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    trains are interesting, we got a tour here in town when they stopped to get a snack...







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    In England as a small child in the late 50s, my Granddad hoiked me up over the parapet of a railway bridge and made me look down as a steam train passed underneath. I have disliked trains as anything other than a means to get somewhere ever since! Sorry...
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    Trains make great backdrops for pictures.




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    Make no mistake, trains and train cars look nicer than big boss man trucks.
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    I love steam power - whether it's trains, tractors, cars - whatever. Something about it just makes me smile.

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    dig the old logging shay locomotives... and the old logging railroads







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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    dig the old logging shay locomotives... and the old logging railroads




    That bridge is awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    dig the old logging shay locomotives... and the old logging railroads







    We took our sons to Jamestown a couple of years ago and rode a mining train similar to the one you posted (with the side-firing pistons). Thing splattered oil all over the place..
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    That bridge is awesome!
    they had skills back then...
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    Sorry for reposting a pic, but I needed to have context when I said, "this is awesome!"
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    I like this thread!

    I grew up in mining and pulp and paper towns in northern Ontario.
    Trains had a big presence and were a big part of the socioeconomic fabric of the town.

    Many of my childhood memories were watching trains carrying minerals like iron ore to the refineries or carrying timber to the mills

    The last time I took a train trip was on the Polar Bear Express from Cochrane to Moosonee (James Bay). The scenery along the way was incredible . If I ever go again, we would take our bikes with us and explore

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    We took our sons to Jamestown a couple of years ago and rode a mining train similar to the one you posted (with the side-firing pistons). Thing splattered oil all over the place..
    sounds like a lot of fun. we have a historical railroad not to far away from my house.



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    cool thread, I love trains

    Growing up in a midwest town, trains offered the most excitement around. We would ride from one end of town to the other on them.

    The longest train tunnel in Illinois, down in the Shawnee NF was close to a place we used to camp called Jackson's Hollow. We would hike to it and wait for a train. You could first hear it, feel a light but deep vibration on the rails, then see the light at the end of the one track wide tunnel. As it moved through, it would be pushing the air in front of it creating a forceful wind that was just so awesome to witness. I could never really tell how close the train was just because it was so loud, the light was so bright and everything else completely dark. You would feel the rush of the wind getting stronger and stronger. There was no room to stand comfortably in the tunnel with the train going through, so as the wind became more violent we would turn our backs and run like hell to the end of the tunnel, being pushed by the force. It always felt like the engine was right behind you, but would get to the end and still have to wait for almost a minute for it to come by.

    I don't think I would do that anymore as putting myself in the Engineer's shoes, don't think I would appreciate seeing folks playing on the track.

    These days I enjoy checkin' out the old trestles in Colorado and learning the history more and more.

    I'm the only person I know that's stoked to be stopped for a train

    Thanks for all the great pics folks!

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    some more old time train pics of the don river ice dam flooding in toronto...





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    from a couple weeks ago. I needed to cross an irrigation canal bridge. was worth the wait!
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    That train holds me up every time I want to go downtown here Javelina, it left you and came my way... By the way, do you have an older brother named Upper? I think the Upper Javelina Trail in the Tortolitas is named after him if so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    That train holds me up every time I want to go downtown here Javelina, it left you and came my way... By the way, do you have an older brother named Upper? I think the Upper Javelina Trail in the Tortolitas is named after him if so...
    my grand-pappy built that trail.

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    Love that shay locomotive. Rode in another unique train in WV a couple of years ago, the Durbin Rocket - a Climax geared logging locomotive:

    mountainrailwv.com | Durbin Rocket

    Great ride down beside the Greenbriar River. Saw bears in the woods on the route.

    They have a deal that would be great for mtbrs vacationing in WV. They have a couple of cabooses set up as overnight cabins. They take you down to the end of the line and drop you off for your overnight stay beside the river, then pick you up (with the train of course) the next morning. This place isn't far from Spruce Knob, so there's IMBA Epic trails in the vicinity.

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    back in the old country, the kin folk used to build train stations...





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    Can I go off the rails a little and add great rail trips to this? Oslo to Bergen in Norway has got to be one of the most spectaccalah!
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    Power Assembly Failure...

    I used to work for a locomotive manufacturer. My job was to do failure analysis on broken stuff in the Materials Lab.

    Below are come pics (not my pics) from an interesting one where we had some cylinder hold down bolts break which ended up launching the piston (about 50 lb of aluminum and steel) thru a neighboring houses roof and stuck in an interior wall! Nobody hurt thankfully.
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    whatever...

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    Wow quite a bit of interest in Trains. I have always thought of myself as the little engine that could. Plus when I have always preferred the caboose.

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    I don't always prefer the caboose. But it's a nice place to visit on occassion....

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    Steadite, that's some good diesel carnage there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by steadite View Post
    I used to work for a locomotive manufacturer. My job was to do failure analysis on broken stuff in the Materials Lab.

    Below are come pics (not my pics) from an interesting one where we had some cylinder hold down bolts break which ended up launching the piston (about 50 lb of aluminum and steel) thru a neighboring houses roof and stuck in an interior wall! Nobody hurt thankfully.
    crazy/cool stuff man!
    Honestly, you just take a deep breath and say Fuck it.

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