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Thread: Building a Railroad the new way

  1. #1
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    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix

    Building a Railroad the new way

    amasing how we've developed
    Last edited by Don Baer; 07-19-2010 at 04:45 AM.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Dec 2007
    Billings Missouri near Springfield Mo
    Thats cool
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    Brings back memories of when we used to go train watching along the northeast corridor around Baltimore. Last time I seen that done was atleast 15 years ago.

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    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Wow, that is a whole bunch interesting
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Really cool. I helped design make and sold a nylon rail fastener/ bolt system for concrete ties and tunnel segment connectors about 13 years ago. Still in use by Union Pacific and a few others today for replacing broken fasteners. Sold hundreds of thousands of tunnel segment connector fasteners on the Toronto transit tunnel.
    Railroad stuff is really cool
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  6. #6
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Cool video Don it shows progress. If you travel in Europe on the French TGV or the German ICE then you get to see the reason for the fuss on the ballast and the rails.

    I am surprised it does not show them tuning up the rails as well.

    Had a fair bit of experience in the rail industry too Bob with things like train number display systems, hot box detectors boosters retarders for a marshaling yard as well as fancy micro based train controllers.

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    Dec 2007
    I worked for the B&O RR back in the early 80s,at a reclamation /manufacturing shop where my Grandfather worked 30 years before. I thought we were automated in track repair/replacement, but what I just saw was way beyond what we had. we still use wooden crossties,where they use concrete, I guess the cost would be prohibitive for most RRs here. of course, we don't have the 100 mph passenger trains they have, either..we still have speed limits on our tracks...Thank goodness, as many there'd be many more de-railments if we didn't...
    "Treat everyone equally,keep your word, and overlook peoples''ll make plenty yourself "..... spoken to me by a much wiser man than I.

  8. #8
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Very cool, Don. I've got a train fan buddy that's gonna enjoy watching that.
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    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Holy Cow!!! That is awesome.

    Thanks for the show.


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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    But, I worry about the intelligence of that guy who had his head inside the big machine watching it work.
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