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  1. I'm not sure if you're still planning on Denver to Chicago, but if you are traveling across I-80, Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska has an extensive collection of all types of equipment that should interest you.

    And despite it's reputation, downtown Chicago is not a dangerous place.  You just have to avoid certain outlying areas and even the the daytime, they are safe to travel through.

  2. There was an early loader called the Honey Bee that could be what you saw. I know little about them, but I saw this at the Red Power Roundup in 2013.  It was labeled the Honey Bee Model 140 so perhaps it was based on the IH 140.  A little discussion I could find on them said they were particularly popular in fertilizer plants.


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  3. 1 hour ago, dale560 said:

    I was wondering what the water range was. They say in the way back days that is why towns were every 6 to 7 miles on railroad. First was people could only travel on horse and wagon so far but the trains needed water and coal frequently.

    Note that there are 3 tenders behind the loco to provide additional water since it's not easily accessible along the line since steam disappeared.  

    It is likely the steamer is pulling the train all the time with the diesels providing additional power if needed on the hills also there as a backup in case of a breakdown.  Many railroads that have steam runs these days have a diesel along"just in case".

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  4. I never handled one, but wasn't it one specific brand/design that was particularly dangerous?  

    Thanks for pointing out the difference between split rims and lock ring rims.


  5. 30 minutes ago, Dirt_Floor_Poor said:

    The number of Loadstar trucks manufactured must be an absolutely astronomical number. They are still everywhere. 

    About 45,000 per year for nearly 20 years!

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  6. 35 minutes ago, hardtail said:

    Admittedly a bit ignorant here what steam lines are on a diesel locomotive? The air tanks would pose the biggest risk I'm thinking?

    It wasn't until the 1980s that passenger cars began to use electric heat.  Before that, it was steam lines left over from the steam engine days when most of those cars were built and newer ones still used steam because that was all that was available.  Passenger diesels had a steam boiler inside the body to provide the heat to the cars.

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  7. The serial number is as close to a VIN as you'll find. The BMV probably combined the model with the serial for a VIN on the title.  The WHS should be able to get your lineset with that serial.

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  8. Definitely not Canada.  Some light lines and Scouts were assembled in Canada before the trade agreement removing tariffs on vehicles moving across the border in 1965, none after that.


  9. On 1/31/2024 at 10:17 AM, New Englander said:

    I'll probably keep flying jets part time as long as I'm current. Same company has me penciled in for a couple of possible trips. Per Diem rate is quite good. Of course I have my Cessna to entertain me and do some traveling. My wife and I have hit a few spots in the Maritime provinces, easy trip for it.

    Keeping current involves more than I want as recurrent training is around $25,000 so when it runs out I'll be done.

    How long will you remain current--probably an annual thing?

  10. Eric Brown, a test pilot who might be called England's Chuck Yaegar, reportedly flew 487 different airplane types in his career, tells of being sent to pick up the first helicopter in England. "Is there a manual?"  "No, just figure it out" and he managed to get it to where it had to go which seems more difficult than a plane.  Google will reveal some interesting stories on him.


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