I got her on her drivers. I really have too many irons in the fire and this old girl is not getting the attention she deserves. Maybe when we get the track expansion done and the new car barn and the grates for #404 and the new body for Linda's critter and the new reworked body details for the NW2 and..... well you know......
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 13   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:15pm 
Response #228 By BobbyT       Thread Started By BobbyT       View Thread with 20170422_143404.jpg - 207118 Bytes
With this curve we are officially heading back towards the other end of the line. We have about another 900 feet to go.
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 14   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:13pm 
Response #227 By BobbyT       Thread Started By BobbyT       View Thread with 20170422_143428.jpg - 236228 Bytes
April 22nd track progress
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 15   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:12pm 
Response #226 By BobbyT       Thread Started By BobbyT       View Thread with 20170422_143618.jpg - 260815 Bytes
Finished track through here
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 16   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:09pm 
Response #225 By BobbyT       Thread Started By BobbyT       View Thread with 20170422_143544.jpg - 243785 Bytes
Now to bring you all up to date on our progress, These next photo's were from this past Saturday. Bruce was able to join Reece and Bob putting down new rail, and kept following along leveling and ballasting.... until the rains came. The much needed rains I might add!
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 17   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:05pm 
Response #224 By BobbyT       Thread Started By BobbyT       View Thread with 20170304_144626.jpg - 270131 Bytes
Under the old oak tree, heading for "Hog Pen"
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 18   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:04pm 
Response #223 By BobbyT       Thread Started By BobbyT       View Thread with 20170304_144604.jpg - 234914 Bytes
March 4th track progress
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 19   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:03pm 
Response #222 By BobbyT       Thread Started By BobbyT       View Thread with 20170304_144538.jpg - 256098 Bytes
March 4th track progress
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 20   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:02pm 
Response #221 By BobbyT       Thread Started By BobbyT       View Thread with 20170304_144517.jpg - 269354 Bytes
March 4th ballast progress
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 21   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:01pm 
Response #220 By BobbyT       Thread Started By BobbyT       View Thread with 20170304_144502.jpg - 254799 Bytes
March 4th progress photo of newly reworked and leveled area
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 22   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: I've been working on the railroad.....    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 8:58pm 
Response #219 By BobbyT       Thread Started By BobbyT       View Thread with 20170304_101605.jpg - 128958 Bytes
On March 4th we had a good group come out. We managed a healthy 120 feet of new track down and 80 leveled and ballasted. Not too shabby.
 
The crew stopped long enough for a photo:
 
Ciara Scartozzi, George Johnson, Mario Scartozzi, Bob Dean and Reece.
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 23   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E&N (SRY-VI) Movement Reports: 2017  Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 8:55pm 
Response #52 By emilydm       Thread Started By CPRail4744
News is that the boxcars which were at Parksville have now been returned to the Victoria roundhouse... by truck.  
 
Is there anything left at Parksville anymore?
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 24   Regional Area Operations / WNYClass1 / Re: Chili Junction in 2017    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 8:08pm 
Response #4 By Matthew_L       Thread Started By Matthew_L       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
This westbound CSX intermodal arrived on Track 2:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00808.jpg
 
..and crossed over to Track 1 west of Attridge Road:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00809.jpg
 
Westbound auto rack freight on Track 1:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00828.jpg
 
nad had a newish P&W auto rack:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00832.jpg
 
Westbound Amtrak 281 Empire Service on Track 1:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00846.jpg
 
...which met an eastbound CSX freight west of Attridge RoOad:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00849.jpg
 
the eastbound CSX frieght was Q262.. which had an impressive 6 locomotives up front and diverted to the West Shore Sub:  
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00863.jpg
 
Eastbound CSX intermodal on Track 2, crossing Attridge Road:  
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00886.jpg
 
CSX "Spirit of West Springfield" leading Q022 on Track 2:
 
 Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00905.jpg
 
CSX q022 heading down the West Shore Sub:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00918.jpg
 
A complete slide show of all 11 trains, including diversions and going away shots:
 
http://s857.photobucket.com/user/Erielackawanna/slideshow/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY
 
All photos in this post and the link were taken by me Saturday 4/22/2017 at MP 382 in Riga, NY.
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 25   Regional Area Operations / WNYClass1 / Re: Chili Junction in 2017    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 7:58pm 
Response #3 By Matthew_L       Thread Started By Matthew_L       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
CSX put on quite te show 2 weeks later. I saw 10 of the ir trains in 3 /12 hours, as well as Amtrak.  
 
