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1685956 No.121245   [Reply]

ITT: Post jokes only railfans will understand.

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>> No.121314  

The inevitable extinction of the E4?

>> No.121320  


That and the feeling there won't be a full double-decker Shinkansen after the E4 soon.

>> No.121326  


So no more accidental upskirts from the lower level at platforms?

>> No.121327  
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Stolen from /r/. Looks like it might've come from Pascal, maybe one of Reekie's.

I'm ruining the fun but all things said it's probably one of the more difficult things to do since Shinkansen platforms usually have crude fences and people line up and don't crowd the platform. Otherwise, things like the suburbans (211, E217, E231, E233, E531 etc) might score better since you have the double decker Green Cars and they can get packed. Since it's also Green on lower deck, you can always claim you thought it was one of the first class perks.

Of course, as a Sydneysider, you'd expect more from here but people don't get that close to the train.

>> No.121329  

The other part of the joke is that UPY stands for Union Pacific Yard, it's the reporting mark used for their switchers (shunters) so having a former SP Daylight 4-8-4 in that service makes no sense whatsoever.

In fact I would wonder if it would even be possible for it to do switching.

>> No.121333  

i don't think UPY is dedicated to switchers, it's just a holding mark for stuff that would mess up the numbering of the regular road roster

>> No.121352  

I'd also say define "switcher". It's mostly 2nd Gen Geeps in my area, and I'm pretty sure I've seen some SD40-2s with UPY out on the road.

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Also they just ran out of numbers in the first place.

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Shouldn't Paint So Fast...

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867479 No.121419   [Reply]

Which heritage/tourist railway puts on the best Christmas-themed event?

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370601 No.120849   [Reply]

I found a picture in an old collection, and thought you might find it interesting. It is an old Associated Press image date 2-6-37.

The description on the back says:
"Felton, Ark., Feb 6. Railroad traffic continues through Mississippi backwater several feet deep. This Missouri-Pacific train commutes daily between Helena, Ark and Memphis, Tenn., through flood waters rising six inches every 24 hours."

The picture came from the archives of the U.S. Weather Bureau in Kansas City which had flood forecast responsibility for the area. It was used to document the danger and damage of floods. Can you imagine any railroad doing anything so bold today?

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>>120930 Am I doing it right?

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Reminds me of the old Addams Family episode where Gomez buys a whole real railroad (The Big Swamp & Southern) only to have the whole thing sink into the swamp at the end.

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I win.

>> No.121385  


That was some kind of art project or publicity stunt, though.

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>> No.121389  


Go home, boat! You are drunk!

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>>121385 Gentlemen.

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9523 No.121302   [Reply]

Amerifag here

What's the general perception of model trains in other countries? Here in America, you mostly just see old war vets or old men whatever puddling around a dingy basement with their old trains. I dunno if the same applies for in Germany or Britain or what. Pic semi related

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>>121346 -- It is of course possible that a thumbnail was all OP had of that DB Regio train.

Hennyways and milwaukyroads, here is another one, nicked from Wikicommons.

>> No.121358  


>Rod Stewart
>has a massive set

And his model railway is pretty impressive too.

>> No.121359  

The United Kingdom and the United States are two countries divided by their common tongue. Yes, in the UK it's a 'set'.

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When it has a proper conception (aside from regional semantics)

also moar DB 143

>> No.121366  

To cook it... a model train set is put together, a model train layout is built.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC-dmKHiCnY -- The nuts at Miniatur Wunderland really are otaku. Here they move a full-size mainline locomotive with a team of model locos, just to show it can be done.

And James May... Wasn't it he that connected two villages with an HO-scale railway?

>> No.121368  


OO. AKA HO But 4mm:Foot and also why the fuck are we still making all british models in this scale?

>> No.121372  

James May did it with the help of the guys from Miniatur Wunderland, among many others.

He failed the first time, but got it the next year and made it into a competition.

He also waxed poetic about model trains in his "Top Toys" Christmas special for BBC, in which he called them "the nearest to his heart", trolled people who only keep them in boxes as collectors pieces (yes that is pretty common here in the UK) and built a 4'8' (4'6'?) set for his mates at his Christmas party.

>> No.121373  


The rationale originally is that British prototypes are smaller than North American ones. (One can see this nicely by visiting the A4 "Dwight Eisenhower" at the NRM new Green bay, it's a lot smaller than one would think from seeing American steam)

Back in the old days of OO/HO the 4mm/foot scale helped make the motor fit better in the models, unlike the extra-wide Athearn models, but since it does use HO track, it's slightly narrow gauge. Proto-4mm fixes this but involves lots of hand laying and modifications to the trucks which takes a lot of work, so most UK model railroaders like me don't bother and just accept the narrow gauge.

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Japan isn't much better with model trains. The de facto standard N-gauge is 1/150 instead of 1/160 which comes closer to the standard gauge of 1,067mm (7.11mm) at 9mm. It's more logical to use Z-gauge track at 6.5mm (which a few people do, pic related) or use TTm gauge (1/120, very sparsely used), but because this 1/150 standard is already held up so long, it's impossible to change.

Shinkansen are however made at 1/160 to compensate for their wider bodies on layouts.

>> No.121379  


The Shinkansen don't just have wider bodies, all Shinkansen lines are standard gauge, so the use of 1/160 is appropriate.

I think the difference between 1/150 Japanese narrow gauge and 1/160 standard gauge is a lot less noticeable than the difference between 1/76 British OO and 1/87 HO, but that could just be me. The larger something is, the easier it is to notice, I suppose.

