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  •  Yeah, but with live steam (4+ / 0-)

    I'm told those cars were often flying down the track at a good clip - greater than the speed of commuter trains today (and far fewer grade crossings) Once aboard, those cans flew into town.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 03:25:09 PM PDT

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    •  A while back on a blog I frequent on trains (7+ / 0-)

      someone posted a link to a video clip of one of Illinois Central's passenger trains which was shot in the cab looking over the shoulder of the engineer back in the 1950s or 60s.  The speedometer reads about 107.  The discussion was whether that was indeed how fast they were running and why high speed rail is so difficult to do now.

      •  They were fast trains (6+ / 0-)

        Both my grandfathers worked for the railroad, my dad's dad for Chicago and Northwestern, and my mother's dad for the Milwaukee Road.  My SO's father was an engineer for Chicago and Northwestern.  The locomotives could hit a top speed of 120 mph on a straight track.  The slang term for >100 mph was "highballing."  Tracks were maintained better then with fewer grade crossings.  Now, more crossings and less maintenance works against modern Diesels.  For contemporary high speed rail, see Europe and Japan.

        TCM runs a 1932 movie called "Danger Lights" that centers around a Chicago man having to get to Minneapolis, Minnesota, within 5 hours for livesaving surgery for a brain injury.  The hero engineer gets him there on time and he lives.

        Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

        by arlene on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:23:28 AM PDT

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      •  wow. just wow. (2+ / 0-)
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        eigenlambda, JVolvo

        107 MPH in the mid 20th century.

        Dude, post a link to that video.

        That could go instantly viral and be a game-changer.

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:46:31 AM PDT

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