CSX Q019 westbound on Track 1:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00694.jpg
 
An SD40-2 led the easrtbound CSX manifest freight on rack 2, which was headed for Goodman Street yard:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00726.jpg
 
This eastbound CSX hopper train on track 2 may have been W212.  
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00746.jpg
 
Eastbound CSX auto rack freight on Track 2:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00766.jpg
 
It was diverted to the West Shore Sub:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00783.jpg  
 
Westbound intermodal on Track 1:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0422%20Riga%20NY/DSC00790.jpg
 
All photos int his post were taken by me Saturday 4/22/2017 at MP 382 aka Attridge Road in Riga, NY.  
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 26   Regional Area Operations / WNYClass1 / Re: Chili Junction in 2017    Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 7:49pm 
Response #2 By Matthew_L       Thread Started By Matthew_L       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
I made two visits to Chili Junction this month. The visit was short- just a little over 2 hours.    
 
CSX Q019 westbound on Track 1:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0408%20Riga%20NY/DSC00616.jpg
 
Eastbound auto rack diverting from Track 2 to the West Shore Sub:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0408%20Riga%20NY/DSC00635.jpg
 
CSX Q003 westbound on Track 1:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0408%20Riga%20NY/DSC00648.jpg
 
Another eastbound auto rack freight on Track 2 (which would also divert to the West Shore Sub):
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0408%20Riga%20NY/DSC00666.jpg
 
A complete slide show of all 4 trains:
 
http://s857.photobucket.com/user/Erielackawanna/slideshow/2017/Apr%202017/0408%20Riga%20NY
 
All photos in this post and the link were taken by me Saturday 4/8/2017 at MP 382 aka Attridge Road in Riga, NY.
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 27   Regionals and Short Lines / RBMN / Re: Covered Wagons Headed for Port Clinton  Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:54am 
Response #1 By JimE       Thread Started By glennk419
That sounds like good news.  I'm glad to hear that the equipment is heading somewhere where it can be cared for and utilized!
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 28   Regionals and Short Lines / RBMN / Covered Wagons Headed for Port Clinton  Posted Apr 26th, 2017, 9:30am 
NEW Post By glennk419
Two F7's currently residing on the Southern Railroad of New Jersey at Winslow appear to be headed to the RBMN. They have been stenciled RBMN with numbers 250 and 251 and have had their damaged windows boarded up for transit. In addition, an ex-Susquehanna, nee PC / NH, RDC-1 has been similarly stenciled with car number 9167. The F7's will need a bit of TLC to bring them back to operating condition, I believe that the RDC is operable but will need cosmetic work at a minimum.  
 
It will be interesting to see what service these will be used for, possibly the Reading - Jim Thorpe service?
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 29   Fallen Flags / EL / 50th Anniversary of the end of the Phoebe Snow  Posted Apr 25th, 2017, 7:39pm 
NEW Post By Matthew_L
A half century ago, EL's beloved Phoebe Snow made its final run. The event was commemorated in the Binghamton area this past Saturday, as per:
 
http://www.wbng.com/story/35217664/celebrating-railroad-history
 
Quote:
TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) -- Transportation enthusiasts celebrated railroad history in the Southern Tier on Saturday.
 
The Susquehanna Valley Railway Historical Society held an event called, ‘Railway Memories from the Southern Tier’ at the Riverdale Banquet Hall.
 
It's to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of service for the Erie Lackawanna Rail Road's Phoebe Snow passenger train.
 
The railroad ran from Hoboken to NYC and then as far as Buffalo from the1940s through the 1960s. The Phoebe Snow used anthracite coal. The mascot for the train 'Phoebe Snow,' had a white dress to show that passengers could enjoy a ride and not have to worry about getting dirty from the smoke.
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 30   Model Railroading / LiveSteam / Re: Building or fixin things on the SR&CL Ry.  Posted Apr 25th, 2017, 7:29pm 
Response #340 By moose_the_caboose       Thread Started By tomc
aint it though...!
 
 
moose
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 31   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E&N (SRY-VI) Movement Reports: 2017  Posted Apr 25th, 2017, 6:22pm 
Response #51 By Goose5       Thread Started By CPRail4744
3 cars northbound for Superior Propane. Returned with 2 cars.
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 32   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended **    Posted Apr 25th, 2017, 8:12am 
Response #233 By toptrain       Thread Started By toptrain       View Thread with s10.jpg - 196266 Bytes
Last photo of remaining trains. A Mantua-Tyco C&O box car body, A AHM Rivarossi bobber caboose, A Athearn all metal 3 dome tank car, A waterline boat, A Gilbert C&O F3A #31025.
 
