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by westr
Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: Pacific Northwest Railfan
Topic: Stevens Pass Railfan
Replies: 1
Views: 5172

Re: Stevens Pass Railfan

My website was hosted by my alma mater. In 2012, they changed their policy and stopped providing public server space for alums. I haven't rebuilt the site yet as I haven't decided where to relocate it and have been busy with other things. In the meantime, if there is some info you're looking for, I ...
by westr
Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: Self-Propelled Railcars
Topic: RDC's and Doodlebugs in operation in 2009
Replies: 12
Views: 10849

Re: RDC's and Doodlebugs in operation in 2009

The TriMet WES Ex-Alaska RDCs: #711 is an RDC-2 and #702 was built as an RDC-3 and rebuilt with the baggage-mail area as a single baggage section with a single side door on each side. They were both originally New Haven RDCs. The Lewis & Clark Explorer/Eagle Cap RDCs: The RDC-3 #31 was originally Gr...
by westr
Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: Operations, Facilities, Maps and Resources
Topic: Last working roundhouse in USA?
Replies: 31
Views: 13303

Re: Last working roundhouse in USA?

BNSF's Interbay Yard in Seattle still has a large roundhouse and turntable in use.

There is of course the Brooklyn Roundhouse in Portland, Oregon, current home to SP 4449, SP&S 700 & OR&N 197. It's days are numbered though, as the steam engines are to move out for their new home in January 2012.
by westr
Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:10 am
Forum: Union Pacific
Topic: Old Photos of "the big three" 844, 3985 and 4449 requested.
Replies: 4
Views: 2176

Re: Old Photos of "the big three" 844, 3985 and 4449 request

In the 1940s and 50s, each of them was just a typical member of their respective classes and aside from their number looked just like their sister engines. 844 looked like any other FEF-3, 4449 like any other GS-4 and 3985 like any other 4664-4. There are historic photos around the net of some of th...
by westr
Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:28 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Resurrected routes
Replies: 35
Views: 4145

Re: Resurrected routes

There is a list in the back of the book Journey to Amtrak that lists every passenger train that was still operating when Amtrak took over and which ones Amtrak took over. Off the top of my head, I know the Portland section of the Empire Builder was initally discontinued. The late Pioneer and Desert ...
by westr
Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:31 am
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: name this model (GE AC4400CW)
Replies: 8
Views: 2080

Re: name this model

GE calls then AC4400CW-CTE. It's not an "official" designation for the fact that it is not on the builder's plate, but on GE documentation, that is what they are. What kind of GE documentation are you referring to? If the builder's plates on the ones with CTE just say "AC4400CW" it would seem that ...
by westr
Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: name this model (GE AC4400CW)
Replies: 8
Views: 2080

Re: name this model

It's not a lookalike; it IS an AC4400CW. CTE is just an available option, as it were. General Electric didn't distinguish between the ones with CTE and the ones without; they are all AC4400CWs. UP came up with a different name for their own use because they have some with CTE and some without and op...
by westr
Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: name this model (GE AC4400CW)
Replies: 8
Views: 2080

Re: name this model

It is a General Electric AC4400CW. The prototype locomotive was built in 2002 and Union Pacific calls it a C44AC-CTE, but that is UP's made-up designation for an AC4400 equipped with the "Controlled Tractive Effort" system that reduces tractive effort when used as a pusher for distributed power. (Si...
by westr
Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: Walthers' yearly name trains...
Replies: 32
Views: 6311

Re: Walthers' yearly name trains...

the Milwaukee's bright colors and interesting equipment make it a very marketable road name. Walthers also gave it a boost by following it with the UP trains. After 1955, some Milwaukee cars, mostly coaches and baggage cars, ran in the UP City trains. In the late 60's, somebody made a three unit ar...
by westr
Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Union Pacific
Topic: Will we ever see a "big boy" run again?
Replies: 28
Views: 10904

Re: Will we ever see a "big boy" run again?

I really doubt it. It's not just the money, but the fact that if you restore it, you need a place to run it. If you restore a B29, you can fly it pretty much anywhere, but there aren't a lot of lines that could handle a Big Boy and that would be open to the operation of one today. Even back in the d...
by westr
Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: Walthers' yearly name trains...
Replies: 32
Views: 6311

Re: Walthers' yearly name trains...

Hey, wasn't The Milwaukee Road a regional? It did go halfway across the country before they whittled down the trackplan.... Milwaukee did run to the west coast, but the Hiawatha Walthers released was the Twin Cities Hiawatha, which only ran between Chicago and Minneapolis. To reach the west coast t...
by westr
Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:27 am
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: Walthers' yearly name trains...
Replies: 32
Views: 6311

Re: Walthers' yearly name trains...

Alaska Railroad is just out of the question (not enough market share). The Alaska Railroad will probably never be the big passenger train of the year, but that doesn't mean Walthers won't release the paint scheme if they already have correct cars in the UP series (like when they did the Empire Buil...
by westr
Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: Walthers' yearly name trains...
Replies: 32
Views: 6311

Re: Walthers' yearly name trains...

If the east-west pattern continues, Walthers should be releasing a west coast train after the Broadway Limited, though since they are also re-releasing the Super Chief, they could go either way. (Brilliant move on Walthers part, btw, holding back on one sleeper everyone wanted but didn't absolutely ...
by westr
Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: BNSF Railway (Burlington Northern Santa Fe)
Topic: Did ATSF / BNSF ever run any GE AC6000's?
Replies: 1
Views: 1423

Re: Did ATSF / BNSF ever run any GE AC6000's?

It's not correct. BNSF didn't have any AC6000s, in any paint scheme. At that time, BNSF didn't have any GE ACs at all. The only purchasers of the AC6000 were CSX, UP, and BHP Iron Ore in Australia. For the record, the road number of that model falls in a gap from 952-959 between the ATSF C41-8Ws and...
by westr
Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion: Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Equipment
Topic: Sleeper Car Designation Conventions?
Replies: 5
Views: 3112

Re: Sleeper Car Designation Conventions?

Those numbers do refer to the accomodations of sleeping cars. There isn't really a standard for them though, so there's no sure fire way to tell just by them what the car's accomodations are. There were some configurations that were pretty common, such as: 12-1: 12 Open Sections, 1 Drawing Room 4-4-...

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