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  1. kenw

    short road trip

    A short 'road trip' (from Cypress, Tx to Katy, about 15 miles...) yesterday to see Miss Katy on display in Katy, Texas for the 4th. The town was named for the railroad and she often comes home to visit. The locals were here to see her, lots of families and kids taking advantage of the photo op...
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    Camera/Tripod Shaking! How can I fix it?

    It appears to be wind or vibration from the passing train. Vibration you won't be able to do much about other than move away more unless you have vibration reduction as Tom mentioned (Nikon VR or Canon IS are examples). For wind, the simple solution is to hang a weight (backpack, etc) from the...
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    Today's Catch-UP 1982

    My favorite for personal reasons: my grandfather worked for MoPac and predecessor I&GN. Just received an HO model of it as payment for some photos.
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    Interesting use of old covered hoppers

    Looks like tubes enter at top and exit from bottom. Can't get much closer, best view is this Google Earth shot.
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    Interesting use of old covered hoppers

    Found these at lunch today. The circled hoppers have been recycled and are used as some type of in-process storage. They don't appear to have trucks anymore.
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    Last pics of 2014

    BTW the 1st is South of Brenham in Kenney.
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    Last pics of 2014

    Nope not me. The area is pretty popular with railfans.
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    Last pics of 2014

    Bill, these are near Brenham where we have some small rolling hills. It is about 1 hour NW of Houston.
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    Last pics of 2014

    Spent Monday along the BNSF Galveston sub in some familiar spots. Happy New Year to you and yours!
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    Today's lunch shot

    ...from Westfield, Tx (N of Houston) brings us a very long mixed drag with just about everything imagineable heading south to Houston. Also, i noticed a very unusual sounding horn on this one. Anyone know why?
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    Industries along the tracks: Breweries

    Modern breweries are located close to their markets: cities. The cost of transportation of their finished prodct to their customers is a major consideration. A large one in Houston (Anheuser-Busch) is at the intersection of major highways (IH 10 /IH610) and has rail service for incoming raw...
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    What kinds of freight does the Kansas City Southern specialize in carrying?

    KCS has direct lines to Mexico and serves the automobile industry on both sides of the border. Thru Texas, they carry coil steel into Mexico a lot, and loaded autoracks back north. As mentioned, they are strong in the chemical traffic around the Texas/Louisiana coast. I believe what made KCS the...
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    Miss Belle's Grand Entrance

    Spent a few hours at the old haunt in Rosenberg (TX), it is the ONLY thing I miss about my old job! It was an ugly day, heavy overcast, cool north wind and an occasional misty drizzle but the trains did not disappoint. A typical good selection of UP and BNSF (and even a CSX leader) and the last...
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    Oats are too light to be moved by rail and have to be transported how?

    It isn't that they are 'too light', there are many commonities that are lighter and are handled by rail. The issue is likely the 'light' volume (perhaps that was what the story intended to say), according to this report oats and barlet together consititute less than 1% of grain shipments...
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    Where do covered hopper cars filled with grain go to anyway and what happens to them?

    Normally (there are always exceptions) loaded grain trains start at the big elevators where trucks have offloaded from the farms in the area. The elevators take in smaller quantities and hold it until they have enough for a train load. From the elevators, trains will take them to places where it...


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