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1 Trains and a Cliff Cliff Cessna Senior Undergraduate Civil Engineering Iowa State University Reg Souleyrette, pe Professor Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Iowa State University Jerry Rose, pe Professor Civil Engineering University of Kentucky Background photo: Cliff Cessna This Can’t be Good

2 Brief History Prior to May 1, 1971  Passenger trains operated by private railroads  s: Most rail lines had passenger service  1930s & 1940s: “Streamlined” era

3 Photo by: E. M. Bell, railpictures.net

4 Photo by Drew Jacksich, railpictures.net

5  May 1, 1971  National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)  Currently:  21,000-mile network  508 stations; 46 states (excl. AK, HI, SD, WY)  28.7 million passengers in FY08  Ranks 8 th among US “airlines”

6 From amtrak.com

7 Photo by Cliff Cessna Superliner

8 Classes  Coach - Standard class  Spacious, reclining seat with leg- and footrest  Sleeper - First Class  Roomette, Bedroom, Family Bedroom, Accessible Room  Free meals in the Dining Car  Free hors d’oeuvres on some trains  Showers for the sure-footed

9 Coach Photos by Nathan Smith

10 Sleeping Car – Roomette Photo by Patrick Johnson Diagram and Photos from Amtrak

11 Sleeping Car – Bedroom Diagram and Photos from Amtrak ts/ss/auto_train_photos_4.htm

12 Photo by Reg Souleyrette

13 Benefits of Train Travel  Relaxing - you can stretch your legs!  No driving (except to the station)  Meet variety of people  Moderately priced  “Greenest” way to travel (OSC-SAC =.36 tons = $3.58; Entire trip (4605 mi.) = 0.88 tons**) ** 1 ton of freight can go about 10x further with same footprint! Graphic from Amtrak (*per passenger-mile)

14 Scenery can’t be beat!

15 Photo by Patrick Johnson Dining Car

16 Photo by Reg Souleyrette

17 Sightseer Lounge Photo by Cliff Cessna

18 Photo by Ben Hucker

19 Photo by Reg Souleyrette

20 Gross Reservoir/Dam Photo by Cliff Cessna

21 Photo by Reg Souleyrette

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23 Short Tunnels Photo by Cliff Cessna

24 Moffat Tunnel Photo by Cliff Cessna Photo by Louis Capwell, railpictures.net  Built by Denver & Salt Lake Railroad  Bored  Opened to trains February 1928  Now owned by Union Pacific Railroad  24 ft high, 18 ft wide, 6.2 mi long  Third-longest railroad tunnel in US  West Portal is at Winter Park, CO

25 Photo by Cliff Cessna Remote Canyons

26 Photo by Cliff Cessna Slide Fences

27 Photo by Cliff Cessna Slide Fences

28 Photo by Ben Hucker

29 Photo by Cliff Cessna Interstate 70

30 Photo by Cliff Cessna

31 Photo by Ben Hucker

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33 Photo by Reg Souleyrette

34 Photo by Cliff Cessna Donner Pass

35 Photo by Reg Souleyrette

36 Photo by Cliff Cessna Average Snowfall = 34 feet!

37 Photo by Cliff Cessna Keep It Clear!

38 Photo by Reg Souleyrette

39 Photo by Cliff Cessna Other Dangers – Fire!

40 Photo by Cliff Cessna There it is!

41 Photo by Patrick JohnsonPhoto by Reg Souleyrette

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44 Info from Photo by Cliff Cessna Southern Pacific’s Cab-Forward Steam Locomotive #4294  Last of its class of 256  Rated at 124,300 lb tractive effort  Approx HP

45 Photo by Patrick Johnson

46 Photo by Cliff Cessna Pacific Parlour Car

47 Frazier Landslide Photo by Cliff Cessna Map from Trains.com (Trains Magazine) January 18, 2008 – Frazier, Oregon

48 Frazier Landslide  3,000 feet of track  660,000 board feet of timber salvaged  700,000 cubic yards / 1 million tons of waste material hauled  700,000 tons of rock brought in to stabilize  30 trains per day hauling material in/out  Reopened May 6 (105 days later) Photo by Cliff Cessna Information from Union Pacific Railroad (www.up.com)

49 Photo by Cliff Cessna Portland Union Station

50 Seattle Photo by Reg Souleyrette

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59 USS Abraham Lincoln

60 Cascade Tunnel  Constructed by Great Northern Railway  Opened January 12, 1929  7.8 miles long (Longest railroad tunnel in US)  Two 800 HP fans clear exhaust from tunnel after each train  Operate at low-power while train is in tunnel Photo from Wikipedia

61 Photo by Reg Souleyrette

62 Photo by Cliff Cessna Izaak Walton Inn – Essex, MT

63 Photo by Reg Souleyrette

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65 Photo by Cliff Cessna Glacier National Park

66 Questions? Thanks for coming!


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