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    End of the Line for Historic Abandoned Air Force Railroad
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    End of the Line for Historic Abandoned Air Force Railroad

    August 13, 2019

    Hey ladies and gentlemen, RailROL82 your RR archaeologist so this is the last part the series finale on the McCoy
    Air Force Base railroad spur uh this railroad as you know I want it was
    operated from 1940s to the 1970s by it seaboard at the time for a seaboard
    airline then seaboard coastline um so yeah so this railroad worked all the way
    through World War Two Korea Cuban Missile Crisis Vietnam Cold War I mean
    this railroad was helping our Air Force through troubling and challenging time
    so I really appreciate what the drumroll did and I was glad to have filmed it and
    sharing it with all of you guys enjoy part three if you haven’t subscribed
    please subscribe and hit the notification ball so you can get alerts
    to my videos and during the video leave me some comments guys thanks you thanks
    and enjoy you you hello ladies and gentlemen we’re waiting
    to hear the railroad archaeologist so this is the last part the three-part
    series of the McCoy Air Force Base where the former McCoy Air Force Base railroads very beautiful this track
    could talk oh my god it’s the stories it could tell you okay so now I’m making my way towards a
    great possum and I’m gonna do the Google Maps link to this location as we see
    there are no pavement markings here on either side or any indication of a
    crosswalk or crossing the equipment nope not unless that either so that’s
    why I filmed my second video with oh we finally see a date over here but I
    don’t believe it 695 no I can’t be I thought this track was abandoned way
    before that it says lack it’s also barely legible maybe that’s 1885 it’s pretty busy roll over here I wonder if the buses still stop at the
    surprises that’d be funny they did interesting that they paid the day but
    they didn’t people overall the rails it’s a nice little neighborhood here would have been nicer if the tracks were
    still active you can see all the erosion here that takes place that’s why like
    that all those are exposed there and elevated so yeah guys though you ever
    come railfanning in this area in my second video hope you guys saw that a
    huge snake that shed its skin on the tracks so yeah definitely wear pants and boots
    some deadly snakes over here in Florida tie plate interesting so this was put in
    after the the road this little walkway yeah these these house looks really new it was my co-star I wonder how many
    people that live here real fans probably not many well gotta watch my footing
    here and then it just goes into this voice as with all things in life
    mother nature reclaims it after X amount of time be it
    railroads human beans structures whatever have you yeah you see y’all wonder if this over
    here was was Metford I don’t think the railroad loans is anymore it’s just like
    something out of our Indiana Jones guys look at that so two years this hasn’t
    decayed as much as I thought it was going to we all come back to another two
    years and keep an eye out on it yeah I don’t know guys let me know how you feel
    in the comments but to me there’s something so magical there’s such a
    mystique with exploring abandoned railroads it’s more thrilling than
    watching trains for me I mean other history he or other potential other
    stories at this tract itself it’s like I’m walking and I’m right literally next
    to a part of history touching a part of history yeppers all righty guys please subscribe if you
    haven’t hit that notification ball so you can get to get alerts on my videos
    about watch one of these other videos thank you for coming along with me
    take care sayonara

    Iowa TV Schooltime – Landmarks in Iowa History – Mongoina, 1959
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    Iowa TV Schooltime – Landmarks in Iowa History – Mongoina, 1959

