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Re: New CSXT Rock Cars - By WVa_Jon on 03/12/16 at 14:26:50 - 'CSXT_290771-2.jpg' 32 KB
I wondered about these rock cars when I saw a pair of them at a chemical plant near Gallipolis Ferry, WV, last summer. My first thought was that these were buffer cars, but they were actually coupled in between a pair of tank cars.
 
Here's a photo of one of them, still in the 29XXXX series. It doesn't have "How Tomorrow Moves" under the CSX letters, just three yellow underlines, and it has four outlets, compared to three in pix of the other cars:
 
Now, about 30 or so years ago, Chessie System had a bunch of these in some kind of service near Hampton/Newport News, VA. I'll try to find a picture of them and upload one. If anything, they look very similar to an amateur's eye.

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Re: Double-deckers/bilevels - By Norm_Anderson on 11/17/15 at 01:15:20 - 'obsvcar517.jpg' 80 KB
Since we're talking about bi-level cars, I thought I'd throw in this photo I found on the Web of an early model "bi-level" . . .
 
We all grew up hearing about Cyrus Osborn's epiphany in Glenwood Canyon, and he deserves the recognition he has received for his efforts in selling the "Vista-Dome" concept to the railroads; but forty years earlier, while Mr. Osborn was still in grade school, passengers in Canada were being treated to Vista-Dome-type views through the Canadian Rockies. These cars (I believe there were four in all) may have served as alternates to the open gondola-type cars that ran during the summer months. I am presuming that access to the "Domes" was probably by ladder, the way freight crews accessed the cupola in a caboose. As someone who has had the privilege of visiting Banff and Lake Louise, I regard the development of both "domed" and open-top cars as a no-brainer.
 
Here- from about 1905 or so, is one of these wooden gems, against a backdrop of scenery that needs no words . . .
 
 
Regards,
 
Norm

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Re: Double-deckers/bilevels - By CHESSIEMIKE on 10/25/15 at 07:11:10 - 'VRE_24_V879_small.jpg' 109 KB
South of DC we have VRE which also uses some bi-level cars. If you look behind VRE #24, a GP40H-2 (Ex-NCDOT) you will see VRE #V879, a Gallery IV bi-level car built by Sumitomo/Nippon Sharyo around 2009. The train is southbound crossing the Occoquan River, near Woodbridge, VA at 1732Hrs on 9/14/10.
CHESSIEMIKE


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Re: Double-deckers/bilevels - By CHESSIEMIKE on 10/25/15 at 07:05:06 - 'MARC_7911_Bilevel_small.jpg' 132 KB
MARC has used some Bi-level cars in the past. Witness MARC #7911 on the tracks at Washington Union Station on 5/7/11. If the car looks familiar, it is an ex-METRA car that was built by Pullman. MARC leased an even dozen of these, but I think most have been returned.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: "Traditional" box cars today: vanishing vistas? - By NEFAN on 10/12/15 at 10:35:52 - 'Union_Pacific_Box_Car_Denville_NJ_985.jpg' 85 KB
Union Pacific Bravado - We Can Handle It!

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Re: "Traditional" box cars today: vanishing vistas? - By NEFAN on 10/12/15 at 10:32:22 - 'Santa_Fe_refrigeration_Chicago_Ill_1086.jpg' 40 KB
A 50 footer. The Santa Fe was always larger than life. - no little reporting marks here.
 
Billboard style.

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Re: "Traditional" box cars today: vanishing vistas? - By NEFAN on 10/12/15 at 10:25:19 - 'NYSW_503_Susie-Q_boxcar_Little_Ferry_NJ_1979.jpg' 32 KB
I am a big fan of the 40 foot boxcar which seemed to be used much more for advertising by the railroads than the later 50 footers.
 
Back in the day you could watch a freight pass and see many different railroads represented in the boxcars. I would always look for the obscure short line car.
 
Today with containers and bulk freight, the RR boxcar is becoming a rare sight. The 60 foot car may be the last type for this rolling stock.  
 
One of my all time favorites from an advertising stand point - Suzy -Q
 


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Re: Freight Car Field Repairs - Piedmont, WV - 08/19-20/15 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/24/15 at 01:34:32 - 'Zwheels.jpg' 173 KB
Close up shot of the wheels.

