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Amtrak: Old vs New

Offer Details: She was not happy when he told her she had to go back to Boston to get the train to Lowell. Thankfully for her, we met the last inbound of the night between Littleton and Ayer, so she was put off at Littleton and the conductor radioed the inbound to explain the situation.

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Safety - Trainorders.com Discussion

Offer Details: "GOOME" (Getting On and Off Moving Equipment) has been reinstated by CP, CN, KCS, CSX, and the Alaska Railroad. There is a rumor floating around that, like it did on the CSX, GOOME may come back in certain terminals on UP as part of their so-called "Precision Scheduled Railroading" plan.

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DCC manual headlight control

Offer Details: The lights you turn on will always stay on until you turn them off. This manual on and off style of headlight control can seem tedious to some modelers who don't have real world experience with flipping all those headlight switches on a real locomotive. I personally prefer it, because it emulates what I experience in the real world environment.

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UP Getting On/Off Moving Equipment

Offer Details: In the near future the UP is actually rolling back their rules and is going to start allowing transportation employees to get on and off moving equipment again. This was a part of railroading since the beginning of railroads and then about 20 years ago the UP made it against the rules on their prop

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How do locomotive sanders work?

Offer Details: Sanders are either on or off, and the rate of sand deposition is dependent on other factors like moisture, alignment of the nozzles inside the sander, etc. That burst of air which occurs right before it stops is designed to clean the sand out of the pipe between the wheel and the bottom of the sand bin.

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California PG&E power shut offs -- How does that affect

Offer Details: My parents power went off around midnight Tues/Wed and has been off all day Wed. No idea when it will come back on. They have lived there for more than 45 years. By now I think they’ve seen it all. They had to evacuate 2 years ago when one of the Napa fires burned over the hills towards the valley they live in.

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Longer Cardinal on New Years Day?

Offer Details: They've taken the 2901 and 3001 car off. Rooms 1 though 6 and 17 through 24 are for sale in the Trans Dorm Sleeper. Room 1 is currently being reserve for the attendant assigned to this car, and just rooms 7 and 8 are reserved for the LSAs (Sleeper Lounge LSA and Sightseer Lounge LSA). Amtrak's infinite wisdom at play!

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streetcar switches - Trainorders.com Discussion

Offer Details: Ignore rulebook and signage, seeing that there are no passengers to pick up or drop off and the street signal is about to change from green to red streetcar switches Author: spnudge. On the Muni back in the 60s there was a toggle switch on the dash that said switch. There was also a pickup of some sort on the wire.

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What's it like to work for the railroad?

Offer Details: But, the trade off is you have no life, lose your friends, and cannot plan anything. Your life really is the railroad. Job is best for single folks with no kids, nor having plans for family. With about 90% of railroaders divorced it would be wise to seriously think hard about it if you have a family. Imagine walking a 2 mile long train in the

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The worst day foaming is still better than the best day

Offer Details: A friendly change to the popular bumper sticker. I was starting a new job on Monday the 20th, so on Friday the 17th I thought I would go out and shoot even if the light was garbage. The final nudge was when I heard that a "Special Work Train" was heading south out of Eugene, so off I

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Penalties for trespassing on a railroad?

Offer Details: "imagine my utmost surprise at being told the fine was over $6,000!!!! " My BS detector went off on this. Either it didnt happen or she was being charged with more than a misdeamenor, in which case she wasnt in traffic court.

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Cleaning Stripping/Brass Locomotives

Offer Details: My policy is to strip (not clean, you should retitle your thread description) all as delivered brass models to get the laquer off. There is various options but I use conventional paint stripper and an old toothbrush along with conventional toothpicks to get in tight places.

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Tsunami 2 Athearn OEM issue - trainorders.com

Offer Details: First off this was a crap shoot purchase because I had been following the social media posts about issues with damage related to either shipping or poor quality control. I was pretty worried based off the large amount of people discovering issues with their models.