    August 13, 2019

    it’s TV school time woi TV in
    association with Iowa State Teachers College presents another program in the
    Iowa TV school time series landmarks in Iowa history now you mean we’re on the air hello boys
    and girls gee whiz I was depending on my new watch I got a brand new watch last
    week the kind that’s advertised as the one you can dump in the water and it’ll
    still run and keep perfect time maybe that’s the mistake I made I didn’t
    dump it into water and you know I’m late and I’m very sorry to be late this
    morning particularly because the lady who was the station agent in this
    building back here was always on time and out of respect for her memory I
    should have been on time too you know who was the station agent here at one
    time many years ago Kate Shelley Kate Shelley who always made it a practice to
    be on time even as a girl of 15 because when she was 15 years old she crossed
    the Des Moines River Bridge on a night of storm and rain and wind and lightning
    in order to warn The Midnight Express that there was a bread job over Honey
    Creek and years later out of thanks for this brave deed the Chicago and
    northwestern railroad company made her station agent here at moines goner and
    this is the station in which Kate Shelley was the agent now the railroad
    isn’t here anymore at one time this was a thriving coal town but the coal vein
    has been used up there’s no more coal around here and so a long time ago the
    railroad was taken out and moved four miles further north so there isn’t any
    bridge here anymore there aren’t any tracks here anymore and
    when the tracks were taken up the station was no longer needed and a
    farmer named mr. Boone Nygren bought the old depot the old station and
    that over to his farm and that’s where it is they this is a farm building now
    but you notice that it still has the sign on it wine gonna that’s because
    this is an important landmark and even though the building is now used as a
    farm building it reminds everyone who sees it of the days when wine gonna was
    a thriving village and when the railroad came through here and many many freight
    trains carrying coal and passenger trains to came through this little
    village but more important than that this station reminds us of Kate Shelley
    who was the outstanding heroine in Iowa history and the important thing to
    remember about Kate Shelley was or is that she was always on time unlike your
    teacher in this TV series I would rather have been late on any other program than
    this one the lesson to be learned from that is don’t buy a new watch especially
    this brand let me show you where mine gonna is it’s off the main highway and
    perhaps you’ve driven through this part of the state many times and haven’t
    realized how close you were to the scene of Kate Shelley’s brave deed on July the
    6th 1881 here is Boone on the Des Moines River
    I’m sure you’ve driven through Boone Boone is on highway 30 well here is mine
    gonna mine gonna is also on the Des Moines River
    but it’s southwest of boom and you can’t get it on get to it on any paved highway
    there’s a gravel road that leads there but it’s kind of a deserted village
    today there isn’t even a post office in Moines gonna anymore but it’s worth a
    trip to Moines gonna just to see this old station and to see the place where
    the bridge was and the place where the tracks used to be
    there is a grade there that is still to be seen but the facts of course are gone
    Ogden is over about here and you can get to Ogden by taking Highway 30 west and
    then you turn south on highway 169 and then you will see a sign here about two
    or three miles south of Ogden pointing to moines gonna you follow a gravel road
    until you get the moines gone Moin gonna is the place that still
    observes the memory of Kate Shelley although Kate Shelley really lived on
    the east side of the Des Moines River and this heroic deed of Kate Shelley
    took place on the night of July the 6th 1881 on the day of July the 6th the
    weather was hot and sultry and Kate’s mother said to her Kate this kind of
    weather means that there is going to be a storm
    because when it’s hot and sultry like this it always means that we’re going to
    have rain Kate Shelley’s father had been a section Foreman he had worked on the
    Chicago and northwestern railroad and he had died several years before this and
    Kate Shelley was the oldest of five children and so of course she had to
    help take care of the farm it was a little farm there and take care of the
    children because mrs. Shelley Kate’s mother was not very strong and so on
    this day Kate’s mother said Kate I think you’d better go out and take down the
    clothes that we hung up because it’s going to rain and we don’t want to get
    all these clothes wet and sure enough a long toward evening it began to rain and
    it rained very very hard and this farmhouse was on a little creek that
    flowed into the Des Moines River and it wasn’t very long before this Creek Honey
    Creek began to rise and the water kept coming up steadily
    and steadily and it began to approach a little outbuilding where the horses and
    cows were kept and even though it was raining very hard
    Kate said mother I think I’d better go down there and open that shed so the
    horses and cows can get out and find a place on higher ground to get away from
    this flood if the water from Honey Creek rises much more it’ll float that shed
    away so her mother who was afraid that something might happen to Kate said well
    I don’t think you’d better risk that Kate but Kate decided that she had
    better do it anyhow because she was the oldest child she had to take the
    responsibility for things because her mother was not strong and so she put on
    an old coat and went out and opened the door and let the cows and the horses out
    and she still kept watching this storm and kept worrying about it and late that
    night she heard a train she heard an engine that she lived near the railroads
    she was familiar with the sound of these trains and and the kind of the noise
    they made when they were travelling and she said to her mother
    that’s a pusher engine now push her engines were kept at least one pusher
    engine was kept at the depot at Moyne gonna to help push freight trains up
    along grade from line gonna to Ogden this is a long hill and sometimes the
    locomotives on the freight trains weren’t strong enough to pull these
    heavy freight trains and they put a pusher engine behind the freight to help
    push it up the grade and this pusher engine was kept at Moyne gonna for the
    purpose of helping the freight trains and also to take care of odd jobs and on
    this night of storm orders came from the dispatcher’s office at Boone to the
    station agent that loin gonna saying send out pusher engine to explore the
    track between Moyne gonna and Boone to see that everything is in good shape
    because the passenger trains will be coming over here later at night and we
    want to be sure that the fact is all right and that’s the engine that Kate
    and her mother heard and Kate kept peering through the window
    and finally she could see the dim headlight of this pusher engine and she
    said to her mother it’s getting near Honey Creek the Honey Creek Bridge and
    all of a sudden there was a hissing roar and the light disappeared and Kate said
    the pusher engine has gone through the bridge and she said to her mother I’ve
    got to go out there and see what help I can give and her mother was afraid that
    the storm would sweep Kate into the flood and she said no Kate I’ve lost
    your father and one of your brother’s already and I depend on you don’t you go
