NEWSLETTER 
 
 
 Volume 21, Number 4 April, 2018 
 
 
 
! AT THE THROTTLE !

“As long as you know in which station and at what hour you should wait, which train to take and if necessary when and where to get off that train to take a different line, to take a different train, you shall be accepted as a smart traveler!”
Mehmet Murat ildan: Turkish author of crime fiction

Occasionally, when I am running trains, I get a wild impulse to run two trains simultaneously on the same piece of track. It’s fun and can be mildly exciting, especially when the one in the rear sneaks up on the lead engine. If you have a DCC system, you can get the same results with two friends who are not used to running this configuration (or at least one of them). The best time to attempt this is at your open house (Smile . . .) The situation can be resolved by using a block control which only allows one train at a time to occupy a “block” of track.

During the early days of railroading in the United Kingdom, double tracked railroads would use “policemen” stationed at intervals along the line. These men, who essentially would be the modern-day equivalent of a flagman, would signal to passing trains how much time had elapsed from the passing of the previous train, “ensuring” safe separation between trains. Can you see the potential problem if the preceding train stops between policeman postings?

In 1889, near Armagh, Ireland, when a crowded Sunday school excursion train with 15 coaches and 940 passengers pulled by a 2-4-0 had to negotiate a steep incline; the steam locomotive was unable to complete the climb and the train stalled. The train crew decided to divide the train and take the front portion forward, leaving the rear portion on the running line.

The rear portion was inadequately braked with impromptu braking devices (i.e. packing rocks from the right-of-way behind the wheels of the rear portion and gravel thrown on the rails). From the minutes of the ensuing inquiry, the follow-up actions read like a movie comedy except for the tragic results with a death toll of 80, mostly children. The required 20-minute interval before letting a fast train follow a slow one had elapsed and the following scheduled passenger trains had already left Armagh, so no warning was passed to that engine.*
*Wikipedia – “Armagh Rail Disaster”

Keep ‘em running,
Madison Parker
Tel: 630-542-9062 (mobile)

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Please note:

Saturday, April 21 CAGRS POT LUCK and a MOVIE, 5 pm.

REMINDER 1:
If you have already signed up for the pot luck, please have a card identifying your dish to share so everyone can see what you have brought to the feast. This is important for folks with food restrictions.

REMINDER 2:
LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR THE POT LUCK.

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN, THIS IS YOUR LAST CALL FOR THE ORIENT EXPRESS.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO COME AND HAVE NOT YET SIGNED UP, TELL US BY RETURN EMAIL TODAY (or call Mary at 630-219-4567) .

WE MUST HAVE YOUR INFORMATION BY APRIL 11TH (WEDNESDAY)

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1. This is your copy of the Seniors' Discount List that Joe Lienau presented at a recent meeting. Don't forget that you will need to ask for the discount. Don't assume that you will automatically get it.

2. A PDF file of pictures of some of the CAGRS members attending the Sanfilippo Residence tour.