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Date: 01/16/04 15:52
7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: California_railfan

Does anyone know what they are?


Ryan



Date: 01/16/04 17:39
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: Nitehostler

I believe that one is the Tehachapi Loop.



Date: 01/16/04 17:40
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: Sick_Puppy

That's what the plaque says there. Sick



Date: 01/16/04 17:48
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: FECSD40-2

Raton Pass? Cajon Pass? The Gillette-Orin coal line? How about one that used to be in my neck of the woods and does not exist anymore - the FEC's overseas railroad to Key West?



Date: 01/16/04 17:49
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: BNSFhogger

Causeway across the Great Salt Lake.



Date: 01/16/04 17:52
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: puckeringswine

Moffat Tunnel, Starucca Viaduct, Hoosac Tunnel, Huey Long Bridge, Royal Gorge Colorado, The Loop, Cascade Tunnel. but hey thats just my list.



Date: 01/16/04 18:11
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: LarryB

Keddie Wye on FRC, Spiral Tunnels in Canada?

LarryB @ mp308, UP Canyon Sub



Date: 01/16/04 18:12
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: FECSD40-2

I've got another one, its not here in the U.S., but how about the Chunnel Tunnel between France and England?



Date: 01/16/04 18:44
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: dsrtrail

I would certainly include "The Impossible Railroad" finished in 1919 and going from San Diego to El Centro through the Carrizo Gorge, which had stopped running in the 80's after floods and tunnelfires etc., which will start running freight again in Feb. 2004 after restoring the line. A very spectacular line.



Date: 01/16/04 19:20
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: OHRY

I would add the Tunkhannock Viaduct on the old DL&W.
Chris S.



Date: 01/16/04 19:30
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: SOO6617

Horseshoe Curve on the NS is one of the seven, there is a plaque to that effect at the visitors center. Remember this is awarded by an American organization for American projects.



Date: 01/16/04 19:53
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: TheButcherofBena

The spiral tunnels on Canadian Pacific's Kicking Horse Pass.



Date: 01/16/04 20:18
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: TopcoatSmith

Might well include the Mount MacDonald tunnel and the bridges at Cisco.


TCS - too many more to mention.



Date: 01/16/04 23:38
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: rrnut_99

Not officially one of the 7, but I'd add CNW's Kate Shelly Bridge in Iowa.

L.G.



Date: 01/17/04 02:07
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: MrMRL

Are there any SUPER-SIZED railroad yards that could be part of this list like Taylor yard?

Robby F. (Mr. MRL)



Date: 01/17/04 05:24
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: SW1200

Saluda Grade on NS south of Asheville, NC would have to be included. A short but incredibly steep mainline grade. Unfortunately now in mothballs pending an upturn in business.

SW1200



Date: 01/17/04 05:31
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: Ray_Murphy

There are numerous "railway wonders of the world" in the world. Here's one from Japan:

Seikan Tunnel - Vital Statistics:

Location: Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan
Completion Date: 1988
Cost: $7 billion
Length: 174,240 feet (33 miles)
Purpose: Railway
Setting: Underwater
Materials: Steel, concrete
Engineer(s): Japan Railway Construction Corporation


Ray



Date: 01/17/04 08:18
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: Larry576

If yards are to be included - UP's gargantuan Bailey Yard in North Platte Neb would top that list as the world's largest.
Larry



Date: 01/17/04 10:07
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: PaulF

Ray_Murphy Wrote:
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> There are numerous "railway wonders of the world"
> in the world. Here's one from Japan:
>
> Seikan Tunnel - Vital Statistics:
>
> Location: Honshu and Hokkaido, Japan

...used for growing shiitake mushrooms for its first ten years of existence. Unfortunately, by the time it was built, the engineers started questioning their own calculations regarding overpressure in front of the train -- would a fast moving train in the tunnel blow it apart? Have never heard how they solved this.

But it's fascinating to see that once again, Japan let no food-producing resource go to waste...

-=paulf





Date: 01/17/04 11:27
Re: 7 wonders of the railroad world........
Author: PaulF

List of the world's longest railway tunnels, constructed and planned:

http://home.no.net/lotsberg/data/rail.html

GN's Cascade Tunnel, at 12,537m, still stands out. It was the world's first "super length" tunnel in 1929. Of course, the Chunnel and Gotthard Base projects have created a new "mega length" class, but this is nearly a century later...

-=paulf



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