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Unformatted text preview: charge of the whole railroad pausing trains to let others pass, clearing bridges and tunnels,turning trains around, and even picking up cargo. After struggling through the model for a while I began to grasp how the systems worked but had an enormous new found respect for the people who ran the rails on a regular basis. A job that you would think isn't stressful turned out to be much more complex than I could have ever predicted. In addition the the models I remember riding the old steam engine through Amish farmland at a grueling pace of about 5 miles an hour with thick plumes of steam rolling down the sides of he carts. Experiencing such an old machine work and still produce that much steam and power gave me a better understanding of how these locomotives could haul such vast amounts of weight as efficiently as they did....
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- Spring '09