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    • September 21, 2017 8:17 PM EDT
    • Always another trip, Doug.

      Visited downtown Cheyenne, yesterday evening.  Beautiful old depot with part of it bow being a small brewery.  Right downtown, "The Plains Hotel" and all.  From an overpass we could see the roundhouse and engine shops.  Isn't this where the UP Steam Engines are maintained?  Nothing outside, except a number of tenders and water cars.  Just more evidence there is good stuff in those buildings.

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      Today, we visited the "Golden Spike Tower" of Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska. 8 floors up over the 8 mile long and 2 mile wide Bailey Yard and Engine Facility.   Almost too big to pick out detail.  2 hump yards, one westbound and one eastbound, both sending cars toward the east.  I'm thinking this may have something to do with local wind.  Huge engine facility, servicing over 300 engines a day and pumping 14 million gallons of fuel a month.

      Well worth the time.  I ended up working for the Union Pacific from 1982 to 1984, after the merger/take over of Missouri Pacific.  Wow, that was 35 years ago..

      Tomorrow is Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa.  I'm thinking we should be back in Carlyle on Sunday or Monday.

    • September 21, 2017 7:59 PM EDT
    • Too bad you din't make it to California! I would have cleaned up the layout!

       

    • September 20, 2017 12:31 PM EDT
    • Made Cheyenne, although a high wind warning for high profile vehicles made it exceptionally enjoyable.  Last night's low temp was 47, but the windchill made it feel like 33.  Nice!  Plan to be here a couple of days and then chase the UP, east toward North Platte along I-80.  The Union Pacific created Cheyenne as a supply depot and named it for the local Indians, that constantly made their lives miserable.  

    • September 19, 2017 9:11 AM EDT
    • Overnighted in Sheridan, Wyoming after visiting the "Little Big Horn Battlefield".  A nice memorial showing the battle from both sides.  It was truly the end of the Plains Indians way of Life and the expansion of the U.S. government over the entire lower 48.  Drove past the "Powder River" coal basin, again.  I tell you for a railroad buff, traveling these Interstates really shows how coal and west coast container ship imports travels the rail.  The modern units with permanent power on both ends, plus helper service working to get back down for the next assistance up the big grades is all right along I-90 and other roads that follow the tracks, that followed the streams through these mountain passes.  Great scenery and the only word is "vast".  Today, with GOD's will and blessing, we head for Cheyenne.

    • September 18, 2017 11:29 AM EDT
    • Looks like a great trip.  I have been enjoying all the photos Jane is posting on FB.  Thanks for sharing your travels.  

    • September 18, 2017 9:58 AM EDT
    • Double post, sorry!

    • September 16, 2017 10:36 PM EDT
    • Heading east and in Butte, Montana for a couple of days.  Drove I-90 through Idaho and have to say that is some of the prettiest scenery we've scene.

      There is snow on mountains, that 3 weeks ago were brown and green.  I believe they want moisture out here anyway they can get it. Wanted to drive back I-84 past the Cascades Locks, because we understand the fire jumped the Columbia River there and wanted to see where that happened.  I know kinda sick and like watching a NASCAR race for the wrecks.  Just normal American tourists  However, I-84 is still closed in that area.

    • September 21, 2017 7:59 PM EDT
    • So, last night found us in front of the Cheyenne, Wyoming depot.  Nice.  Its a block off of US30.

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      How about a bucket list item of traveling US30 from Coast to Coast.  Lots of railroad along that piece of concrete and asphalt.  US30 is where the Lyndon Diner is at York, Pa.

    • September 20, 2017 11:26 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      The train ride through the Copper Canyon in Mexico.

      John

      Maybe 10 years back you could do the Copper Canyon train in your RV atop TOF cars. Really wanted to do that. It was many thousands of dollars and way to far for me to drive to get on. Was sad when they discontinued it.

    • September 20, 2017 8:11 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      Sample Boomer's BBQ !

       

      Hehhehehe Sean you might leave my house in a food coma but nobody ever leaves hungry!

    • September 20, 2017 8:54 AM EDT
    • Sample Boomer's BBQ !

    • September 16, 2017 11:08 AM EDT
    • Mark Twain said. "First, kill all the lawyers". Not sure if it was a bucket list item or just a general suggestion but I am down with it.

       

       

    • September 16, 2017 9:16 PM EDT
    • Alan Lott said:

      Hi Boomer, 

      My wife and I must be some of the last people on the planet that do not have a smart phone nor do we do Facebook.  I did try F/bk but found it irritating.  

