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225552 No.123373   [Reply]

There are several projects on the Lego Ideas website, including several train-themed ones like this one: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/70652

They need votes for Lego to consider selling them, so vote for your favorites to make these dreams a reality!

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>> No.123902  

I have that exact engine, except I put a drawbar between the cab and tender. I also have some modified metroliner cars, a bunch of scratch built cars, and a road switcher made the set from >>123392 from when I was younger. Last summer I got back into Lego and built a streetcar and an Interurban.

>> No.124005  
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>Lego trains do not make money.

I am treating everything you said as fact, but I am taking a "glass half full" approach to it by declaring, "Lego trains do not make money...YET." On that note, I built my own Lego train model that just got approved for voting today here:


I know it was going to be difficult to get the votes for this from the start, but I am doing it nonetheless. Please vote for it.

>> No.124020  


Big Bang Theory often has that insufferable autist Sheldon talking about model and real trains. And then there was that super-cringey dinner train episode where he foams out with some caricature of a foamer (much to the chagrin of his dinner date).

>> No.124047  

Is that the one where he's on the Napa wine train gushing about the "ALCOA" locomotives? Last I checked the Aluminum Company of America never made any diesel locomotives.

What a joke.

>> No.124048  

I'm glad I'm not the only person who thought that EXACT same thing.

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>> No.124250  
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Here's another cool one:


>> No.124253  

That may never be produced by Lego, but it's going on my layout this week.

>> No.124385  
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Well, my Lego model is in the news for the first time today here: http://www.sltrib.com/news/2244936-155/how-this-utah-monument-could-become?fullpage=1

No one can say I didn't try.

>> No.124512  
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This one is pretty awesome: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/96989

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427266 No.124511   [Reply]

http://www.railengineer.uk/2015/03/10/finland-opts-for-tetra/ -- The Finnish Railways intend to change the radio tech from GSM-R to TETRA, partly because of interference from other telephone networks.


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232304 No.124474   [Reply]

http://7online.com/news/nyc-bound-amtrak-train-slams-into-truck-in-north-carolina/550742/ Someone managed to catch it happen on video

>> No.124476  

What the bloody hell is going on in the US? Have drivers suddenly got train blindness or is it just the approaching apocalypse? I ask only for information.

>> No.124478  

Special escorted truck load spends 15-20 minutes on crossing trying to navigate a turn at the adjacent intersection.

I guess in time we will find out if anyone even attempted to contact CSX.

>> No.124479  

"video" = several seconds of vaguely train shaped artifacts and a whole lot of shots of the ground.


>> No.124482  


There's nothing suddenly "going on," it's just how the US is. We have ~140K miles of railroad lines with ~212K grade crossings. Combine that with many millions of belligerent drivers, and you're going to have these incidents happen once every few hours. It's only when the (passenger) train derails or somebody besides the vehicle driver dies (or it's a slow news day with an agenda against railroads) that they get any real media attention.


Seriously. Let's turn the camera away right at the moment of impact and scream like this is a bad porno!

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I had a weird moment on my phone when the audio from the crash was playing in the background of the Burlington coat factory ad.
I think it improved both the ad and the video of the wreck...
picture just for you, ham...

>> No.124490  

Hey, this is relatively nearby, maybe I should drive down there to see any leftover wreckage. If I do, I'll snap some pics for you guys

>> No.124509  

Don't think a trip to the site will be a fruitful one. They likely:
1) still have the area cordoned off.
2) cleaned everything up by now.

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646844 No.124485   [Reply]

Remember a few years back when we had the cyber goth girl as a post?..., well it turns out she has some friends.
...and they like a certain tank engine, too...
Watch "Goths raving to Thomas the Tank Engine is the best thing ever..." on YouTube
Goths raving to Thomas the Tank Engine is the best thing ever...: http://youtu.be/gwvzP2JcFtg
please enjoy.

>> No.124488  

what in gods name did I just see

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One of those videos where everyone and their dog has to edit their own music over it and do a shit job syncing the audio up to the video.

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2622 No.124430   [Reply]

Ok so today's topic is the NS Police and any similar policing authorities you have on your local railways. If you guys see something fowled, do you alert them about it or do you just let it go? And I mean anything from stuck brakes to a dark signal to a malfunctioning crossing gate.

I remember one time I was parked out by a grade crossing next to a stopped freight train waiting for the midnight Crescent line to go by, and when it did, I noticed sparks coming out from under one of the trucks. that's probably the most dangerous thing I've ever reported. I remember the funniest one I ever called in was a crossing gate arm that had retracted up but kept moving back and forth when it reached vertical position and I was afraid it would end up shaking itself out of the foundation.

ITT: watchdog stories thread
Bonus coins if you know where the pic is from

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>> No.124457  

Shoving? You work on the rails too?
Also, what's rule 529 A?

>> No.124462  

Yes, I work for the Communist Nation/Cartoon Network/Crash National or whatever silly name you can think of.

529 A is crossing signal activation failure. Requires you to stop and flag the crossing UNLESS it is attended by a flagman or uniform safety officer.

