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Moderator Announcements / Re: FORUM SWITCHOVER - 08/12 - 08/13
« on: December 15, 2017, 03:26:03 AM »
Bill...great avatar you've got there. How I wish Mr. Breathed would do Bloom County or Outland strips again.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:38:37 AM »
AMEN!

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General Discussion / Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:19:25 AM »
Joe, you wrote:
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A train in notch 8, and a sudden stop can cause wheels to let go and spin uncontrollably.

Does that mean PanAm's diesels don't have automatic wheel slip control?

As all can see, I'm very ignorant about...well, a lot of things, but diesels in particular. I hope John McNamara will forgive me. ::)

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General Discussion / Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« on: November 12, 2017, 03:51:25 AM »
Joe, your comments re wheel slip reminded me of a visit a fellow railfan and I paid to the east end of the Hoosac Tunnel--around 1996 or 97 I think....not sure. Just a few feet inside the tunnel there was a humongous gouge ground out of one rail. We had no straight edge or rule to measure the depth, but our conservative estimate was 1/2 inch. No train came so we didn't hear what it sounded like when wheels encountered it, but I suppose the bangs were pretty loud. We wondered how long it would take a slipping wheel to grind a gouge that deep. There was a Pan Am section gauge working just east of the tunnel, and we asked if they knew when new rail had been laid there the last time. They didn't know, but thought it had been some years back.

I've written Pan Am, but it may have been long enough ago that the name was still Guilford.

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Volunteers / Re: Northeast storm October 2017
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:29:08 AM »
Wow, James! I imagine your generator engine will need an oil change after that workout. But I hope not new piston rings!

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John, are there any videos of your friend's Cagney on Youtube, and if so, could you post links to them?

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Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Meanwhile, in Japan.....
« on: November 05, 2017, 02:28:16 AM »
Thanks, Wayne. Very entertaining. Got a kick out of the uniforms and white gloves, too.

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Volunteers / Re: Northeast storm October 2017
« on: November 03, 2017, 03:14:52 PM »
Bravo, James!

My hat's off to you for such determination. And that's my best hat that's off to you, not that ratty old one I wear at the museum.

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 30, 2017, 12:35:58 AM »
Let us temporarily refer to the very last member of the digestive tract as X. Sometimes when my father encountered a stubbornly tight cap screw, stud nut or whatever, he would exclaim "That thing is tighter'n a boar's X in fly time."

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 29, 2017, 11:48:09 PM »
On my computer I don't see the pictures identified by number, but the grimaces on the faces of the two guys on the wrench in "Tightening bolts on second truss Mar 19, 2012" tell it all about the Moxie required.  ;D

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Work and Events / Re: Trout Brook Bridge - Official Work Thread
« on: October 29, 2017, 01:11:26 AM »
Brendan, that's a GREAT shot with the Moxie can. I'll bet it took a lot of same to tighten those big nuts.

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Volunteers / Re: October 2017 Work Planning
« on: October 18, 2017, 08:14:39 PM »
Definitely ballast & tamping. When I was there first week in Oct. I noticed a stock rail unsupported for a distance of about six feet. The gaps between the base and the top of the ties were small but large enough I could swing a chipped piece of tie between them freely.

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Work and Events / Re: Humason Brook Trestle
« on: October 18, 2017, 04:12:49 PM »
Thanks, Bill and John.

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Work and Events / Re: Humason Brook Trestle
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:47:48 AM »
Mike, is this the south end of the trestle?

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