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Elijah J. McCoy, a black inventor, raised in Ypsilanti, patented the first automatic lubrication system for locomotives and other machinery, a device so effective that it was difficult to sell imitations that weren't "the real McCoy"; thus McCoy's name became synonymous with anything genuine or authentic.
About 40 Michigan Central yard men went on strike following a 10 percent wage reduction. Fellow-workers left their jobs the next day. The MC stopped receiving freight but there was no strike by trainmen. MC workers in Jackson went on strike as well. It is not clear whether trains actually stopped running. MC officials met with workers at Windsor and agreed to a compromise which increased wages.
ICC hears a complaint of racial discrimination brought by William H. Councill against the Western & Atlantic Railroad. Commissioner William Morrison finds 'That colored people may be assigned separate cars on equal terms, without disadvantage to either race and with increased comfort to both.'
US Military Railways orders 510 standard gauge locomotives from Baldwin. Destined for war service in Europe, their construction takes priority over USRA orders.
St. Louis physician Dr. John P. Roberts and others organize a group to preserve historic railroad equipment, later the Museum of Transportation.
Burlington's Silver Dome makes its debut on the Twin Cities Zephyr. The dome car has been constructed in the company's shops from a stainless-steel coach.
Last use of steam, in regular service, on the Boston & Maine.
Last use of steam, in regular service*, on the Union Pacific. (*ALCo 4-8-4 #844 is the only Class 1 steam locomotive never retired from active service).
Last run of The 400 on the Chicago & North Western.
In a combination publicity stunt and test of how track functions under high speeds, a New York Central jet powered Rail Diesel Car hits 183.85 mph near Stryker, OH.
New York Central's experimental high-speed rail car posts a US record speed of 183.85 MPH* on a long straightaway between Butler, Indiana and Stryker, Ohio. The M-497 is a former Budd RDC car fitted with two jet engines. NYC president Alfred E. Perlman rides in the 'co-pilot's seat'. *This record is still unbroken.
Canadian National reroutes the Kngston subdivision between mile 172.32 and mile 173.37 in Kingston, eliminating a sharp curve through the old station.
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This is a test of some photos I took with my iPad2. It's all z-scale stuff - code 40 ME unweathered rail with z- and n-scale PCB ties from handlaidtrack.com. Not really sure if this componentized variant of trackwork is considered handlaid, but considering all the extra work required versus popping some snap track into place - it should be considered handlaid. The n-scale ties are for throwbars (not yet installed in photos).
The inner rail radius on the curves (bright blue line) is about 7-3/4", the turnout is a number 6 without the throwbar. The curves were done by pre-bending one rail, using a mainline straight jig to solder the inner rail to the PCB's, popping it out of the jig and then finishing with gauges to attach the pre-bent outer rail. This results in some natural hyperelevation in the curves which can be removed when the rail is attached to roadbed/substrate.
Right now, the complete build-time for a turnout is about 2-3 hours, and I'm laying curved or straight track about 6" an hour, just taking my time. 99% of the time is prepping the PCB ties - making all the stock, diverging, frog, point rails is easy in comparison (with the jigs and filing guides) to trying to sand down 1/16"square by 1/2" long copper-clad fiberglass sticks. I spent about an hour and half prepping 100 of the copper ties (28 per 90-degree arc) followed by another 20 mins soldering the rails.
I expect that as my skills and technique increase, I should be able to build a turnout in about an hour, or lay close to 1 foot of track.
Quick note - Flickr sucks right now, but I hope it won't always. Good luck to MM trying to clean the suck out of Yahoo!
I'll take some more photos later with a better camera. Let me know what you think!