    out there you can’t do anything but Kate said I’m going and so she took an old
    lantern that had belonged to her father there was no wick in it so she tore a
    strip off of a flannel petticoat and put the wick in this Lantern filled it with
    kerosene and lighted it and then started out she had to take a high ridge behind
    her house and circle around to this bridge on Honey Creek and when she got
    there she could see by the flashes of lightning that two men were hanging two
    trees out there in the flooded Creek and she couldn’t hear what they were saying
    but she saw that the pusher engine had gone through this bridge and then she
    thought about the fact that there was a Midnight Express coming from the West
    and she knew that the agent at mine Gauna didn’t know about this bridge
    being gone over Honey Creek so she decided she would have to warn the agent
    so she started back toward mine gonna remember now she was on the east side of
    the river and with this feeble light from her lantern she struggled along the
    tracks until she got to the bridge and the water had come up so high that it
    was right under the bridge and the bridge was trembling with the with the
    roaring of the water in the force of the flood but she didn’t hesitate
    he started out across this bridge which was 671 feet long and you remember it
    was storming now tremendous wind a downpour of rain thunder and lightning
    but she started across and this was no simple matter because
    that old bridge had the ties 18 inches apart now that’s quite a distance 18
    inches that’s about it’s at least that long a little longer perhaps and she
    realized that if she made a misstep she would go between the ties and fall into
    the river herself moreover this bridge had at one time had planks between the
    rails so that people could walk across but there had been so much trouble about
    people using this bridge to cross that the railroad had taken the bridge had
    pickin the planks off and so now there were no planks just these wide ties and
    the rails and there were a lot of spikes and nails that had been left from this
    old planking that was sticking up and very soon Kate discovered that she was
    tearing her her feet on these on these spikes and it wasn’t long before the
    force of the wind put out her lantern somehow or other had struck the side of
    the bridge and the glass broke and she was left in darkness so she decided the
    best thing to do would be to go on her hands and knees and feel one of the
    rails so that she wouldn’t lose her way but if she got between the rails no
    telling what would happen this would help support her too in case she made a
    misstep and slipped between the ties so very very slowly she began to crawl
    across the bridge and of course she tore her clothes her knees were lacerated and
    torn but after what seemed hours she finally got to the other side felt the
    cinders under her hands and then ran another quarter of a mile to the station
    and said stop The Midnight Express the bridge on honey Creek is out and the
    people there thought she was crazy until somebody said that’s my chilis girl she
    lives on the other side of the river you better set up the signals to stop that
    Express and there was a Freight engine standing there in the yards and that
    began to blow its whistle and they gathered a group of people together from
    Moyne gonna to go out and see if they could rescue these people in Honey Creek
    and Kate Shelley went along and they were able to save two of the
    men who had caught on to the branches of a tree in Honey Creek and the other two
    men who had been on the pusher engine were swept away by the flood and were
    drowned but the important thing is that if it hadn’t been for Kate Shelley
    warning the station agent that Moyne gonna who set up his signals and flagged
    his Midnight Express 200 people who were on this train would have roared across
    the bridge over the Des Moines River and would have plunged into Honey Creek and
    would have been killed a fifteen-year-old girl who had the
    courage in the middle of the night in the middle of a raging storm to cross
    the bridge and save hundreds of lives here is a drawing that was made by mr.
    Karl Rickman an artist in Rhode Island for a calendar that was used by the
    order of railway conductors in brakeman in 1956 75 years after Kate Shelley’s
    heroic deed and it shows Kate with the rope and lantern still in her hand
    groping her way along reaching for the rails and going from me to me across
    this bridge notice where the water is at one moment when she was crossing the
    bridge she saw by a flash of lightning that there was a huge tree which had
    been uprooted further upstream which was bearing down on her and she thought sure
    if this big tree hits the piers of the bridge that the bridge would go down and
    she would be drowned and then she wouldn’t be able to warn anybody but by
    a stroke of Providence the tree missed the bridge pier and she got across well
    the day after this the telegraph wires carried the news of Kate Shelley’s
    heroism all over the United States and thousands of people began to converge
    upon this little house but Kate Shelley herself suffered such a nervous shock
    that she had a breakdown and was obliged to stay in bed for three months
    recovering from this awful experience and she never again did regain her
    strength but the Chicago Tribune raised a fund of $500 that helped to pay off
    the mortgage on the house and the Chicago and northwestern railroad gave
    her a check for $100 and a load of coal and other things that would help to keep
    this poor family from starving and other people raise some money for Kate to go
    to school go to college and in later years she taught school for a while near
    Boone and for one year she was the bill clerk in the Iowa Legislature then in
    nineteen three the Chicago and northwestern offered her the job of
    station agents at Moines Gauna and she was agent there for the years
    from nineteen three until 1912 when she died of Bites disease she never married
    and she was always very modest about this she would never tell the story
    unless people would ask her about it but Kate Shelley is one of the great
    heroines of American history not just of Iowa history a girl who had this courage
    to sacrifice her own life if necessary in order that this train might be warned
    in order that these lives might be saved because of the disaster – the pusher
    engine on Honey Creek now I want to show you a few pictures that I took in the
    morning gonna area last summer here are the piers of an old bridge across the
    Des Moines River now you wouldn’t think that a river that looks as quiet as a
    Mill Pond there would ever be a threat to anybody would you the time I took
    this picture there wasn’t even a any evidence of current in this river but
    there are hundreds of smaller creeks like Honey Creek that flow into the Des
    Moines River and in a time of heavy rains this river can really be a monster
    I was there one time when the river was so high that these piers were underwater
    there was water way up to here and you couldn’t get anywhere near this
    at the time I took this it just happened that the river was lowered as a dry
    season and the river was very quiet these piers are not the piers of the
    original bridge none at the BRIT not the bridges that Kate Shelley crossed this
    is all that is left of a bridge that was put up later there is no bridge at Moyne
    gonna now this is all this left of the last one there is a Kate Shelley bridge
    however and I want to be sure that you don’t get this mixed up with the one
