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Chris333

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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2014, 05:05:41 AM »
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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2014, 03:25:54 PM »
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 :)
   Dave,
      have walked across the bridge from north bank to south bank,circa 1980.
    there was a sign that said "End RF&P" where the bridge started.
     so think the bridge was completely owned by ACL/SCL/FL/SS/CSX.
    rite after getting across 2 southbounds came across,and several minutes later
   a northbound,never did that again !!
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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2014, 04:21:42 PM »
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Spikre,

My understanding is that the RF&P owned the bridge to Pier 5.  The rest (majority) of the bridge was owned by the ACL.  The sign used to be on the bridge.

No, I don't think I'd want to be caught out there either.  Glad you made it across safely.

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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2014, 01:38:14 AM »
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The Northeast Corridor.  There are faster railroads in many countries, and there are railroads with more trains, but I don't know any line with the mix of long, fast passenger trains and tonnage freights.  Most countries either separate the two or run short, fast freights that can keep up with the passenger trains.
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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2014, 12:08:27 AM »
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Railroading through Extreme Terrain...

I do cast my votes for:
Horseshoe Curve / Altoona

And Southern Pacific's Salt Lake cutoff...

Also.. I've always found East Dubuque, IL interesting:  Not extreme but interesting mixture of landmarks..
https://www.google.com/maps/place/East+Dubuque,+IL+61025/@42.4988198,-90.6504845,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x87e32a4889ce2d1b:0xd3fe306e254eadfa

Tunnel - Double Track Diamond - Bridge all within 150ft
And PNolan would appreciate the Barge traffic.

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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2014, 12:25:15 AM »
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The Old Main Line (Mt. Clare to Ellicott City)
Horseshoe Curve
Donner Pass
The NE Corridor
The V&T
BNSF RaceTrack
NYC subway system


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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2014, 08:32:09 PM »
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Hoosac Tunnel- Took about 25 years to build and pioneered the use of tunnel boring machines, pneumatic drills, and nitro glycerin to drill through some of the hardest rock in the country.

Any road that crossed the Rockies also deserves at least an honorable mention.

While not a wonder in scale, Iowa Traction's longevity is extroardinary. Who would have thought 90 years later, those centercabs would still be hauling freight.
if you can't conduct yourself, conduct freight


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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2014, 04:39:23 PM »
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 :?
   in the earlier post put Nicholson Viaduct,wasnt sure of its "Official Name".
   but in Lackawanna in Color page 109 the top caption calls the bridge "Tunkhannock Viaduct".
   while the caption below calls the Bridge " Tuckhannock Viaduct".
   not being really up on ex-DL&W items am wondering which name is correct ?
    Dave,
     a few years back some hikers were caught out on the James River Bridge and jumped ahead
    of an on-coming train,dont recall all the details,but the River was low and the rocks got some
    of them.
     a real bad day in Richmond.
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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2014, 04:58:34 PM »
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The Tunnels from NJ to Penn Station and Long Island City....

At the time it was considered as insane as going to Mars.....


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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2014, 05:03:22 PM »
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The Northeast Corridor.  There are faster railroads in many countries, and there are railroads with more trains, but I don't know any line with the mix of long, fast passenger trains and tonnage freights.  Most countries either separate the two or run short, fast freights that can keep up with the passenger trains.

True enough, but  I am always amazed at the  Gotthard in Switzerland - where there are on steep grades with helpers - often mid-train and rear.   And about 125 trains a day.

Watch railcam.nl for a while to see a SECONDARY mainline.

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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #25 on: September 09, 2014, 08:35:47 PM »
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thomas viaduct

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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #26 on: September 09, 2014, 11:03:42 PM »
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My own (American) list, and in no particular order:

- CP's Spiral Tunnels
- SP's Tehachapi Loop
- WP's Keddie Wye
- PRR's Horseshoe Curve
- NY City Subway System
- B&O's West End
- SR's Saluda Grade

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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #27 on: September 10, 2014, 12:15:20 AM »
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My own (American) list, and in no particular order:

- CP's Spiral Tunnels

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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #28 on: September 10, 2014, 01:01:43 AM »
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:P

Last I checked, Spiral Tunnels was located in North America, or have you BC guys separated from the continent? :trollface:

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Re: What are the 7 wonders of the US railroading world?
« Reply #29 on: September 10, 2014, 02:03:39 AM »
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ljudice:  I have video tapes of Gotthard, both trackside and cab ride.  The traffic density is amazing.  That's why I specified the NEC's mix of heavy freight and passenger.  Gotthard has more trains, but even their heaviest freights are nowhere near ours, simply because they do run them at passenger train speeds.  The line would be hopelessly clogged if the freights were much slower.

Of course, the European couplers also limit train weights, but midtrain helpers can compensate for that, to an extent.
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