      Just for clarity. My almost 6 year old Grandson is the Alan in the story.  I don't do smart phones either but I am not telling him that. In ten years he will think he knows everything. For now he must fear his grandfather's infinite knowledge. MWAHAHHAHAA!!!!

    • September 16, 2017 6:27 PM EDT
    • Ross Mansell said:
      David Maynard said:

      If a roll is properly executed, it is a 1G maneuver. Meaning if its done right, the aircraft doesn't even know its upside down. The original dash 80 (707) was barrel rolled over a regatta crowd, twice.

       

      Bit of a difference between a jet engine and petrol!  The Merline engine did not like oil stavation at all....

       

      Yes, but as I said, if the maneuver is done properly, then the airplane doesn't even know its upside down. If done improperly, then the airplane knows its upside down and the fuel and oil are no longer where they should be in their respective containment vessels. It takes a skilled pilot to keep +1G loading on an aircraft in a roll.

    • September 16, 2017 12:56 PM EDT
    • Hi Boomer, 

      My wife and I must be some of the last people on the planet that do not have a smart phone nor do we do Facebook.  I did try F/bk but found it irritating.  

    • September 16, 2017 12:10 PM EDT
    • Ross Mansell said:

      By the way..those barrel rolls they did to celebrate a "kill" were pretty dangerous.. as the Merlin could seize up as the engine oil dropped away from the moving parts.  It was prohibited to do such a roll...but pilots will be pilots especially as their average age  in the B of B was 20!

       

      I thought it was negative G and not positive G which caused the fuel starvation issue and went looking for references to check my occasionally iffy memory.
      The Merlin was fitted with an injection-type carburetor and a two-stage supercharger. The carburetor however, was at a disadvantage in maintaining positive fuel flow during negative G maneuvers

      http://www.aviation-history.com/engines/merlin.htm

      However, the downside of the system meant that any negative G force manoeuvres would force fuel to the top of the carburettor’s float chamber, rather than into the engine. This led to a loss of power and, if sustained, would shut down the engine completely.

      http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/blog/charismatic-carburettors/

      Edit - Wait a minute, you are talking oil and oil and fuel are not the same thing. Okay, so I'm a bit brain foggy today! 

      Honestly, I am. our model RR club monthly meeting began an hour and 15 ago but I'm still at home since driving may not be a thing for me today.

    • September 16, 2017 11:39 AM EDT
    • "Never was so much, owed by so many, to so few,"...Winston Churchill

       

      Good on ya Steve for keeping those memories alive. Here is how it plays out in New Mexico with my grandson:

       

      Me: (laying a wreath at the WW II memorial) "Its called the greatest generation Alan, stop playing with your smart phone"

      Alan: (messing with phone) "I'm not playing Poppa Boomer, I am trying to find their Facebook page so I can "Like" them".

    • September 16, 2017 10:55 AM EDT
    • Off post quite a bit!!!   But...as a retired  Air Traffic bod............

       

      Some years ago at London Gatwick several aircraft have started up  but, for whatever reason, there is a delay in issuing any taxy clearances.
       
       
      Eventually a Lufthansa is given taxy, clearance..  - -
       
      Before the pilot can acknowledge,  a very clipped British accent is heard proclaiming that Bristish Airways 450 had started first and  was demanding to know why they had not been given clearance first. 
       
      This time ,  before the Controller can reply,  the Luftie Capt. says " because ve ver up very early zis morning und put our beach towels on zer runway first!"
       
       
      (This is a racing thing  at Spanish holiday resorts to claim the swimming poolside chairs between Germans and   others early morning before breakfast!!!)

    • September 16, 2017 10:42 AM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      If a roll is properly executed, it is a 1G maneuver. Meaning if its done right, the aircraft doesn't even know its upside down. The original dash 80 (707) was barrel rolled over a regatta crowd, twice.


      Rex Johnson of. Boeing, head test pilot rolled over the Seattle SeaFair event. Got chewed out by the Boss on Monday, and his response was "I'm selling airplanes"... Classic Seafair story here in Seattle.

    • September 16, 2017 10:31 AM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      If a roll is properly executed, it is a 1G maneuver. Meaning if its done right, the aircraft doesn't even know its upside down. The original dash 80 (707) was barrel rolled over a regatta crowd, twice.

       

      Bit of a difference between a jet engine and petrol!  The Merline engine did not like oil stavation at all....