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Abandoned Steam Logging Locomotives In The Woods In Northern Maine.

by Anura Guruge

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Deadly Train Derailment In The Bronx. Train Was Being PUSHED By Locomotive, Not Pulled. End of Story! Explains Everything.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE. From 'NY Times'. Use link below to access their original coverage. The red circle marks the engine -- the locomotive.

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘NY Times’. Use link below to access their original coverage. The red circle marks the engine — the locomotive.

Click here to access ‘NY Times’ coverage and other pictures.

I don’t have the time to go into this in detail BUT I have been a train buff all my life — more so at times than others.
I have even driven actual passenger trains pulled by Canadian diesel engines!
That I have a fairly large collection of train books will attest to this interest because I only collect books on fields that I follow …

A train being PUSHED from the back, especially when negotiating a sharp bend,
is NEVER as stable, and as such safe,
as a train being PULLED from the front.

Push-Pull commuter trains is a peculiar, COST CUTTING U.S. operational mode.

When I first saw it in the U.S. I was horrified. Aghast! 

It is basic intuitive physics. Try it.

Why do we invariably PULL heavy things. The stability.

This train that derailed would have had a BETTER CHANCE of staying upright if it was being pulled.

Why do they do it. COST SAVINGS.

Commuter trains. Go from A to B and back to A again.

Ideally you have a double track system with switching so that the engine can be moved from front-to-back so to speak so that on the way back it is also still pulling.

Or, as they do in other countries you use TWO power units (locomotives) — one at the front, one at the back. Then you always have one unit PULLING the train.

In the U.S., with the mania for cost savings, they don’t do either.

They PULL the train one way and they PUSH it the way back.

Then you get derailments like this.

Mark my words. I do know about this stuff.

NTSB, aware of the economic impact, will FUDGE their report.
They know that they can’t ban this type of operation.
A few deaths, every few years, is worth it per their calculations.

Click to access. Google 'push-pull safety'. Mark my words.

Click to access. Google ‘push-pull safety’. Mark my words.

“Railroad Alaska” On ‘Destination America’ TV — A Must IF You Are A Train Buff (or Nut) Like Me.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

I used to think that trains were in my blood. But, now I realize that that is unlikely since I was adopted. But, on my adopted mother’s side there was a lot of railway blood — my adopted mother’s father was a station master and her brother was a engine driver. So, given these connections, I have actually driven, i.e., hands on throttle, two diesel passenger trains and worked as a fireman on a steam train. I have lots of model train stuff — some that work some that don’t. I will always stop and look at a train. I read books about trains and have a fairly large collection of large books on trains. Yes, I am a confirmed train buff. Love trains.

So when I happened to see this program ‘Railroad Alaska‘ on the DirecTV electronic program guide I had to ‘DVR’ it to see what it was all about. We have watched Alaska-related programs during our 6 – 7 pm Family TV time. So I recorded this for family TV. During the first few minutes Teischan, who does like to watch Fast n’Loud & Northwoods Law, was not impressed. Then she was hooked. We watched a second episode yesterday.

It is fairly compelling. The scenery is breathtaking. Yes, I have been to Alaska — albeit just to Anchorage, on business! I would prefer to see more about the trains and technical details as opposed to the ‘human angle’. But, I appreciate that I am in the minority when it comes to that.

So, if you get ‘Destination America’ and you like trains or Alaska try and watch an episode or two.


I like big, brawny engines — whether steam or diesel.
I, thanks to this show, am in awe of these engines.
They are brawny and visually appealing.

I had to go check them out.

They are EMD SD70 series engines.

Google Doodle For French Industrial Designer, Creator Of Elegant Steam Engines, Raymond Loewy’s 120 Birthday Anniversary.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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I can’t say that I knew the name though I am familiar with the iconic S1 Steam Engine.

There was a Doodle for Indian ‘magic’ mathematician  Shakuntala Devi yesterday. I didn’t cover it because I really couldn’t see a ROI.

But, I had to cover Loewy just because of the S1. NOT, by a long chalk, one of my favorite steam engines,
but I kind of like it because it is kind of gaudy.

Lets be fair, YOU can’t beat us Brits when it came to designing steam engines that will make your heart flutter.

Click to access Wikipedia.

Click to access Wikipedia.

The iconic, but kind of gawky, Pennsylvania Railroad’s S1 steam locomotive.

The British, more muscular, overtly MORE phallic, equivalents:

Now, I love this engine. Form and function.