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  1. Pilawt

    German "Jumbo" steam

    1941 Krauss-Maffei steam locomotive will be on an excursion run this weekend from Pasing (just west of Munich) to Garmisch. Photo here (link to article in German):
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    What is a good slide converter?

    This is what I have; $76 at Best Buy: It's not perfect, but you can scan a large number of slides fairly quickly. Here's an example of its scan of an Agfachrome...
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    German wrap

    Nice wrap seen on an Alex locomotive in Munich's Hauptbahnhof, 17 August 2014:
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    Double-header: Alco PA & Northern!

    NKP 190 has just returned to Portland ...
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    Talgo ferry Move

    "With great success" is not the way you'd hear Cascades crewmembers describe the new US-built trainsets. Toilet plumbing stinks up entire cars (very noticeable on the ones I've been on); and from what I'm told by crews, overall reliability has been awful. I'd quote more of what I heard, but...
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    Double-header: Alco PA & Northern!

    Here's another photo and a video I just shot a few minutes ago. After the Train Day event at the station closed today, 700 (this time without its diesel helper ... er, help-ee) backed up past the crossovers to switch to the other main line to head back across the Steel Bridge to its home at the...
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    Double-header: Alco PA & Northern!

    Wikipedia explains the NKP colors: "No. 18 is privately owned by Doyle McCormack and is being restored to operating condition as Nickel Plate Road No.190. The restored locomotive recreates the first locomotive in which McCormack, whose father worked for the Nickel Plate Road, got to ride."
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    Double-header: Alco PA & Northern!

    NKP 190 and SP&S 700 and train reposition into Portland Union Station for tomorrow's Train Day festivities. Note in the first photo the driver doing a double-take and screeching to a halt (it just happens to be my son). This pic was taken from the red car seen in the first photo above...
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    PV train - with some Amtrak equipment

    The Portland section of the Empire Builder arrived here today, with the usual consist of Amtrak cars outnumbered by five private cars.
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    MoPac in Portland

    13 April 2014: UP 1982 leads a UP transfer move to Lake Yard; then the power (UP 1982, UP 7302 and patched ex-SP UP 6415) returns light to Albina.
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    New Talgo set on Cascades #510 today

    See here for photo taken earlier today at Portland.
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    Trainwrap Madness

    The lounge car of the brand new "Mt. Jefferson" Cascades Talgo trainset showed up in a "Portland Is Happening Now" wrap today. :eek: By the way, note one of the features of the new trainsets -- windows in the Bistro car are mounted higher, so customers and crew can actually see outside...
  13. Pilawt

    New Talgo set on Cascades #510 today

    Contrary to most recent Cascades consists, power was at the north end of this train. And while the usual ex-F40 non-powered cab units are eerily silent except for the sound of the wheels, the new cab car's generator is almost as loud as a powered locomotive. The new trainsets can also be...
  14. Pilawt

    Hello from Germany

    Welcome, Andreas! Where in Germany are you? I recently returned from a trip to Oberbayern, where I had the pleasure of riding on some wonderful trains: We would be interested to learn more about German railroads here. We look forward to your posts.
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    Amtrak Heritage 156 leads #11 today (1/3/2014)

    The southbound Coast Starlight just coasted into Portland Union Station, with heritage unit 156 on the point:
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    BN Green on Cascades

    Cascades #513 just pulled into Portland with BNSF 3010 on the point:
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    Empty tracks

    What a difference a year makes. Here's the same spot today, September 13:
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    Empty tracks

    I had a half-finished model railroad layout that looked like this ...
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    Empty tracks

    Lake Yard, Portland OR:
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    Steve's Top 11 of 2011

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