Horseshoe Curve Train Schedule – Updated 2020 – 2019

We all heard about the famous Horseshoe Curve located in Altoona, Pennsylvania and if you didn’t let me pass on some information about it, before we take a look at the train schedule. Horseshoe Curve is a three-track railroad, completed in 1854 by the Pennsylvania Railroad, shaped as a… you’re right horseshoe. According to, the curve itself is about … Read More

Where to buy railroad ties? A complete guide.

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If you are familiar with our blog you know that I like to answer railroad related questions, even if you are not necessarily a railfan or a railroad worker, you probably heard about how great the railroad ties are for a landscaping project. If you already tried to get free railroad ties and you were unsuccessful, you might have to … Read More

How much does a railroad tie weigh? Wood, Concrete.

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I have covered a few topics regarding the railroad ties, we have discussed how to get free railroad ties and what railroad ties are made of.Since I started talking about railroad ties, I wanted to cover the whole topic, so here we are, finding out how much a railroad tie weighs. I am sure you know that railroad ties are … Read More

Free Railroad Ties? Not So Fast!

Perhaps you have just purchased your dream property and you want to upgrade your backyard, you might need some fencing material or some sort of earth retention material and you just passed by a railroad, with a bunch of old railroad ties all looked like they’re abandoned by the side of the track. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); What do … Read More

Why Can’t Trains Go Uphill? Wait, Can Trains Go Uphill? How?

I know, crazy article title, isn’t? Well I am trying to bust a myth here, so I believe the headline does the trick. So, can trains go uphill? Short answer: Of course they can run uphill. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I totally understand why many people believe trains can’t go uphill, in the matter of fact, trains do not … Read More

How Much Does a Caboose Weigh? With Examples

A caboose is a railroad car that used to be connected at the end of a freight train. As you probably know, they are not used anymore, thanks to technological advancement. However, there is a big interest within the railroad community regarding the cabooses, questions like how much does a ATSF caboose weigh and are there caboose lodging available , … Read More

How Long is a Train? Freight, Passenger. Maximum Allowed Length?

It is well known that trains can be quite long, averaging impressive lengths, in fact these days trains are getting longer thanks to the distributed power concept also known as a locomotive consist. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Before I proceed with the answer, you need to keep in mind that there are two types … Read More

What Are Railroad Ties Treated With? Made of and types

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What Is A Railroad Tie? A railroad tie also called a crosstie is a rectangular piece of wood (prestressed concrete, stone and plastics in some situations) which supports the railroad tracks. As any other wood product exposed to the outdoors environment, in order to stay preserved for extended periods of time, it needs to be treated. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || … Read More

Parts of a Train – Locomotive and Car Parts With Scheme

As a railroad worker and a train enthusiast I remember how strongly I wanted to know what the parts of a train are and how they are all interconnected, to serve as a great transportation solution for both freight and passengers. In the this article I will go in-depth on the following sub-topics: Parts of a Train Parts of a … Read More

How Much Horsepower Does a Train Have? Passenger Locomotive

How much horsepower does a train have? The train needs a lot of horsepower to pull those heavy cars, loaded with freight or passengers, right? Well not really. But let’s answer the question. How much horsepower does a train have? Short answer: between 4,000 -18,000 horsepower. Long answer? Well let’s dive into it. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); First, the … Read More