You Say Poor Trackwork. I say Accurately Modeled Prototype!

Mark Watson May 3, 2011

  1. Mark Watson

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  2. Mike VE2TRV

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    It must be pretty unnerving up in the cab... feeling all those tons of steel swaying slowly side to side... shaken, not stirred...:peek:

    On the bright side, it gives the crew an opportunity to see if the rest of the train is still following! :parghh:
     
  3. BNbob

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    Mark - That is an amazing video! I fully expected to see a derailment in the process. Reminds me of Rock Island tracks back before they went belly up. Shows what a solid concept the modern trucks and couplers have.
     
  4. Stourbridge Lion

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    WOW - Talk about a SLOW ORDER being needed!!!!!!!

    :tb-shocked: :tb-shocked: :tb-shocked: :tb-shocked:​
     
  5. Hytec

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    Why 904 was not in the dirt is a miracle. Looking at those rails, the photographer was not smart standing that close, or had a Death Wish.
     
  6. HemiAdda2d

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    What a mess! Some serious section gang work is needed.
     
  7. Logtrain

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    I didn't realize that ANY RR had worse trackwork than the MILW.
     
  8. BarstowRick

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    My track work resembles this. I don't appreciate you putting down my track work...Mark. Knock this stuff off before I derail. Grin!

    That's some bad track work. I'm surprised it hasn't been condemned. Sure glad that isn't a mainline...or is it?
     
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  9. Gats

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    I think that's Minnesota Valley trackage operated by TCWR. It's been rehabilitated and that section in the video would likely upgraded with CWR and new ballast, or hopefully been reconditioned (excavated, new capping, bottom ballast and track).
     
  10. BoxcabE50

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    That's ex-Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway trackage. I doubt there'd been much work done on that line since the mid-1950's during the Schroeder era. That's about fifty five years ago and much lighter rail back then- A time of mostly forty foot box cars, RS1 and F unit diesels. After the C&NW swallowed the Louie, they did as little as possible in the way of upkeep or upgrades... :tb-sad:

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  11. Dannyrandomstate

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    That is it!!!!

    I now know how I will model my layout. The WHOLE thing!!

    I keed! I keed!

    That would be a scary ride though. Especially if there was a newbie in the cab!:tb-biggrin:
     
  12. jhn_plsn

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    Looks like mikelhh trackwork to me.

    :thumbs_up::mooh:
     
  13. friscobob

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    Wonder if the crew took Dramamine to keep from getting seasick? That has to be classified as excepted track by FRA standards.
     
  14. GP30

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    Exempted track is 5 m.p.h. I would have to say that the track is probably class 1 (10 m.p.h.) but just barely within tolerance. Shooting ast that angle and zooming in will always make the track look worse than it is
     
  15. BoxcabE50

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    Maximum speed for freight on Excepted Track should be ten mph. I would check:

    49 CFR 213.9 and 213.307

    Sec. 213.9 Classes of track: operating speed limits.

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  16. Bruce-in-MA

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    I thought the exact same thing. I even tried to look for his picture of his poor track work scene but couldn't find it (I could have sworn he posted one a while back). He modeled it after a poorly maintained Guilford Watertown line.

    In fact, unlike the video posted here, a Guilford train wasn't as lucky:

    Guilford Stuck Loco 1
    Guilford Stuck Loco 2
    Guilford Stuck Loco 3
     
  17. fireball_magee

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    Very cool I have run my share of crap track and no I dont need dramamine,5 hour energy however to keep awake from riding for 50 or so miles at 10 mph ( Peoria Line of the BNSF Galesburg to Peoria was 10 MPH and it was horrible!!!)One line on the J says 25 but harmonic rock is so bad that 10 is the order of the day.

    Out on the IC&E coming out of Nahant yard ( former Milwaukee/Rock Island Lines) i scared a newb so bad he about jumped.Started cranking on it to get up to 40 running long hood out in an old PRSL junker. I look over at him and hes looking out the front just white as a sheet. I look and seethat the lead out car was rocking so bad you could read the reporting marks on the second car! it was GREAT!! I said "Hold on kid this could get ugly" cackled insanely and threw it to notch 8.He bout puked from the tension not the ride!

    Yes I would model this, I would rather run on heavy rail with no dips! But I dont get that lucky lol.
     
  18. Logtrain

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    ROFLMAO! What a GREAT story. I bet the kid had to change his shorts after that ride!:plaugh:
     
  19. friscobob

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    IIRC, this is what a shortline railroad executive told me excepted track has for restrictions:

    Max speed 10 MPH

    No passenger trains

    Maximum amount of cars carrying hazmat loads- 5

    Back when I lived in Hugo, OK, I ha the opportunity (if not the camera in hand) to see BN head north to Antlers, OK on the former Arthur Sub to switch out the pulpwood yard that was in downtown Antlers. That track was, to be kind, horrible. Matter of fact, after Kiamichi took over operations of this part of the ex-Frisco, a pulpwood train derailed on this line. One of the locomotives got its fuel tank piered by a section of rail.

    Sinec then, it had been extensively rehabbed, and besides pulpwood, it hosts the occasional unit crushed limestone train from a quarry north of Hugo. But before that happened, it looked like a wild ride, if not an all-day affair, to go the 25 miles from Hugo to Antlers & backwith a train of woodracks.
     
  20. friscobob

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    As far as modeling bad track, Alen McClellan did some of this on his first HO scale Virginia & Ohio. One of the sidings (Dawson Spring) was scenicked and altered (rails bent down) to look like a victim of deferred maintenance.
     

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