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No Amtrak Service in Las Vegas,NV?

Offer Details: UP can be bought off with enough money. So can we count on YOU to provide the bribe money to UP? Because I do not want MY tax money used for it. No Amtrak Service in Las Vegas,NV? Author: joemvcnj. But not too useful if you were in Grand Jct or SLC. [ Reply To This Message ]

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CSX & NS "Attendance Policies?"

Offer Details: Yard jobs have set days off, usually 2 per week, same for locals. Road extraboards either have 1 day off per week or 2 days together every 2 weeks. Unassigned freight pools have no days off, but are usually controlled by the union so as to keep guys working. May or may not result in frequently getting your 6 or 7 starts then FRA off days.

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Removing Shell MTH SD70ACE

Offer Details: The walkway (skirt) will not come off with the body. You have to take the body off separate and while the front will come off easily, the rear will not. There are tabs just like other brands but these seem to be extremely tight. Taking just the body off also involves removing the handrail stanchions which is also not easy.

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Getting on and off moving equipment

Offer Details: Probably nothing grieves me more then to watch a train crew involved in switching today. It seems to take forever for even the simplest switching move. The prohibition of getting on and off moving equipment adds much time to any railroad work. I worked for SP as a trainman in th

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What's the difference between a Fusee and a road flare?

Offer Details: It was the flagman's job to toss lit fusees off the back end of the caboose whenever your train slowed to a speed where it might be overtaken, which was half speed or less (at minimum). I got to be pretty good at sticking a tie. We also had yellow fusees for passing signals, but it was against the rules to use a yellow fusee in the vicinity of

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Caboose Marker Lights - Trainorders.com Discussion

Offer Details: Then they moved them off the roof to just above the door. There last move was to the scrap yard with the cabooses. Back when markers were "Hung" on the rear, when a train would get in the clear, the red would be turned into the side of the caboose to show green to the front and to the rear to show the train was in one peice and in the clear

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Tricks of the trade - trainorders.com

Offer Details: As our train passed by the set off track, he would light the 20” fusee at the clearance point and toss it on the ground (the train never stopped moving). The train would continue pulling to the opposite end of the yard, we would bail off on-the-fly and pull the train by to make the cut.

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Dining loss in Barstow, CA

Offer Details: Comment on not much in Barstow anymore is sure true. We used to run the 1 or 2 off road races a year, back when there was nothing at the Lenwood off ramp but an off ramp and the Holiday Inn wasn't a bad place and there were several decent hotels and food, sure has changed. Out

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Purchasing abandoned railroad rights of way

Offer Details: A quick related story on this. I worked for Bergen County when their section of the Golden Coast in Edgewater, NJ took off from former industrial wasteland and railroad yards to be redeveloped into high end condos and retail centers. The one I remember most was the former NYS&W railroad yard.

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A Very Profitable Night

Offer Details: The engineer called the roundhouse once he got the power on his train to state that the speedo. was BO. Off we go to check it out: the cable from the axle to the cab was completely missing! Well, the guys went with it all the same: a tule fog night on a 928 shyyt train to Fresno. Glad I missed that one.

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The Future of Virginia Mainline Steam

Offer Details: > previously spun off lines in the last decade or > so, they have crafted the agreement to forbit > passenger trains. I know of one pro-passenger > shortline on the northern end of the system who > took over operation of a CSX line, and tried and > tried to get the rights to run passenger trains - > but CSX would never allow it.

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Non-Lifting Injector Question

Offer Details: I believe it depends on the brand & model of the injector. For example, SP 4449 has a Nathan 3750 non-lifting type, and there are two separate controls for the Fireman; 1) water supply and 2) overflow, in addition to the main lever operated steam supply. Thus, the water supply valve is kept closed (off), while the overflow valve is kept open.

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Removing lettering.

