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by Train Detainer
Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:48 pm
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: GG-1's in Cooperstown to Henry Ford Museum
Replies: 44
Views: 13559

Re: GG-!'s in cooperstown

The Ford museum unit was prepped for rail shipment, including making the brakes operable and lubrication. The work was done 'in the field', without much unexpected difficulty. I know some of the people who did the work over a couple of weeks. IIRC the brake job was complete (or nearly complete) when...
by Train Detainer
Thu Jul 28, 2016 3:06 am
Forum: General Discussion: Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Equipment
Topic: Advanced Rail Energy Storage
Replies: 3
Views: 2306

Re: Advanced Rail Energy Storage

9600 tons on an 8% grade? Seems to me the cars would need ECP brakes to maintain high tolerance balanced braking - and that would limit the amount of returnable energy from the locomotives. Good thing they're in the desert because they'll be using a lot of sand on the rail. Sounds like an enormously...
by Train Detainer
Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:27 am
Forum: General Discussion: Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Equipment
Topic: Wheel Diameters
Replies: 8
Views: 3640

Re: Wheel Diameters

Wheel size (diameter) for cars is primarily a function of floor height. For locos it is for TM size and adhesion factors (IIRC there are 44" wheels on some ACs). Vast majority of US freight cars today are on 33" or 36" wheels. Some autoracks/intermodal flats are/were on 28" wheels due to low floor h...
by Train Detainer
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Portland Maine Passenger Stations
Replies: 220
Views: 62316

Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

The three long buildings were (probably) a rolling mill that are now the site of the the east end of Veterans's Memorial Bridge. Turn the plan about 90 degrees clockwise for a more geographically correct orientation. Where Commercial Street and Danforth Street come together on the plan are now Cassi...
by Train Detainer
Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:07 pm
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Gang Mills Shop - Erie Railroad
Replies: 9
Views: 2419

Re: Gang Mills shop

I may have missed something, but I see nothing in the timetable about a shop building - only the yard office.
There is, however, a picture dated dated 1957 in the Erie RR Facilities Vol. 2 book that shows the shop on P.71.
by Train Detainer
Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Portland Maine Passenger Stations
Replies: 220
Views: 62316

Re: Portland Maine Passenger Stations

Back to the OP and any original depot on Commercial Street - Here's a B&M print of part of the area that shows no depot in the area covered. It is dated March 15th 1873 with Commercial Street on the right - and very different from the 1876 map that was linked in the OP.
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by Train Detainer
Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Empire Service (New York State)
Replies: 2811
Views: 74390

Re: NYS Empire Corridor Improvements Buffalo - Albany

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. First, I did say 'not medium and long distance buses'. I don't know what your definition of trip lengths is, but I dare guess that very few of the UK's feeder bus routes would qualify as either medium or long. Second, I did mention connectivity, which includes s...
by Train Detainer
Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Empire Service (New York State)
Replies: 2811
Views: 74390

Re: NYS Empire Corridor Improvements Buffalo - Albany

taking the Howard runner north to 437, and then backing all the way down the Niagara Branch. Exactly. Cross over at 437 to the Belt Line towards T and back in. All the way? Its a far shorter shove from 437 to Exchange Street than from old CP-69 to NiaFalls (and yes, there's the grade crossing at Ex...
by Train Detainer
Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Empire Service (New York State)
Replies: 2811
Views: 74390

Re: NYS Empire Corridor Improvements Buffalo - Albany

That's a little too far left(south) to make it work,NS doesn't control the entire Southern Tier Route,parts are operated by a Regional Shortline or 2,and you still wind up dealing with CSX at Buffalo Last I checked, NS not only controls, but now owns the old A&S from Schenectady to Bingo and the en...
by Train Detainer
Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Empire Service (New York State)
Replies: 2811
Views: 74390

Re: NYS Empire Corridor Improvements Buffalo - Albany

If you want service improvements and the notion is to get people off the highways and onto trains, I'd suggest NYS add service from ALB to Buffalo via Bingo. Take a left at your new Schenectady depot with stops at Worcester (eventually), Oneonta, Sydney (eventually), Binghamton, BigFlats/Corning, Ho...
by Train Detainer
Mon May 02, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Operations, Facilities, Maps and Resources
Topic: Restricting aspect question
Replies: 13
Views: 5955

Re: Restricting aspect question

fcqjx - The difference between Stop and Stop and Proceed aspects is the absence (Stop) or presence (Stop and Proceed) of a number plate on the signal mast. It is not possible for a signal to display both - the number plate is either there or it isn't, permanently. Stop signals are used at home signa...
by Train Detainer
Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2016
Replies: 447
Views: 89343

Re: Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2016

Jim - The video is the U&D crossing the West Shore after the West Shore train passes, then Cornell, O'Neil and Downs Streets, then under Elmendorf and Albany Avenue. The current CMRR yard is mostly just to the left of the main track between Cornell and O'Neil. The second view is the original West Hu...
by Train Detainer
Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Photo Location
Replies: 7
Views: 2493

Re: Photo Location

I finally dug up the framed original. Written on the back in faded pencil (I had forgotten all about the writing) is "Orleans, Mass. First train xxxx illegible xxxx ". Also written on the side of the frame is: First train Barnstable to West Barnstable 1853 to Hyannis 1854 There is also a faded parag...
by Train Detainer
Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: New York State Railfan
Topic: 4775 Tellier Road, Palmyra NY, and CSX
Replies: 30
Views: 7343

Re: 4775 Tellier Road, Palmyra NY

Bringing down a two story building that close is very difficult to do without at least a little debris spread. If CSX was smart (no comment), they would probably have not just a flagman on site, but a track foreman to take at least Track 2 out of service while the building is pulled down, and to min...
by Train Detainer
Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion: Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Equipment
Topic: First they autonomize the cars....
Replies: 9
Views: 5114

Re: First they autonomize the cars....

There are a whole lot of things that make operating U.S.-sized freight trains by computers more difficult than passenger trains. There are, however, just three technologies necessary (things other than cost, regulatory and political forces) to remove the engineer from the freight equation. I won't s...

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