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  1. Bill Anderson

    Where is the Omaha Posse?

    Wow, a 230 car coal train!!!!!!!!!! That is about twice the length of the coal trains we see up here that are on their way to Roberts Bank, BC for transloading for shipment to the Far East.
  2. Bill Anderson

    UP 9031 West from Council Bluffs

    For the Omaha Posse: The Northwest Forwarder departs Council Bluffs behind UP 9031, a 4-12-2 steam locomotive. Notice that the second diesel of the eastbound cattle train is a passenger unit, possibly an E7.
  3. Bill Anderson

    A little action at Carkeek...

    Good shots, thanks for posting. Next time focus on the woman in the bikini and shoot at f/16 to get both her and the Builder in focus. ;)
  4. Bill Anderson

    Bridge burned, Benton Co. WA

    All of the Pacific Coast is on fire.
  5. Bill Anderson

    Baltic states - videos

    Those first two diesels deserve the title of "Honorary Steam Locomotives." if I recall correctly, those are the older, Russian built units without Caterpillar engines like the newer units. Looking forward to more visits in the fall when the leaves have turned. I'll trade traffic noise for...
  6. Bill Anderson

    Baltic states - videos

    What a video. You hit the trifecta. The station appears to be at the summit of the grade. Is that true? This could be my favorite train spotting location if I lived in the area. 😍
  7. Bill Anderson

    Looking to establish sign values

    I recommend you query eBay and see what prices listed there.
  8. Bill Anderson

    Where is the Omaha Posse?

    Much easier to love it from up here in the Puget Sound region of the PNW.
  9. Bill Anderson

    Grounding a Searchlight Signal

    In 1975, when I was living in Sacramento, I went on a road trip with my parents and younger sister, who were living in Santa Rosa at the time, to visit relatives in Colorado and Iowa. I noticed that every farm house in Iowa had lightning rods. I later saw why as one evening I witnessed a...
  10. Bill Anderson

    Geneva, Illinois - August 29, 2020

    I lived in Naperville for four years. Ever year I was there, someone flipped the switch from "summer" to "fall" on Labor Day weekend.
  11. Bill Anderson

    Baby born on Amtrak California Zephyr train in March 2019 - Q&A

    Quite an adventure. I might name my child after the AMTRAK employee that delivered him/her, but I would not name him "AMTRAK." As far as taking the train in the first place, I think the couple cut it too close to the due date. There are some towns on the line in Nevada (Wendover, Carlin...
  12. Bill Anderson

    CN in Whitecourt, Alberta 2020

    Good photos. It must be nice to have resident diesels in your town.
  13. Bill Anderson

    How to post photos in the gallery?

    Sorry about that. As a moderator I thought I could help you, but I cannot delete the photos either. You will have to wait until Bob the owner/administrator can help. Once the photos are deleted, I suggest you start a thread in the Midwestern US section of the forum and post your photos there...
  14. Bill Anderson

    Chinese Steam: Sandaoling Coal Mines

    I found this video on You Tube of steam operations at the Sandaoling coal mining complex in northwestern China. The scenery, couplers, track gauge, and signals give it a very North American look. For those not familiar with Chinese steam locos, here is info on the JS class...
  15. Bill Anderson

    Where is the Omaha Posse?

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