few pics around austin

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  1. J&A_RR

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    these are at the local amtrak station right downtown. the station is old and not much at all to look at. the boys and I had time to kill so we watched the train come in from san antonio on the way to chicago.
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    [​IMG]another one
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    also a local yard that has a hill country tour train

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    [​IMG]some cool shacks
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    the big steam engine is out of service for now I hear.. the main train was out for a run for the day. I'll try to get out there and take more pics when all the coaches are there.
    http://www.austinsteamtrain.org/
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    nice, at the amtrak station near me, about 30 min away you will eaither have to watch from the inclosed room or go out in the parking lot and the parking lot does not have a good view, lol not the best views.
  7. J&A_RR

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    union pacific uses the same track going through downtown and past the station, you can walk right up to the train as it comes through at maybe 10mph. it's about thirty minutes from me but we'll have to get some close up shots. the track also crosses the downtown lake with a pedestrian bridge at the same place. pretty neat setup they've made.
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    Neat photos guys. Hope the steam engine comes back soon. Just the sight of the tender makes me drool.
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    austin white lime factory

    here is a local industry.. if anyone wants more detailed shots let me know


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    some of the hoppers

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    first one of these I have seen. a switch that would derail a train.
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    What do they make or produce at that factory guys? I would like to see more photos if you have them.
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    that is the austin white lime plant
    I can get some better pics for you but today we just did a drive by.
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    John: that is called a split-switch derail, and it's supposed to derail a train, if they run past a red signal. It protects the line that crosses over the one we're looking at.
    Is it on a spur to that industry? It would be protecting the line from cars that get loose.
    Often there's a piece of rail inside the tracks to keep anything that's derailed from getting too far off.
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    both tracks we are looking at are main lines that I know of, the cross track after the switch goes through the industry off to the left of the image and would lead to the second picture I posted of the plant.
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    There are some interesting details at that derail.
    The switch stand for it is mounted on onlt one extended tie.
    There is a little metal housing on the tie, attached to the switch rail. probably a detector to tell what position the derail is in.
    Another device, mounted on two ties. Looks like a phone cabinet and something above it -- could be a signal repeater or a solar cell?
    It looks as if the railroad wants to know about if anyone closes the derail and runs a train over it. Probably also linked to signals on the line that crosses.
  16. Union Pacific

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    I so want more I am douing th whole UP (I hope I am alive to see it done;) )
    you can E-mail them to me at bnu@comcast.net I am dyong to see them all

    thanx, Ben
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    I'll have to go out and take some more shots. no problem, though it will take a couple of days.
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    thank you so much I will post pics as my layout SLOWELY :rolleyes: progresses
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