|An optimist sees the light in the tunnel. A pessimist sees the darkness in the tunnel. A realist sees the train in the tunnel and the conductor sees 3 idiots on the rails.
With heavy snows hitting the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the border between California and Nevada, these rotary snow plows were brought out to clear Donner Pass. The plows ejected the heavy snow with force, spraying it away from the rail tracks.
The Rotary Snow Plow AKA “The War Wagon”
Unbelievably, the basic rotary snow plow design was invented by a dentist from Toronto, Canada, back in 1869!
Rotary snow plow trains are usually configured a plow front and back so they can make their way back from their starting point should more snow fall after their initial plow through an area.
Rotary Snow Plow Trains Usually Have The Following:
Most of the rotary plows in the United States have been retired to museums due to the high cost of operating. However, one is still on call in California’s Donner Pass. This infamous area (known for the legendary Donner Party) has annual snowfall upwards of 450″ in a normal winter. The tracks are usually buried and they need this big cannon to effectively handle the drifts.
Let’s say that you run a railroad. If there’s a heavy snowstorm one night, you might want to have people run snowblowers down the track in your stations before the trains start running.
Here’s a free piece of advice should you ever find yourself waiting for the first train to roll into a station after a heavy snowfall: Stand as far away from the tracks as possible, assuming you don’t want to get blasted with a massive sh*tstorm of snow.
Why this Amtrak commuter train came barreling into the station so fast after a winter snowstorm is unknown, but it seems like an especially unsafe thing to do with passengers waiting on the platform. Thankfully, one of those passengers was Nick Colvin who filmed the whole thing in slow motion, at least until he found himself also buried in snow.
This video, by Janet Califf, is of an amazing handcrafted steam engine train smoker built by “Illinois Slim”. “Illinois Slim” has been working on the project for three years and built it mostly from scratch. The smoker has a wood-stoked fire that generates steam, along with a working whistle, a bell and much more!
The engineer reveals that he named the train smoker “97″ after the country song “Wreck Of The Old 97” famously sung by Johnny Cash.
For three years, retired iron worker Steve has been working on a homemade steam BBQ smoker that looks like a steam train engine. The miniature train has a boiler and firebox to make the most delicious and tender BBQ chicken. But the best part is releasing steam from the cylinders, ringing the bell, and blowing the steam whistle. All aboard the train to delicious-ville.
|Three engineers and three scientists were traveling by train to a conference.
The scientists went to the ticket window and bought three one-way tickets. The engineers bought only one. The scientists remarked that there were three engineers but only one ticket. The engineers said to watch.
Right before the train left the three engineers crammed into one rest room. When the conductor came through to collect tickets he checked the rest room and, seeing it occupied, said “Ticket please.” One of the engineers cracked open the door and handed out the ticket, which the conductor validated. After a few minutes the engineers returned to their seats. The scientists were amazed, and said they’d try it on the way back.
On the way back after the conference, the engineers and scientists met at the ticket window again. The scientists said “we know what to do” and bought only one ticket. But the engineers didn’t buy any! Once again the scientists were perplexed. The engineers said “wait and see.”
As the train left the station the scientists got up and crammed themselves into a rest room. The engineers did the same. After a few minutes, before the conductor appeared, one of the engineers came out of their wash room and knocked on the door where the scientists were and said “Ticket please!”
While standing in the middle of the RR tracks one day, he hears this whistle — Whooee da Whoee! — but doesn’t know what it is.
Predictably, he’s hit — but, only a glancing blow — and is thrown, ass-over-tea-kettle, to the side of the tracks, with some minor internal injuries, a few broken bones, and some bruises.
After weeks in the hospital recovering, he’s at his friend’s house attending a party, one evening. While in the kitchen, he suddenly hears the tea kettle whistling. He grabs a baseball bat from the nearby closet and proceeds to batter and bash the tea kettle into an unrecognizable lump of metal. His friend, hearing the ruckus, rushes into the kitchen, sees what’s happened and asks the desert man:’ Why’d you ruin my good tea kettle?’
The desert man replies:’ Man, you gotta kill these things when they’re small.’
This is a real man’s grill!
Ryazan Deulino’s amazing 4-ton locomotive barbecue pit has three bays and a brick-lined furnace. Some of the controls in the cab are functional, too! The wheel turns the rotating spit. All aboard!
For all train enthusiasts… Enjoy!
After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in her seat and closed her eyes. As the train rolled out of the station, the guy sitting next to her pulled out his cell phone and started talking in a loud voice:
“Hi sweetheart, its Eric. I am on the train.”
“Yes, I know it’s the six thirty and not the four thirty, but I had a long meeting”.
“No, honey, not with that blonde from the accounts office. It was with the boss”.
“No sweetheart, you’re the only one in my life”.
“Yes, I’m sure, cross my heart”
Fifteen minutes later, he was still talking loudly. When the young woman sitting next to him had enough, she leaned over and said into the phone,
“Eric, hang up the phone and come back to bed.”
Eric doesn’t use his cell phone in public any longer :-)