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View from the office
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A very nice office!


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Blue Blue sky


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Acela Express trainset separates at speed. 52 passengers aboard; no reported injuries.



This only seems newsworthy because of the recent fatal crashes. Trains separate all the time. Admittedly, most of them aren't travelling at high speeds while full of passengers, but still.


Still not a good look for the closest thing that Murrica has to HST.


"All the time" is a bit of an exaggeration, but fatigue in knuckles should be caught normally, and good train handling should prevent it, though shit does sometimes just happen.


I'm 99% certain that the Acela sets are semi-permanently coupled, which would make this event more noteworthy.

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Riding 501 right now, heading to Portland.
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Shelby, MT to Tacoma via Portland. I have a sleeper this time, which makes this trip a lot easier, as I just got on at 5pm mountain time and we wont be to Portland until 10am or so Pacific.


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Sleeper is the way to travel


Unrelated, why do almost no railroads beside CN put back ditch lights on motors?


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Heck yeah, it is!

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An Amtrak Cascades train has derailed onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Olympia, closing all southbound lanes closed and partial closure northbound.

A train can be seen dangling from an overpass onto the traffic lanes. The 7:30 a.m. crash was on the outskirts of DuPont, Washington, in Pierce County.
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That specific photo seems to be of a delivery run. The company Railadventure specializes in these, never heard of them do actual frequented revenue service.

Meanwhile the 1520 only-versions were delivered on flatcars.


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Though they also deliver wide gauge rolling stock by rail, using replacement trucks. Which likely didn't work with a Talgo's wheel arrangement.


Anybody know anything about the congressional charter train that hit a garbage truck the other night?


Haven’t even bothered to look up the Wikipage on it.



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I'd always assumed that the arched roof of Cincinnati union station was the trainshed (like at Liverpool Lime Street, London King's Cross, etc. etc.), but it's actually side-on to the tracks!


>That dropped pin name


Yes I thought you might get a laugh out of that. :D

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You guys got any clue as to what this is? The tag says it's some sort of signal board but I just don't know. It's been sitting for sale in this same antique mall for years, which is why I've always been weary to its authenticity.
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Got some responses back, all of them do not think it's a piece of railroad appliance. One wonders if it's from a scoreboard or something.


I’m going to guess at a counter of sorts. The rightmost thing (from backside) could be a stepper switch operated by a solenoid.


I didn't think it was either, given it had no distinct markings. I wouldn't have given it the time of day except that the seller who rents that booth has always had other legitimate railroad items, like lanterns and locks.


Just spitballing, but it could be part of an old hotbox detector. Before talking detectors some would display numeric codes for the crew to read on a trackside board.


Doubtful. Very, very doubtful from what I've heard frrom extreme oldheads. i.e. guys working since 1975

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As if hiding in the weeds with binoculars wasn't enough, Union Pacific is now beginning to monitor their train crews with drones.
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There's drones in the departure yard in Roseville but I'm sure they're for trespassing and not the crew.


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There has been one time I've seen a drone while riding the Amtrak Cascades. We had already rounded Point Defiance and passed under the Narrows Bridge when I saw it near the Chambers Bay golf course. It was a monster of a drone: hovering in place on six rotors about, oh, 20 feet up. I couldn't tell if it was taking film or video of the Cascades train or of the Chambers Bay golf course (around that time, the course would host the US Open in a matter of months).

If this drone belonged to a foamer, then they were a hella rich foamer.


It belongs to FBI, spying on train passengers to make sure they aren't masturbating.


This is like a Doom 3 PDA


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That's a dystopia we deserve.

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Damn I just found this site is it just rail fans or are there train hoppers up here too
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Are Dirtykids threads archived anywhere?
I head about them when I occasionally come here, but I have yet to ever see one.


There's one. Just dig back a few pages and I'm sure you'll find one. This board moves slow enough to keep things from disappearing quickly.


Hello it is I! I've been busy riding and not really online a lot unless I was checking google maps. I am currently in Las Vegas NV. And will be til the 21st when I will continue east, making a few stops but not many, and will try not to freeze to death on my way to the Midwest. Word on the rails is a body was pulled from under a tofc in Amarillo, train was coming from Kansas City, no one knows who it was yet, it could just be hearsay but we're all doing check ins with friends just to be safe.


The incident is "reported" to have happened Sunday the 14th in the morning. Again this is just what people said, the main person involved says all they know is the person was found dead on the train & that they had an Alice pack (old school military pack). No one knows how true or who it was if it is true.


Sorry to do this in three pieces, I kept remembering things after posting. If you want a forum style site for hobo's you should try squat the planet, I haven't been on since I was a teen but they have train hopping 101 stuff on there.

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Happy new year, 1chan!
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Mr. harrison decided that improving Chicago rail access wasn't a worthy goal for CSX, so nothing is happening there.

Picture related, it's mr. harrison in the flesh.


>Implying that within four years of that image being created Hunter Harrison didn't buy the EJ&E for the CN, upgrade the rail, and help to expedite movement through the Chicago Area.


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>NIMBYs crying about railroads that already existed.
It's not like these trains are even parked on crossings. The second article is especially pathetic. Those are simply people complaining about idling trains sitting adjacent to their property.


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Happy new year everyone.
Have a Class 380 at Queen Street.

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With the on time arrival rate plunging, a major line (the L) to be taken out of service for months next year to make urgently needed repairs, ridership at a 70 year high, and switches from the 1930s, can it be saved? What would you do to fix things? Hardmode: no building elevated trains and trolleys everywhere to take strain off the system during modernization. Pic semi related.

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