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We Haven't Had A Good Train Thread In A While...  
User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1765 times:

Thats a great Idea. Id this pic and where it sits then post your own.


http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee154/airfoilsguy/DSC_0136.jpg
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee154/airfoilsguy/DSC_0135.jpg
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee154/airfoilsguy/DSC_0145.jpg

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User currently offlineWestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1722 times:

What in the hell is that last thing?


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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3836 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1716 times:



Quoting WestJetYQQ (Reply 1):
What in the hell is that last thing?

It's a snow plow. It's for plowing snow.

Soren  santahat 



All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4638 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1716 times:



Quoting WestJetYQQ (Reply 1):
What in the hell is that last thing?

Looks like a snow/debris clearing locomotive.


Kris



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3836 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1711 times:



Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 3):
Looks like a snow/debris clearing locomotive.

It's actually a car, not a locomotive. It is pushed by a locomotive. How inefficient would it be to have a locomotive just for this purpose.

One question remains...

Are those cabooses or cabeese?

Soren  santahat 



All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4638 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1705 times:



Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 4):
It's actually a car, not a locomotive. It is pushed by a locomotive. How inefficient would it be to have a locomotive just for this purpose.

True, though in the past Canada has used snow clearing locomotives, but then again in some parts of Canada the amount of snow accumulation can be measured in meters rather than centimeters so a specialized locomotive would be required.

Kris



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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1685 times:



Quoting WestJetYQQ (Reply 1):

What in the hell is that last thing?

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=tF2ZPRmocs4

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MlA2INOpT78&feature=related

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=QenN5DVuLtw&feature=related


User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1669 times:

We Haven't Had A Good Train Thread In A While...

Based on the amount of in-depth discussion and rapid-fire responses thus far, I think it may still be a while yet before we have a good train thread.  Wink

JL



Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1657 times:



Quoting Jean Leloup (Reply 7):
I think it may still be a while yet before we have a good train thread.



User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1647 times:



Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 6):
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=tF2ZPRmocs4

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MlA2INOpT78&feature=related

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=QenN5D...lated

Not much of a train fan but that is very cool!


User currently offlineHuskyAviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 1153 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1630 times:



Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 9):
Not much of a train fan but that is very cool!

I agree, that's freakin awesome!  bigthumbsup 


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 13 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

That's just a wedge snowplow-old as railroading itself. Now, a rotary plow is something to see:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=H66NXXvAFro&feature=related

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=H66NXXvAFro&feature=related

This is a 1910 Alco-built Rotary that was converted to from steam to diesel. Easy way to tell a steam rotary from a diesel rotary is the presence of a tender to carry coal/fuel oil and water. In the old days, when the rotary or steam locomotives got low on water between towers or columns, they would simply dump snow into the tanks!



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User currently offlineDc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2302 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 hours ago) and read 1501 times:



Here's a Romanian train. Enjoy  Wink


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

Nice to know that we're not alone where vestibule doors are concerned. Back when I worked for the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga, the vestibule side doors would occasionally pop open while the train was in motion. Unlike the doors on the European carriage shown, our doors were the traditional dutch doors and opened inward. Thus, if you had the lower door closed and were leaning out, there was no chance that it would open.

If I correctly recall, many years ago the French President fell from the Orient Express (I think it might have been the Venice-Simplon OE). Evidently he mistook the carriage's side door for the end door at that late hour and tumbled out! Fortunately he was not seriously hurt-only bruised and embarrassed.



"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineWestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 hours ago) and read 1438 times:



Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 6):

That's intense. I Love it!



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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 hours ago) and read 1435 times:

[quote=WestJetYQQ,reply=14]That's intense. I Love it!


Fun to see on video but I doubt you'd like it if you had to ride the thing. Hitting a snow drift like that is like running into a wall. The guys on that plow have to wear harnesses like racing car drivers.



"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineWestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 hours ago) and read 1425 times:



Quoting 57AZ (Reply 15):

Fun to see on video but I doubt you'd like it if you had to ride the thing. Hitting a snow drift like that is like running into a wall. The guys on that plow have to wear harnesses like racing car drivers.

That's really interesting. You'd think that since the train is so heavy and the snow so soft that the impact would be very cushioned, but I guess not so much. Still would be a very interesting job.



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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 hours ago) and read 1413 times:



Quoting WestJetYQQ (Reply 16):

That's really interesting. You'd think that since the train is so heavy and the snow so soft that the impact would be very cushioned, but I guess not so much. Still would be a very interesting job.

Snow isn't soft at all once it's gotten packed in. Some of the nastiest places to plow are cuts, as the snow really packs in there. Wedge plows were notorious for getting stuck or derailing when hitting packed snow too hard. In some areas, the railroads actually tunneled through the ice and snow when the drifts got too deep. Last year, there was a video on YouTube of Kyle Railways derailing their wedge plow-ran it across a crossing that had flangeways packed with ice and snow if I recall correctly. YouTube also has some neat clips of flangers and Jordan spreaders on the SP. Those plows are also heavily weighted to attempt to reduce the possibility of derailment. Rotary plows (on the other hand) cannot plow at high speed, but they don't have to either. Riding them is nice and smooth as the locomotives slowly push the rotary through the drifts. The spinning blades break up the snow and ice, flinging the discharge up to 300 feet.

For the record, riding in a caboose loses it's thrill too. At the end of the train, you really get tossed around when the slack runs in and out of the couplers. In fact, most railroads had rules requiring the train crew in the caboose to remain seated when transiting areas where it was known that the slack would run in or out. Slack could throw you off your feet and was responsible for many serious injuries.



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