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906941 No.123067   [Reply]

Nice sample of a three-way switch.

>> No.123068  

That's a pretty big gap there for the switch points.

I wonder why they would go through the expense of doing it like that instead of just staggering the switches slightly. The only thing I can think of is that space is a premium.

>> No.123069  
>space is a premium


>> No.123070  
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And here is a unique kind of frog...

Try to figure out what's crazy about this without cheating.

>> No.123071  

The wheel flange is ramped over the crossing rail instead of having a gap for it to go through.

>> No.123072  

Yeah, I know, but the only real downside of staggering them is that you have a slightly shorter track on one side. But then you don't have such a silly complicated switch(which is still pretty cool, though).

>> No.123073  


It's called a jump frog or a flange jump frog.

They're not used very often anymore, but when they are it's mostly for a lightly used industry or something off of the main. You'll notice that there aren't guard rails on the main.

There's only one of those frogs on my territory, and I've never been over it, but I've been told that it feels like you've derailed when the engine goes over it.

>> No.123075  

There is at least one crossing like that in India.


Look very closely at the rails (preferably in HD) at 0:04 and 0:05.

>> No.123076  

>>123073 From a MW standpoint jump frogs are awesome. You have the continuous rail on the non diverging route without the maintenance required with spring frogs.

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118921 No.122974   [Reply]
>Go on date with a cute girl
>Things go well she wants another date
>Then the third and we're going back to my apartment
>In the bedroom undressing her
>She sees my model Siemens SD600 on the shelf
>She asks me if I like trains to which I said yes
>She immediately starts buttoning her clothes back up and leaving

I asked her why she was going and she said that she didn't think I had aspergers and that she didn't want to fuck a guy with a mental disorder. Did I fuck up by buying a model train? Why does she think I'm autistic?

Train dating stories ITT

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Joke's on you, I'm in Germany and generally there are still more people needed in STEM, the gap is even predicted to widen. I'm just not sure how big demand in railroading and/or public transport is.

Sorry to hear about your situation, and there is always immigration :3

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You can get on as a railroad engineer or conductor with barely a high school education and make lots of money, because unions. But then you can catch a 3rd World disease in those filthy crew restrooms that don't get cleaned, because unions.

>> No.123042  

I've been considering that route, actually.

Would it be worth it to go out and get the necessary certifications on my own dime? What would I have to do to make myself more attractive as a potential hire?

>> No.123043  

What certifications are you talking about?

>tfw I used to have a qt3.14gf that would take me to railroad museums and even let me ride on SEPTA because I had never took a train anywhere before.

Man, I miss her. She was the best. Oh well...

>> No.123051  

How did you screw up so bad in CS that you make about the same as a walmart greeter?

>> No.123052  

Someone obviously didn't build a portfolio during college.

>> No.123055  


+1... I didn't even study CS and I like to think I have a decent CS job with a decent pay

I applied to UP and BNSF all over CA the last time I looked for work and didn't get anything :(

>> No.123057  

Like modoc or the such? I've heard that railroads prefer to train you their own way. They're super expensive anyway, I'd rather work a minimum wage job while trying to get hired on than waste 10 grand.

>> No.123061  


I make about the same working retail. To be fair, I studied music at a community college, and I've recently realized I like retail WAAYY more than teaching music. If only retail payed well enough to buy model trains...

>> No.123063  

Yeah, trade schools for railroading are pretty much pointless. They're going to take you from square one whenever you hire anyways.

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44806 No.123037   [Reply]


also loltermark

>> No.123045  

It does feel exactly like that on busier days.

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20109 No.123044   [Reply]


The Last Knights is most easily described as the board game "Risk" where you are just a single army that is part of a country. You are the commander of your own band of soldiers, but you are nothing without the other officers in your country. You have to work together with real players in order to capture cities of other countries until you and your allies are the only ones standing. The game relies greatly on communication between players. There is no storyline but to survive the players are forced to make one within the boundaries of the rules of the game. You can play by training and improving your own soldiers or by being a leader among the officers in your country or even coordinate attacks between your and an allied country.