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Re: Freight Car Field Repairs - Piedmont, WV - 08/19-20/15 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/22/15 at 09:14:38 - 'car01.jpg' 227 KB
Rolling the newly repaired truck underneath the car - 20 August 2015

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Re: Freight Car Field Repairs - Piedmont, WV - 08/19-20/15 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/22/15 at 09:13:22 - 'car02.jpg' 227 KB
Swapping out wheelsets - 20 August 2015

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Re: Freight Car Field Repairs - Piedmont, WV - 08/19-20/15 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/22/15 at 09:12:09 - 'car03.jpg' 220 KB
By the next morning the WVC Junction crew had spotted the Gondola in a better spot so the crews could finish the repairs on the other end of the car - 20 August 2015

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Re: Freight Car Field Repairs - Piedmont, WV - 08/19-20/15 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/22/15 at 09:10:07 - 'car10.jpg' 182 KB
missed the sparks, but a little torch work was required - 19 August 2015

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Re: Freight Car Field Repairs - Piedmont, WV - 08/19-20/15 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/22/15 at 09:09:10 - 'car08.jpg' 185 KB
Aligning the parts - 19 August 2015

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Re: Freight Car Field Repairs - Piedmont, WV - 08/19-20/15 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/22/15 at 09:08:04 - 'car09.jpg' 205 KB
bringing in a new wheelset - 19 August 2015

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Re: Freight Car Field Repairs - Piedmont, WV - 08/19-20/15 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/22/15 at 09:07:08 - 'car07.jpg' 210 KB
Lifting the old wheelset out - 19 August 2015

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Re: Freight Car Field Repairs - Piedmont, WV - 08/19-20/15 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/22/15 at 09:06:14 - 'car05.jpg' 214 KB
Crews prepare to remove the first wheelset - 19 August 2015

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Re: Freight Car Field Repairs - Piedmont, WV - 08/19-20/15 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/22/15 at 09:04:50 - 'car04.jpg' 220 KB
The Ballast Car had flat spots on all the wheels in it's east truck, the axles were quickly changed out and the car was released for service. The Gondola had flat spots on all wheels and required the replacement of all the truck mounted brake beams... these repairs were performed over the 19th. and 20th. - 19 August 2015

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Freight Car Field Repairs - Piedmont, WV - 08/19-20/15 - By YeOldeEnjine on 08/22/15 at 09:01:28 - 'car06.jpg' 234 KB
This past week had a couple of MofW cars get dropped in Piedmont, WV. with various defects that prevented their continued travel.
 
Car repair crews tended to the cars on Wed and Thursday. The first shot is the cars and the repair truck in the small Interchange yard at Piedmont, WV as a westbound Empty man passes - 19 August 2015

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Re: Beater RAILBOX car - By YeOldeEnjine on 05/29/15 at 21:05:45 - '52174.jpg' 221 KB
Spotted it's brother on the end of CSX train Q317-29 this evening at Keyser, WV - 29 May 2015

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Re: Caboose/Cabeese? That little red car...... - By Hawko on 08/06/07 at 10:27:26 - 'DSC00813_801x394.jpg' 46 KB
These BN Waycars at the BNSF North La Crosse, WI yard are still active. I think I took this picture on August 1, 2007.

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Re: Grafitti Cars - By Grinch on 08/02/07 at 01:52:01 - '2007_051407may15pics0024_854x641.jpg' 98 KB
Up the Revolution!

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Re: Canadian Cylindrical Hoppers - By Grinch on 08/02/07 at 01:33:59 - 'DSCF1672_854x641.jpg' 74 KB
Government of Saskatchewan hopper:

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Re: Canadian Cylindrical Hoppers - By Grinch on 08/02/07 at 01:27:06 - 'DSCF1678_854x641.jpg' 73 KB
Derailed hopper:

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Re: Caboose/Cabeese? That little red car...... - By Hawko on 07/18/07 at 03:25:19 - 'DSC00738_704x528.jpg' 76 KB
This old Soo caboose now resides in Bay City, WI just across the street from the BNSF ST. Croix sub. I took this picture on July 17, 2007. I see a couple of her sisters still working on CP locals in St. Paul, MN.

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Re: CRANES - By Spooler734 on 04/15/07 at 00:32:39 - 'Picture_095.jpg' 197 KB
There is also this Chessie crane in Ridgeley.

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Re: CRANES - By Spooler734 on 04/15/07 at 00:16:42 - 'Picture_070.jpg' 147 KB
I wish i knew were I put the newer pics of this crane at.

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Re: CRANES - By Spooler734 on 04/15/07 at 00:14:50 - 'Picture_057.jpg' 138 KB
This is the WMRY crane that is currently at the Western Maryland Scenic yards in Ridgeley WV. Been there since the early 90's but it was in better shape back then.

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Re: Grafitti Cars - By brez1 on 03/25/07 at 22:49:08 - 'KN5P4263.jpg' 258 KB


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Re: Welded Rail cars - By CHESSIEMIKE on 03/21/07 at 06:44:11 - 'NW_Welded_Rail_Cars_S986.jpg' 81 KB
Here is a shot of a new (at the time) N&W empty rail train. Taken at Shaffers Crossing on Oct. 20 1984. The build date on the cars was 10/84.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Welded Rail cars - By SSW9389 on 03/20/07 at 09:17:13 - 'EBRAILTRAINPA530VER7-7-97edit1.jpg' 93 KB
Empty Rail train at Cresson, PA.

