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Re: Triple headers versus double headers or breaking trains up

November 30, 2017 09:59AM
kcsivils Wrote:
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> Why did the Grande run triple and double headers?
>
> I seems like it would have been easier, and
> perhaps safer, to have broken the trains up and
> run them in sections. Since two or three crews
> were going to be called anyhow and the fuel costs
> would be the same, why not give the tired, aging
> wooden freight cars a break?
>
> The only reason I can think of is braking power.
>
> I can also see using a helper to get a train up
> the hill out of Chama then cutting off.

They did run double headers but I don't recall seeing many pics of triple headers. Now, they did run trains with 3-4 loco's but with 2 on the head end 1or 2 mid-train or 1 in the middle and 1 one on the rear. A multiple engine train from my knowledge would be called for a example a 3 engine train if the loco's were distributed within the train. If all the power was up front then it would be called a double, triple, or even quadruple header. Hope this makes sense, but I can't recall too many freight trains out of Chama in D&RGW days with 3 engines on the point. They liked to distribute the power to make the trip across Labato as quick as possible so there were a lot of mid-train helpers or rear pushers.

William
aka drgwk37
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Triple headers versus double headers or breaking trains up

kcsivils November 30, 2017 08:54AM

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drgwk37 November 30, 2017 09:59AM

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kcsivils November 30, 2017 10:09AM

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george pearce November 30, 2017 11:31AM

Re: Triple headers versus double headers or breaking trains up

narrowgaugejoe10 December 01, 2017 05:15AM

Found previous question on this answered by Earl & John

narrowgaugejoe10 December 01, 2017 05:31AM

Re: Found previous question on this answered by Earl & John

Greg Scholl December 01, 2017 06:16AM

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