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South African Railways (SAR) GMA class Garratt heads a freight north of Vryburg on the line from Warrenton to Mafeking in August 1982. At this time GMA's were replacing 19D's on most of the traffic avoiding the need for double heading. Class 25's were also seeing their first regular work on the line. More South Africa images at www.world-railways.co.uk/railways-south-africa
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South African Railways (SAR) class 25 4-8-4 approaches Kraankuil with the southbound Orange Express in August 1982. Loaded to 17 coaches the train is near the top of the long climb from Orange River. Always a master of the job, this class 25 was probably touching 80 km/h despite the grade and would accelerate on the easier section south to De Aar. More photos at www.world-railways.co.uk


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Ex-South African Garrett preserved at Summerlee museum in Coatbridge, Scotland. These are very impressive machines!


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Just because …


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Summer Time fun..


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I like those steam passenger trains.

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Here a trio of ex-Queensland diesels locally classed as 35-800's arrive at Bellville with a extra long empty coal wagon train from Saldanha, while 4x 35-000's are working a loaded coal train out of the Bellville yard.


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Hobo Stobe died a few days ago somewhere near Baltimore, word on the rails is he was drunk and didn't see/hear an approaching Amtrak, it's believed he moves out the way at the last second but his pack got caught and he was dragged then ended up underneath. He was a big name in the hobo world, expect to see lots of "RIP Stobe the Hobo" graffiti appearing on trains. There was no one with him when it happened so we can't be positive he was drunk but the guy was an alcoholic so I think he was. Not making it personal but most people in our world who know me know I didn't like the guy, with that being said I never would of wished death on the guy. Another hobo legend was hit by a train recently too, he's still alive. That's Hobo Shoestring, he lost 2 fingers and might lose a third to infection. I'm really curious how often do you think Amtrak hits people?

Pic is Stobe.
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Hanging in the sun after getting snowed on all night. We sided in a tunnel for a while the previous night somewhere south of Klamath Falls, I'm not sure how long because I fell asleep but it sure was cold.


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Another side shot


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My view for 22 hours.


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I wish the side skirts were longer to keep more snow out but it wasn't so bad, I definitely still got snowed on but I had a bivy over my sleeping bag.


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My food and water froze so here's me attempting to thaw out my lentils.

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A memorial for the greatest man in raillroading
RIP in peace
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csx-sucks is still going? Last time I checked that website YEARS ago, it didn't look like anything new had been added.


The website itself says it hasn't been updated in 12 years.


I wonder how involved he was in the BC Rail "Railgate" affair.


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Even hunter influences MSI.


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Is it me, or does Mr.Foote look a little bewildered for the official company picture?


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I hear it was somebody's last day.


Was is ever confirmed that it was an employee and not just actual vandalism?

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funny man!


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>when your trainsona is the L0 Shinkansen

Next step up is the 500 kansenja.

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>One of the last logging railroads in North America ended a century-long run Nov. 6 as Englewood Railway ceased operations on Vancouver Island off Canada’s West Coast.

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Time to head up there with the speeder before it gets all overgrown.


I live near it and am intimately familiar with the line. I have hiked and explored virtually the whole grade including several of it's abandoned branches from decades ago. This news saddens me, and contrary to reports it's not a real cost saving measure.

It's a beautifully maintained railroad with some unique locomotives. I love watching & listening to a heavy train in full dynamics roll slowly downgrade with 60 to 70 log cars.

If I know the company, WFP will scrap the line quickly. I just wonder what will become of the four diesels. #303 is still in Canfor yellow and has been stored out-of-service since 2008-ish.


If you're serious about a speeder trip, i'd like to join you. You may have to act quick, I heard a rumour that dismantling may occur as early as April. I'll have to do some calling around to find out for sure.


I wish I were but that's too far of a trip for an uncertain ride.


If you can talk to the owners and arrange a NARCOA excursion you would have no problem finding an open seat.


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Don't worry, BC taxpayers will pay for the increased road maintenance. :-/

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Transpennine Express class 68s won't have yellow warning panels. Trainspotting community goes into meltdown:



Feel like the loss of yellow panels is a loss to the identity of the UK scene, but eh.


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Gone but not forgotten.

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Hello, i live in alaska. Therefore, i have ridden on this train. What would you rate this locomotive? I think its very beautiful in and of it self. However, its true value is in the scenery that it passes through. Truly elegant. Thoughts?


One thing I really admire about this locomotive is that the colors, blue and yellow, are very soft on the eyes and don’t clash garishly with the natural environment surrounding the train. Also They are the Alaska state flag’s colors, so it is also reflects on the train’s importance in Alaska culture. Just the train being able to cruise through the Alaskan wilderness is impressive in itself as well. I would rate it a solid 8.7 in train aesthetics.


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Thats a nice way to put it. A nice name for it would be: Spirit of Alaska. Here is another pic but this time during the brief autumn season.


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Big fan of Alaskan trains. The trains themselves are impressive, and then you add the spectacular scenery and wow!

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2chan japan rail thread, just for fun:

go http://dat.2chan.net/r/futaba.htm
bring something back, bonus points for translating.
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An Unimog? Keio? Right unexpected, I gotta say.


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Psch! Brake open these troublesome bottles with this Kyoto Railway Museum souvenir.


That looks like a fresh idea.


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Japanese railway stations are so large that…


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Too bad this is still a shoop.

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