 
 
frank
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 33   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended **    Posted Apr 25th, 2017, 8:11am 
Response #232 By toptrain       Thread Started By toptrain       View Thread with s5-2.jpg - 230272 Bytes
What's inside the Marx box.  
 frank
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 34   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended **    Posted Apr 25th, 2017, 7:12am 
Response #231 By toptrain       Thread Started By toptrain       View Thread with s9.jpg - 240609 Bytes
Photo #2 is the trains off to the right of photo #1.
     On top a Marx train set above a Playart (Lima) passenger train set.  
 next post will be the Marx set.
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 35   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: ** Model  Railroad  Events  Attended **    Posted Apr 25th, 2017, 6:55am 
Response #230 By toptrain       Thread Started By toptrain       View Thread with s8.jpg - 238477 Bytes
On Saturday April 8 2017 I attended the Timonium Maryland train show. It is the only train show I ever went to that had 5 different HO operating layouts. Usually only 1 or 2 if your lucky. I cant show picks of them because i cant find them. The only photos I have are of things I bought and where I stayed. It was a long drive from the NYC area down to their.  
 Well here are my new trains. You should be able to recognize some of them. I need to do three posts.
 frank
  The 2 book need no introduction. A marx large power pack and a 0-4-0t NYC for parts. 4 locos are on top a Fleischmann 2-6-0 missing its front pilot bought for parts with a old Mantua cast tender for a cast and brass 4-6-2 or the 2-8-0. Next 2 are Gilbert PRR B6 0-6-0 switchers. Both are B&O the 2 different ones made. 31019 is very hard to find and often very very expensive due to it only came in a uncatalogued set in their last year. I have another B&O tender to use behind it. 31031 is the other B&O 0-6-0. Below that is a old United PFM Santa Fe 2-8-0 It went  to my son. He will be refinishing my old Ma and Pa 2-8-0 old timer for me. He does excellent detailing work.
 frank
 
Now for photo #2
 
 

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 36   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Let's see your engines!    Posted Apr 25th, 2017, 6:21am 
Response #801 By toptrain       Thread Started By MH765       View Thread with s5.jpg - 230272 Bytes
This is the train set it came with.
 frank
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 37   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Let's see your engines!    Posted Apr 25th, 2017, 6:17am 
Response #800 By toptrain       Thread Started By MH765       View Thread with s7.jpg - 221605 Bytes
Here is another Marx switcher. This one is New Haven.
 frank
 

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 38   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: I wonder what would be hapening at Raven about now.  Posted Apr 24th, 2017, 9:26pm 
Response #6 By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza       Thread Started By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza
on Apr 24th, 2017, 1:24pm, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Dennis, this is the normal for these people.  When presented with any real questions or any factual information from real informed sources, if it disagrees with the "science" flavor of the month, their response is to call you ignorant among other disparaging names.  To try to reason with these people is an exercise in futility.

Yeah, what do I know about coal. 35 years in the steel-making business means nothing to these glorified paper pusher types; especially those that work at universities.
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 39   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Easter Weekend 2017  Posted Apr 24th, 2017, 7:40pm 
Response #4 By Matthew_L       Thread Started By Matthew_L
Thank you, gents!  
 
I still have my Sony point and shoot W370. It is useful for certain situations, but the Nikon L840 used on this trip is sooo much better when zoom is needed.  
 
 
P.S. The shots at Eagle Valley Road were taken from an old bridge abutment. The road itself used go over the tracks when this route was the DL&W mainline.
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 40   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Easter Weekend 2017  Posted Apr 24th, 2017, 4:54pm 
Response #3 By alsorailfan       Thread Started By Matthew_L
Aren't you happy now that you got a decent camera??!!  
Good shots!
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 41   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: I wonder what would be hapening at Raven about now.  Posted Apr 24th, 2017, 1:24pm 
Response #5 By George_Harris       Thread Started By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza
on Apr 23rd, 2017, 11:19pm, Dennis Dalla-Vicenza wrote:       (Click here for original message)
A couple of years ago I tried to explain to him coal pricing and end uses but he told me I had no idea of what I was talking about so today I fooled with some search engines and found this out of Australia, https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-metallurgical-coal-2340012 but that being said you cannot believe the bull presented as fact from our left leaning media. I read article after article where the media got all its "facts" from environmental groups who haven't a clue in hell of which they speak.

Dennis, this is the normal for these people.  When presented with any real questions or any factual information from real informed sources, if it disagrees with the "science" flavor of the month, their response is to call you ignorant among other disparaging names.  To try to reason with these people is an exercise in futility.
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 42   Regionals and Short Lines / GenShorts / Re: Knox and Kane RR: Liquidation Auction Oct. 10 & 11  Posted Apr 24th, 2017, 11:15am 
Response #170 By thebigham       Thread Started By thebigham
I was in Mt. Jewett yesterday.
 
The K&K tracks between Kane and Mt. Jewett were scrapped recently.
 
Rails and ties have been removed. I'll post pics soon.
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 43   Fallen Flags / Lackawanna / Re: Lackawanna Cut-off (Columbia to Port Morris)  Posted Apr 24th, 2017, 10:37am 
Response #216 By lt230s       Thread Started By njvike
Article in NJ Herald about building the Cut-off by Wayne McCabe, local historian:
http://www.njherald.com/20170423/sussex-county-lost-april-23-construction-of-the-lackawanna-cut-off#
Has a couple of pictures during construction.
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 44   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: I wonder what would be hapening at Raven about now.  Posted Apr 23rd, 2017, 11:19pm 
Response #4 By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza       Thread Started By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza
on Apr 20th, 2017, 7:21pm, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Have heard is said that Ducks Unlimited, which is primarily an organization of hunters, has done more for the preservation of forests and wetlands in the US than all the government funded environmental acts.
Our local Liberal candidate in the upcoming election is being raked over the coals by Chrisales and his ilk. The closest he ever got to hunting is an old Atari game. Too many fools are screwing up our country.
 
