Hey brother - Thanks for the comment! - Absolutely, I'm always looking for new and better ways to improve operations and the safety of our brothers/sisters. I typically post videos on my YouTube channel before I embed them on any other site - Here is the link....... http://www.youtube.com/user/FFDGP - Feel free to check it out.
Keep in touch and stay safe out there!
Dale G. Pekel
Yeah were only about 25 minutes from the Illinois border. It's nice to be close enough to Chicago when you want to have some fun but just far enough away to still have the small town feel TCSS... Dustin
Well Cap, the cool thing is, she loves rail fanning as much as I do!! We've been chasing trains together for ten years now. She's really all for it! She's had the bug lately to go catch some CSX action up near Erie, but the weather, and her work schedule haven't been cooperating. Thanks for the congrats! Finally a woman who puts up with the fire service, and all my hobbies!! Can't beat that! Thanks again!
Hi Cap, getting married(2nd time) May 1st. I think we're either going to Horseshoe curve, or Cumberland Maryland Holliday Inn, and staying in the Railroad room, for our honeymoon. It overlooks the CSX enterance tracks to Cumberland yard. That's CSXs busiest yard on the east coast, according to my research. Should be fun! I always thought Thurmond WV. was the busiest. I guess it's second busiest. I'll get some photos to share with you..
Very cool Cap! I'll go check that out. I've only had two cab rides. One in an SD40T-2(Bessemer & Lake Erie), and the other was in a GE AC4400cw(CSX), both while rail fanning along the right of way with a camera in my hand. Took some shots out the windshields on each so when I got my photos back, I'd know I didn't dream it all!! And if you get time, check out thr OC&T railroad. It's a short line just 3 miles from me. They also have a couple Alco RS1s and an MLW unit. Nice railroad.
I've been on some rides here in Indiana. I actually worked on a shortline in Knightstown. I've rode an RS-3, E8,E9, and I can run a GE 44 tonner. We had 2 on the line I worked on. Go to CKS Railroad and look at the pics. I'm in the white shirt and bibs.
Hi Cap, Yea, we try to get down that way every year. Been to Railfest in Altoona a few times. We rode the excursion train around the curve and back. That was big fun! The tunnels were alot longer than I thought. If you ever get a chance, you should go to Railfest. It's worth the trip, and it's not terribly expensive.
Thanks Cap, I do love my trains! We used to go somewhere every weekend to photograph trains. Usually between Ashtabula, Ohio, and Buffalo, Ny., or the occasional trip down to Altoona, Pa. to the Horseshoe Curve. There are some beautiful little towns down that way, to shoot trains. I miss the Conrail blue, but how fitting it is to see NS thoroughbred locomotives rounding the Horseshoe curve. Which Railroad do you model in N scale? Thanks again cap.
Hey Capt, Our engine 2 is a 99 3D ALF 1250/1250. It's a great truck, and the 330 cummins runs flawlessly always. It has a 7 speed fuller road ranger transmission. We added the Q2b just a year or so ago. I stumbled onto it in the attic at the station one day, and we put it right on.
I ran at Union City Ohio for awhile as part time EMS but gained quite a bit of fire ground experience there, but left due to politics and the fact that I broke my femur up there. This whole thing between the City of Greenville and the township fire dept. has just gotten out of hand.