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#1 laming

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 06:50 PM

Well... I tried. I tried to capture some of the wonderful scenery the A&M runs through on the south end, but just couldn't bring it home in digital form. Plus, many, many ultra-neat scenes just couldn't be snapped on account of being too busy tending to business at the time.

That said... I did bring home SOME pics. We'll start off at Ft. Smith and work north to Winslow.

Pic 1 of 15:

First up is the Arkansas River drawbridge that we have to contend with everytime we cross over to Van Buren, Arkansas. Once the bridge is down and the pin's locked, we'll get an "Approach" signal and can then ease on over to the UP interlock.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 06:53 PM

Pic 2 of 15:

And now we're at the UP interlock. Luckily, today there were no passing trains to contend with... so we got a signal pronto and was off on our way. That's the intrepid Conductor tromping his way to the "box"...

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 06:57 PM

Pic 3 of 15:

Now we've tip-toed through Van Buren with its umpteen road crossings at grade... and left the Yard Limit board behind. We're clickin' em off at the allowable just north of Rudy, Arkansas.

Wish I could have caputured the scene just behind us and off to the left. There you'll see a large creek/small river by the name of "Frog Creek (Bayou)" with its beautiful jade green water, complete with some rapids, running right alongside 80' bluffs with pine trees growing out some of the crevices. Love the scene.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:00 PM

Pic 4 of 15:

Coming around a neat little cut lined with pines. As soon as we pop out of the cut, we'll be on a nifty little bridge over Frog Creek as we approach the location of the long-gone small town of "Lancaster"....

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:01 PM

Pic 5 of 15:

And now we're going over that bridge I mentioned above!

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:03 PM

Pic 6 of 15:

A picturesque pasture scene just south of Mountainburg, Arkansas.

The windows mute the colors of the sky: It was such a gorgeous day!

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:04 PM

Pic 7 of 15:

On the longest tangent on the line! (Maybe a mile long?) We're north of Chester, Arkansas, and getting ready to start pounding up the long grade to Winslow.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:07 PM

Pic 8 of 15:

We've blown through the isolated little hamlet of Schaberg, through Rock Cut... and now we're approaching Bridge 3. It's the smallest of the 3. It's almost 100' to the bottom of the crease it crosses. The train is now working 2.35%. It is one steep booger and is a looooong grade. Our northward freights routinely double to Winslow on it...

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:09 PM

Pic 9 of 10:

Bridge 2. Longer than Bridge 3, and right at 110' to the bottom. Still working 2.35%, by the way!

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:11 PM

Now we're coming up to the longest and tallest of the trestles on the A&M: Bridge 1. Bridge 1 is nearly 1000' long and it almost 140' to the floor of the holler it crosses. Oh, and yup... still working 2.35%!

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:13 PM

Pic 11 of 15:

An usuccessful attempt at peering down to the floor. Unfortunately, I was over the deepest portion, and I didn't have time to hang my camera out the window. So... this is the best I could do!

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:14 PM

Pic 12 of 15:

Here's a glimpse of the distant mountains taken while on Bridge 1...

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:15 PM

Pic 13 of 15:

Here's an attempt to look down at the floor. The picture is misleading. Those are full sized trees you're looking at below us. It really is a WAYS down there...

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:17 PM

Pic 14 of 15:

The 2.35% is almost over. It crests inside the summit tunnel that leads to quaint mountain town of Winslow, Arkansas. I recall the tunnel being 1300' or so long...

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:20 PM

Pic 15 of 15:

Coming into Winslow! This town has a fantastic railroad history, as it was on top of the ruling grade, both north and south. Helpers came to and from Winslow. Even in "my era", there used to be 3 tracks, complete with ties being loaded into gondola's.

Well... this was the last pic. I was getting ready to go to "work" as we would spot the train, cut off, and begin the run-around, air tests, etc, prior to the return trip.

Hope you enjoyed it!

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#16 Karl

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 09:23 PM

Thanks, enjoyed them all.

Cheers

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#17 old_codger

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 09:46 PM

Fantastic photography Mr. Ming. Beautiful shots. biggrin.gif

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 05:03 AM

Looks like your weather was a bit better than ours in cincinnati this weekend; just shovelled 10 inches of snow off the drive!!

Thanks for the pics.

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 08:24 AM

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Great photos...I'm becoming a big fan of the A & M.

By the way...what is a "Valued Customer"....I see some gentlemen have this line in their member description ?

thanks, Bud

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 08:27 AM

Awesome stuff Andre. Thanks for sharing!

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By the way...what is a "Valued Customer"....I see some gentlemen have this line in their member description ?

thanks, Bud


That title is given to those who have purchased from 3DTrains wink.gif