A couple of years ago I tried to explain to him coal pricing and end uses but he told me I had no idea of what I was talking about so today I fooled with some search engines and found this out of Australia, https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-metallurgical-coal-2340012 but that being said you cannot believe the bull presented as fact from our left leaning media. I read article after article where the media got all its "facts" rom environmental groups who haven't a clue in hell of which they speak.  
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 45   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Easter Weekend 2017  Posted Apr 23rd, 2017, 8:17pm 
Response #2 By centercab       Thread Started By Matthew_L
Your photographic efforts are ALWAYS appreciated.....Keep up the good work for those of us who are too distant to be there personally LA&L is a little jewel in the morasse of impersonal monolithic (but necessary) large railroads.
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 46   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Fatal accident at Woss  Posted Apr 23rd, 2017, 12:38pm 
NEW Post By JRPhotography
http://cfjctoday.com/article/568220/lumber-train-derails-northern-vancouver-island-injuring-two
 
Train hit a crew working on the tracks.
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 47   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Easter Weekend 2017  Posted Apr 23rd, 2017, 1:20am 
Response #1 By roc       Thread Started By Matthew_L
I particularly like the angle you found in the last shot. Of course, the whole set is excellent! THX.
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 48   Fallen Flags / LV / Re: Allentown branchlines    Posted Apr 22nd, 2017, 9:57pm 
Response #734 By A-townbranchfan       Thread Started By A-townbranchfan       View Thread with IMG_0002-Copy_1_878x494.jpg - 77317 Bytes
In this second historical view, the photographer is standing at trackside facing south as a LV passenger train heads north (railroad west) along the Jordan Loop at West End Junction.  The center track is the eastbound J.L. track which remained in service to this point after the J.L. was abandoned to allow access to the West End branch... the ballast-less track shown at right.  You can see that a crossover existed between tracks one and two.  You'll also see the first half of the siding (at right, beyond the WEB track) which used to service the building which sat on the north side of the Gordon St. crossing (until its recent demolition)... the building shown in earlier postings which had the painted sign for Rabinowitz & Sons on its east wall.  Off in the distance is the faint outline of the Adelaide Silk Mill at Race & Linden Sts.  Also, take note of the string of box cars sitting over in the small CNJ yard which used to sit just north of their Gordon St. crossing.
My special thanks to Jake Stofko for his willingness to share these rare images here with all of us.  Hopefully this will ignite a spark in those of you who may have Allentown branch photos you haven't yet shared.  Again, I'll be happy to scan your images or slides if you don't have the equipment needed to do so.  I'm in the phonebook.  -- Mark Rabenold
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 49   Fallen Flags / LV / Re: Allentown branchlines    Posted Apr 22nd, 2017, 9:34pm 
Response #733 By A-townbranchfan       Thread Started By A-townbranchfan       View Thread with IMG_0001-Copy_1_867x399.jpg - 63363 Bytes
As promised, the following two images were obtained from the collection of Jake Stofko and were both dated "1911-1912".  They were photographed by John P. Scharle, an Allentown train enthusiast who enjoyed taking railroad photos during the early days of railfanning.  In this first image, a recently constructed Tilghman Street bridge is the primary subject shown.  However, to those of us who were often more interested in seeing what ran under the automobile bridges we drove across, take a gander at this!  At left you'll see an unobstructed view of the double-tracked Jordan Loop and (at left) the beginning of the West End Branch just north of where it diverged from the southbound (railroad east) J.L. track at West End Junction.  Looking through the open upper truss of the bridge you can see the McDermott Bros. industry.  The waterway shown is the Jordan Creek.  At far right, the railroad tracks running beneath the bridge belonged to the CNJ and traveled between the Allentown Terminal station and the CNJ main.  (Today's American Parkway road.)  Look closely just above the surface of the bridge (slightly left of the right through truss) and you'll see a covered bridge (with advertising painted on its side) which once stood very close to the current interchange of Sumner Avenue and the American Parkway.  Notice, too, all of the open farm land which appears above the left half of the bridge.  The view is looking northeast.
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 50   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Easter Weekend 2017    Posted Apr 22nd, 2017, 9:08am 
NEW Post By Matthew_L       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
I spent 3 days trackside last weekend. Days #1 and 2 were spent with NS (and can be seen in that subforum), while Day #3 was spent with the B&H.
 
