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Old Aug 29, 2007, 10:09 PM   #1
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Just don't drive in the wind.

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Old Aug 29, 2007, 10:10 PM   #2
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A safer way to travel...(as long as there are tracks). Also, with an upstairs view.

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Old Aug 29, 2007, 10:11 PM   #3
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We call that a split level duplex. I suppose when he parks over a manhole cover that would be considered the basement.
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Old Aug 30, 2007, 4:52 AM   #4
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walter,

I never thought anyone could sell a Hummer in today's environmentally friendly marketplace but I think someone somewhere could find a buyer for this vehicle.

Having done quite a bit of train travel last month I can admire the bright Yellow vehicle but I think we need to get it on track first.

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Old Aug 30, 2007, 7:24 AM   #5
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Walter C wrote:
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...with an upstairs view.
Last night my brother showed me his holiday photos from N.France. Among them was a giant canal barge, capable of holding 78 standard shipping containers (replacing 78 trucks, it said in French on the side), going through a huge canal lock. Brother was horrified to see it approach abridge under which it would obviously not fit. As it neared this overbridge, the 'bridge'/wheelhouse, looking exactly like the top deck of this 'caboose' ("guard's van" or "brake van"in English English), lowered itself hydraulically into the hull of the barge, to re-emerge once past the obstruction.

I'll try to get him to send me the photo.
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What's happened to all the cabooses? The old time manual switching has given way to progress and F.R.E.D. (Flashing Rear End Device or a little flashing light) has taken the place of the caboose.

Nice color on the caboose, and a unique mode of transport on the first photo!
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I am not sure what you call that first transport. It looks like it would do a wheelie if you got it up over 40mph! Is that satellite dish attached to the vehicle or the building behind it?

Great shot of the UP CA-11 steel caboose. That was the last model of caboose used by UP before the use of "cabeese" was discontinued by most railroads and replaced by the "Flashing Rear End Device" (FRED) It was a cost saving measure. The FRED provides a warning that this is the end of the train. It also monitors the brake air pressure at the rear of the train and radios that information to the locomotive.

Modern trains have much better and safer equipment so there is no need to have an employee sitting at the back of the train watching for problems. The conductor now rides in the left seat of the locomotive and doubles as a switchman. When cabooses were in use, a train crew typically consisted of four people, the engineer, the conductor, and two switch/brakemen. Nowdays, a modern freight train operates with a crew of two + FRED!

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