TBX:HO 8701/114 starts here! (CAUTION: PICTURES)

Flashwave Jan 13, 2011

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  1. Flashwave

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    My thoughts as well. That's some good photing. If at all possible, you must tell how you did it. Photoshop?

    EDIT: And I dresay that there's a bit of a bow in 3701, like some fat hobo slept in it, or the *Removed for National Security* it hauled has termianlly fubar'd structural integrity.
     
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  2. katmaan100

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    3701 or 3401

    With my spy glasses, I thinks I see 3401 on the Gondola, but I may be seeing weeds in my way!!!
    VVEERRYY IINNTTEERREESSTTIINNGG. (as per Laugh in )

    Yes I am telling my age a little .
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  3. Mark Watson

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    Er.. um.. The gondola is number 3401. It seems I made a typo earlier.. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Mark Watson

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    Snagged a photo of the Canon and it's accompanying car "Watash" coming out of the tunnel on Thunder Ridge. :)
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  5. Flashwave

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    You're having just too much fun tricking us, Aren't you... Don't lie, you're sitting on N scale mockups, or a Shrink Ray.
     
  6. Mark Watson

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    A magician never tells his secrets. :D :p


    Has anyone gotten a peak at the convoy lately? :)
     
  7. Mark Watson

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    It's been a while since we've seen any action. Did the car get held up somewhere?
    :)
     
  8. Flashwave

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    I got a report from MTaylor that trackwork forced movement to a more scenic detour.
     
  9. Mark Watson

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    Based on the latest photos of 3701, I'd have to say you're right! That gon has a bit of a sag! I suppose it's a good thing it's going into the metal shop! :D :D
     
  10. friscobob

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    I would hardly call a load of elephant manure essential for national security:tb-wink::tb-rolleyes:, altho perhaps the elephants may have climbed into the car to, er, "load" it.
     
  11. Flashwave

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    *Whew!* Well, that's a relief anyway. Railroading seems to have one fundamental flaw in it's design. If a train's moving, then things can move. If a train sits, then it sits, and it sits, and it sits, and it SITS! After much tortuious hounding of yardmasters and dock clerks though, I am happy to report that the cannon is back underway. Seems the move hit some trackwork that was progressing as it is expected too... very behind schedule. Track gangs had the line down to MofW movements only, and were a might paranoid about trying to run a 180ton peashooter and a 110ton business car over the stretch they were working on, so they buried it in a yard somewhere up in the northern part fo the country. Maybe someone has seen the cars moving???
     
  12. mtaylor

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    As already stated, tracks up here in the northern part of the country have been in poor shape this year due to the heavy winter snows and relentless rains this spring. Railfanning has been dull to say the least. BNSF has routed almost all trans-con traffic through routes south of Minnesota as major track work is taking place on both the old GN and NP lines.

    I read online that the old rail gun and Watash business car was routed to go through Minnesota but after a month or so of not hearing more about it, I had lost hope of railfanning this unique consist. Well, this last weekend a buddy of mine told he heard over the wire that BNSF was going to route the Cannon special over the main line of Chicago Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad (This railroad is an interesting one running over former Milwaukee Road tracks with some very vintage equipment....cool to railfan).

    So my buddy and I jumped in the truck and headed out to catch some rare railfanning.

    We first setup near a long girder style bridge:
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    We moved ahead of the train a little ways to catch some more photos:

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    We set up near another bridge and noticed some "gentlemen" gathered under the bridge. Their "spirits" did not seem dampered by our train rumbling overhead:

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    The last spot of the was near a grade crossing where a Chicago, Saint Paul & Pacific train was waiting in a passing siding for the BNSF special to pass and clear the line.:

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