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Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by ebtmikado on Sun Apr 29 19:28:22 2012


CTA Fantrip Derailment

Lee

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Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Sun Apr 29 19:32:03 2012, in response to Some Railfans Have All the Luck!, posted by ebtmikado on Sun Apr 29 19:28:22 2012.

Cool! Did a ride on Mount Washington's cog railway once and derailed. Leaves you with nice story and chuckles. Sympathies to the folks who had to go out there and jack it back onto the rails tho' ...

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Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by Jersey Mike on Sun Apr 29 19:36:42 2012, in response to Some Railfans Have All the Luck!, posted by ebtmikado on Sun Apr 29 19:28:22 2012.

I hope the CTA refunds the charter fee or provides a makeup charter.

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Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Sun Apr 29 19:42:00 2012, in response to Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!, posted by Jersey Mike on Sun Apr 29 19:36:42 2012.

Somehow I suspect nobody will want to ask for their money back. "Museum" trips never include a full display of emergency procedures and a structure walk now do they? :)

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Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by Train Man Paul : Metro-North's Best Conductor FOR ALL 3 LINES!!! on Mon Apr 30 07:45:18 2012, in response to Some Railfans Have All the Luck!, posted by ebtmikado on Sun Apr 29 19:28:22 2012.

I wonder if David Harrison (ChicagoPCCLCars) was on this trip??

Reminds me of the APTA International Rail Rodeo in Miami, FL (Miami-Dade Transit) in 2004, when during the operating competition, (INCIDENTALLY!!) Chicago CTA was running during their turn in the competition, which was in MDT Palmetto Yard, adjacent to (and by rail physically connected to FEC's Hialeah Yard), and as they approached a portion of the course, the rail shifted beneath the train, and the train derailed. NYCT's team (which included yours truly, as this was my last few months at the TA) had got done early. However MNR, and I believe St. Louis, and SEPTA were marooned out there until at least 6 or 7 PM (NYCT was done by about 12 pm). Yeah, it was in itself something to talk about!!! No operator was found at fault, as the problem was caused by a track defect.

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Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by Jersey Mike on Mon Apr 30 08:37:24 2012, in response to Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!, posted by SelkirkTMO on Sun Apr 29 19:42:00 2012.

Depends on how much of the trip had been completed. I wouldn't trade a whole day on a charter for a 5 minute ride and emergency evacuation.

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Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by ChicagoPCCLCars on Mon Apr 30 11:18:13 2012, in response to Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!, posted by Train Man Paul : Metro-North's Best Conductor FOR ALL 3 LINES!!! on Mon Apr 30 07:45:18 2012.

No I was not on this trip. It seems to have been organized by actual railroad people, both working and retired. There were only 40 and they paid $100 apiece. The Snowflake Charter a month ago had 260 plus at $42. Advance warning....the 20th Century RR Club is planning a charter this coming October. Charter dates and where you can go is limited this year due to the track work on the Loop "L". The 20th Century charter is on a weekend when the Marathon is scheduled so there will be no track work that weekend. I have a private charter for MSI-Chicago and Tower 18 is scheduled to be closed so we will have to use the Red line subway to get from south to north. The crew on Sunday's derailment was the same as on the Snowflake, so when a CTA spokesperson said, "The crew is tops." she was correct. But at only 40 people I imagine it was only a two-car charter and the CTA added two more cars for a four car minimum. Present management doesn't like to run two car trains anymore, with one exception. They're afraid of getting stuck over a section gap.

David Harrison

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Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Mon Apr 30 18:25:24 2012, in response to Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!, posted by Jersey Mike on Mon Apr 30 08:37:24 2012.

Sometimes the story from a bad ride is worth more than the ride would have been. :)

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Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Mon Apr 30 19:31:48 2012, in response to Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!, posted by SelkirkTMO on Sun Apr 29 19:42:00 2012.

Yeah, these dudes got their money's worth. Except for the D-type trip into Linden Yard, we never got this sort of opportunity here.

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Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by George Foelschow on Mon Apr 30 20:17:48 2012, in response to Some Railfans Have All the Luck!, posted by ebtmikado on Sun Apr 29 19:28:22 2012.

My understanding is that the charter was NOT sponsored by Illinois Railway Museum. It was chartered by private persons, some or all of whom are IRM members, as a benefit to the museum.

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Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Mon Apr 30 20:24:25 2012, in response to Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Mon Apr 30 19:31:48 2012.

Nothing like structure walkies to make a foamer's day. :)

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Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by merrick1 on Mon Apr 30 20:26:37 2012, in response to Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!, posted by SelkirkTMO on Mon Apr 30 18:25:24 2012.

The best fan trip incident I ever experienced was back in the 1970's. It was a train of BMT Standards. The brakes tripped heading up the grade to Smith 9th Streets. When the motorman tried to get moving the combination of wet rail and the grade and curve caused the wheels to slip. On the second try he got moving with the wheels slipping like crazy. The sound from the gears was amazing!

I was kind of hoping we would all get out and push :)

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Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Mon Apr 30 21:18:32 2012, in response to Re: Some Railfans Have All the Luck!, posted by merrick1 on Mon Apr 30 20:26:37 2012.

Stalls on an upgrade are a motorman's worst nightmare. I did it on the Manny B once and it sucked. Had to GET a push. :(

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