Port of Catoosa Railroad

dalebaker Aug 17, 2015

  1. dalebaker

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    Hey guys,

    Thanks for checking! A couple of things;

    Currently the McCelland Kerr waterway is closed to barge traffic due to high water flow rates down the system. There was an interview with the Tulsa Port Director this morning on the news. The POC is not on an actual river so there is no flow in the Port itself. There is high water backing into the port from the river system it ties into. The big flow rates start at Muskogee downstream and on further south. They are estimating the port could be shutdown from shipping from 3 weeks to a month. The port will not flood as it has the capacity to bsorb the high water.

    Barges, there were 2 barges that broke loose at Muskogee and went “rouge” as I call it. They passed under the US-64 bridge at Muskogee and headed towards the gulf.... in the way was Lock & Dam 16 at Webber’s Falls Ok. Look up I-40 and Arkansas River, then go up river about 7 miles or so to the Locks. Anyway, the rogue barges decided to overnight at Spaniard Creek about 7 miles or so above the lock. During the night, they lost the barges who happened to be grounded peacefully at Spaniard Creek. They were found the next morning. In the attempt to round up the barges, they spooked and stampeded down river.... alas, they could not stop their headlong rush towards the gulf and freedom. If you go to YouTube and search for Oklahoma Barges, you will see Bonnie and Clyde go down in a blaze of spray and fertilizer!

    Today we are getting more rain, some parts of Tulsa were getting up to 3” per hour. Rush hour was a nightmare, there was flooding everywhere and some water rescues. We have seen our share of strange weather lately.....

    We are resilient to say the least. Tulsa is cleaning up and taking care of business!

    On another note, I want to mention something that’s been on my mind all day. 75 years ago, a very brave group of men did something I don’t think we will ever see repeated again. I thank you sirs! The term Greatest Generation was well earned and applies still! Bless you all!

    All the best my friends!
    Dale
     
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  2. RGW

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    Glad you're well
     
  3. vince p

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    Glad to hear from you Dale since Tulsa is trying to compete with the Okiefinokie swamp lol.

    Best wishes
     
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  4. gjslsffan

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    Weather is just nuts. The desert has blooms not seen in many years, the great Salt Lake is very, and no end in sight. Those barges getting away and loose, is like a train that was tied down and then get turns into a runaway, crazy stuff. Did they hit the Damn dam?
     
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  5. dalebaker

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    Yes Tom they did. The little town of Webber’s Falls below the lock was evacuated because it was feared they could actually make it through the lock and dam. It was a good thing because the town flooded anyway. It was reported that the river flow down that way was around 600,000 cubic feet per second. Tulsa was getting around 300,000 out of Keystone dam just west of Tulsa.

    There are some videos of the barges actually hitting the dam on YouTube.

    I was down there working on Tuesday at Webber’s Falls, that little town is pretty much ruined. Very little of it stayed out of the water. Everything was a brown muddy mess. In contrast to the town of Gore that sit opposite on the other side of the river. It was high enough to have very little flooding.

    About 13 years ago, the I-40 bridge that crosses the Arkansas just south of Webber’s Falls was hit by a barge tow that got out of the lane. It was knocked down and people lost life. I think about that every time I drive across it. The DOT worked night and day keeping the detours open and got the spans back up in record time. I had some friends come out of retirement to work on that project. Very fine folks. Sad history down there.
     
  6. dalebaker

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    Yesterday I went by the elevator at Author City Texas on my way to Texarkana. I saw about 6 box cars lined up there on the loading track. Is there a shortage of hoppers and box cars being used again? Inquiring minds want to know......
     
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  7. gjslsffan

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    Hi Dale,
    Likely bagged seed, or those big square bulk containers of seed, or may be storing the boxcars there.
     
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  8. dalebaker

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    Makes perfect sense Tom! Thanks!
     
  9. dalebaker

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    I ordered a Digitrax AR1 because the old reverser was not working with the new system we have installed. I put it in tonight and ran my port locos over it. Success! We now have the wye back in operation.

    We had run a Operations Session last Sunday and to get things to work I had to disable the old controller and park some MOW equipment on one leg of the wye.

    We have the new system up and running completely now.

    All left to install is a programming track to work with JMRI. Change over complete and I will box up the old system and decide what I want to do with it.

    I have a friend who gifted me with the DCS 100 unit, 2 Duplex Radio throttles, 1 UP5 and 1 or the receivers for the Duplex throttles. Along with the cables to hook it all up. A very decent guy who is generous to boot! I’m honored to know him!
     
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  10. RGW

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    Never ceases to amaze me how generous people are in this hobby. Both with time and talent, but also donating to the layout or to a group. I know I benefit from this daily and I'm grateful.
     
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  11. dalebaker

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    Yes indeed Michael. I plan to offer some of my old system out to some folks I know to get them started in DCC. I own 3 complete sets of the Dynamis System. It was cheaper to buy a complete system than buy just a throttle in some cases.
    I may keep one and build a small Inglenook puzzle to take to train shows. Let kids run it.
     
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