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by Watchman318
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:48 am
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: *** SHARE YOUR MODEL RAILROAD ACTION PHOTOS
Replies: 233
Views: 96681

Re: *** SHARE YOUR MODEL RAILROAD ACTION PHOTOS

Was going through my Photobucket today and thought I'd share these pictures of the layout I was working on in high school. I've moved several times after leaving home, so I still have the trains, just nowhere to run them in my apartment, haha. That's quite the collection of vehicles and constructio...
by Watchman318
Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Augusta Lower Road
Replies: 498
Views: 109737

Re: Augusta Lower Road

The Route 24 crossing was completely rebuilt a few years ago. Correct. "Harward's Crossing" was originally an at-grade crossing in the earlier days of the line's existence. The Harward's station was closed in 1929, and razed when the overpass was built, in the early 1930's. I believe it was 2010 wh...
by Watchman318
Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Pan Am Railways (formerly Guilford Rail System)
Topic: Lewiston Industrial Track/Lewiston Lower Rd/Branch status
Replies: 734
Views: 216843

Re: Lewiston Industrial Track/Lewiston Lower Rd/Branch statu

Beyond the posting of emergency contact signs at the crossings, I hadn't seen any sign of trains traversing the branch this spring/summer. The crossings remained full of winter silt. Today, however, I noticed fresh grooves - looks like something light weight like a hi-rail truck. Keep an eye out fo...
by Watchman318
Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: General Class I and II Discussion
Topic: Grade Crossings - the real tragedy in railroading
Replies: 46
Views: 15661

Re: Grade Crossings - the real tragedy in railroading

I've been away from the forum for longer than I realized. I'd like to address a couple of comments: Of course, with PTC in place, it's all that much easier to design a system that sits at the grade crossing and drops signals if there's an incursion. Do you mean "drops signals" for an approaching tra...
by Watchman318
Thu May 19, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: General Class I and II Discussion
Topic: Grade Crossings - the real tragedy in railroading
Replies: 46
Views: 15661

Re: Grade Crossings - the real tragedy in railroading

The other day I had stopped at a crossing as the lights started up and the gates dropped at Los Chavez,the idiot behind passed me and ran the gates,barely missed the BNSF Freight headed to Belen running at 40 mph, could have spent that afternoon as a witness to the Darwin act of dumbness. After the...
by Watchman318
Wed May 18, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion
Replies: 147
Views: 51699

Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion

jwhite07 wrote: . . . I was pleased to see that #53 has sometime recently received a repaint and lettering.
Okay, i thought I had read somewhere that there was no prototype for an Athearn "Hustler," but that sure looks like one to me. :-D
The paint job and lettering look great.
by Watchman318
Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: General Class I and II Discussion
Topic: Local Railroad Safety Regulation?
Replies: 16
Views: 9268

Re: Local Railroad Safety Regulation?

Googling "Marysville PA speeding trains," I found a few results (UPI Archives, etc.) from June-July 1986: [Amtrak spokesman John] Jacobsen said he is not sure the borough has authority to regulate train speeds, which are generally set by railroads in compliance with federal guidelines. I didn't see ...
by Watchman318
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion
Replies: 147
Views: 51699

Re: Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX) Discussion

Just received this in an email: The votes have been tallied for the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation 2016 Community Matters More grant program. During the month of February thousands of Mainers voted for their favorite nonprofit organizations, large and small, that make a difference in their communiti...
by Watchman318
Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Old Amtrak
Replies: 20
Views: 4359

Re: Old Amtrak

MACTRAXX wrote:W318: This Amtrak promotional drawing was from a softcover glossy booklet issued in 1972-73.
Oh, okay. Maybe Lucas & Co. got the idea for Leia's "cinnamon buns over the ears" from Amtrak. :-D
by Watchman318
Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Old Amtrak
Replies: 20
Views: 4359

Re: Old Amtrak

18-Dome car promotional diagram early/mid 70s The "Princess Leia" hairstyle on the woman in the image makes it look like post- Star Wars , which was '77. I did an Amtrip from San Antonio to Boston in '78, and another from Denver in '81, I think. Those were pretty good. I wasn't as much into railfan...
by Watchman318
Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Central Maine & Quebec Railway (formerly Montreal, Maine & Atlantic / Bangor & Aroostook)
Topic: Rockland Branch Discussion
Replies: 199
Views: 49805

Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Two empty perlite cars headed west through Warren, MP 74.47, around 10:32. Couldn't catch what the power was.

Update: CMQ 2001 (I think) went east through Waldoboro around 15:20, with what looked like a Flexi-Flo (DPCX) on the head pin.
by Watchman318
Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: New York Central
Topic: 1950 Oneida NY train wreck
Replies: 3
Views: 2257

Re: 1950 Oneida NY train wreck

"Live steam" is steam under pressure, as opposed to vapors merely rising from heated water. My best guess (being neither an engineer [meaning a guy with a degree, rather than a locomotive "driver"] nor a pulmonologist) about the fatal effects would be that the steam condensed due to the lower temper...
by Watchman318
Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Central Maine & Quebec Railway (formerly Montreal, Maine & Atlantic / Bangor & Aroostook)
Topic: Rockland Branch Discussion
Replies: 199
Views: 49805

Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

The terminal in Everett belongs to Ciment Quebec, not Dragon. Oh, okay. I didn't think Dragon had one there, but couldn't "confirm or deny" it because dragonproducts.com appears to have gone away. The one cement car at Tresca's last week was a car CSX apparently lost for about a month! Sheesh. Well...
by Watchman318
Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Central Maine & Quebec Railway (formerly Montreal, Maine & Atlantic / Bangor & Aroostook)
Topic: Rockland Branch Discussion
Replies: 199
Views: 49805

Re: Rockland Branch Discussion

Thanks for the info, F-line.
I don't know how much of the westbound (interchanged with PAR at Brunswick) MERR cement traffic went to Tresca, and how much (if any) went to Dragon's terminal in Windsor, QC. It was usually good for once/week or so during "construction weather."
by Watchman318
Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Federal Rail Agency Steps Up Campaign: Crossing Accidents
Replies: 6
Views: 9459

Re: Federal Rail Agency Steps Up Campaign: Crossing Accident

What the FRA should do is focus on encouraging State and local police departments to institute a vigorous program locally to educate motorists that if there isn't room for your vehicle on the far side of the crossing, stay on the near side until there is room, traffic lights notwithstanding. I thin...

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