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  1. It would be interesting to look out the window...

    It would be interesting to look out the window and watch a rail grinder working.

    I wonder how much vibration a tamper would put into the building?

    Dennis
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    Can the brake line be charged before releasing...

    Can the brake line be charged before releasing the handbrakes?

    Dennis
  3. Repainting is much simpler than building an...

    Repainting is much simpler than building an entire locomotive. Many people use the SLI units because it eliminates the work involved in creating the shape files. The units from SLI are payware, and...
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    Ron Flanary wrote an article for Trains Magazine...

    Ron Flanary wrote an article for Trains Magazine about Interstate and NS 8105.

    http://cs.trains.com/TRCCS/blogs/staff/archive/2012/04/27/sunset-and-a-new-dawn-at-andover.aspx

    Dennis
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    I believe Mr. Flanary provided input as to what...

    I believe Mr. Flanary provided input as to what the original colors were for Interstate. He is from the area where Interstate was located, and had many photos of units in brand new paint. He was not...
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    This unit was delivered by GE with the trucks and...

    This unit was delivered by GE with the trucks and tank already painted, and the body in primer.

    The orange is standard BNSF.

    The gray is UP Harbor Mist Gray.

    The cream on top is the same...
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    A screenshot of NS 7202...

    A screenshot of NS 7202
    https://www.trainsim.com/vbts/showthread.php?281686-NS768-PGNX-Coal-Train&p=1487768#post1487768

    Dennis
  8. Norfolk Southern celebrates colorful heritage with historic paint schemes

    Norfolk Southern will introduce historic paint schemes for 30th anniversary!

    Norfolk Southern Heritage Locomotive Schemes and renderings:...
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    Pull away very slowly. Apply the independent...

    Pull away very slowly.

    Apply the independent brake, then one notch of throttle. Slowly reduce the independent until the loco starts to move, then hold that amount of braking until there is a bit...
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    Nice tower model at the start of this thread!...

    Nice tower model at the start of this thread! Communication towers add a nice touch of realism to any scene.

    The fuzzy picture used as a starting point for the model shows few details.
    ...
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    Amazing work! Could the forward steam...

    Amazing work!





    Could the forward steam pipes be "approximately animated" by making them to be a wagon without visible trucks, placed between the forward and rear engine sections?

    Dennis
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    49CFR232.205...

    49CFR232.205
    http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_02/49cfr232_02.html

    Dennis
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    Similar pans are sometimes used at racks where...

    Similar pans are sometimes used at racks where tankers load or unload.

    Dennis
  14. Those look nice! Conrail really missed out by not...

    Those look nice! Conrail really missed out by not doing these colors.

    I've always thought they picked the wrong color for the boxcars, hoppers, and gons. They looked too much like primer, even...
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    Suppose the player, while operating a pusher,...

    Suppose the player, while operating a pusher, does a 6# brake pipe reduction as the head-end passes the summit. The player continues to shove toward the summit with brakes applied. When the player...
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    What about pushers? If the player is operating...

    What about pushers?

    If the player is operating a pusher loco from behind a train, and the player cuts off on-the-fly, what happens with the brakes on the disconnected train?

    Dennis
  17. Good planning would create a direct path to the...

    Good planning would create a direct path to the end result, rather than creating a situation likely to force a lengthy detour along the way.

    It would be ill advised to do anything that could turn...
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    Interesting project with elegant solutions for...

    Interesting project with elegant solutions for the various controls.

    The water level indicator is brilliant! A mechanical device using real water, controlled by a servo. He mentioned the...
  19. Maybe add some drama from the cab crew, from the...

    Maybe add some drama from the cab crew, from the point they round a bend and see the danger and are powerless to avoid a collision.

    The coroner might have difficulty applying the toe tag to a foot...
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    Load Securement?

    Just strap it....

    http://www.demotivatingposters.com/index.php/demotivator/strap-it/

    Dennis
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    The yellow stripes designated full-size UPS...

    The yellow stripes designated full-size UPS trailers that were equipped with a pintle hook for towing a second trailer.

    Typically, only short pup trailers have a pintle hook, and they can be...
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    Nice work Shawn! Since the merger, Overnite...

    Nice work Shawn! Since the merger, Overnite trailers fit well within UPS trains.

    I've never seen a 53' domestic container with chassis on a train. The container is usually lifted off, leaving the...
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    I saw a 53' SmartWay trailer go by on a flatcar,...

    I saw a 53' SmartWay trailer go by on a flatcar, and it was going backwards. I wonder if these side skirts actually create additional drag when the wind comes from the rear?

    Dennis
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    There is a hilarious Buster Keaton scene in "The...

    There is a hilarious Buster Keaton scene in "The General".

    He tries to get a locomotive moving, but it just spins the drivers. With the wheels still spinning, he steps down from the cab and looks...
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    Erick, you are absolutely correct. The wind...

    Erick, you are absolutely correct. The wind generator as a whole unit definitely fits the definition of a turbine.

    I previously had talks with companies involved in the transport of wind...
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