    that Kate Shelley crossed this is four miles north of wine gonna at the point
    where the Chicago and northwestern now crosses the Des Moines River this is
    near Boone it’s a bridge a steel bridge 184 feet high and a half mile long this
    is only half of it it’s only half of it but this was named
    in honor of Kate Shelley it had nothing to do with the bridge that Kate Shelley
    cross here is a watch that was given to Kate Shelley by the order of railway
    conductors a-hunting case watch with a legend engraved inside the case
    reviewing the heroism of Kate Shelley and saving the lives of the people on
    the Midnight Express and this watch is now owned by Kate Shelley’s nephew Jack
    Shelley a popular newscaster who was the son of
    John Shelley the younger brother of Kate Shelley this is the size of the watch
    you see Jack Shelley of course is very proud of the watch and proud of the fact
    as he has reason to be his aunt here is the Latin which Kate Shelley carried and
    you can still see this this is now in the State Historical Museum in Des
    Moines that building across from the Iowa State Capitol and if you go up to
    the second floor you will find a case that has this original Lantern in it
    notice how the chimney has been broken that happened when Kate was carrying
    this Lantern across the bridge see how it’s bent
    it was battered like that because when Kate was carrying the lantern while she
    was on her hands and knees was banged against the rails and was bent like this
    and here in Sacred Hearts Cemetery near Boone on the east side of the river is
    Kate Shelley’s grave the order of railway conductors are decorating it
    here you see in 1956 there was a ceremony here at the grave
    honoring Kate Shelley on the 75th anniversary of her brave deed now I have
    some other pictures which are on slides and which I obtained from mr. Edward H
    Meijer of Boone Iowa who is a writer and historian about the railroads and he has
    collected many old pictures about railroading and he has some very rare
    pictures of Kate Shelley and I’d like to have you see those the slides are in the
    studio a name so I’ll have to ask mr. borke our director to put those on when
    you do that mr. bork here is the first slide this is the original Kate Shelley
    home here is Kate Shelley right here this was taken in later years and this
    is the window through which she saw the pusher engine disappear into the flood
    of Honey Creek she was sitting here at this window
    during the storm the next slide please here is a very old old picture of the
    pusher engine this was taken in 1876 about five years before the accident
    before the disaster the old type engine you see the funnel stack is this pusher
    engine number 11 this is the one that went down through the bridge next
    and this is the bridge which Kate Shelley crossed now here notice the
    shadow here on the piers that shows how far apart those ties work and this is
    where Kate Shelley started way over here on this side and crawled on her hands
    and knees across this whole length with the waterway up here right up under the
    tide and the bridge was trembling from the force of the flood and she had to
    stagger across here fighting the nails and the spikes that were still left
    where the planking had been removed next and this was journey’s end for Kate
    Shelley when she got across the bridge this was the original station the water
    tower over here you see this is where she went and informed the agents that
    the bridge over Honey Creek was out here is a picture of Kate Shelley that was
    taken several years after she made the crossing and this is interesting because
    it shows the place where she carried the watch was in a little pocket here at her
    waist and this watch given to her by the order of railway conductors was engraved
    by a jeweler who was so impressed by Kate Shelley and he threw in a 6-foot
    chain free this is the chain here the six feet long nice
    this is Kate Shelley as she looked when she was made station agents in nineteen
    three also a very rare picture this is the house that was built by Kate Shelley
    after he earned enough money to move out of this old house here’s the old house
    way over here and this house is still standing it stands near the Sportsman’s
    Club southwest of Boone and there’s a family living in it today this is the
    house in which Kate Shelley spent her later years thanks
    here is Kate Shelley after she became station agent and this was the building
    when it was still used as a Depot the same building that you see in the
    background here today the roof has been changed a little bit but it’s still the
    same building here is Kate chiller this is the bridge that was built after the
    old one was taken down this was put up in 1894 and it’s a much better bridge
    and of course the ties are much closer together
    Kate had had to cross this one it wouldn’t have been such a job although
    it’s never much of a pleasure to cross a railroad trestle when you can’t see
    where you’re going accepted by the flashes of lightning well this is a
    later bridge nice this shows the dismantling of the second bridge in 1933
    in 1928 the last passenger train went over the bridge at Moyne gonna and the
    new new right-of-way had been completed through Boone and less and less traffic
    went over this bridge so in 1933 even that bridge was taken down there is no
    bridge at Moyne gonna today and there are just those old piers that remain now
    if you would like to read more about the story of Kate Shelley I suggest that you
    try to get a copy of this magazine called the conductor and brakeman this
    is the issue for June 1955 this has a very fine story about Kate Shelley
    written by Fred Henson and you can get a copy of this for 25 cents if there are
    still any copies left by writing to the order of railway conductors and brakeman
    in Cedar Rapids Iowa this is the conductor and brakeman magazine for June
    1955 there is another one also the conductor in brakeman magazine for June
    1956 which shows the Kate Shelley Lantern on the cover and this has the
    store of the adventure the heroic deed as it
    was written by Kate Shelley herself you can reason her own story written in her
    own word it’s in this particular magazine and of course I have called
    your attention many times to this book stories of Iowa by mr. Irving H Hart
    this has a story about Kate Shelley also if you have a copy of this I urge you to
    read the story called heroine of the bridge if you don’t have a copy you can
    get one by writing to the radio office at the Iowa State Teachers College in
    Cedar Falls and the price of this book which has 30 stories about Iowa in it is
    only 50 cents now let’s see what we ought to remember about this story the
    story of Kate Shelley is one which has been preserved for us very largely
    through the efforts of the order of railway conductors and break them here
    is a conductor pleasant-looking conductor isn’t well
    the order of railway conductors in brakeman is made up not only of
    conductors but also brakeman wear caps like this and they also are very pleasant in
    appearance we’re almost like brothers don’t they
    well the order of railway conductors and brakeman between them maintain our
    remembrance of the story of Kate Shelley and we can see in their combined efforts
    this Lantern which is the thing to remember in the connection with the
    story of Kate Shelley and there it is next week we are going to Festina until
    then goodbye today your teacher has been her pay combine with State Teachers
    College landmarks in Iowa history is produced for Iowa TV school time by WY
    TV in association with Iowa State Teachers College

