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Message 1709863 - Posted: 7 Aug 2015, 21:51:14 UTC
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Here's a nice set of pictures of the Amtrak yard, taken by a truck driver with his cell phone as he went by on Roosevelt Road. (I withhold comment on the safety of that.) There are several shots of 466 and 465 and also 653. You can also see the NS GP38-2 that I may or may not have mentioned previously; it's unusual because its short hood is the same height as the long one, rather than being a low nose that the crew can see over. I'm pretty sure no other class 1 uses any such in mainline service.

Someone else posted pictures on Facebook of 466 and 465 leading train 50 through Indiana last night, apparently to be removed at Indianapolis for transfer to Beech Grove.

Speaking of the Cardinal, the Hoosier State (Chicago-Indianapolis the four days a week the Cardinal doesn't run) has finally been taken over by my friend Mike's employer, Iowa Pacific Holdings. Here are several articles which all say more or less the same thing (with varying levels of accuracy and spin).

http://www.franchiseherald.com/articles/34072/20150803/indot-signs-new-deal-with-amtrak-and-iowa-pacific-to-keep-passenger-rail-running-offers-new-amenities-on-board.htm

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/250294-deal-reached-to-save-amtrak-route#.VcOpbusIQvA.facebook

This one's pretty good http://www.garycrusader.com/gary/news-detail.aspx?cityID=2&typeID=2&newsid=9191

I shouldn't go into detail, but the reason the dome is currently available for no extra charge has to do with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Coach passengers can buy food in the lower level of the dome, while it will be included in the fare for business class.
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Message 1709892 - Posted: 8 Aug 2015, 0:15:06 UTC

Those F59PHI's seem to be all over the place.

Today on the Southwest Chief



455 apparently been to Beech Grove for a major overhaul, now heading back west to LA all shiney and clean!!



Of course if 47 is running much it will arrive at LA dirty!!
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Message 1709897 - Posted: 8 Aug 2015, 0:39:34 UTC

Chesterton camera alert!

Word is that a pair of CP steam locomotives, 1238 and 1286, are being moved (on flat cars) from Staunton, WV to Winnipeg via Chicago. Last report was at Enola, PA. I wouldn't be surprised if these loads have a speed restriction, so it could be couple days or more before they get here.

I'll be at the museum tomorrow, so I won't be able to post updates here even if I get them.
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Message 1711005 - Posted: 10 Aug 2015, 16:49:35 UTC

An update on positive Train Control in the US.

Still only a discussion topic in Canada, no dates set, no mandatory requirement.

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Message 1711636 - Posted: 12 Aug 2015, 9:14:51 UTC

Well just a couple of posts down I posted this



The newly overhauled and shiny F59PHI nunber 455 leaving on the Southwest Chief to return to wok in LA.

Unfortunately all did not go as planned and that train minus 455 apparently reached LA 11 hours 29 mins late. The cause apparently 455 which was abandonded in Trinidad CO.

So yesterday on the 4



Marked "return to sender" :-) Looks like there may be a few red faces at Beech Grove.
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Message 1711716 - Posted: 12 Aug 2015, 14:03:08 UTC - in response to Message 1709897.  

Chesterton camera alert!

Word is that a pair of CP steam locomotives, 1238 and 1286, are being moved (on flat cars) from Staunton, WV to Winnipeg via Chicago. Last report was at Enola, PA. I wouldn't be surprised if these loads have a speed restriction, so it could be couple days or more before they get here.

I'll be at the museum tomorrow, so I won't be able to post updates here even if I get them.

Last I heard, they were either still in Conway Yard near Pittsburg or they had somehow made it in record time for a speed-restricted dimensional load all the way to the destination in Winnipeg without anyone seeing them anywhere en route. I have it on good authority that they have been cleared for all weight and size restrictions on Metra-owned trackage that they will need to traverse.
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Message 1711767 - Posted: 12 Aug 2015, 15:40:59 UTC - in response to Message 1711636.  

