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May 08, 2013 12:50 as a reply to  @ post 1171344 |  #1831

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May 08, 2013 21:59 |  #1832

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May 10, 2013 05:13 as a reply to  @ Itsed65's post |  #1833

Worked on these when I was an apprentice on the Western Region of British Rail, don't recall them being this clean though :p

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Did not work on this stuff, I not that old!!!!

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May 12, 2013 12:41 |  #1837

Very nice Clare!


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May 12, 2013 15:01 |  #1838

S_Egbert wrote in post #15924558 (external link)
Very nice Clare!

Thank you very much, Steve.




  
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May 13, 2013 18:46 as a reply to  @ BambersImages's post |  #1839

Ltdave wrote in post #15896454 (external link)
this is an AAR type E coupler
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there is a turn bar that allows the portion on the viewers left to open up like the knuckles on your hand. when opened, it doesnt take a lot of effort for a 2nd coupler knuckle to come in and they both close and lock simultaneously...

to uncouple cars, you just lift on the bar to unlatch them and they will pull away...

also the airline has has whats called a glad-hand. when they (one on each hose) is in a straight line, there is no latching. as the weight of the hose pulls them down they 'lock' together. if a train should become uncoupled the hoses straighten out (from the weight of the cars pulling apart) and the hoses straighten out, they come disconnected and the brakes lose their air pressure. the brakes are set without air pressure and are held un-set or off by air pressure provided from the locomotive...

i dont know how the UK couplers work other than i think they are just big iron links from a chain that are pinned together somehow...

Also, when uncoupling and pulling apart, the angle cock (the valve just above the left coupler) on the locomotive side must be closed or the locomotive will lose its air as well and its brakes will set also. Then the crew is delayed while the air is recovered so the locomotive can move...

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...shot in Bixby, Arizona last year.

That looks like it's outside of the gauge, where it wouldn't be of consequence.


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May 14, 2013 09:38 |  #1840

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...shot in Bixby, Arizona last year.

JWright wrote in post #15928883 (external link)
That looks like it's outside of the gauge, where it wouldn't be of consequence.

Would a work crew have turned the rail around to get more life out of the rail?


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May 14, 2013 12:39 as a reply to  @ Inspeqtor's post |  #1841

Decided to have a play with my new 100-400L. Dreadful weather though but made for quite atmospheric shots. :D

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May 14, 2013 13:19 as a reply to  @ Frosticles's post |  #1842

Inspeqtor wrote in post #15930739 (external link)
Would a work crew have turned the rail around to get more life out of the rail?

Yes, they would.

Most of the wear on rails occurs on curves where the wheel flange on the outside wheels bears against the rail. That's why most railroads use flange lubricators on their locomotives. The track crew at my museum has been replacing ties in some of the curves on our line and they routinely move the inner rail to the outside of the curve to get more wear out of it.


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May 14, 2013 13:22 |  #1843

JWright wrote in post #15931479 (external link)
Yes, they would.

Most of the wear on rails occurs on curves where the wheel flange on the outside wheels bears against the rail. That's why most railroads use flange lubricators on their locomotives. The track crew at my museum has been replacing ties in some of the curves on our line and they routinely move the inner rail to the outside of the curve to get more wear out of it.

I learn something new everyday. Do they do this on class 1 lines?


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May 15, 2013 18:52 |  #1844

Flange greasers are often placed just before tight curves. Never heard of changing rails for inside to outside, not on a class 1. Just replace the rail. Integrity of the rail could be compromised.


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May 15, 2013 22:58 |  #1845

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I learn something new everyday. Do they do this on class 1 lines?

Not when it's welded rail. It would be a very difficult and not very cost-effective process.


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