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Re: Old diesel

Postby TTTerrific » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:12 pm

re the smokey old Alco,

Back in the day when Alco diesels (all of them) were running on US and Canadian rails, railroaders dubbed these locos "honorary steam locomotives" due the prodigious amounts of black smoke produced by these diesels when starting up from idle.
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Re: Old diesel

Postby Tom Dempsey » Thu May 05, 2011 12:46 pm

I've watched this twice, everything was done exactly correctly and in compliance with current practice and title 49. Frankly, better than most shortlines I've observed and/or worked for. The reason the engineer backed slightly during uncoupling was to release the couplers to allow for seperation. As far as the air in the hose, this is required due to prohibitions on "bottling air". These guys look really experienced to me. Tom Dempsey, Spokane, WA
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Re: Old diesel

Postby sacto-tt » Thu May 05, 2011 1:53 pm

Also, since the air lines are charged, attempting to release them manually can result in quite a slap by the hose. While watching my dad back away from a side-dump gondola, I've seen the hose pop out to the side and fly off!! Oops. :shock:
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