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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?

>> No.127163  
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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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28468 No.127141   [Reply]

Post Your Bike Thread - 1chan has disturbingly little discussion about the sport of the royalty - cycling!

Next up: handlebar thread, internal gear hub thread, hybrid loathing thread and carbon vs steel thread. Oh, the goodness is going to never stop!

>> No.127142  

Harharhar. Go bitch on /n/ you prat.

>> No.127150  
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Trains or GTFO.

>> No.127151  

Well, Summer is halfway over now, shouldn't be too long.

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426328 No.126121   [Reply]

Jerky points

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Interesting... They look a lot different than the ones I've seen on this side of the pond. Is the swinging weight essentially the latching mechanism?

Most of the ones I've seen use mechanical latches. The swinging weight variety seems like a better idea as it'd be less likely to get hosed from a train entering it the wrong way and clobbering the points (it'd behave more like a spring switch).

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I've seen these switch stands with the big yellow handles used in some industrial sidings too.

>> No.126232  

Points in Denmark do get cut up like points elsewhere. The weight is, I believe, there to make the points latch easier with its swing. As an aside, Banedanmark (the infrastructure manager there) admonishes its staff to not 'stomp on the cheese', especially in wet or wintry cinditions.

>> No.126233  

Further aside: Stomping (or jumping) on the 'cheese' is an old yard trick to force stiff points into position, but since the weight swings about, this trick is not exactly 'safe'.

>> No.126248  


I like cheese.

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Mallaig, yesterday.

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>> No.126333  

>>126300 -- There is a ground frame at Mallaig?

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>> No.127136  

Yes. Yes there is.

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Going to spend tomorrow watching more herp derp on the csx street running through lagrange.

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was actually pretty excited I was about to see someone an hero IRL and get it recorded to megapickles. maybe tomorrow.

>> No.127124  

just to be clear they could have easily pulled in behind the red car or in front of the white truck. they stopped in the street there well before the train arrived. yes they did see it coming down the street because they ran by the flashing red lights as the gate was lowering.

and to make it even worse the driver and a backseat passenger refused to exit the vehicle.

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>street running

No.127025   [Reply]

Had this weird thought today... everyone's favourite parselmouth learning to handle some really damn big snakes such as a Velaro and a Gohyakukei. Weather's not conducive to big, impressive thoughts.

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forgot pic, this was the Cypress Freeway. Notice a problem?

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And this is a street in Fresno after a natural gas pipeline caught fire and exploded.

>> No.127086  

Yeah, none of those idiots are wearing hi-viz vests, the muppets.

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The CA HSR is doing fine, I reckon. Because the Central Valley is dry (ie no farm jobs) and the fracking ban is in place (ie no oil jobs), many cities there are much more open to free money (ie, the HSR) from the state. Aside from the small battle in King County over ED'ing, the HSR has already started construction. Most of the NIMBY shit is coming from rural socal, the area just north of the new Tejon Pass that's being built. Up in norcal the only issue right now is a lawsuit from Atherton against Caltrain's EIR (electrification, quad track upgrade), but the courts have already ruled that Caltrain can begin construction later this year, and the state is already getting funding ready for the actual groundbreaking (after the local unions all signed off on the necessary labor agreements).

It's all chugging along, just slowly. It'll be a full decade until SF-LA service starts, and that's when phase 2 (A/C and ACE consolidation, HSR into Sacramento) begins. Caltrain's EIR will likely be done by 2020-22 and that's probably the plan's biggest hurdle cost-wise.

And for all the NIMBY whining, the people who whine about the HSR continue to vote for the exact people that promote it and keep funding it.

>> No.127089  


>the courts have already ruled that Caltrain can begin construction later this year

I should also mention, that in the highly unlikely case that Caltrain is found to be at-fault over their environmental report, all they would have to do is pay a fine to the city of Atherton. Construction would continue regardless.

>> No.127091  

If they're doing the urban chunk in phase 2 then are they just going to leave the new corridor unelectrified and have P42's roll on an unfinished HSR corridor until he project is completed?

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Basically yes. However A/C uses MP36PHs and not P42s.

The new EMU rolling stock won't be purchased until 2020 at the earliest, with delivery around 2022 if I'm remembering it correctly.

As it stands, the SF-SJ corridor was/is the first getting worked on. Caltrain has already upgrading the signalling/trackside power to accommodate electrification, but the biggest part of the project, going to quad tracks, starts construction early next year with a completion date around 2020-22.

