Random drive-by

Pastor John Mar 6, 2021

  1. Pastor John

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    I was running errands this morning and in my way through town (to the train store) I saw something unusual in my rearview mirror as I passed the Amtrak station. After I completed my shopping, I did a U-turn and found these parked across from the Amtrak station and the NS office.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  2. Kurt Moose

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    Geometry car, for checking railhead defects and such.
     
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  3. Randy Stahl

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    Sperry cars for testing rails for cracks. Most of their older stuff was built from trolley cars and gas electrics . How often do you see St. Louis trucks running around on railroads?
     
  4. acptulsa

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    A St. Louis Car doodlebug. SAL 2023, before it was sold in 1945. It has been in a museum in Danbury, CT.
     
  5. Pastor John

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    We'll, today this one was in Alliance, Ohio.

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  6. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    This was in Stafford, Texas in 1995.
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  7. acptulsa

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    The one the Reverend Mr. John found was also still in service back then. It retired in '03, at the patriotic age of 76.
     
  8. Hytec

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    These photos brought back memories from an old friend. He graduated from college as an electrical engineer in 1947 and hired to ride New York Central's predecessor to the Sperry car. He said it was wonderful fun for a brand-new engineer, testing track throughout the Central's core and all its affiliates. I don't remember all the different defects the car found. Though it was scary listening to him because many were the same tracks I rode at the same time. :eek:

    He ran at all times, day, night, weekends, so to not block traffic, but he said the food was great. Then he met his future wife, and NYC became history. :rolleyes:
     
  9. BNSF FAN

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    Nice shots Pastor John! Always cool to catch a Sperry car out and about.
     
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  10. Doug Gosha

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    Interesting how the "geometry" was still OK on those old cars after all those years.

    And they say the steel of the early 20th century wasn't very good. Bah!

    Doug
     
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  11. r_i_straw

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    It is "Low-background steel" with no radioactive contamination. It is sought after for some specialized equipment like devices that require the highest sensitivity for detecting radionuclides.
     
  12. logging loco

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    I believe alot of that steel comes from ships built prior to airborne nuclear testing.
     
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  13. Doug Gosha

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    It's just that some jokers claim the Titanic really sank because of the inferior steel with which she was constructed. Let's ignore that she hit an iceberg.

    Doug
     
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  14. r_i_straw

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    The Brits have a gold mine of that from the German High Seas Fleet that was scuttled at Scapa Flow in 1919 after WWI.
     
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  15. r_i_straw

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    This is what the UP uses these days.
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  16. Pastor John

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  17. Mike VE2TRV

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    This is CN's entry into the fray, a converted RDC-1:

     
  18. minesweeper

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    Here a brand new one from the other side of the "pond" (Italy).
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    But the most "inusual" one is the Rail Infrastructure Division diagnostic High Speed train, based on the 300kph ETR500, here in Milano Central station. This, of course, can go only on electrified lines, not a problem in Italy as ALL mainlines, and more than some branchlines are under wires; for the others, see above.
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    Same stock of the regular Frecciarossa trains, also another one of the regulars was converted to High Speed freight service.

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    Last edited: Mar 11, 2021
  19. minesweeper

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    By the way here one Sperry 200 just pictured at Rome Main station
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    curiously it has the same livery than its US brothers....:cool:
     

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