DPU trains (was Re: Thunder on Blue Ridge)
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Tue Jan 18 11:05:11 EST 2011
You are correct Pete reported the wrong number. The train with the pusher
was the second stack that morning. Sorry to cause confusion.
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Subject: Re: DPU trains (was Re: Thunder on Blue Ridge)
Ray Smoot asked:
> It is about 130 miles from Jonesborough, TN to Christiansburg, VA. It took
> 202 about 7? hours to cover this space, or less than 20 mph.
I figure it is about 150 track miles from Christiansburg to Jonesborough,
give or take. (7.5 Cburg to Walton, about 111 from Walton to the State Line
in Bristol, and ~31.5 to Jonesborough).
I actually photographed 202 at 12:05 in Christiansburg, so make it 5 and a
half hours (and less if Pete actually saw 23G, which was 30 minutes behind
202 at Christiansburg.
That makes it 27.5 mph (or maybe as high as 30).
> A truck would have covered this in about three hours.
And likely less on a purely interstate run.
> Is this typical of stack trains?
In mountainous areas with curves and grades.
They can probably complete better in flat areas.
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