Official Proceedings of the New York Railroad Club Volume 17

Official Proceedings of the New York Railroad Club Volume 17

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...here this evening; I will not give you any more. I will only cite you a word or two on the gasoline car from the operating end of it. I happened, during the last two years and a half, to be associated with Mr. McKeen on the Union Pacific. I obtained what experience I have had with motor cars in operating those cars on that line. One speaker said the car would not start in the high speed. I have started them in the high speed repeatedly and on steep grades at that. Twenty-six miles west of Omaha is a rise called Elkhorn Hill, with a grade of one and one-third to one and one-half per cent. I recall one case in particular where we stopped on this grade with a broken low gear. We started in the high gear and came on into Omaha. We had to start in the high gear; it was the only gear we had. Another speaker mentioned the extreme balkiness of the gasoline engine. So far as balkiness of gasoline engines is concerned, I want to go on record as saying that in the majority of cases the balkiness is generally a minor detail of some kind, and is often the fault of the operator. I want to cite an instance where one of these cars was taken from Grand Island to Omaha, one hundred and fifty-six miles, and we ran behind the "Overland Limited" as the second section. The man who was operating the gasoline car had not had three months' experience. The locomotive engineer who ran the "Overland Limited" was a man who had been sixteen years on the road. It was thought that a man had to have that experience, or needed that much experience, in order to handle that train properly. The gasoline car kept behind the 'Overland Limited," running the entire 156 miles into Omaha without a slip. I do not believe you could have done any better or...show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236839633
  • 9781236839633