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    Rocky Mountaineer Will Launch A New Train Journey In The USA For 2021

    What I find interesting is they allow a reverse run to Glenwood Springs. I wonder if that is more for getting back to the CZ Route? Want to start in Moab? You can also choose to go Eastbound, journeying from Moab to Glenwood Springs.
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    Don't trust your life to a mechanical signal

    The MUTCD requires that passive crossings have either a yield or stop sign on the mast with the crossbuck. It also requires a reflective strip on the front of the mast.
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    DOTX 221, a Power Move, and a Geometry Train!

    BNSF required 12 axles on a train to travel at track speed over crossings.
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    Freight rail industry challenges need for rule mandating two-person crew

    In my opinion union negotiations and regulations need to be separate. It's crazy for one arm of the DOT to be pushing for driverless truck and fleeted trucks, but the other arm creating regulation requiring 2 people in a locomotive. Should railroads go to single person crews, that's between the...
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    Private Cars on the Southwest Chief

    The Auto Train runs with 16 cars plus ~20 autoracks and it only has 2 units. Granted it doesn't have a huge grade, but 2 units should have no problem with just 2 extra cars.
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    Union Pacific Tunnel Collapse in Oregon

    The Inside Gateway only runs to Klamath Falls, isn't the tunnel collapse well north of that? What good would it be to run the Gateway?
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    Mainline Coaster Locomotive Traction Motor change out

    This weekend a Coaster Locomotive had a traction motor issue and they had to call in Hulcher to remove the bad traction motor on the main line. Below are some videos Here is the locomotive being lifted and the traction motor removed and then set back down. Here is the locomotive being lifted...
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    A quirky crossing

    I failed to see the malfunction. Its odd that they have the ped gates go down first, but clearly that is there design of the crossing.
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    Amtrak Surfliner Cars on the Southwest Chief

    The Grover Beach going to Beach Grove. :p
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    Some photos of my railfanning around the East Bay 2018

    I always call them style V (which I'm sure is wrong, but that's what someone called them to me). They are color light signals that will fit where a searchlight use to be. There isn't enough clearance to put in a stacked color light when they retrofitted the signals.
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    Some photos of my railfanning around the East Bay 2018

    The Charger with the spoiler looks funny with the low level set.
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    Amtrak Cascade Derailment at Dupont, WA

    Amtrak isn't running PTC anywhere outside of the NEC.
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    Hunter Harrison passes away

    That's pretty crazy. He was in poor health and took a leave of absence on Thursday. Time will tell if he was good for CSX or not, or if he was there long enough to have a positive effect. I know many railroaders hated him, but he sure did make the Canadians profitable.
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    Some photos of my railfanning around the East Bay 2017

    Great shot. Look at that shinny new locomotive.
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    Stormy New Mexico Skies

    I'd sure like to get out there sometime and video trains passing the semaphore signals. I like how you got the signal activating. Too bad there isn't more traffic out there. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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