Watchout for low flying aircraft

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by railroad guy, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. railroad guy

    railroad guy New Member

    Flying low on BNSF railcars through Hutchinson and Oxford brings plenty of rail fans out to watch and photograph these amazing loads.

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  2. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    Awesome! Seems like I saw one of these once...somewhere. Hmm. Maybe I was in Nebraska...

  3. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Is that going to be new super jumbo sized airliner (sorry, forgot the name of it)?
  4. railroad guy

    railroad guy New Member

    You are thinking of the 787 which is shipped by air in modified 747's. The photos represent the 737 fuselage body which is shipped from Wichita, Kansas to Renton, Washington.

    rrg :wave:
  5. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    I worked on the end product in the Renton/Seattle area. They used to arrive with occasional bullet holes from some midwest farm lad or drunk redneck doing target practice. My son-in-law who works for MRL told me of one fuselage that suffered from a shifted rail while going through a tunnel. Great modeling.
  6. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    I don't think its teh 787 I'm thinking of, but I could be wrong. All I remember is that the jet is a few stories tall, bigger than any other jet in the world, and made its debut flights about a year ago or so. Even made a landing in Chicago at O'Hare
  7. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    viperman: I believe you are thinking of the Airbus A380 aka. the aluminum cloud. Much too large to fit on a railroad car. Boeing uses rail for their 737 and until recently, the 757. They also ship components for the 747 in special cars from Southern CA.
  8. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Thats it! The Airbus! Thank you Jim!
  9. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    :welcome1: to the Gauge, railroad guy. Nice work on a very unique load, and I like that station in your first photo, too.

  10. railroad guy

    railroad guy New Member

    I worked on the design of the real cars with BNSF and Boeing along with some of the tooling. My award for my contribution to the program was the greatest gift I could have ever receive in a life time. Deliver the first 737-700 unit from Wichita to Renton. It happen back in 1996 and frankly, I'm still on that train which took us 4 1/2 days to complete. One of my memories was the time going through the cascade tunnel. That took 45 minutes at 10 mph. What a sweet ride it was. So I had to make a model to keep the memory alive in me.

    It's too bad no one makes these cars yet because they are a great to have as part of your collection.

    rrg :wave:
  11. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    The Airbus used a combination of rail and road transport as far as I recall, and it was all in France.

  12. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    That is cool.
  13. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    For just a second there, I thought you were moving the Spruce Goose! :cool:

    Very nice, BTW!
  14. radar

    radar Member

    Looking fantastic !!!!! I see them here in Wichita all the time. How did you make the fuselage? Maybe a wood dowel of appropriate size?
  15. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Really neat modeling.
  16. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    That would be something to see roll by! Neat scene!
  17. railroad guy

    railroad guy New Member

    The fuselage was made from a piece of bass wood and hand carved. I had to work from pictures in a book and several photographs that I took to get the correct contour. Once I had what I wanted I copied them onto a photo copy and either reduced them or enlarged to a size to fit the scale. That took a little time but once I was happy with that I just laid the photo copies up against a squared block of bass wood and traced along the contour onto a rare tool called carbon paper. Then I cut along the scribed lines with a band saw and proceeded with a very lengthy time to shape the fuselage. The fuselage is a bit heavy so when we pull it around the layout it's pulled slowly.

    rrg :wave:
  18. radar

    radar Member

    Carbon paper? That's real old school!!!!!
    thanks for the idea. Now wheres my airliner book?
  19. railroad guy

    railroad guy New Member

    Hey don't knock it, it was the best I could do but then that was ten years ago so it's even older. Hahaha

    rrg wall1
  20. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Great Pictures. That sure is something you don't see everyday.

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