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Re: Grafitti Cars - By Eric_K on 03/19/07 at 16:58:57 - 'Picture_069.jpg' 40 KB
Something else OK i Guess

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Re: Grafitti Cars - By Eric_K on 03/19/07 at 16:55:38 - 'Picture_163_003_0001.jpg' 12 KB
Here Is Some Good Stuff I Found In PA.

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Re: Unknown Freight Car - By CHESSIEMIKE on 01/17/07 at 06:50:16 - 'Airslide_inside_drawing.jpg' 171 KB
Here is what it looks like on the inside.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Unknown Freight Car - By JJ Smith on 01/16/07 at 12:39:48 - 'IMG_2742.jpg' 109 KB
Would someone please identify this car type for me. It is obviously a 2 bay covered hopper but that is all I know. The car is used to deliver sugar or coca beans to the Wilbur Chololate factory in Lititz, PA.


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Re: Caboose/Cabeese? That little red car...... - By silver_champion on 01/06/07 at 19:13:47 - '4.jpg' 74 KB
Back in the early 60s, I had to cross the B&O tracks at
6 & Main St. in Darby,Pa. to go to school. Some times  
we had to stop for a train. I like it and waited  to see the caboose.  Just like the one in the picture.

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Re: PRR's keystone cars - By silver_champion on 11/27/06 at 09:18:18 - 'i139.jpg' 86 KB
Here is a picture of the Keystone cars power cars.

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Re: Passenger Cars - By mikes47jeep on 11/26/06 at 23:37:02 - 'HRSC1026_img_0.jpg' 26 KB
i like the old all steel heavyweights
 


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Re: Airslide Info Needed - By toddsyr on 11/20/06 at 13:13:02 - 'GACX_47857_CHURCH_DWIGHT_LO_LA_GRANGE_IL_DEC_80.jpg' 72 KB
I did find this tell-tale Karl Geffchen photo on LINK URL  
 
"GACX 47857 LO CHURCH & DWIGHT LA GRANGE IL DEC 80"
 
It shows what I believe to be a build date of October 1976. If any were built at least a year or so earlier I'd sure like to know! Anyone? Thanks, Todd

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Airslide Info Needed - By toddsyr on 11/19/06 at 16:55:09 - 'GATX_AIRSLIDE_HOPPER.jpg' 12 KB
Could anyone tell me when the type of airslide hopper pictured below first appeared on the scene? I need to know this so I can decide whether or not to buy some for my modeling era. Church & Dwight had a plant in my area, even near the EL/DLW Oswego Branch so this is pretty important to me. Thanks for any help.  
 
Todd K. Stearns

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Re: Survivors - By Teen_NS_fan on 10/21/06 at 23:42:38 - 'IMGP1649.jpg' 154 KB
Once the cut with the dome was moved, this Chessie cat showed itself.

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Re: Survivors - By Teen_NS_fan on 10/21/06 at 23:41:34 - 'IMGP1648.jpg' 149 KB
B&O Capitol Dome at NS' Charlotte Yard in Charlotte, NC.

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Depressed Center Flat Cars - By DannyR on 08/31/06 at 22:21:36 - 'Siemens_Depressed_Flat_Car_mod.jpg' 68 KB
One of the most interesting pieces of rolling stock not to mention the loads they carry.
 
Caught this eight truck Siemens behemoth on NS P40 at Kannapolis, NC.

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Re: PRR's keystone cars - By silver_champion on 08/23/06 at 15:55:49 - 'keystone.jpg' 51 KB
I would like to thank Railpicture.net for posting this picture of PRR's Keystone cars. I loved these cars and was looking for pictures of them.

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Re: Survivors - By Spooler734 on 07/31/06 at 14:26:43 - 'WMSR_5_chime_on_041.jpg' 148 KB
I was walking up to the tracks to watch this train go by but i was at the bottom of the parking lot I had to go through to see the engines go by. But about halfway up I saw this Chessie covered hopper go by still with B&O markings. Sorry the pictures not so good.

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Re: Got A Favorite Caboose? - By Spooler734 on 07/26/06 at 14:32:46 - 'westernport_037.jpg' 152 KB
A Western Maryland Railway Caboose, any of them would be my favorite!

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Re: Why not hump? - By North49 on 06/24/06 at 00:19:08 - 'hump.jpg' 14 KB
Wide load cars cannot be humped because they are too wide for the classifaction yard, for some cars the lading might become damaged or shift from humping, dangerous goods car cannot be humped because of the possibility of damage to the cars or a spill, long cars or pack cars(like 5 pack intermodal well cars) cannot be humped since they are so long and connected with bars between cars so they wouldnt physically be able to handle the hump(they would get hung up on the hump), some cars may be damaged(BAD ORDER CAR) and humping could cause them to derail, some cars might be too short or too lite to be humped because they could "lift" off the rails and derail when coupling or being coupled into, some cars may having lading that is prone to shifting(like lumber, pipes, ties) and humping will cause them to shift, piggyback trailer cars or intermodal cars cannot be humped because the trailers or intermodal containers could become unsecured and fall off the cars, passenger equipment and "occupied service" cars cannot be humped..well because people might be inside or could damage things inside the car. hope that answer your question!


