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  • September 1, 2011 - posted by Christopher Brimley - 3,459 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    by John Welther Photos by the author It's almost hard to believe that EMDs SD45 was first introduced about 40 years ago. These locomotives have always portrayed sheer muscle to me and one might even say they are the "Granddaddy" of sup...
  • Invalid date - posted by Christopher Brimley - 1,893 views - 0 comments - 1 like
      by Gene Green There it was.  Standing in Southern Pacific's Cotton Street Yard in El Paso, Texas was rail grinding equipment be longing to Loram Maintenance-of-Way, Incorporated of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since the Southe...
  • Invalid date - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,561 views - 0 comments - 2 likes
      Steve Orth described how to kit-convert an EMD SD45T-2 diesel from Athearn and Cannon parts in the October 2001 issue of "The Journal." The real "Tunnel Motor" diesels (including the prototypes for Athearn's SD40T-2) often display some severe ...
  • Invalid date - posted by Tasha Oates - 3,168 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    California Northern’s Napa Trash Trains Text & Photography by Sean Zwagerman A few miles south of California’s Napa Valley, known worldwide for its superb wines and locally for its crush of tourists, is a little-known pass through the Bay ...
  • Invalid date - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,063 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    By Jim Mansfield illustrations by LaViolette A. Martin This third in a series of hand-laid track articles covers the description of crossing components, and the construction of rail frogs and guardrails. A nice piece of track work is the rail crossing...
  • Invalid date - posted by Tasha Oates - 2,873 views - 0 comments - 0 likes
    By Jim Mansfield, Photos by the author The yet-to-be-installed double slip-switch recently constructed will have six of the JWRR basic control linkages. This common (for both manual and power controls) amounts to a solid .032 brass wire inserted i...