Sorry. Bad pun.
I'm in possession of my first GPS and am enjoying the resources to be found here.
Next month I leave on my 4th annual, post-retirement, epic motorcycle journey. (41,000 miles the last 3 summers.)
I will be adding to the inventories of Locomotives and creating (the first?) inventory of Military vehicles.
Beyond the obvious museums, I will make stops at city parks, VFW halls, academies, and U.S. battlesights that have self propelled or towed vehicles out front.
Of course, anyone who wishes to participate is welcome to do so.
I'm hoping for mostly "no shyte, I was there" sightings.
Everyone has some of these in their home towns... so please do make a vist, get the "where am I" coordinates, participate.
Get a pic if you can and describe the locomotive or military piece and post it here. I'll add them to my csv file whenever I check in. (I'll figure out the best way to collect the pics later.)
I'm open to suggestions for descriptions.
I'm leaning toward the following style.
For steam locomotives indicate the builder and wheel configuration. N-N-N or N-N-N-N [For those unfamiliar with this, the first N is the number of lead wheels, the last is the number of trail wheels (usually under the cab. The middle number represents the number of drive wheels (two numbers if it has two "engines" like a Challenger or Big Boy). These numbers are always even as it includes all the wheels, both sides.]
For diesel electrics, the builder and model number.
For ground pounders indicate if it's towed artillery, a jeep or half-track or self propelled artillery or tank, the model number and designation (Patton or Sherman for example) and the caliber of the mounted gun if appropriate.
For aircraft the model number and designation. (Eg P-51 Mustang, F-14 Tomcat)
For naval displays, designation and ship name.
Other ideas are welcomed.
It is a US M103 Heavy Tank!
This 78 ton tank was produced by the U.S. Army as a means to carry the powerful 120mm M58 gun into battle against tanks like the Soviet IS-3.
598 East 222nd Street
Euclid, Ohio 44123-2091
U.S.S. Cod (SS 224)
Builder: Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut
Laid down: 21 July 1942
Launched: 21 March 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. G.M. Mahoney
Commissioned: 21 June 1943
Decommissioned: 22 June 1946
Struck: 15 December 1971
Fate: Museum ship at Cleveland, Ohio since January 25th 1975
Class and type: Gato-class diesel-electric submarine
Displacement: 1,525 long tons (1,549 t) surfaced
2,424 long tons (2,463 t) submerged
Length: 311 ft 9 in (95.02 m)
Beam: 27 ft 3 in (8.31 m)
Draft: 17 ft (5.2 m) maximum
4 × General Motors Model 16-248 V16 diesel engines driving electrical generators
2 × 126-cell Sargo batteries
4 × high-speed General Electric electric motors with reduction gears
5,400 shp (4.0 MW) surfaced
2,740 shp (2.0 MW) submerged
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h) surfaced
9 kn (17 km/h) submerged
Range: 11,000 nautical miles (20,000 km) surfaced at 10 kn (19 km/h)
Endurance: 48 hours at 2 kn (3.7 km/h) submerged
75 days on patrol
Test depth:300 ft (90 m)
Complement:6 officers, 54 enlisted
Armament:10 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
(six forward, four aft) 24 torpedoes
1 × 4-inch (102 mm) / 50 caliber deck gun Bofors 40 mm and Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
Cod is one of the finest restored submarines on display and is the only U.S. submarine that has not had stairways and doors cut into her pressure hull for public access.
Because the COD has not been altered from her wartime configuration, visitors must enter and exit through the original hatchways and climb up and down ladders
1089 E 9th St
Cleveland, OH 44114-1003
If you would like Canadian stuff, i can contribute some things. but I don't know if I can provide all that technical info as I am not savvy in those sorts of things. but I can take pictures. Would you be interested in an aviation museum as well? there would be a lot of different things on one set of coordinates.
The more the merrier.
Anything not appropriate for my file can be forwarded for others. There's at least one file of aviation museums, (not to mention I'll personally use it during a future trip with my nephew.)
I'm not sure how pics are exchanged here per se... but once you have them, let me know via the contact feature, I'll respond, and then we'll have email addresses. I can identify whatever you can't.
Thanx in advance,
for starters, let's give you what I already have in Flickr. The geocoding is on their map.
Golden Hawk in Trenton, ON on a pole. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alanci/3383427587/
I will contact you as you said to initiate private exchange.
there is an old Locomotive at a museum at 44.03612, -77.74230
there is a fighter jet on a pole amrking the exit for CFB Trenton located at 44.13119, -77.58375
the national aviation museum is located at 44.11537, -77.55015 with plenty of old static airplanes
there is an old locomotive at 44.229166, -76.480401
The flickr photo is of an F-86 Saber flown by the G-Hawks.
I can probably identify almost of the aircraft from a picture, but not the loco builders, so if you happen to go again, take note of who built them for me.
The first loco is a 2-8-0 (wheel) configuration per the view on google earth. I can't make out the second loco with the intervening parked cars from the angle provided.
Thanx and looking forward to your e-mail.
I will contact you as you said to initiate private exchange.
Got it. You Have Mail
Oz, I sent you some more links to google views today...
I am interested in getting POI's of VFW's I am currently deployed in Iraq and when I get home in April 2011 I plan on doing a road trip and having a cold one in as many VFW's as I can. I am also interested in locomotives. if you make it to my home state of Arizona go up to Williams.
I'm on the road right now... will take this up again upon my return.
I did a quick check of the VFW website and they don't have a poi file... but might be willing to work with someone who would put it together for both parties.
I am willing to help with the VFW POIs. Please let me know what I have to do.
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