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2957961 No.118813   [Reply]

Hi there! I'm Billy Mays here and like to introduce a new product fix locomotives for the Maine, Montreal & Atlantic!

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162851 No.118793   [Reply]

Anyone know much about trains in Taiwan?

>> No.118794  
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Most interested in taking the gFormosa Expressh (“V), which seems to me like a nice take of the touristy "Joyful Trains" the JRs does in Japan with old railcars rebuilt for excursions.

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Next, the Taroko Express, Puyuma Express, and Taiwan High-Speed Rail are all of interest. I'm still shocked at how little they charge for the THSR cars compared to the same distance on any Shinkansen service in Japan.

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My understanding is that the Formosa Express is some sort of joint venture/license thing with a tour operator, and you have to book it through them? The closest thing I got was http://activities.his-vacation.com/jp/jp/TourLeaf/TPE0129.htm where HIS was reselling some seats.

>> No.118797  
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What's not clear to me is how the train is setup. Is it all reserved, all pre-booked? Is there a regular Taiwan Railway car or two hitched onto the end? Can regular car passengers access the cafe car? I've been reading conflicting reports and its very confusing.

The train looks great and everything, but what I'm trying to ask is can I get an all-reserved, all-green car experience without people from the non-reserved regular car crowding up places like the cafe car?

>> No.118799  

Is there a lot of that Japanese colonial influence in Taiwan's rail system? I know they run a Japanese-built Shinkansen.

>> No.118800  

Well the Japanese between 1895-1945 did essentially construct the rail system in use today. Apparently the organization of operations still closely follows Japan's in some respects.

>Completely rebuilt and substantially expanded under Formosafs Japanese colonial government (1895-1945), the networkfs Japanese influence and heritage persists.[5] Similarities between the TRA and the Japan Railways (JR) companies can be noted in signal aspects, signage, track layout, fare controls, station architecture, and operating procedures. As Japanfs southern base during WWII, Taiwanfs railways suffered significant damage by Allied air raids. The Taiwan Railways Administration was founded in 1945 to reconstruct and operate railway infrastructure.[6]
>> No.118810  


So left-side running, too?

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1079248 No.118639   [Reply]
>steam shop foreman general resigns
>allegations of parts and diagrams for historic steam engines being dumped in dumpsters
>rumor is gondolas full of parts being sold for scrap
>ed dickens under legal fire for multiple sexual harrassment lawsuits
>three dead steam engines
>no work being done on ANY engine
>steam program drained financially hauling a dead 4014 to Cheyenne
>boiler on 844 seriously damaged on the last goodwill tour
>damage covered up blame placed on previous crew
>new washout plugs ordered
>new shops manager refuses to pay bill
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>> No.118663  
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>One thread: "Why aren't the Class I's running electric?"
>Another thread: "Why aren't the Class I's running steam?"

Is there just something wrong with diesel here?

>> No.118664  

Maybe, but it's tame compared to the name of the general manager at the grocery store I used to work at. His name was Dick Flick. Seriously.

>> No.118665  


I wonder if he was a fan of Brett Favre?

>> No.118671  

DAE Diseasels?

>> No.118675  

Why aren't the Class I's running horse-drawn trains?

>> No.118680  

The only catching that device does is keeping the cow from going under the axles. 99.9% of cow vs. train incidents result in death.

>> No.118681  

Situation seems very bleak given all the beyatching from the old timers over on TO. Yet we'll never fully know WTF happened until everything is settled. I just hope the UP steam program is salvageable when all is straightened out.

NS did it right. They hired out organizations who's primary expertise is to restore and run steam locomotives. Rather than taking on that responsibility themselves. They even poured money, materials, and loaned a few machinists to the organizations.

>>118680 Drop down couplers allow things to deflect not be impaled. Some E units came with retractable couplers for that reason. As for why you don't want to impale then meat grind cows: Tex should know, he's seen some shit.

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My GP 15T is fuckin' awesome.

>> No.118700  
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keeping the GP15s in the 1500 series is pretty much the one example of CSX having a sense of humor

>> No.118788  


How's that humor? Most railroads did that. The Illinois Terminal did. SW1200s were in the 1200 series, SW1500s were in the 1500 series, SD38s weer 2300s... It makes sense.

Of course when a railroad orders more than 100 locomotives of the same horsepower there has to be exceptions.

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403845 No.118552   [Reply]

Any idea what this was?

It just kind of ends halfway through a hill. Tons of bricks around the area. The end is over a creek. It is wider than the bridge. The tracks do not continue past about the halfway mark.

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>> No.118558  

Unfortunately no. I've checked Historic Aerials and none of the Topo maps going back to the 50's have this listed. The actual aerial photographs going back to the 50's show the spur as being disconnected.

41 20' 29.35" N 81 50' 38.84" W
It's inside of the city limits of Strongsville, OH

>> No.118559  

Other info I've collected.

The main line was "Cleveland Lorain and Wheeling" which was acquired by "Baltimore and Ohio" which is now CSX. I tried checking a few historical maps from the early 1900s from about 1905-1910. Unfortunately I didn't see the spur on there.

