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Re: Railroad Archeology (Temple of Gloom) - By toddsyr on 10/27/05 at 02:46:59 - 'Poughkeepsie_Bridge.jpg' 12 KB
One of my favorite railroad relics is the ex-PC/NH Poughkeepsie Bridge over the Hudson River. I was 8 years old when it was rendered useless for trains. I remember many trips downstate crossing the parallel Newburgh-Beacon highway bridge.    
 
"  A fire in May 1974 rendered the bridge inactive. Penn Central, and later Conrail were in no shape to maintain, let alone repair, the bridge. In 1984, in an effort to eliminate a liability, Conrail disposed of the bridge and approximately 10 miles of right-of-way for $1.
 
For more than a decade, there were disputes over ownership, liability and access. Various groups and individuals put forth a variety of ideas for the future of the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge. One of the most talked-about plans was to convert the bridge into a walkway across the Hudson.
 
In June 1998, the deed for the bridge was transferred to Walkway Over the Hudson, a nonprofit group working to open the pedestrian span. " Info and picture from:
 
LINK URL

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By KootenayValleyRailway on 03/19/05 at 20:30:52 - 'myra1.jpg' 14 KB
here are a few photos of the many trestles in myra canyon ex. CP in British Columbia Canada

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By KootenayValleyRailway on 03/19/05 at 20:32:27 - 'myra3.jpg' 15 KB
#4

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By thebigham on 07/15/05 at 09:39:48 - 'WellsvilleBridge.jpg' 16 KB
ExBuffalo & Susquehanna bridge in Wellsville, NY, that now used as part of a walking trail.
 
The WAG was abandoned in Wellsville in 1972.
 
Chris

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Locomotive Servicing Question - By SDsixD on 09/10/05 at 13:11:11 - 'BoomCabinets.jpg' 16 KB
Can anyone explain what boom cabinets are and how they are used?  I have seen them at diesel loco fueling facilities but haven't been able to find much information on what they are used for.

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Re: Grade Crossing Signs - By silver_champion on 10/27/06 at 10:05:57 - 'rail5-4.gif' 19 KB
Here is a sign for everyone

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Re: Exsisting Towers Nationwide - By k9eui on 08/26/02 at 14:15:43 - 'tower1.jpg' 19 KB
Here is a tower located at the Illinois Railway Museum
in Union, IL. Equipment in it but not being used last I looked.


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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By KootenayValleyRailway on 03/19/05 at 20:31:23 - 'myra2.jpg' 19 KB
#2

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By KootenayValleyRailway on 03/19/05 at 20:32:57 - 'myra5.jpg' 19 KB
#5

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By thebigham on 07/13/05 at 10:48:02 - 'ShongoGeneseeRiverbridge.jpg' 21 KB
The WAG bridge that crossed the Genesee River north of Shongo, NY. The original WC&PC grade is on the other side of this bridge. The B&S built this newer bridge when they were building the Buffalo Branch. This bridge is a short walk from the Rt. 19 road crossing at Shongo.
 
Doug Gavitt phot.
 
Chris

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Coal loader? - By k9eui on 08/26/02 at 14:52:26 - 'rrtank.jpg' 23 KB
Don't recall seeing one of these before. This sits over the UP tracks just East of Galt, IL.

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By thebigham on 07/15/05 at 09:54:17 - 'GeneseeOrangeBridge.jpg' 23 KB
This WAG bridge still stands south of the Genesee station. It crosses the Genesee River at this point. It includes a small wooden trestle. You can still see orange paint in places. The WAG painted everything orange!  
 
Doug Gavitt photo. 11/04.
 
Chris


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Re: Exsisting Towers Nationwide - By silver_champion on 11/13/05 at 12:21:33 - '287.jpg' 25 KB
This is Zoo Tower, a busy place. Yesteryears is was more busy. It is name Zoo because across the tracks is the Philadelphia Zoo.

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By thebigham on 07/13/05 at 10:31:52 - 'Geneseetrestle.jpg' 26 KB
A partially washed out wooden trestle on the WAG Wellsville Brach just north of the Genesee, PA, station. The landowner told me that this bridge may be removed. North of the trestle is the NY/PA state line.
 
Chris

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By KootenayValleyRailway on 03/19/05 at 20:31:50 - 'myra4.jpg' 27 KB
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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By thebigham on 07/13/05 at 10:35:58 - 'PotatoCreekRRAbutment.jpg' 28 KB
The abutments of the Potato Creek Railroad over NS's Buffalo Line just south of Keating Summet, PA. The PCRR was owned at one time by the Buffalo & Susquehanna. The railroad was abandoned around 1916 or was it in the 1920s?
 
