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452613 No.117672   [Reply]
>conclusion: shit fucked up, fixing locomotives engines with epoxy is a bad idea and one man crews are risky
>> No.117674  
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Love this graphic of ALL the things that went wrong in this accident.

>> No.117684  

It's such a nice way to portray how everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong.

>> No.117686  
>excessive train speed

train was parked.

why don't they say something about no train driver? that makes about the same amount of sense.

>> No.117690  

Yeah, that's a pretty silly "factor."

Unrelatedly, I personally feel that if you need to tie more than 6 hand brakes to secure a train, then you probably shouldn't be leaving it there anyways.

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A teachable moment, that taught many ignorant people that oil trains are basically rolling bombs that are looking for an excuse to level an entire township.

No.117381   [Reply]

Out of the reader:





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>> No.117470  

make sure to dump stock before the railcar company completes its contract and declares bankruptcy. they only have to build so many and they're done. gotta get in on that now.

>> No.117471  

>>117463 Speaking of consulting Corny... Haven't seen him since >>116912 two weeks ago.

>> No.117472  

I hope he's doing well. :(

>> No.117476  
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>> No.117536  

This, he's probably still kicking and just working through a rough spot. The last time we got worried about him he came on here all "Oh, you guys ;w;" and it brought man-tears to my man-eyes.

>> No.117679  
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This. I've had a genuine scare or two before, but this time it was just a delay in setting up a new computer while getting shuffled between nursing homes. Relax.

>> No.117685  

Pardon my newfag-yness but why does Corne live in a nursing home?

>> No.117689  

Because he's old and is chronically ill. ;_;

>> No.117709  

He's like, old. Like, 700 or something stupid.

>> No.117735  
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>like, old

He's younger than me.

>yoot nowadays

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22739 No.117531   [Reply]

Looks like I'm moving across the country from upstate South Carolina to Santa Barbara, California. I'll be taking the Crescent all day to New Orleans, spending the night there, then spending the next two days and nights on the Sunset Limited, followed by a short trip on a Pacific Surfliner!

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>> No.117618  

Just don't go overboard. I'd personally think it's better to beg for forgiveness than ask permission in this circumstance. If you're asked to refrain from sipping your "apple juice" just be nice about it.

You can also stock up on all the plastic bottled liquor in the FQ for optimum sneakiness.

When you're here take the St. Charles line, it's pretty cool too. So sad that you'll only be here for the night and won't get a chance to see all this great state has to offer. From swamps, to the drive-through daquiri shops, to the longest bridge in the world, or the awesome city park(that's not so awesome or safe at night). Bourbon St. is highly overrated to the point I call it Disney Land for adults. It's too much of a tourist trap, but feel free to walk down it just to say you've done so. Marigny(a neighborhood just a little bit further north and east of the FQ) is a lot more authentic and more enjoyable in my opinion.

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Don't worry, I intend to be discreet. It just seems like something to do to pass the boredom. And the plastic liquor bottle sounds like a better idea. Alcohol isn't essential, I just tend to get very bored when the sun goes down and you can't see the scenery and everyone else is asleep. I tend to be a night owl so I'm awake for a good while longer than everyone else.

And yeah I wish I was there longer too but I've been trying to maximize my time in Clemson and minimize my transit time. Originally I was going to drive and I was going to spend some time in New Orleans and Austin.

>> No.117648  

>>117616 So you're taking 19 on September 2nd eh? Might have to come moon your train when it passes though Atlanta.

>> No.117656  

Dampflok, I wouldn't wish your pasty arse upon the worst of my enemies!

(It sounds hilarious! Do it!!)

>> No.117658  


So you're gonna show him the REAL "Dirty South"?

>> No.117664  


Joke's on you. I'll have a poster-sized print out of my ass in every amfleet window.

>> No.117665  

>>117664 Challenge accepted.

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>Would bringing my own booze be a good or bad idea?

You didn't hear this from me, but...
... be discreet. Stashing a half-pint of booze in an oversize carry-on bag and surreptitiously spiking your soda probably won't offend anybody if there's no children present, and dropping a tip in the steward's palm after buying that overpriced soda won't hurt your reputation either.

Better still, splurge on a roomette, and invite someone from the club car to join you for drinks.

PROTIP: If you intend to while away the miles under extended inebriation, a hangover can be avoided by consuming something brewed (beer), fermented (wine), as well as distilled (liquor). It is considered good form to rely on Amtrak to provide at least one of these three classes of intoxicants.

>> No.117680  


And remember that "Beer Before Liquor, Never Been Sicker".