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Re: Piggy Back Service - By silver_champion on 05/31/06 at 14:07:54 - '2.jpg' 498 KB
Here is a good picture of an early piggy backs

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Re: Passenger Cars - By silver_champion on 05/18/06 at 15:46:26 - '68.jpg' 131 KB
I would like to thanks, Railpicture.Net for posting  a inside picture of a full dome car as it looks today. Great picture and just love it.

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Re: Canadian Cylindrical Hoppers - By DannyR on 05/12/06 at 22:09:06 - 'Alberta_Cyl.jpg' 218 KB
Alberta

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Re: Canadian Cylindrical Hoppers - By DannyR on 05/12/06 at 22:06:34 - 'Canada_Cyl.jpg' 230 KB
I have admired the Canadian cylindrical covered hoppers for years. Their eye-catching colors and logos add variety to any train. Here are three examples from the same train:
 
 
Government of Canada

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Canadian Cylindrical Hoppers - By DannyR on 05/12/06 at 22:06:34 - 'Gov_of_Canada_Cyl.jpg' 210 KB
I have admired the Canadian cylindrical covered hoppers for years. Their eye-catching colors and logos add variety to any train. Here are three examples from the same train:
 
 
Government of Canada

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Re: Survivors - By Charlie_O on 04/05/06 at 16:58:02 - 'UTLX_1090.jpg' 211 KB
A coupla recent sightings....
 
Sunday's CSX Q405 had a B&O hopper trailing as it rumbled thru Holmes PA.  Sadly, no photo.  
 
Also, spotted an old tanker (sorry, no fallen flag marks) but dated "NEW 8-65".  Am not very informed on the average life of rolling stock, but it was nearly as old as me, so I figured that's old for a tank car.
 
-Charlie

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SANTA FE HIGH LEVEL CARS - By silver_champion on 03/23/06 at 06:33:44 - 'amt39970d.jpg' 93 KB
I did not know that there was a high level parlor car for Santa Fe. Did Amtrak make a parlor car out of a lounge car. Here is a picture of one.

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Re: WHAT PASSENGER CAR WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE - By silver_champion on 03/22/06 at 13:07:25 - '476.jpg' 165 KB
I did find a picture of a SP. 3/4 dome car. Did any other railroad have these cars.

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Re: WHAT PASSENGER CAR WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE - By silver_champion on 03/22/06 at 12:51:53 - '1.jpg' 9 KB
ESPEEFOAMER; I went on the internet to find pictures of an SP 3/4 dome car.This is all that I could find. The car is now on the New Panama RR.

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Re: Flat Car Loads - By Coffee on 03/17/06 at 05:36:36 - 'IMG_3766.jpg' 107 KB
Here's one Mr Boylan caught recently. Seems a waste to use such a car for such a small load. Curious as to what it is though. Photo by Tom Boylan

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Re: Flat Car Loads - By Coffee on 03/05/06 at 18:49:45 - 'IMG_3581.jpg' 68 KB
The second flat

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Re: Flat Car Loads - By Coffee on 03/05/06 at 18:48:53 - 'IMG_3583.jpg' 78 KB
One of two cars carrying the booms

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Re: Flat Car Loads - By Coffee on 03/05/06 at 18:48:00 - 'IMG_3582.jpg' 76 KB
Passing through the CSX yard in Willard was this crane. Photos from Tom Boylan and posted with his permission

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Re: Boxcars - By silver_champion on 02/10/06 at 16:03:30 - 'prr24166.jpg' 65 KB
I would have to say that my favorite boxcar will be the old PRR with the large keystone on the side. Here is a picture of one

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Re: History on these? - By Dan on 02/04/06 at 19:51:39 - 'DSC07537.jpg' 94 KB
1 more.  

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Re: History on these? - By Dan on 02/04/06 at 19:50:57 - 'DSC07535-2.jpg' 100 KB


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Re: History on these? - By Dan on 02/04/06 at 19:50:20 - 'DSC07533.jpg' 87 KB


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History on these? - By Dan on 02/04/06 at 19:49:55 - 'DSC07532.jpg' 77 KB
Could anyone give the history on these? Except the HLMX.  

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Re: Grafffiti big time - By Dan on 02/04/06 at 19:48:02 - 'DSC07535.jpg' 100 KB
Look at this car!

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Re: Boxcars - By wsdimenna on 02/02/06 at 00:18:36 - 'panamrailways.jpg' 46 KB
Pan AM Railways. New one for me. this must have some history behind it

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CPWX nifty number - By kjohn on 01/31/06 at 01:25:00 - 'CP_600000_x.jpg' 40 KB
I have seen this car several times.  This is the best shot I can find.
 