Offer Details: Take a round toothpick and break off the point so you have a fairly flat surface to work with. In a small bowl, mix a small quantity of rubbing alcohol and a drop of dish soap. Dunk the "working end" of the toothpick in the mixture and rub it over the paint you wish to remove.

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UP vs BNSF furloughs?

Offer Details: Wich railroad is more likely to lay you off in the slow part of the year UP or BNSF. Where would a rookie conductor have a better chance of working year round. What type's of jobs do most rail's get when they are lay-ed off or furloughed. Do regionals or class 2 railroads lay off as

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Spring Switch Questions

Offer Details: First off, how does it work? I presume that from one direction, all trains must go in the direction where the springs hold the points in place. Does that mean that ALL trains in one direction must take the siding or diverging route? I presume that in most cases, the 'other' end of the siding has a controlled switch.

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CN Freeport/Joliet Sub Chicago changes, photos, question

Offer Details: CN work on the Chicago/Freeport Subs in Chicago has included work at Bridgeport, where there is a small yard and the Joliet Sub splits off. They rebuilt the interlocking at Bridgeport in summer or fall. They also added a new signal bridge that goes across the western end of the yard at Bridgeport.

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Help needed: cleaning needle files

Offer Details: Depending on the solvent, keep it off plastic, paint or other finishes. Should be able to get Hoppe's or similar at any store that has shooting accessories. Look for stuff that is used to remove leading from gun barrels, just about same thing as solder on files. [ Reply To This Message ] Date: 12/20/00 17:33

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Another day on the C&S and the ATSF Colmor Cutoff

Offer Details: First shot looking back from South Switch Grenville. The house on the hill is where the ATSF Colmor Cutoff ran west off the C&S. Surprise, JNYFINB comes up behind and stops to wait also.

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Just What Does Activate a RR Crossing Signal System?

Offer Details: 2) The second is called a motion detector. This is essentially a complicated on-off switch with a power supply for the XR or a motion detector relay whose contacts feed energy to the XR. Motion detectors do their work on the track via AC current and monitor what's called "phase angle."

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Train Dispatchers

Offer Details: You will sometimes get 2 days off in a row, but not usually. You will rarely have weekends or holidays off. As an extra dispatcher, you are "on call" when off duty, and are expected to be rested and prepared to work any shift for which you are rested (having had at least 15 hours off duty), even on short notice.

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BNSF Dash8-40CWs going to Galveston.

Offer Details: With almost as many engines as cars the TPLGAT(Temple, TX-Galveston, TX) manifest is SB about 8 miles south of Temple, TX on the BNSF Galveston Sub. BNSF ES44DC and BNSF SD70ACe 9371 lead 8 Dash8-40CWs to Galveston for disposition. I guess they are sold to overseas. Does a

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Retiree Rail Pass Travel - Trainorders.com Discussion

Offer Details: On the rest of the Amtrak system I have half fare, 50 per cent off BUT after a lot of inquiry to Amtrak last spring I found out that in the case of the long distance trains with many different fares depending on the day, time of season and other factors, the half fare is half of the highest Retiree Rail Pass Travel Author: 72368.

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Purpose of a steam engine doing a "blow off"?

Offer Details: Greetings, as George and I look forward to releasing the programs from our Colorado steam trip, we want to make sure we provide accurate information on each railroad. I have a idea, but what is the purpose of a steam engine performing a "blow off", where a steady plume of steam is releas

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Amtrak Passenger Engineer Trainee

Offer Details: Seattle is hiring and I am looking to purchase the materials to help me study to become a Passenger Engineer Trainee. I would like to start studying the material now so I become familiar with the terms and definitions in advance of the training. Any information would be much appreciated. Thank

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No 6 Turnout radius

Offer Details: What radius is the section of track that curves away from the straight portion on an Atlas No. 6 Mark III Customline turnout? I inserted one coming off of a 30-inch radius curve (the points are in the opposite direct of traffic flow) and it appears to have a much wider ratio.

