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I recall there being a tour in 2019. I remember it explicitly, because we were on the train as part of PantheonWatch. They were walking around the engine, while we were in Carribou Station on one of those long stop-overs.
 
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How great it is there's a code for drone in ride area yet I have to wonder at how a derailment wouldn't be an e-stop?

Also, I'm familiar with a set-up for a coaster but no idea how that's particularly applicable for the railroad - Alpen Express gets stuck trying to go up the grade by FHP? Also, what's a feeder wheel set-up?
I think a train that has derailed has already e-stop'ed itself.
 
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I think a train that has derailed has already e-stop'ed itself.

If the line needs to be e-stopped (I'm sure there's better railroad terminology for this) so trains remain at stations if possible instead of stranding guests at various points is what I'm thinking.

Kind of like a cascading setup situation, just applied to a railroad.
 
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Which trains do you go in on the tour?
It would be whatever trains were running, though I don't know if they let you get up on the trains that are out of service though.

If the line needs to be e-stopped (I'm sure there's better railroad terminology for this) so trains remain at stations if possible instead of stranding guests at various points is what I'm thinking.

Kind of like a cascading setup situation, just applied to a railroad.
The railroad equivalent of an e-stop is by activating the emergency brake air dump. Each employee on the train has access to one.
 

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Balmoral Castle pictures from the railroad tour.
 

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Der Hochbeinge pictures from the railroad tour.
 

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Dumb question, but when operating with passengers, do engineers have to constantly adjust various control valves and whatnot? Or are they simply hitting a ride start button and then applying the brakes when needed while watching whatever gauges to ensure proper running conditions?
 

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They didnt change anything, but one of the engineers came down and walked us along the side of the train.
 
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Dumb question, but when operating with passengers, do engineers have to constantly adjust various control valves and whatnot? Or are they simply hitting a ride start button and then applying the brakes when needed while watching whatever gauges to ensure proper running conditions?
Engineer is constantly working the throttle and brakes, fireman is constantly working the fire and adding water to the boiler. Nothing is automated.
 
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Dumb question, but when operating with passengers, do engineers have to constantly adjust various control valves and whatnot? Or are they simply hitting a ride start button and then applying the brakes when needed while watching whatever gauges to ensure proper running conditions?
It is a real steam engine. That means monitoring and controlling boiler pressure and water level, ensuring nothing is in the way of the train, and pretty much everything else engineers of full sized trains have to do. Doesn't matter if there are passengers or not. Track conditions change every trip and good engineers will compensate and deliver a good, gentle ride for guests every time. The fireman position is much easier, mainly adjusting the propane gas valve and adding water to the boiler when going downhill. Other than that, they are there to keep and eye on the left side of the engine for safety.
 
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Does anyone know when the park will bring the lining and the number plates back on Balmoral Castle? It looks to fake without them. Also they need to paint all those bolts.
 
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Does anyone know when the park will bring the lining and the number plates back on Balmoral Castle? It looks to fake without them. Also they need to paint all those bolts.
Balmoral Castle is now out of service for annual maintenance. Maybe they started taking things off early in preparation for removing it from service?
 
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Balmoral Castle is now out of service for annual maintenance. Maybe they started taking things off early in preparation for removing it from service?
They havent been on since it was returned from getting fixed. Hopefully they bring them back for annual maintenance.
 

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Could it be that they want to get the maintenance done so the train is ready for it being one of the two main trains for CT Express?
 

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Does anyone have a picture of Alpen Express with the American flags on it for 4th of July?
 
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