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263191 No.133036   [Reply]

Looks like the http://www.kyotorailwaymuseum.jp/en/ did open on schedule.

>> No.133037  

Nifty! Looks like they took a lot of design concepts from the NRM in York.

>> No.133040  

Is this a new museum, or has it been around for a while?

>> No.133041  

Partially brand new. The steam museum is old.


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692029 No.132915   [Reply]

Do leftwing railfans exist? Pic unrelated.

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>> No.133009  

WTF is that!? LeVar Burton in train form?

Also, yes. Registered Democunt for >15 years who has voted for Greens and a railfan for 32.

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You do realize they're called 'greens' because it was the last color available to show them on the 'graphs..

Because Greens are lolbertarians masquerading as 'environmentalists'

>> No.133016  

I didn't know being railfan had some political connotation? Is it known for being full of righties or something?

>> No.133018  

Some 'people' have this overwhelming urge to drag politics into every-bloody-thing. I have heard of polls that order by party lines people's favourite drinks or where they would go on summer hols.

>> No.133026  

Well, weeaboos trend right, prolly due to being mostly upper-middle class whites.

>> No.133028  
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Gay asian furry weeaboo tetsudofan here (harhar very funny). I tilt to the left end of the spectrum largely due to transport policy - the current Labor-Liberal (no, not that liberal, they're the conservative party here) status quo makes all these grand promises but they're largely devoid of content in the current environment. If they're doing transport spending, the only thing that gets done is roads. If they ever spend on rail, it's in tiny steps and inadequate for the future. But this left-right thing doesn't tell the whole story and I don't agree fully with all the policies of any one party.
The Greens here have balls and a tendency to grasp at the balls of any major party in power. But my only issue is on their energy policy. They're often more setsuden rather than thinking big, even with regards to renewable energy.
...did I write too much?

But enough politics, have a grumpy Smaug because there's a Shinkansen on him :3

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Well the fascists certainly loved trains.

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Meh. As if they are the only ones to go for the big.

>> No.133038  

Shit, guys, think twice about that vertical curve! I'm sensing a lot of spilled drinks!

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191436 No.133031   [Reply]

In addition to the Class 801 EMUs and Class 800 electro-diesels, there will also be a class 802 of electro-diesels. This one will have its engines fully rated (940hp ea.) and extra tankage to deal with the banks and longer times away from the wires in Devon and Cornwall.


>> No.133032  

For both diesel and even medium speed electric operation, given the on paper top speed, the acceleration spec of the 802 is fucking insane. If I was starved of porn, I could fap to it.

>> No.133034  

Yeah, the 802s are close to eating blue Hanshin trains for breakfast, based on the paper spec.

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35683 No.133011   [Reply]


Bloody pinched wires...

>> No.133013  

Not only that, but the new BART train design is bad and bulky.

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Why? It looks pretty much standard for an EMU to me.

>> No.133021  

Don't be a NIMBY or They Don't Make Them Like they Did 70 Years Ago >>133013.

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Maybe >>133013 would rather have Class 365 Networker Express smiley trains?

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Or maybe some Seibu 30000 smiley trains? Mind, the Seibu runs only on 1500V DC overhead. The Networker EMUs run on 750V DC third rail and the 365 also on 25kV AC overhead.

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Most QR trains are smiley. Unfortunately, you won't be smiling for long once you're on board. You can't even eat or drink on the bloody things despite there being vending machines on station platforms. (fine is like $230 or something).
The icing on the cake is that the enforcement is done by people wearing black, colloquially known as blackshirts (harhar). Although in practice, they've softened up over the years, especially with regards to fare evasion likely because any real fare evaders would require cops to actually deal with.

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Also, the smile train with alien eyes.

>> No.133033  

My first thought at seeing the thumbnail was: Mercedes-Benz. The nose really resembles some minibuses when seen from a distance.

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134915 No.132945   [Reply]

Could a steam engine be made that uses the heat from radioactive decay to power the train?

