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438506 No.119049   [Reply]

Well, there you hab'it: the Stormtrooper rap:it.

>> No.119050  
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DF200 locos top and tail. (looks at yellowing grass outside) Were it so verdant here as there...

>> No.119055  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VMC1c8FFWk -- Why is this vid as queer as a nine-pound note?

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>> No.119116  

>>119055 -- I guess that either no-one caught the clanger or nobody bothered to look for it. Oh, well... The music is JR Kyushu's corporate song while the rolling stock is all JR East.

So it's a bit like playing 'spot the helicopter' on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGO_reB52N8

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362304 No.118781   [Reply]

No wonder this board likes trains.

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>> No.118961  

oh fuck, the sjws have become helicopter parents

god fucking damn it

>black smoke, white smoke, totally telling us to gas the kikes guys
>> No.118966  

I mean, shit, I'll give them the lack of female characters, maybe, but the color of the god damn smoke from the engines? You're shitting me. Steam smoke is often white and diesel smoke is black. That's what it is in real life!

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Yeah, those big, bad, horrible white imperialists and their advanced transportation infrastructure.


Real life is full of oppression tho. :(

>> No.119051  

Trains are pretty much the most racist, misogynistic, imperialistic, ableist, oppressive form of transportation ever conceived of.

All of the above applies equally well to railfans and modelers.

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Sounds like I'm in good company then.

>> No.119054  

As for OP's fascistic flamebait of a comment, I counter with...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vssW8CAh8gA -- Freight, for our lights, food and beer and...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0lzUi15MwY -- Pax, for the whipped cream and strawberries.

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>That's what it is in real life!

Many of the events and characters in the railway series were based on real life. The books were great for teaching small boys about railway operating practices. However, we must remember they were written for a primarily male audience in the 1950s and 60s, so reflect the social attitudes of the time. But then so do most children's books of the era. Just look at the works of Enid Blyton or WE Johns.

>> No.119071  

Nothing new that books get taken out of context and period. Constantly happening with The Bible as you may have noted.

>> No.119099  
>tfw after destroying vidya games SJWs will target model railroaders for destruction

They'll never take muh trains!

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They won't. Especially since a lot of these whiny millennials live in cities where rail transportation is common (if not prevalent). With most of them, their biggest concern is "OMG some guy sat with his thighs spread on the train and it's oppressing me!". Or "Stupid fascist police state asking me for proof of fare!".

Model trains, meanwhile, are way too nerdy to even be wielded ironically.

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33673 No.119066   [Reply]

Fuck me!


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>> No.119074  

Shit, looks like the whole damn cab is on fire!

>> No.119076  

Heritage Railway magazine received a comment that it was not a blowback but a combination of firelight, steam swirling and camera overexposure.

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Reminds me of that shity Tom Cruise movie, with the burning Amtrak train.

>> No.119087  

This is just burning-out oil after downtime, normal practice for old 10D100 crap.

>> No.119089  

Yes, reading comments on the newspaper website that posted the video originally, this seems to be the conclusion of the experts.

>> No.119090  

The very definition of hellfire!

>> No.119095  

On the topic of safety on UK railways:


>The union says if the track worker hadnft spotted the debris, then power would have been switched on as normal and a potential disaster could have occurred if trains had run.

Right on, that's some good safety looking-out right there.

>An estimated 14,000 passengers were evacuated from Kingfs Cross station, with Euston underground station closed...

...are you fucking kidding me? Evacuating fourteen THOUSAND people because a chunk of concrete fell down?

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Sometimes shit like that can escalate.

>> No.119097  

Better send then on aboard buses than have them hanging around asking are-we-there-yet ad-nauseam-et-barfeam.

>> No.119098  

Better safe than sorry always applies, but in this case evacuating a station due to fouling of one running line does seem extreme.

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It looks like Bevis from Bevis and Butthead drew on the side of the dome car.

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Hankyu has a new challenger

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4457 No.118847   [Reply]

What the fuck happened to employment in the US railroad industry? Is this downward trend likely to accelerate with the introduction of PTC and the inevitable loss of jobs (just like with dieselization in the 1940s-1960 and deregulation after 1980)? Why did labor unions let this happen?