Making a pick-up at the water track in Painted Post:  
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0417%20BHRR/DSCN0883.jpg
 
Approaching Robert Dann Drive in Coopers Plains:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0417%20BHRR/DSCN0901.jpg
 
Idling at Mill Street in Coopers Plains:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0417%20BHRR/DSCN0928.jpg
 
Crossing the Cohocton River in Cooper Plains:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0417%20BHRR/DSCN0935.jpg
 
Westbound at Smith Hill ROad in Coopers Plains:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0417%20BHRR/DSCN0955.jpg
 
Slowing down at the Eagle Valley Road crossing in Blessing (Savona), as the train  
approaches a gas dealer it services:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0417%20BHRR/DSCN1006.jpg
 
A complete slide show of the day's chase:
 
http://s857.photobucket.com/user/Erielackawanna/slideshow/2017/Apr%202017/0417%20BHRR
 
All photos in this post and the link were taken by me Monday 4/17/2017. As always, a big thanks goes out to the crew of the B&H for their professionalism and friendliness.  
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 51   North American Railroads / NS / Re: NS photos 2017    Posted Apr 22nd, 2017, 8:56am 
Response #15 By Matthew_L       Thread Started By Matthew_L       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
Day #2 was shroter, as I wished to spend time with family forEaster. Even so, I caught a couple of trains.
 
NS H85 heading west as a light engine move at Philo Road in Horseheads, after finishing up a switch job in Elmira:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0416%20Norfolk%20Southern/DSCN0777.jpg
 
NS 287 approaching the Route 417 overpass in Erwins on its journey westward:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0416%20Norfolk%20Southern/DSCN0796.jpg
 
A slide show of both trains:
 
http://s857.photobucket.com/user/Erielackawanna/slideshow/2017/Apr%202017/0416%20Norfolk%20Southern
 
All photos in this post and the link were taken by me Sunday 4/16.2017 in central NY.  I chased the B&H on Day #3, which will be posted shortly in the LA&L/B&H/WNYP forum.
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 52   North American Railroads / NS / Re: NS photos 2017    Posted Apr 22nd, 2017, 8:51am 
Response #14 By Matthew_L       Thread Started By Matthew_L       Linked Image Included, Click Here to View Entire Post
I spent 3 days trackside last weekend.  
 
Day #1 followed the Southern Tier Mainline from Linden to Elmira.
 
NS 287 heading westbound at West Perry Avenue in Silver Springs:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0415%20Norfolk%20Southern/DSCN0640.jpg
 
The trail end of NS 287 passes the track where NS interchanges with the ROchester & Southern RR in Silver Springs:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0415%20Norfolk%20Southern/DSCN0658.jpg
 
Due to a derailment on the Pittsburgh Line, NS 21Z detoured on the Tier. I caught the train heading west at CP Cass in Hornell:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0415%20Norfolk%20Southern/DSCN0661.jpg
 
NS 28N heading east at Philo Road in Horseheads:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0415%20Norfolk%20Southern/DSCN0702.jpg
 
NS 309 westbound at Philo Road in horseheads, with a pair of Pan AMEMDs tucked in behind the leading NS unit:
 
Linked Image:  http://i857.photobucket.com/albums/ab139/Erielackawanna/2017/Apr%202017/0415%20Norfolk%20Southern/DSCN0727.jpg
 
A slide show of the entire trip:
 
http://s857.photobucket.com/user/Erielackawanna/slideshow/2017/Apr%202017/0415%20Norfolk%20Southern
 
All photos in this post and the link were taken by me Saturday 4/16/2017 in upstate NY.  
 
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 53   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: CANFOR/WFP(Englewood railway) Logging Pics.  Posted Apr 22nd, 2017, 1:50am 
Response #475 By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza       Thread Started By SRY 110
https://www.google.ca/search?q=woss+rail+derailment&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gws_rd=cr&ei=Be76WIa9ONO2jwPStLPABA
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 54   Fallen Flags / LV / Re: Allentown branchlines    Posted Apr 21st, 2017, 11:43pm 
Response #732 By A-townbranchfan       Thread Started By A-townbranchfan       View Thread with IMG-Copy_899x773.jpg - 135805 Bytes
I met again with Jake Stofko today and he had a few more prints to offer.  In this photo from 3/23/86, the Brownhoist crane used by E. Schneider & Son scrap yard on Sumner Ave. sits just west of the 7th Street bridge.  Next time I'll be posting two more fascinating pictures from Jake's collection, these taken around 1911-1912 at the former West End Jct. along the Jordan Loop. -- Mark
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 55   Fallen Flags / ATSF / Re: SF's passenger equipment, post-AMTRAK  Posted Apr 21st, 2017, 3:37pm 
Response #8 By E8M 86 A-B       Thread Started By E8M 86 A-B
Clyde:
 
From what I have read (and heard) over the years, Penn-Central diner cuisine was certainly not anywhere near the superb standards long established by the SF; certainly a far cry from the food once served in PRR and NYC diners.
 
