Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Walmart seems out to piss off the only people that deliver to it. That's a mighty bad idea. If truckers decided for one week to not make any runs with a Walmart destination, this bullshit would stop

Ever watch Charles Bronson in Mr Majestyk? Here's a scene Steve sent me of a Ford truck getting treated like it owes someone money

I never thought seeing the 3 biggest boobs in the Sports Illustrated 2018 swimsuit issue would make me laugh

see what I mean? I can't make up stuff like this. I can only make up the funny line to title the post

Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company inspection engine, circa 1900.

today, the news reported the amazingly terrible driving record of that school bus driver responsible for injuring 43, and death of two, due to driving across the median of a New Jersey highway

The 77-year-old school bus driver involved in last week’s fatal New Jersey crash has had his driver’s license suspended 14 times, eight speeding tickets and one citation for an improper lane change.

Six of the suspensions were tied to unpaid parking violations, seven were for administrative and paperwork reasons and one was for driving while his license was suspended.

In addition to the deaths of 10-year-old Miranda Vargas and 51-year-old teacher Jennifer Williamson, there were 43 others injured in the crash of the school bus carrying 38 fifth-grade students and seven accompanying adults.


Other news reports that there is a video of the event, http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/05/nj_school_bus_accident_weve_seen_the_video_and_bus_drivers_actions_are_inexplicable.html

The long yellow school bus comes into the video frame on the right, slowly making its way down the ramp to I-80 west from Route 206. The driver passes the end of a concrete strip separating the ramp from the interstate. To the left, a dump truck travels down the center lane of the three-lane interstate.

the driver makes a seemingly inexplicable sharp left onto the interstate, darting nearly perpendicularly across the highway.

The driver, a source says, is heading toward a cut-through to the eastbound lanes, the kind used by State Troopers and other emergency vehicles, but occasionally repurposed by motorists making illegal u-turns.

The dump truck swerves to try to avoid the collision, but it's simply not possible. The bus is too long and takes up too much of the highway for a fully loaded dump truck to completely avoid.

Why isn't the entire driving record of a school bus driver checked during the application process?

I get it that what he may have done in the 60s and 70s isn't very relevant to his current driving style... but 14 damn suspensions of his license? That's a clear sign to anyone with half a brain that the person isn't cut out to be a school bus driver responsible for the well being of 4 or 5 dozen kids in rush hour traffic.
a school bus carrying 38 fifth-grade students and seven accompanying adults

a '32 roadster was just pulled out of a barn where it was parked in 1955, and forgotten about.

It still has the original side curtains and top

The known history of this roadster starts with a 1946 California pink slip, the year a Eureka, California, rancher bought it.

Look at this terrific radio and radio antenna... I've never seen an antenna like this!
It's a 1930s Firestone radio, and Stewart Warner gauges


I found a souvenir on El Mirage, a hex head 1/4 turn fastener

It would be far cooler to find something from famous hot rod, like from the So Cal belly tanker... but, it'll do.  

The former Grand Trunk Western 2-8-2 No. 4070 these days is in a state of disassembly. The Midwest Railway Preservation Society's goal is to raise $1.2 million for restoration of the 4070, so far $5,545 has been raised.

A graph on the Midwest Railway Preservation Society website tells the story.  

Founded in 1955 when a group of concerned citizens purchased the B and O Roundhouse on West 3rd Street in Cleveland Ohio, slated for destruction, for $200,000. The other roundhouses such as the New York Central, Nickel Plate, and Pennsylvania are all gone.

MRPS now owns over 20 pieces of Vintage rolling stock, including the 4070: a former Grand Trunk Western 1918 USRA light Mikado (2-8-2) steam locomotive that was featured in movie "The Natural".

In addition to working on our vintage rolling stock, our long-range goal is to restore the Roundhouse site and turn it into an educational and historical railways museum - preserving our area's great railroading past for generations to come. Built in the period 1905-1919, the B and O Roundhouse once operated 24/7/365.

At its peak in the 1940s, it employed a staff up to 400. It was once the central locomotive ​service center for one of the great rail lines that helped built Ohio’s industrial and economic might. Today, stalls 1 to 4 of the building are open and in stable condition. Stalls 6 to 10 are supported for future restoration. Stall 11 to 15 are completely gone. The infrastructure has decayed and many of the walls need work but we are slowly rebuilding it back to it former glory.

With the help of our civic and business partners, MRPS is working to return the Roundhouse back to a locomotive repair shop with the back building turning back into a machine shop and a wood shop. We are developing it into one of Cleveland's major historical attractions – by restoring the 4070 back to an operating steam locomotive. (not likely at all. In fact, I doubt there is a chance in hell the MRPS will ever make any progress on the 4070)


train bridge inspections might just get the tech advancement they've needed for better analysis and instant problem reporting... sensors.

