Hey timmylc , what happened to the website - after I posted last - suddenly the website was gone - I thought was it something I said - hope it was something on the website end.
oh ya thanks for the coment on one of my flying stories.
Hey Doc - I don`t know if I could handle all day long at 53mph. When I made my first trip in the bus - Gillette WY to Rocky Point NC around 1956 miles it was torture - I was this slow moving yellow island in the right hand lane of the interstate system. In the three days it took drive that distance I passed one vehical and that was an old pick up in Ohio ,with an old couple driving along at 50mph - I went by at 60mph and that poor little 3208 was wound up to 3000rpm. Not good for the long term on the engine. But anyway everybodies situation is different and other than tires we will probley not use up the bus in our life time. The frames and suspensions are good hundreds of thousands of miles and the engines if well maitained are good for 2 to 5 hundred thousand and I have peronally put less than 8 thousand miles on mine in the 7 years that I`ve owned it.
The green is base coat that has me thinking camo now but anyway these things seem to take on a life of their own.
A coal train in my time was about 10,000 tn. and a mile and 2/10 long. Five units with 3000 horsepower a piece and the ringing in my ears is still there today.
Today they use distributive power and run around 15,000 or more and are a mile and a half long or more. The rear units are run by remote control from the lead unit works great except when they don't.