>> No.118561  

Maybe it was built in preparation for a spur that was never built?

>> No.118564  

Another more detailed check shows that this spur is off the CSX Cleveland Subdivision. It's not currently connected to the mainline. The overgrowth on the side of the track is so intense that it can't even be seen from the main line.

I'm not sure.. checking historical maps there wasn't really anything heading in the direction that this line would of been pointed in. The line takes a easterly turn further North so it's possible that this was a preliminary bridge which was abandoned half way through. I'm still unsure about the huge pieces of concrete at the end of the bridge though.

Also! I just remember there where some drainage pipes near the creek, and a pipe that looked like it may have been connected to a pump from the creek. One last thing I can think to include is that an interurban line ran somewhere vaguely in this area.

>> No.118565  


>One last thing I can think to include is that an interurban line ran somewhere vaguely in this area.

Maybe that was their line going into their storage depot?

>> No.118566  

Nah this spur was way out in the boonies when the interurban was around. You can see some of the history of the interurban here.


I went to the area the pics where taken when I was in Cleveland. The track branched of the mainline. Leading me to believe that further North the interurban either ran parallel or on the main line. So to be honest I'm not even sure if the interurban even ran close enough to the spur to be connected/part of it. I believe the interurban service mentioned was actually the Cleveland, Southwest, and Columbus.


An interesting question about dating the structure is raised though. I'm not an expert at dating railroad equipment, but the nut and bolt method used to join the tracks is a bit archaic if I'm not mistaken.

>> No.118587  

While not the best clue out there, what is the date stamp on the side of the rail? Also, what is the pounds-per-yard?
That may give some insight on what it is.

>> No.118615  

Can't tell you unfortunately my phone died while my gf and I where checking this out so I didn't grab any pics.

Although our friend was with us and she did get some pics, although they're more artsy. I'll see if I can get my hands on them though.

>> No.118751  

Unfortunately I haven't been able to get my hands on any of the pics yet. I've been trying to remember more details about the line. Further North the Ohio Turnpike was built in the 60's. It could be possible that the line was rerouted although if this where a bridge it wouldn't make any sense that it just stopped midway right?

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Seems to be a coal or aggregate unloading trestle. Perhaps in support of a brick manufacturer or a brick industrial building?

Concrete construction plus the aerials showing the spur disconnected in 1950 suggest WWII or earlier.

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52051 No.118469   [Reply]

I realize this is three days late but the dinosaur that is the Indian railway network is finally getting modernized:

>> No.118471  


>Indian railway network is finally getting modernized

So they'll have hundreds of people hanging off the sides and on top of bullet trains instead of old diesels and steam locomotives?

>> No.118473  



Surprisingly enough they don't actually use steam engines any more.
But yeah, it'll be interesting to see how they keep people from just hitching a free ride on HSR set.
$5 says they'll put electrical fences everywhere.

>> No.118499  

Wait to see HSR sets with bars over all windows.

Wait to see somebody try and dismount a train at 125 mph.

Wait to see some kind of HSR hit a herd of elephants.

Wait to see everything short out and catch fire when it rains.

I look forward to THIS train wreck.

>> No.118531  


ICE > Sheep

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Most importantly, will they be able to dance and sing on top of them for their epic Bollywood musicals?


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94211 No.118690   [Reply]
>24711. Alternate passenger rail service pilot program
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In the Continental US, anyway.

>> No.118703  
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can i has a passenger trains plz

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Eh. Why not? Seems most of our passenger transportation concerns are run by foreign corporations anyway. Pic related; the Sprinter is run by some New North Algerian company called Transdev.

>> No.118718  


>couldn't handle passenger service

More like

>didn't want to deal with passenger service
>> No.118727  

Can someone give some more context? Besides AAF and the Texas Central Rail, where is the interest in privately operated passenger rail?

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The impression I'm getting is that this bill is giving leeway to any Tom, Dick and Harry in the transportation business to ease Amtrak's workload by taking over some of their routes and services. The ulterior motive is likely that da gub'mint is tired of continually funding and taking care of the great money-drain otherwise known as Amtrak by putting it back in private hands. This may be the /pol/ side of me talking, but I think this bill was written with a seismic shift in mind; one where the Republicans are expected to take a lot of seats in Congress this November. And we know the general attitude that Republicans have toward Amtrak.

>> No.118730  

Transdev is a manifestation of Veolia which in itself was a manifestation of Connex
It's a general rough ride globally. The only thing I've seen run competently is the trams. Otherwise the bus service just does the job.
Train operation usually degrades into a wreck

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They are just very concerned about trains hitting the buses.

"The message then, is clear. Unless you want THAT to happen to you... always... w-wear this."