Linked Image: http://D:\Pics06\SenttoRailfan06\CP600000x.jpg

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Re: Speeders - By toddsyr on 01/30/06 at 16:45:47 - 'KATY_EARLY_MOTORCARS.jpg' 50 KB
Fun? Yeah, for about five minutes! Or until that first grade. Check out these M-K-T (Katy Line) early motorcars. I like the newer one, it has a cowcatcher!  
 
Photo from:
 
LINK URL
 
A very cool motorcar website by a guy named Jeremy, worth a look. Todd.

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Re: Passenger Cars - By silver_champion on 01/30/06 at 09:36:38 - '82.jpg' 175 KB
I wish that ABB build some like these cars. I DO NOT LIKE ACELA.

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Re: Speeders - By toddsyr on 01/29/06 at 01:40:50 - 'SP_VELOCIPEDE.jpg' 28 KB
on Jan 24th, 2006, 10:16pm, ErieAtlantic7597 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
For my friends out there that might think that I'm just a tad full of bull about some of the stuff I write about, .....

 
I don't know who would ever think that! From this and other posts by you Bruce, it sure seems the railroads have been very friendly to you and your groups. I guess that goes to show what a little mutual respect can bring.  
 
"Our three-wheeled velocipede is, a unique piece of railroad maintenance-of-way equipment. A track inspector rode and propelled this vehicle down the tracks by alternatively pulling and pushing the dual wooden handles. The worker carried all his necessary tools for track and tie maintenance on the vehicle. Due to weight considerations in getting this vehicle on and off the tracks by one person, everything on it is made of wood, except for the wheel rims.
 
The age and early assignments of this particular velocipede is not known. In later years, it was used on the SP Los Altos Branch for a brief period in 1949 and was regularly used on the Colma Branch in the 1950's and early 1960's.
 
Elmer Stone, a general Foreman with the SP Coast Division maintenance-of-way gang, stated he "rescued" this vehicle from a storage shed in South San Francisco in 1968. He placed this item on permanent loan to the SBHRS Museum in 1991. At his request, this vehicle has not been restored and show significant wear. However, this does not detract from the uniqueness of the vehicle."
 
Photo and facts from:
 
LINK URL


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Re: Speeders - By ErieAtlantic7597 on 01/24/06 at 22:16:50 - '_M1765_arriv_Ft_Mys_1985.jpg' 26 KB
  For my friends out there that might think that I'm just a tad full of bull about some of the stuff I write about, here is the picture of M1765. On a fifty foot shop flat, with attached rails on the deck. This movement was done by the railroad from Barbousville, WV. to Ft. Myers, Fl. The motorcar and the shipment of same were donated to the model railroad club here in SW Florida by Seaboard Systems.. It is backed up to the TOFC ramp in order for un to roll it off of the flat, down the ramp and onto the next track over. Then we pushed it for about a mile to the facilities of the model railroad club, which was located in two old box cars. One of which was a ACL  car built in1956 and the other an SCL car built in 1967. The both box cars were also donated and moved into place by the railroad.
   The only request I received from the switch crew was that we unload the motorcar as quickly as possible so they could turn the flat car back to the shop in Barboursville, WV. This was on a Thursday, Saturday we released the flat car.
 
   Take care,
 
   Bruce

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Re: Speeders - By toddsyr on 01/23/06 at 18:07:54 - 'Craig_Mountain_Lumber_Gibson_Speeder_Forest_ID_Dec_22_46_B.jpg' 24 KB
Other view, same date and location.

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Re: Speeders - By toddsyr on 01/23/06 at 18:05:18 - 'Craig_Mountain_Lumber_Gibson_Speeder_Forest_ID_Dec_22_46_A.jpg' 39 KB
You're welcome Bruce, glad to be of help. Yeah, alot disappears over time, but hopefully alot more will be archived or recorded before it too is gone. I'm always looking forward to seeing more of your photo's, so it will be nice to see them when you post them. I agree, that is a sweet Fairmont speeder! They weren't all this pretty however. Some were very basic, such as the Craig Mountain Lumber Company's Gibson speeder.
 
"Gibson speeder near Forest, Idaho. December 22, 1946. Ivan Ergish photo. Gibson speeders were built in Seattle "for logger's use and logger's abuse" by the Gibson Manufacturing Company. Gibson built many speeders, mostly for logging outfits, but did at least two very large ones for the Southern Pacific."
 
