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    Weyerhaeuser H12-44 #1 in New Home

    Photo of recently restored Fairbanks-Morse H12-44 in it's new home at the Northwest Railway Museum. Richard Wilkens
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    Do railroadstill use glass-encased relays?

    Relays Most relays are now of the plug in style so you don't have to hook up wires as you do on a glass case relay. Richard
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    Bits & Pieces - Old Parts?

    Track Cyclopedia Definition ANTI-CREEPER (RAIL ANCHOR). A device to prevent the creeping or longitudinal movement of rails in track under traffic. Its function is to hold the rail in a fixed position with reference to the tie. The anticreeper is attached to the rail and either bears against the...
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    Bits & Pieces - Old Parts?

    Rail Anchors Anchor RAIL not TIES The rail anchor is used to keep rail in place not to keep ties in place. Richard
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    Bits & Pieces - Old Parts?

    Dome Head Spike The dome head spike is used to fasten wooden planks at a road crossing or maybe railroad motor car setoff to the ties. Richard Wilkens
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    Bits & Pieces - Old Parts?

    Track Items The wavy piece is a rail anchor and is for anchoring RAIL not anchoring TIES. As trains apply brakes it is possible to actually move the rail so anchors are placed at specified areas and quantities to control the rail movement. These come in numerous styles. The lock washer at...
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    First Cars into Railway History Center

    Here is a link to a small news story on the first pieces of equipment into the new Railway History Center at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. The two cars are White River Lumber Caboose #001 and Great Northern Wood Caboose X-101. Track construction will be continuing over the next...
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    Where have all the cabbages gone?

    Cascades Power on Both Ends I remember a few years ago when we had a lot of snow that power was placed on both ends and I thought it had to do with the weight of the locomotive being safer due to snow in switches and packed ice in crossings. Richard Wilkens 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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