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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.

>> No.120091  
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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.

No.120019   [Reply]

Post you favorite trains.

>> No.120021  
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< Ufufufu~ Why don't you show yours first?

>> No.120208  


>dem block instruments
>> No.120209  

Maybe we need programs fo dem trainz?

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50717 No.120169   [Reply]

Okaaaaayy... So Panasonic opines their EVOLTA series can out-energise Energizer and out-endure Duracell, but surely running a one-ton vehicle for eight kilometres off one AA cell is a tad optimistic?


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>> No.120178  
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They're actually reviving the Kosaka Railway line (shut down in 2009) for a while for this project. There is a small museum that keeps some rolling stock in operation, though the line pretty much overgrown.

Panasonic is bragging about it on TV with lengthy commercials as well.

>> No.120180  

D'oh! An LR20 cell is of course a 'D' cell! That makes it slightly more believable as that one is rated at some 20Ah.

>> No.120181  

This is crazier than those commercials in Murrica, where some automobile manufacturer made it seem like a heavy-duty pickup truck could pull a freight train.

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Which, ironically was for a Japanese car maker.

(Although it could be argued that Nissan is actually a French company.)

>> No.120184  

Come to think about it...

PANASONIC EVOLTAbBattery Life Tests!: http://youtu.be/snh6MzjWGXY

Please enjoy, more or less 1chan related.

>> No.120186  

Wait are they saying a single D cell battery did this?

>> No.120187  


>Long lasting for happy times

This slogan could just as easily be used for certain medications.

>> No.120189  


Or for the batteries being used in certain, um, implements.

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Or the lucky few people who need neither.

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Nissan-Renault is a French-Japanese alliance. According to its employees and executives, Nissan isn't considered a Japanese nor a French company. It's 'foreign' or some kind of hybrid. Pic slightly related.

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131455 No.120018   [Reply]

Here we go again...

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>> No.120147  

Has there ever been a truly transcontinental railroad in the United States, as in coast to coast under one management? I think only the Canadians ever accomplished such a feat.

>> No.120148  

Can't say there has been. But Mr. Gould came pretty close.


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>STB wouldn't like a transcon railroad.

There's a bit of irony with that. Pic related.

>> No.120156  


-> >>120155

>> No.120158  


Transcontinental in the sense of the railroad owning right of way all across the nation. Amtrak only owns the NEC and is pretty much a "guy on the couch" everywhere else.

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Forgot pic

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Clarification: That was James Jay Gould, son-and-heir of the infamous Jay Gould. Jay Gould had been working on a true transcontinental involving the Union Pacific, Missouri Pacific, Wabash... and he was on the board of directors of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western. Nickel Plate would have closed the gap, but Vanderbilt out-bid him to end that threat. Thereafter, Jay concentrated on developing Texas.

C.P.Huntington, and his sons-and-heirs made a vague stab at a transcontinental: a founder of the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific (which acquired and expanded the Texas & New Orleans), he then "finished" the Chesapeake & Ohio... and promptly got distracted developing Newport News, VA. The fathers of Cincinnati grew impatient waiting for the gap to be closed and built the Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific (hint, hint). The Huntingtons failed (or refused--they would be invading J.P.Morgan territory, and one simply does not piss off the Morgan Bank !) to see the opportunity, and the CNO&TP got leased to the Southern Railway, instead.

WHAT IF both of these schemes had succeeded? WP/D&RGW/MP/WAB/WM and SP/CNO&TP/C&O would form true transcons. Morgan's Southern RR. would pick up the Santa Fe, which would tie New York and Boston banks much closer. New Haven would not be allowed to slip into bankruptcy, much less endure Patrick McGinnin. Ditto Boston & Maine. The Pennsylvania RR (and it's vassal, the Norfolk & Western) and the Hill Lines (CB&Q, NP, GN and SP&S) won't quite merge for a long time, preferring a "strategic alliance" until the until the mid-'50's traffic slump makes merger necessary. E,H,Harriman would forge a fourth transcend out of the UP, but the New York Central/C&NW would make an informal alliance for anything east of that. Rock Island thrusts it's pacific extension northward (instead of the Milwaukee Road... this was seriously contemplated) but winds up in a surprisingly successful shotgun marriage to the Baltimore and Ohio. Gould Lines eventually take the Nickel Plate and the Lackawanna.

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I wouldn't say Lehigh Valley got screwed under Conrail...
Sure, everything west of Sayer, PA got ripped up, but Conrail really liked their yards.

Funny, but related picture.

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everyone i've talked to in NY likes the story that the LV was profitable as a whole, but CR scuttled it when they neither wanted to spend money rehabilitating it nor let it fall into the hands of a possible competitor for traffic to buffalo.

>> No.120188  

I was waiting for this post. I knew it would happen, and I wasn't disappointed.

I love your insight, Corny.

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135631 No.120083   [Reply]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr5EztEPJS8 -- 'O'oo...


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That was painful to watch.

>> No.120090  

Yes. He Ignored a stopping signal. I'm not sure if there was a switching signal that overrided the main line signal, but I'm pretty certain there wasn't one. That's some terrible driving, if so.