Marked "return to sender" :-) Looks like there may be a few red faces at Beech Grove.

Unless someone points to a bright yellow remove before ... sticker with a wide brimmed grin.
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Message 1711773 - Posted: 12 Aug 2015, 15:56:02 UTC - in response to Message 1711767.  

Marked "return to sender" :-) Looks like there may be a few red faces at Beech Grove.

Unless someone points to a bright yellow remove before ... sticker with a wide brimmed grin.

Actually another explanation I have heard is.

455 was sent out on the 3, powered down and not ready for service as the final checks would be made in LA, however along the way the lead P42 #18 developed problems and the crew didn't think it would make it over Raton Pass. So they powered up 455 to assist, notices an oil leak but carried on none the less and blew it up!!

Of course more questions would come from that scenario, why did a newly overhauled loco have a serious oil leak and did whoever gave the OK to start up 455 know the final checks hadn't been done.

All sounds a bit odd to me.
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Message 1711777 - Posted: 12 Aug 2015, 15:57:47 UTC

Yawn .....

Here is a real train

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Message 1711825 - Posted: 12 Aug 2015, 17:23:48 UTC

This weekend and next, IRM is having its annual Day Out With Thomas event. We make more money from these four days than the whole rest of the season (even after paying 1/3 of the gate to Hit Entertainment).

This year, for the first time, Percy is also visiting. Percy was already on the property, hiding in Barn 4 with his face covered, last Saturday. I gave him a good looking over. In the cab, there are two emergency brake valves, one of which our conductors will use to stop the train at the west end of the line. There is also a great big hand brake wheel. And there are controls for the facial expression system, the audio system, and the fog machine that pumps "smoke" out of the stack. There is also an oval plate that says it was built by the Strasburg Railroad in September, 2014. In the back of the cab there is a generator to run these (and the headlight). Getting into the cab and out again was a tight squeeze for me, and I bumped my head on the ceiling as I left. Thomas was scheduled to arrive this week and could be there now.

After sweating myself nearly to death last year, I declined to be a trainman this year (although I could probably handle conductor on Percy). Instead, I will be the west wye switchtender on both Saturdays. Doing that, I can spend 20 minutes out of every 30 inside the air conditioned diner building.

Thomas, as always, will be pushed by a diesel at the other end of the train for his <1 mile run each way. Percy, however, will have 1630 at the other end and do our standard 10-mile mainline round trip. There will also be four streetcars running around the car line, but the usual mainline electric trains were canceled when Percy was added to the schedule. You will be able to see Percy (but probably not Thomas) on our webcams at http://irm.org.

After these two weekends of hell, so far I'm not on anything for the following weekend, but there are still plenty of positions open. However, we're having the Band Organ Rally, and last year that drove me slightly nuts. For Labor Day weekend, I'm conductor on the CTA 2200s shuttle L train (with air conditioning, if it's needed) om Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday the 13th, I'll be conductor on the coach train. It's diesel that day, and no special events, so it should be fairly quiet. Beyond that, I haven't signed up for anything yet.

The third week of September, we're hosting the ATRRM (not sure of the acronym, but it's a bunch of train museum honchos) convention Thursday through Sunday, combined with our own Members' Showcase Weekend. Showcase is always the last big hurrah of the season for lots of stuff to run that doesn't often. It's the last scheduled days for 1630 and the Zephyr this year.

(Hey, there's something I'd like to see us do, just once: put 1630 on the Zephyr. I'm not sure if I'd want to be on the train or out taking pictures.)
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Message 1711833 - Posted: 12 Aug 2015, 17:36:24 UTC - in response to Message 1709863.  

