Bismarck/Mandan, ND

badlandnp Feb 14, 2022

  1. badlandnp

    badlandnp TrainBoard Member

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    Spent the weekend here partly for a 'Dockdog show' and partly to try for a few trains. Got a couple, hope to get more tomorrow....

    This is a quick walkaround of the NP 2164,

     
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    And a couple of a coal train. It heads in over the Heart River bridge, then pulls up the Main and stops for a crew change and service. I was able to stand on the 10th Ave SW bridge and get some neat overhead shots.





    And notice how much coal is left in the empty..

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    I also had good lighting for doing a walk about around the ND Rail museum,

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  5. BoxcabE50

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    Interesting seeing that coal in an "empty" car. Must be because of winter, and frozen in place. The consignee sure got shorted on their shipment!
     
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  6. HemiAdda2d

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    That BN caboose looks to have had something tall hit the cupola end. The rest of the carbody is undamaged. Low bridge??

    The museum has a lot of great paper/images of the area's railroads too; a great find!
     
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  7. BoxcabE50

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    It almost looks as though built that way. If actually a collision, that was a near perfectly shaped impact.

    What depot is that in Alan's photos?
     
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  8. badlandnp

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    The Steele depot is from the town of that name east of Bismark. Don't know if it is NP or SOO. They have a page on fb, but I don't do that.
     
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  9. BoxcabE50

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    Steele was an NP town.
     
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    Knew it was, but wasn't sure if SOO went through it or not. It is a neat depot for the NP.
     
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  11. BoxcabE50

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    Have this in my collection. Photographer unknown. Steele, ND (September 22, 1983).jpg
     
  12. Mike VE2TRV

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    I can't imagine how any collision could have caused this kind of damage without a) messing up the paint, b) taking out any windows c) touching those grab rails on top of the caboose.

    Unless all of that happened, was repaired, repainted but without repairing the body damage.

    If they were just using it as a shoving platform, that would make sense.
     
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    I spent some time looking at that cupola due to the unusual shape. My first thought was "Ouch! What hit that?" It appears to be deliberate and a design feature by the way the structure is formed. The window moldings are nicely sealed and appear to be unstressed, which would not be the case had it been collision damage. Anyway, that's my thought.
     
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  14. Kurt Moose

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    Definitely looks like a load shifted and hit the cupola, like a big I-beam. You can see the two vertical rust streaks where the paint was damaged on impact, just on the inside of the windows.

    Instant retirement for this old hack.(n)
     
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    It surely does make you wonder what the story is. If I get there this summer, I will definitely ask them if they know. Hopefully it will be a neat story!
     
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    Here's a few more pics from the east end on Monday morning as we headed home,
    The Heart River bridge,
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  18. Kurt Moose

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    Wow, that BN sign is mint!
     
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  19. HemiAdda2d

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    It must face north where the direct sun rarely fades it...
     
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