Chris

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Re: Steepest Railroad Grade - By kotaro on 01/07/05 at 22:19:59 - '7s0207.jpg' 29 KB
Here is aphoto of Madison Railroad  
LINK URL
 
 photo of 0-10-0 locomoive "Ruben Wells".
LINK URL
 
And old cog locomotive "M. G. Bright"
 


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Re: Exsisting Towers Nationwide - By Coffee on 12/26/03 at 23:30:17 - '5Nova.jpg' 30 KB
Nova Tower along the CSX
Linked Image: http://pic1.picturetrail.com/VOL104/831195/2297159/41110401.jpg

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Re: Railroad Archeology (Temple of Gloom) - By toddsyr on 10/25/05 at 03:20:56 - 'BO_26th_Street_Float_Bridge.jpg' 31 KB
I think you'll enjoy this site immensely:
 
LINK URL

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Re: Parts of a Switch - By kotaro on 11/17/04 at 02:57:00 - '7s0184.jpg' 32 KB
on Nov 16th, 2004, 2:39am, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Kotaro:
 
You picture is of a half grand union streetcar junction.  This is all grooved rail, which was generally called girder rail in the US.  What you have is two tracks crossing two tracks at an angle of about 60 degrees, with connections for cars moving both ways on the 30 degree divergence.  The switches are called tongue and mate.  If you look at the one at the bottom of the picture, the right hand side has a movable tongue and the lift has a pocket only.  

Thanks, Harris
By the way, there are "Parts of a Switch" of tongue for the street railway.

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Re: Parts of a Switch - By Bulboy on 08/18/03 at 09:15:00 - 'Sissors20Crossing.jpg' 32 KB
Not sure if terms are UK or USA. scissors

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Re: Exsisting Towers Nationwide - By Charlie_O on 01/24/03 at 18:33:39 - 'EL_Toby_tower.jpg' 32 KB
The tower at Tobyhanna PA sees D-L traffic, though the tower's not in use anymore.

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Re: RR Bridges of the Delaware River - By NS3360 on 02/19/05 at 09:48:07 - 'DLWhistory.jpg' 32 KB
on Feb 19th, 2005, 3:46am, hummel1237 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
How did I miss that...  
 
Jim...  
 
BTW - The Delaware River is a long river, did we get the upper river bridges?

 
This was in today's Express-Times newspaper.  


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Re: Steepest Railroad Grade - By Pennsy on 01/14/05 at 18:24:29 - 'Angels_Flight.jpg' 32 KB
Hi All,
 
If you want to add a cog railway, and not limit the discussion only to traction, you should add cable as well.  
 
Angels Flight in Los Angeles is a funicular, powered by a cable, and the steepness of the grade is measured in degrees from the horizontal. It is between thirty degrees and forty five degrees. The cars are set to provide horizontal seating for the passengers. Check out the photo of one of the cable cars. This one is Olivet. Its twin is called Sinai.

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By thebigham on 08/31/05 at 16:24:09 - 'York27sCorners27Bridge.jpg' 32 KB
York's Corner's wooden trestle on the old WAG.
 
Doug Gavitt photo: 11/04
 
Chris

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Re: Railroad Bridge photos? - By wsdimenna on 02/28/04 at 17:37:37 - 'NYCbridgeBuffaloNY.jpg' 33 KB
Old and new.  
NYC box girder in Buffalo with NS and CSX rolling stock pulled by CP

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Guess what this is... - By NEFAN on 09/28/15 at 14:05:30 - 'Metro_North_FL9_5031_Manitou_NY_70781.jpg' 33 KB
The yellow thing near the front of the engine which is mounted on the end of a tie. - Can you guess what it is?
 
Hint: the train is approaching third rail territory at Croton - Harmon NY

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By thebigham on 07/13/05 at 10:25:08 - 'B26SOverpassnearRushfordNY.jpg' 34 KB
This is an old overpass on the Buffalo & Susquehanna Buffalo line that was abandoned in 1917. It's near Caneadea, NY. The tracks were on top.
 
Chris

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Re: CSX Seneca Yard: Closed Track - By wsdimenna on 05/21/03 at 23:29:01 - 'SencaYardbwwwlr.jpg' 34 KB
A different angle

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Re: CSX Seneca Yard: Closed Track - By wsdimenna on 05/21/03 at 23:31:50 - 'SencaYardNorthwwwlr.jpg' 34 KB
looking North from Ridge Rd

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Re: Slope/Grade-Percentage vs Degree...Help! - By George_Harris on 03/16/06 at 09:45:15 - 'slopes2.jpg' 36 KB
Here is a picture for various slopes

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Re: Parts of a Switch - By CHESSIEMIKE on 02/07/04 at 20:29:53 - 'Switch_Heater_S.jpg' 38 KB
Don't forget the Switch Heater.    A very important part this time of year.  
CHESSIEMIKE

