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2423856 No.131373   [Reply]

Gonna be leaving Tucson. Hopefully tonight, tried last night but wasn't able to find a ride. Here's some Tucson photos. First this train coming from Mexico with family tags in Spanish.

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>> No.131386  

Don't feel bad about not knowing how to tell time. I only learned recently for the same reason (dad taught me to count in French and Arabic).

It's really simple though. There's always two hands, a long and a short one. The long one is always minutes (because it's divided up and has to be more accurate). The short one is the hours. To tell minutes find the notch that the long hand is closest to, and count by 5's up to that notch. To tell the hour find that notch that the hand has most recently passed, and that's it!

Kinda useless this day in age, but maybe it'll help you one day if you're in an Amshack without a digital clock!

>> No.131394  
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Quick question anyone know if this is true? PS there is hobo advise Facebook groups. H.elping O.ur B.rothers O.ut is what it's all about.

>> No.131395  
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Or this?

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Sounds like what they're trying to do is determine how the floor of a well car is built by looking at the sides. I can't say I'm aware of any sort of pattern in curved sides (like how the one in your picture at the top is) vs something like this square one here, but they're right that newer cars have less flooring.

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Also came across this while I was searching for images of well cars. Nifty concept, what does 1chan think?

>> No.131399  


Oh, hey, that's Emeryville. I've been there.

>> No.131404  

The first time I ever went to jail for this was there. Bull was on an overpass looking down and saw me. Spent 3 days and 2 nights in there.

>> No.131405  

Is it cheaper to make them with less floor or is it to do with the containers themselves?

>> No.131406  

Also one more thing. I was gonna leave but I got a job! So I'm staying in Tucson. It's a temp job, just during the gem show. If any of you live in the area we should meet up. I'll show good spots where trains side out or something.

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A bit cheaper to make b/c less material, cuts down on weight, and some might argue about the structural benefits of a solid bottom vs some kind of truss/skeleton. Also probably prevents debris from building up in the well and getting in the way of loading, and I wouldn't be surprised if keeping y'all hobos off the trains was brought up at some point during the redesign meeting =P

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3755208 No.131010   [Reply]

I rode the new streetcar in Dallas last week. This thing is surprisingly loud on the inside and has some nasty flat spots from accidental emergency brake applications due to software problems. Has anybody else been let down by a new service that was hyped up before opening?

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>> No.131233  

What do you mean by total shit, unpurposeful or in bad condition?

Also, do you imply that the last sections abandoned in the 90s are still nominally in existence, "mothballed"?

>> No.131234  

Not the buses, it's how TTC's streetcar grid works and if even that performs terribly, then Philadelphia has no hope.

Both, because there was no prevailing culture of giving streetcars the right-of-way. And because 99% of the other routes were already bustituted, it made little sense to maintain a downsized rail facility and its dedicated costs when the expanded bus facilities could cover it for less.
Only the Germantown Ave section of the 23 is actively maintained under contract by PECO, everything else has been paved over for bicyclists or maintenance. You can see it on Street View.

>> No.131236  


>Not the buses, it's how TTC's streetcar grid works and if even that performs terribly, then Philadelphia has no hope.

What are you even trying to get across here? Why are you talking about the streetcars when you were originally talking about the buses?

>> No.131237  

Ah, thank you.

I looked up. Doesn't seem to be in driveable condition though as there is no contact wire. It's all very sad, that would be regarded good track in East of Oder.

>> No.131238  

Streetcars only become reality when they replace high-ridership bus routes. The current buses aren't at that stage because SEPTA doesn't run them frequent enough. Regardless of mode, that should be a fundamental requirement.

>> No.131239  

Ah, that makes more sense. Thank you for clarifying.

>> No.131255  


>Streetcars only become reality when they replace high-ridership bus routes.

Did this happen in Portland? Judging by the cars they use, hardly.

Still, at least Portland can get stuff done without completely blowing the budget or things becoming political pawns. Now just some east-west lines, and it starts to look like a modest network.

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As the thread has been completely derailed, here's another multitrack drifting. This time, due snow in points. I guess worn out blades may also cause these.

Also featured again the "HKL tank" that will gently run over any offending parts of your car until it is flat enough for the traffic to resume.

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Here's another. The thing is that the driver went something like 400m before noticing anything odd and even only then by looking to his rearview mirror. The center bogie had neatly dropped to the opposing side of a track and its left side ran on asphalt.

Reason: large metal bolt in shallow grooved straight diamond crossing.

The joke here is that Variobahns are notoriously noisy inside, hence a slight derailment doesn't add anything substantial.