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32507 No.121361   [Reply]

The actor who played the old station master in "Poppoya" aka "Railway Man" died some eight days ago.


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He was in another /rail/-relevant movie, Shinkansen Daibukuha - The Bullet Train.

In Hollywood, he was best known for Black Rain and Mr. Baseball.

>> No.121375  


>A railway stationmaster at a dying end-of-the-line village in Hokkaido is haunted by memories of his dead wife and daughter. When the railroad line is scheduled to be closed, he is offered a job at a hotel, but he is emotionally unable to part with his career as a railroader. His life takes a turn when he meets a young woman with an interest in trains who resembles his daughter

Huh this doesn't sound half bad. Might have to give it a watch

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A big loss, but the man left a great legacy. Poppoya; I don't know if I can watch that movie again. So many feels brah.

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45886 No.121295   [Reply]

http://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=821691497896350&fref=nf -- Frothy seas about a week ago at Dawlish, Devon, UK. Those with good memory will remember that there is a main line right on the shore.

>> No.121311  

As much as I love photographs from this location, that HAS to be a huge operational and maintenance nightmare for the railway.

>> No.121331  

It's absolutely amazing, but was the line ever closed for having the "wrong kind of waves"?

>> No.121335  

It was closed last spring. One could call it the 'wrong kind of waves' that beat down a part of the seawall in Dawlish, leaving rails and sleepers hanging in the air.

As I recall, Network Rail (which handles matters infrastructure in the UK nowadays) does consider it a troublesome stretch.

>> No.121338  

Imagine being inside that train. You'd expect those kind of waves being on a boat. But on a train? Nah, son.

>> No.121341  

It's a wide open sea there; plenty of run-up for the waves.


Of course, the train also escapes this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPBaqh3dcVM

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Ah Network Rail!
Waves washing over your trains? Yeah we can usually manage it mate.

Someone hit a squirrel? Well, we'd better close down all of Waterloo then.

>> No.121356  

They'd be nuts not to. Not even NR wants http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ComicBook/SquirrelGirl on their case.

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Can usually manage it... unless you did something like say, mounting electronics on the roof but honestly, who'd do that?

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90648 No.121336   [Reply]

Man pushed into tracks ahead of moving train; motive unclear.
<--- Prime suspect.

>> No.121337  

Someone who runs a page on Facebook that I follow was affected by this. He wasn't too happy.

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I do get a bit of a kick at how the police are downplaying such an obvious hate crime.

Picture strongly related.

>> No.121351  

Whatever the case, New York City subways are scary. You never know when some yob might push you in front of an oncoming train, for no reason at all.

>> No.121360  

Didn't something like this happen before?

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Yes. Uncommon, but not rare, for it to happen. It's a genuine concern to have over there, both for passengers and motormen. And if it isn't people being pushed, it's people falling off the platform, either suicidally, due to a medical condition, or just being plain unaware.


Pic related; the motorman's union gave out "bloody" MetroCards to show the public that deaths by subway train affect their friendly neighborhood train drivers as much as anyone else.

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99662 No.121357   [Reply]

For a bit of cute, an El.16 takes its rake past Kornsjø station on the Østfold line in Norway.

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251973 No.121322   [Reply]

Narrow gauge is all the rage.

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It's a shame the loading gauge is shameful though, especially as how the Japanese narrow gauge system is 3 metres

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>3 metres
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No.121256   [Reply]

With Japan rebuilding its military why hasn't JRF been getting some government cash? Do they just move most of their stuff on roads rather than rail?

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>> No.121313  

Why does that look so much like a half Japanese half Russian hybrid?
Almost like someone took a Tokyu, squeezed it a bit and chopped it up with a Russian MU

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Because it's Japanese built. Fuji Heavy Industries, 1985. Just like the KIHA 58 that were delivered 2nd hand in 1993 to Sakhalin, much like many a car in eastern Russia are actually 2nd hand cars (right hand drive) from Japan.

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There's the issue of the two Koreas, as well. Some kind of clay dispute with South Korea, and then Best Korea with their nuclear missiles. Japan's issues with both China and Taiwan are also over some clay. And as DBAG said, there's that clay dispute with Russia.


Piggu disgusting!

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One can always dream...

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The Kim regime tried to dream really hard. As in really really hard, and that was about it.

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>Cape Gauge Elektrichka

One of my favourite historical what if's is if the plan for the division of Japan like what was done with Germany actually happened, and the Soviets set up a communist satellite state in Hokkaido and northern Honshu. It would have made for a very interesting railway system at the very least.

>> No.121323  


A very hard to imagine scenario, but interesting nonetheless.

In regards to railways, Tōhoku would probably be pretty much be the same as it was in the 1960~1970s. No electrification on the national network and steam all running on coal from Hokkaido.

The allied part would probably be as rapidly developing as it has been until now. Maybe the current JR West region would be even more developed than it is now, as there would be no need to invest in the electrification of the Tōhoku region. Crazy as it may seem, the Tōkkaido Shinkansen might even have been built as a 4-track line, or at least with bigger tunnels, to support the rapid transport of military material.

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>into HSR
>even in Grorious Nippon
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I think that poster is biting of a bit more than it can chew.

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It'd be enough of an engineering marvel to make some kind of tunnel or bridge from Kyushu to South Korea. Ferry companies would sooner stick their collective donger into a huge beehive than let it happen.

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