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48517 No.120046   [Reply]

Is Piko a good model railway brand or a shit one?

Pic related, what I just ordered from them

>> No.120050  

The track is unlike anybody else's, so compatability may be an issue. On the other hand, they have a wide selection of track, particularly in small-radius/tight clearance stuff so often found on bookshelf layouts. I've never owned any Pico rolling stock, but I've not heard anything egregiously bad about it, either.

>> No.120060  


I ran the engine on Bachmann EZ track to test it out and it worked like a dream

>> No.120063  

Piko used to be shit. It's now much higher up in the pecking order. Just don't get the super cheap stuff.

>> No.120065  
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I've heard good things and been impressed by what I've seen. They're not providing the insane amount of detail that has given newcomers like L.S. Models, ACME, Jaegerndorfer and whatnot the lead, but I've been impressed by what I've seen. One fellow of my club has a mostly complete ICE 3 which runs beautifully and has impressive light & sound functionality. The Classic and Expert lines look to be great resources for the prototypes offered there. I would say that they're just about on par with the mainstream of European manufacturers--Roco, Brawa, Hornbylimajouefrivarossi, etc. with the caveat that they seem to have a bit of an East German focus given the company's origins and are impressively inexpensive.

I'd buy from them if they fit my interests. They just don't venture much into Austrian prototypes.

>> No.120079  
>Boku no Piko
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>>120079 >Boku no Piko


>> No.120268  


>those couplers
>ordering a 'train set'

Not even once.

>> No.120278  

Ever since LGB (the-creme-de-la-creme brand) went bankrupt and its God-tier American branch went out of business, PIKO has been the sort of back-up high-quality German brand for getting nice American style G-scale trains. They aren't quite as awesome as LGB, but it's better than nothing.

>> No.120296  


>dammit Kartma!

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1398106 No.120115   [Reply]

The motormen of Dallas are all abuzz about our new arrival from Brussels. Car 7169 was delivered to the Oak Grove car barn today!

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>> No.120253  


You could always retrofit it with modern power electronics so you don't have the maintenance burden.

>> No.120254  

>>120220 -- You'll likely want these ones, then:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVP5pgWwmuE and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndTutmeRz3A -- Helsinki, Finland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkLNRJRUCm4 and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tAEOE8GPk0 -- Brno, Czechland

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I'm glad you got the TF2 reference.

>> No.120260  

As I mentioned, it's owned by the chairman of the board. He barely allowed small, rectangular ads on the ends of the car; he wouldn't allow a drastic change like that.

The Peter Witt, on the other hand, DOES have modern controls set up to look like and function similarly to an old controller. It's the bomb. The only bad thing about it is that when Dallas Railway and Terminal rebuilt that streetcar in the '40s, they made the step from the ground really high. A lot of people have issues getting in the car.

>> No.120261  


>omitting the Melbourne restaurant trams
>> No.120262  


Melbourne trams would be too high for much of Murrica. Even Seattle had to construct platforms for them.

>> No.120263  


>he wouldn't allow a drastic change like that

So he's either dumb or a completely retarded foamer. He'd rather have the car break down for good one day or catch on fire, cause an accident or burn its traction motors during emergency braking, most of the above destroying or a classic, historic vehicle, or making it completely inoperational, to be locked in a museum.

>> No.120264  

No comment.

(And we all know what that really means.)

>> No.120265  

And watch as he just blames everyone but himself when it does explode into a million little pieces.

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316611 No.120005   [Reply]

This pic and the resulting thread had me wondering: Is there a DMU or an EMU sonewhere that would look good in white and woodgrain?

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>> No.120129  

Thanks for the info m8.

>> No.120142  

Several cities had vague plans to use some wireless system, but of course downtown sections are unsuitable for this as they are used by all lines and that would mean all old trains to be equipped with that system (which sometimes isn't even possible).

Heidelberg currently has realistic plans to use Bombardier's system on the new university line, their new trams are already equipped with the capacitors.

>> No.120149  

Aside: There is also a Zwickau model. The Vogtlandtalbahn (Vogtland Valley Railway) has modified its RegioSprinter diesels so they can run as trams within Zwickau.


>> No.120163  


Huh, didn't know that, thx.

