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  1. Gerry, I had only ever heard "friction...

    Gerry,

    I had only ever heard "friction bearings" most of my life. Turns out the actual correct term is plain bearing. "Friction bearings" was supposedly a term coined by the roller bearing...
  2. Good point. In North Idaho, the St. Maries River...

    Good point. In North Idaho, the St. Maries River Railroad was using a massive fleet of friction bearing ex-Milwaukee Road log bunks in captive service up until the end of log train service around...
  3. SP unit sugar beet trains of wood cars with plain...

    SP unit sugar beet trains of wood cars with plain bearings ran up until about 1993.
  4. I believe you're correct, Gerry. And I have...

    I believe you're correct, Gerry.

    And I have encountered plenty of issues resuming activities while grinding up a mountain grade where I suddenly stall out... most frustrating is when the sudden...
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    Sorry, but no. BNSF is not publicly traded, it is...

    Sorry, but no. BNSF is not publicly traded, it is wholly owned by Warren Buffet / Berkshire Hathaway. Therefore they have no immediate shareholders to appease. They are one of the few (or maybe the...
  6. Neil, Going out on a limb here / complete...

    Neil,

    Going out on a limb here / complete guess, but maybe it's that you need to go into Open Rails and manually add the dummy folder as a new installation profile under the Content tab (which I'm...
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    Way back in the day (before MRL existed) there...

    Way back in the day (before MRL existed) there was a branchline up the side canyon north of Phosphate to a small mine, but that's long gone, ripped up. Phosphate was dormant for a while, then in the...
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    Back in 2017 I got some answers about current...

    Back in 2017 I got some answers about current Helena area switching operations. This was the general rundown:

    Pacific Steel & Recycling (spur west of the depot) gets 1 to 2 gondolas per MONTH....
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    Montana Tunnels was an open-pit mine located...

    Montana Tunnels was an open-pit mine located south of Helena. According to Google, the mine has been dormant since 2008. I assume they trucked material down from the mine to get loaded by rail.

    As...
  10. Doh, I had the wires in my brain crossed with my...

    Doh, I had the wires in my brain crossed with my reply, thinking I was replying to something in the CN ET44AC thread... My apologies :o

    Like Geepster said, 100% of BNSF's ET44's are C4's with the...
  11. I would've figured these ET44AC's had 6 powered...

    I would've figured these ET44AC's had 6 powered axles, and would thus not have the axle weight distribution equipment present on the C4's. Is that not true?
  12. STB Gives Final Approval to Uinta Basin Railway

    https://www.stb.gov/news-communications/latest-news/pr-21-51/?fbclid=IwAR2FQBgIfgmoUW3rs4wUQcyCcpPSrlUcixpHNBTsGfeun8B5-Z1a2Y0un0A

    "The Surface Transportation Board today issued a decision...
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    Hi Gerry, I had suspicion there was an issue...

    Hi Gerry,

    I had suspicion there was an issue with discrepancy of axle/bogie count, since I was only getting derailments with the A and B cars when I did a test. If you get satisfactory results...
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    Hi Peter, Thanks for the response. It might be...

    Hi Peter,

    Thanks for the response. It might be a bit until I can respond to set up a formal testing scenario with you, but I'll email you when I get some time in the coming weeks to do that.

    I...
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    I have experienced similar issues on Mullan,...

    I have experienced similar issues on Mullan, which has me concerned. Running a 3x4x1 coal train up the grade, was getting constant derailing, even in areas of very broad/gentle curves. In the case of...
  16. Thank you all :) Ron - Technically those 3...

    Thank you all :)

    Ron - Technically those 3 screenshots are *south* of the state line. A lot of people associate the tunnel on the north side of Dorris with the state line, but the line is actually...
  17. It's been a while since a Shasta update. I am...

    It's been a while since a Shasta update. I am aiming to have the bulk of scenery (everything besides interactives and a handful of custom objects I need to make) done from the north side of Dunsmuir...
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    Randy, This is the function I am already...

    Randy,

    This is the function I am already using, however as far as I can tell, it does not have any function that will automatically adjust objects to follow a varying elevation of the ground under...
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    Eric, I feel like going with shorter fence...

    Eric,

    I feel like going with shorter fence segments will only make the amount of manual labor worse, because then I would be having to select hundreds of pieces per mile and hitting the H key,...
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    Thank you both for the answers. Yeah, my brain...

    Thank you both for the answers. Yeah, my brain was in the same place as far as wishing we had procedural/loft/spline objects at our disposal... But that will only ever happen if the OR developer team...
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    Fences in Hilly Terrain w/ TSRE

    I was considering adding barbed wire fences on either side of the ROW for many many miles on my Shasta route, but I've been quickly dismayed by the awkwardness of handling fences in anything other...
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    As for braking times, I am pretty sure Mullan's...

    As for braking times, I am pretty sure Mullan's stock was adjusted to have substantially quicker charge rates - but I'm not certain of that. I can go and find out for sure, if you want to know.

    As...
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    I actually think that it would be nice if OR had...

    I actually think that it would be nice if OR had a checkbox for "simple brake connections" for people who don't want to bother with hooking up brake hoses, angle cocks, etc. That said, the simple...
  24. I like the scheme in theory... but whoever's idea...

    I like the scheme in theory... but whoever's idea it was to position the logo with the first three letters halfway onto the radiators... was not thinking things through very well. If the whole...
  25. Having that many running locomotives on the head...

    Having that many running locomotives on the head end of a train is an almost guarantee for a coupler break going up a 2.2% grade like that :) Typically you'll have no more than 4 units running on the...
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