As the New Mexico Railrunner did some tests before departure, we sat in the Belen, NM, railyard. I snapped a few photos of the outbound freight trains.
CN 2246 and CSX 7664:
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I just started reading “Traces of the Past: A Field Guide to Industrial Archaeology By David Weitzman. I am borrowing it from a friend, and it is the 1980 printing. So far, I’ve read chapters 1 and 2.
Chapter 1 focused on railroads and discussed some of the “standards” associated with the rails. As it turns out, there are quite a few different standard sizes, as well as several different rail constructions. This chapter is presented as methods of determining the age of an abandoned railroad, based on clues about ties, plates, and rail dimensions, and thus contains quite a bit of reference material on these topics. I also enjoyed the perspective of this chapter- placing yourself in the time and place of these railroads and determining what was “normal” at this time. There is one story that tells of the number of changes freight would experience as it travels south across several different “standard” rail lines.
Chapter 2 focused on using maps as archeaological tools. While much of what was discussed in this chapter can be done online today, it gives the reader the appreciation for how this type of study was conducted in the past. Archaeological tools as archaeology itself!
I will post more about this book as I read.
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This afternoon, I took the New Mexico Railrunner (commuter train) from Belen, NM, to the Sandia Pueblo, NM, as part of my commute.
Through this, I saw quite a few trains at the Belen Railyard, including one westbound train with six locomotives (and only one looked like a switching engine).
BNSF ???? and BNSF 4573
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One of the more fascinating areas at the Nevada Northern Railway was the Repair In Place (RIP) yard. Here, cars could be repaired while sitting on the tracks. There was a long warehouse structure over the tracks that served as a shelter while repairs were being made. We were given a tour of this shop, and though the lighting was not great, I took quite a few photographs of the place.
From the shop, we could see all sorts of other things around the yard:
Inside the shop, there was some diagnostic equipment for working on cars:
There was also portable repair equipment, such as these portable air tanks:
or this portable cement mixer or portable corrugated metal machine:
We got to see inside of a caboose:
There were some journal boxes to see as well. Journal boxes lead directly to the wheel bearings. A waxy grease is placed in these boxes, and that keeps the bearings lubricated. Occasionally, however, the grease would catch on fire, and these were replaced with more modern bearing sets.
I photographed a few nameplates, but didn’t write down (or photograph) where I saw them:
One thing that really struck me was how ornate the passenger cars were decorated.
…and this passenger car was deluxe, because it had its own stove.
Part of the SIA Fall Tour 2007 included a tour of the Nevada Northern Railway Locomotive shop and Repair In Place (RIP) shop. These shops are real treasures!
From the outside, the shops look like:
Inside, from above, the shop looked like:
There was a lathe big enough to turn railroad axles:
Also, there were all sorts of milling equipment, all in working order. Look at the size of the end mill and the bits it used!
The Nevada Northern Railway was repairing and restoring Locomotive #93, which was disassembled in the shop.
Inside the shop, there were several other pieces of railroad equipment, such as this rotary snowplow:
this “wrecking outfit” for repairing and removing cars that had derailed or needed repairs on the track:
and this #109 diesel engine:
Here is a photo of the freight depot:
Inside, I found a sheet describing which carbon brushes to use for each device:
No thanks, I’m not thirsty.
I also found an old typewriter:
…and a wheel pattern for sand casting new wheels:
There was a scale:
…and some other miscellaneous freight equipment:
This was another lovely discovery:
There were so many trains today. There was a nice looking CP switching engine that I did not get a chance to photograph. There was an outbound freight train being pulled by six BNSF locomotives, and I couldn’t fit them all in one frame.
The worst part was that the sun was opposite me the entire time, so I couldn’t get any very good photos.
I was able to photograph (albeit poorly) several of the BNSF locomotives I saw that day:
BNSF 4123, BNSF 4133:
The rest were moving fast enough that I had to photograph them two at a time. BNSF 5394, BNSF 4420:
BNSF 5625, BNSF 4790:
BNSF 7124, BNSF 7817:
I hope you enjoyed my post. I’ll have to figure out a way to take higher quality photos while sitting on board the NM Railrunner.