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1718861 No.119619   [Reply]

http://spnzr.com/aboard-amtrak

An (long) article written by some guy that lived on trains. It gave this Yuropoor some insight into US rail, but I don't know if the insight is correct. Still it was an interesting read.

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>> No.119636  

>>119622

Expensive enough to not be worthwhile. You're better off buying a USA rail pass like the article. You cannot arbitrarily park a railcar in a yard and expect to be able to camp like you are probably thinking.

If you insist on a private car, try chartering one.

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>>119622
It costs maybe $1 to 2 million a year to own and operate an Amtrak-compliant private car. A self-powered PV would cost somewhat more. Truly a rich man's indigence... as it should be (helps make 'em poor so much the faster). Most so-called "private" cars are actually owned by chartering companies.

>> No.119649  

>>119639
Amtrak seems to be hauling around a whole lot of those private cars on the City of New Orleans lately. Some of those dome cars look pretty nice.

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>>119649
iowa pacific runs their Pullman service tacked on the back of the CONO, there's at least one full dome they use for that

>> No.119653  

>>119652
Yup!

They had three of them on the southbound today and one dome car.

I've seen as many as 5 Pullman specials tacked on with 2 dome cars.

>> No.119657  

Anyone know how much revenue Amtrak earns from private cars?

>> No.119659  

>>119657
A few fees are tacked on but generally it's $2.10/mile but a frequent user's rate is available for a near 10% savings of $1.90/mile

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>>119659
Forgot to link! (I'm getting really bad with that lately.)
http://www.amtrak.com/privately-owned-rail-cars

>> No.119661  

>>119659
>>119660
And after reading through it a bit, it looks like the expensive things really won't be moving your car, but will be storing it at a location and the insurance. You need some pretty high coverage for Amtrak to move your stuff.

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>>119661

That kind of money, might as well just get a yacht.



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>> No.119703  

That looks like fun!



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334270 No.119634   [Reply]

UK signals:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVv-T2KRa7k -- Sentinels of Safety (1938)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAO3JbXYRnI -- British Rail Signalling (1989)

US signals:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJpR93kp44I -- Foamer's Guide to ... Signals, pt.1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16jXTDfEavA -- pt.2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Sow8O1_ZNA -- Communications and Signaling

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>>119634
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xje3coP9-IM

I have never in all my years of foaming seen one of these, but I'm sure they exist somewhere.

>> No.119642  

SPAD indicators are, AFAIK, native to the UK, so if you are, f.ex., in the US, it is unlikly you will see one live.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_railway_signalling



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>> No.119626  

I remember when the Blue Train had that derailment back in 2010, during the World Cup. I thought it was damaged beyond economical repair. Nice to see it running again.



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387579 No.119592   [Reply]

So it appears that some thieves have stolen most all of the remaining semaphore blades on the Monon RR between New Albany Indiana and Mitchell Indiana, birthplace of the famous astronaut Gus Grissom.

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Local message boards and facebook groups seem to blame "railfans" for the thefts.

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This area of Indiana is very remote. I'd blame meth addicts, who have already stolen all the copper wire, but they only removed the blades and left all the rest of the signal stand, mast, whatever you call it.

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Here is the back side of the sign I promised I'd photograph the next time I returned to this location since I didn't the last time I posted photos of this Monon caboose. Muh back lit washed out sky, etc.

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New Albany was setting up for their "Harvest Homecoming", or something, this weekend and we were hoping to catch a NS train going by the flood wall in New Albany. Unfortunately the NS is doing track work during daylight Monday - Thursday and we arrived just as they were putting their shit away in a siding.

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Rain possibilities the next two days. Sunday sunny and 65. Will be back for a train photo with the rides going so I can get on failpics and then rejected, 3/4th wedge shot.

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Even CSX was parked. Some random Nashville to Cincinnati train stopped in Louisville waiting on a rested crew.

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NS 60R. A CSX run through train. 60/61R goes from someplace in Ohio with loaded steel coils to Rockport Indiana to drop them off at AK Steel. NS also has their own version of this train a 60/61A. 60/61A (loaded) is the highest priority train on the NS district here and it even runs Christmas morning. And by morning I mean you get called at 6am for 8am call time. train departs Louisville and runs to AK Steel and returns. You do 12 hours and get recrewed where you go on the law.

>> No.119604  

Who the fucks steal semaphores?

>> No.119607  

>>119604
Railfans and meth addicts.