Information and photos from:
 
LINK URL


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Re: Speeders - By toddsyr on 01/23/06 at 02:04:46 - 'Classy_Fairmont_resized.jpg' 48 KB
Bruce, your speeder is by no means a piece of crap! It looks like great fun to ride. Yeah Skip's looks awesome, but I'd ride either of them! As for details about the Florida East Coast Pacifics, this should answer all questions. From the museums website at LINK URL I found a very informative link at LINK URL
 
"
Background
 
Engine Number 153 was built in May, 1922, by the American Locomotive Company, Schenectady, New York. It is a Pacific type, passenger engine with a 4-6-2, standard gauge, wheel arrangement. Four pilot truck wheels, six drivers, and two trailing truck wheels. It was in service on the Florida East Coast Railway from 1922 until 1938. It pulled President Coolidge's train to Miami in 1928. The 153 was frequently used on the run between Miami and Key West, Florida, before the 1935 hurricane swept this portion of the railroad out to sea. It was one of the last engines to reach Miami before the hurricane ripped out the bridges behind her.
 
In 1938, the number 153 was sold to the United States Sugar Corporation of Clewiston, Florida, where is was used in industrial switcher service during the sugar harvesting season. In February, 1957, the engine was donated to the University of Miami. Dr. Jay F. W. Pearson, president of the university accepted it in a ceremony out on the main runway of the old Naval Air Station, Richmond, which at that time, was the University of Miami South Campus. The newly formed "Miami Railroad Historical Society," which would later become the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, was given the 153 around the end of 1959. It operated every Sunday in Miami from March, 1957, until November, 1966, when the railroad was forced to move to Fort Lauderdale.
 
In 1966, the 153 received a $10,000.00 major overhaul. The boiler was re-tubed, cleaned and inspected. New superheater units were installed. The injectors were overhauled, staybolt caps were removed and specially designed "Gold Coast" staybolt sleeves were machined, a new "dry-pipe" and new firebrick lining were installed. The 153 got its original passenger type pilot back as well as new running boards and a new headlight bracket. When all work was completed, the engine was inspected and subsequently certified by the Interstate Commerce Commission.
 
The Number 153 was credited with pulling the "rescue train" out of Marathon in the Florida Keys, after the 1935. As a result, it received a designation as a National Historic Site in the 1980's.
 
Due to the never ending fight against time and deterioration as well as damage from hurricane ANDREW in 1992, the 153 is currently out of service, but received a cosmetic overhaul during the period of 2000 until early 2002.
 
Locomotive Technical Specifications
 
Built: 1922, American Locomotive Company, Schenectady, New York.  
Working Steam Pressure: 180 PSI (1,241,056 N/m2).  
Steam Test Pressure: 214 PSI (1,475,478 N/m2).  
Hydrostatic Test Pressure: 240 PSI (1,654,742 N/m2).  
Cylinder bore: 22" (559 mm)  
Cylinder stroke: 26" (660 mm).  
Piston valves, diameter: 11" (279 mm).  
Engine wheelbase: 32' - 7" (10.1 m).  
Top speed (approximately) 80 mph (128 kph).  
Overall length, engine and tender: 74' - 0.875" (23.47 m).  
Height (top of stack): 14' - 3.625" (4.29 m).  
Width (at cab): 10' -1" (3.06 m).  
Cab size: 121" wide (3.05 m) x 90" long (2.3 m).  
Firebox: 71.5" (1.83 m) - 56.5" (1.5 m).  
Boiler diameter at front course: 61" (1.52 m).  
Number of tubes, 2" (50.8 mm): 146.  
Number of flues, 5.375" (136,525 mm) Diameter: 21.  
Driving Wheels: 68" (1,713 m) Diameter.  
Pilot Truck Wheels 33" (0,84 m) Diameter.  
Trailing Truck Wheels 42" (1,07 m) Diameter.  
Total weight, engine and tender in working order: 371,500 lbs (168,863 kg).  
Weight on driving wheels: 129,000 lbs (58,636 kg).  
Weight on pilot truck: 37,000 lbs (16,818 kg).  
Weight on trailing truck: 37,500 lbs (17,046 kg).  
Tractive effort: 28,500 lbs (12,955 kg).  
Factor of adhesion 4.45  
Tank capacity, oil: 3,500 US Gals (13,248 l).  
Tank capacity, water 7,338 US Gals (24,790 l).  
Two injectors: Nathan Simplex Type "R".  
Valve gear: Walschearts.  
Power reverse gear: ALCO.  
Oil burner: Steam atomizing, FEC design.  
Lubricator: Nathan "Bullseye" 5 feeds."
 
Getting back to speeders, I may have found Skip Gage's inspiration for his motorcar. Check out this Steve Goss photo from:
 
LINK URL
 
"This has to be the most luxurious speeder ever, this self propelled rail car is powered by a "hit and miss" one cylinder gasoline motor.
This photo shows Miss Daisy out in front of the car barn."
 
It is surely a nice looking Fairmont unit, but Skip went to town on his. I just wonder if he'd seen this one before. Todd.
 
