• Railroad carriers have railroaders, railroad riding public and living near railroad all subject to disaster?

    All modern trains have one source of power, and four braking systems. Engine brake that can be operated independently, the automatic air brakes that apply and release on cars, dynamic brake and finally the handbrake. Overall, if the retarding effort available could be turned into power, there would be enough to put the train in orbit. Here is what... show more
    All modern trains have one source of power, and four braking systems. Engine brake that can be operated independently, the automatic air brakes that apply and release on cars, dynamic brake and finally the handbrake. Overall, if the retarding effort available could be turned into power, there would be enough to put the train in orbit. Here is what the carriers want to do: “Reducing the frequency of safety-sensitive air brake inspections would degrade safety and would place the lives of our members and the public at risk.” BLET Journal, September 2016. The ARR petitioned the FRA for a waiver that would allow freight trains to travel up to 2,600 miles beyond current requirements of inspection every 1,500 miles. The AAR intends to use a technology that surmises brake application causes the wheels to heat. They want to employ heat detectors the same as we use for finding overheated journals on specific cars, only detecting wheels that are too cool indicating inoperative brakes. ON A SPECIFIC CAR. The purpose of the air brake tests they want to curtail will tell WHETHER THE BRAKES CAN BE APPLIED AT ALL! Write your representatives and protest these proposed changes. WE have to be our own LOBBYISTS! We can't afford professionals like the carriers can. Otherwise, when a train scatters all over hell and back in your town, remember I tried to tell you.
    3 answers · Rail · 9 months ago
  • Questioning boat, ship, marine, boating, shipping, big boats and boats boats boats sea faring?

    Sorry about the unorthodox question, but this is the only way I know that this question may not be hijacked and sent to Beauty & Style. Merchant Marine ships of Japanese registry usually have the word (name?) "Maru" tagged on the end. So, does this word have a meaning? Is it applied to shipping alone? Just wondering. Thanks in... show more
    Sorry about the unorthodox question, but this is the only way I know that this question may not be hijacked and sent to Beauty & Style. Merchant Marine ships of Japanese registry usually have the word (name?) "Maru" tagged on the end. So, does this word have a meaning? Is it applied to shipping alone? Just wondering. Thanks in advance.
    2 answers · Other - Beauty & Style · 2 years ago
  • A merchant marine question regarding Japanese shipping?

    Many ships of Japanese registry contain the word "Maru" at the end. Does the word Maru mean something in the Japanese language? Is it applied to shipping on other modes of transportation? Just wondering. Thanks in advance.
    Many ships of Japanese registry contain the word "Maru" at the end. Does the word Maru mean something in the Japanese language? Is it applied to shipping on other modes of transportation? Just wondering. Thanks in advance.
    1 answer · Other - Society & Culture · 2 years ago
  • Sigh... Railroaders included, have you had the "over-the-hill" moment yet?

    In 1968 and 1971 respectively, my brother and I hired out for the Sacramento Northern in Yuba City, Ca. In summer, 1971, we tried to take the 402 for a joy ride. Didn't happen. Generator Field sopped us. The following year I hired out with the SP as a brakeman and went into engine service in 1973. Promoted in 1976 I finished my career in... show more
    In 1968 and 1971 respectively, my brother and I hired out for the Sacramento Northern in Yuba City, Ca. In summer, 1971, we tried to take the 402 for a joy ride. Didn't happen. Generator Field sopped us. The following year I hired out with the SP as a brakeman and went into engine service in 1973. Promoted in 1976 I finished my career in 2000. So, I'm looking at pics on the web and I saw this at The California State Railroad Museum. In the foreground is an SD45-T2, which I made my living with, and in the background is the SN 402 the we tried to move. Both now in a MUSEUM!!! What's your moment?
    3 answers · Rail · 2 years ago
  • I'm a little rusty and need a short answer?

