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How does JR rail compare to Western rail?
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Different situation across different sectors of Japanese railway too. But the big thing across privatised asian systems* is business diversification, especially if they're set up to survive on their own. The other part is critical mass by passenger numbers - loss leaders aren't a big thing iirc and the railway business on its own can make money, but they're often part of larger groups (Hankyu, Seibu [lol tsutsumi], Odakyu, Keio, etc) which also tend to make money.
JR is a special case because it was like washing away the old pain in that the big 3 formed with silver spoons after privatisation. The big 3 JRs also make money while the others suffer a bit (JR Hokkaido suffers a lot).

The diversity is pretty broad too. JRs can do their own beverages and water, hospitals, farms, in house rolling stock design (down to small details like custom network connectors) and construction, infrastructure design, etc.

Also the role of the railway in society. Everyone takes the train at some point.

Someone else who knows US rail better can chime in, but they do move fuckloads more freight than anyone else and non-human cargo doesn't complain as much, nor does it require air and water (usually).

*You're allowed to laugh at the mess that happened in Singapore though.


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>The railways of Europe are a completely different ballgame to the railroads the other side of the Atlantic…

North American railways are more than just long haul freights across the desert. The NEC would be just as home in the UK as the WCML and ECML.


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Rail transit and Amtrak work best in the Northeastern US because the cities are densely packed and centuries old.


Your retarded terminal operations would suggest otherwise


What retarded terminal operations? Fill me in because I want to model them.

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I was reading a bit in the 19th c. ARA rulebook. Back then, they still had green for caution and white for clear. Oh, and the crossing chime was a Zulu (long-long-short-short). The Quebec (long-long-short-long) was still in the future.


White for clear? Really? Does it have anything about lunar for restricted speed?


Nope, only these three, and named Brit-wise as Clear, Caution and Danger. OTOH, they did have blue for cars not to be moved or hooked to.

There is a copy on the Internet Archive, btw:


It seems that back then, good yellow glass plain did not exist, and the searchlight was still twenty-odd years in the future.


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Celebrating April Fools, let's have a tread dedicated to jokes and all sorts of intentional and unintentional humor on the railway and transport in general.

Asking for explanation is okay since not everyone possibly can understand the specifics which form the joke. Also the explanation or translation can be given right away like this, for example.
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>"Today I have to go to Amsterdam but its always such a hassle to park the car"
>"Why don't you take the train?"
>"And its bound to happen that I can't find a parking place for that either"


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Nothing Ductape can't fix


In case I'm really terrible at translating puns… The other way you could translate that is:

> Nothing, let it pass.

"Проехали" in Russian means both "passed by" and "nevermind".


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>trying to esplain czeekivreeki

Anglos won't *get it*


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Only like 10 more "man train" puns.

Bear walks in a forest, sees a burning car…

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Miss ya buddy.

Dec. 3, 1986 - Oct. 31, 2009
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I'm sure that Cornelius Vanderwreck has passed away.



It's been long enough that I had to check ED for the dude's username, which was Ytter.


Inb4 Corny shows up with his usual "I AIN'T DEAD YET!!!"


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rip in peace, ytter


He made some weird post then stole a car then an hero


ohshit has it really been 8 years? Wow…

RIP ytter.

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Hey, so I've been lurking here for about a year now. I'm not sure if y'all have had this question asked a whole ton before (though I'd bet you have, somewhere along the line), but here goes. These days, are the railways (US) good to work for? Class 1 or Class 3 or in-between, I don't really care, I'm just wondering if the railways take care of their employees and if the job is good. Hardship obviously comes with every job, but do the cons outweigh the pros in this industry? Thanks y'all.

Puc unrelated.


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This is an unuusual locomotive, so I did a bit of digging:

"The only Spanish Franco-Crosti was equipped with a preheater below the boiler, so the overall height was considerable. It was originally planned to have preheaters at the side, when conversion of a MZA 1400 was contemplated.

