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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 06:27 am
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Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
If they could adapt it to eat automobiles
It could be useful on the Freeway into Long Beach


I WANT ONE !

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Eddie


Ha, I used to live in San Marcos (North San Diego) and drove at least twice a month into LA, my company wanted me to move up there, but I always told them nope, I only came up for the meetings and to remind myself I wanted nothing to do with living near Hollywood or the 405. :doh:

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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 02:12 pm
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Eddie,

You'd need a fleet of wreckers to clear that 405, more correctly known as the LA Linear Car Park at most times of the day. I'd move to Laguna if I were you.

I've usually found it a close call between the 405 crawl or the never ending intersection traffic lights, discount booze outlets and tattoo parlours along Lincoln and through south LA to the Alamo or Budget hire return points at LAX. After which I'm usually glad to bid Ciao, Au Revoir to the LA area In general, except maybe Santa Monica and Venice seafronts - no offence intended to any U.S. West Coast Freerailers.

Regards, Michael

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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 03:02 pm
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The loco drivers (wheels, not blokes) don't drop much as they go into space going across places where the rail has been removed. The equalization makes the load go to adjacent drivers.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 03:19 pm
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Herb,

....and non compensated drivers (the majority of proper locos in my shop experience), would only drop as far as the horn guide keep plates or jointed/non jointed side rods would allow. So any non rail supported drivers would simply hang loose as far as the above limits allow.

Correct weight distribution between non compensated driving axles is achieved by 'tuning' up the retaining nuts on the spring buckles (the the vertical rods that keep in place the leading and trailing ends of the driving axle springs) - as I'm sure you already know !

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That reminds me of a potentially very nasty accident that happened one day, sadly with an unhappy outcome.

A trailing driving axle buckle rod broke and one of the leaf Spring plates vibrated out sideways just eneough to foul the trailing arc of the driving wheel spokes. If the spring plate had vibrated the opposite way it would simply have banged against the leading arc of the wheel spokes.

As it happened the spring plate jammed solid into an advancing spoke. The whole driving axle was forced up and the wheel set landed out of gauge on both sides. Somewhat inexplicably, the crew thought they could re-rail the wheel set by setting off slowly ahead. Next thing they had the whole damn loco off the road, still attached to the fully loaded passenger coaches (cars) behind, but fortunately the loco remained upright. The passenger set was pulled back wards to the station by a rescue loco and I believe fares were refunded.

An emergency rerailing crew of volunteer fitters arrived with hand operated retailing jacks, skid plates etc. Very sadly, and much to my personal annoyance at the footplate "crew" involved ( I use the word crew very inexactly, ( absolute clowns or criminals would better suit) one of our older, more portly, fitters collapsed and died on the spot of a massive heart attack. At least the trains now pass right by his final resting place, beside the track. Two of my friends are now buried along that road - at least I like to think they are both buried on "the right side of the tracks".

No names, no location but it was one of the last straws, amongst several others, as to why I quit donating many,many hours of my qualified skilled time, travelling costs etc. to a fairly ungrateful preservation organisation. So far as I know, the 'offenders' weren't even suspended or permanently downgraded. In the proper days their tickets would have been stamped "Not to be re-employed".

Regards, Michael

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Another not quite so RAPID railroad destructor.


I think they had derailment problems though ...


... it may have SELF DESTRUCTED !!


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