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2087902 No.127212   [Reply]

A friend that does black smith work made me this neat bottle opener. Now we wait and see how long I can carry around a rail spike before I toss it for being too heavy.

>> No.127250  
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After 2 months of odd work I'm finally leaving the eastcoast. My ride tonight stops somewhere between 1 & 5am, fml. I'll take pictures if I'm still on it by the time I wake up again. I'm looking for the first rideable and going right back to sleep. I'm only doing a few hundred miles tonight, gotta go to the next big yard south to get a westbound from where I am.

>> No.127260  
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Track spikes do wonderful things to railroad officers personal cars.

>> No.127262  

Does the CSX have CSX branded toilet additive too?

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>> No.127325  

We have a CN branded blue toilet additive. Like the actual bottle has CN on it. I need to take a picture of it sometime. There are even a few different scented varieties.

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72762 No.127300   [Reply]

Things put inside of trains?

I rigged up this beauty to catch all the leaking water from the A/C... after I checked the blue card and saw the motor was in the shop for 2 months.

Our proud mechanical department at work. Another celebratory moment was yesterday when our motor would leak from the main resevoir when you blew the horn. So yeah, it was possible to set up the train brakes if you blew the horn too long.

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CN --- taking cues from CSXT

>> No.127314  

Why did you run through that absolute stop?

Because we blew the horn too much.


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47859 No.127257   [Reply]

Go to places you would otherwise not have bothered with going to:

>> No.127266  
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I will admit that's something I'm guilty of by being a JR Pass user only going for the Shinkansen and Limited Express. The only real slow "countryside" trips I had were hopping around between Yoshiwara and Shizukoa and jumping on a DMU to the middle of nowhere at Nagoya, mostly because I didn't know where I was going. Not exactly far flung but very much a different world from the cities, especially sitting next to old people who look like they've never seen a gaijin before. They were like grandparents fiddling with and straightening up my clothing even though we didn't know each other's languages enough to say a whole lot. Good times.

>> No.127270  

Today's mass tourism being what it is, I would not be the least bit surprised if foreigners were rare there, let alone foreigners riding the local trains.

>> No.127285  


In Japan certainly, but here in the US you'd be surprised at how remote stations can be. Amtrak's California Zeyphr mostly stops at stations and maybe exchanges 3-4 people at each. Of course the US is a much larger country.

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But how many station bashers actually make a holiday out of visiting them? Over there they actually keep ranking lists over secluded stations (hikyo-eki) and make up most or even all of these stations' traffic.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koboro_Station tends to wind up at the top of these lists.
https://sukikatte.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/koboro/ -- A picture account of a visit to there.

(Pic snagged from wikicommons)

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>passenger train
>mainly stops at stations

oh gee thanks anon real informative

>> No.127307  

you are now aware the best value for these Seishun 18 tickets is taking seasonal rapid trains on special rolling stock and only paying the reserved seat fare add-on

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83372 No.127145   [Reply]

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/must_see/33647679 -- Freight train prangs stretch limo. As if the latter wasn't broken down enough already...

Pic from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11758225/10000-tonne-freight-train-ploughs-into-limousine-at-level-crossing.html

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>> No.127255  

What sub-standard railroad is local to your area that /doesn't/ have these posted on /both/ sides of every crossing? Not putting one on every sign would just be a liability

>> No.127256  

>>127255 Pan Am

>> No.127267  

CP Rail dispatchers radio a caution to affected train(s) and may issue a slow order as a precautionary measure.

When a train enters the very 1st block on CP Rail's CTC controlled Laggan subdivision as it leaves/enters Calgary, Alberta it rings a bell in the dispatchers office that was once located on the 20th floor of Palliser Square.

Umm.. one warm summer evening in 1985 the block occupancy detector somehow went off.. and uh.. the dispatcher radioed an incoming train that was about an hour away (that would put it somewhere around Mitford or Radnor) to be aware of a false indication possibly hinting at a signal malfunction. Summarily, said train reduced speed as it passed Keith and drifted down into downtown Calgary proper.