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CSX Seneca Yard: Closed Track - By wsdimenna on 05/21/03 at 23:27:40 - 'SencaYardwwwlr.jpg' 39 KB
I took various shots of the CSX Seneca Yard after its closing.
This is one of five


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Re: Slip Switches - By Bulboy on 08/18/03 at 09:29:09 - 'DoubleSlip.jpg' 39 KB
double slip. NJ, check that hread about rail parts. I've posted two more drawings there

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By thebigham on 07/15/05 at 09:42:21 - 'B26SSinnemahoningBridgeAbut.jpg' 39 KB
These are the abutments of the Buffalo & Susquehanna bridge over NS's Buffalo lIne at Sinnemahonong, PA. This line was abandoned in 1964. I am standing on the other abutment.  
 
The B&S had another long bridge over the river here at Sinnemahonng.
 
Chris

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Re: Manual Interlocking Towers...any pics? - By CHESSIEMIKE on 07/22/03 at 12:05:20 - 'Tower_control_rod_roller_S10380.jpg' 40 KB
A close-up of a rod roller support.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Railroad "Tell tales"?  My best guess. - By clifford1 on 06/18/05 at 00:36:08 - 'lv2.jpg' 40 KB
Picture 2

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Re: Track Pans - By kotaro on 12/16/04 at 13:51:21 - '7s0194.jpg' 41 KB
Hi, Monsieur Pennsy
Her is a plan of Track Pan by inventor John Ramsbottom.
His article
"Description of a Method of Supplying Water to Locomotive Tenders while Running"
was writen in weekly magazine
"The Engineering" August 30, 1861.

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Re: Railroad Bridge photos? - By hummel1237 on 02/29/04 at 03:08:02 - 'belviderebridgea22.jpg' 41 KB
Here's mine - Belvidere Bridge (NJ)
 
Jim...  

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Re: Hell Gate Bridge - By silver_champion on 02/16/06 at 16:31:30 - 'hell_gate.jpg' 42 KB
I have never been on a train to cross the Hell Gate. I have allways seen it for a car.

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Name That Structure - By hummel1237 on 02/23/04 at 03:09:46 - 'belviderestationarea1.jpg' 43 KB
This is for people like me that don't always know what something is or what it was used for. Here's one from the Belvidere Station Yard area. What is it and what was it used for?  
 
Jim...

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By thebigham on 07/13/05 at 10:28:29 - 'B26STrestleRemainsSagamore---1.jpg' 44 KB
A partial wooden trestle still standing on the Buffalo & Susquehanna Sagamore branch. The B&O abandoned the line in 1957. Rails still exist in a road crossing near Sagamore. This bridge is at McCormick City, PA.
 
Chris

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MOW Equipment in South Charleston, WV - By DannyR on 01/28/03 at 23:06:05 - 'MOW_Equip_1.jpg' 45 KB
Some fascinating equipment in the following two photos on a Dow Chemical/Union Carbide siding in South Charleston, WV.
Don't know if this outfit was contracted by CSX or by Dow to do track work on the company property.  
 
Gotta love that caboose modification!

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Re: Parts of a Switch - By Bulboy on 08/18/03 at 09:19:40 - 'DoubleTurnout.jpg' 45 KB
Double turnout

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Re: Welcome to the Railroad Infrastructure Forum! - By k9eui on 04/12/02 at 12:10:49 - 'risk1.jpg' 45 KB
Hi Matt.  As far as I know, that line, where I took the photos was abandoned by N&W around 1990. That line ran from a few miles South of Forrest, IL to Chicago. If my research is correct, it was originally part of the Wabash system.  The line is still active from just north of Strawn down to a junction at Bement, IL.
 
I have been in that building several times and it is obvious many others have also. It was filled with parts of signals (lenses, sockets, bulbs, etc), crossing gate arms, insulators, reels of cable, etc.  As of last fall, it has been pretty well cleaned out. The pictures were taken looking southwards. Not shown (to the left of the pic) is a big pile of signal tower remains.  
 
Here are a few pics taken at Risk, IL a few miles south of Forrest.  (By the way how does one attach more than one picture to a single message)?
 


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Re: Welcome to the Railroad Infrastructure Forum! - By k9eui on 04/12/02 at 12:10:49 - 'risk1.jpg' 45 KB
Hi Matt.  As far as I know, that line, where I took the photos was abandoned by N&W around 1990. That line ran from a few miles South of Forrest, IL to Chicago. If my research is correct, it was originally part of the Wabash system.  The line is still active from just north of Strawn down to a junction at Bement, IL.
 
