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    Yesterday I watched this guy switching his train back together after doing a drop, it is a nice slow backup move,



    A couple of pics from the video,

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    Had two weird and interesting things this week. First was this GE waiting to leave town. The lead unit sounds odd, like it has a misfiring, or non-firing cylinder.



    And the second was a fun one, a "Slot Machine" train unloading ballast in the yard here. It only took two days to unload the whole thing.



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    Chased a coal train eastbound out of Glendive today. Had a neat combo of power fore and aft. First view is at the Glendive creek bridge just after the "hump" getting out of town. The second view is just before the summit of Beaver Hill, which is almost to Wibaux. It is a 500 ft climb and is one of the reasons that the NP designed the Yellowstone loco, 2-8-8-4. So it is quite the work out, it was all of 45 minutes for the train to get to the summit from the bridge.



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    Goin to try and get a video link in here for another coal train.

    I do wonder how much longer these guys will be pulling coal before the nuts have another industry killed off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    I do wonder how much longer these guys will be pulling coal before the nuts have another industry killed off.
    ”Nuts” had nothing to do with it. I do a fair amount of work with GE’s power generation side. Coal is obsolete and expensive. Natural gas is 1/3 the cost of coal per MW. Good business is what killed coal, plain and simple.

    As fast as all the major power generation companies can get CoGens online, the coal burners will be shuttered. 10 years from now coal traffic will be almost non-existant. That includes export coal. China and India are also switching to natural gas for the same reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    ”Nuts” had nothing to do with it. I do a fair amount of work with GE’s power generation side. Coal is obsolete and expensive. Natural gas is 1/3 the cost of coal per MW. Good business is what killed coal, plain and simple.
    Good! Maybe we'll start seeing more manifests on the rails and not as many of those damned coal trains?
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    Yes, I do know that NG is cheaper, thanks to the huge abundance of it we have now thanks to the Bakken oilfield and many other new drilling techniques. AND to the hugely expensive scrubbers that were added as a requirement to continue burning coal. The coal plant that used to be in Billings shut down after the previous administrations EPA added those extreme zero emissions requirements. The plant had a great record, low, low emissions and provided local power. No body ever smelled or sensed any coal exhaust, and it is a distinctive odor. They couldn't afford to upgrade their scrubbers system and stay in business. It has been dismantled and sold off to who knows where.

    So, I guess that clean burning coal plants are going away. Nuclear power scares too many. NG will also go away when the nuts that want to never burn any carbon fuel get their way.

    Don't get me wrong responsible use of resources is commendable. But I don't see any realistic alternatives to electric generation in the quantities we use without burning NG or coal or fission.

    As a background, I worked in Nuclear, hydro and diesel power generation.

    Alright, guess I ranted enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    So, I guess that clean burning coal plants are going away. Nuclear power scares too many. NG will also go away when the nuts that want to never burn any carbon fuel get their way.

    Don't get me wrong responsible use of resources is commendable. But I don't see any realistic alternatives to electric generation in the quantities we use without burning NG or coal or fission.

    As a background, I worked in Nuclear, hydro and diesel power generation.

    Alright, guess I ranted enough.
    Why do people always presume the plan is to eliminate NG? We just had a nice meeting with several power plant owners at my office. No plan in the next 50 years to reduce NG, in fact they are upgrading most of the plants with more efficient turbines. The same groups are also going to be investing heavily in solar. Not because they are nuts, but because they are looking at how cheap it is long term. The solar/wind/NG combination is the most viable option.. Outside of Vogtle, they are already looking at shuttering every east coast Nuc. Not because the energy is bad, but the physical plants are at the end of their lives and are too cost prohibitive to keep running. Energy consumption isn’t dropping, and these utilities are already working on their 100 year plans to keep up with demand.
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    jpwisc - I only assume that the environmental nuts will go after NG due to it's being a carbon fuel, and they are calling for the complete elimination of all burning of carbon fuels.

    Back to some more diesels, though! Yesterday 3 Mar was the anniversary of the end of the NP, GN and others as the BN merger officially occurred. So, it seemed appropriate that I was fortunate to get a good couple of videos of an M train with some former NP gons in it, and some cascade gren at the end! The first video was in a heavy snow we had for a few hours early,



    Then I had the good fortune of catching it on it's way out of town some 4 hours later under sunny skies!

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    Took a walk Sunday morning early and strolled alongside this row of dead GP's. Sad to see them just sitting as excess. These first two are still in use as local power for yard and snowplow power, for which they have been modified. The 1990 caboose is also stored along with all of the 70MAC's it is with.

    Then we have a row of the stored GP's. And these two 30's even still have their rebuilt plates!
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    So the Saturday started with this pair rolling through the yard. They did some switching and ended up leaving without my being able to catch them.PIC_0267.jpgPIC_0268.jpgPIC_0269.jpg
    The wind finally died down and the snow hit us tonight. So I took a walk around to see what the camera would do.PIC_0276.jpgPIC_0279.jpgPIC_0285.jpgPIC_0289.jpgPIC_0305.jpg
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    So why did the pics not show up larger? Hmmmm
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    And while I wait on that answer, here's links to a couple of videos. One from what I consider "Lucky Friday the 13th" and one form yesterday a.m. before the snow.



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    Snow train!!
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    And thanks to wombat the links to the Vimeo vids works now! Hopefully it will be a lot more fun to look at them now. The heavy snow train yesterday was a lot of fun. I ended up having to put the pickup in 4wd to get back home. The snow was wet, had frozen ground under it , and the temp was just hovering around 32. So, yup, it was a little squirrelly out!

    On a different note, one of my customers is relocating south to be near her kids/ grandkids. She has always been hunting down her husbands train stuff for me as her kids don't want it, which I made sure she asked them first. Well, she found a few things;

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    Then yesterday, I discovered this passenger car hiding in the west end of the yard here. Not sure why or what it is for....The Herzog machine in front of it has been here and it was full of ties upon arrival months ago.
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    Attachments not working.
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    Attachments not working here either
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    Hopefully that fixed it.
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    Caught an M train doing some switching on the east end of Glendive yesterday. It was sunny and cold, a change from the day before, SNOWY! And a grain train switching the day before that.



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    And then, a day later, we have almost no snow. Made for a bit of standing water here n there, which can be seen in this video of a stack train leaving town, at a crawl.

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