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    Yep, That's the main haul for UP. North Platte is a great place to stop at the park and hop on the Challenger, the RPO and baggage car, and the Diesel unit. Then go out to the Golden Spike tower and watch the activities at the world's biggest yard, including the hump sorting. Also you can read the statistics on what they do there, like replacing 10,000 wheels per month!
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    Yup. I recognized the location. I've been there twice during storm-chasing trips with Silver Lining Tours. The first time was in 2008 and the second in 2013. In 2013, we stayed at the Microtel Hotel because it was the only one open in town and they had posters and advertisements on LCD screens for the big yard and tower. We weren't there for trains, although I would have been happy for that, and instead we left the next day and headed up to Valentine and then on to the Sand Hills were we saw some good lightning.

    I saw lots of freights whizzing by on the former CB&Q mainline and met the track maintenance supervisor because she got reports of people on the tracks. I kept telling my fellow travelers to get off the tracks, but they didn't listen until she came along and yelled like a US Marine's Sargent!

    One of the tour drivers and I were the rail fans on the trip and we struck up a conversation with her and another BNSF coworker. At the time, I had applied for a job with CSX and was waiting for my application to process and I told her about it. She was ecstatic to hear that and we've kept in touch off and on ever since. Sadly, I didn't pursue the career path due to some health reasons which forced me suddenly on to disability sometime later anyway.

    The saddest part of the trip that year was seeing the old CN&W Cowboy Line now turned into a bike trail. What a waste of railroad that is!
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    Great anecdotes, John. My ridiculously insane hope is that they are actually PRESERVING these ROWs by making them into trails, and maybe someday someone will get smart and use them for trains again. Expensive, I know, but all the grading is done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forester1 View Post
    Great anecdotes, John. My ridiculously insane hope is that they are actually PRESERVING these ROWs by making them into trails, and maybe someday someone will get smart and use them for trains again. Expensive, I know, but all the grading is done!
    Thanks. I wish I could take more of those trips, but that's both physically as well as financially impossible now, but anyway. Yeah, good point. I'm afraid though that even if that is the intent it'll never happen because once the NIMBYs get to ride their bikes on the ROWs, nothing happens after that. The Minuteman Trail is a good example between Bedford and Cambridge in MA.
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    yes, I thought the state of Washington was very smart when they bought up the Milwaukee Road ROW from the Idaho Border to west of the Cascades summit and turned it into a park system. Unfortunately, they did not keep some of the overpasses/bridges, and while the bridge over the Columbia River is still there I believe it is blocked to travelers. A safety measure most probably, but it does cause barriers to actually traveling the route. The nearest crossable bridges are miles and miles upstream and down. And without overpasses you have to cross the freeways on your own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forester1 View Post
    yes, I thought the state of Washington was very smart when they bought up the Milwaukee Road ROW from the Idaho Border to west of the Cascades summit and turned it into a park system. Unfortunately, they did not keep some of the overpasses/bridges, and while the bridge over the Columbia River is still there I believe it is blocked to travelers. A safety measure most probably, but it does cause barriers to actually traveling the route. The nearest crossable bridges are miles and miles upstream and down. And without overpasses you have to cross the freeways on your own.
    Bridges seem to be a barrier quite often in many locations perhaps because of their condition in the first place. It was a smart idea to bank the ROW, which was the intent of the R-to-T program. Unfortunately, though, once the rails come out the nearby residents forget about the fact that the railroad built the community they live in today, and worse as happened in my area recently, a Walmart moved in and built right across a ROW of a branch and that effectively killed it from ever coming back even if the traffic was viable for the branch to come back to life. This happened in Amesbury, MA where I used to see local freights moving alongside the state Rt. 110. The same occurred in Salem, NH on the old Manchester and Lawrence, and in many other locations in and around Boston such as the old Watertown branch between Waltham and Cambridge. This line could be a perfectly useful light rail line, but a shopping mall takes up a large part of the ROW in Watertown. In Revere, the old Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn ROW is used partly by the Blue Line subway out to Suffolk Downs. Beyond that, condos were built right across the ROW killing off a planned future expansion back to Lynn unless the "T" uses the nearby commuter rail ROW on the former Eastern Railroad (B&M) line.
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    Sad to hear, but inevitable I suppose. Reno, NV is on a main haul route to California, and it appears digging a trench for the ROW through the middle of the city was less expensive than trying to bypass around, so they had their own "Big Dig". You never know what they might think up if someone wants it bad enough. Portland Oregon was smart and put light rail ROW down the freeway medians when they built them. I wish our Treasure Valley here in Idaho would be that smart. They actually have ROW from southeast of Boise through Meridian to Nampa going right through town, used for local freight, but no attempt at light rail (eight-lane freeway that clogs in accidents, bad weather and early morning sunrise though). They are still digging up the old trolley tracks in downtown Boise when they improve the streets! Talk about short sighted!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forester1 View Post
    Sad to hear, but inevitable I suppose. Reno, NV is on a main haul route to California, and it appears digging a trench for the ROW through the middle of the city was less expensive than trying to bypass around, so they had their own "Big Dig". You never know what they might think up if someone wants it bad enough. Portland Oregon was smart and put light rail ROW down the freeway medians when they built them. I wish our Treasure Valley here in Idaho would be that smart. They actually have ROW from southeast of Boise through Meridian to Nampa going right through town, used for local freight, but no attempt at light rail (eight-lane freeway that clogs in accidents, bad weather and early morning sunrise though). They are still digging up the old trolley tracks in downtown Boise when they improve the streets! Talk about short sighted!
    The same Big Dig occurred in Hingham, MA. The folks didn't want the commuter trains stinking up their downtown so we paid a lot more for their commuter rail line that runs out to Scituate.

