Thursday, July 10, 2003
Living It Up: Train Engineer
It's all aboard the Living It Up express. Tonight, Jackie is definitely on the fast track. She's riding the rails... learning how to become an Engineer.
(WSVN) -- We are Living It Up learning to operate a train for a day and if you are anything like me you've been fascinated by trains since a young age, so hop aboard and get ready to chug along.
Jackie: "So just tell me a little bit about what does it take to become an engineer."
John: "An engineer is really responsible for the safe propulsion of a locomotive down a track."
Jackie: "And I know there's a lot of history with trains, just tell me a little bit about this train we're standing in front of right now."
John: "This locomotive the 153, it was run on the Florida East Coast railroad back in the 1920s. And what makes it really unique, it was the last engine that pulled the last rescue train out of the Florida Keys before the '36 hurricane."
John: "Okay Jackie here we are outside the locomotive now, this is an E8 diesel electric locomotive you are going to be driving today."
Jackie: "Alright sounds great, let's get on."
Jackie: "Does it recline?"
John: "The controls that you have here control all the functions of the locomotive and the train itself."
John: "This is a train brake."
John: "This is called a reverser, it's like in a car, you want to go into drive, you want to go into reverse."
John: And this is your throttle.It has 8 notches in it, 8 levels of power."
Jackie: "Well as you can see we are definately down to the basic elements, nothing fancy in the cab, take a look at this, no mirrors, no lights on the visor, how am I going to do my makeup??"
Jackie: "So we put it in drive, we release the brake.."
Jackie: "I think I can I think I can."
Jackie: "Alright we are going about 10 mph right now, starting to pick up speed, how fast will this train get?"
John: "This locomotive is capable of doing about 100 mph hour."
Jackie: "And if it's going 100 mph how long will it take to stop the train."
John: "Well it would take probably at least a mile maybe 2 miles to get it to a stop."
Jackie: "So we are going to give it some gas."
And that's what it's like Living It Up learning how to operate a train for a day at the Goldcoast Railroad Museum, I'm Jackie Johnson 7 News."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Goldcoast Railroad Museum
On The Metro Zoo Property
12450 SW 152 Street