Would you even suggest trying to join the workforce in 2014?

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>> No.118879  

Modern electronics are pretty reliable and they're only going to continue being more and more reliable.

>> No.118880  

You're talking about new systems that need to be incredibly rugged and durable because they will be abused and slammed around violently.

Railroads don't like to change and they like to keep things simple.

Mainline operations are one thing, but yards are a whole other animal in my opinion.

>> No.118885  


>Railroads don't like to change and they like to keep things simple.

True but that hasn't stopped lawmakers from forcing them to adapt in the past.
Still, unless there's some spectacular crash in a yard sometime soon I don't think congress will be pushing for some boneheaded PTC like scheme.

>> No.118889  

Well that's because yard accidents can be covered up a lot more easily.

And accidents happen WAY more in the yard

>Earlier this week
>Talking with the yardmaster
>Guy with the switching lead job on the north end standing in there watching a shove on the camera
>They're training a guy on a belt pack and he's the one controlling the shove
>Yard master says "Hey, they're coming in kind of hot."
>Guy is like, "Nah, they're fine."
>Cars get closer to the south end
>"Holy shit he's coming in fast"
>"Ease 'em up. Ease 'em up."
>"Stop, that'll do!"
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>> No.118901  

Are they as prominent in intermodal yards with ships or do people there tend to be more anal about safety?

>> No.118914  

Pig yards and stuff aren't nearly as dangerous(in my opinion) because you don't have people kicking cars and such. You just have cranes picking up trailers and crates.

>> No.118928  

And I should add that it's not people being "lax" about safety. It's just that railroading is dangerous and shit happens.

>> No.118980  


>Oh, that's doubtful. Replacing the entire N. American fleet of railway couplers just to get rid of paying a guy $80-100k a year isn't feasible.

Never underestimate the hatred some management and stockholders have for their employees.

>> No.118981  

The only thing companies hate more than their employees is wasting money.

>> No.119060  


>The only thing companies hate more than their employees is spending money.


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62594 No.118743   [Reply]

Izzat a digimon?


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>> No.118977  

Does Kartma have an email or something? Or any of the mods?

>> No.118978  


>It'd fit fine. Trust me.

But would it be cost effective? Is anyone here familiar with similar rebuild projects?

>> No.118979  

I don't get where this notion that building a whole new locomotive is cheaper than reworking an existing one could possibly come from. You keep specifying "hidden costs" without providing examples, and it doesn't take much of a look at some of the shenanigans and frankenstein's-monsters that have rolled out of US shops following repair and rework to realise that it's cost effective to do, and doesn't produce a maintenance/one-off burden if done in numbers.

Srsly locos are expensive mang.

>> No.118982  

I'm not sure what they're getting at, but at a guess there is at least the possibility of the changes being sufficient to invalidate the certifications and require separate route clearance. That said, most electric locos don't have clearance on the Western for obvious reasons.

>> No.118983  

Because electric locomotives are different from diesels and I've never heard or seen anyone rebuild old electrics outside of the AEM-7 rebuild program.

>> No.118984  

It's doable but the expectation of having a company support you would be absent. At which point the consultation and R&D costs outweigh new ones.

>> No.118986  


It's nice that these overseas corporations build locally.

>> No.118987  


>The 91s are doubtless going to get the chop first, despite being like, 20 years younger.

My bet is they'll cascade the 91s onto the Great Eastern to replace the 90s that were themselves cascaded from the West Coast main line.
If Hull gets electrified, there may be a use for the 90s with either Hull trains or even Transpennine Express.
Displaced HSTs will no doubt get taken up by Grand Central or other open access operators.

>> No.118988  

Transform Scotland think TPX should run to Stirling. Potential for HSTs to be used there?
They (and I agree) also think there should be a Glasgow-Liverpool direct service and that 350s are too slow for use on the West coast main line. Could we see 90s return to WCML service under Transpennine Express?