As well, the dispatcher called up an on-duty CP Policeman to check the affected section of track to determine if maybe something had indeed blocked the tracks. Nothing was found but the slow order remained in place until the next day.

So at least CP Rail has (or had) a method for dealing with phantom signals.. which i'm told are exceedingly rare.

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That would be west of the Sunalta signal bridge, yes?

>> No.127271  

>>127255 Here you go find tje 800 number because I coulden't when I was filming this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNScJCp4KaA

>> No.127277  

Firstly, where do you live for an abandoned siding to still have it's derail sign and switch marker not stolen yet?
Secondly, I'd have gone over and kicked the cabinet a few times to see if it could decide what it wanted to do.

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Yes. Nice photo btw. The 1st signal just west of the Bow Trail overpass back then was a staggered two head searchlight signal protecting eastbound movements. I can just see it on Google Earth. Go a bit further west of this point and you will see where the bike path crosses over to the south side of the tracks. I guess that would be about halfway to Brickburn siding eh.

In the 80s, where your pic was taken, the train was on the main track. The track to the north was the 2ndary line and that track joined up at Sunalta to the mainline. Back then the main and 2ndary line were heavy continuous welded rail, the two outer ones were 39' sections of 80lb rail.

The furthest north track was a run down shaky affair called the old "B alley". It used to service the industrial spurs that used to exist between the old Domtar tie creosote plant where the Greyhound Bus stn is now, and the old Robin Hood Flour mill by the station. I remember B-alley being torn out to as far back as the old wash racks in early 1985.

The track to the south of your train was called the old "G alley" and it once served a multitude of spurs that used to be between 4th and 14th st west. I've seen old pics of this area and there were lots of loading docks. Ever wonder why the bridge at 14th st is so wide and curved on its south side? There used to be a track that curved off G-alley there that served some spurs along the alley between 11th and 12th ave. There were traces of rail in the alley and a short section of track that curved off G-alley on the bridge back in '85.

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>> No.127280  

>>127277 Sideing is not abonded it is owned by the trolley museume (although that hasen't stoped the railroad from shoveing cars and equipment on our tracks)

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Flashback appreciated! I've never seen a good map, but I'm aware that there were a huge number of industries in the west end - Probably gave the ol' city yard a good reason to exist.

I'm a little amazed that there was a spur between 11th and 12th, that seems awfully far away - But on the other hand, that would explain why it's all residential now. Nobody wants row upon row of warehouses.

As for the signal between Sunalta and Brickburn? I love it. It's great for telling when train movements will occur when you happen to be biking somewhere in perfect morning light.

>> No.127294  

I saw a hand drawn map some guy brought to CMT and that's what initially had me looking for traces. Later an aerial photo showed the multitude of tracks, including CNR's industrial area that is now Fort Calgary. Aerial photos are a godsend.

I have always liked the section between Sunalta and Brickburn for pics. Plus I used to party in Edworthy when I discovered beer, cars, and girls. Lol!

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41837 No.127281   [Reply]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5z6RSYK8QA -- A few glimpses of DSB's shunting tractor #57... oh, and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Olsen_Gang_on_the_Track

>> No.127283  

Hey cool! Cheese wheels!

>> No.127412  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6A1bRQk8MM -- Similar scenes from the Norwegian make of this film, still with Britta Polka as the theme. The shunting tractor there is NSB's Skd 206.28.

Shunting tractor: A small station shunter/switcher used by regular station staff once they have taken a course on the units' care, use and feeding.

Aside: The Norwegian term is "skiftetraktor" while the Danish say "rangertraktor", similar to the German "Rangiertraktor".

No.127258   [Reply]

If Dagwood Bumstead owned a railway, would its reporting code be SKNX?

>> No.127261  

http://beacon.by/the-bairds-tale/issue-5 -- Who'da thunk to spot a bogie/truck on a lit. magazine issue's face page?

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190827 No.127181   [Reply]

So I have bought a bunch of crap and I am going to expand the scope of my modeling by building one of these Lindberg tugboats as an RC boat. I need name ideas and ideas about building a rail ferry barge to push around. My idea is to modify some of my HO cars to have magnets on the corners so that I can 'chain' them down to the deck of the barge. What does Captain Slog think?

