Gravity drop?

Chuck Finley Sep 18, 2015

  1. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Broad daylight, cones, advance and restrictive warning signs, etc, in my orange safety vest, summer of 1978 I got hit by car. The idiot was spitting nails that I'd even been there. Huh? All of the safety equipment in this world is useless in the presence of stupidity.
     
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  2. Chuck Finley

    Chuck Finley TrainBoard Member

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    Ok, so does somebody ride the cars and reset the brakes or are the drops limited to mild grades where the cars will stop on their own?

    I'm trying to visualize this and it seems kinda dicey...
     
  3. Randy Stahl

    Randy Stahl TrainBoard Supporter

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    Someone rides the car (s) and sets the handbrake.
     
  4. John Smith

    John Smith TrainBoard Member

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    Everything is "fool proof"... until the "right" fool shows up!
    JMS
     
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  5. BoxcabE50

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    Amen to that!
     
  6. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    Someone once said, "You can't fix stupid" and they are soooo right. Hi-Vis yellow, strobe lights, signs and audio warnings are somehow not enough for some people,
     
  7. Rocket Jones

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    Or as they say, "Make something idiot-proof, and Mother Nature will come up with a better idiot."
     
  8. BoxcabE50

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    Bill Engvall?
     
  9. BoxcabE50

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    Argh. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. :(
     
  10. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    I had to look up that name. Golly he's FUNNY. "Here's your sign."
     
  11. BoxcabE50

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    Maybe it was Jeff Foxworthy. I can't remember. Those four guys are a hoot.
     
  12. wpsnts

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    We can no longer make gravity drops on the BNSF K-Line.
     
  13. 17fixer

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    Well, you guys are close. Those two were part of that Blue Collar group. But the one you're think'n of is Ron White. He's right on with most of his views and pretty funny too. But, he's not quite as family friendly as Foxworthy or Engvall. Was going to link a vid, but I don't think that would be prudent for our forum audience.
     
  14. BoxcabE50

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    Yeah. I like Ron, but he's often not what some folks here would care to follow.
     
  15. bremner

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    Same as the UP.

    But I watched one at Frito-Lay a few months ago
     
  16. rock$sland586

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    As you've probably figured by now a "Drop" and "Flying switch" are the same move on different properties.

    A "Dutch drop" is where you get the cars moving, cut the engine away, go like hell to a trailing point switch, then run engine in the clear in the the opposite direction toward the cars coming at you. Obviously a Dutch drop is very dangerous. In 42 years of railroading the only dutch drops I ever saw were where the cars would move aided by gravity. A regular drop/ flying switch was an almost daily ritual on the way freights/ locals and seldom was the gravity method able to be used at the location where the drop was needed.

    Then there were the drops where cars out of the middle of a cut being handled were dropped in the clear and the rear of the cut coupled back up to the cut next to the engine in one move.

    Dick Haave
     

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