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Getting back on topic, is this white and woodgrain enough for you?

>> No.120173  

>>120149 -- Another bridge too far... This time mashing the Vogtlandbahn and Rurtalbahn together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaaShW8tYto -- Leading cab view from a Rurtalbahn RegioSprinter.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvRmQQZAJOU -- On the Vogtlandbahn. Has some nice leading cab views.

>> No.120239  

Wireless tram systems (i.e. systems using third rail energized in sections covered by the vehicle) is another fad that will pass. They are very expensive compared to catenary, very failure-prone and worse of all, proprietary, locking you into a manufacturer's closed system.

They only make sense when creating new tram lines in tourist trap locations where catenary is not considered very aesthetic (but then catenaries of heritage lines in such places are considered aesthetic so whatever).

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What about battery-powered trams with inductive charging at line's end?

>> No.120241  


If it's a heritage/tourist/attraction line, okay. For normal public transit lines. not really. Inductive charging is generally inefficient (unless you fork out cash for very advanced systems that costs a lot) and batteries as the main mode of power storage are not ideal (expensive to replace).

>> No.120257  


So far, all I'm seeing of this format are little tourist/shopper shuttles in Los Angeles.

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67396 No.119996   [Reply]

Rajdhani Express Train lunch

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The best lunches are best bought in advance at the station.

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true as fuark

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There's only one station-based doner business I trust

>> No.120206  

I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a reference to cannibalism or not..

>> No.120207  


So apparently whoever runs the doner kebab stand at Nuremburg's Central Station is a huge weeaboo?

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To think that Miako is such a glutton.






As seen in this cannibalistic gif.

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(not my picture, but the first ekiben I had was almost identical to this, just the pickles in the top left corner were different)

Ahh the ekiben. tbh, neither underwhelming or overwhelming as there's two sides on a collision course for me. On one hand, it's fucking delicious and there's so many varieties. On the other hand (and this extends to department store bento too), there's this distinct and scary manufactured feel to them. When you buy them at the station, they're generally wrapped in the same plastic that you otherwise see things like DVDs and game consoles wrapped in and they're cold. The upside I guess is that the shock of not being given chopsticks is alleviated as you find the chopsticks are inside.

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Once Amtrak moves into Freighthouse Square in Tacoma, this is what rail travelers will have in store.

Right now, the only way you can get food from here to eat on the train is if you're taking the afternoon reverse commute up to Seattle on the Sounder. And there are people who have; makes the train smell real nice.

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17638 No.119803   [Reply]

Could ALCO have survived in the diesel-electric locomotive business past the 1960s? Were the locomotives themselves faulty or was it an issue of not being able to compete for market share against GE and EMD with their limited resources?

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we export units now?

>> No.120066  


Where in Japan is this?

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google tells somewhere around Sao Paolo, Brazil

>> No.120124  


Trains in Brazil always like to use Murrican locomotives.

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Bump for RS1, etc switchers

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It's pretty sad that despite pioneering the concept of a road switcher, ALCO was never able to capitalize on this achievement, being quickly eclipsed by EMD and later betrayed by GE when the latter entered the diesel locomotive business themselves.

They were also victims of an upper management born and bred for the steam locomotive business that viewed diesels as a fad into the post-WW2 years.

You can definitely see the Alco influence on the designs of the GE Universal series.

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FUN FACT: All ALCO switchers prior to the T-6 used a "5" series diesel engine, usually a 539T. But all 5-engines owe the bulk of their engineering to the 531... introduced in 1931! ALCO had a definite head start in diesel engines.

... and the very last 539 block ever cast went to repower the very first 531 switcher.

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>dem nose notches
>o ya bby
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S^M2, the RSD-1's Soviet cousin.

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Pro tip, don't get caught in a crash and burn.

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1441093 No.120227   [Reply]

I need a bit of technical help here and I didn't know where to go. I figured you'd guy would be easier on me since it involves a bit of piracy. I pirated some Railworks DLC because fuck paying $20 for a Loco. For a route? That's reasonable. Loco? No way! (my copy of the game is legit though).

