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33312 No.127146   [Reply]

This is a simple table of the number of current operating steam locomotives around the world by country per steamlocomotive dot info. I WAT'd at China.

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>> No.127168  

There's also literally nothing wrong with using a log fire to heat your home, cook your food, and warm water for your bath. It's tad behind the times, but ultimately nothing wrong with it.

>> No.127169  

You've missed out the 500 or so engines in the UK's strategic reserve, which is absolutely, definitely hidden in Box Tunnel, and totally isn't an urban myth.

>> No.127211  


Is that a... stored steam locomotive still in operation somewhere?


>> No.127217  
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Yes, a coal power plant in Mannheim has three steam storage locos for shunting purposes. And of course more then enough steam to power them.

There are also at least two other chemical factories in Germany using them, pic is in Herne, video is in Amsdorf


>> No.127220  


That is totally fucking cool, a fireless cooker! It makes total sense though, why burn diesel when there's steam to be had.

>> No.127224  


That's a fairly impressive train length for such a small, low-power locomotive.

>> No.127235  

I'd say they could be empties, but it really just might be able to pull all that weight.

>> No.127237  

As a chemical engineer in training, I find it rather amusing how well fireless steam locos work as a transport system solution to areas where ignition sources are prohibited. It's also worth taking the time to appreciate (read your steam tables!) how much energy is present in superheated steam and which can still be easily transferred.

Though the best part as I see it is how it ended up working being more cost effective than the usual methods such as pipes or regular rail hardware.

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Interesting specimen from USA, an ex-steam-powered-fireless-cooker converted/restored to run on compressed air.

>> No.127240  


>Those footboards

I thought they were totally banned.

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>> No.127259  

Can't find any obvious rail connection in this, but is this made on a POKEY chip?

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130926 No.127202   [Reply]

In other news, the E353 is apparently a thing already.

Image credit: https://twitter.com/sky_brass/status/626209283735031808


>> No.127206  

Yep, seems JR East has received their first toys of that type, one three-car and one nine-car; both with kop-loper ends, it seems.


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877415 No.127185   [Reply]

From a non-employee standpoint, are open doors on boxcars really worth reporting? And on that note, given that we are generally against railroad hobotry, do we still not report it in the off chance that our boy DirtyKid is in it?

Pic unrelated

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The only thing I would ever consider reporting would be something immediately dangerous, like a fire or derailment. I don't believe railroad employees pay much attention to open boxcar doors on a roll-by inspection, so why should we? Either way, DirtyKid has shown us that most hobos prefer well cars or covered hoppers for their ample platform space.

>> No.127189  


> Either way, DirtyKid has shown us that most hobos prefer well cars or covered hoppers for their ample platform space.

Also an empty boxcar is not likely to be going very far. It's low priority junk and you can expect to wake up sided out in the middle of nowhere waiting for retrieval. If you're planning to cross the country, intermodal is the way to go. It's not just comfy, it's faster. This thing about hobos in boxcars is a holdover, an archetype, whatever, from the depression era. Riding empty boxcars especially towards the rear, they rock so hard you can't sleep or anything.

I'm of the we-leave-no-trace; you-won't-even-know-we-were-there... school of hoboing.

>> No.127190  

I realized that about 5 seconds after I posted it, because if the rail police were looking over a train for any unauthorized riders, being in a box car basically means you're sitting in a corner, especially if only one of the doors is open.

>> No.127194  

Only open plug doors are worth reporting since they can fall off.

Do you want to report every empty plastic hopper that has open hatches too?

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343069 No.127077   [Reply]

Do any railroads still use their telegraph lines for anything or are they just relics of an earlier age?

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>> No.127107  

I've wondered about that. I've found some deep in the bush trackside, but I doubt they're very special.

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I'm told that the old CPR telegraph lines still standing in BC are being utilized to carry either power to a signal light or hotbox detector, or control signals from some sort of sensor like slide detectors etc. Otherwise they have been essentially abandoned in terms of communication use.

Around 1986 or so I once walked the CPR mainline from Cochrane, Alberta to Calgary (Keith Yard) and found quite literally 60 or 70 of the white ceramic insulators as seen in this pic. I piled them up together with the intention of coming back for them later and took several samples with me for some friends. Told then they weren't worth a thing, kinda like having a spike. Now it seems some collect 'em.

>> No.127129  

I've got a bunch of ones like the middle top one. Spike-value as well?

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>tfw I live in NorCal along a rail line, and both AT&T and the cable company say that there's no service to my address
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Hmm... I have no idea what their value is. Although I read somewhere years ago online that the purple insulators fetch "good money", whatever that is.. no figures were given. I keep meaning to buy the book in this picture, it looks interesting.

And as a side note, the rail line in my region leases its r.o.w. to telecom companies as there is at least one fibre optic backbone buried alongside the tracks.

