Moderator: Otto Vondrak
pumpers wrote: THey are negotiating with CP to take it from Saratoga to wherever - one possibility has it going to Albany to be transloaded to barge (maybe to go to Long Island)??If any were going to LI, it would probably be handed off to CSX. Many of the stone customers down here have sidings and receive stone via P&W from CT. CP used to handle some stone traffic into LI but that dried up sometime just before or after CSX started hauling CP's LI bound cars.
Is S&NC planning on doing anything with the old RS36?The RS36 is privately owned and in desperate need of all new wheel sets from it's time on the Upper Hudson River Railroad. I know they would like to use it but have not worked out terms that are agreeable to both parties. It also needs some other minor work before it could be returned to operation.
They aren't using #5??The S1 is, to my knowledge, fully operational. It is also only 600 HP and rides on friction bearing wheel sets so it cannot travel on CP into the Saratoga Station. Not exactly the ideal locomotive for the current operations of the railroad.
Mem160 wrote:I'm not familiar with friction bearing trucks. What do they do that causes the, not to be used on the CP trackage into Saratoga?"Friction Bearing" means that the bearing surface of the axle - the part that rubs on another part - is supported by a grease packing or something similar so that friction is kept to a minimum. If you run out of grease packing, there is too much friction, the end of the axle heats up, breaks off, and causes a derailment or worse. Friction bearings must be constantly maintained, and have since been banned from interchange service. All railroad equipment today uses roller bearings, no grease packing needed, and you nearly eliminate the issues that friction would cause.