Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Who likes steam locomitives??

13 Sep 2013   #31
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I looked it up and the longest on record was 4.56 miles long with 8 diesel-electric locomotives. I didn't watch the entire video but the first engines were in a group of two, suggesting there were either two or three more groups of two or two groups of three farther back (that particular route uses either six or eight locomotives in a train).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Sep 2013   #32
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I am one of those old enough to remember when steam locomotives were still in regular use. I still remember seeing and hearing them up until the early 1960's.

A couple of times during the early 1980's I had the privilege of riding the "Royal Hudson" between Vancouver and Squamish B.C Canada. For a time it was the only steam locomotive in North America providing regular scheduled service on main line track. It had a number of open cars which provided a great view and when you went through a tunnel, of which there were several, you were exposed to the smoke from the locomotive. As a young man at the time it was all part of the fun. Unfortunately the locomotive has now been relegated to static display.

Royal Hudson - Unofficial Homepage
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2013   #33
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I looked it up and the longest on record was 4.56 miles long with 8 diesel-electric locomotives. I didn't watch the entire video but the first engines were in a group of two, suggesting there were either two or three more groups of two or two groups of three farther back (that particular route uses either six or eight locomotives in a train).
The biggest problem with those long trains was the couplers were not strong enough to pull the entire train so they added additional engines in the middle and at the end to take the strain off the first coupler.

Jim
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

14 Sep 2013   #34
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I looked it up and the longest on record was 4.56 miles long with 8 diesel-electric locomotives. I didn't watch the entire video but the first engines were in a group of two, suggesting there were either two or three more groups of two or two groups of three farther back (that particular route uses either six or eight locomotives in a train).
The biggest problem with those long trains was the couplers were not strong enough to pull the entire train so they added additional engines in the middle and at the end to take the strain off the first coupler.

Jim
I mentioned that earlier. Also, the weight of cars at the back of the train could derail cars closer to the front when in a curve. Back in the mid seventies, during the (contrived) natural gas shortage, the power company I worked for had to use heavy oil to run the generating units. The company didn't have anything to properly maneuver the railroad tank cars on the siding at one of our power plants so I was loaned from my warehouse to the warehouse there and was on call at night to use the 10 ton Pettibone Carrylift we normally used to load and unload power poles to push the tank cars into position for pumping out to the emergency storage tanks the steam units were running off (the gas turbines were idled). Our siding had a curve in it at the end by the main line. When pushing a string of empty cars up to the end of the siding, as soon as the cars went into that curve, it felt like someone had jammed on the brakes. By the time the power plant got its own machine designed for moving the cars, we had pretty much destroyed that forklift (the engine and tranny, had to be overhauled and the tires and the huge fork frame had to be replaced).

Edit: I found a site with pictures of a Pettibone pretty much identical to the one we had. Scroll down to see them all.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2013   #35
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I looked it up and the longest on record was 4.56 miles long with 8 diesel-electric locomotives. I didn't watch the entire video but the first engines were in a group of two, suggesting there were either two or three more groups of two or two groups of three farther back (that particular route uses either six or eight locomotives in a train).
The biggest problem with those long trains was the couplers were not strong enough to pull the entire train so they added additional engines in the middle and at the end to take the strain off the first coupler.

Jim
Absolutely I can confer that after working on British Rail like I mentioned before those coupling units are the weakest point and have seen them fail even under reasonably small loads too. Those Western Australian iron ore jobs are something to behold though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2013   #36
Lava King

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The Union Pacific steam locomotives pass through this area on occasion. I made some videos, this is my favorite.



My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2013   #37
DreadStarX

Windows 8 64bit Professional
 
 

I wish I could watch those videos. I'm currently in school, which blocks YouTube. I'll have to watch them when i get my new phone.

If I remember correctly, the Big Boy didn't need any assistance helpers. It could haul all of it just fine. Recently we had a Steam Locomotive come by where I live, but it was disassembled on flat cars. Another place i used to live was Wilson Creek, which is about a 30 minute drive from where I live now. It has a Great Northern Caboose in it. You can actually go in it, and see what it was like.

Wenatchee also has an early Burlington Northern caboose as well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2013   #38
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

If you have time to spare this is the real deal they don't come better than tis legend



My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2013   #39
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dreadstar View Post
...If I remember correctly, the Big Boy didn't need any assistance helpers. It could haul all of it just fine...
If it didn't need any helpers, it would have been limited to train length by the weight rating of the couplers. I've driven parallel to the stretch of the line it once ran on where the I-80 runs between Evanstan, WY and Salt Lake City, UT. The tracks ran out of Ogden, UT and come parallel to the 80 somewhere around where the Park City, UT turnoff is and runs through the same canyon as the 80 until a little ways west of Evanston then actually run through Evanston. It's a fairly steep grade with lots of curves per mile (the curves were probably more of a length killer than the grade). Even today's trains running through that canyon are fairly short.

Evanston was once a major stop for steam locomotives to take on coal and water and had a turntable and roundhouse for maintenance. The turntable and roundhouse are still there and the turntable still works. I got to ride on it a year ago this past summer. The unrestored part of the roundhouse was opened up to the public that day so I got to explore it even though my back was killing me that day). The City of Evanston is slowly converting parts of the roundhouse to City offices to consolidate all City office space in to one building and possibly, someday, will include commercial space (work slowed dramatically when the Recession caught up to Evanston). The old machine shop has been cleaned up and converted to a reception hall that actually draws in income. Some dates are booked over a year in advance. Both building restoration/conversions retained as much of the original architecture as possible. Another building on the site is a small museum. Once Evanston recovers from the Recession, they plan on doing more restoration work. I'm amazed by what such a small town with no major supporting industry has been able to do.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Sep 2013   #40
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
A nice little (??) Aussie (NSW) loco, a couple of weeks ago.

Built in the 1920s.

I have ridden the footplate of this more than once. Magic!!


Wenda.
That's sweet!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
BSOD starting Grand theft auto IV as non steam game in steam.
I get a bsod when starting GTA 4, i think its something to do with avast however. Please help finding what is causeing the bsod. Zipped Files attached. Computer build is about a month old. Thanks.
BSOD Help and Support
Steam Game Issue (can't enable Steam Guard)
I have run Steam after purchasing 2 games from DVD (and a pack from Steam/Valve store) successfully through several hard disk formats, but prior to my last one, a week ago, I had some issues. I made sure, like an iTunes Authorized Computer, of sorts, (you only get 5!,) to de-authorize all...
Gaming
DVD that Win 7 likes?
I've been without DVD since I installed Win 7 in late October. The drive works fine in another computer running XP and ran fine on this one with XP and Vista. I was going to format and go back to XP but after trying out Ubuntu 9.04 from the disc it reactivated the old Ubuntu boot loader and Win 7...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:11.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App