A NICE CALIFORNIA SATURDAY and MY PENTAX K 20D

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#525 on demonstration loop after crossing Broadway.

THIS IS NOT EAST LOS ANGELES

THIS IS NOT EAST LOS ANGELES< BUT IT WILL DO>

LAST RUN AND HEADING TO BARN FOUR.

LAST RUN AND HEADING TO BARN FOUR.

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When completed, this turnout will connect OERM mainline to rapid transit line.

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The new frog for turnout.

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VC-2 and train ready to leave for Perris.

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Stars of the show!

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Pacific Electric #717 returning to Pincate Station.

Sometimes I takes a break from the shop, venture out into the sunlight, and see what is going on at OERM. Saturday was no different. I had spent an hour in the machine shop making a drill guide for Phil. He needed one in order to drill lag bolt pilot holes in the ties of the new turnout being constructed in the parking lot, next to the machine shop. The 942 was running on the mainline and VC-2 was steamed-up. I promised my wife I would be home by 5:30 and it was 3:00. Plenty of time so long as I left by 4:00. These images were duly made and I got home on time. Phil has the drill guide. A perfect day, all made possible by fifty years of hard work by the members of OERM.

The Old Machinist

 

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METRO’S BLUE LINE WILLOW St. STATION IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

My wife has breast cancer and is receiving chemotherapy at the Todd Cancer center in Long Beach. The Metro blue line runs nearby and I walked over to the Willow St. station to check it out. I spent a little time there and, since I had my camera with me, I put some “bits” to work. These images are from my time at Willow St. station.

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COUPLERS

It is almost banal to state the obvious, couplers are an essential part of railroad technology. They must withstand the pulling force of the locomotive as well as the buffing forces imparted by the operation of the train over a wide range of track conditions. They must be 100% reliable; breaking a train is very definitely a bad thing!

“Link and pin” couplers was the early solution to the requirement to join cars into a train that would stay together when pulled from place to place. The link and pin couplers were very dangerous to use when making up a train and many switchmen lost fingers and hands, perhaps their lives, when making a “joint”.

Many kinds of couplers were invented to replace the link and pin. Most were rejected by the railroads for various reasons. It was the invention of the Janney coupler that led to widespread replacement of the link and pin.

The Janney coupler is still in use today and making up trains has become much safer.

The link and pin shown in the gallery was discovered a I was walking on the abandoned UPRR  original right-of-way, just west of Green River at “Fish Cut”. They are at least 130 years old and well represent coupler technology as it existed then.

The Old Machinist

 

 

 

 

 

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