    Yup... They still find a lot of trollely lines here too. Lawrence had a line that ran up from Boston to Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH. The park is still there, but the trolleys are long gone. My grandmother used to ride from Boston to the park for 25-cents and spend all day on the rides before taking the trolley back home to Cambridge.

    We've got the famous Rt. 128, now I-95 in parts, that's similarly clogged. the nearby rail lines are mostly ripped up and no trails and part of the road is built on the ROW in places.

    Sad. Shortsighted is an understatement.
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    Statin Island Railway.

    774 ?, 777, and 778.

    There's a couple of cabooses too off to the left along with some subway cars including a maintenance or garbage train,
    https://goo.gl/maps/vGJKuKGrnGjAUwgB7

    778 and 779, cabooses and subway cars.

    https://goo.gl/maps/n6y7p8VZ6xNJhCCw9

    Cabooses again and a work locomotive, and a subway car sitting outside the shed.

    https://goo.gl/maps/XwocGdBm21mik7759

    Subway cars hiding a couple of locomotives.
    https://goo.gl/maps/mb4ZcLbqPHZKWxGP8

    Not trains this time, but worth noting. Note the old B&O CPL signals. The Statin Island Railway was once owned by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
    https://goo.gl/maps/WYenh7J6Cjv2YoGbA

    Sadly, the north branch has been abandoned after the yard. The ROW is grassed over, closed off and abandoned subway ROW. Where there could be a station, or the line run out to Richmond, is blocked by a junk yard, and the ferry terminal isn't served at all by any service on the north side. When this was closed, there was quite a controversy because the very busy rail line was closed in favor of buses!
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    Those Locos would sure look nice in Trainz! I see there are cars on the DLS, but no engines like those! BTW, Just thought I mentioned that an original trolley that burned to the frame has been restored and is being used by a local brew pub for private parties. A beautiful restoration with all wood interior and etched glass in the clerestory ceiling. Too bad it will never roll the streets again, but makes a nice bar car!
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    That's nice the old trolley car was restored. Sadly, I agree it's too bad it's not put back into service.

    I agree these would make nice locomotives, hint, hint out to Jointed Rail or RR Mods.
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    Here's an old Conrail Locomotive in Philadelphia, PA.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9341...!7i3328!8i1664

    Two CSX locomotives.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9444...!7i5504!8i2752

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorfolkSouthern1036 View Post
    Here's an old Conrail Locomotive in Philadelphia, PA.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9341...!7i3328!8i1664

    Two CSX locomotives.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@39.9444...!7i5504!8i2752
    Nice!

    Here's another. A few CSX and some other I can't read in the same yard, but near the B&O bridge and dated 10 years later.
    https://goo.gl/maps/SnTXDU3uhnnKD6b2A

    Also note there was once some track that ran along that warehouse too.
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    Nice stuff! (For some reason my computer is changing the links into the place names . . weird)

    Here's a Japanese double decker passenger train.
    Chiyoda City, Tokyo - Google Maps

    Metro North Train in New York, an older one
    399 Parkway Homes Rd - Google Maps

    NS 6150 in, Allentown, PA
    613 River Dr - Google Maps

    NS slug set in the distance, with one more even farther
    632 River Dr - Google Maps

    Bunch onNS engines on the bank of a river.
    Norfolk Southern Allentown Terminal - Google Maps

    Same thing . .
    Allentown Canal Park Access Point - Google Maps

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