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Old 11-10-2013, 03:59 PM   #21
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When we were kids, we stopped a railroad engine from moving by wedging pennies in front of and behind the drive wheels. Got my rear beat for that little stunt. Don't know how my dad found out, but he did. Needless to say, he was not a happy camper.

Wow, I always thought that was an old wives tale!

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Wow, I always thought that was an old wives tale!

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Old 11-10-2013, 04:16 PM   #23
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Wow, I always thought that was an old wives tale!

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Nope, they are so heavy they can't get traction to get up and over even the thickness of a penny. The sanders they use just compound the problem. Didn't take them long to figure it out or spot us under the bridge watching and laughing either.
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:27 PM   #24
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Nope, they are so heavy they can't get traction to get up and over even the thickness of a penny. The sanders they use just compound the problem. Didn't take them long to figure it out or spot us under the bridge watching and laughing either.
The sanders put sand under the wheels which increases traction between the wheel and rail so how did that compound the problem?
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The sanders put sand under the wheels which increases traction between the wheel and rail so how did that compound the problem?
It drove the pennies in tighter and held them there. Whole thing was over in about 10 minutes. Evidently the engineer or fireman had experienced it before.
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It drove the pennies in tighter and held them there. Whole thing was over in about 10 minutes. Evidently the engineer or fireman had experienced it before.
Now that makes sense - I thought you were saying that the sanders didn't help provide traction in normal situations. I wouldn't figure the railroads would have sanders if they didn't help.
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Now that makes sense - I thought you were saying that the sanders didn't help provide traction in normal situations. I wouldn't figure the railroads would have sanders if they didn't help.
They used them practically ever time they took off, especially freight trains. Not so much on the passenger trains.
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They used them practically ever time they took off, especially freight trains. Not so much on the passenger trains.
Do the diesel powered locomotives use them?
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Do the diesel powered locomotives use them?
Definitely as they have the same problem the old steam engines had. Steel wheels on steel tracks.
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