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by Desertdweller
Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: The Effects of 3D Printing on Model Railroading
Replies: 13
Views: 9066

Re: The Effects of 3D Printing on Model Railroading

CNJ, I think the survey results you allude to are quite telling. As the average age of model railroaders increases in close proportion to the dates indicated, do you supposed the individuals polled are in fact the same people? I think this is highly likely, as people who get into the hobby as young ...
by Desertdweller
Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Toy Trains, Model Railroading, Outdoor and Live Steam
Topic: The Effects of 3D Printing on Model Railroading
Replies: 13
Views: 9066

Re: The Effects of 3D Printing on Model Railroading

I saw the cover of the current "Model Railroader". Cover story was using a 3D printer to produce model structures. Other articles featured DCC. This sort of stuff is why I no longer buy that magazine. How many model railroaders happen to own a 3D printer? How many would spend several thousand dollar...
by Desertdweller
Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Legacy Lounge CUS
Replies: 24
Views: 3930

Re: Legacy Lounge CUS

I was enjoying a drink in an observation-lounge car (don't remember what train). While standing at the bar, I overheard two guys talking about a third one. "He was such a Goober, he was wearing blue pants and brown shoes!" I looked sadly down at my blue pants and brown shoes. Finished my drink and w...
by Desertdweller
Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Legacy Lounge CUS
Replies: 24
Views: 3930

Re: Legacy Lounge CUS

It's been ten years since I've been in Chicago and the Met Lounge. But back then it wasn't bad at all. It was a welcome place to spend time between trains and away from the crowded rush of the rest of the terminal. The refreshments were simple but welcome. Best of all, one had free access to one's b...
by Desertdweller
Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Saddest Stations? <POLL QUESTION>
Replies: 69
Views: 12065

Re: Amtrak Saddest Stations? <POLL QUESTION>

Jeff,

I've only used the Hartford station once, but from your story, it sounds like you would have been handled better at Willoughby.

Les
by Desertdweller
Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Saddest Stations? <POLL QUESTION>
Replies: 69
Views: 12065

Re: Amtrak Saddest Stations? <POLL QUESTION>

I haven't seen it in four years, but the Deming, NM "station" was (is?) pretty sad. The original station (shared by SP and ATSF) has been moved to a location away from the tracks and restored. It is now a transit bus station and community center. The station that replaced it is a shed with three wal...
by Desertdweller
Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: General Class I and II Discussion
Topic: Fascinating Article - September 2015 TRAINS
Replies: 13
Views: 5085

Re: Fascinating Article - September 2015 TRAINS

Gilbert: I am not a Trains reader (Classic Trains, yes), but as a retired Operating Department person, I do have a couple comments. 4. Milwaukee Road's Pacific Extension: This had potential that was never realized do to poor management decisions. The problem was not the extension, but the way it was...
by Desertdweller
Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: RPO Placement in Train
Replies: 1
Views: 2517

Re: RPO Placement in Train

I believe the placement of RPO cars is determined by the contract with the post office department. Obviously, passage through the RPO section of the car was not allowed by persons not postal employees. So if the train had a working RPO and a working baggage section in the same car, the baggage secti...
by Desertdweller
Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Funding Discussion - Amtrak DC Politics RELATED TO RAIL!
Replies: 153
Views: 26494

Re: Funding Discussion

I think you are either misunderstanding my point, or are comparing apples to oranges. The NEC has the population density, the money, and the political pull to support high train frequency. I am not suggesting 3x a day service between Tombstone and Yuma. What I am suggesting is a train network that w...
by Desertdweller
Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Station Size/Grand Station Revival - Food for thought
Replies: 45
Views: 6600

Re: Station Size/Grand Station Revival - Food for thought

MBTA: I did not know the CB&Q Omaha station has been re-purposed, but am glad to hear that it is. When I visited the UP station (now the Durham Museum), the consensus was that the CB&Q terminal was beyond saving. mtuandrew: Denver Union Station was built as a through station, but I don't think it wa...
by Desertdweller
Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Funding Discussion - Amtrak DC Politics RELATED TO RAIL!
Replies: 153
Views: 26494

Re: Funding Discussion

Greg, The ridership is on the NEC because that is where the trains are. And that is where the money is spent. And that is where the political power is. AMTRAK is supposed to be a nation-wide system. I think the big problem with the organization of AMTRAK (I really think it was set up to fail) is tha...
by Desertdweller
Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Station Size/Grand Station Revival - Food for thought
Replies: 45
Views: 6600

Re: Station Size/Grand Station Revival - Food for thought

Many of the larger terminals were intentionally overbuilt as examples of civic pride and as monuments to their owning railroads. We are fortunate that the remaining ones survived the 1960's and 70's, when many classic and historical buildings were demolished in the name of "urban renewal". In the ex...
by Desertdweller
Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Funding Discussion - Amtrak DC Politics RELATED TO RAIL!
Replies: 153
Views: 26494

Re: Funding Discussion

I would just like to remind AMTRAK that there are taxpayers out here who have minimal or no train service. The focus on funding is focused on the NEC. Certain metro areas get funding for commuter rail. The rest of the country gets nothing. Why do you think it is called "fly-over country"? My state g...
by Desertdweller
Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: EMD - Electro-Motive
Topic: History of the E-unit
Replies: 62
Views: 27538

Re: History of the E-unit

Maybe the reason EMD waited so long to use turbos was on account of concerns about reliability and maintenance. This is the reason GP38's are so popular with small railroads. A non-turbo 645 seems to be cheaper to maintain than a turbo 567. Also, in sustained low-speed operation, non-turbo units ten...
by Desertdweller
Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion: Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Equipment
Topic: Is there any company in America who can build
Replies: 21
Views: 5935

Re: Is there any company in America who can build

Gadfly, I too hoped the ACE 3000 was going to be successful. I think two things really killed this idea. First, steam technology would have required new servicing facilities, tools, and trained mechanics. It had been too long since the disappearance of steam, the people familiar with it were retired...

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