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Posted by: ngauger - 03-31-2019, 07:05 PM - Forum: Hobo's Camp - Replies (5)

Amtrak announced today that they are implementing a Drone Reconnoiter Initiative Program (DRIP).  This program will begin sometime this month.  It involves having a second person in the cab of every Amtrak train that will fly a drone an average of a half mile to three quarters of a mile in front of the engine. 
Amtrak commented that applications are being taken on their website and that any interested party can apply for the position.  At the program's onset, there will be 41 available volunteer positions. An Amtrak spokesman said that model railroaders will seriously be considered.
The outlook is that the drones will give the Engineers advance warning of any potential hazards that lie around hidden curves such as trespassers on the rails and of course vehicles at grade crossings. An employee  that wished to remain anonymous stated that she was hoping that it would help prevent most of Amtrak’s delays from striking people that refuse to move when a train horn blows.
There are approximately 41 dangerous blind curves along the NEC and 411 throughout the rails that Amtrak runs all across the US.  This could potentially save 4 hours and 1 minute every month because the engineers will be able to see around curves and be able to stop in time before an accident occurs.

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  Early April Fool's joke
Posted by: cn nutbar - 03-31-2019, 08:21 AM - Forum: Lower Berth - Replies (5)

Not funny Mother Nature---well, this is Canada eh?


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  Weekly Photo Fun 3/29 - 4/4/19
Posted by: bdw9535 - 03-29-2019, 03:04 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (3)

WPMA-29 sets out cars for McFroe's at Chestnut Neck.



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  another opinion
Posted by: jim currie - 03-27-2019, 11:14 PM - Forum: Lower Berth - Replies (6)

ok guys your most likely getting tired of my opinion questions, but have one more. as you know in revamping the Revell farm house I added a sleeping porch . the question is would you put down a valley strip or just go with overlapping the rows shingles to cover the  valley and eliminate the tin valley ?

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  Spring has sprung
Posted by: cn nutbar - 03-25-2019, 08:17 PM - Forum: Lower Berth - Replies (3)


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  opinion neded
Posted by: jim currie - 03-23-2019, 12:01 AM - Forum: Lower Berth - Replies (3)

need opinion as to what would look better on chopping block on back porch of farmhouse. The small single bit axe or the large double bit axe? I know the photo isn't very good.

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  Weekly Photo Fun---22/03-29/03
Posted by: cn nutbar - 03-22-2019, 01:02 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (2)

Let's see if we can beat last week


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  Turnout question poll
Posted by: ezdays - 03-21-2019, 10:40 AM - Forum: Upper Berth - Replies (15)

Right now, I've got all my roadbed down on my new layout and I'm ready to lay some track. I've got enough manual and remote turnouts that I need with a few extra of both kinds if needed later on. I know which type I'm going to use, but I'm wondering what type do you use on your layouts. Manual is more realistic, remote electromagnetic is a lot more convenient if you run trains often and do a lot of switching.

I don't think we've run a poll since changing to the new software, so this is a good test to see how it does. The question is, what type of turnouts do you use?

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Photo Kitbashed Donohue S2 Switcher
Posted by: sailormatlac - 03-19-2019, 05:21 PM - Forum: HO Modeling - Replies (9)

This one was bashed late last year and will be the main switcher locomotive at our Donohue paper mill. It tries to replicate this ex-CP MLW S2 as it looked in the mid-2000s. This particular locomotive was acquired second-hand from Merrilees who shopped with a lower cab roof to fit tight clearance at the mill circa 1986. In the early 2000s, the engine had to be rebuilt after a serious incident (I believe a piston went through the headblock... sorry my understanding of motors is minimal at best!). When it returned from the shop, the hood Alco-style fan was replaced with an EMD GP one, giving it even more character.

It was a fun built and I weathering a black engine was quite a challenge. Since this unit was always extremely well maintained, I had to exercise a lot of restrain. In fact, the locomotive isn't painted black but rather a brownish grimy black so details can pop. Color pencils were also used to highlight panel lines, door handles and grilles. Once again, subtlety was primordial.

While the locomotive is completed, I'll need to take apart the truck sideframes and clean electrical contacts. Even if I was careful, it seems paint ended up there and kind of ruined the electrical pickup. Except for that, this Atlas locomotive is an excellent runner and equipped with a factory installed Loksound decoder.

For the anecdote, when I purchased this locomotive, it came painted in CP paint scheme and sported exactly the same roadnumber than the real locomotive when acquired by Merrilees. It was a pure coincidence!

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  Weekly Photo Fun 3/15 - 3/21/19
Posted by: bdw9535 - 03-19-2019, 08:55 AM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (1)

Not a lot of interest here anymore, so here's an older shot that has been posted before.
Dock Street's leased MP15AC doing some street running on Delaware Ave.



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