I have been in that building several times and it is obvious many others have also. It was filled with parts of signals (lenses, sockets, bulbs, etc), crossing gate arms, insulators, reels of cable, etc.  As of last fall, it has been pretty well cleaned out. The pictures were taken looking southwards. Not shown (to the left of the pic) is a big pile of signal tower remains.  
 
Here are a few pics taken at Risk, IL a few miles south of Forrest.  (By the way how does one attach more than one picture to a single message)?
 


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Re: MOW Equipment in South Charleston, WV - By DannyR on 01/28/03 at 23:07:01 - 'MOW_Equip_2.jpg' 45 KB
...and the second

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Re: Railroad Bridge photos? - By hudsonelectric on 01/16/04 at 20:52:50 - 'IT_St._Louis_Bridge.jpg' 46 KB
Here's a bridge that was built by the Illinois Traction from my collection. Anyone know if this bridge is still around?

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Re: Track Pans - By kotaro on 12/05/04 at 20:28:30 - '7s0191.jpg' 49 KB
This London & North Western Railway 4-6-2 locomotive have a water scoop for both directions. (Railway Gazette, June 30, 1911)

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Re: Abandoned Sidings - By hummel1237 on 02/23/04 at 03:28:17 - 'belvideresidingeol.jpg' 49 KB
Here's one I dug up. Belvidere NJ...
 
Jim...

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Re: Unloading Ribbon Rail - By Hawko on 03/06/07 at 08:31:52 - 'DSC00079_408x306.jpg' 50 KB
Ribbon rail cars, MP 204 BNSF Aurora Sub MT1 (near Potosi, WI) on March 5, 2007.

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Re: Saluda Grade - as is and as could be - By George_Harris on 01/15/06 at 09:06:31 - 'ansmap.jpg' 50 KB
OK, finally got around to getting a couple of more things into a somewhat coherent format and converted into pictures.  This first is from points on topomaps and gives the general alignment of the whole thing.  When you see the "stomped snake" twists and turns between Hendersonville and Tryon, it is obvious that the low speeds are not just because of grades.  I intend to zoom in on this area later.

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Re: Coal loader? - By CHESSIEMIKE on 05/09/03 at 23:02:23 - 'Remains_of_Richmond_VA_Coal_tower_S8292.jpg' 51 KB
Here is what is left on March 5, 1994.  
CHESSIEMIKE

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Hi, What is the tech name for this....... - By tolovemoon on 05/05/04 at 08:37:25 - 'dehydratestation.jpg' 51 KB
Just was wondering what these were called so I can title my pictures correctly
 


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Re: Welcome to the Railroad Infrastructure Forum! - By k9eui on 04/11/02 at 10:53:48 - 'forrest1.jpg' 51 KB
Another from Forrest, IL

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Re: "Perfect" ROW's - By DannyR on 05/03/03 at 22:56:22 - 'BO_Mainline_East_Kanawha_WV.jpg' 52 KB
Former B&O mainline east of Parkersburg, WV at Kanawha. This photo was taken five years after the mainline was downgraded and two after a large section was severed between Parkersburg and Clarksburg. Despite lost glory, the roadbed and track here were still nearly pristine. Sadly, the rails in this photo are but a memory now as well.  
 
Previously posted on WV board  
 
 
 
 


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Re: Railroad Bridge photos? - By hummel1237 on 04/01/04 at 12:35:06 - 'bbbridge.jpg' 52 KB
Bloomsbury NJ...
 
Jim...  

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Re: Exsisting Towers Nationwide - By EMD on 01/09/03 at 00:14:21 - 'njt19.jpg' 55 KB
You mean here.
 
EMD:^)

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By Ranaldo20 on 10/03/06 at 14:14:53 - 'smallbridge.jpg' 55 KB
Old Seaboard overpass over Tredegar road in Jacksonville, AL.


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Speed Limit posts and other signs along the way - By CSX_B40-8 on 04/15/04 at 14:09:12 - '50_sign.jpg' 56 KB
im not sure if this'll go far but let's snap some photos of speed limit posts and other nick nack signs along the way ....lol. this is a speed limit sign right?

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Re: Coal loader? - By CHESSIEMIKE on 05/09/03 at 22:56:05 - 'Charlottesville_VA_Coal_tower_S1603.jpg' 56 KB
Here is a shot of the tower at Charlotesville, VA on June 1, 1985.  I am told that it is still there.  
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Speed Limit posts and other signs along the wa - By CSX_B40-8 on 04/15/04 at 14:09:54 - '50_sign_no_2.jpg' 57 KB
same one....different view.

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Re: Draw vs. swing vs. lift - By Hawko on 04/09/07 at 00:34:04 - 'DSC00274_652x489.jpg' 57 KB
Here is the CN's bridge at East Dubuque, IL in the open position on April 8, 2007.