I have seen it said that the most striking feature is that the exhaust "was placed in the center of the boiler, through the barrel" which would seem to be highly impractical in that boilers tend to be rather full of heating tubes. Having said that, this picture does seem to show something that looks rather like a chimney half-way along the boiler. The gas route currently remains rather a puzzle."

As for working for the railroad, it's a shitshow according to everyone I know that does.


>Do they take care of the employees.
No, not really.

If you're young, willing to work shitty hours, outdoors, doing large amounts of dangerous manual labor, it's alright. You make a decent enough living but if you work in transportation you won't have a life.

The track department and car department are pretty nice, but they're even more physically demanding with less pay.

This shit isn't for everyone, somedays I even wonder if I made the right call getting caught up in it.


From hat I gather transportation is a shitshow with low pay and long hours, and freight is better with more pay but the longest hours. It's not something everybody should get caught up in, but if you like it, by all means, try


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Interestingly, FS Class 743 which was featured prominently in Saving Private Ryan had a similar arrangement. Preheaters (but on the side) and twin smokestacks arranged near the exterior of the center of the boiler.


You do get railroad retirement though, but thats instead of social security.

Other than that… eeeeehhhhhhh no, get an admin job with the railroads. That way the worst things you'll have to deal with are layoffs, constant boredom and creeping obesity from all the food you eat at all the regulatory meeting you're mandated to attend.

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choo choo motherfuckers

i come from 4chan and i cant believe this imageboard is still going on since 2003.

what's your secret?(Yup, it's trains, and it doesn't look like you've got them.)
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The ironic part is that the kids who post that stuff are the same who make ">tfw no gf" threads or whatever the modern equivalent is.


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This thread is a dumpster fire that just started.


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>implying the whole site isn't newfag cancer

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I would not be at all surprised, were I to learn that Staff-chan is somewhere and somewhen involved in staff-and-ticket working.


See f.ex http://sdrsignalling.com/Staff_and_Ticket.html

(Above image is from cosplayisland.co.uk, a cosplaying site in the UK)


I've never understood the point of silly token based train movement authority except before the invention of the telegraph.

If you have a railroad RoW surely you can construct some telegraph wire and communicate a train has cleared a block before issuing authority to another.


On a short branch with little traffic, a staff-type token may well be all the train control needed. Throw the switch to get onto the branch, throw it back once you're in, pull the staff to lock the switch. Reverse the sequence when you get back.

Come to think of it, I think some working lines in Japan still use tokens, at least the coin type. Ever seen videos/pix where driver and/or station manager are holding wire loops with leather pockets on?


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I imagine with some the management just forgot about their existence and staff just get paid out of routine.

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There's always photography of trains, how about an artwork dump thread? I have no idea where some of these come from, but hoarded files over the past few years.
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A doublepost hours apart? 🤔


The first one I posted while I was on break at work but it didn't seem to go through so when I got off work I tried again it turns out it did go through so I ended up dobble posting.


does ur gf know you're posting pics of her on 1ch? shes probably not cool w/ it tbqhsmhfam.


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This reminds me of a sector of Union Pacific main line near Red Bluff, CA. The line runs past a regional distribution center for Walmart, which has a wind turbine nearby.


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Something I picked up at some booru or other.

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Should a person in college or high school even bother pursuing a career in freight or commercial rail anymore? It's going to be fully automated in like 40 years so why bother?

Pic unrelated
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I couldn't even get an interview. Beats me as to why. I tried for six years before I just gave up and decided to stick with what I'm doing now.


Are you serious? Not even a damn interview? Damn. I don't have any friends in rail company's either so I don't know what to do about that.


I didn't have any friends and I got interviews with two different class I's and hired by the better paying one.

I don't know what to tell you.


And there's the magic of it. Some will get in on the first try, others might not ever. It's not terribly uncommon.


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I don't know how it is in the US, but here in Blighty, the railway companies make potential drivers jump through a lot of hoops to get a job (probably because there are way more applicants than vacancies).
I applied for a job with FLHH a few years ago. Got to the interview part of the second stage of testing and shown the door, sadly (I generally do well in written tests, but not in interviews).
I've applied to Scotrail on multiple occasions and never even got offered an interview.

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