>> No.127133  


In complete seriousness, it's probably because AT&T uses the line for something else or the line they have along the ROW is just an old analog phone line (ie, a twisted pair of copper wires) that's not capable of modern broadband. And since AT&T, like all utility companies, will never ever actually replace old infrastructure completely (as in, full replacement with destruction of the old line) they're not going to build a whole new line.

Your only other option is satnet.

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>> No.127143  


>My dad's a collector of those glass insulators

I saw a reference to that in a Donal Duck magazine a way back (the topic of the generic 12 page story was hoarding I think) and though that was a joke.

So it is a thing...

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They even said our address "is not in the service area" for a land-line phone. So IDK WTF.

As for Internets, I did consider satnet, but the data limits didn't line up with our household usage habits (between me downloading off of Steam and my mother with her Netflix). Fortunately, there was a local microwave ISP that allowed for unlimited data and reasonable speeds.

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Dude, sell me one of those white ceramic CPR insulators

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8386 No.127137   [Reply]

I've been doing a bit of research on Welsh narrow gauge lines. The oddest I've ever come across is the Padarn railway.
While the likes of the Ffestiniog and the Penrhyn railways carried 2ft (ish)-gauge slate wagons quite long distances on their own wheels, the owners of the Dinorwic quarry decided to do something completely different. In 1842 (17 years before the standard gauge LNWR reached Llanberis), they replaced their 2ft-guage Dinorwic railway with a 4ft-gauge line, known as the Padarn railway, and "piggy-backed" the slate wagons on 4ft-gauge "transporter" wagons, four to a wagon. One wonders what was the reasoning behind the use of such an odd method of moving their slate?
The Padarn railway survived until 1961. The trackbed is now used by the Llanberis lake railway, which uses the 2ft gauge of the quarry lines.
By the early 20th century, Llanberis would have been home to railways of no less than four different gauges, with standard gauge LNWR, 4ft Padarn railway, 2ft(ish) quarry lines and the 800mm-gauge Snowdon mountain railway!


>> No.127138  

Found a Wikipedia page on the standard gauge Llanberis & Caernarvon line (taken over by the LNWR in 1870)

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I recently acquired a 1953 OS map of Snowdonia, which shows all the railways around Llanberis. I have labelled the Padarn and Carnarvon and Llanberis Railways. The Snowdon mountain railway is already labelled on the map.

>> No.127170  

>>127137 -- My guess is that hauling the quarry cars on flat cars was faster than hauling them on their own.

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219249 No.127167   [Reply]

Power problems in the Garden State mess up Amtrak and NJ Transit service.


Governor (and 2016 Presidental Candidate) Chris Christie points his sausage finger at Amtrak.


>> No.127177  

And of course Herr Christie forgets that when you point a finger at others, you point four fingers at yourself.

No.127140   [Reply]

Trains have come a long way. Who do you think was the person most responsible for the innovation and development for the application of trains in the history of trainfaggery?

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James Watt.

Those damn Scots... they've been at the core of almost everything that lead to the modern world.

Read this book, it's amazing. Then again, with my ancestors Highland blood coursing thru my veins i'm obviously biased. Hehe

>> No.127176  

My guess would be whoever first ran cars on rails.

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92040 No.127156   [Reply]

Brand new data for New Zealand added to Steamlocomotive.com, featuring the sexy beast in the attached pic.


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100942 No.127078   [Reply]

Anyone ever taken VIA in Atlantic Canada? I'm considering it because it's not as expensive as I thought and the bus just sucks that much out there. I rode freight on that line as a young hobo but I'm too old and tired for that routine anymore, plus I have money for once. The only interurban passenger train I ever took was when they kept the train in Newfoundland open for school kids on field trips after regular service was discontinued... which was a while ago to say the least.

>> No.127082  

It's comfy but taking a plane will be a lot quicker.

>> No.127093  

I end up taking the bus for the last leg either way because neither train nor plane go where I'm going. And I'm in no hurry, I just kind of want the experience really. The rail portion will be Montreal to Truro NS. Would be some nice pics for you guys in a few days if my phone wasn't an obsolete piece of crap that won't let me transfer photos.

>> No.127094  

If there's no rush then take the train. You would have to be a masochist to want to take a coach from Truno all the way to Montreal.

>> No.127095  

Masochism? Try hitch hiking across New Brunswick sometime. That's masochism.

>> No.127144  

When you do take the trip, take pics/notes and report back. One of these days I'm going to win the lotto jackpot and blow a bunch of money travelling what's left of our passenger rail service. Lol

>> No.127147  

I've thought about taking The Canadien across Canada as a vacation. I get a 15% discount on VIA but none on Amtrak. Go figure.

>> No.127155  

I already explained why I couldn't take pics for you guys. Also the part where I said I wasn't in a hurry, that changed suddenly and this is when I realized how hard it is to get tickets on such short notice. The next train with free seats was about two days later than I needed so this is now the most useless thread I've ever made. The worst part is that I saw the train I should have been on when I passed through Moncton... ouch.

Next year maybe, and with functional camera to boot.

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