    I am a railroad modeler and am going to install a decoder in a locomotive for DCC operation. The manufacturer of the decoder says to build a test track to make sure any mistake in wiring won't create damage by installing a 27 ohm resistor to limit current. The manufacturer of the DCC unit employed for control came with a test track device,... show more
    I am a railroad modeler and am going to install a decoder in a locomotive for DCC operation. The manufacturer of the decoder says to build a test track to make sure any mistake in wiring won't create damage by installing a 27 ohm resistor to limit current. The manufacturer of the DCC unit employed for control came with a test track device, pre-built, incorporating a 120 ohm/ 2watt resistor. If memory serves, that 120 ohm voltage attenuation is more than the 27 ohm, so it should be safe. Am I right? Thanks in advance for the input...
    2 answers · Engineering · 2 years ago
  • I've asked this question before, but now I'm old and feeble and cannot locate the answer?

    The question is about the Mallet and Vauclain compound steam engines. Cross compound engines were always in sync because they work from one side to the other. Articulated, tandem compounds is where my understanding falls apart. The engines found there get out of sync to reasons such as a loss of traction on one engine or the other. How then can... show more
    The question is about the Mallet and Vauclain compound steam engines. Cross compound engines were always in sync because they work from one side to the other. Articulated, tandem compounds is where my understanding falls apart. The engines found there get out of sync to reasons such as a loss of traction on one engine or the other. How then can the steam be expanded the second time as all compounds do? Railroads went to single expansion fairly quickly as engines were shopped. So. How does the high pressure and low pressure cylinders expand, if out of sync? Seems it would blow out the cylinder fronts. I think the Chiel answered the first time. Any help short of finding a mechanical engineer?
    1 answer · Rail · 2 years ago
  • How do I get back to Answers USA?

    For a while, my obsolete computer wouldn't let me navigate in Answers USA, so I switched my account to Answers Canada, where it worked. Now, I want to return to the USA site, but cannot figure out how to do it. Any help out there? Thanks in advance.
    For a while, my obsolete computer wouldn't let me navigate in Answers USA, so I switched my account to Answers Canada, where it worked. Now, I want to return to the USA site, but cannot figure out how to do it. Any help out there? Thanks in advance.
    1 answer · Yahoo Answers · 2 years ago
  • What would you do if you could?

    No matter the happenstance, if you could re-live any period of 24hrs in your past, would you do something you did not do, or would you undo something you did? I'll start the ball rolling. In the did not do but wish you did do department was Vickie. Yours?
    No matter the happenstance, if you could re-live any period of 24hrs in your past, would you do something you did not do, or would you undo something you did? I'll start the ball rolling. In the did not do but wish you did do department was Vickie. Yours?
    1 answer · Polls & Surveys · 2 years ago
  • How hard is it to run a train?

    Most folks here say it's easy. Wanna know the truth? Here are some questions with easy answers: 1 With regard to the AB valve, what are the 3 stages of preliminary quick service? Hmm... 2 When the PC (pneumatic control) opens it's always bad news. What is that? 3 At what pressure does a 90lbs. brake pipe equalize? Dunno? An open PC is in... show more
    Most folks here say it's easy. Wanna know the truth? Here are some questions with easy answers: 1 With regard to the AB valve, what are the 3 stages of preliminary quick service? Hmm... 2 When the PC (pneumatic control) opens it's always bad news. What is that? 3 At what pressure does a 90lbs. brake pipe equalize? Dunno? An open PC is in your immediate future. 4 How about that Independent Pressure Switch with relation to extended range dynamic brake? We see that when? 5 What is accelerated service release, and how can that cause an unintentional release of brakes because of the air brake maintaining feature? 6 Of course everyone knows what feed valve braking is, so we'll not get into it. That should get the ball starting to roll. Lemme know when we get to the easy part...
    3 answers · Rail · 2 years ago
  • Does anyone really need a degree in economics?

