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Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
« Reply #100 on: June 28, 2021, 05:36:16 pm »
Hope your trip to Arizona was an enjoyable one.  Pretty scenery along the river canyon but harsh country on the other side of those cliffs and Perkinsville is pretty much a place you have to want to go in order to get there.   

There's a lot of old short line remnants and the remains of abandoned, narrow gauge mine railways scattered across the state.  Makes for some good exploring when the weather is favorable or you're out scouting for a hunt. 
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #101 on: June 28, 2021, 05:56:34 pm »
    That is some seriously spectacular scenery.  I'm not really much of a diesel guy (steam forever!), but I'll definitely have to add Verde Canyon to my list.
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #102 on: June 28, 2021, 06:59:53 pm »
    Diesel presents fewer problems when running a locomotive in this environment.  One can appreciate the allure and elegance of the machines made in the heyday of steam power but they were always a bit problematic here. 

    Fuel was never as plentiful as in the east whether you're talking about firewood or coal and getting it where it needed to be from where it was also presented logistical difficulties. 

    Anything burning wood or coal is prone to producing sparks and setting fire to things in an arid environment like ours is both frighteningly easy to do and hard to contain once it happens. 

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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #103 on: June 28, 2021, 07:58:54 pm »
    No argument from me there.  Heck, the Durango & Silverton got in BIG trouble back in 2018 when a cinder from one of their locomotives allegedly sparked a massive wildfire.

    And I'll be the first to admit that diesel-electrics are a quantum leap above steam in terms of mechanical simplicity, efficiency, and reliability.  I think diesels require a third of the labor to operate and maintain a steamer, and relative fuel consumption of diesels was about 50% vs steam, and that was back in the 50s and 60s.  And that's before you get into multiple-unit and  (within the last few years) dispersed-power unit tech.  You can run 4+ locomotives with a single crew, which is impossible with steam.

    And diesels cause significantly less wear on the roadbed than steam (steam locomotives can quite literally pound the track apart) and are much less likely to explode on you.  Plusto quote Doyle McCormick, "These things [steam locomotives] go into the self-destruct mode as soon as you start to run 'em."  You've got several hundred pounds minimum (about 2 tons+ on larger locomotives) of reciprocating mass that's changing direction several times a second once you get up to speed.

    But all that said, there's something magical, magnificent, and awe-inspiring about a steam locomotive thundering down the rails.  And if there's a more hauntingly beautiful sound than a steam locomotive's whistle, I've yet to experience it.
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #104 on: June 28, 2021, 10:35:04 pm »
    Agreed.  On all counts - which is why this thread is one of my all time favorites here.   :cool
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #105 on: June 29, 2021, 08:54:47 am »
    I saw a Pentrex documentary on Cass Scenic back when I was a kid.  It is a SPECTACULAR ride.  I'm only... [consults Google Maps] ...eh, about 4 hours from Cass.  I'd have to make it a long weekend.  Maybe next year.  I burned pretty much all of my PTO this year on Little Brother's upcoming wedding and my upcoming trip back to Strasburg.  Speaking of which... who has two thumbs and is gonna get to DRIVE N&W 611 in less than two weeks?  [points at self] THIS GUY!!!!!

    She's back at the Strasburg Rail Road again, and I was lucky enough to score an Engineer Seat ticket for an In-Cab Experience.

    Very cool!  :thumbup1

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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #106 on: July 09, 2021, 08:06:05 pm »
    So... this happened!

    Easily the most amazing, incredible thing I've ever done in my entire life!  They let me do everything except work the brakes.  I ran her about a mile up the track, stopped her, ran her a mile back, then out & back again.  Very hot (must've sweated off about five pounds in a half hour!) and extremely loud (I stupidly chose not to wear hearing protection, darn near blew my eardrums out when I blew the whistle!), and surprisingly hard work: the throttle is biased closed and it takes a lot of effort to open.  No pics from inside the cab per the railroad's rules, but the wife of the guy riding in the jumpseat took those pictures of me (very nice couple!), and some high-quality "portraits" of me in the cab should be forthcoming courtesy of the railroad within a few days.

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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #107 on: July 11, 2021, 11:30:24 am »
    Sweet!   :cool    Bucket list day for sure.   :thumbup1
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #108 on: July 11, 2021, 04:02:58 pm »
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #109 on: July 12, 2021, 09:21:22 am »
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #110 on: July 13, 2021, 05:19:56 pm »
    is the regular engineer still tied up behind the roundhouse?  :neener

    after that, the rest of the bucket list is just minor :thumbup1 :thumbup1
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #111 on: July 13, 2021, 05:53:22 pm »
    is the regular engineer still tied up behind the roundhouse?  :neener

    after that, the rest of the bucket list is just minor :thumbup1 :thumbup1

    LOL!  Dangit, I knew I forgot to do something before I left!  ;)  Actually, he was standing beside me the whole time (he was the one working the brakes and telling me what to do & when to do it).

    As luck would have it, I just got some high-quality photos of my experience from the Strasburg Rail Road, but the site is being a pain and saying they "failed security checks."  I'll monkey around and see if I can't get them to upload on a separate post.
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #112 on: July 13, 2021, 05:58:26 pm »
    Okay, let's try this:












    Is it working?  There should be five pictures.  I can see them, but I don't know if anyone else can.
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #113 on: July 13, 2021, 07:02:26 pm »
    I can't.
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #114 on: July 13, 2021, 07:41:44 pm »
    Carp.  Let's try this again....

    AH SONOVABEECH!  STILL NOT WORKING!  Can't embed them and the farkin' forum won't let me attach them!

    Ugh....

    I uploaded everything to my Google Photos account and created a separate album:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/CbXfvsDnGvajwjar9  Apologies for making you go to a different website but this is the best I can come up with off the top of my head.
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    Re: Back when America BUILT stuff
    « Reply #115 on: July 14, 2021, 04:48:46 pm »
    No worries.  That grin on your face in the two that were posted tells us all we need to know.   :cool
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