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Hardcoaler Mar 26, 2015

  1. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    From 04/04/1998, CSX at Columbia, SC.

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  2. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    One of my favorite paint effects to model, shadow lines. Here the Katy used it to disguise a heavyweight car to fit in with the stream-liners. Built in 1931 by American Car & Foundry, it was originally named David Crockett, then Oklahoma City and when first painted in Texas Special colors it was named William Ward. And finally, Muskogee in 1952.
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  3. Doug Gosha

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    Very clever, those railroads. They couldn't disguise all the rivets, however. Or, maybe they're shadow painted on, too.

    :D

    Doug
     
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    CSX 5543 was later converted to a slug and received roadnumber 9135.

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  5. HemiAdda2d

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    Westbound CP 499 throttles up as it passes the historic Soo Line freight house in Minot in golden hour morning light.
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  6. Randy Stahl

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    Installing PTC
     
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    On the way to a wedding rehearsal in Youngstown, Ohio last weekend I saw something a little unusual so when we returned the next day for the wedding, I had my wife take some video out the passenger side window. I tried stitching these into a panorama but I couldn't persuade Photoshop to cooperate. In any case, I'm not sure if this is being used as some kind of MoW car, but this is obviously a sort of a gondola that was made by cutting the top off of a boxcar. The gap from where the door once was is an obvious giveaway.
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  8. gjslsffan

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    Thats gotta be some kind of special PIA to install PTC on these older units. I miss the days when you could just climb on an engine pull the throttle and go to work, now its a 1/2 hour after you crawl on the engine before you actually get to RRing.
    It seems that no movement actually happens, until everything that's designed to stop same, fails.
    Is that a trailer you guys move around the shop for a work bench? Thats a good idea. Makes me want a Coke and grab some of them chips :D
     
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  9. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I'm from the Youngstown, OH area; amazing how it has changed over the last 30 years...

    Here's some BNSF wheel cars on a westbound manifest that I bagged in March.

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  10. Mike VE2TRV

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    Now I know what to do with all those plastic wheelsets that got replaced with metal ones...:)

    Interesting how they stack the wheels.

    And I understand the "do not hump" stenciled on the car - a tad too hard bump at the bottom of the hump and you have a mess that makes a truckload of lumber spilling on the highway look like a walk in the park...:eek::confused::oops: :ROFLMAO:
     
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  11. Randy Stahl

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    Its simpler to do the airbrake interfaces on old 26L airbrake than on a computer controlled airbrake. The advantage of newer locomotives is that there is more space for the equipment.

    The trailer got some steel replaced. It's out of the shop now.
     
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  12. r_i_straw

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    Before and after.
    In Houston January 29, 2016.
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    Chandler Arizona, yesterday.
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    Happy to see wheel sets transported by rail. The last time I saw wheel sets being transported was on I-65 near Evergreen, AL on a flatbed semi. GRR :mad:
     
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    Verde Valley looks great! What train would she be best rostered? I'm not at all familiar with non-Chief series ATSF trains.
     
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    San Francisco Chief, Texas Chief, Grand Canyon, California Limited, the Chief, Oil Flyer and many more. The Valley series cars were used in run through service with the PRR, NYC, B&O and T&P.
     
  17. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Interesting variety! I would have expected all the Chiefs to be all stainless steel cars, but apparently these were mixed in?
     
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  18. Doug Gosha

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    An amazing transformation!

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  19. r_i_straw

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    Thanks, after the Gulf Coast Chapter of the NRHS sold the car to the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler, we had to get it road worthy so UP would accept it for transit. That involved reconditioning the brake system, replacing the pedestal liners around the bearing boxes, removing the buffer plates and diaphragms, replacing or tightening safety appliances like hand rails and covering windows with plywood to prevent vandals from breaking them. I'm glad we found a new home for the car with the resources to do a proper restoration.
     
  20. r_i_straw

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    Usually the last car on the train.
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