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by FMFan
Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Fairbanks-Morse
Topic: I "FOUND" A SET OF C-LINER TRUCKS
Replies: 28
Views: 34915

Re: I "FOUND" A SET OF C-LINER TRUCKS

Saw this old thread and it prompts a question. I've never heard, butdoes anyone know if these Erie B's, when in rail welding service, still used their as delivered OP engines for "power" for the welding? Of course not for traction, pe se, as they were likely pulled by whatever power happened to be a...
by FMFan
Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Granger Railroads - C&NW, Rock Island, and MILW
Topic: CNW C628's from N&W - Ore Power
Replies: 7
Views: 10149

Re: CNW C628's from N&W - Ore Power

n Not to pick a nit, but I don't think they 628s were ever used on a regular basis out of Winona or to Huron. I think when first purchased (early 70s) they were used on manifest service to Minneapolis from Chicago/Milw, but then migrated to the ore lines as replacement for the H-16-66s (circa 1974-1...
by FMFan
Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Midwestern Railfan
Topic: Need Chicago-area Railroad Map (mid 1990s era)
Replies: 3
Views: 6284

Re: Need Chicago-area Railroad Map (mid 1990s era)

Might be out-of-print, but Jerry Swazjakart (sp?) Had a "Chicago Railfan Guide" (or similar type title) back in the 1970s. It included a larger map which had plenty of detail on "pre-merger" lines, junctions, yards etc. An excellent reference. Only down side is that it didn't inlcude any roads/highw...
by FMFan
Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: Western Railfan
Topic: Can you ID this iron?
Replies: 1
Views: 5362

Re: Can you ID this iron?

look like rail anchors, placed on rail snug against the ties. Spikes keep rail in place and inhibit side-to-side and roll-over movement. Anchors keep rails "set" so it doesn't move in the direction parallel with rail

Mike
by FMFan
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: Operations, Facilities, Maps and Resources
Topic: Last working roundhouse in USA?
Replies: 31
Views: 13303

Re: Last working roundhouse in USA?

Ex Milwaukee roundhouse and turntable is still active and in use on IC&E/CP at Nahant, IA, SW of Davenport
by FMFan
Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Chicago Tunnel Company
Replies: 6
Views: 2464

Re: Chicago Tunnel Company

Actually, the original charter was to build a tunnel system to install a phone system, not a freight tunnel system. When the City inspected it they did find a freight system. Typical of Chicago/Illinois, lots of politics and intrigue. I had the opportunity to visit the system in the late 1980s was e...
by FMFan
Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:54 pm
Forum: Granger Railroads - C&NW, Rock Island, and MILW
Topic: Chicago Pacific - successor to Rock Island?
Replies: 7
Views: 9847

Re: Chicago Pacific - successor to Rock Island?

57A26 wrote: One notable exception is what UP wanted most. The Council Bluffs to Chicago line. Why hasn't anyone else acquired this line since? I know the Iowa Interstate Railroad is largely redundant since both UP and BNSF now have good track between Chicago and Omaha, and therefore there isn't muc...
by FMFan
Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:58 pm
Forum: EMD - Electro-Motive
Topic: EMD SD70ACe series official thread (covers all variations)
Replies: 181
Views: 71906

Re: EMD SD70ACe series official thread (covers all variation

Just guessing, but it looks like it might be a "fold down" platform that a crew member walking the plank doesn't have to step down on the the ladder to walk around the unit

Mike
by FMFan
Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: General Discussion: Short Lines, Industrials, and Military
Topic: US Army S-160s
Replies: 11
Views: 8253

Re: US Army S-160s

I thought I read some where (but could be wrong), that one stipulation of donated or sold military equipment was that it is was NOT to be repainted in military colors. Not sure of reasoning other than likely an obscure govrnmn't regulation. Anyone else?
by FMFan
Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion: Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Equipment
Topic: Oldest Rail Equipment Still In Regular Service
Replies: 19
Views: 8923

Re: Oldest Rail Equipment Still In Regular Service

I'd guess "Regular Service" is the key here, "Continuous service" also. Iowa Traction RR in Clear Lake, still rosters a fleet of ancient electric interurban locomotives, steeple cab style. oldest is #60 built by Baldwin-Westinghouse. still running in "revenue" service (earning its keep), pretty much...

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