Visit to Atchison, KS

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Visit to Atchison, KS

Postby sacto-tt » Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:28 pm

While on a recent business trip, I visited Atchison, KS (Original home of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe). Lots of railroading going on there. The museum is OK, but the real draw is the railroad...

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Prefab Switch 2


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Guy building a Prefab switch


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Amazingly huge Hi-Railer


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Leveling out some ballast
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Re: Visit to Atchison, KS

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Jun 20, 2016 1:11 am

Cool pics. Thanks for the switch closeups - I find all the mechanical details interesting.
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Re: Visit to Atchison, KS

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:55 am

Neat photos. :thumbup:
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Re: Visit to Atchison, KS

Postby areibel » Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:42 am

It's neat they're using Pandrol clips instead of spikes, I've heard the big railroads were using them but that's the first I've actually seen them.
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Re: Visit to Atchison, KS

Postby sacto-tt » Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:56 am

As far as I could tell, they only used the clips on the prefab turnouts. The mainline and all the sidings were spiked.

Here are a few more pics:

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Entire Hi-Railer consist


The machine sitting on the gondola is used for moving bundles of ties.

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Tie moving machine.


I thought the gondola looked a lot like the ones RobM made.

Nice commemorative plaque.

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Hmm, this picture appears to be vertical when I look at it on my computer. Oh well.
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Re: Visit to Atchison, KS

Postby ctxmf74 » Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:49 am

Nice photos. What are the narrow gauge tracks in the foreground for? .....DaveB
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Re: Visit to Atchison, KS

Postby Bernd » Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:07 am

ctxmf74 wrote:Nice photos. What are the narrow gauge tracks in the foreground for? .....DaveB


I noticed those too. Looks like about 3" scale.

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Re: Visit to Atchison, KS

Postby sacto-tt » Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:13 pm

Those "narrow gauge" tracks are for a train ride. The gauge is about 12" based on shoe leather measuring. All of the locos/rolling stock were in the car barn so I wasn't able to get any pictures of them.
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Re: Visit to Atchison, KS

Postby gerhard_k » Thu Jun 23, 2016 4:56 pm

sacto-tt wrote:Those "narrow gauge" tracks are for a train ride. The gauge is about 12" based on shoe leather measuring. All of the locos/rolling stock were in the car barn so I wasn't able to get any pictures of them.

On the photo of the ballast maintainer, maybe they should employ some of that effort on the train-ride track in the foreground... That is some casual track alignment! :naughty:
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Re: Visit to Atchison, KS

Postby sacto-tt » Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:06 pm

Visit - Part 2.

Since I had another business trip to Missouri/Kansas, I decided to do a little more rail fanning. I visited a number of places including Belton (train ride), St Joseph (rail yard) and Atchison (rail yard, museum).

These were in Belton:

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Truck of 12 wheel Army Flat car from the 50s


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Builder's Plate of flat car


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Sprung Frog on old siding. Was well greased!


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Interesting ties, appear to be compressed wood bits.
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