Tuesday, February 10, 2009

More on the CNR Turbo Train (LOL)

HELLO MARSTON,             

                                              CN TURBO TRAIN      1967-1982 OR ABOUT

THIS SPACE AGE PASSENGER TRAIN WAS TROUBLE PLAGUED  FOR THE

FIRST HALF OF ITS LIFE SPAN UNTIL MOST OF THE BUGS WERE ELIMINATED

THERE WAS A BOTTOMLESS  PIT TO FIX EVERYTHING, YOUR TAXES PAID THE SHOT.

SOMEBODY OVERLOOKED COUPLERS THAT DIDN'T MATCH TO LET REGULAR DIESELS  DRAG

THE JUNK HOME FOR REPAIRS, THE DOORS WOULD NOT OPEN IN THE TERMINAL

STATIONS AS THEY WERE TOO LOW FOR THE PLATFORM.  THE TRAIN DIDN'T LIKE TO RUN IN

THE SNOW, IMAGINE THAT.

WHEN EVERYTHING FINALLY CAME TOGETHER THE PASSENGER SERVICE BETWEEN

 MONTREAL AND TORONTO, TOOK ABOUT 4 HOURS. TURBO DURING SPEED TESTS EASILY DID

140 MPH, BUT THE TORONTO- MONTREAL CORRIDOR IS 95 MPH MAXIMUM ON ACCOUNT

OF ALL THE LEVEL CROSSINGS AND NOT ENOUGH WARNING TIME. NEED SOME OF THOSE

PREVILLE UNDERPASSES.

FOR  ABOUT 4 OR 5 YEARS I WORKED  AROUND MONTREAL TERMINAL AND CENTRAL STATION,

FOR THE SIGNAL DEPT.,HAVING FREE REIN ALL THROUGH THE BOWELS & INNARDS  OF THE STATION

THE TURBO TRAIN HAD 2 TRACKS SET ASIDE SOLELY FOR THEM, CALLED TURBO BAY,

 FOR SERVICE AND REPAIRS,THE TRAIN HAD SEWAGE HOLDING TANKS AFTER EVERY RUN TO DRAIN.

NO MORE FLYING BROWN TROUT ON THE TRACKS AS REGULAR PASSENGER CARS DID.

POWER WAS SUPPLIED BY PRATT & WHITNEY, ALL THE REST WAS HANDLED BY CNR.

NUMEROUS TIMES WHILE PASSING THROUGH THE TURBO SERVICE AREA I SAW PARKERS WITH THEIR

HEADS BUTTED TOGETHER PROBLEM AND DILEMMA SOLVING, SMOKE RISING, AS THEY STUDIED MAPS

ALONG WITH PRINTS. COULD THAT HAVE BEEN CHARLIE MENARY, OR DOUG FRY?

WOULD THE TURBO BE RELEASED FOR A RUN OR NOT AFTER THEY GOT THROUGH

SIFTING & SCRUTINIZING.

ALSO SEEN WANDERING THE DUNGEONS, I CAME ACROSS DOUG CHARLES,  HE WAS A CN COP

-LAST TIME I HEARD HE WAS WORKING IN TORONTO.

I HAVE 2 SQUARE BLACK LEATHER CUSHIONS AS A SOUVENIR FROM THE COACHES, BACK THEN

THEY WERE KEPT FOR EMERGENCY EAR POUNDING, AND POWER NAPS.

RICHARD..............

Thanks Mr Hemingway

 

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