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3850832 No.117604   [Reply]

Found this in the Sunday Chicago Tribune...

1chan.net/rail as a business?

It's more likely than you think.

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>> No.117614  

Why the hell would some gang banger take some of his time and energy to shiv some honkey looking at trains?

>> No.117615  

Dem fancy cameras and radios, mang.

>> No.117619  


I like the idea. We're not just fanboys. There's money to be made in our fandom.


Whitey got fancy shit that can be converted at the pawn shop to crack money.

>> No.117636  

It's totally unrealistic alright.

>> No.117637  


>Found on /k/

sounds legit then

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>> No.117642  

I find it hard to believe myself

>A man living in Chicago visiting a weapons board.

It's the stuff of fairy tales.

>> No.117643  


>implying it isn't a bunch of crossposting suburban dwelling /pol/acks
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>> No.117670  

I do care. About the shitty cropping of your pic, that is.

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127176 No.116317   [Reply]

I was annoying some derps with F40PH

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>> No.116329  

You will kindly learn to use the [reply] button in order to keep similar subjects in one thread. WE do not need half a dozen F40PH threads on page 1. This is childish and annoying. Save it for troll wars elsewhere, where childish and annoying is normal behavior.

Consider this a warning.

>> No.117628  
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>> No.117638  


>Consider this a warning.

Take a look at this internet tough guy!

>> No.117647  

>>117638 -- Learn to not offend the banhammer.

>> No.117652  

>>116329 Hurray!!

>> No.117653  


Thou shalt not be a shithead.

>> No.117655  

That post is a month old, amigo.

>> No.117666  

>>117655 Boo.

>> No.117668  


>Thou shalt not be
>being a christian
>> No.117671  


>Thou shalt not
>being hebrew

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16368 No.117600   [Reply]

Can anyone recommend me a good trackplan for a 16x72 inch area? I've been looking at the classic Switchman's Nightmare not only to showcase my incoming German stock on but my main concerns are that it isn't a prototypicaly accurate German yard. Does anyone have any thoughts, input, recommendations, etc.?

>> No.117645  


Timesaver, or design your own that is actually based on a German prototype. Make removable leads so you can extend the layout with staging, etc. if your space permits.

>> No.117649  


I might be able to do timesaver, especially seeing as I was going to use the layout to showcase some stock and the likes. My only concern about it is that it wouldn't be too prototypical but then again, it's hard to find a German train yard reference that isn't a bigass switching yard.

>> No.117650  

Really? There are small intermediate yards all over the country. Anytime you model a yard it is going to be selectively compressed anyway, so I wouldn't worry about it.

>> No.117659  
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I'll have to look around then. Most German rail yards I see off google are as big as this thing:

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I hope you can use the images if not the (German) text on these sites:

http://www.guidorademacher.de/Bahnbetriebswerke/Bahnbetriebswerke%20Startseite.htm -- Pictures and drawings of depots and yards around Aachen.

http://mec.wolfgang-schlegel.eu/ -- This club has modelled a depot/yard already.

http://www.bahnfrau.de/bahnfrau/html/gleisplane.html -- A page with plans.

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122034 No.117594   [Reply]

What are your thoughts on the new Hogwarts Express "train" ride in Universal Orlando Resort?

In case you live under a rock, Universal Orlando Resort has two theme parks: Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. A new Harry Potter area opened in the IOA park in 2010 and it was such a huge success that they made a "sequel" of sorts in the neighboring park that opened this year. In that new Harry Potter section, you can ride a train from that area directly to the Harry Potter area in the other park, AND you have to have a two-park pass to ride it. It's a very brilliant/sinister idea to have the two Harry Potter areas in separate parks, because if you want to see it all, you have to pay for TWO parks instead of one.

Back to the train...in short, it's fake. The locomotive is electric, it runs on a trio of trucks underneath, and the wheels that the guests can see are all dummies (in fact, I believe the those wheels don't even touch the track at all). When the train goes between the parks, it moves along an elevated line stretching over the employee-only back areas. To keep guests "immersed" in the Harry Potter world, you see scenes of British countryside outside your "windows" with magical creatures and wizards appearing. There are two train sets total and the ride time is four minutes.

>> No.117595  

From the little bits of footage I saw it looked horrible. The car bodies look OK but everything else just screams cheap.

The lack of scenery around the track looks awful too. It makes the locomotives stick out like sore thumbs in the middle of the concrete and steel backstage area.

Considering Disney was able to build his own little railway with real steam engines on the shoestring budget Disneyland originally had I'm not impressed at how poorly executed that "railway" is.

