Looks great! It's both ornamental and functional! It should enhance safety at this spot, so it should be a win-win!
#1 Brian M. on 2016-01-30 09:30
Hey Roger. I find it really sad that the IRM has to install those crossing gates at the main entrance. Are people that stupid???
#2 Captain Hook on 2016-01-30 15:57
Did you ever thing that vintage gates would make a great functional display piece in a railway museum?
#2.1 Jamie K on 2016-01-30 20:17
#rekt. i love that idea. maybe one on Olson road if the town and UP approves it.
#2.1.1 Raphael on 2016-01-30 23:58
If the proposed Amtrak route Chicago-Rockford had gotten the green light, both Olson Road and Seeman Road would have had to have crossing gates and lights installed. On the IRM campus, "human crossing gates" with ropes are already used on both the Steam Lead/Depot Street crossing and the Trolley Loop/Central Avenue crossing during Thomas days.
# Mike G.. on 2016-01-31 14:12
I agree, I have wondered that myself driving up to the museum. The museum crossing alone probably doesn't need them, but at the speeds that the UP auto trains come flying through there, you would think they would have installed at least some flashers at that crossing by now.
# Nick B. on 2016-01-31 18:37
Have you seen how many children are at the museum for events like Thomas? I guess after your reading your comment, the answer to your question is yes.
#2.2 Nick on 2016-01-31 07:44
If you come out to the museum, you will see many crossing displays of various types. They are not installed for the purpose of public safety, but because IRM is a railway museum and the gates, wig-wags other signals are vintage displays of railroad history. As an additional benefit, public safety is served.
#2.3 Gerry D on 2016-01-31 18:59
Well put, Gerry!
#2.3.1 Jamie K on 2016-01-31 19:15
I'd rather spend my money on a British Airways ticket and visit the premier vintage railroad museum in England, of which I am a life-time member. The Isle of Wight Steam railway. Those people can restore the most rusted engine back into operating condition. They have a web page where they show you all their projects.
#2.3.2 Captain Hook on 2016-01-31 22:49
I looks like the Captain is making a cast with his hook. Hook and line ishing season is not open yet.
#2.4 SteveC on 2016-02-01 11:02
I just got my copy of the new Rail & Wire and it is great! The layout and photography is superior to the last few issues. The article on the #1024 is some thing else with the night time photos! Ted Miles, 2016 IRM Member
#3 Ted Miles, IRM Member on 2016-02-01 21:07
Are those CN&W engines new? I remember one but not the two in the one photo.
#4 Keegan on 2016-02-18 11:45
no, they still belong to Union Pacific. just that the museum is holding on to them until "duty calls".
#4.1 Raphael on 2016-02-21 17:27
With opening day less than a month away, how soon will the stored hoppers have to be removed from IRM rails in order for the Track Department to have enough time to perform their seasonal inspection of the main line for regular service?
#5 Mike G. on 2016-03-05 16:59
Hi Mike The last of the hoppers will be gone by May and the first cut will be moving out in April! Thanks for your interest Roger
#5.1 Roger Kramer on 2016-03-05 17:52
Is there a date or dates for the UP pulling hoppers? Would like to photograph such as event.
#5.1.1 Jerry Pyfer on 2016-03-15 17:13
Just got back from visiting Bailey Yards in North Platte, NE., the world's largest classification yard. They (the Union Pacific RR) say the average train these days runs about 138 cars in length. Above, in the blog there is a statement that we are storing "more than three MT Hopper trains for one customer." Now, at the UP's average of 138 per train, that would work out to 414 cars. I doubt seriously if we have enough track free to hold an additional 414 cars, so could someone, please, give us an exact count of the number of cars we have been storing over the winter?
#6 Russ Prince on 2016-03-12 18:45
Hello Russ MY question to you is WHY do you want to know? That's an internal management decision to release that info. If you are really interested on the amount come out on a beautiful day and count them all!! BTW some hoppers will be leaving soon. Roger
#6.1 Roger Kramer on 2016-03-13 13:01
I'll tell you why I want to know. Because YOU made the statement, and I quote, " We are now storing on our railroad more than three MT hopper trains for one customer." How many cars do you consider each train of empty hopper cars to be? 50, 100, UPs estimate of 138, or some other number? As I stated in my post, 138 per train seemed a little large and I didn't think we could store 414 cars. I'm simply looking for some clarification, thats all. Clear?
#6.1.1 Russ Prince on 2016-03-19 17:50
We're storing more than 400 cars. We have more room if we choose to use it.
# Jamie K on 2016-03-20 20:06
Thank you, Jamie, for your courtious reply. Wow, more that 400 cars! Amazing. And room for more? That should help the old revenue stream! – Russ
# Russ Prince on 2016-03-21 11:06
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