by Emmett Smith
Here are YouTube clips from two fine pieces of digital work, by Skip Weythman. The first is an extended take, of UP Northern 844, with her “Corn Belt Rocket” drag, hurtling eastbound in 2007 from Cheyenne to Sydney, NB, right down my old BN tie gang #978 Summer, 1979, hammer grounds:
And here is UP Challenger 3985, at 70 miles per too:
The interesting feature is the way the digital feed CANNOT accurately record the rods and drivers. There are two to four tons of steel in the rods, and they reverse the horizontal direction of the whole mass eleven to twelve times per second. In the old movie film days, you would see for example the stagecoach wheels seeming to go backwards, because of cell lag. Here, mostly, the wheels incredibly just STOP every few seconds.
ANOTHER fine near miss by Mr William “Bill” (Jefferson?) Gates and his curious crew of quick-patch artists, may God save ALL us fool baby boomers from a well deserved basting and frying in Hell, and our just incompetent deserts….
[Emmett R Smith
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[24 December 2008]