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  1. r_i_straw

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    Yeah, but 75 means that everyone goes at least 80 mph. Every trip on the highway is like a NASCAR adventure. We try to hold it under 60 on our bikes but every now and then, we have to slow down and stop. Darn!!!!!

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  2. Hytec

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    I thought Texas and Montana still had locations where there was no speed limit.

    40+/- years ago a coworker had a Lotus Europa and was cruising at 125+/- mph on I-10 through west Texas. About 1 AM blue lights pulled him over. The trooper scanned a light on each tire, then came to the door and said "Have a nice evening sir." Roger was aware of the no speed limit on I-10, but was surprised and relieved. He was curious at what the trooper was driving able to catch up at well over 125 mph, but didn't look. Just said "Thank you, Sir".
     
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  3. Joe Lovett

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    Some parts of Oklahoma's turnpike highways have a 75mph speed limit. There is some talk about raising it to 80mph.

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  4. Doug Gosha

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    The officer was probably looking to see if he had tires rated for 125mph. He may have been able to write a ticket, if not.

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  5. BoxcabE50

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    Montana has a daytime speed limit of 80mph. Lower at night. It has been that way for about twenty years now. On the Interstate, I usually cruise control at about 75mph. At that steady pace, good MPG.
     
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  6. Hardcoaler

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    I sound like an old man here, but yours are good and reasonable speeds. I don't feel comfortable above 75-80 MPH, covering nearly 120 FT of asphalt every second. If something unexpected happens, there's no time to react and I don't assume that other motorists have a clue about vehicle handling and stopping distances.
     
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  7. r_i_straw

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    This is the maximum in Texas these days. No places where there are no limits any more.
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  8. BNSF FAN

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    I saw that speed limit out in west Texas 2 years ago on a road trip. I ran between 85 an 90 for a while and only the tractor trailer were going slower than me. Was definitely an adventure :eek:
     
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  9. BoxcabE50

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    A lot of people from the tiny geographic states have no concept of the expanses which much be covered. If you average 70 mph, traveling Interstate 90 across Montana, non-stop, it takes you OVER ten and one half hours! If you stop to eat, get gas, rest stop, it takes much longer. It is not the simplistic twenty, thirty or sixty minute commute, it's a whole lot of valuable time consumed. In business or trucking, that's also a bunch of money!
     
  10. Hytec

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    The co-worker with the Europa figured 3 days from MS to LA: a day to get to Texas, a day across Texas, and a day to get to LA. That was in the day when little of I-10 was finished. Most of his trip was on US-90 through every downtown.
     
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  11. r_i_straw

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    OK, back to some random photos from my collection.
    I have no idea where or when this was. I sort of know what it was.
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    I know this was taken on December 4, 2007. It probably was taken west of Sugar Land on the Sunset Route. [​IMG]
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  12. BoxcabE50

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    It was Katy scrap metal. Now probably tuna cans.
     
  13. r_i_straw

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    Not quite yet, they actually rebuilt it and renumbered it to 637. UP renumbered it to 3844 who retired it and returned it to its owner/lessor in January 1996 when its 10 year lease expired. They then sold it to National Railway Equipment of Silvis, Illinois who sold to the Illinois Central in September 1996 and renumbered IC 6072. Don't know if it finally became tuna cans yet but as a rebuilt locomotive it may have outlasted its stable mates.
     
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  14. r_i_straw

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    Yet another abused tank car. Oh the horror, when will it ever end? This one is being returned to the plant in Hearne to be repaired. I wonder if the warranty is still good.
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  15. Hytec

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    Next time maybe they shouldn't try to remove the graffiti by scraping the car in the dirt.
     
  16. HemiAdda2d

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    "Dawn Express"
    A westbound autorack train rolls thru Soo Tower at first light.

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  17. BNSF FAN

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    Almost let it slip by un noticed but realized I still have time so...…… HAPPY 6/11 DAY EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cool:

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    I know...I know, try not to groan :ROFLMAO::D
     
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  18. Hytec

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    WOW, Beautiful. :cool:
     
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  19. r_i_straw

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    And there is that same tank car from the photo I just posted just behind it, before it got scratched up. [​IMG]
     
  20. r_i_straw

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    A scruffy old Cub Scout.
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