    A wealthy traveler drives into the sleepy hamlet of Dunsmuir, Ca. looking to do some fishing in the world class fisheries along the upper Sacramento river, which also is a hotspot for rail-fanning. The economy was in the dump and everyone lived on credit. Only one motel with a vacancy, so the traveler puts a good faith $100 bill on the counter... show more
    A wealthy traveler drives into the sleepy hamlet of Dunsmuir, Ca. looking to do some fishing in the world class fisheries along the upper Sacramento river, which also is a hotspot for rail-fanning. The economy was in the dump and everyone lived on credit. Only one motel with a vacancy, so the traveler puts a good faith $100 bill on the counter saying he wanted to see the rooms before booking, suspecting a flea trap. Only room in town, and sure of a sale, the hotel owner dashes next door to pay the butcher bill with the C-note for the meat for the restaurant that served last week. The butcher then races to the rancher and pays his bill with the Benjamin. Rancher settles to pay off the local prostitute. Then she runs to the hotel to pay for her room that she used last week on credit and she puts the C-note back on the counter. The traveler then walks down the stairs saying the room wasn't satisfactory, picked up his C-note and drives out of town. Economic woes settled in full, everyone gets a better credit rating and now can repeat the cycle.
    3 answers · Politics · 2 years ago
  • Train and railroad ops now being in the spotlight, would you agree or disagree with these comments?

    I started working with the best conductors on the planet on SPs Sacramento and Oregon Divisions in 1972. And as razor sharp as they were, not all of them would have been good candidates for promotion to locomotive engineer. The reason is simple. There are different skill sets needed to be proficient at either. However at present, conductors MUST... show more
    I started working with the best conductors on the planet on SPs Sacramento and Oregon Divisions in 1972. And as razor sharp as they were, not all of them would have been good candidates for promotion to locomotive engineer. The reason is simple. There are different skill sets needed to be proficient at either. However at present, conductors MUST take promotion to engineer or have their employment terminated. The only reason why is to continue to force the consolidation of the crafts. Because of the money they make in doing so. So, whether or not a person is a good candidate for the position is moot. They are going to be jammed behind the throttle regardless of aptitude. An extreme analogy, but this is like requiring air port baggage handlers to ascend to the captain's seat whether they can handle the job or not. On what planet is this not insane? Wouldn't you agree?
    2 answers · Rail · 2 years ago
  • In the wake of the recent ATK derailment, would you agree or disagree with these comments?

    Starting in 1972, I worked with the best conductors on the planet on SP's Sacramento and Oregon Divisions. But, not all of them would have made good candidates for promotion to an engineer's position. The primary reason why is there are different skill sets needed to be proficient at either. Today, conductors MUST take promotion to engineer... show more
    Starting in 1972, I worked with the best conductors on the planet on SP's Sacramento and Oregon Divisions. But, not all of them would have made good candidates for promotion to an engineer's position. The primary reason why is there are different skill sets needed to be proficient at either. Today, conductors MUST take promotion to engineer or have their employment terminated. This is for one reason only. It is a part of the ongoing attempt by the carriers to consolidate the crafts. So, whether possessed of the necessary skills or not, a person gets forced behind the throttle. This applies to freight operations as well, and those are far more demanding than running passenger trains. On what level is this sane? I mean, it's like requiring airline baggage handlers to ascend to the pilot seat, isn't it? Would you agree?
    2 answers · Rail · 2 years ago
  • How can I check a non-family member's military service record.?

    Long story short. I am writing a non-fiction book. In it I have a person whom (the person himself did not tell me, someone else did) was said to be a member of the AVG (Flying Tigers). How can I confirm that this is true information? He will get his accolades but if not true, I don t want to disseminate incorrect info. Thanks in advance for the... show more
    Long story short. I am writing a non-fiction book. In it I have a person whom (the person himself did not tell me, someone else did) was said to be a member of the AVG (Flying Tigers). How can I confirm that this is true information? He will get his accolades but if not true, I don t want to disseminate incorrect info. Thanks in advance for the help.
    3 answers · Military · 2 years ago
  • I have authored a book using images that I have fund on line.?

    Of those images noted as copy right material I have tried to find the owners of this material to get their permission for use of the material. No contacts have been made. Having my hands tied in this matter, what is the recourse, if any. It has been suggested that I set aside a portion of the sales (if there is one) to cover any exigencies in the... show more
    Of those images noted as copy right material I have tried to find the owners of this material to get their permission for use of the material. No contacts have been made. Having my hands tied in this matter, what is the recourse, if any. It has been suggested that I set aside a portion of the sales (if there is one) to cover any exigencies in the future. So, what now? Thanks in advance
    6 answers · Law & Ethics · 3 years ago
  • Can you help with what I thought was an easy question?