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Re: Manual Interlocking Towers...any pics? - By CHESSIEMIKE on 07/22/03 at 12:14:01 - 'Tower_Miller_inside_S10377.jpg' 57 KB
Remember, all those rods are manually operated.
Inside Miller Tower.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Is this what has replaced towers? - By NathBDP on 10/16/03 at 22:30:01 - 'MNCPHL.jpg' 57 KB
and humans?
 
Found this walking near the Harlem Line up near Brewster.
 
No idea what it does.  It was near what seemed to be the foundation of some kind of rail structure.


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Re: Railroad Bridge photos? - By wsdimenna on 12/10/03 at 21:07:28 - 'CP1.jpg' 60 KB
This bridge West of CP draw (Chicago line) in Buffalo was orginally owned by Nickel Plate Railroad.
Mostly used by local traffic and occasional through traffic to the chicago line.

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Re: Manual Interlocking Towers...any pics? - By CHESSIEMIKE on 02/07/04 at 20:23:53 - 'West_Keyser_Tower_S.jpg' 60 KB
Thought I would throw in another tower shot.  West Keyser is still a maned tower.    Think about how easy it is to move those frozen rods.  
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Abandoned Sidings - By hummel1237 on 02/23/04 at 03:37:21 - 'belvideresidingeol1.jpg' 60 KB
Look close! BASF fence and inside the fence is the rails. One comes right up to the fence (left) and the right one is cut shorter but it's there. A trained eye should be able to see it...     jk  
 
Jim...  
 
Hint; the center post of the fence splits the two rails...

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Re: Railroad Archeology (Temple of Gloom) - By toddsyr on 10/28/05 at 14:19:37 - 'Bridge_Fire.jpg' 61 KB
on Oct 28th, 2005, 11:18am, IronTie wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Actually, PC did not want to take in the New Haven, and destroying the bridge (its been said) was connected with their efforts to keep from having to include the NH in their system.

 
The official story claims a hotbox was the probable cause.
 
"  By LARRY HUGHES,
Journal Staff Writer
 
It was 2:08 o'clock on a sunny afternoon when the first clouds of ugly, black smoke began pouring from the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge.
 
And it was not until eight hours later that the efforts of 125 firemen were able to contain a fire that started by slowly working across the span.
 
It may not have been the biggest fire we've ever had in the city," said Fire Capt. Thomas Ringwood. But it was the most difficult."
 
Falling embers and burned out railroad ties fell from the bridge during the afternoon touching off a fire at Andy & Steve's Restaurant, Dutchess Avenue, and numerous grass fires.
 
Train traffic along the Penn Central tracks was slowed. Crowds formed along both banks of the river to watch.
 
No injuries were reported.
 
Fire officials said the fire was caused by a freight train that passed over the bridge at 12:42 o'clock.
 
'Probably A Spark'
 
"It was probably the hot box or a spark that did it," said Ringwood. "At 1:17 we had a small fire on the tracks at Washington Street that was put out quickly. Then our department's van cruised along underneath the bridge down to Dutchess Avenue looking for anything else they didn't spot anything."
 
Just after 2 p.m. Mrs. Barbara Dubraski, 9 Dutchess Ave., saw some smoke on the bridge.
 
"It was just some smoke, just a little," she said. "Then it started to spread and my neighbor called in a fire alarm."
 
Capt. Ringwood was home, having worked the overnight shift.
 
"I was listening to fire radio as the men went to the fire," he said. "I heard them talking about having trouble getting water going into the water pipe-line up there on the tracks. I knew we were in for trouble."
 
Ringwood said that pipe was broken in two or three areas. The system is designed for fire fighting. In case of fire, hoses link the city water system to the pipe and there is available water on the bridge.
 
There wasn't available water on the bridge Wednesday.
 
"Penn Central had informed us it wasn't operating right," said Ringwood. "They were to have made repairs. But that was in mid-March. "
 
Ringwood went out on the bridge and took over the end of the operation from Capt. Robert Vaughn.
 
 
'All I Could See…'
 
"All I could see was fire and smoke," he said. "The thick black smoke was caused by a surfacing material they coated the wood ties and timber to prevent rotting."
 
The immediate problem was to get water up to the bridge where the fire was moving toward the city side.
 
Trucks were set up on Dutchess Avenue, a rope lowered, and a two and half inch fire hose hoisted up 250 feet, by hand. The switches were thrown and the system worked.
 
"Your average water pressure is about 125 pounds," said Capt. Jack Nugent. "We had 320 pounds of pressure to get it up there."
 
Before that water could be sent up to the bridge, Capt. Ringwood saw the tavern catch fire from chunks of burning debris. There was a delay while firemen on the ground extinguished that fire.
 