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1659655 No.122580   [Reply]

Christmas morning with underground LTE on a train below downtown vancouver bc.

>> No.122581  
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The joint

>> No.122586  

Is that the Canada Line to Richmond and the airport?


Just wouldn't be a pic from Vancouver without Asians in it.

>> No.122587  


>that lauding gauge
>those wide cars

Wadda ya think?

>> No.122588  


Yeah, the Expo and Millennium Lines are pretty skinny.

>> No.123012  

You are now aware the Canada Line was built with good cell phone coverage in mind. Signal was always good down there.

>> No.123014  


I wouldn't know. My provider would sodomize me if I tried to use my devices up there.

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Nothing but Chinese. Chinese are the worst fucking rail customers of all time. They shit up the rail, don't wear deodorant, eat and leave food on the train, and cut their nails/carry bags of trash.

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Well, it kinda does serve Richmond.

>> No.123025  


>Dat Rotem stock

I could recognize those light fixtures, A/C vents and smoke detectors anywhere. How has reliability been with them?

>> No.123041  


I haven't heard of any problems.

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4345 No.122780   [Reply]

Why doesn't Israel have any trains? I thought they were cheap transportation, and so the merchants would love them. Are trains anti-semitic, /rail/?

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There are railways in Israel. But they were put there long before 1948...

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why did the jews get rid of them, besides butthurt over the holocaust? Was the only reason because they were scared the arabs would load them onto cars and build a new auscwitz during the arab wars?

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The Jews didn't get rid of them, you yutz. In fact they improved them and even built more lines, like the light rail in Jerusalem. Sure, they've had to worry about bombs and rockets wrecking the trains and tracks. But not "anudda shoah".

Oy gevalt.

>> No.122889  

Kartma why the fuck aren't you deleting this obvious /b/-bait shit?

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Because they at least resemble a relevant discussion about trains. If it's "lol trains suck", that's a banning. If it's irrelevant shitposting, that's a banning. If it's porn or similar spam, that's a banning. If it's posts consisting solely of "I like trains", well, those get ignored and slid. Posts like these, well, OP is a faggot, but at least he's trying to talk about trains.

>> No.122904  

I Google trains in Irsael and get no results. What are they called in Hebrew?

>> No.122906  

>>122904 If only there was a free encypedia that could tell us about these things OH WAIT THERE IS DUMBASS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Railways

>> No.122908  


>tfw ham is more bearable than obvious troll.
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Great. No need to be a dick about it, Google didn't turn anything up for me. Wikipedia is a shitty source, anyways, you should feel bad about resorting to it before Google.

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>tfw someone sez his google-fu is even lamer than my own...

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94315 No.122862   [Reply]

A book in German about Werner von Siemens (the Siemens in Siemens u. Halske). There are a few rail-related pictures in it, including this of Siemens' first electric railway.

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>> No.122997  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tinqPZFCHS0 -- Very slick and shiny, these Tours trams, but not my cuppa.

>> No.123009  

And they sing on slippery rails

>> No.123019  


They're definitely of an American aesthetic. Like John Q. Hamburger doesn't care what it looks like, just that it does the job.

>> No.123021  

>>123009 -- That, too. The last bastion of song, I believe, since Keikyu had to replace the 2100s' inverters. No more spares available, y'know...

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That makes me wonder how long the ES64U and U2 will last. I'd expect a standard lifetime, but I wouldn't be surprised if they get an update to IGBT inverters soon due to reliability and efficiency reasons.
The JR E501 is gone too.

I generally have a dislike for all things locomotive but the Taurus is one of those non Japanese things I have a spot for mostly because of the car-like acceleration when empty.


>> No.123026  

Really beautiful, especially how the strips line up with the rails.

>> No.123027  

Doesn't harm that it's a Taurus that holds the speed record for production locos.

>> No.123029  

>>122997 How does it across the bridge with no overhead wires?

>> No.123030  


tl;dr third rail.

>> No.123035  

Moreover, third rail that is only hot while the tram drives over it.

