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  1. #811
    Even into the 80s, NJ Transit was running GG1s on the NY and LB commuter line. I remember riding behind them going to NYC for whatever reason.

    Also note they still had manual crossing gates.
    @acptulsa

    “It is not true that all creeds and cultures are equally assimilable in a First World nation born of England, Christianity, and Western civilization. Race, faith, ethnicity and history leave genetic fingerprints no ‘proposition nation’ can erase." -- Pat Buchanan



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  3. #812
    GG1s are cool. Hard to argue with Raymond Loewy. But they got nothin on one of the world's largest Northerns brought back to life. 2926 is a beast. Even suckling on 11,000 volts no GG1 could match her.
    Last edited by acptulsa; 11-18-2023 at 12:33 PM.

  4. #813
    “It is not true that all creeds and cultures are equally assimilable in a First World nation born of England, Christianity, and Western civilization. Race, faith, ethnicity and history leave genetic fingerprints no ‘proposition nation’ can erase." -- Pat Buchanan

  5. #814
    “It is not true that all creeds and cultures are equally assimilable in a First World nation born of England, Christianity, and Western civilization. Race, faith, ethnicity and history leave genetic fingerprints no ‘proposition nation’ can erase." -- Pat Buchanan

  6. #815
    Private enterprise.



    East met West in Chicago, and no place in the country saw more traffic or more variety from more railroads. The Chicago & Northwestern was the Union Pacific's ticket to Chicago before and through the war, as it didn't have track of its own to the Windy City yet. The CNW's 40th St coach yard is housing (right to left) one of their own "400" trains, a jointly owned City of Denver trainset, and M-10003, the City of Los Angeles. This last was a short-lived longer version of the M-10000, the first streamlined, articulated, internal combustion-powered train (Burlington's Zephyr came out a couple of months later, had a diesel from the start).

    Last edited by acptulsa; 12-16-2023 at 09:02 PM.

  7. #816
    @acptulsa

    Thought you might like to see this.

    Was cleaning up and ran across these papers saved by my grandfather.

    He was a survivor of the wreck of The Broker in 1951

    The picture quality is not great, but you can see PRR K4s #2445 lying on her side in the upper left.

    In addition to Eng. Fitzimmons taking the bypass trestle too fast, it's also worthy to note the train was heavier and longer due to overcrowding caused by a CNJ "wildcat" strike which shut down NY and LB operations on the CNJ, leaving only the PRR to handle the crowds.

    Last edited by Anti Federalist; 12-17-2023 at 01:00 PM.
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  9. #817
    Ouch. Lucky man.

  10. #818
    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    Ouch. Lucky man.
    He got banged up pretty bad, but I remember him as being pretty stoic.

    He told my grandmother he helped a bunch of people out until help arrived, then he walked away from the wreck, and had her come down and pick him up in the family car on Main St in Woodbridge.

    He worked for Westinghouse in their offices in Newark for, jeez, 30 years I guess it was.
    “It is not true that all creeds and cultures are equally assimilable in a First World nation born of England, Christianity, and Western civilization. Race, faith, ethnicity and history leave genetic fingerprints no ‘proposition nation’ can erase." -- Pat Buchanan

  11. #819
    This is how it's done.



    Orlando to Miami for less than $100 and 3.5 hours.

    https://www.gobrightline.com/booking...4-01-18&trip=0
    Last edited by Anti Federalist; 01-17-2024 at 09:46 PM.
    “It is not true that all creeds and cultures are equally assimilable in a First World nation born of England, Christianity, and Western civilization. Race, faith, ethnicity and history leave genetic fingerprints no ‘proposition nation’ can erase." -- Pat Buchanan

  12. #820
    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    @acptulsa

    Thought you might like to see this.

    Was cleaning up and ran across these papers saved by my grandfather.

    He was a survivor of the wreck of The Broker in 1951

    The picture quality is not great, but you can see PRR K4s #2445 lying on her side in the upper left.

    In addition to Eng. Fitzimmons taking the bypass trestle too fast, it's also worthy to note the train was heavier and longer due to overcrowding caused by a CNJ "wildcat" strike which shut down NY and LB operations on the CNJ, leaving only the PRR to handle the crowds.

    @acptulsa

    This documentary was just released on screw tube a couple hours ago.

    “It is not true that all creeds and cultures are equally assimilable in a First World nation born of England, Christianity, and Western civilization. Race, faith, ethnicity and history leave genetic fingerprints no ‘proposition nation’ can erase." -- Pat Buchanan

  13. #821
    Thanks, I'll check it out.

    They're getting her closer to a serious run.


  14. #822
    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    Thanks, I'll check it out.

    They're getting her closer to a serious run.

    Gorgeous.

    “It is not true that all creeds and cultures are equally assimilable in a First World nation born of England, Christianity, and Western civilization. Race, faith, ethnicity and history leave genetic fingerprints no ‘proposition nation’ can erase." -- Pat Buchanan

  15. #823

  16. #824
    @acptulsa

    This is from 1979 - Princeton-Trenton Junction on the old PRR main line.

    Even as late as 1979, the freight rolling stock was not vandalized by graffiti.

