My local shortline Evansville Western (EVWR) is up from two trains a week to a train at 1 P.M. on tuesday, thursday, and friday, and another at 12 A.M. They also upgraded the motive power from 6 gp35s to a SD70M, Sd40-2, and GP35.Good morning. It's cloudy and 53.
I've notived our Rural Hall local has been cut back to three days a week, this past week it was Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Has anybody else noticed a drop-off in activity?
Welcome to the forum.My local shortline Evansville Western (EVWR) is up from two trains a week to a train at 1 P.M. on tuesday, thursday, and friday, and another at 12 A.M. They also upgraded the motive power from 6 gp35s to a SD70M, Sd40-2, and GP35.
Welcome aboard. Let's have some photos of the EVWR.My local shortline Evansville Western (EVWR) is up from two trains a week to a train at 1 P.M. on tuesday, thursday, and friday, and another at 12 A.M. They also upgraded the motive power from 6 gp35s to a SD70M, Sd40-2, and GP35.
I have no idea of the value of that belt. I do notice something else about it though. First Fatality Free year was 1981? So in the Illinois Mining business from 1882 to 1980, at least one person (and likely a lot more in some cases) was killed every single year. Every year, for nearly a CENTURY! Holy hell.Anyone on here collect belt buckles or know a place to help determine the value of one? I've got a belt buckle that I got in 1982 when I worked for AMAX Coal Co. and was curious as to whether it might have any real value. It's a limited run of 3000 buckles but I have no idea where to start to get info.
View attachment 92239
View attachment 92240
How tall are the Marion drag lines?Strip mines didn't have roof falls (cave ins) like the underground mines, but they did have the highwalls (the exposed dirt after digging in the pit) and the spoils (the dirt, or overburden, that had been dug and pile to the side of the pit) slide, which was like a ribfall, but on a mega dose of steroids. Also, a lot of the work could involve working at heights. Back in those days, safety was just starting to be enforced strongly, but there were still a lot of corners that got cut. Not to mention the safety gear, like fall protection, was basically in its infancy. I had a couple of close calls that made me thankful to be alive and made me realize that I was not invincible!
The mine I worked at was the Sun Spot Mine, operated by AMAX Coal Company. It operated from 1962 to the end of 1983. I worked for a contractor building a Marion 8750 dragline for a year, then got hired by the mine in '77. We also had a Marion 5761 shovel with a 65 cu. yd. bucket. The dragline had a 110 cu. yd. bucket on it.
Here are some pictures of them that I took back in '82 and '83.
View attachment 92256
View attachment 92257
A couple of pictures from inside one of the two cabs on the dragline.
View attachment 92258
View attachment 92259
View attachment 92261
View attachment 92262
A picture from the cab of the shovel. The blob in the picture is the back of the operator's head.
View attachment 92263
View attachment 92264
That was quite the tragedy, sad to know that they risks their lives every day to work in shit conditions for poor pay while the owners got rich.Speaking of mine disasters, the Sunshine Mine disaster in Kellogg, ID occurred the spring of my senior year at Washington State University (Go Cougs!). I was familiar with the mine, having gone to high school in Lewiston, ID and having skied at what was then called Jackass Mountain out of Kellogg. If I recall correctly, it took a year for CO levels to subside to the point that rescue workers could enter the mine and bring out the bodies.
May 2 marks the 40th anniversary of one of the worst mining disasters in U.S. history. In 1972, a fire broke out underground at the Sunshine Mine in Kellogg, Idaho; 91 men died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The disaster had a devastating effect on Kellogg and the nearby communities in Idaho’s...www.npr.org
Remember the video someone put up of the collapsed retention pond dam in Brazil that caused a flood on the mining area that buried an ore train? Miraculously, two guys in a pickup caught in the flood survived.
RailroadBookstore.com - 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.
ModelRailroadBookstore.com - 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.