Rail roads and their tracks.

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I've read the diesels that accompany these exhibition trains aren't needed for horsepower.

The helper diesels are needed for modern requirements re signalling, electricity generation that matches passenger cars behind, (there are several 'standards') and most important, engine braking and reliable air for train braking.
I watched the video where the chief engineer said the electric/desiel engine was need to keep the big boys brakes pads from wearing out. He said there was no longer the necessary under car pits to service them and hoped to get home on the same set.
 
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In '75 and '76 they had the Freedom Train touring the country. It was a Northern type if I remember correctly. I got to see it in Indiana and in Florida. I used to have a couple of smashed out pennies I put on the track for it to run over, but I lost them on the move when we built this house.

The 1975 - 1976 American Freedom Train
It came to South Bend in 1975. They parked it next to where the old St. Joe High School was at the time. That's the spur that leads from Holy Cross Junior College south into the northeast side of downtown where the city had a coal yard, and Rose Brick was located.

It was neat. Lots of displays inside the cars. (y)
 
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A BNSF switch crew ran into a hiccup today while switching the General Mills elevators on Rice's Point in Duluth MN. Wednesday, 11/8/23. Thanks for keeping this thread about RR's.
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I've read the diesels that accompany these exhibition trains aren't needed for horsepower.

The helper diesels are needed for modern requirements re signalling, electricity generation that matches passenger cars behind, (there are several 'standards') and most important, engine braking and reliable air for train braking.
I talked with a crew member on a B&O (?) excursion in North Judson IN, about the diesels. He told me they used the engine braking to give the locomotive something to "pull against" for a better show. Sounded legit to me.
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A BNSF switch crew ran into a hiccup today while switching the General Mills elevators on Rice's Point in Duluth MN. Wednesday, 11/8/23. Thanks for keeping this thread about RR's.View attachment 831173
What happened? Soft ground? Rail folded over? Ran off the end of the track? 2607 pushed it too hard against an immovable line of cars? ???
 
 
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