Is anyone here into trains?

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  1. Dave Nelson

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    Found the file from the National Transportation Museum. Lots of really neat stuff, even some from BEFORE the Civil War.

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    The second one was in use prior to and during the Civil War. Totally different than the rail equipment used today. I had more photos but I don't know where they got to.
     
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    This is an awesome video from 1989 of Southern Pacific 4449 and Union Pacific 8444 racing ea other up over the 4k ft Cajon Pass


     
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    If you're ever out that way the railroad museum in Sacramento is really cool to go to also.
     
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    Yep definitely worth the trip there!
     
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    https://allnovel.net/diamonds-are-forever-james-bond-4/page-25.html

    "And then Bond stopped in his tracks and hardly noticed a sharp prod in the ribs from a gun barrel."

    "It was probably the most beautiful train in the world. The engine was one of the old locomotives of the ‘Highland Light’ class of around 1870 which Bond had heard called the handsomest steam locomotives ever built. Its polished brass handrails and the fluted sand-dome and heavy warning bell above the long, gleaming barrel of the boiler glittered under the hissing gaslights of the station. A wisp of steam came from the towering balloon smoke-stack of the old wood-burner. The great sweeping cowcatcher was topped by three massive brass lights-a bulging pilot beam at the base of the smoke-stack and two storm lanterns below. Above the two, tall driving wheels, in fine early Victorian gold capitals, was written The Cannonball, and the name was repeated along the side of the black-and-gold painted tender piled with birch logs, behind the tall, square driver’s cabin."

    "Coupled to the tender was a maroon coloured state Pullman. Its arched windows above the narrow mahogany panels were picked out in cream. An oval plaque amidships said The Sierra Belle. Above the windows and below the slightly jutting barrel roof Tonopah and Tidewater R.R. was written in cream capitals on dark blue."

    "“Guess you never seen nuthen like that, Limey,” said one of the guards proudly. “Now git goin’.” His voice was muffled by the black silk hood."

    "Bond walked slowly across and stepped up on to the brass-railed observation platform with the shining brakeman’s wheel in the centre. For the first time in his life he saw the point of being a millionaire and suddenly, and also for the first time, he thought that there might be more to this man Spang than he had reckoned with."
     
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    I'm sitting here thinking (now my head hurts), I wonder how long it will be before someone here photoshops a Chevy bow tie and Z28 emblem on a steam locomotive.
     
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    What's interesting about the video I posted , #8444 had to use (2) Diesel locomotives to help it climb the 4k ft pass . But #:4449 easily climbed the pass but had to stop near the Summit to service a bearing
     
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    Here is 4014 about 8 years ago when it was on permanently display at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds along with all the other vintage railroad equipment they have. IMG_0935.jpg
     
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    Did you know these old trains had "tires"?

    My GF's Uncle used to work in a foundry where they made them.

    (He’s 93 years old and we thought he was confused when he mentioned train “tires”.)

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    The outer 4” of the big drive wheels are actually a separate piece of steel (tire) which could be replaced when they wore down or got flat spots from braking.

    The tire was heated until it expanded enough to fit over the center section of the wheel and was held in place primarily due to the interference fit when it cooled.
    (There's a retainer ring in there too.)

    Modern trains usually have one piece wheels which are replaced instead of being rebuilt.
     
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