>> No.117597  

When you ride the train, there are no actual windows, so you never see the backstage areas on the ride. The windows are actually large LCD screens.

Also, a big part of why the Disneyland Railroad is so amazing and legit is because Walt Disney the man had the railroad as his own personal property, so the company couldn't mess with it ( he also directly owned the steamboat and monorail).

Also, I'm not that surprised when I learned that this was going to be fake. Universal has no desire whatsoever in deliviering on authenticity or nostalgia. Everything's 100% fake. But, at least they do an excellent job on theme design and such.

>> No.117599  


>When you ride the train, there are no actual windows, so you never see the backstage areas on the ride. The windows are actually large LCD screens.

But you can still see it from the outside while riding other attractions.
They should have just built white plastic boxes and made the inside look like real British wagons with LCDs fitted for windows, that way it wouldn't have looked out of place when traveling on overhead sections and would have still retained its "immersion" from the inside.

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Think of all this as to why Walt Disney did things the way he did... ol' Walt was first with Universal in before they fucked him over and then Walt went his own way.

Picture highly related.

>> No.117605  

Guests will have to enter the train at some point and that happens in an appropriatly themed station I assume. And then white boxes would look really out of place.

>> No.117608  

Just throw a facade made out of LED screens in front of the boarding area.

>> No.117622  
>dat faux Choob stock
>> No.117661  

Oswald the Rabbit, etc.

>> No.117662  

Future Universal Creative President right here. ;D

No.116726   [Reply]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdkz-rZs3s0 -- Last Train To San Fernando, calypso style.

>> No.117657  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WBS-0Nxr4g -- "Hraðlestin" ("The Express Train") - The name is the only thing rail-related about the tune, but it's almost guaranteed to drag you over to the dance floor.

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179583 No.117590   [Reply]


So some people with big fancy degrees crunched the numbers and came up with the jobs least and most likely to be automated...

The future is looking bright, my friends.

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>locomotive engineers
>one of the jobs that is actively being automated
>in the least likely to be automated category
>as a job
>on a report made in 2014
>> No.117601  

I dunno' man.

Gotta' have them in the industries and yards still. They have pilots on there. Another job that you'd think they're trying to automate away, but I guess they'll always need somebody on there.

As far as firemen... I have nothing to say for that.

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I suspect "fireman" is merely an ornamental title for an assistant engineer or conductor.

Some of those jobs on that list won't be so much automated as they will be made remote. I think that with the way drone aircraft are going, we may soon have airliners piloted by remote. Of course the cabin attendants will still be there. But the pilots won't. Police officers and firefighters will also use some kind of drone.

I'm already seeing fast food cashiers being replaced by robots. A Jack in the Box in SeaTac (the city, not the airport) has an automated ordering terminal; it's pretty spiffy, considering that most people who work in that town are immigrants who barely know a lick of English.

>> No.117623  

Nah, I don't see pilots or engineers being removed from the control seat anytime soon. Especially with how we've seen how vulnerable our communications and control systems can be. I'd like to think we wouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater just because we can. At least not in the near future.

>> No.117625  


There are remote-control locomotives in yards already, and I'm sure railroads are trying to figure out how to put them on the mainline.

>> No.117626  

Yeah, we use RCL locos down here, but they're very limited in their use and don't work nearly as well as just having an engineer.

>> No.117644  


>he doesn't know about the original RCL pilot projects just having one guy in a tower doing all the yard work using cameras

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>> No.117552  

It's the little engine that could! No wonder it had so much trouble if the driver was an idler...

>> No.117564  

Yeah no foamers are showing up to The Aquarium, Kemah, or the Houston Zoo to check these out. You've got a ton of stuff to see in and around Houston.

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That and the fact that the manufacturer did have a prototype that they based the design off of.

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>> No.117591  

The whole point of Chance Rides choosing to make their locomotive look like the Central Pacific Huntington is because that was the locomotive used as the inspiration for the Little Engine That Could. Even knowing that, it's still "meh."

>> No.117592  

Side note: the real-life C.P. Huntington is on static display at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

Also, the Chance Rides rip-off dates back to 1960, and between then and 2012 there have been 365 separate train sets made. Michael Jackson had two railroads at Neverland Ranch: one a 3ft gauge real steam railroad and the other was a 2ft gauge using one of the C.P. Huntingtons. Kinda ironic when you think about it...C.P. HUNTINGton.

>> No.117593  

Though, the one C.P. Huntington in the demo that goes under that big shark tank in Houston looks kinda neat, even if the train is fake.

>> No.117598  

>>117566 2 of these are at the bottom of the ocean

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mah sides

>> No.117632  

dammit Kartma!

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