SF management KNEW how to treat passengers the RIGHT way......they treated them as valuable GUESTS, and not mere annoyances to be barely tolerated.
 
Not surprisingly, much has been written over the years regarding SF cuisine; fine food, well prepared, and served in fine style.....it is, indeed, to the SF's credit that they did not allow their passenger trains......nor their diner food......to sink into a quagmire of lassitude and insipidness.
 
A fine example of the old adage, "The Customer Is Always Right"......
 
"E8M"
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 56   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / Re: Portageville Bridge Update  Posted Apr 21st, 2017, 1:35pm 
Response #1 By thebigham       Thread Started By roc
I've only seen pics on Facebook.
 
The concrete piers/abutments are done. They are assembling the arch now.
 
It's hard to get pics because the whole area is closed off now. The trails to the Upper falls have been closed for re-construction.
 
Trains should be going over the new bridge in November!
 
The road under the bridge should re-open late 2018.
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 57   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: CANFOR/WFP(Englewood railway) Logging Pics.  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 11:50pm 
Response #474 By emilydm       Thread Started By SRY 110
More info here - http://www.vicnews.com/news/updated-two-people-dead-after-train-derailment-in-woss/
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 58   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: CANFOR/WFP(Englewood railway) Logging Pics.  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 11:06pm 
Response #473 By emilydm       Thread Started By SRY 110
Two dead, three injured when runaway railcars hit a track work crew near Woss today - http://www.news1130.com/2017/04/20/lumber-train-derails-northern-vancouver-island-injuring-two-people/
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 59   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: I wonder what would be hapening at Raven about now.  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 7:21pm 
Response #3 By George_Harris       Thread Started By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza
on Apr 20th, 2017, 6:31pm, Dennis Dalla-Vicenza wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Big article in today's papers about the upcoming earth day where Suzuki, Nell and Gore all want us to turn off our lights for a period to help save the world.  

Wonder if any of these idiots ever thought about what large sudden changes in demand do to a generating plant?  I don't know either, but nothing good.  I am at least sure of that much.
 
I am a strong believer in true environmentalism.  That happens to be part of the reason I have spent most of my working life on rail transport, mostly urban transit, but also passenger high speed rail and some on freight.  These so called "environmentalists" would not recognize true environmentalism if it fell on them.
 
Have heard is said that Ducks Unlimited, which is primarily an organization of hunters, has done more for the preservation of forests and wetlands in the US than all the government funded environmental acts.
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 60   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: I wonder what would be hapening at Raven about now.  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 6:31pm 
Response #2 By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza       Thread Started By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza
on Apr 20th, 2017, 1:15pm, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Revealing my ignorance:  There already was an operating (or recently closed) coal mine on the island!  Did not know that.  Then it's not like these people were having screaming fits about something that was an unknown.  The more I learn about this whole issue, the stranger it seems.
George, Just think environmentalists silliness and you'll have it covered. Big article in today's papers about the upcoming earth day where Suzuki, Nell and Gore all want us to turn off our lights for a period to help save the world. maybe the three of them should just close down all but one of their multiple dwellings which would conserve the same electricity as a small town going brownout for a week. They never seem to amaze me but more and more we know less and less.  
 
The Island was opened to lumber cutting and coal mining since the git-go and still we have people making noises about how explosive and dangerous the stuff is. For giggles please read this tidbit of history of coal on Vancouver island.  
http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/OpenFiles/1999/Documents/OF1999-08_report.pdf
 
Nothing portrays ignorance of facts like environmentalism.
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 61   Varnish / PassengerTrains / Re: Pullmans to Mexico  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 2:36pm 
Response #55 By ClydeDET       Thread Started By HARRY FOSTER MALONE ESQ
on Feb 4th, 2017, 4:07pm, Transcon wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Well George,
what you are talking about is not whether it was split into coach and sleeper sections but whether it was split into sections for different destinations.
Yes, the Texas Eagle just took over the operational style of the Sunshine Special.
The Sunshine Special was always a train which had 2 destinations: San Antonio and El Paso. It was always split up in Longview. The Texas Eagle continued the same thing: at Longview, it was split up: The South Texas Eagle for San Antonio (with sleepers to Mexico) and the West Texas Eagle for El Paso (including a Dallas-Los Angeles SP sleeper which continued to Los Angeles on the Sunset Limited in the early and mid 50s).  
My question would be, if the Sunshine Special ever was operated in 4 sections after Longview:
One coach and one sleeper section to San Antonio and one coach and one sleeper section to El Paso.