    With regard to an articulated tandem compound it is easy to determine which is the low pressure and high pressure cylinders. But what about simple expansion articulated engines both under one boiler? Assuming a Yellowstone Whyte's arrangement 4-8-8-2, of which is the number one engine? Nearer the smokebox or nearer the fire? Now, turn that... show more
    With regard to an articulated tandem compound it is easy to determine which is the low pressure and high pressure cylinders. But what about simple expansion articulated engines both under one boiler? Assuming a Yellowstone Whyte's arrangement 4-8-8-2, of which is the number one engine? Nearer the smokebox or nearer the fire? Now, turn that around and we are talking about an SP cab-forward, a Yellowstone running in reverse. Are the number 1 and number 2 engines, as I am confident I can learn here, the same? Or, running reverse, the designation changes? I've checked Baldwin, Lima and ALCO builder's info but I still do not know which is the number 1 engine and the number 2 engine in either case. I appreciate the help.
    2 answers · Rail · 3 years ago
  • Granted, I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed, but is it true that...?

    ... they called it "PMS" because "Mad Cow Disease" was already taken? Thanks for helping me figure this out.
    ... they called it "PMS" because "Mad Cow Disease" was already taken? Thanks for helping me figure this out.
    3 answers · Women's Health · 3 years ago
  • I KNOW they're tryin' to kill me. Any help?

    Not posted in the wrong category. The international demographics here are tremendous. I've been locked in mortal combat with the gopher from hell and its progeny since 1986. I have a chair in the garden and last night they undermined it and I almost wound up on my butt this am. What doesn't work: Those smoke bombs you light and stick in a... show more
    Not posted in the wrong category. The international demographics here are tremendous. I've been locked in mortal combat with the gopher from hell and its progeny since 1986. I have a chair in the garden and last night they undermined it and I almost wound up on my butt this am. What doesn't work: Those smoke bombs you light and stick in a hole and cover. Just pissed 'em off and the half burnt stick was shoved out of the hole the next am. Chewing gum. Supposed to plug 'em up and kill 'em. They had it for dessert. What else is there? But I don't want to just kill 'em. I want them to feel the agony my squash and garlic felt. Any help?
    4 answers · Other - Home & Garden · 3 years ago
  • Height restrictions of objects near airports?

    I live a couple of miles from a very small municipal airport. What are the restrictions on elevated things nearby a small airport, such as flag poles etc., with regard to their maximum allowable height? Are there different restrictions with regard to structures? How high can you build before installation of red warning lights on the top? Thanks... show more
    I live a couple of miles from a very small municipal airport. What are the restrictions on elevated things nearby a small airport, such as flag poles etc., with regard to their maximum allowable height? Are there different restrictions with regard to structures? How high can you build before installation of red warning lights on the top? Thanks in advance for the help. .
    2 answers · Other - Cars & Transportation · 3 years ago
  • Things that we'll likely never see?

    I'm 62 and have seen many things we take for granted today. Even from that perspective and for all the miles in the rearview window, there are things I'll never live to see. I'll start the list and you cam add to it. 1. A black guy named, "Chuck." 2. Someone mauled to death by a by a Yorkie. 3. A car alarm that goes off... show more
    I'm 62 and have seen many things we take for granted today. Even from that perspective and for all the miles in the rearview window, there are things I'll never live to see. I'll start the list and you cam add to it. 1. A black guy named, "Chuck." 2. Someone mauled to death by a by a Yorkie. 3. A car alarm that goes off when someone is actually trying to STEAL the car, as opposed to the one that always lights up at 3:22 am in a motel parking lot because the wind is gusting to 2 mph. 4. A new, "easy open" container that actually IS easier to open. 5. Manageable plastic wrap. 6. Standardized debit card machines. 7. A "Save the Earth" bumper sticker on a car doing LESS than 82 mph that passed you up. 8. Carry on, if you please.
    9 answers · Polls & Surveys · 3 years ago