View Of The Round House Location N40º 26.068’ W79º 48.127’
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So I stopped by today. Cool open doors!
So here is what I am faced with.
Yeah, piece of cake.
I don't see any engines in this one.
Cool, I think I see one! Oh its a Ford truck.
And what is in this door? Wow, a cooler sitting on a box and a guy pushing a hand truck!
Oh oh! What is this in door # 7?
Oh oh indeed, here come the bulls! He drives by, takes a gander at me, slows down and gets the license number off my car, and then drives on. Hmmmm. Oh, wait he is turning around and coming back this way. May as well take another picture. So I assume the pose with the camera and pretend that he isn't there. "Good morning sir. Are you OK?" Well other than being afflicted with a weird retirement disease that makes you stand in a thicket of thorns trying to get pictures of a roundhouse, yes I am fine. So we chat a bit. Yes they still use the roundhouse. "You are fine up here, just be careful," he says as one of the viney things pulls me tighter into a hawthorn branch--which then takes up the fine art of stabbing me in the ass while the officer chats on. "Oh and by the way, stay out of the property and tracks below. Good day sir!" Good day indeed as rivulets of blood dribble down my ass cheek.
Let's try this from another vantage point.
Sure enough good old Engine #13.
According to Wikipedia Engine 13 is a EMD MP15DC which is a 1500 horsepower switcher made by General Motors Electro-Motive Division. That is not a lot of horsepower for the tonnage that the Union pulls. So they gang 4 or 5 of them together and run them full throttle apparently at some reduced gearing. I am not sure how diesel electrics work, but the Union's engines when loaded sound like they are running full tilt and the train creeps along at maybe 15 MPH. Mental note, the bull just passed by again.
This guy looks like it is being extensively overhauled or cannibalized for parts. Good God, look at the size of that flange. I believe that is a small step ladder in the front. I wonder with the round hole in the front housing, do they have a huge fan blade behind the radiator like a car does?
OK the bull just rode by again, it is time to leave. I hope nobody shoots the place up with pellet guns tonight, he has my license number.
Oh the roof ventilators that are on the square boxy building on the south end of the facility.
Maybe they don't look so Victorian after all.
They look like they may be flues for something hot like a furnace or oven. There are a number of them.
It is time to get going. One last parting shot of the elevated tank.
For some really great shots of the Union Railroad in action and the repair facility check out this site:
Railpictures.net Locomotive Shops
I really love these two photos:
Railpictures.net photo 182463
Railpictures.net photo 183688
But I am absolutely insane about this one:
Railpictures.net photo 181867
What a totally cool photo. This guy has to be an insider. I did not know that the Bessemer & Lake Erie were maintaining their engines at Monroeville. They have a big roundhouse in Greenville, PA. At one time B&LE and the Union were sisters under the ownership of United States Steel, but in 2004 B&LE was sold to the Canadian National Railroad. So I don't know if the B&LE is still using the Union's shops or not. The Union is still owned by US Steel, it said so on the side of the bull's patrol SUV.
Well I succeeded in my mission and I didn't get arrested, although they got my license number. I'll have to let this cool off for a bit and try again in the fall.
Union Railroad Company
Wikipedia, Union Railroad
Carsten Lundsten, Union Railroad
Wikipedia, Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad
Carsten Lundsten, B&LE Railroad This site is phenomenal. A guy from Denmark has the one of the best sites. A true RR nut, my kind of guy.
CN News, CN to Acquire Great Lakes Transportation LLC
This is one is for VW Busman's personal edification:
CN Police Mark Rail Safety Week 2011