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Here are a few pictures from today's trip/

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Crossing gate used on State roads

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Crossing used on  city streets (No gates)

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Old style crossing used at Promontory (No Lights)

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Old grade at promontory (curves across the valley to stay within 1.5% grade.

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another view of grade.

to be continued....

 

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I went out to photograph an old spike maul (hammer)

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Here is the result

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ever wonder how and why steam locomotives shoot steam out the sides as they start?

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there are valves they open at the bottom of the cylinder to start it moving

 

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Here is a track switch out at Promontory, Utah.  

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This is the frog end of the switch

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Closer to the points now.

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Looking at the points end of the switch

Notice the ends are not pointed.  No part of the double rail section moves.

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The Control arm and signal.  It's just a locking lever with a signal bar on top

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The rail marked with arrows moves.   It floats (not spiked down) and has spacers to keep the rails the correct distance apart.

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This is the type of switch that would have been used in 1869 as it required only 2 rails to be curved, no cutting or sharpening of points, and 2 guard rails and a frog.  With a locking control bar for the slide, switch would have to be set each direction, but simplicity itself.

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Just now, Neo said:

Hi Curt,

I've merged some of your topics about your traveling to improve the overview of the forums.

Kind regards,

Neo

Thanks, I should have thought of that.  BTW: Cole (the 119 Engineer) really liked MBS.

 

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Hello, Curt,
thank you for these interesting pictures, which reveal historical solutions for the installation of switches. These give me a new perspective on the technical art of engineering that was possible in the past - simple but accurate.
I am enthusiastic about the ingenuity of the former railway engineers,
many greetings from
Henry

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An Old Style Buffer Stop.  Not to stop a runaway Locomotive, but a loose Freight car.

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Historic grade with a 4 KM radius curve, necessary to obtain a grade of less than 2%.  Old locomotives could not handle a grade of 2% or more.

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