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Message 1414285 - Posted: 11 Sep 2013, 16:34:24 UTC - in response to Message 1414185.  
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Notwithstanding American Muscle engines I would still submit that the Flying Scotsman takes some beating. Class always beats brute force.

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I saw it live at the NRM and i liked it. Looked like a stealth loco.

I was also there in late 2005 when they brought it back to York just before its overhaul, it was a sorry sight, when it pulled up at York station it looked ready to fall apart. If an engine could limp, this was.
They've done a good job on it though, at the Railfest event they had last year, it could have been brand new.
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Message 1414395 - Posted: 11 Sep 2013, 19:55:36 UTC - in response to Message 1414285.  

Notwithstanding American Muscle engines I would still submit that the Flying Scotsman takes some beating. Class always beats brute force.

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I saw it live at the NRM and i liked it. Looked like a stealth loco.

I was also there in late 2005 when they brought it back to York just before its overhaul, it was a sorry sight, when it pulled up at York station it looked ready to fall apart. If an engine could limp, this was.
They've done a good job on it though, at the Railfest event they had last year, it could have been brand new.

Interesting, but it looks a bit plain. It needs some bits. A headlight and bell, at least.

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Message 1414396 - Posted: 11 Sep 2013, 19:58:19 UTC - in response to Message 1414038.  

I've added a few recent pictures to my Flickr feed. More will be coming.

I added 3 more today.

BTW, sorry Vic, but I don't like the Blue Goose. Just another example of streamlining added as an afterthought.

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Message 1414534 - Posted: 12 Sep 2013, 2:21:05 UTC - in response to Message 1414439.  

The Hawkeye Express engine has 3000hp.

Yes it does. It's a former Amtrak F40PH. The HEP uses up to 700 of that 3000 (probably not that much on those cars).

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Message 1418124 - Posted: 20 Sep 2013, 16:22:20 UTC

I added 5 more shots from IRM to my Flickr page. I'm learning about editing with Photoshop.

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Message 1418154 - Posted: 20 Sep 2013, 17:06:35 UTC - in response to Message 1418124.  

I added 5 more shots from IRM to my Flickr page. I'm learning about editing with Photoshop.

You have nice pics in there David.
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Message 1418215 - Posted: 20 Sep 2013, 19:32:20 UTC - in response to Message 1418154.  

I added 5 more shots from IRM to my Flickr page. I'm learning about editing with Photoshop.

You have nice pics in there David.

Thanks.

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Message 1420195 - Posted: 25 Sep 2013, 19:48:32 UTC

Illinois Railway Museum is making quick progress on SLSF 1630. I just read the Steam Department blogs for Sept. 14 and Sept. 21.

(Movie fans will get a bonus tid bit from the 14th.)

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Message 1425083 - Posted: 7 Oct 2013, 2:17:14 UTC

At first glance, this may look like it belongs in the train safety thread, but it really doesn't.

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Message 1425098 - Posted: 7 Oct 2013, 3:58:28 UTC

Not everyone here has a FB account David. Can you link it somewhere else?
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Message 1425231 - Posted: 7 Oct 2013, 13:48:37 UTC - in response to Message 1425098.  

Not everyone here has a FB account David. Can you link it somewhere else?

It's set to public, so you shouldn't need an account to see it.

I have other pictures from my DSLR that I will post to Flickr after I process them.

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Message 1425508 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 1:19:21 UTC

It is still redirecting me to the log in page.
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Message 1425516 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 1:34:55 UTC - in response to Message 1425508.  

It is still redirecting me to the log in page.

Oh.

Well, I'll have some better ones up on my Flickr soon.

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Message 1425535 - Posted: 8 Oct 2013, 2:41:32 UTC

Thanks David, I will wait for those.
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Message 1426274 - Posted: 9 Oct 2013, 19:39:56 UTC

Okay, the pics are up at Flickr. 15 new ones from this Sunday.

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Message 1429279 - Posted: 16 Oct 2013, 14:54:39 UTC
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From what I've read a lot of people are taking this in their commute... on Metrolink.

It's a Hyundai...
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Message 1429373 - Posted: 16 Oct 2013, 20:23:13 UTC - in response to Message 1429279.  

It's a Hyundai...

It's also ugly.

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Message 1429376 - Posted: 16 Oct 2013, 20:28:26 UTC - in response to Message 1429373.  

It's a Hyundai...

It's also ugly.

I can't help that, I had nothing to do with the design.
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Message 1429502 - Posted: 17 Oct 2013, 2:43:03 UTC

So my best friend, who is now a Pullman Conductor for Pullman Rail Journeys, left Chicago last night on the back of Amtrak's City of New Orleans. They got to Memphis about 20 minutes early. Everything's fine.

This morning, he was sitting in the lounge area and the brakes went into emergency. He had his radio on and heard that they hit a tree that fell across the track. After a lot of messing around, cutting out most of the brakes on the train, they proceeded very slowly (and with the Amtrak conductor there in the Pullman car to apply the handbrake if necessary) to the next station, about 2 miles away, where a CN crew came out with some tools to fix the brake lines which had been damaged on one of the Amtrak cars.

So they get going again, and after a while, he smells really strong brake shoe smoke. He looks out the Dutch door and sees smoke coming from the same Amtrak car. He's about to get on the radio and report it to the conductor when the hotbox detector goes off. They go into emergency again. This time, the conductors have to crawl around under the car cutting out just its brakes. By this time, their uniforms are in pretty bad shape.

So once again, he's sitting down, relaxing, on the final stretch to Hammond and New Orleans, when they go into emergency again. This time his radio was off, but he turned it on quick. The conductor came along inspecting the whole train and told him they hit a truck. It turned out they hit a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck. This damaged a brake cylinder on the engine and the engineer couldn't read his air pressure. I'm not sure what they did about that, but they finally made it to NO. He stayed on the train as it went through the inspection building. They had a huge pile of brake shoes they had replaced, including 8 from his 2 cars.

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Message 1429507 - Posted: 17 Oct 2013, 2:47:52 UTC - in response to Message 1429502.  

Sorry if this sounds stupid but
does CN down there mean Canadian
National like it does up here?

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