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Western Railroad Discussion > Teen Hit, Killed, Troutdale, OR

Offer Details: I once convinced a father and son to get off the tracks account it was dangerous and there was a train coming. I told them to stand in front of the track using the bridge opening as a framing element with a 1/15 second shutter speed to blur the train moving behind the sun. The father got several exposures and some were very nice.

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GE Transportation Closes Spinoff to Wabtec

Offer Details: Every ~186 shares of GE will translate to 1 Wabtec share, or ~$2000 worth of GE will translate to ~$74, or 3.7% pay off to GE shareholders. Interesting that there's that pump-and-dump looking chart for Wabtec to go from $73 to $80 back to $74 on 2/25.

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Who wrote this poem?

Offer Details: I've seen it titled as "My Job" or "The Creed of the Brakeman," but I was wondering who originally wrote this verse. I'm not allowed to drive the train. The whistle I can't blow. It's not my place to say how far the train's supposed to go. It'

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To Rail Zip or not to Rail Zip? - Trainorders.com Discussion

Offer Details: I posted a question below in the post about clipper oil. I use Rail Zip and am very happy with it. We all know about the wheel gunk situation. A fellow modeler said Rail Zip caused this to happen more frequently than using anything else. He uses paint thinner to clean his track. He still has g

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SC: Body found following report of man jumping off Amtrak

Offer Details: Body found following report of man jumping off Amtrak train in Colleton Co. COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Emergency officials say a body has been found following a report of a man jumping off an Amtrak train in Colleton County. Coroner Richard Harvey identified the ma

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How do they load/unload TOFC? - Trainorders.com Discussion

Offer Details: Trailers are lifted on and off flatcars using overhead gantries or giant side-clamp rigs known as piggy packers. The overhead gantries, most popularly known as MiJack cranes in reference to a major builder of them, travel on rubber tires and lift trailers up from underneath as described above to load or unload them. How do they load/unload

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Amtrak City of New Orleans #59 - Trainorders.com Discussion

Offer Details: A friend recently asked me this. His family will be traveling sleeper on train 59, The City of New Orleans departing Chicago at 8:05pm. Do they serve dinner on the train departing Chicago for first class passengers? He wants to know if they need to grab a meal in Chicago or just wait and dine on

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Night Trains - trainorders.com

Offer Details: Me to !!! I did what was called "The Excutive Sleeper" that was picked up going southbound and dropped off going north #66 & #67 This was awesome as you got sleep in sleeping car in the bowels of Penn stationfor about 5 or 6 hours before you were picked up!!!

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Amtrak ends Operation Redblock, replaced by PIER

Offer Details: > they marked off in the past under the Operation RedBlock Program. Amtrak ends Operation Redblock, replaced by PIER Author: GenePoon Amtrak ends Operation Redblock, replaced by PIER Author: bioyans. Not a surprise, since Moorman brought a number of folks in from NS. NS did not participate in the Red Block program.

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Question on an old scanner

Offer Details: I was looking for a parts source for a similar item, a BearCat 100 with a bad on/off volume control. Found an almost new 200XL for 40 bucks, had been sitting in someones drawer for 20 years. It has a number of older features like poor InterMod specs for example but for a general purpose radio that stays in the house it works great.

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How to "Drop" a Train.

Offer Details: The air was not cut in on the first locomotive. The worst part of the grade was about 4 miles, then eased off a bit. When it eased off the first locomotive's fireman would climb over the tender and down the back ladder. He'd pull the pin on the fly and the engineer would speed up to get ahead of the train.

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Deadman switch/pedal ? (Metrolink/Chatsworth)

Offer Details: There have been several types of alertors over the years: ones which sensed if you touched or let go of the metal part of the locomotive, ones with electric eyes which sensed movement, and ones which watch for events: blowing the whistle, turning the bell on or off, moving the throttle, bailing the engine, and so on.

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