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22623 No.122990   [Reply]

Because why not?

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The RS-11 is easily one of my all-time favorites.

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The RS-1... so stupid it's brilliant (and wait'll we add MORE POWER)!

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ALCO switchers outsold EMD until 1950 or so. Part of it was EMD had it's hands full selling F-units; part of it was the 4-stroke 539 engine could out-torque the 567--a superior trait in shunting service!

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Poor ALCO. The one overwhelming advantage they had over EMD was the 251 engine... and the early ones were plagued by quality-control issues. When they got the 251 straightened out, they tried to start the horsepower race half a generation early... only to start having quality-control issues everywhere else. Poor ALCO.

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The C415: a truly revolutionary switcher developed just as the switcher market went kaput.

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CP loved the butt off MLW switchers.

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A Canadian railway I wish I had the chance to see was the New Brunswick East Coast, and its Quebec subsidiary, the Chemin de fer de la Matapedia et du Golfe (how's that for a mouthful) were created when CN sold off the smaller of its two lines through New Brunswick. The railway loaded up on old CP MLWs that were being retired at the time, in the mid-1990s. Unfortunately for guys like me, the chance to see RS-18us and C-424s passed when CN bought them back up along with almost every other ex-CN shortline in the country in 2008.

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Except for a rough ride (cab directly over the lead bolster), the C-630 was perhaps just a tad superior to EMD's GP40, and the GE U30B had the inferior prime mover as time would tell. Alas, railroads were tired of giving ALCO just one more chance, sales were anemic, and ALCO ceased building locomotives.

And it only took GE about 20 years to get their quality up to where ALCO's was when they bowed out.

>> No.123007  

We actually had one of the shortlines CN had sold off in our city and the new operators did use RS-18s. Apparently a few of them were cut up but most of them are still being used by Ontario Southland. So if you can make it up to Southern Ontario out of Chicago(?) you can still see them roaring around.

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372152 No.122962   [Reply]

I love trains. I do not currently own any trains. What trains do you own?

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Oh, a little less than a thousand UP common; also a few hundred NS and CSX, each. I OWN a chunk of the real thing, baby.

EARTH-SHATTERING NEWS: Although the financial reports aren't due until the end of the month, it appears Norfolk Southern (NSC) might be a better buy than Union Pacific (UNP)... if you can stomach the higher volatility (which is a total non-factor if you're investing for 20+ years out).

>> No.122970  

I own CN, CP, UP, an BNSF - Well, Berhshire-Hathaway. I knew that a few years back was a great time to invest, I only wish I'd had the funds then, and I hope things keep up from now.

>> No.122971  

Jesus Corny I had no idea anyone here was investing much less being serious about it..

I only have stock in the shitty company I used to work for. I may also have some stock in Home Depot that was given to me as a gift when I was born. Although I think my dad sold of all it when I was young.

>> No.122972  

I wish I had stock in TILX and GBRX before Lec Megantic...

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Amtrak for the win!!!

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>BNSF - Well, Berhshire-Hathaway.

Please let it be A shares, at least by the time Sir Warren dies. B shares are probably going to drop after that. Even so, Berkshire-Hathaway is primarily an insurance firm.

>I had no idea anyone here was investing much less being serious about it.

We have engineers, conductors, executives... why not investors? Not everyone with an interest in trains is autistic.

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not rich enough to own any Berkshire A

other than that only tech companies

other than that only lego trains

>> No.122988  

It's not about being autistic. I just didn't figure anyone here had any serious money to invest.

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Back in the day, Melbourne was selling Hitachis for $5000 a hit. Some guy bought a whole bunch of them and when the government realised it was having a shortage, he sold them back for $20000 a set.

Also, I think they're happy to sell the S sets on scrap row at Enfield if you enquire with the government and Railcorp but that requires negotiation.

If I had the land and money maybe. But at the moment I'm just a student. Nothing but farms behind my house and no sign of developers raping it too soon. Then again, even that land in Sydney is effectively more expensive than that of inside the Yamanote Circle.

Otherwise, have my toy maglev

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