    Voodoo on CSX FEC Railroad Crossings in Miami & Hialeah, Florida
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    Voodoo on CSX FEC Railroad Crossings in Miami & Hialeah, Florida

    August 13, 2019

    Hello ladies and gentleman. I come before you today as a concerned South Florida Railfan. For those of you who’ve had the honor and priviledge of rail fanning here in South Florida, You may have noticed one thing other than lack of that many trains. Ah yeah, I’m talking about the stench of dead chickens and voodoo. I’m going to show you exactly what I mean, guys. At any given corner, For example, right now I’m at the corner of Flagler Street and the CSX crossing… and right there we got, that’s 1 2 3 4 dead chickens. This one still has blood on the bag. I don’t know why people, I mean I’m not trying to knock anybody’s beliefs, but this barbaric practice of sacrificing animals and throwing the in public view has to stop! What is this? The Middle Ages? On this side we got, I counted 4 right? There’s actually, I just spotted 3 more. over there, there’s uh, you see the 3 blue bags? 1 2 3 3 more and the stench here is rancid! It’s It smells horrible! On the other side, I can see 3 more right off the bat. Let me see if I can cross… ok Ok yeah, here we go. There’s 7 on the other side. There’s 8 9 10 11 At 1 railroad crossing, there’s 11 dead chickens. So you can just 12! you can just imagine how beautifully it smells over here. I don’t know what can be done about this? But I’m sure it’s not going to stop anytime soon. I just wanted to bring it to your attention If anybody knows anyway we can put an end to this and somehow hold people accountable for doing things like this give me suggestions down below. Please comment. and we’ll see how we can try to elminate this problem. Thank you guys. Appreciate your view. Please subscribe, like, or share

    Officials Break Ground on LYNX Blue Line Extension to Campus
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    Officials Break Ground on LYNX Blue Line Extension to Campus

    August 13, 2019

    On behalf of the citizens of the
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg region I’d like to thank you for your
    unflagging efforts This extension would not be possible
    without your support Without Phil Dubois and UNC Charlotte
    making that decision to do the curve and it was a pretty big curve Carolyn, if I recall into the UNCC campus the numbers wouldn’t
    have worked in order to get the formula matched by the federal government or the
    money from the state government. This connects us this connects the region to education, to work to jobs, to entertainment and this is the
    fulfillment of one part of a major dream that so many
    of us were a part of today we’re breaking ground on a project
    that represents the best of Charlotte’s vision for itself and when
    we’re done we will have doubled the length of this
    light rail network. We will have doubled the ridership to over by another 18,000 riders each
    weekday and we will create over 7,000 jobs now
    precisely when we need them. We’ve worked hard on this I think everyone involved; the initial
    decision to allow us to bring light rail on campus and then a lot of complicated decisions
    about what route it would take where the stops would be, the granting of
    the easements and recently the decision to put the
    utilities underground in front of the campus I think we got it done because everyone
    realized that the benefits to the city and the community were too significant; not just the job
    creation in building the line but in terms of the
    long-term potential for development along the northeast
    corridor. There’s going to be enormous urban revitalization here and we stand
    ready to assist with it We realized the first goal of our vision with the introduction on the Lynx blue line in 2007 and I’m as excited as we prepare to
    break ground for the next phase and continue to advance rapid transit in
    our region we are city on the move, we are city on the
    move and we have been this is just going to add to our reputation. Now
    I’d like my colleagues on stage and several of our partners to
    join us as we officially break the ground for the construction of the Lynx blue line. Thank you!

    Sebastian Florida Sinking Artificial Islands Flooding Google Earth Live Stream Airplane Beach #495
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    Sebastian Florida Sinking Artificial Islands Flooding Google Earth Live Stream Airplane Beach #495