>> No.127195  

If you wanna "stay local", try doing your tugs up in Foss Maritime livery.

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I'm highly considering that... I'm pretty sure Foss had a few of these ST Army tugs at some point or other.

This is now a railroad tugboat thread. For the consideration of the Board, John R. Hayden, of the ATSF. Used in San Francisco Bay, as there was no direct link the ATSF vould use to get to their trackage on the peninsula.

>> No.127198  

Lets include Ferries & passenger ships too since a few railroads like Canadian Pacific had them
Plus airplanes

>> No.127199  
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A few still do, be it through subsidiaries or not. The Nanaura Maru still carries the JR West logo on her funnel. Mind, I think she is a ro-ro ship rather than an actual railway ferry. Oh, well... there will be one next post.

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And here it is: The M/F Deutschland which plies the route between Rødby in Denmark and Puttgarden in Germany along with the Schleswig Holstein, Prins Richard and Prinsesse Benedikte. All of them have only one track, long enough for one ICE-TD trainset or one (the royal pair) or two (the landed pair) IC3 trainsets.

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I appreciate this idea, and offer the CG Railway's double-deck railroad ferry, complete with raising/lowering switch leads to service both decks.

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No, I don't think the CPR Ships or airline fall into the scope of this thread. Tugs, barges, and railcar carrying ferries do.

As such, have some SS Badger. The last coal-fired vessel on the Great Lakes, it and its sister ship the SS Spartan were built in 1952-1953 for the Pere Marquette.

>> No.127209  

A bus is fine too(?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32iqfDsDi50

You can surely imagine the bitterness that ensues when your favourite train and in this case the only train, is replaced by a bus. This song is but a taste. Polite sage for /bus/ in /boat/ up in my /rail/.

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Ooh, the Justine Foss, this is presumably a barge of rail traffic someplace to/from Alaska, she's kicking around up there.

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74531 No.127197   [Reply]

I'm impressed by the amount of publicity that can be conjured up from a bit of paint and a keen dispatcher/hostler/whoever decides which engines go where.

>> No.127210  

Is that Arlington Nat'l Cemetary in the background?

>> No.127213  


No, it's the Chattanooga National Cemetery. A show of respect for one of the marines who was shot at the recruiting center. Only tracks near Arlington National Cemetery are Metro tracks.

>> No.127218  


>only tracks are Metro tracks

That's what I was thinking, but I didn't make it up that way when I was in DC recently so I didn't know for sure.
This is really nice, kudos to NS

>> No.127230  

CSX would block the tracks.

>> No.127244  

Anybody else really not care for these 'half and half' schemes?
You'd think if you're going to designate a dedicatory livery, you'd paint the entire locomotive in that livery instead of trying to shoehorn in the company colors.
Or do they think we'd forget what railroad it is? Are the horse logo and stripes not distinctive enough on their own?

>> No.127245  

I don't think that was their intent at all. An engine just looks nicer running SHF, so it makes sense they would doll up the front half. Plus, with it being common practice to have two engines tail-to-tail, it makes for a nice transition in this case.

Any actual employees wanna give their input?

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While we're talking patriotic liveries, I saw Amtrak #42 heading the 19 Crescent line to New Orleans a few weeks ago. It was really cool to see it but it was dark (obv.) so I couldn't get a picture. Still cool to add to the repertoire of specialty engines I've seen!

Stock photo for reference. Since it's not my photo I thought it best not to start it's own thread.

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2409654 No.127216   [Reply]

Post underwhelming locomotives with awesome names.

Holy War, 24-inch (610 mm) gauge
Bala Lake Railway, Wales, UK

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I've always thought the Big Boy was an awesome locomotive with an underwhelming name.

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Given when they were built, big boy was on the mark. Perhaps in today's internet/chan/L337 they would be called "Axis Rapiers".

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>> No.127259  

Can't find any obvious rail connection in this, but is this made on a POKEY chip?

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