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Re: Claggetts and Glengarry
Posted by Bill on 12/20/2016, 6:04 am, in reply to "Re: Claggetts and Glengarry"
I love the way railroads "Load tested" new bridges. Since the locomotive was the heaviest thing to ever cross a bridge, that's what they used. Was told by a retired engineer from a logging railroad years ago, when they built a new bridge, they did the same thing. However, since they only had one engine, the fireman would walk across the bridge and wait. The engineer would set the throttle on the locomotive so that it moved at a slow pace, and got off before it reached the bridge. If it made it across, the fireman would jump on and stop the engine...
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