Here's a nice set of pictures of the Amtrak yard, taken by a truck driver with his cell phone as he went by on Roosevelt Road. (I withhold comment on the safety of that.) There are several shots of 466 and 465 and also 653. You can also see the NS GP38-2 that I may or may not have mentioned previously; it's unusual because its short hood is the same height as the long one, rather than being a low nose that the crew can see over. I'm pretty sure no other class 1 uses any such in mainline service.

I heard Amtrak borrowed that Geep from NS for a work train, for some track work they're doing inside Union Station. Don't know why they didn't bring in one of their own Geeps.
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Message 1711842 - Posted: 12 Aug 2015, 17:49:11 UTC
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Here's something I found on FB.

Tacoma rail trestle set for demolition; new bridge, platform to benefit Sounder and Amtrak passengers

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/article30658128.html#storylink=cpy


Before the fire.

While burning, the trestle was built by the Milwaukee Road years ago and is going to be replaced by a double tracked concrete and steel overpass.

The replacement of the current trestle is part of a Sound Transit ballot measure passed by voters in 2008. The replacement project, including the bridge and extended passenger platform, is budgeted at $115 million, according to Sound Transit, and includes a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project is scheduled for completion next year and will accommodate three additional Sounder round trips by 2017.

The project includes upgrading signals and reinforcing retaining walls while also making minor street repairs and relocating some utilities.





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Message 1711843 - Posted: 12 Aug 2015, 17:52:08 UTC

Probably for the best, it looks rather ricketty, and those rails surely aren't in a smooth curve.
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Message 1711855 - Posted: 12 Aug 2015, 18:10:56 UTC - in response to Message 1711777.  

Yawn .....

Here is a real train

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Chis that is just so rude I am speechless, OK so you don't happen to like the pictures and information I post here.

Fine, I will endeavor not to bore you anymore with any more of my postings.
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Message 1711857 - Posted: 12 Aug 2015, 18:12:53 UTC

Your postings are fine, I would just like to see a bit more variety than Amtrak locos that's all.
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Message 1712109 - Posted: 13 Aug 2015, 2:28:02 UTC

Construction finally started this week on IRM's barns 13 and 14. Blog post with pictures of the footings being drilled and poured.

These will not be open to the public, but they will house a lot of equipment that is rusting and rotting away because it's currently exposed to the weather.

I heard they put off the start for another month or two because McHenry County's construction permit fees actually went down this month, saving us several thousand dollars.

(Not that I think this will be of much interest to anyone but me.)
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Message 1712157 - Posted: 13 Aug 2015, 4:50:25 UTC - in response to Message 1711843.  
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Probably for the best, it looks rather ricketty, and those rails surely aren't in a smooth curve.

Do consider the distortion in that photo from the telephoto lens it was obviously taken with makes it appear much worse than it probably was. Those trestle pilings were probably old enough to be old growth timber, and good for another 100 years or so :) But now there'll be pretty murals, right?
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Message 1712158 - Posted: 13 Aug 2015, 5:00:48 UTC - in response to Message 1712157.  

Probably for the best, it looks rather ricketty, and those rails surely aren't in a smooth curve.

Do consider the distortion in that photo from the telephoto lens it was obviously taken with makes it appear much worse than it probably was. Those trestle pilings were probably old enough to be old growth timber, and good for another 100 years or so :) But now there'll be pretty murals, right?

It's a moot point now, the trestle burned down, so it now does need replacement for sure.
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Message 1712162 - Posted: 13 Aug 2015, 5:29:11 UTC

I heard they put off the start for another month or two because McHenry County's construction permit fees actually went down this month, saving us several thousand dollars.


A council's charges going DOWN - that's a very rare, and if true, welcome event. I hope your barn construction goes smoothly and you end up with your much needed storage space
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Message 1712200 - Posted: 13 Aug 2015, 8:04:00 UTC

These will not be open to the public, but they will house a lot of equipment that is rusting and rotting away because it's currently exposed to the weather.

Good to hear, they could do with some at Yeovil junction station in Somerset where they often have old rolling stock braving the elements.

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