>> No.132947  

Very likely, but it still would not be practical, if only due to all the radiation shielding needed.

>> No.132949  

Yes, but considering there's no practical way to throttle steam production, it'd need frequent watering. Plus in an ordinary steam engine a dry boiler is bad, in this thing it'd be catastrophic.

If you want an atomic train, put the nuclear power plant on a big concrete base somewhere stable and just run wires to the tracks, honestly.

>> No.132951  

Which is the most practical solution, as you can use one powerplant to power many trains. And your home, too.

Still, I wish the 15MW helium reactors from "Desperately Seeking Ranma" were here for real.

>> No.132953  

This is such a terrible idea and it is just about as bad as the Atomic airplane.

What would be the solution would be is to have a stationary nuclear plant and string catenary at 25kV at 60hz, and use electric locomotives. Then you can sell excess generation capacity to the public grid.

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There were a handful of research papers written on the topic in the ~1960's.

They all came to the basic conclusion of: 'Possible: Yes. Reasonable: No.'

>> No.132979  


>German words
>ALCo/EMD-esque body designs

I don't get it.

>> No.132989  

That specific design came out of the University of Utah. I have no idea why the image is labeled in German, it's just the best quality example I could find off hand.


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350016 No.132984   [Reply]

I want. Lots. Even if only the empties.

>> No.132986  

The Premium Malts is a decent drink for what it is though. Between that and whatever pilsner the German pub in the city serves up, I'd be pretty happy drinking either.
And I'm meant to be the picky arsehole who needs to be coerced to drink VB/XXXX/tooheys new/asahi/etc (all of those are shit).

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156666 No.132982   [Reply]



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393001 No.132164   [Reply]

Now, as promised. Spring RZD thread. Enjoy the views, ask questions.

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BTW the pic is just regular pantograph on 2ES6 3kVDC freight locomotive by Sinara Transport Machines.

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>>132971 -- Or maybe Ukraine just gets the wrong kind of ice.

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Hah, it looks like jokes about Ukraine got even to /rail/ :)

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I guess this is bump limit?..

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That's such an oddly specific device. The CPR just gets rid of snow and ice with some 2x4s strapped to the top of old boxcars.

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>>132974 -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_wrong_type_of_snow

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Really like this shot. You're doing god's work, rpy.

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So I guess this was rather an "internal" joke after all:)

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So... I think I have enough strength for another thread. I promise, after this we'll stop for a while because you're probably getting tired of this RZD stuff.
Tell your thoughts if you have something to add or oppose.

Ending the thread with a pic of a glorious Transpolar railway.

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>>132992 -- Sweeeeet...

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105952 No.132967   [Reply]

Someone said that steampunk Transformers was canon
Then I saw some you guys would enjoy

Inb4 Trainsformers

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There were a couple of others, but they weren't train related. I can post if anyone's interested

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159545 No.132745   [Reply]


No-one was injured in a derailment of an out-of-service shinkansen train in Kumamoto when a 6.5 earthquake hit Kyushu today.

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Another source said it had been a total derailment - all twelve bogies/trucks left the track.

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>> No.132841  

If I remember correctly, the celebration and original video was dated march 9 2011 - 2 days before the 3/11 incident which had an amusing storm of comments in the years after. Almost like it was bad luck.

>cry everytime
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>> No.132957  

If google translate is interpreting this right, the whole line is reopening tomorrow?

>> No.132958  

Looks like Giggle Translate is right. I checked with NHK World, and they said the same thing.


Seems the Tsubame all-station service will be the only one operating to begin with.

>> No.132963  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W-DELFawCU -- "Journey to the stars" News clips from the shooting of the JRK shinkansen commercial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va2brxKGP3g -- 25-min marathon "Boom!" play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw8qrUfWmLI -- A wedding vid styled as the JRK ad.

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"The Express Three-Nine
will take you on a journey,
a never-ending journey.

A journey to the stars."

>> No.132995  

>>132966 -- s/The Express/The Galaxy Express/

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