    August 12, 2019

    dot dot dot dot ok so now i’m down here in Sebastian oh this looks like something strange as well something else strange i don’t know if this what this is but i just wanted to point out this is down by sebastian on this island this artificial reef and barrier in the Google Earth and oh in the streams the islands in the streams and so we have a road and you can clearly see this one is easy to see there’s a road all the way around here and it doesn’t look like there’s actually a way to get out there well wait there might be a way to get out there maybe from what I don’t know if you get out there by boat see that’s what’s so hard for me to tell right here if this is dirt or well this looks like dirt but i’m thinking that the water is probably coming up over the island at times i would bet that’s kind of what I’m thinking even though there is a house right here little house right there was something else is going on I don’t know but it doesn’t look like there’s a lot of stuff out there you know buildings and things like that this whole center area here kind of looks like it’s caved in this is a huge hole right there a huge hole so yes Florida is getting eaten you know so it’s always funny they talk about California getting sucked into the ocean actually looks like Florida is getting sucked into the ocean and now looky here we’ve got more of this the kind of looks like just unnatural things that are unnatural where humans may have lived at one time that’s kind of what it looks like and you know so a lot of times trees can take on the color of what’s underneath them I’ve seen that happen before plants that happens to em all the time so we’ve got more of this right here oh here oh this might be a good example let’s mark this one because this one looks like everything has been taken away and so I don’t know so if ya okay it looks like some of this looks like it’s been scraped up so I don’t know if developed if this is getting ready for development or if they’re letting it go back if they’re letting the water reclaimed the ocean so what do I want to call it the foundation it looks like okay so if it looks like it could have been the foundation for maybe get a trailer park ok so here is what looks like a house a brand-new house that’s interesting so yeah so interesting so I’m wondering if they built this one up if they’re building it up or what they’re doing so there is a lot of new houses here so are they just taking and dumping a bunch of sand and building these houses in the middle of Florida so are again i have the same question is this artificial island building is what we’re seeing going on and so yeah we see a lot of evidence of this but ok well let’s go down here see there’s more of these plop plop plop plop strategically place through their plop plop plop in a straight line plop-plop-plop-plop ok and and then i’m going to go up here and see this looks like water to me there’s something here oh i thought this looks like an old dock I just wanted to note that out on this all this is near Fort Pierce yeah so yeah Fort Pierce is interesting oh and this is the part i wanted to show you here about Fort Pierce this is real Island building now I’m going to show you here because we’re going to go back into the time let’s go back to 94 it wasn’t there that was not there in 1994 so that was not there in 1994 the the marina was but this wasn’t so you see the big difference so they did some Island building their fort pierce florida so it is going on and this was done fast so that they did this over a period of oh gosh i would say two years or maybe a year they built that big island out there so they are doing island building out there you know so well let’s look at this to all this could be interesting so 94 causeway island and so let’s go back to 94 you see all the trailers they’re all this in here and they were taken out by one of those storms so now all of that is gone and so and this was just the island right here and it seems to be 00 they did change the shape of it they they took away some of the island and put some boats in there too i guess to protect the boats during storms and things like that maybe I don’t know but ok so let’s move on down south further and so do you see how ok so we still got I need to shut this off so we’ve still got all the stuff out here wow I’m surprised I didn’t see all this yesterday I wonder oh here’s another one this looks interesting to it just looks like a broken up road or something or maybe that trees i don’t know but there is you can see this is a road there’s a house out here so they gotta have a way to get to the house somehow oh duh there’s a big road right here ok so that’s probably a1a or no I don’t know so what’s that this is interesting oh look at that that’s like something’s just just on this big round circle thing this big round circle thing there and so there’s something coming out here I don’t know if that’s a drainage of some sort but possible drainage of some sort or collection of sediment I don’t know and I all I call this a new development I don’t know if it is or not it’s something scraped there something big was there so i don’t know if that’s something getting bit ready to be developed or if it’s going back to nature hopefully this stuff is going back to nature because that’s horrible to think that they’re building these brand new houses in man-made land if able to get just imagine if there was an earthquake on florida and the liquefaction that happens you know and then you hear those stories all the time about oh you know those stories about the sinkholes in florida and so something something is happening and now here we get into more development ok so we’re down by Jupiter I think okay this I don’t know the jury’s out with this 1 i haven’t determined yet what’s going on here it looks like old foundations of some sort maybe maybe this gets a lot of flooding in this in the state or city bought it back i don’t know or are they getting ready to build again there’s more here I mean there comes a point where it costs too much money these look brand-new and so I don’t know but I mean everything in here is going to be in a flood zone and so all these people have moved into flood zones the developers don’t care they don’t care where people live so they’re not be probably not being very transparent putting people out here on these islands and stuff like this ok what is this looks like it might be apartments of some sort this is this looks like a waterway right here and see it to me it just looks like mud looks like a mud pit this looks like a mud pit actually a lot of this reminds me of Mars so I’m my conclusion today and even looking at this is at that Mars has huge running streams on it lakes rivers you know and things like that so when i look at the google earth-like Mars and I can see it like Mars do you see all that and i’m going to show you this right here you see all these boats through these streams here these canals and streams and so then this is water we know that here and so then when i zoom it out doesn’t it looks just like a mud pit and so if this you know the end this is probably more of an authentic look similar to Mars and oh this i thought was cute it the this just kind of cute doesn’t look like a boy looks like a boy or you know a stick-figure stick man out of some sort and there’s a leg here here and this is his body and he’s playing a little flute or something like that I thought that was kinda cute but ok do you see now we’re in juno beach we’re down here in North Palm Beach and you see how less and less and less there’s more development this looks like i don’t know what this is a big parking lot of some sort maybe for the I don’t know what that is so there’s no way maybe there used to be a used to be able to drive over here I don’t know but there’s this huge beach it has an airplane on the beach good grief there’s an airplane on the beach let’s mark that because that’s an interesting anomaly right there an airplane on the beach airplane so who just parks their airplane on the beach ok so we’ve got an airplane we’re here on the Google Earth’s on the beach ok and

    Abandoned Railroad Crossing Missing Sign
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    Abandoned Railroad Crossing Missing Sign

    August 12, 2019

    Hello ladies and gentlemen, this is another abandoned railroad crossing here in Homestead, FL. This is SW 256th ST. Facing West. This is facing East. And here we can see the crossing sign and then the pavement marking. Or what’s left of the pavement marking. You could see the imprint of the X and barely the R. As I walk toward the crossing, you’ll notice that this one on the right side has no cross buck left And this shrubbery is almost overtaking it. In a few more months, it’s going to be completely covered. This is track view South over here. This is a former SAL track that was built in the 1920’s in an effort to bring tourism to Homestead. This is the crossing at 256th St. And off in the distance there you can see Diamond Fertilizer, which was one of the last customers on this line. That’s that white yellowish building off to the left there. Track view South. And then this is Safetran lights over here. cross buck and Safetran signal base I believe This is track view North. facing Miami. And you see the wooden SCL cross ties over here. Here is also a Safetran signal base. E dinger up top. relay case. This is again, Oh! Look at the wooden crossing this is pretty old too. characteristic of the SCL days. Okay guys, please subscribe, like, or share. Thank you very much for viewing. Take care, over and out.