 
 
Wouldn't care to say "Never" about what the operation of the Texas Eagle was, but I can't seem to find anything about what happened after Longview involving more than one section to each of the designations mentioned. Meaning just that - I failed to find an indication of such. I sort of doubt that passenger loads would have required it, but - well, if they did, then the MP would have done whatever they needed to.
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 62   Fallen Flags / PRR / Re: Wreck of PRR Passenger Train #208  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 2:18pm 
Response #2 By ClydeDET       Thread Started By Roger_Hensley
Rather a mess, wasn't it? Bet there was substantial delay in getting the passengers back on their way...
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 63   Fallen Flags / ATSF / Re: SF's passenger equipment, post-AMTRAK  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 2:13pm 
Response #7 By ClydeDET       Thread Started By E8M 86 A-B
on Mar 22nd, 2017, 11:21am, E8M 86 A-B wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Norm:
 
Once again, greatly appreciate both your input and your time.....quite a nice start to my day, to learn that at least a few ex-SF cars are still in AMTRAK service....it proves that high quality lasts, and never goes out of style!
 
I have also seen photos of early-AMTRAK era trains (on the NEC) carrying ex-NP cars.
 
That the SF never let their passenger equipment grow shabby and raffish indeed would have made them look all the more attractive to AMTRAK.
 
Now...if only the Fred Harvey Dining Service was still with us....ahh, well, I guess you can't have everything......
 
E8M

 
Better believe there was a difference between Santa Fe and some other railroads in the 1960s. In 1966, was a newly-commissioned Second Lieutenant of Ordnance and went from Dallas to Aberdeen by train (my choice) at Uncle's expense. Roomette in a Pine-series, Budd-built 10-6 from Dallas to Chicago on the Texas Chief. Chicago east on the PRR's General (or just maybe Admiral), also in a Budd 10-6. Trust me - there was a difference in the way Santa Fe and PRR had maintained the equipment, nd just how the experience was. And PRR diner was no way up to Fred Harvey standards, but not that bad. Except on the Baltimore section between Harrisburg and Baltimore, where the only food service was an automat car, and it was pretty bad.
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 64   Fallen Flags / ATSF / Re: Wheel Cnfigurations For Steam Hauling Freight and/or Livestock  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 2:05pm 
Response #3 By ClydeDET       Thread Started By Jerald_Mniller
Suggest a copy of IRON HORSES OF THE SANTA FE TRAIL. At one time, OP and terribly expensive, but can be had from Amazon for around $45.00.
 
Much to be found there. As to what pulled what on the Santa Fe, well, it depends. Date, which part of the line, etc..  
 
Good luck with your modeling.
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 65   The Mainline / concourse / Re: Galaxy Express Train setting need help with  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 1:52pm 
Response #12 By ClydeDET       Thread Started By lwhitehead
on Apr 11th, 2017, 11:11am, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Vern:  Agree with you.  I do at times be somewhat suspicious of motives.  A few years back when I questioned the ownership of the commodity when someone asked about cutting up rail, and the guy got all bent out of shape about the question the response more confirmed my suspicions than resolved it.  
 
At one point in a professional issue it was suggested by another involved that the person raising the question do his own research.  Thanks to the wide range of information available on the internet much information can be found there.  All that is needed is sufficient judgment and background knowledge to glean the grain from the chaff.  As an example, in railroad civil and track engineering almost all of the annual publications of the American Railway Engineering Association can be found on line, as well as quite a bit of other relevant information.
 
When it comes to the subject at hand, in the 1950's when atomic power was being promoted with enthusiasm the potential for atomic powered locomotives was being promoted.  Yes, that required a very small power plant, and it was thought that such could be doable.  Look up publications from the 1950's for ideas.  The Shinkansen trains have some form of protection against pressure pulses that occur when trains enter and exit tunnels. Think about that sort of thing when extremely high speeds are involved.
 
There are people here that would probably be willing to do research for the right considerations, but giving away life education and experience for free should not be expected.

 
Still not sure exactly what the OP seeks, so hard to respond sensibly.
 
In re nuclear power for trains (except electric trains with the over-head/third rail energized from an off-like nuclear plant), I really doubt it would work well. I think John Galt had a train with a nuclear powered loco, and it seems like Harry Harrison, in A TRANSATLANTIC TUNNEL HURRAH (good book BTW), had a nuclear locomotive.
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 66   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: I wonder what would be hapening at Raven about now.  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 1:15pm 
Response #1 By George_Harris       Thread Started By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza
on Apr 20th, 2017, 12:14pm, Dennis Dalla-Vicenza wrote:       (Click here for original message)

I just got back from a week long trip into the coal fields of Central Vancouver Island where I discovered that the Quinsum Mine is in the planned reopening stage and that other older mines in the area may again be reactivated.  