Meanwhile, starting in January the state began building the HSR line itself in Fresno, currently it's focus is on connecting Madera to Santa Clarita. This will require significant engineering, namely a huge viaduct over the Fresno River and a completely new Tejon Pass. If that can be done by 2022, then all they have to do after is bridge the gap between SJ Diridon and Madera. That segment doesn't have as many issues politcs-wise as CADOT will only have to add more track and there's no major engineering required. While that happens, CADOT will also have to figure out how to connect Santa Clarita to LA Union station, which isn't much of an issue (I don't think) besides the actual electrification. The issue with LA is that there's much more freight traffic, but LA has built two bypasses for freight trains since 2000 so they're ready for HSR.

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>> No.127104  

Huh. Despite the bad rap California is getting over the project it sounds like things are going pretty well. Thumbs up to the planners.

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It's happening because CA is a one party state now, mostly because the CA Republican party branch has really, really, really bad leadership. Namely, they don't like the Tea Party so conservatives don't vote, except for Jefferson. Should Jefferson actually break off (which is gaining serious traction), California will in effect be a permanently Democrat state like New Jersey. Thus there's no effective opposition to the plan in the state legislature.

More importantly, the CA HSR itself was created by a voter ballot, prop 1A (2008), and not the legislature. This is important, as under CA's constitution the legislature cannot raise taxes, but voter ballots can. So the HSR effectively has unlimited funds as it authorized the state to pass whatever taxes necessary to keep it funded. Of course an anti-HSR proposition could take that power away, but the people who benefit from the HSR is greater than those opposed, who's only refuge was the courts until 2013 when the court system greenlighted the HSR.

(polite sage for off topic)

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10071 No.127111   [Reply]


+blink+ +blink+ The... WHAT?!?

>> No.127112  
>Itfs been 40 years since the completion of the Sanyo Shinkansen Line, which runs primarily along the southern coast of Japanfs main island of Honshu and connects the cities of Osaka and Fukuoka. Coincidentally, itfs also the 20th anniversary of the initial TV broadcast of landmark anime series Evangelion. Seeing as how theyfre both marking milestones this year, JR West and Eva decided to celebrate together by teaming up for the Shinkansen Evangelion Project.

What the fuck kind of sense does that make?

>> No.127113  

Marketroidspeak was supposed to make sense? I must have missed the memo.

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Money, my son. Money.

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Asian Jews?

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Soup to nuts, there's going to be a Japanese bullet train celebrating a 20-year-old cartoon.

No.127103   [Reply]

/rail/, I can understand having different shapes for wheels (curved plate vs straight plate) but what's the point of different wheel sizes? Why are some cars fitted with 28 inch wheels, other cars with 33 inch wheels, et cetera. I mean, well cars get all sorts of different size wheels to them and they take all kinds of different freight, so is it something as prosaic as "weight"?

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I am sure it has something to do with saving material when building cars. Obviously smaller wheels are cheaper.

The weight of the car will determine the size of the wheel. The smaller the wheel the faster the bearings have to spin and the more heat they will generate. On light cars (autoracks) they can use smaller wheels but on heavy cars they use larger wheels so the bearings spin slower and last longer.

I could be completely wrong but this is my thought on the subject.

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328080 No.127058   [Reply]

So 1chan, are there any movies, videos, or information films about the history of European rail? Emphasis on pic related since I am trying to make an effort to study French. Appreciate it.

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>> No.127061  


My understanding is that the pantographs get chewed up constantly. On straight tracks, the catenary will actually dance side to side by several inches to prevent wearing a rut in the pantograph. Even then, I think it's some kinda carbon pantograph shoe that has to be replaced on the regular.

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That is correct, the pantograph contact is usually graphite or another consumable and is replaced on a regular basis. It's partly why you have all the crap on top of trains.

>> No.127063  

And, as a failsafe feature, the pantograph is raised with compressed air. Should the contact surface get chewed through while in traffic, the air is let out and the pantograph collapses.

>> No.127064  

En voici quelque uns.

>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeDLBAuw030 (this is from a kids show but if you're a begineer in French it might be a bit easier to udnerstand)

Des anciens docus:

>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBzDktiXTzA (sur le développement des chemin de fer en France)
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW7xBQDr8Jw (sur le TGV)
>http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xc5p5q_sncf-archives-tgv-moins-3-ans_tech (encore une fois sur le développent du TGV)

God forbid people share shit on an imageboard.

>> No.127065  

Oh and can<t forget this:

>> No.127066  

How fast would wear take place on a slower train, such as a streetcar?

>> No.127067  

merci anon

wow much edge

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Perfect vid for comparing that
Non air

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You're welcome.

>> No.127075  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSTZug3TiII -- No voiceover but plenty of speedy TGVs and bouncy wires.

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