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246882 No.131317   [Reply]

So I just finished taking down the Lego trains from around the tree this year, and I'd like to pick y'alls brains about an odd technical issue I was having. Some of the trains would just... cut out after anywhere from 5-20 minutes of running with no obvious explanation. This mostly occurred only on single-motor trains (9V, of course) but occasionally happened with double-engined trains. If I changed out the motor, the train would continue on as though nothing happened.

I have one major theory, which will be explained with the other picture to post.

>> No.131318  
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This is my display layout from the first weekend of December. I was having the same problem with trains simply cutting out after 5-20 minutes of running, BUT, I was only having it on the INSIDE loop during the weekend. It's a bit hard to see in this picture, but the outside loop has a grade going up around the far end of the table bringing it through the tunnel (which turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself). The inside loop was touching the white fake-snow carpeting the whole way 'round. The trains running around the tree were ALSO touching carpet for the entire length of their run.

So, my theory is that some kind of static charge is building between the motor and the carpet as it zips around. The outside loop train got enough space/brick between itself and the carpet with every lap that no charge could build up, while the inside loop was ALWAYS close to the fabric, same as the trains around the tree. So, is it possible that theoretical charge would actually build up strong enough to cut out the motor? If not, what else could cause the engines to simply cut out? My only other theory is heavy trains overheating the motor, but this was happening even with the tank train you see on the inside loop, the lightest freight cars I have!

Wat do, 1chan?

>> No.131336  


I'm going to guess it's a simple thermal protection in the train motor, those things are really not built to be run for long times continually, nor to pull lego trains much longer than about three cars.

Your inner loop has much tighter curves and more curved track compared to straight one and the train is longer too, so all lego cars running against flanges in curves would cause the motors to work hard enough to overheat after some time.

>> No.131340  


My only quarrel with the overheating idea is that these motors have been running for years, and this problem has never occurred with such frequency before.

>> No.131348  


I'd second this.

I've also heard that once they start tripping the thermistor, they're more likely to start tripping the thermistor in the future, so that would explain why you'd suddenly have a lot once the failures started happening.

>> No.131349  

Thanks. I have no idea how small DC motors behave as they wear down. Would make sense than increased heat output would be part of it.

I did have motor control at poly, but DC motors were covered more as a side note, as in "these used to be popular before frequency converters became cheap". Did run one agains a dynamometer to see how armature field retardation affects its speed and torque.

My meager guess that all my gut feelings are completely against is the normal case, that is that the graphite debris from the brushes has clogged the commutator and causes some current to leak in it that generates enough heat increase to trip the thermistor. In school, heat in the commutator wasn't really seen as a problem, more like that it reduces torque.

>> No.131350  


They're actually AC motors, but the idea of opening them up for another thorough cleaning isn't a bad idea.

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271744 No.130894   [Reply]



Well, a little disappointing to hear that the 21st Century Steam program is over, but at least NS still (apparently) intends to bring 611 out for a few TBD summertime jaunts. Probably just to get their moneys worth from the restoration if nothing else! I would speculate that the same offer would extend to TVRM and FWHS; if they can get their own cash together to run an excursion down the mainline, NS might let them do it, network capacity permitting.

>> No.130904  

Sorry, TVRM and FWHS will not be mainline players in 2016. NS will continue to work with them for ferry moves and the like, as was the previous agreements before 2011.

From the language of the articles it sounds like NS will want 611's group to preform Amtrak sponsored trips. Much like 261 & 3751 does today. Our CEO Squires even mentioned something to that effect a few weeks back.

Personally I'm a big fan of Southern 630 and 4501. Will be a little disappointing not to see them charging the mainline next year. However in the current situation here at NS I will be very happy to enjoy what steam trips our company will allow.

>> No.130907  


I'll count ferry moves as mainline playing, steam is steam! Guess I gotta plan a trip to TVRM tho, I've always wanted to see 4501.

>> No.130910  


Also, speaking of the current situation at NS, I don't believe our resident Horsecock employee has chimed in much about all these Beaver offers and the like (or if you have, I haven't seen it). I understand RR traffic in general is seeing a bit of a downturn right now, but AFAIK the thoroughbred ain't hurtin TOO badly. What say you, insider?

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>>130910 We are hurting somewhat. Coal and other markets are down therefore less high dollar traffic for us. Yet that's the same for all the class 1s right now. Coal is really hurting and we're making a dedicated effort to makeup for that lost revenue with inter-modal. Yet you have to move X2-3 more inter-modal to see the same returns as coal.

Also our metrics that investors look at (namely the operating ratio) has stayed fairly even throughout the last ten years. Meanwhile all the other folks have seen a steady improvement in their metrics.

Enter CP's offer. It's interesting but not enticing. NS's board has done a great job looking at each offer and offering an elegant response with plenty of details why each offer is rejected. This is good as it will keep our investors from quickly getting involved into a proxy fight as it would appear CP is hoping for. Just today NS replied to the most recent offer and called out CP for not going to the STB and receiving a preliminary blessing for the voting in trust structure that CP taunts will receive approval.