Revealing my ignorance:  There already was an operating (or recently closed) coal mine on the island!  Did not know that.  Then it's not like these people were having screaming fits about something that was an unknown.  The more I learn about this whole issue, the stranger it seems.
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 67   Physical Plant - Track, Structures and Signals / Stations / Re: Ridley Park Station PW&BRR 1875  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 12:59pm 
Response #7 By Henry       Thread Started By toptrain
There are a number of free image processing programs out there. IRFanView is a pretty good and simple to use one. http://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm
 
GIMP is a more involved one that a lot of people like. It is also Open Source so a lot of people constantly work on it. https://www.gimp.org/
 
You'll get used to the new computer eventually. I am no fan of Micro$oft. I have a couple of Vista computers that work just fine and I am being forced to upgrade them by Micro$haft because they won't support Vista anymore. One is my personal workstation that is highly customized to my taste and has a zillion different software packages on it that all work well with each other. I know they won't work anywhere as well with each other after upgrading the operating system, if they work at all.  
 

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 68   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / I wonder what would be hapening at Raven about now.  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 12:14pm 
NEW Post By Dennis Dalla-Vicenza
A while back we witnessed a group of misplaced environmentalists and basic NIMBYs fighting the development of the Raven Coal mine and watched them basically lie to the people about all the harm coal does to the atmosphere. Then when they succeeded their resident apologist assured us that coal was dead and that the mine would never have lived up to its promises.  
 
I just got back from a week long trip into the coal fields of Central Vancouver Island where I discovered that the Quinsum Mine is in the planned reopening stage and that other older mines in the area may again be reactivated. This reactivation along with the Tumbler Ridge reopening sure proves that the imminent death of coal in BC was greatly exaggerated by the opponents and not seriously taken by the proponents.  
 
Now if the Raven project was revisited would these same NIMBYs pushing their same exaggerations of end result be again taken seriously by an area starving for jobs? Would the E & N (aka SVI) again seriously consider rebuilding the line to high enough standards to accept rail shipments into Port Alberni? Would the three bogus environmentalists rear their ugly heads again berating anyone and everyone who sided with the job creation? This resurgence of NIMBYism could be the final knell in the tolling of the death of the Island railroad if it is allowed to proceed unfettered as happened in the not to distant past.
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 69   Physical Plant - Track, Structures and Signals / Stations / Re: Ridley Park Station PW&BRR 1875  Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 8:54am 
Response #6 By toptrain       Thread Started By toptrain
Henry  , Since i got a new new computer because my last one the mother board went on it, The only program I have to resize a photo is Paint. Now this works on percentages not a preset amount, and does them one at a time. It becomes difficult if i am wrong the first time and need to do it all again. Microsoft has become very stingy and expensive with its Photo handling software. Life is much harder online for me now. Don't even know if I like being anywhere on line anymore. It is just to hard to do things now.
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 70   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: Let's see your engines!    Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 8:38am 
Response #799 By toptrain       Thread Started By MH765       View Thread with IMG_8503_M_-_Copy.jpg - 174556 Bytes
This is the Pacific Fast Mail ( United ) Santa-Fe 2-8-0 from the Timoninum Maryland train show a couple of week ago. I actualy owned it for 2 weeks. My son has it now. Also has my old time Akane 2-8-0 he will be refinishing for me. We never spoke of what road name he would put on it. This PFM 2-8-0 is a pre 1960 one. They were made for 5 years previous to 1960. This is the date where PFM started to use brass casting parts on their engines. The one in the photo has both turnings and shaped parts on it. Also a few castings. main one is the compressor. The others are small.  
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 71   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E+N Track Work    Posted Apr 20th, 2017, 2:04am 
Response #115 By CLC Fan       Thread Started By SRY 110       View Thread with 3192017225723.jpg - 78888 Bytes
Was told this past friday that supposedly a small section of track just north of the Duncan station have been pulled up but unable to verify the actual extent and reason.
 
Also saw this in the paper today.  
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 72   Regional Area Operations / Vancouver / Re: E&N (SRY-VI) Movement Reports: 2017  Posted Apr 19th, 2017, 5:21pm 
Response #50 By Goose5       Thread Started By CPRail4744
Light engines in both directions.
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 73   Model Railroading / HOScale / Re: First Model Train: Pennsy A5 Switcher  Posted Apr 18th, 2017, 9:05pm 
Response #6 By toptrain       Thread Started By PennsyFan2017
I know it is a Lima because of the plastic cup the surrounds the lower rear of the locomotive. It is there I would say for 2 reasons. 1 appearance and 2 protect the gearing from anything they  may pick up from the tracks.  
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 74   Fallen Flags / DH / A history the Penn Division  Posted Apr 18th, 2017, 8:33pm 
NEW Post By Matthew_L
Interesitng reading at:
 
http://mattforsyth.com/?page_id=1093
 
Among other things, the author has the average daily frequency for trains on the line, and references the power for them in the steam era. I'd also forgotten just how long the grades were at Ararat!
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 75   Regionals and Short Lines / WNYP / FWIW: Stored Cars in Columbus  Posted Apr 18th, 2017, 5:27pm 
NEW Post By roc
There's a dog's breakfast of stored covered hoppers and some bulkhead flatcars on the passing siding in Columbus, PA.
 
Perhaps not a few older than a good many of us — a find for rivet counters and modelers.
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