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Date: 01/11/19 02:46
Absolute Alley on the Orin Sub
Author: back_track_bob

October 3 2009, I am standing on the Wyoming Hwy 450 bridge (also called Little Thunder Road) looking south at the 4 track Orin Sub. All signals on this part of the sub are absolute (if red you stop). Notice that Wyoming is not as flat as you might imagine.
Bob



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Date: 01/11/19 08:06
Re: Absolute Alley on the Orin Sub
Author: ntharalson

While I can understand the analogy here, the area dubbed "Absolute Alley" in TRAINS many years ago is up in the
Belle Ayr Mine area where four mine spurs leave the Orin Sub in less than a mile.  At this point, these signals control
the crossovers to allow access to the Black Thunder/Jacobs Ranch (I know the names been changed I just can't
remember the new one) spur, and the Black Thunder loadout west of the "main".  Still an interesting photo.  Is that
bridge still as narrow as I remember it?

Nick Tharalson,
Marion, IA



Date: 01/11/19 09:00
Re: Absolute Alley on the Orin Sub
Author: tomstp

Look at all the propane tanks.



Date: 01/11/19 09:21
Re: Absolute Alley on the Orin Sub
Author: Zephyr

Lots of switches and switch heaters...



Date: 01/11/19 09:34
Re: Absolute Alley on the Orin Sub
Author: 3rdswitch

Now HERE is an absolute alley for you. BNSF San Bernardino Sub. Looking east from Redondo Junction emerging from the Alameda Corridor Sub the first non absolute intermediate signal is east of Fullerton, TWENTY FIVE MILES away!
JB




Date: 01/11/19 09:38
Re: Absolute Alley on the Orin Sub
Author: highgreengraphics

Too bad not a train in sight on all that beautiful infrastructure as more and more utilities turn to natural gas and even wind and solar. When I first started on BN there in 1979, there was not even one track. When the Orin Line first opened, it grew to one track. === === = === JLH



Date: 01/11/19 19:12
Re: Absolute Alley on the Orin Sub
Author: Hookdragkick

You can almost hear the neon VACANCY sign humming.



Date: 01/12/19 08:40
Re: Absolute Alley on the Orin Sub
Author: dougd

All the work that UP and BNSF have done here in last 20-25 years , do you think they got this project  in PRB  to profit or did the expense still  outlast the revenue?  They probably did not figure that the operation would last such a short time, or did they?



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Date: 01/12/19 16:57
Re: Absolute Alley on the Orin Sub
Author: highgreengraphics

I have often wondered that, too, if they ever adequately recouped their investment. Coal waxed, and then waned, too soon. === === = === JLH



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