On a personal note I think the offer (not the deal) is a good thing for us. It's really woken up our company to see that we need to improve. Our CEO has even come out with a growth strategy and set goals, something unheard of before. So while the merger might not be the best idea IMHO, it's causing some change for the better at a company not well known for change.

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>Hunter knocking on the door with an offer inspired a company to clean up their act and become less like CP
>> No.130922  


Given that I also work for a large company that hasn't been doing as well as they could be, I sympathize.

>> No.130933  

This isn't directly related to the topic at hand but is NS the last Class 1 that isn't run by a bunch of dividend obsessed financial sector prats?

>> No.131334  



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278273 No.131243   [Reply]

Ham, is this your doing?


Sorry about the shit site this came from.

>> No.131251  

The Skyrim mod was classic, and funnier.


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Ham, still wondering if this is you.

>> No.131296  

>>131289 No I don't TTTE

>> No.131298  
>Patricia Hernandez

Stopped reading there

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I did say sorry for the shit site.

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>ever making their own games

I don't even think most of them even play video games at this point.
At least /rail/fags do build and maintain things.

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>Hashtag GamerGate?
>in MY /rail/?

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3830812 No.131266   [Reply]

So the West Coast Main Line is closed after "storm Frank" damaged a bridge. Some Virgin Voyager services to Glasgow are being diverted via the G&SW main line via Kilmarnock, but Pendolino and Transpennine Express services to glasgow and Edinburgh are being replaced by buses. I think most of the freight must be being diverted via the ECML, since I haven't seen much along the G&SW. Also sleeper services are going via the ECML, but the G&SW is there as an alternative.


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1592517 No.131201   [Reply]


I am here only to share the truth. I will answer any serious and coherent questions you might have. If you are not willing to learn the answer, do not ask the question.

If you tell me that I am wrong about something and "statement here" is the truth, I have most likely believed it before and found that to be a lie.

The Grand Plan and Final Deception of Lucifer (preview)


Illuminati - 666 signs - Darkness is coming.

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I think OP thinks trains are the devil? IDFK

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Hail Satan!

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Aliester Crowley's locomotive
GE is the law, GE under will

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And an obviously masonic 13 33 locomotive, again from NS. Which, if you think about it,
NS -> SN -> SataN, or
NS = Nomine Satanas


>> No.131213  

Naw, it's just a heavy metal airline pilot with a cool video to show you.


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>leaves sucked into the air intake


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>> No.131258  

hooray for Satanic Locos!
UP used to have one as did ATSF/BNSF
Want to get a collection of those in HO scale hehe
Even want CSX's Crazy Eights 8888

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(Not my photo)

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73429 No.131262   [Reply]

For those interested, a video:
and an article:

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299191 No.131208   [Reply]

NY Governor Cuomo announces $3 billion plan to redevelop Penn Station and the Farley Post Office, with groundbreaking slated for later this year. The two together will form the Empire Station Complex. Details here (link was too long for the link field):


Madison Square Garden will stay for now, but it sounds like the station will be majorly reworked. This announcement comes one day after Cuomo announced plans for a third track on the LIRR Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville.

>> No.131209  

Additional renderings here: https://www.flickr.com/#/photos/governorandrewcuomo/sets/72157662670053040/

>> No.131217  


>3 billion dollaros
>for a headhouse
>still no natural light at platform level

Is the thing going to be built out of gold or something? Also did none of the architects who design this thing study the original station design? The modern station is terrible partly due to the fact that most of the complex is an underground mall with no natural light.

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They've been mucking about with this idea since the last time there was a Cuomo in Albany. I'll believe it when it happens.

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>no Gateway
>platform level remains a 21-track unorganized clusterfuck

Fucking When do they start addressing the real issues at hand? No boarding experience or throughput capacity is going to be significantly improved if tracks and interlockings are rationalized and platforms are combined and widened.

>> No.131230  


>no Geateway

Habve you not read the news lately?

>> No.131235  


>If Gateway is ever built — and it remains a huge gifh

So tell me where the Gateway funding is magically coming from. Tell me why Cuomo didn't tie it in with PPP initiatives.

>> No.131260  

Plus they forgot to mention the original Penn Station was torn down in 1963 to make way for Madison Square Garden
But its demolition helped paved the way for the Preservation Movements across the USA!

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14379 No.131247   [Reply]

Let it be presented to you with tantaratam fanfare an' all that jazz...


>> No.131256  
>called a railroader
>sits in an office all day
>probably can't tell glad hands from MU cables

Does he even count as railroading if he could do the same function in another industry with no major retraining?

>> No.131268  

Their RotY last year was The Hunter That Drives Them Into The Ground.

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