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    Steam whistles, hot air, and collectors

    #5 has not run in 10 to 15 years. However I think the Ashton whistle may have been put on Hammond Lumber #17. I haven't been to the Mt Rainier Railroad in over 15 years.
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    Steam whistles, hot air, and collectors

    When Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad ran the Porter Mikado #5 she carried an Ashton 3 chime whistle. Arguably the best sounding whistle I've ever heard.
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    Locomotive boiler explosion

    This not caused by overpressure of the boiler due to a failed safety valve. Instead it is caused by low boiler water level. Water level over the crown sheet, top of firebox, keeps the crown sheet cool enough to maintain its strength. When the water level drops below the crown sheet it will heat...
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    Brake lever question F units

    In a nut shell: There are two handles for the air brakes. The independent or locomotive bake controls the locomotive only. The Automatic or train brake will control the train and locomotive. The independent is the smaller of the two handles. To apply the locomotive brake the engineer...
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    Visiting Albany Oregon late October 2016

    Here is another view from a few feet away.
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    Can you identify this? (very old part from train)

    The A.A.R on the stands for Association of American Railroads. National is likely the company that manufactured the lid. With AAR on the lid it would probably fit a standardized box and therefor fit many different models of journal boxes. According to Wikipedia AAR was formed in 1934.
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    Can you identify this? (very old part from train)

    My best guess is a later model lid, say 1940s or later. I base that on the fact that it is two piece with the spring to help keep the lid tight. The lids I've seen on earlier arch bar trucks have been a single piece casting.
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    Can you identify this? (very old part from train)

    It's a journal box lid. Prior to the use of roller bearings the axles had a journal machined on the end which would fit inside a box cast in the side frame of the truck. Sitting on top of the journal was a babbitt lined brass bearing held in place with a wedge and the weight of the car. Under...
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    What is the "Red Zone"???

    The "Red Zone" is the area where a conductor can be struck by moving equipment. When a conductor calls for "Red Zone" protection the engineer will make the locomotive safe by fully setting the independent brake (Locomotive brake) and centering the reverse lever, putting the locomotive in...
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    OCSR Working on the Railroad

    The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad crew started rebuilding a section of the shop track in Garibaldi today. We pulled about 250 feet of old worn out track that was built with 80# rail. The rail is so worn out that in many places the base of the rail has half moon rusted through where the spikes...
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    Alignment Control Couplers

    I would highly suggest talking to a representative of the railroad's mechanical department first. The final decision will be the railroad's, if you know what they expect you can get it right the first time without spending more money than necessary.
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    Big Bang Theory

    BTW, It was Sheldon playing with trains. "HO scale: half the size, twice the fun." Leonard was off at a wedding with Seldon's girlfriend Amy. Love the show.
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    Tillamook Bay

    Unfortunatly the Salmonberry Canyon is completelty inaccessable except by foot. There are no road into the canyon and the track are cut off on both ends. Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is operating on the coastal side of the washouts, with offering between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach and...
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    Tillamook Bay

    The POTB sold to scrap all but four locomotives. Amazingly three of them are in your pictures, 6116-6139-3164. 101, the cow painted locomotive, was purchased by on of OCSR's members and in now in Garibaldi and used on the dinner trains with ex-GN F7 #274.
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    McCloud #25 on OCSR.

    Jeff, I beleive that most, if not all, of the OCSR crew that moved 25 from McCloud felt some disappointment at removing the engine from its home of 86 years. It was a bitter sweet moment when the locomotive pulled out of McCloud for the last time, on a truck. It is taking us a while to get... 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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