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    A note on this conversation, the work can only progress as extremely detailed measurements are taken hourly...the train line is parking trains there lately due to problems with crew assignments, been going on for 3 weeks, will be about 3-4 more...so, no work can proceed without measurements, no measurements can be taken while trains sit above, and no trains can move until fresh crews. Merica baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perplexed View Post
    I'm going to assume you've never done any railroad engineering before... It's not as easy as it looks, to put 2 lanes in would not only of cost a fortune, but required more than twice the work and someone would probably lose their home.
    Worked at an Engineering firm for 16 years. Wife is going on 22 years at an engineering firm. You have driven on many projects we worked on (even as the IT guy) like the 355 extension that had a massive engineering feat take place (here is the video from either Nat Geo or Discovery Channel's show about modern marvel with Walsh Contruction as the main construction group) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rCPJetVab8. Also did a few others like I-90, Soldier Field, etc... So yeah, I do not have a degree in Civil Engineering, but I am as close as I could be.

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    Quiz:

    Engineers do it ...
    A) with precision
    B) on the test bench.
    C) until it hertz.
    D) with maximum power.
    E) None of the above
    F) All of the above
    Last edited by Cliché; 10-29-2018 at 02:20 PM.

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    I'll probably get an infraction now...

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    crap, I deleted that post because I was going to put the time lapse video in it. Sorry Cliche. Nice to have you back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bry View Post
    Worked at an Engineering firm for 16 years. Wife is going on 22 years at an engineering firm. You have driven on many projects we worked on (even as the IT guy) like the 355 extension that had a massive engineering feat take place (here is the video from either Nat Geo or Discovery Channel's show about modern marvel with Walsh Contruction as the main construction group) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rCPJetVab8. Also did a few others like I-90, Soldier Field, etc... So yeah, I do not have a degree in Civil Engineering, but I am as close as I could be.
    Sorry, I didn't mean it that way! I am not an engineer either, but I have 20 years working with the railroads for construction projects large and small. They're sticklers for this kind of stuff (rightly so) and since all my stuff is below the wheel, I see it often.

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    Not too many may remember that before the stop lights went in on either side of the tunnel, that there were stop signs that had a "Honk your horn" sign below it to signal a driver on the other side that you were proceeding through. The neighbors just loved that! It was common knowledge that one shouldn't honk their horns after about 9pm.

    Also, long before Taylor Avenue went through the tunnel as a road, the underpass was a water viaduct for the stream that passed under the tracks, and is still there, underneath it all.
    Last edited by GESince1958; 10-30-2018 at 05:35 PM.

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    Tunnel installation Nov. 2-4...


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    ^ Nice shot! You got a great angle on that. Used to be the backyard of a friend of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GESince1958 View Post
    ^ Nice shot! You got a great angle on that. Used to be the backyard of a friend of mine.
    That was a photo tweeted by the VoGE FYI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliché View Post
    That was a photo tweeted by the VoGE FYI
    Learned tonight at treat or beer my next door neighbor took that photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliché View Post
    Learned tonight at treat or beer my next door neighbor took that photo
    Well, he did a great job. And there's even some action in it with them holding or pushing it, or looking like they are, because it is something like 40,000 pounds. The only thing missing is sparks and smoke, but I could easily PS that in, if needed.

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    Well ahead of schedule, the coring has been great, they were due to "break thru" the other side around 6:30pm..well ahead of schedule. Visited the site around 4pm, pics tomorrow.

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    Broke through at 2:30 am

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliché View Post
    Well ahead of schedule, the coring has been great, they were due to "break thru" the other side around 6:30pm..well ahead of schedule. Visited the site around 4pm, pics tomorrow.
    Surveyer said the three tracks dropped one inch. UP was there all morning fixing that.

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    4pm Sat. Coring tunnel on left, dirt removed into bucket, bucket dumped on Taylor (right), loaded and carted away.


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