 


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Re: Speeders - By ErieAtlantic7597 on 01/18/06 at 22:23:17 - 'Waiting_in_the_clear.jpg' 78 KB
A VERY SPECIAL DAY
 
   The C&O speeder M1765 waiting in the clear at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum.  
One passenger was already aboard. Yes I had to have a conductor rideing with me.  
We were waiting for one of the wonderful Florida East Coast Pacifics to go by us on its return to the station. I can't remember which one it was now. #153 or #113.  
Due to the fact that I had the use of a full size Ford pick up with a lift gate on it, I could transport that motorcar around.  
   I traveled over to S. Dade County and the Museum twice from Ft. Myers. A long trip, but worth it. We ran all day, took a good number of folks for a motorcar ride, and made sure we stayed out of the way of the steam trains.
   I believe this picture was taken in 1990. I'm the guy with the Sunday, run your motorcar in Florida, white outfit on. I must have been out of my mind. Of course, I'm perfectly sane now, running an 1 1/2 inch coal burner. Smoke right in my face.
 
   Take care,
 
   Bruce

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Re: Speeders - By ErieAtlantic7597 on 01/14/06 at 22:34:23 - 'Skips_speeder_1992_Ft_MyersFl.jpg' 104 KB
  Friends,
 
   If anyone saw the picture that I posted of the scratch built full size speeder of my late friend Skip Gage, well I just came across the following photo that I did'nt remember that I had. It was taken in Ft. Myers Jan 1992, getting ready for the second motorcar run on the Seminole Gulf Railway. This was the first outing for Skips hand made car. The person to the right, and in back of the car, is the very tallented Skip Gage.  
 
   Take care,
 
   Bruce

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Re: Speeders - By BAFjd on 01/09/06 at 00:10:06 - 'DSCF0142-2.jpg' 77 KB
Here is a sister C&O car.  If memory serves me correctly it was built in 1945 by Fairmont for the C&O.  It had a steel body that was all smashed up when we got it so it was removed.  I have ridden the car in all types of weather, even a hailstorm.

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Re: Speeders - By ErieAtlantic7597 on 01/08/06 at 18:54:03 - 'speeder_in_mall.jpg' 21 KB
  Friends the following are a couple of phots of the M1765. One was taken as we brought it into a mall. Yup a mall for display purposes. We had to rollit on 2x4s so as to not damage the floor. I'm the bent over guy with my hands on the slide out lifting arms.

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Re: Speeders - By ErieAtlantic7597 on 01/05/06 at 23:47:21 - 'speeder0001.jpg' 223 KB
  This is the C&O speeder that I had the pleasure of rideing on quite a few railroads.  
The Florida West Coast, the Great Smokey Mountain, Seminole Gulf Railway, and even at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. Between steam train runs. Just to name a couple.
   The car was bought new by the C&O in 1948. It was delivered to Barboursville, WV, and worked its entire life there until it was donated to the model railroad club here in Ft. Myers, Fl. I made arrangements with Seabord Systems to have it delivered here in SW Fl. Which they did. The original number was kept on the car.  
It still wheres M1765. The picture, which I hope comes out, was taken on the old ACL line, just south of downtown Ft. Myers, Fl. around 1990.
   
   Take care,
 
   Bruce

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Grafffiti big time - By kjohn on 12/31/05 at 03:39:46 - 'Graffiti_x.jpg' 114 KB
Linked Image: http://D:\Pics05\SenttoRailfan\Graffitix.jpg

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Re: WHAT PASSENGER CAR WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE - By RDG2124 on 11/26/05 at 08:56:39 - 'pr10a.jpg' 78 KB
Reading Company Observation #10

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Re: Scale Test Cars - By Coffee on 11/06/05 at 18:35:35 - 'IMG_4068.jpg' 104 KB
Recently seen in Willard, Ohio

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Re: CSX F779's train 10-29-05 - By JasonU on 10/30/05 at 09:47:39 - 'GNTX_gon_297198.jpg' 252 KB
just a small chunk of this train as it left North Collier Yard, VA
 
Linked Image: http://forums.railfan.net/Images//RollingStock/GNTX_gon_297198.jpg

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Re: CSX F779's train 10-29-05 - By JasonU on 10/30/05 at 09:44:12 - 'HLMX4bay_xMP_582447.jpg' 247 KB
Ex. MP car
 
Linked Image: http://forums.railfan.net/Images//RollingStock/HLMX4bay_xMP_582447.jpg

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Re: CSX F779's train 10-29-05 - By JasonU on 10/30/05 at 09:43:39 - 'CSXT_DRG_834108.jpg' 250 KB

 
Linked Image: http://forums.railfan.net/Images//RollingStock/CSXT_DRG_834108.jpg

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Re: CSX F779's train 10-29-05 - By JasonU on 10/30/05 at 09:43:13 - 'SPSX_Flat_wheels_606759.jpg' 271 KB

 
Linked Image: http://forums.railfan.net/Images//RollingStock/SPSX_Flat_wheels_606759.jpg

