I was scavenging vintage ads from old Nat'l Geographic Magazines...

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Burlington Bob

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It's pretty amazing to look at some of the trackwork from the pre-WWII days, when just about every bit of the work was done by large crews of men, working as a team, to shift the track into position. It was not uncommon for trains to run close to, or above the century mark back then!
 

IronBeltKen

Lazy Daydreamer
Old NG's are a great source of 1:87 scale billboards with their ads. My in-laws had a huge stack of them from the late '50s to the late '90s. I was planning to peruse the 1969-72 issues at some point...until my MIL passed away, and my BIL gathered them up and hauled them to the landfill! :rolleyes:
 

bob

Administrator
Staff member
It's pretty amazing to look at some of the trackwork from the pre-WWII days, when just about every bit of the work was done by large crews of men, working as a team, to shift the track into position. It was not uncommon for trains to run close to, or above the century mark back then!
In the early 80’s I rode Amtrak from Portland to Salt Lake City. Now, obviously it was almost all done by machines by then, but it was still bolted rail. (You can tell from on board the train by the “clickety clack” sounds. If you hear that, it’s bolted rail. Just a smooth swoosh? Welded rail.). We were doing 79 mph over a lot of it, and the ride was smooth as silk. It was on the Union Pacific and they did a fine job of track maintenance!
 




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