Seems no one had realized until now that bridges shake one way when they are fine, and if anything changes leading to a failure, they shake another, easy to compare, way

Bridge inspections
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2017 study, 40% of U.S. bridges are 50 years old or older.

At Union Pacific, more than 95 percent of the company’s roughly 18,000 bridges are inspected a minimum of twice annually by a specially trained two-person bridge inspection team. Bridges fewer than 10 years old and without defects are inspected once annually.

Union Pacific currently is working with three partners, 2 of which are universities’ Engineering Schools on bridge monitoring projects.

“Universities by nature do a lot of research and collaborate with vendors; our partnerships could lead to huge benefits,” Martindale said.

The goal: An easily deployable, cost-effective solution to supplement in-person inspections, which carefully examine bridge components for cracks or other defects.

At the University of Nebraska, postgraduate students are using sensors to collect data from steel bridge members, using as the guinea pig a UP bridge in Columbus, Nebraska, built in 1908.

The University of Michigan is working on a similar project, partially funded by a U.S. Department of Transportation grant. Students set up strain gauges on two Union Pacific bridges near Memphis, Tennessee. The devices send data through a wireless network back to the university, where researchers collect and analyze it. They’re focused on how loads, such as the weight of a train or wind, impact bridge components and cause fatigue.


there have been 229 rail road companies in the USA that have went out of business.

rail road depots

the Issaquah Washington (near Seattle) train depot was built in 1889, and now houses a museum

Black and white photo from 1957

true story, a guy named Steve bought a 5 or 6 foot long working model of a Big Boy, for a couple thousand dollars, and put it into this museum for a while.

But then he got a divorce and his wife wanted half the locomotive. Seriously? WTF is wrong with people who didn't put in the work or the money on something during a marriage going all scorched earth / al quaida in the divorce to fuck with their soon to be ex?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W8N64RVEiA for the comment after the videos that has the original story about Steve. Poor bastard.


Union Pacific Heritage Fleet and special tribute engines

Union Pacific territory in the USA

Union Pacific promo video

Union Pacific Steam Shop Tour and Big Boy 4014 Restoration

Union Pacific's 1941 big boy 4014 steam locomotive is better than halfway through it's restoration that started in 2013, and is on track to debut in May 2019

the steam shop crew in Cheyenne, Wyo., plans to lift the boiler and roll out the 4-8-8-4’s trailing truck for inspection and repairs.

With work on the front engine largely done, the steam crew is turning its attention to the rear half of the locomotive, UP Steam Chief Ed Dickens, senior manager of heritage operations, said during his annual presentation at the Rocky Mountain Train Show.

The aim is not just to get the locomotive running in 2019 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike, but to do the highest quality restoration possible, manufacturing new parts in many cases instead of restoring old parts that could fail on the road.

Piping under the boiler that is inaccessible when the engine is complete is being replaced, he said.

To make its 2019 target, the shop has also outsourced work, turning to Pennsylvania's Strasburg Rail Road for driver tire and pin work and minor use of a shop in Denver.

There’s also been work on the highly visible front end with work on the pilot and air pump shields.

UP began its quest to restore No. 4014 in 2013 when the railroad reached an agreement with Rail Giants Museum in Los Angeles to retrieve the locomotive. No. 4014 is one of eight preserved Big Boys from a fleet of 25 that operated primarily in Wyoming and Utah between 1941 and 1959. When restored, No. 4014 will be the first of her kind to turn a wheel under her own power in 60 years and the largest operating steam locomotive in the world.


Fake hood scoop and Buick portholes on a Chrysler 300? That's not right

if you bought a new Jeep Wrangler JL, you may want to take a close inspection of the door handles. Specifically, the smaller part, toward the back of the doors

This one looks normal, but it all came apart in my hand due to some clip inside the door not attaching the small part in place.

once that part slides out straight away from the Jeep,

the handle has the space to slide back about a 1/4 of an inch,

then angling it out, like you do when opening the door and hinging the handle on the end towards the front of the door, it slides out like the barrel of a 1911A1 45.

And these are the two parts of a new Jeep Wrangler JL door handle. Well, there is something missing that ought to hold the small part to the door...

So, go check your doors, and make sure things aren't missing and ready to come apart at the worst time. Hopefully someone catches any problems with a new vehicle at the dealership, when going through the checklists of things to test... but obviously QA isn't doing it's job well, and neither did the co-workers I have who should have caught this before I went to photograph this Wrangler.