    Best Train In the World? | Wild Bucket List Train to Machu Picchu!
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    Best Train In the World? | Wild Bucket List Train to Machu Picchu!

    August 12, 2019

    Good morning Vagabuddies. It is about 8 a.m. We’re outside of Cusco in the town of Poroy, and we’re on our way to Machu Picchu. There are only two ways to get to Machu Picchu: hiking or taking a train, and we are taking one of the top ten trains in the world here in Bingham. This is going to be an experience. Marko is so excited. He’s always been obsessed with trains even when he was a little baby. He was like…trains. This train is a luxury train. We’re going to have cocktail service, champagne, live music, food, white linen service, and it’s going to be incredible, not to mention the scenery that we’ll be going through…. some of the most beautiful in South America. Are you ready? Oh yeah. It’s a three hour 15 minute long train ride, and the champagne is being poured. I believe we’ve got a train to catch my friend. Ah touche! All right.. well we are boarded and we’re boozed. They’ve already served us champagne. They have that stuff called Maca. I don’t know “whatta I like-a” about Maca, but um yeah. It’s going to be about the potato soup. It’s going to be a fun trip. It’s like in three and a half hours. No wifi, just beautiful views. Are you excited, Mark? I love trains, and this is one of the top 10 train rides in the world. So, I’m definitely excited. The name of the train is Hiram Bingham. And Hiram Bingham was the American Explorer who found Machu Picchu in 1911. He went on to become a senator and philanthropist, but back in 1911 he was the first kind of foreigner to rediscover Machu Picchu. He had a lot of interesting ideas about the significance of Machu Picchu; a lot of those have been kind of proven wrong throughout the subsequent decades, and archaeological digs have kind of shed light on what Machu Picchu, at least what we think it actually was. When he found it, it was completely overgrown, and it was kind of an exciting time. It was the turn of the 20th century. Big things were happening. It was right before First World War. Okay, so now we’re making our way downhill because Machu Picchu is lower than Cusco. Cusco was about 3,500 meters, and Machu Picchu is about 7,500 feet Not sure what that is and meters, but it’s downhill. This area right here we’re going down about 400 meters in just five kilometers to get into this gorge, and the views are just becoming increasingly stunning. We’ve kind of moved away from the agricultural communities, and now we’re in the more steep, narrow valleys of the sacred valley. It must be hard to keep this railway open. Just looking out the window right here there’re construction crews working on the road that kind of mirrors the train tracks. There are landslides galore, and very, very large boulders to the point where now we are actually backing up. The train is going uphill Actually, we need to descend 40 meters. Yes, that’s why we need to use a switchback system. This is called the Spanish zigzag. Exactly, we are changing tracks , yes, you see? Oh, I see. Now we’re going to change to another track because it’s coming in the wrong way. It’s very high. Yeah. Awesome. Love me two times, girl because I’m going away. Love me two times, baby. One for tomorrow; one just for today. Love me two times. I’m going away. Well this is awesome. Totally see why this is a top ten train ride in the world. The views are stunning. The party is going, and the Pisco Sours are flowing. It’s insane. Beautiful scenery, really good vibes, good drinks. Yeah, I mean there’s nothing quite like hanging off the back of a train with a cocktail in hand. Right now we’ve started entering the Valle Sagrada, the sacred valley. Right here you see Urubamba River This is the sacred river. This is awesome. I got one more Pisco Sour for the road. It’s time for lunch. They’re serving lunch. I’ve got to walk back through the train, which could be kind of challenging because I’ve had a few of these things. We shall see. Now it’s lunch time. We have a beautiful little plate here. I arrived late, so I have no idea what I’m about to eat. Marko, please enlighten me. Trucha Ahumada, smoked trout with salmon and also a spread of avocado. Enjoy. Bon Appetit. For the main course we have lomo saltado, but kind of like a filet mignon with some cute little vegetables tied up with vegetables. I don’t know how they did that, but they did that. Corn husk is how they did that. Sometimes, it’s better not to know. All right ladies and gentlemen.. well we have descended from the high Andes, and now we are on the eastern slope of the Andes Mountain Range heading down towards the Amazon Basin. It’s pretty incredible. The mountains have changed from this dry.. kind of high alpine into lowland jungle with lots of vegetation. Beautiful flowing river next to us, but we’re getting closer to Machu Picchu. Ladies and gentlemen we have arrived to the base of Machu Picchu. This was probably the coolest train ride I’ve ever been on, and I think that we are in for a very awesome adventure in the next vlog. We’re about to go up to Machu Picchu. We’re going to film a VR video and the behind- the -scenes video. So make sure you stay tuned for both of those. Big thanks to Peru Rail for inviting us on this trip. This was honestly one of the best experiences of all my travels. So thank you to Peru Rail, and thank you guys for watching. If you enjoy this video give it a thumbs- up, share with your travel buddies and subscribe to Vagabrothers and turn on notifications, if you have not already. This train is about to depart. We’re about to hike up to Machu Picchu. So stay curious, keep exploring, and we will see you on the Inca Road.