>> No.119616  

>>119594

Metal thieves are starting to get really sophisticated, to the point where they disguise themselves as work crews to steal any kind of metal. All because scrap metal prices are high enough to feed bad habits, and scrap yards never say no.



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88745 No.119494   [Reply]

Today is Wednesday.
It is the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen. It inspired the whole world and managed to give it a kick up the ass.
The Dream Superexpress lives on, in all its manifestations.

Who knows what the next 50 years will bring.

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Half of the trip, I was in a practically trance-like state and mindlessly snapshitting away

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Ahh, the turnaround at Kagoshima
We boarded the same Sakura that terminated
It had the same crew and the guard got suspicious and asked for our tickets
Then the trolley lady came around and asked if we wanted photos
I remember that one quite well

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Cleaning crew Engrish

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>>119542
It should be noted that the Japanese and Engrish text say somewhat different things if taken literally. The Japanese says getting ready for boarding. So the two lines kinda go hand in hand to make a statement which is cute :3

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>>119542

Plus the Japanese aesthetic maxim of "If it exists, make it cute."

>> No.119566  

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201410020054 -- How many know/remember that the shinkansen trains' noses are handmade?

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>>119566
I recall a video of them making things as late as the 700 noses by hand. Didn't expect them to continue to this day though.

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Legend has it that the design of the cab ends of the original Type 0 were inspired by jet airliners; namely the Douglas DC-8.



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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEvOWyxOL3U -- The last thing you can accuse Auntie Lu of...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrn3dHbvccI -- ... is being a wallflower.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap0C8FyrdiQ -- That's just not in their genes.



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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkLoDg7e_ns -- Night Mail (1936)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xALnLzQ2FsI -- St. Pancras Junction Relaying (1947)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PZtZ0cCJU8 -- Making Tracks (1956)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbOinLtpAbI -- Fully Fitted Freight (1957)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaShgQfjNTk -- The "Flying Hamburger" Express DMU

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The Hamburger has an electric cousin across the seas!

>> No.119568  

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/DR_137_153_%E2%80%A6_234 -- The de.wikipedia has about all of the general stuff on the "Flying Silesian" express DMU that isn't in Polish.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psUe78J1hjM -- What sounds better with "Flying Hamburger" clips than a Railway Foxtrot?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhe4RzcOQwg -- Cab views from the express DMU "Vestjyden" running between Copenhagen and Esbjerg.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xjDPXBDHLI -- Line 24 in Leipzig Central Station is a place to foam.

The 'Vindobona' service as...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXAeSyORLl0 -- a "Flying Colognian" express DMU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3MX_2hh8b4 -- a VT18.16 (East German TEE)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFpxgwyCwqA -- The VT18.16 bows out.



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54265 No.119507   [Reply]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z9T_HBlyWg

Why does UP make the absolute best commercials? Like it's not even fair. I'm watching some beisbol and all of the sudden WHAM motherfucking drama with trains.

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>> No.119552  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFU9e1aC74c

I think this is the worst one yet.

>> No.119554  

CP's "you t-too" ad is probably the corniest.

>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWwAbdXLql0

Although CP's 70s ads were the weirdest:

>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMTo84OTwIg
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63juvyXLkYA
>> No.119555  

>>119554

>That last one

What. The. Fuck.

And now for another Canadian railway commercial. Except one without any trains. :|

>> No.119556  

>>119555
And no ad either apparently.

>> No.119557  

>>119555
Wat.

Oh man, I completely forgot to post it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGPNVwQj8AA

>> No.119558  

>>119557

>CN
>a profitable industry for all

:l

>> No.119559  

>>119558
Well that was when the government owned them. So I suppose it was ran for the "public good."

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>>119554

>Chinese stereotype promoting a railway network

What's next? Having a big, muscle-bound black guy as the spokesman for farm equipment?

>> No.119561  

>>119560

I can't be the only one thinking its mildly racist in the context of Chinese laborers working and dying to build Canadian Pacific

>> No.119562  

>>119561

That's what I'm saying.



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217656 No.119546   [Reply]

Devian Tart:
http://sullivan1985.deviantart.com/art/Upgrade-at-Newfoundland-168382656 -- Five SD40s
http://tigrar.deviantart.com/art/DB-103-235-304669110 -- A German class 103
http://cjsutcliffe.deviantart.com/art/Cumbrian-Burger-Van-192507281 -- Burger Van?
http://the-nightshift.deviantart.com/art/4877-I-327617944 -- GG1: Art Deco or not?

>> No.119549  

Hell yeah, Tigrar! He's one of the great railroad photogs of DeviantArt.



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