    Damn shame what we tolerate.

    “It is not true that all creeds and cultures are equally assimilable in a First World nation born of England, Christianity, and Western civilization. Race, faith, ethnicity and history leave genetic fingerprints no ‘proposition nation’ can erase." -- Pat Buchanan



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  18. #825
    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    @acptulsa

    Thought you might like to see this.

    Was cleaning up and ran across these papers saved by my grandfather.

    He was a survivor of the wreck of The Broker in 1951

    The picture quality is not great, but you can see PRR K4s #2445 lying on her side in the upper left.

    In addition to Eng. Fitzimmons taking the bypass trestle too fast, it's also worthy to note the train was heavier and longer due to overcrowding caused by a CNJ "wildcat" strike which shut down NY and LB operations on the CNJ, leaving only the PRR to handle the crowds.

    This was found in his papers as well, written in his hand, signed and dated 14 Feb. 1951

    The Jersey Broker

    We're ready to leave J.C I sum
    Cars noted and counted and checked for our run
    Thus spoke Mr Bishop to Fizsimmons and Dunn

    Cold gray I've with the day to rest
    Began this journey in peacefulness
    Of the Jersey Broker, the Hot Rod Express

    With a hissing of steam, slow clicking and wheeze
    With a few scattered passengers riding with ease.
    She left Jersey City as nice as you please

    A stop at Newark, a Jamming crowd,
    The Central's not running we'll double the allowed
    She's filled to the doors some silent some loud.

    Ease out of Newark with a hardly a jerk,
    Puffing and straining to moves takes work,
    We'll soon gain speed and bore thru the murk.

    Puh chug, Ka Chu, a click, a clack
    We're slowly moving down the track,
    Smoke and ciders pour from the stack.

    We pick up speed and move along,
    Wheels on plates click out a song,
    Droning engine, eleven cars strong.

    We slow at Rahway, curve out of line,
    Follow the shore branch, main tracks behind,
    Then pick up speed with schedule in mind.

    A mile a minute our routine speed;
    But, remember Joe the warning heed,
    Slow at Woodbridge, that's our need!

    "OK AL," check me clear,
    "When yellow lights gleam let me hear,
    I'll know then the turnouts near."

    Keep her moving, pile on coal,
    The schedule short, let her roll,
    Down the straight stretch thru the hole.

    Let her out Joe! Give her a head!
    We've got a clear board, nothing to dread.
    Pick up a minute on the straight road bed.

    What's the Joe, Woodbridge in sight?
    Ease off the Johnson bar ride her light!
    Keep your eye peeled for the yellow light!

    Five seconds pass and here's the turn.
    God, Joe! We've speed to burn,
    We'll never make the Woodbridge turn.

    Rolling, weaving, bumping, crash!
    Screaching brakes, and thundering smash!
    An eleven car special Broker's hash!

    Car one slid on the tender ahead.
    Car two on side a sight to dread.
    Car three a tomb with nearly all dead.

    Car four on embankment above number three.
    Car five a crescent like bended knee.
    Car six thru the trestle, a ship sunk at sea.

    Car one is silent except for the role
    of the hissing steam and rattling coal,
    Clattering glass in piece and whole.

    Car two a ominous silence: but hear
    a desperate moan or groan is clear
    To appraise of broken humanity near.

    Car three, four, five in kneeling swell
    of souls near heaven in man made hell;
    Not long for life those therein dwell.

    There is in casualty all such stuff
    of queries and questions, that's enough!
    Action's required not words and guff.

    "Hey Joe!" says Al from heaven this night,
    "Look there Joe---- your yellow light"
    Too bad! Last night no similar sight.

    All you survivors who shudder and weep
    When the trains lurch and you're tossed in the seat,
    Take heed; count your blessings; salve your hurt.

    Thank God!
    You again ride the Broker
    Not six feet of Earth.
    “It is not true that all creeds and cultures are equally assimilable in a First World nation born of England, Christianity, and Western civilization. Race, faith, ethnicity and history leave genetic fingerprints no ‘proposition nation’ can erase." -- Pat Buchanan

  19. #826
    “It is not true that all creeds and cultures are equally assimilable in a First World nation born of England, Christianity, and Western civilization. Race, faith, ethnicity and history leave genetic fingerprints no ‘proposition nation’ can erase." -- Pat Buchanan

  20. #827
    The Balvano Train Disaster | A Short Documentary | Fascinating Horror
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnPLKejObPI
    {Fascinating Horror | 14 May 2024}

    "On the 3rd of March, 1944, a coal-powered freight train approached the entrance of the Armi tunnel, near the town of Balvano in Italy..."

    CHAPTERS:

    00:00 - Intro
    00:38 - Background
    04:31 - The Balvano Train Disaster
    08:36 - The Aftermath

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  21. #828
    The Budd's diesels were overheating so badly (those are their radiators right in the jet efflux) that the compressors for brake air were barely functioning. But it holds the U.S. rail speed record to this day.



    The government took over five years later, and no matter how often they try, they just can't top 183 mph.

  22. #829


    The solution is simple. Get the federal government out of it.
    Last edited by acptulsa; 06-25-2024 at 11:05 AM.

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