Anyways, the files came in separate folders, Assets, Manual, etc. Pretty self explanatory, just add them into the RW directory and combine the folder contents when Windows asks to or not. I do all this and then go into the editor, select the publisher, and the train is there. I load the assets and then go to the train list, but the loco isn't there. If I go back to the asset list the add-on is gone, and not listed. This is has happened 3 times now, and nothing fixes it. If the add-on is .rpk then it loads and runs perfectly fine. For some reason RW hates it when files are added manually. The locos even pop up under Quick Drive, but they won't load into the route. Any ideas?

Also to salvage this thread, post Railworks pics or something.

>> No.120228  

They added some anti-piracy crap in the 2013 version so older pirated DLC works but the newer stuff doesn't.
Just download a pirated version and replace its content and assets folder with yours.

RW is a real mess I hope they do move to the UE engine next year, it'll make freeware content a lot more attractive.

>> No.120230  

That explains it then. I'll check out a crack and see if it works.

>RW is a real mess

It really is. It has to be one of the buggiest games I've played.Even without any addon's it finds a way to break itself.

>> No.120231  

You need a steam emulator to use pirated RSC/DTG addons. SmartSteamEmu works well.

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It works! Drove the 14xx around a bit in Quick Drive and everything was fine. Gonna copy over my assets and content and get rid of the steam install. Thanks a lot anon!

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31010 No.119624   [Reply]

Cab views of Austria:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqbuFqBbGik -- Part 1: Wien West -> St. Pölten (0h45m)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvwQc7RL5w8 -- Part 2: St. Pölten -> Krenstetten-Biberbach (0h52m)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jf8Fme4d9s -- Part 3 Krenstetten-Biberbach -> St. Valentin (0h19m)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX60tkD2uFE -- From Attnang-Puchheim to Stainach-Irdning on the Salzkammergutbahn. (2h09m)

>> No.120226  

One cab view from Japan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-QajuAbROc -- From Utsunomiya to Karasuyama aboard the "ACCUM" aka EV-E301. (0h51m)

>> No.120233  

And some scenes from Germany:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l4_bJhBwDI -- The view from a Class 264 'road switcher' hauling a rake of limestone cars.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPkYgzvw5kw -- A 290 taking a special from Seelze to Walsrode. (1h03m)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLcB-Gmb_ic -- A Class 260 siderodder making up a night train, seem from lineside.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDFu6jmrfP8 -- The station area in Witten as seen from a 260. (0h09m)

Some Voith Maxima views:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePqfCdd3CWA -- A Maxima 40 slowly getting the 4315t freight up to speed. (0h09m)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD_FJK3Gtg8 -- A Maxima 40 loco walking off with 3000t, as seen from lineside.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHS4qQIGkx4 -- A lineside view of a Maxima 30 and some other types.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1piqDjeK0Bo -- Walking through a Maxima 40. Gotta make sure the food is cooking right!

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151921 No.120224   [Reply]

Found a few tram vids from Devon, featuring the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seaton_Tramway:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq_DD__2xm0 -- 1/4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7inwyASDrw -- 2/4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZm12RM01zo -- 3/4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4asX0eZtal0 -- 4/4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeAKVekflko -- The way back.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmd0jXbk7t8 -- Various scenes.

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8048 No.120088   [Reply]

diden't Japan have talking trains at one point I remember photos being flooded of these odd Japanese trains some even calling them Mudkip trains? they looked like this with a froney mouth thing.

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I don't know why I even bother doing this for you, but you probably mean that butt-ugly thing "Resort Saloon Viva Festa". A rebuilt KIHA58 set with a speaker and microphone to make it 'speak'. They never had a nickname AFAIK.

>> No.120097  

Imagine that thing in the autumn. Shitton of insects caked into it's lips and stuck inside the mouth for some poor train driver to scrape out as his lateness punishment. I can see JR being about that psychopathically evil.

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Obscenity laws will not permit it's coupling to E5 or E6 shinkansen.

>> No.120193  


That's actually because of the gauge difference, and the Viva Festa being out of service before the E5 and E6 were even designed.

>> No.120200  

/r/ video of it talking.

>> No.120205  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvnkaQSztGY -- The Festa is in this bouquet of expresses and liners.

>> No.120210  


If I ever saw a train like that talk, I'd probably have a coronary.

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