Police had been called out on traffic control. The arterial was closed down and the streets in the area underneath the bridge were roped off.
 
While Ringwood and his squad of eight men on the bridge waited for water they created a fire break by tearing up planks.
 
"We had to stop that fire from spreading over those homes," said Ringwood. "But to tear up those ties. didn't leave us much to walk on. It was kind of breezy up there too."
 
Then the wind shifted and the fire moved toward the river, spreading 50 feet in 15 minutes.
 
When the fire fighting should have become easier it became dangerously more difficult. The fire was moving out over the Central Hudson facility on Water Street.
 
'Really Worried'
 
"I looked down and saw what we were faced with," said Ringwood. "We had three 115,000-volt lines, three 69,000-volt lines and then, under that, four 30,000 gallon propane gas storage tanks. To put it mildly, we were really worried the whole thing would go."
 
Capt. Tom Armstrong was in charge of the men who went to the Central Hudson facility.
 
"They had cooling devices in the, gas tanks and they were doing the job," he said. "Central Hudson was great. They cooperated in every way. They cut power on those higher powered lines. We had men on the tanks with hoses as a back up. We brought two ladder tanks under, the bridge and fed them with pumpers so we had two streams of water going up. Some of the guys were walking around the tanks putting out grass fires from embers."
 
Highland firemen had the first good luck of the day. The bridge pipeline on their end worked and they had water going on the fire. The spread was slowed.
 
"They came all the way across to us," said Ringwood of the Ulster County firemen. "It was a long way out. One of my men walked up to one of theirs and said 'Welcome to Poughkeepsie.'"
 
Mrs. Dubraski finally got through to her husband at work and he hurried home.
 
"It must have been so frustrating for those firemen not being able to get at it right away," she said standing in front of her house, her face smeared with smoke and spent embers. "I put out two or three little fires in the back here. I felt better when I sent my son up the hill away from this."
 
Firemen were getting the upper hand on the bridge fire but conditions up top were getting extremely hazardous.
 
'Bridge Was Moving'
 
"We got to the point where I told the men I wouldn't order them to go out any further," said Ringwood. "The bridge was moving a little when it swayed about eight feet and we just sort of stopped and looked at each other thinking it might come down any minute."
 
But the firemen kept going out. A rescue worker from LaGrange walked up to Ringwood out on the bridge and, volunteered his services saying he had had climbing experience.
 
"It was a helluva job all around," said Ringwood. "It was guys taking risks and doing their job and then some. There was some luck involved too. But the training and experience came together. If there hadn't been water in the Highland side of the bridge pipeline it might still be burning. If there had been more wind or if this had been a hot day in August those tanks might have gone."
 
When it was over the three chiefs, with a total of 93 years of fire fighting experience, sat around Ringwood's kitchen table. The air was that of thankfulness a tragedy had been averted and the good sense of having done the job.
 
"One thing I thought of out there," said Jack Nugent, "was how, in the past, no matter how bad a fire was Tom would always say 'we've never had a fire get across the river on us.' It would always stop at the river no matter how bad it got. That almost changed Wednesday. Whoever thought we'd get a fire up there."
 
Ringwood said, "Was it Chicken Little who said the sky is falling?"
 
Info and pic from:
 
LINK URL

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Re: MOW Equipment - By Hawko on 04/02/07 at 09:42:52 - 'DSC00239_652x489.jpg' 61 KB
Could someone please tell something about this piece of MOW equipment I saw on April 1, 2007 at the BNSF Savanna, IL Yard.  It looks like it is used for digging ditches.  Thanks.

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Re: Exsisting Towers Nationwide - By EMD on 01/11/03 at 00:40:05 - 'crelhx.jpg' 61 KB
Like here, right?
 
EMD

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Re: Railroad Bridge photos? - By hummel1237 on 04/01/04 at 12:40:56 - 'wncircle2.jpg' 61 KB
Delaware NJ...
 
The bridge on your right hand still stands...
 
Jim...  

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Re: RR Bridges of the Delaware River - By hummel1237 on 02/19/05 at 03:46:46 - 'wncircle2-2.jpg' 62 KB
on Feb 17th, 2005, 4:21pm, NS3360 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
There was also a second bridge called Myer's Ferry built by the Warren Railroad near the current NS bridge bridging Portland PA-Delaware NJ. This bridge was built in 1853 and later became privately owned. Torn down 1953.

 
How did I miss that...  
 
Jim...  
 
BTW - The Delaware River is a long river, did we get the upper river bridges?
 
