Assignment 3 - Extreme Trains Ice Cold Express

This is important since each cart is so large and a

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This is important since each cart is so large and a non-working unit could mean huge losses. The gas tanks are all topped off and after loading, the train is all set for its journey. While passing through Oregon, Matt has a chat with the conductor and learns about some of the forces of physics associated with operating a train. Matt learns about the draft force and the buff force. The draft force occurs while traveling uphill and is the pulling force of the train. The buff force occurs while traveling downhill and it is the force of the carts pushing together. It is of utmost importance that the conductor is aware of these forces, as it is his job to balance them to keep the train from breaking apart. Matt gets a chance to drive a train and balance these forces. He makes a stop in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Union Pacific Training Center. Here he uses a very realistic simulator to conduct a train.
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Extreme Trains: Ice Cold Express Before finishing the trip, Matt takes a visit to the Steamtown National Historic Site in Pennsylvania. He learns about all the requirements of cleaning a steam-powered train. He helps clean out the firebox where the coal is heated to power the train. This is a very dirty job and requires Matt to remove the bricks out of the oven and hose down the inside. Soon the five-day trip has been completed and Matt and the Produce Express arrive in Schenectady, New York. The train is emptied of its contents and will soon make its return trip to Washington.
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  • Spring '13
  • Saldanha
  • Force, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak

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