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Old June 8th, 2013, 11:30 PM
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Default What are those red barrels for ?

I've noticed those Red Barrels on the sides of the Train track, what's those for ?
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Old June 9th, 2013, 09:29 AM
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they're fire barrels and they are only on the trestles...on a real old railroad they would have been filled with sand and if by chance a ember from the engine fell out out of the box or out of the smokestack and started a fire the conductor could jump off the back and use sand from the barrel to put out the fire before it got out of control and burned the whole thing down...the ones at SOFT are just decoration as far as I know because I've never know them to have actual sand in them and there is less chance of embers since the fire is fueled by diesel opposed to fire/coal
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Old June 10th, 2013, 08:45 AM
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they're fire barrels and they are only on the trestles...on a real old railroad they would have been filled with sand and if by chance a ember from the engine fell out out of the box or out of the smokestack and started a fire the conductor could jump off the back and use sand from the barrel to put out the fire before it got out of control and burned the whole thing down...the ones at SOFT are just decoration as far as I know because I've never know them to have actual sand in them and there is less chance of embers since the fire is fueled by diesel opposed to fire/coal
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Old June 10th, 2013, 02:50 PM
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Could be an FRA regulation, maybe?
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Old June 11th, 2013, 10:31 PM
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Could be an FRA regulation, maybe?
true...hand't thought of that

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Old June 12th, 2013, 03:17 PM
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Interesting side story: Several years ago, when I rode the Durango-Silverton train up to Needleton for a backpacking trip, the last day as we were waiting for the southbound train to pick us up and take us back to Durango, the second train of the day coming back from Silverton didn't pick up backpackers, so we just watched it go by, and a few minutes later, a little flatbed car came trucking down behind it - presumably to put out any fires that the train had started on the way down or to locate and repair any damage or debris that befell the tracks.
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Vance has it right!......they are fire barrels......but they are a thing of the past......railroads are replacing all wooden bridges and trestles with concrete bridges.....much easier to maintain!
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Interesting side story: Several years ago, when I rode the Durango-Silverton train up to Needleton for a backpacking trip, the last day as we were waiting for the southbound train to pick us up and take us back to Durango, the second train of the day coming back from Silverton didn't pick up backpackers, so we just watched it go by, and a few minutes later, a little flatbed car came trucking down behind it - presumably to put out any fires that the train had started on the way down or to locate and repair any damage or debris that befell the tracks.
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They are indeed for decoration, all three are empty. As far as embers go, there are certainly less when firing with diesel, but I have seen (and felt on my forearms!) many when the conditions are right, especially on sandouts right before the sand is put through. I'm guessing they are mostly just tiny chunks of superheated carbon that flake off in the intense draft, and most seem very short lived so they wouldn't pose much of a fire hazard, certainly less than a coal fired engine!

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Old August 21st, 2014, 04:59 PM
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On the Cumbres & Toltec a few years ago.

Wow......that is a small water tank.......I would think a very lightweight switcher and a tank car would be better.......kinda like the old fire trains they ran on the old SP!
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