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veolia is the contracted operator for VRE and recently took over the MBTA, they seems to be receiving generally positive marks for service with both

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3802118 No.118706   [Reply]
>Mt. Washingtpon Cog Railway
>Owns 8 Steam Locomotives
>All "stored" but two
>One was made static and donated for display on some fucking highway
>Other one is only run once a day in the early morning
>Since 2008 they've built 5 biodiesels because of "environmental concerns"

Steam is dead to them isn't it? It's like they don't even care. And then you go on their site and see shit like this:

>The advent of biodiesel continues that tradition of innovation and improvement that has characterized the Cog Railway since 1869.


>For those of you who want the nostalgia of an authentic coal-fired steam engine train, we run a 3-hour round trip steamer special on scheduled 8:15 am or 9:15 am departures from Memorial Day Weekend through Late October.
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JIDF plz go

>> No.118722  

Fug they're even on 1chan now?


>> No.118723  
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Dawg, really?

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>> No.118729  
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Don't tell me you didn't see it coming.

>> No.118731  

Any idea how much or even why traffic has spiked recently?

It all seems to be crazies...

>> No.118732  

New tech and increased advertising through the press? Biodiesel locos aren't exactly common and people always like seeing trains up close.

>> No.118734  

I think he meant on 1chan...

>> No.118735  

Oh. Could just be a few active users. I doubt this place could really have a "spike" in traffic.

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Is it true they scrapped some of their Steam fleet lately? Their site says they only operate 3 steam locos, but I swore they had more than that.

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125762 No.118710   [Reply]

post your favorite maps

>> No.118713  
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The most complete map of the Kantō area so far. Not comprehensive. Complete.

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Apparently some broheim thought the DC Metro map was so cool, he had it tattooed on his arm.

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Absolutely disgusting.

>> No.118726  

That's just sad.

I agree. The NEC is so overrated. There are no scenic views or anything. It's just widely used and electrified is all.

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24875 No.118686   [Reply]


>> No.118687  
>pinko filled area
>can't even rebuild intersections to separate tracks and roads
>> No.118688  


They have, over on Royal Brougham. It cut down a lot on the sportsball supporters getting mauled by trains.

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>pinko filled area

The only things the Seattle pinkos care about these days are exclusive ROW for cyclists or having burger flippers and toilet scrubbers being paid as much as those eggheads at Boeing and Microsoft.

Pic related because Seattle has a card-carrying Communist on their city council.

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Shame he didn't get a Darwin award.

Then again, there's still time for his injuries to do him in.

>> No.118693  


>having burger flippers and toilet scrubbers being paid as much as those eggheads at Boeing and Microsoft

Considering how ridiculous the cost of living in Seattle is that's a pretty fair demand.

>implying there aren't extreme right or left morons in every city
>> No.118694  


Critical condition means he's in the running.

>> No.118715  


Those eggheads make like $50/ hour which a drives the rest of everything up.

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Some of those eggheads probably also made these. ;P

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1546422 No.118668   [Reply]

In another news, a glimpse into the day's reckoning in Sydney. Of all days for it to happen too.
Rare 8 car DMU formation which comprises almost 1/3 of all commuter DMUs out of Sydney got screwed because they derailed on the way in.
Chatswood station caught fire
Car drove onto the tracks at Rhodes (not roads!)
Whiteshirts (ticket nazis) out in full force

Welcome to Sydney
images credit: smh, railcorp memes, wherearethetransportofficersat?, sydney trains

Railway cockups general, and broader context since Oil Trains have been covered elsewhere

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Haha oh fuck

>> No.118673  

What's with the new T1-T6 numbering system? What was wrong with just the line names?
Seems much more complex for no benefit.

>> No.118674  
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Garbage thought up by gladys' team. It's meant to imply that if something goes wrong under T#, then all lines under T# are stuffed. Of course, today proves that doesn't always hold true. And it definitely does confuse, it implies that you can travel from Richmond to Berowra directly. Incidentally, it also spelled the death of the Inner West line

Or there's the idea of labelling things under letters and colours when the old system of little pictures also used all over the world worked perfectly. I know what the F stands for, and it isn't Ferry. It's a case of ego, of the bunch thinking they're bigger than they really. Sure, if it was something like Tokyo Metro or JR then I'd understand, but even for them it's a logo rather than a T on an orange background. Considering CityRail's reputation, a T doesn't have any brand identity, at least the CityRail L7 logo was something people remembered and stood itself out.

>> No.118676  


>complaining about universal labelling

It's worked wonders in New York, why wouldn't it work in Sydney?

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Ambiguity. T may imply taxi or tram, especially with the lollipop signs. The birds also agree, shitting all over them.
It screams being unable to afford the other letters. B is for Bitch.
Letters and colours are fine for lines, but inappropriate for transport modes. A symbol such as a picture of a train (or a box with 2 line poking out of it) is more universal than the letter T. The decision was also condemned by designers

The other issue is that the new maps contain less information than the old one. In the old one, the lines were more colour coded. Now you have a slew of lines under the same colour too. And two separate maps.


Or there's the new signage they're dumping on stations which only show the station name among a heap of blue space instead of showing available connections and directions of exit.

>> No.118678  

Ah. So they really half-assed it.
Has anyone suggested copying the roundel designs from Paris or London?

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