    Model Railroad Cooling Tower Have “Smoke” (Part 1) 鐵路模型冷卻塔冒煙 [鐵路模型]
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    Model Railroad Cooling Tower Have “Smoke” (Part 1) 鐵路模型冷卻塔冒煙 [鐵路模型]

    August 12, 2019

    Hi folks, my name is Tam Welcome to my train world Tam’s Train World in this episode i will share Yes, Live Steam in Tam’s Train World This cooling tower model made by Tomytec I install a device on below to make it smoke This is only temporary demo kit I will open it up later on to see what is on below to produce the smoke You can see the smoke is flow downward because i raised it up for video taking it highly depend on the indoor air flow and it will be better if you put it on a big surface now i open it up to see what is on below this is a Humidifier Mist Machine I bought it in a local store, around $160 HKD let’s open it it still turn on the smoke is not steam it’s in room temperature (water temperature) the smoke is made by ultrasound from a Humidifier Mist Machine It evaporate the water into the air without add any heat on it this is water because the particle of the water vapor is a little bit big so the smoke cannot pass through if the hole on the cooling tower is too small I drill two holes on both top and bottom so the smoke can flow through it I hope enjoy this video if you new here, please subscribe see you next time

    What’s the Longest Drivable Distance on Earth?
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    What’s the Longest Drivable Distance on Earth?

    August 12, 2019

    This premiere episode of Half as Interesting
    was made possible by Skillshare. The first 200 people to sign up with the link
    in the description can learn for free for two months. So here’s the question: what’s the single
    longest drivable distance between two points on earth, but before you tell me to go drive
    around a roundabout infinite times, let me place this caveat: this route has to be the
    shortest one between two points on earth. Ok, so there are basically four distinct major
    road systems on earth the biggest one being this one, the Eur… EurAf… Eurafrasian one? The one spanning Europe, Asia, and Africa. These three continents are all connected by
    land so it makes sense that they’re all connected by road, right? Wrong, because I lied. It’s impossible to cross from Africa to
    Asia fully on land because of this—the Suez canal. This is the canal that makes the trip from
    Europe to Asia by boat this instead of this. The only physical connection between the two
    continents is therefore the three bridges spanning the canal, but the road system is
    still contiguous so it still counts as one big road system. Speaking of big things, the 6th largest country
    in the world and 1st smallest continent, Australia, has its own major road system but there’s
    not much to say about it other than if you go a little bit this way you get to America—both
    of them. Much like Africa and Asia, the Americas technically
    are not connected because of a man-made canal—the Panama canal. But that’s not a problem because there are
    multiple bridges spanning the narrow waterway. The problem is this—the Darien gap. Not a single road crosses this desolate swampland
    spanning over the Panama-Columbia border. The area is overrun with para-military forces
    and drug-lords. There’s just not enough demand to make braving
    the marshy and dangerous area to build a road worth it. So that’s why North America and South America
    have two completely separate, unconnected road systems. So, where could our longest route start? Basically, here, here, here, here, or here. The North American road system goes as far
    north as Prudhoe Bay in Canada’s Canada, Alaska, and as far south as Yaviza in Panama
    but this only clocks in 7,500 miles. That is six straight days of driving, but
    it’s not even close to the longest route. In fact, quite understandably, North America,
    South America, and Australia all don’t have any of the longest routes. Now, common logic would suggest that the longest
    continuous route would go between somewhere in Southern Africa to somewhere else is eastern
    Russia, but common logic is wrong. There are a few issues. First, almost every direct route heading up
    the African continent routes via the west side of the continent which brings a traveller
    to here: Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Just across the river from Kinshasa is Brazzaville
    in the Republic of the Congo but no bridge spans between the two country capitals. The fastest routes between Southern Africa
    and Asia also almost always route through Western Europe rather than the Middle East
    since the highways are better developed and faster, but this means that a traveller has
    to cross the Mediterranean by ferry which disqualifies this route. So we have to originate in Europe. In Europe, the most extreme point on the contiguous
    road network is Sagres, Portugal and then you can drive as far east as the banks of
    the Aldan River in Russia. That’s 8,437 total miles, but that’s still
    not quite the farthest you can drive. It’s a even longer distance to drive here—Khasan,
    Russia. Khasan is the only Russian town to border
    North Korea and it is also the most extreme point of their road system. With no ferries and only two customs checkpoints
    thanks to the European Union, you can therefore drive continuously for 8,726 miles in 6 days
    and 19 hours from Sagres, Portugal to Khasan, Russia, and that is the longest continuous,
    direct driving route in the world. If you do decide to drive this route, I suggest
    signing up for Skillshare because they let you learn no matter where you are. The good news is that their classes will last
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    Damaged Railroad Crossing Hurricane Irma
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    Damaged Railroad Crossing Hurricane Irma

    August 12, 2019

    Hello ladies and gentlemen today we’re
    here at South West 88th Street next to highway 874 we’re gonna be documenting
    some more damage caused by Hurricane Irma look at this car here crossing gate
    this is the median crossing on the CSX on homestead subdivision you see that the cross bucks are hanging and they’re upside down and the crossing gate cracked right there, look at that this one was made of fiberglass, look at the fibers right there yeah sorry about the Sun that’s sun’s backlight here is horrible yeah this is the aftermath of Hurricane Irma here and then other than that this crossing
    fared pretty well this is facing north west and this would be facing
    southeast there’s no more I hear that there’s no
    visible trees on the line here either but I think this sign might indicate
    some uh some danger let me see what this gas station is right next to it track
    they parked their cars right here but yeah I know this is the sign that I
    was referring to, lets see what this sign here says for anybody that knows what that means
    please comment below I’d sure love to know think it means might mean that
    there’s some hazardous conditions on the line further up ahead, please shed some light on that so yeah guys this here is the first crossing gate that I was
    showing you the damage that one’s fine and the other two are
    fine too all righty guys please subscribe or like
    thank you very much for viewing over and out