>> No.119045  

Electric locomotives really aren't that different from diesels, dude. And I say that in my capacity as an electric locomotive preservationist.

I'd like to see vastly improved capacity on transpennine routes. Maybe an upgrade from 185s to half-HSTs with some kind of DVT on the rear end. That'd be pretty swag.

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2597378 No.118780   [Reply]

Interesting article about notable funiculars from around the world:


>> No.118811  

I remember riding a funicular at Magic Mountain. I was all like "whoa, a train that runs up and down a hill."

>> No.118820  

in b4 'funiculars aren't trains'
That particular photo looks like a great use. Open seating, theatre style, nothing between you and the incredible view ahead.
Shit, I'm going to Switzerland now.

>> No.118936  

Funiculars are a special "flavor" of trains...just like garlic is a special flavor in ice cream.

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Also, I have been on the funicular on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee and I highly recommend it. It was really odd because the train car is shaped like a staircase and you have to walk up steps as you go through the aisle of the the train car. Also, dem views at the top.

If I had the means, I would check out that awesome looking funicular in Scenic World in Australia. It's the world's steepest funicular, which means it's the world's steepest railway.

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6384 No.118827   [Reply]


If you want to hear a segment of a radio travel show recorded aboard the California Zephyr, even though the language is strange, you'll have to doctor the link above. If you do get it, there's a clip in there with a Swedish train driver.

>> No.118836  

There's a funeral in the text above: s/get it,/get it rolling,/

>> No.118842  

When's the wake?

>> No.118864  

For the readers' edification, 'funeral' is one or more words missing from a text, while 'wedding' is one or more words repeated in a text. To my best knowledge, these come from Danish printer slang.

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181530 No.118736   [Reply]

Why do some railroads insist on sticking to DC locomotives? Are there any upsides to DC locomotives beyond the lower price tag?

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>> No.118831  

I'm pretty sure there's an FRA rule about doors being opened...
we just do it anyways.

>> No.118833  


I was thanking Warren for the broken door, not the rule.

>> No.118834  

Haha, gotcha'. You know, I can't say I've ever used BNSF power, though.

>> No.118844  

What's the difference.

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Depends on the railroad district.

Where I am CSX some has pure shit tier engines. Most, I'd say 75%, don't have AC. The NS here uses brand new ES44 and ACe units so they almost all have AC in them. I'm sure a slop freight with an old DASH9 might have an AC unit that doesn't work every now and then.

I can tell you hauling CSX crews in the summer they would exit the train and be soaked in sweat. Looking like they just jumped fully clothed into a swimming pool. They always requested that the AC in the van be turned up full blast.

Now those BNSF units on both CSX and NS as run through or payback hours I've seen multiple examples of lead BNSF engines with the doors propped open for that ghetto AC.

>> No.118855  

Has anyone been hospitalized or killed from dehydration and heatstroke yet?

All it would take is one old man who drank too much coffee in August, less than that even.

>> No.118856  


>Getting heat stroke on the railroad

Man, it takes a special kind of stupid these days to do that. Especially when you have access to heaping amounts of cold water and ice.

Though, it did happen down here about a year ago to one not very bright brakeman.

>> No.118858  

>>118785 More headroom for the toilette, under floor AC doesn't give you a random ALS challenge splash of water, though I hear the slanted windows are kinda "meh".

Besides, it's better looking than that CSX replacement cab.

>> No.118861  

I have never worked in railroad freight before and this is irrelevant to trains, but in the School of Infantry, they made sure we all had a source of water at all times. Hikes required one full Camelback and two full canteens, yet somehow on one hike the company idiot became dehydrated. He hated drinking water from years of living off Coca-Cola and looked and sounded like he had Down's Syndrome, and was also an arrogant asshole. Anyway, they found out he had a huge bag of Skittles in his cargo pocket from the PX. He received the "silver bullet" for that.

The point is: stupidity finds a way.

>> No.118862  

The thing is the older engineers (the ones that would most susceptible to heat strokes) tend to remain railroad workers because they have this great thing called 'common sense'.

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