 


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Re: Coal loader? - By CHESSIEMIKE on 05/09/03 at 22:59:23 - 'Richmond_VA_Coal_tower_S6139.jpg' 62 KB
Here is the one in Richmond, VA on Oct. 2, 1990.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Railroad Bridge photos? - By Charlie_O on 02/28/04 at 18:18:09 - 'PRR_Susq_bridge.jpg' 62 KB
Nice pic Bill.  Love those old-n-new shots.   Wish some more structures around here showe their "PRR" or "Reading" roots.
 
And since Russ gave us a couple of fine postcards, I'll add one from my collection...the Pennsy's iron bridge across the Susquehanna.
-Charlie

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Re: Exsisting Towers Nationwide - By Henry on 07/26/05 at 15:49:51 - 'CSX_144_Ironville_1-10-05_02.jpg' 63 KB
Ironville Tower in Toledo with CSX AC4400CW on K185-06 about the bang the NS diamonds (N&W/NKP/W&LE) on the Toledo Terminal line to the Toledo Docks and the bridge across the Maumee River at 2:16 PM on January 10, 2005.
 
Henry


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Re: Bethlehem Steel - By WMSR_734 on 02/08/06 at 16:00:06 - 'IMG_2511_2.jpg' 64 KB
Last one.

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Re: Railroad "Tell tales"?  My best guess. - By clifford1 on 06/18/05 at 00:37:30 - 'lv3.jpg' 64 KB
Picture 3

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Re: Welcome to the Railroad Infrastructure Forum! - By k9eui on 04/11/02 at 10:52:14 - 'forrest2.jpg' 65 KB
Lets see if I can properly post a couple of pics. These are from an abandoned N&W building in Forest, IL.

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Re: CSX Seneca Yard: Closed Track - By wsdimenna on 05/21/03 at 23:30:31 - 'SencaYardcwwwlr.jpg' 66 KB
Yard leads:
looking south from Ridge Rd.

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Re: Manual Interlocking Towers...any pics? - By CHESSIEMIKE on 07/22/03 at 11:57:53 - 'CSX_6115_at_Viaduct_Jct_S4724.jpg' 67 KB
Had to throw in a Chessie unit.  
CSXT #6115 is an exB&O unit.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Catenary on Curves - By ge13031 on 08/17/03 at 06:47:33 - 'WFcurve.jpg' 67 KB
Attached is a shot of a tight slow speed curve on the waterfront line of the RTA in Cleveland, OH.  This segment of RTA is simple catenary and no effort is made to smoothe wire transition around any of the curves while everthing is kept in a vertical plane.  This line and Shaker rapid portions are considered light rail.  The rapid transit segment runs under compound catenary again in vertical alignment.  Neither line attempts to "zig-zag" the wire on the straightaways to equalize pan wear  Too bad the early interurbans lived with trolley wire ...it sure made for a lot of maintenence headaches and limited current pickup at high speeds.

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Grade crossing between tracks in Turkey - By Bulboy on 08/29/03 at 04:17:44 - 'Hilal_2002_MP_L.jpg' 67 KB
Hope you find this interesting. Crossing between tracks at one level. Unfortunately there were incidents too

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Re: MOW Equipment - By LordTauk on 01/26/03 at 21:45:56 - 'Dscf0054.jpg' 67 KB
I didn't have my digital camera at the time, but I was also treated to a tie replacement MOW gang a few months ago, and recently a railgrinding operation.  
 
Now the process they are doing up here (Philly subdivision) is removing the large stacks of ties they removed, tie loading MOW gondolas and converted tie loading hoppers are parked up at a siding, burrow crane can be seen in the picture as well (yellow thing).


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RR Bridges of the Delaware River - By hummel1237 on 02/17/05 at 15:14:46 - 'plg1955.jpg' 68 KB
I'm trying to figure out exactly how many bridges cross or ever crossed the Delaware River. Here's what I have so far. Please and fill in the blanks...
 
  1. PRR at Trenton NJ  
  2. Reading at Trenton NJ
  3. Reading above Trenton NJ
  4. Reading at Lambertville NJ
  5. LV at Phillipsburg NJ (still standing, abandoned)
  6. CNJ at Phillipsburg NJ South (gone)
  7. CNJ at Phillipsburg NJ North (NS)
  7. L&HR at Phillipsburg NJ (NS)
  8. PRR at Brainerds NJ (NS)
  9. PRR at Roxburg NJ (NS)
10. DL&W at Delaware NJ (NS)
11. L&NE at Columbia NJ (gone)
12. DL&W at Columbia NJ (still standing, not used)
13. Erie at Port Jervis NY  
 
I know I missed a bunch or need to be corrected so please help...
 
Thanks!
 
Jim...