>> No.120098  

From what I can find out the driver was given the OK to pass the signal at danger. The problem is neither him or the fireman looked before they set off. You could also blame the signalman for authorizing them to set off.

>> No.120133  

He just didn't look at the damn points. C'mon man. You gotta'look at every switch, especially a derailing one.

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In the UK, we wouldn't be ascribing 'blame' traditionally. If this had been a reportable accident (And it wasn't, for the record, under RAIB standards), the direct cause would have been recorded as "the train set off while the catch-points were set against it".

Blame isn't really the goal. Regardless, catch points worked as intended, signaller should have cleared them when he gave verbal authorization to pass the signal at danger, driver or guard should have checked the catch points, but in this case no harm was done (Not even to the rails) and the GCR rerailing crew got to play trains. It's just a little embarrasing for the GCR.

(Pic unrelated, but if anybody knows what this is, I'll be suprised.)

>> No.120139  

Some stuff used to rerail a train?

>> No.120143  

That they did.

Does the GCR have the record for most accidents for a heritage railway in the UK?

>> No.120146  

Probably. It's the biggest, so it follows that it'd have the most accidents. No fatalities, I don't think.

>> No.120171  

Nice footage of D123 hauling the breakdown train. Shame he didn't stick around to film the crane in action.

>> No.120172  

There's no one person to blame here. The driver and fireman should both have been looking where they were going and the signalman should have ensured the road was set before allowing the train to pass the signal at danger (if that was the case).

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112952 No.120099   [Reply]

I really-really hope JRH won't try to overclock these.

>> No.120100  

Considering they can't even keep other things on the rails (or running at all, cough 285), I hope they at least take care of it.
But then the 285 was probably canned to divert funds and get this into service.

>> No.120104  

Something tells me JR East will be doing maintenance, if not, monitoring JR Hokkaidō closely. Very closely.

>> No.120106  

Speaking of JR East...

>> No.120107  


That's cute. I wonder how they're going to deal with the all the licensing (not to mention the massive amounts of advertisements on the lineside). That is, if JR East actually cares...

No.119941   [Reply]

What is the fastest train to ever ride US rails?

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>> No.120010  


Pretty sure that was the Feds, not the AAR. Particularly the ICC, which sort of morphed into the STB and now we have the FRA.

>> No.120015  

I can't really recall where I saw this but I do remember reading some old papers from the AAR that had that speed limit listed.
It might have ICC paperwork but I'm fairly sure it was from the AAR.
And anyway who in their right mind would run freight over 79mph?

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The JR Freight M250 runs 130 kph (79mph) on cape gauge (1,067mm). Pretty insane practice. The maintenance costs must be high on this type of train. Then again, it's mostly express parcels. No bulk.

>> No.120017  

That's probably on the same level as calling the TGV Postal a "freight" train.

>> No.120020  

Eh, the FRA is really all about safety.

STB and the ICC are and were about regulating the actual companies and business of the railroads.

>> No.120022  

And its performance is beautiful

Like a ghost in the night

I'd put it more down to that mysterious 200km/h freight train which runs in the middle of the night on LGVs

>> No.120024  


And a really beautiful vid I stumbled upon to tack on. Sorry for the offtopic tangent @_@
JR207 vs M250

Was it ever outlined why the ICE was rejected?

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There is also the Parcel InterCity in germany, which peaks at 160kph (}100mph): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g17Pep4jUFg

>> No.120027  


>I'd put it more down to that mysterious 200km/h freight train which runs in the middle of the night on LGVs

They've been replaced with trains that roll at 160kph.

>> No.120072  

Fun fact: the SNCF gained all of 15 minutes using the LGV over traditional corridors and they nearly killed the locomotives they used whenever they went up to 200km/h.

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64638 No.120004   [Reply]

Two railways of narrow gauge:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKlEEYrFh8c -- Budapest Children's Railway
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WU6dyHwohk -- Longleat Railway

Pic from http://en.wikigogo.org/en/227468/

No.119981   [Reply]

Does anyone know anything about the Chicago Tunnel Company beyond the typical "they existed and died" spiel?

>> No.119989  

Yeah... what do you wanna know?

>> No.119992  

I mean this will tell you about as much as anyone else can..


>> No.119999  

Damn I was hoping someone like Corny would know anything more about it.

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Some urbex enthusiasts tackled the old Chicago Tunnels. Not that we condone such activities.



No.119902   [Reply]


What are the passenger cars at 0:14 and the steam locomotive at 0:20?

The passenger cars say SAROKIN FIRST. Does anybody know where they are from?

>> No.119912  

It was said on a page somewhere that the mansion is Schossberger Castle in Tura, Hungary. And since Tura is apparently a railway town, it is possible that the barn is there as well. I'm not gunna claim it as fact, though. I know far too little to do so.


>> No.119934  

This commercial keeps playing, but I never noticed the trains.

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Here's the Sarokin First one

>> No.119976  

Close they're in Budapest.

Address is Elem Utca 57, Budapest, Hungary
It's an old train boneyard. You can find pics here.


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