A train day

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by boatme98, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

    I got up early for a day off. I'm going to Nashville to ride a train back.
    I'm helping a friend who's sponsoring the trip. It's a "Fall, Come See Our Town" trip. Get the folks out of the city and spend some money here.
    It should be about 10 cars.
    I'll be docent for the excursion.
    It's about an 85 mile ride and goes along some nice river and creek valleys, then up onto the plateau to my town.
    I don't think I'll have time for photos, we'll see.
  2. GunsGodAndCountry

    GunsGodAndCountry New Member

    So you're channeling your inner Sheldon?

  3. WebleyFosbery38

    WebleyFosbery38 New Member

    I only rode a train once in my life but thought it was pretty cool. Im still surprised they are not the preferred method of cargo and commuting, they are about the most efficient and safe way going! The Peak foliage season is past here but the Adirondack train ride is pretty awesome (From what Ive heard). Hope you have a great time.
  4. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

    How will you get your car back? :confused:
  5. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

    With the number of derailments lately, you'd be about as likely to see me on a train as in a plane.
  6. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

    Ah. A thinking man!

    We actually suckered a friend into driving us to Nashville at 05:30. :cool:
  7. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    When my first son was little he LOVED trains.......thanks to Thomas the Tank Engine. My Mom and I took him on a train out of Arlington Heights into Chicago, ate lunch in Union Station, then rode the train back home. My 3 year old son was thrilled. He knelt on the seat that was parallel to the windows and looked out the window the whole time. Everyone enjoys a train ride. They're awesome.
  8. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

    So I did the trip.
    580 people on board. 11 passenger cars, each about 85 ft. long.
    There were 2 of us to load and hand out the info packs and give a talk about the town, then answer questions in each car. I'm not sure how many trips I made from end to end but I got a lot of exercise today.
    The train had one skycar, two diners, one baggage car that's converted to a retail store.
    5 engines (and I'm sorry, I didn't find out what types. I know someone will ask) to pull it up the plateau.
    All in all, a pretty cool day.
    Oh, I didn't have any time to take photos.
  9. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

    Yeah, our nation used to run on trains, the ghosts of that are EVERYWHERE, if yo look. Now, it's fallen into ruins. They say trains are the most efficient means of shipping goods long distances. Trucks as a group burn a sh!t ton more fuel per pound of cargo hauled.

    Interesting story; At the end of my road, there are 2 main roads and some train tracks all intersecting, with stop lights. One day the train, a local pissant outfit that typically hauls less than ten cars slower than you can walk was approaching the intersection. I was not there when it happened, but somehow a local towing company's truck, towing a lowboy trailer got in the way, and the train pushed it's caboose over and onto the lowboy. For the life of me, I don't know how this happened, it's a very low speed train, with plenty of straight track on both sides, and very good visibility for all. What a cluster f**k that afternoon. I'll try to dig up pictures.

    Now, the train stops before the road, and old guy gets off the caboose, and actually walks the train across the intersection.
  10. Airborne1

    Airborne1 Member

    He is a friend! He was probably fine with helping you. I don't know about the hour though, the time would not bother me as I wake up a couple of hours earlier anyway.
    I got to make the morning pit stop. I didn't have that problem as much when I was younger, unless I had been drinking a lot the night before.

    I hope you have a safe and very pleasant journey!

  11. Hairtrigger

    Hairtrigger Member

    Train day for me also!
    Took my family to Altoona to Horseshoe Curve then the railroad museum
    Great fall day
  12. hmh

    hmh New Member

    The railroad I work for you have to "protect" all crossings while in a rearward move and if it doesn't have gates and lights you have to flag the crossing until the train covers it.

    About being cost efficient we will move 8,000 tons 150 miles (not flat land) for around 800 gallons of diesel.

    We also haul hazmat that is illegal to haul any other way.

    About safety the majority of train accidents are caused by cars or sabotage.
  13. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

    I just checked Amtrak for a trip from Raleigh, NC to Fort Worth, TX. According to Amtrak, you can't get there from here.
  14. deg

    deg Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    I rode Amtrak from Norman, OK to Ft Worth, TX and back; the trip down in the morning was pretty cool, we stayed a couple nights then caught the evening train back. The trip back in the dark was a bit on the boring side for me.
  15. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

    I remember going to the Horseshoe Curve as kid. They'll remember it forever.
    Have you been to the RR museum at Stroudsburg, Pa?
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

    here in East Texas we have an old historic railroad that runs between Palestine and Rusk. about a 35 mile trip one way. they have several old steam engines and a couple old diesel engines. i rode on it many years ago, back in the late 1970's. very interesting. the Texas State Railroad and some of the engines have been used in many different movies and documentories over the years. one of the most prominent movies made in 1980, "The Long Riders" about the James and Younger Gang, which starred, David, Keith and Robert Carradine, James and Stacy Keach, Randy and Dennis Quade.