Posted 31 March 2011 - 12:42 PM
So, you used to drive a truck too! I drove back in the 80's, for about three years before my wife got tired of it. I was driving mostly Mid-South area, hauling either grain or lumber.
And I see you have my job now. I am hoping when I die, I will get to be an engineer in heaven. I saw on the web where I can go to Rusk, TX and drive a steam engine. Do you know anything about that tourist RR?
Posted 31 March 2011 - 06:41 PM
Surprise! That's what happens when you run past your Train Order authority in dark territory!
I can't remember that activity, but a general tip: Be sure you're tripping the double reverse points at a meeting place. You can tell when they're tripped by bringing up the F4 window. When the little hook(s) disappears... the reverse points are tripped. Your switches should line before/behind... and you're ready to wait for the opposing train.
Some parts of the StLNA route are pretty darn close in regards to "feel". Other locations, I used poetic license. IF I had it to do all over again... I'd use less poetic license and more prototype. However, in all, the StLNA is a fun little route.
I used to haul lumber, too. Uncanny, huh?
Though I still enjoy railroading, I gotta' tell you that today's railroading just ain't like it used to be. (In a lesser sense.)
I don't know much at all about the Texas State RR.
Speaking of steam: In retrospect, I look back now and feel that the paychecks I drew for running steam engines at the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas were some of the most rewarding and enjoyable RR paychecks I've ever drawn.
I really miss that little line.
Posted 01 April 2011 - 08:50 AM
It always takes a little longer when you are OLD!! It is fun though. Thanks for all your work.
Posted 04 April 2011 - 12:53 PM
I wanted to give you another compliment on the StL&NA. I got my wife to come in when I was sitting at Beaver and asked her if she recognized where it was. We came across the bridge over the White and stopped at the Beaver depot. When I asked her where we were (I told her she had been there before) she immediately recognized the Ozarks. Alas, she didn't recognize Beaver, she's not THAT old! When I reminded her about crossing the White, she remembered the suspension bridge and knew where it was. By the way, if you want to cross the bridge, you better do it soon. The AHTD has it in their crosshairs.
Posted 07 April 2011 - 05:29 PM
It's funny how we've all come to recognize parts of Arkansas through Andre's work. The other night, I was watching a Smithsonian program of a aerial view of Arkansas. One of the opening shots was a town perched on a hillside and my first reaction was that the railroad should have run "there". Of course, it was Eureka Springs.
Because all the footage was shot from the air, you could see just how rugged the terrain is. I am always amazed at the thought of someone hiking or riding on horseback into these areas and thinking "Yeh, I think in can put a track through here".
Have fun, but watch your air!