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CSX F779's train 10-29-05 - By JasonU on 10/30/05 at 09:42:23 - 'ALM_box_7092.jpg' 222 KB
what a train!
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Re: Trailer Train - By CHESSIEMIKE on 10/23/05 at 14:54:44 - 'TTUX_140237_B_end_S1068.jpg' 73 KB
TTUX #140237 "B" end.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Trailer Train - By CHESSIEMIKE on 10/23/05 at 14:52:57 - 'TTUX_140237_A_end_S1069.jpg' 78 KB
TTUX #140237 "A" end.  Note build date.  I wonder if this is it's first trip?
CHESSIEMIKE

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Trailer Train - By CHESSIEMIKE on 10/23/05 at 14:49:56 - 'TTUX_140237_Front_Runner_S1067.jpg' 83 KB
Remember when these were new?  TTUX #140237 Front Runner was caught in Monroe, VA on Oct. 21, 1984.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: YEEHAW! The old stock cars - By CHESSIEMIKE on 09/17/05 at 12:04:37 - 'BO_Stockcar_112334.jpg' 111 KB
  Volume 18, Numbers 4&5 (Summer 1996, special double issue) of the B&ORRHS magazine The Sentinel has a good portion of it dedicated to the B&O stock cars.  Many photos, diagram drawings, Mather car roster covering 1900-1963, and operational info.  It is one of the best, if not the best, single sources of information about these cars out there.
   In their Proto 2000 series, Life Like offered a good model of the Mather 40 stock car in both single & double beck versions.  I think the only models of the modern steel cars are in brass.
   Here is one of the Proto 2000 cars built, but not weathered.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: YEEHAW! The old stock cars - By CHESSIEMIKE on 09/17/05 at 10:46:27 - 'Livestock_car_S.jpg' 119 KB
Who said stock cars were rare?  I took a shot of one just last month.  Well, I was at the South Carolina Railroad Museum when I took the shot.  Rockton and Rion Railroad #233 was built in August, 1901.  The B&O RR had quite a number of Mather stock cars.  They also produced some "Modern" ones out of steel.
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: YEEHAW! The old stock cars - By hudsonelectric on 09/15/05 at 19:51:29 - 'C_and_S_Stock_Car.jpg' 63 KB
And there were double deckers, too, with a mid-height interior floor for transporting smaller live stock like pigs.  If you're into narrow gauge, the D&RGW/RGS/C&S narrow gauge had a number of cars used for transporting sheep. Here's an On3 model of one from my collection that I put together from a Grandt Line kit. They looked similar to the standard gauge cousins, but those eventually gave way to steel cars for larger livestock.

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Re: Boxcars - By CSX_B40-8 on 09/07/05 at 03:00:44 - 'DSCF1150.jpg' 496 KB
i took this while riding the "Rapid" to work yesterday morning. can somebody give me some info on this deal. i never knew Pan Am had a freight car service.......

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Re: Got A Favorite Caboose? - By SP_9811 on 09/02/05 at 21:47:20 - 'SP4759.jpg' 102 KB
Heres a pic of my old buddy, C-50-9 4759. I used to see this crummy most every time I went to Mojave Yard. Also saw her on work trains. Used to go to Mojave Yard alot, so I saw her alot.  

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Re: Got A Favorite Caboose? - By Mr._Ed on 09/02/05 at 10:57:51 - 'CR_23147-4.jpg' 126 KB
Hi! New guy here!
 
I always wanted a caboose for my back yard to put my HOs in. The wife didn't like that idea so I did the next best thing. I found a place that had several that needed restoration. So I am in the process of restoring several old PRR cabin cars. One is a 1904 N6B that we stripped to the bare chassis during the winter. It is awaiting a donated lowboy to get it to the blaster/painters so we can get it ready to put the wood back on. So while waiting for that I am working on our N5C that was rapaired back in '99 but has been sitting since. This weekend I plan on getting the final coat of primer on the ends and then putting the first coat of caboose red on. We also have an NX23 and something that was built by the Jersey Central out of either an extra boxcar or passenger car chassis. These are all at the Pemberton Township Historic Trust in the restored PRR station in Pemberton Township NJ.
 
Later!
Mr. Ed  

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Re: Got A Favorite Caboose? - By TrainMan404 on 08/28/05 at 16:13:16 - '41.jpg' 143 KB
Here's # 41

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Nifty old HiRailer at Moose Jaw, SK museum - By kjohn on 08/17/05 at 02:06:40 - 'HiRailer_a_x.jpg' 150 KB
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Seaboard Airline Railroad wood Caboose #5292 - By CHESSIEMIKE on 08/16/05 at 22:20:56 - 'Seaboard_Railroad_Caboose_5292_S8689.jpg' 105 KB
Found this caboose at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in 1995.  I know it was built by the Newport News Ship Building & Dry Dock Co. in 1925 and went to the GCRM in 1964.  Can someone fill in any more?
CHESSIEMIKE

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Re: Boxcars - By hudsonelectric on 08/03/05 at 11:17:34 - 'EBT_Box_181_Cropped.jpg' 180 KB
Here's one of my all-time favorites!  


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