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By NS3360 on 03/12/05 at 06:51:58 - 'Sauconcreekbridge.jpg' 68 KB
Abandoned RDG bridge over the Saucon Creek at the former Saucon Yard in Hellertown, PA. A few years ago there were four tracks on top of this bridge...today just old ties and spikes.

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Re: Exsisting Towers Nationwide - By Charlie_O on 01/24/03 at 18:39:49 - 'BrynMawr_tower.jpg' 70 KB
And the Pennsy's tower at Bryn Mawr PA, although replaced by an automated system, still watches over Septa and Amtrak traffic.

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Sperry Rail Car 141 in Pittsburgh - By fquig on 01/26/03 at 15:41:32 - 'SPERRY_RAIL_03.jpg' 71 KB
Sperry Rail Car 141 is tied up in Pittsburgh's Island Avenue Yard on Super Bowl Sunday.  From this location it could work the Mon Line, Pittsburgh Line or the Conemaugh Division.
 


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Re: Water spout - By CHESSIEMIKE on 06/19/02 at 11:11:48 - 'CO_Water_Plug.jpg' 72 KB
Here is a water spout IN its original location.  
To bad it is no longer there.  
The Coal Bin to the left is still there.  Some things cost too much to destroy.  
Newport News VA.
CHESSIEMIKE


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Re: Favorite Railroad Bridges - By silver_champion on 10/19/06 at 12:35:10 - 'eastriver03-23-06.jpg' 72 KB
Here is a picture of HELL GATE BRIDGE

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Re: Exsisting Towers Nationwide - By B_n_O_Hendo on 01/11/03 at 22:29:29 - 'bayviewtower.jpg' 72 KB
Here's the base of BA tower located in the Bayview Yard in Baltimore. At one time this was a single story tower. There was also some kind of RR building directly across the tracks from it.

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Re: Manual Interlocking Towers...any pics? - By CHESSIEMIKE on 07/22/03 at 11:59:53 - 'Tower_Hancock_S4716.jpg' 72 KB
Next we go to Hancock, MD.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: What is a water plug? - By CHESSIEMIKE on 03/22/05 at 06:32:38 - 'CO_Water_Plug-2.jpg' 73 KB
When you say "Water Plug" to me I think Steam Engine.  This map could be an updated map that still has old information on it, or the water plug is still there.  The remains may still be there and are used as a point of reference.  They were also called Stand Pipes.  Here is a shot of one in Newport News, VA.  It is not there any more.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Manual Interlocking Towers...any pics? - By CHESSIEMIKE on 07/22/03 at 11:50:31 - 'Tower_Viaduct_Jct_S3743.jpg' 73 KB
I dug out some shots I took on the B&O lines through the mountains.  Hope they help.  
First, from the Mountain Subdivision, is Viaduct Jct. in Cumberland, MD.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Abandoned Railroad Bridges - By RailFanMan on 07/06/06 at 21:56:48 - 'rail.jpg' 74 KB
on Jul 14th, 2005, 11:23am, thebigham wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I've seen these abutments.
 
Isn't the state going to rebuild the highway bridge (Rt. 179) over the tracks? These abutments may be bulldozed.
 
You can also see B&S abutments over the Buffalo Southern RR off of S Park Ave north of the Erie County Fairgrounds.
 
Chris Bigham

 
Newbie railfan in south bauffalo aera here. I had no idea there was a B&S rail line in the aera. Its all becoming clear now. I've got some sat. photos of the post above. If anyone has a map of where the B&S line once was I love to see it. Maybe I can get some ground photos. Also this fall i plan on walking the abandoned B&P line through erie county hopefully getting some good pics.  
 


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Re: Railroad Archeology (Temple of Gloom) - By toddsyr on 10/27/05 at 01:19:36 - 'NoSmoking.jpg' 74 KB
I know the place you speak of. It's either on the website I posted the link for or somewhere else I've traveled on the net. I know I read about it though. Attached is the type of sign you mentioned. This and many more pics at:  
 
LINK URL

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Re: Manual Interlocking Towers...any pics? - By CHESSIEMIKE on 07/22/03 at 12:10:57 - 'Tower_Miller.jpg' 74 KB
And last, but not least, is Miller Tower.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Coal loader? - By CHESSIEMIKE on 04/14/03 at 23:49:17 - 'CSXT_Lynchburg_VA.jpg' 74 KB
Found this in Lynchburg, VA on April 5, 2003.  
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: MOW Equipment - By fquig on 05/19/02 at 22:53:40 - 'Railroad2.JPG' 76 KB
Second piece of equipment
 


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MOW Equipment - By fquig on 05/19/02 at 22:51:17 - 'Railroad1.JPG' 76 KB
The pictured equipment is on a siding of the CSX P & W sub near Glenshaw PA.  Can someone tell me the work they do?
 
 



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