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Part 4 of Virginia and Truckee Railroad’s Ed Gallegos, Cab Ride on #29


Here is the final installment of four videos showing a day back in September, 2008 where I followed Ed Gallegos around at the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Next will be a video showing Ed firing the 2010 Trains and Travel International First Annual Virginia and Truckee Railfan Spectacular. This video is a little different than the Ed Gallegos Show Parts 1-3, because now Ed is running the locomotive and doesn’t have time to ham it up. Here you see the sometimes boring experience of riding in the cab of a steam locomotive. While everyone has a romanticized notion of driving a steam train, this video shows that in some ways it’s just another job, and it gets boring. This is showing the short run from Virginia City to Gold Hill. Originally the Virginia and Truckee Railroad started operations in 1976 running from Virginia City to Tunnel 4 and back. Once Tunnel 4 was finished and tracks were laid to Gold Hill in the 1990’s, the Virginia City — Gold Hill run delighted tourists for another decade or more. Recently, in 2009 and 2010, the $10 million construction project to extend the line has seen partial completion for about $40 million. Now you can just ride the short run, or you can ride the long run from Far-Far-East Carson City to Virginia City. On the long run you will see a highway, junkyards, a storage space complex, a racetrack, a buried pile of tires, environmental devastation in the for of old mines and mills, and if you’re lucky you’ll see a wild horse. The tracks

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Experiments to derail trains – World War Two RailRoads & Spectacular Train Crash Documentary


In March 1944 the United States National Defense Resources Committee & Office of Strategic Services performed a number of experiments on the Claiborne-Polk military railroad to help determine the best way to derail trains. The results were presented in the film “Derailment”. The film discusses amount of explosive used, technique of making “gaps” in railroad track to overturn train. Uses filmographic techniques such as slow motion, reverse motion, and freeze frame to show effects of “gaps” and explosives on train and results of experiments. Illustrated arrows point to areas of train considered especially relevant to experiment. Narrator explains each type of explosive and reason for variations.

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A Great Railroad at Work – 1942 American Railroads & Trains Documentary


Climb aboard the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in the early 1940’s and ride behind electric & steam locomotives and first generation diesels. This film also shows a wide range of buses, trolleys, ferries and other modes of transport owned by the railroad to help perform its core business of freight and passenger transportation. There are scenes from inside the workshops, in the freight yards, views of the “Yankee Clipper” and inside the luxury passenger carriages. The railroad infrastructure is seen, including the large stations. You’ll even see trains being transferred via barges along the rivers!

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If the price of diesel continues to increase, will we see railroads return to coal-fired steam locomotives?

I’m not suggesting a return to the old-fashioned “choo-choo train” of the 19th century, but is steam (or some other means of harnessing the energy in coal) a viable 21st century fuel source for trains?

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Writer/researcher looking for an expert in steam trains/cog railroads to advise in an article…?

Hello–I am searching for an expert in 19th century-era steam trains/cog rail to assist with a VERY intriguing project/article. Specifically, I need someone to identify an object associated within the train realm. I would prefer someone with verifiable credentials or associations within this field, and someone willing to use their real name and those credentials within a published article. Thanks.

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America’s Railroads – The Steam Train Legacy

America’s Railroads – The Steam Train Legacy

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Steam Trains: A Modern View of Yesterday’s Railroads

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Few images speak as clearly of a time and a place as a dramatic black-and-white photograph of an American steam locomotive powering through that storied era of railroad history. All the new photographs in this beautiful book meticulously recreate that original style, capturing the bygone age of steam rail against the settings of its heyday, including period architecture and other details. The result is the crisp, stunning quality of contemporary photography – reprod… More >>

Steam Trains: A Modern View of Yesterday’s Railroads

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Model Trains and railroads

Model trains have captivated the imaginations of hobbyists for a long time. It serves as a magnificent means by which to display your own creativity and spend your time. There are many interesting facets of model trains and railroads, aside from simply collecting steam engines. Collecting model trains as a hobby consists of constructing landscapes and acquiring the knowledge regarding model trains, such as gauges and scales.

A model train’s scale denotes the item’s overall size as compared to the larger, real archetype. O, G, HO and N are four of the most favorite measures in model trains. The G scale (1:22 ratio) and O scale (1:48 ratio) are part of the larger-scale trains classification. These all function along a No.1 track. The HO scale (1:87 ratio) is a fraction of the O scale’s magnitude. The HO scale figuratively signifies half of O. N scale (1:160 ratio) is a quarter of H scale and half of the HO scale. All of them bear their own good points and objectives. The S, TT and Z scales are different, less popular scales. The ratio of S scale is 1:64. The TT scale, with a ratio of 1:120, is slightly greater than the N scale. The Z scale, which has a ratio of 1:220, is even tinier than the N scale.

A hot topic amongst train enthusiasts is the gauge, which is the size of a track between its two rails. Since there are so many distinct model train producers, all of them needed to settle for specific measurements to make their trains and tracks transposable.  A normal gauge will generally measure up to be 4 feet and 8.5 inches in length. A narrow gauge is a word applied to rails that come closer together than a normal gauge would. Typically, they measure up to approximately three to three and a half feet in length.

The scenery is another large side to model trains. Train enthusiasts place and run their model trains through scenic setups.  These layouts could be planned and formulated to match the hobbyist’s ideas. Thus, they can include trees, meadows, valley hills, fields, rock formations and mountains. A spectacular appearance could comprise of bodies of water, such as lakes, waterfalls, ponds, rivers or streams. Determining the location for your track within the landscape can be enjoyable and artistic. You could set up your track in such a way that allows your train to incessantly run in a circle. It could be set up in the figure eight, in the shape of a dog bone, or a fundamental oval shape. It would be a good idea to assemble the track in a prominent curve shape, as this would prevent the train from derailing.

Building model trains is a very large aspect when it comes to hobbies. People of all ages have found themselves involved in its delight and amusement. Sharing the experience with children or grandchildren is one of the most exciting parts of constructing model trains.

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