529 B is false signal activation and requires you to slow down to 15 mph until your head end fully occupies the crossing.

529 C is crossbuck down and is the exact same shit as 529 A but for some reason they felt like adding another paragraph. I think someone was just trying to justify their job.

>> No.124469  

You mean Canadian National? What's your position?

>> No.124471  

Yeah, I'm a conductor with them. Ostensibly I work for the Illinois Central, however.

>> No.124475  

I didn't call rail police but once I was sleeping on a train in a yard while I waited for mine to finish bring built and saw another train rider taking something off a container on an IM and went over to him and just began shouting and punching him. The rail police rolled up and broke up the fight, after I told him what had happened he looked at a train and told me "get on that and get out of here, I'll take care of him".

>> No.124492  

I laughed at that more than I should have

>> No.124499  


Goes to show that theft is way more serious to the bulls than freight-hopping is.

>> No.124501  

As it should be. Good job, Dirty.

>> No.124504  


What is your home terminal?

>> No.124507  

South Eastern, Louisiana.

It's all one seniority district and you can bid for different terminals within it.

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409994 No.124086   [Reply]

So I have a scanner and I'm interested in listening to some radio feeds the engineers use. Anybody know the frequencies for Norfolk Southern?

In exchange, have a wallpaper

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>> No.124332  


Ten points to whoever can tell me what BNC stands for without Google or Wikipedia.

>> No.124343  

It's not British Naval Connector, even though that's what I learned when I used to work with them.

>> No.124350  

I had to cheat. No way would I have guessed that.

>> No.124364  

I was gonna say something but my 4chan would have shown through. Plus I think a wordfilter wouldn't let me say it

>> No.124461  

Ok guys, I did some looking and I cannot decide between two antennas. If any of you know how to decipher these numbers and letters and tell me which one is better (ignore price) then that would be great.
The telescoping one would be convenient but something tells me it's less reliable and would wear out over time from repeated extension/retraction.

>> No.124470  

Both of these antennas are cut for the amateur radio bands at 144-148 and 430-440 MHz. They are both rated in gain as equal to a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipole_antenna (the common basic VHF/UHF antenna). They won't be a perfect match to 160 MHz - you'd need a Marine Band antenna for that -, but should be close enough. No need to worry about the watt rating unless and until you get yourself an amateur radio licence.

The dBi stands for deciBels (of gain) as compared to an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotropic_radiator

The VSWR aka http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_wave_ratio also only matters seriously to transmitting. They publish it as about 1.5 because that's the usual for an unmatched dipole with its 75-ohm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_impedance

(after making a few calculations) A rod of ca. 17.5in (44.5cm) would be about optimal for reception on 160 MHz. This is half a dipole, thus a quarter of the wavelength.

http://www.csgnetwork.com/antennaedcalc.html -- This page has a dipole calculator in Javascript. Enter the desired frequency, select how much of the dipole you want to see, then hit Calculate.

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>> No.124481  

Good read, thanks for that. I wonder if Nagoya makes any marine band BNC antennas

>> No.124486  

No idea, but here is one from elsewhere on Beautiful Island: http://www.opek.com.tw/MHR-10BM-MHR-10TM.htm

In worst case, you could delve into the literature and learn to make your own. Just don't forget what you wanted them for in the first place!

Also, I think these ham band antennas would not lose much performance at 160 MHz, especially if I am right and they are rods soldered on the plug with no matching. With the telescoping one you could even finesse it by not extending it fully.

>> No.124491  

Man, I wonder why they want me to jump through their hoops just to find out a price.

>> No.124506  

http://www.theantennafarm.com/catalog/antennas-191/hand-held-antennas-717/scanner-receiver-antennas-1117/ -- This lot has the prices on display, plus is probably Stateside already.

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34375 No.124495   [Reply]

Train crashes into tractor-trailer; at least 55 hurt. HALIFAX, N.C


>> No.124498  

Shades of Bourbonnais.

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>> No.124503  

Repost of >>124474?

No.124437   [Reply]

There is one time when I do not envy a driver at all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg34WKHxjuU (Warning: Human Body Incident captured on camera)

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>> No.124455  

I'm going to be very, very blunt because you are so lacking in humanity.
Fuck off and die.

>> No.124456  

>>124454 -- Not the only one there, Ham. Mine died in 2008, also from a cancer. I, too, held his hand as he passed away.

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>>124454 >>124456

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It's normal for such things as the train you're driving killing someone to affect you. Sure, you can put on a brave face and come to work the next day. But if you don't feel anything, then what? Do you have to be a cold-blooded sociopath to effectively drive trains?

>> No.124465  

Do you honestly think that being a railroader compares to being a cop? Do you really think that you could hit a woman who's in the gauge because her child's stroller got stuck in the flangeway of the crossing and come back to work the next day all peachy keen? Do you not realize that every railroad that is worth its weight in beans gives their employees paid days off after these events for a reason?

God, you're lucky that you're not a railroader. Don't even try to pull that museum train crap over my eyes. You're probably never going to be a career railroader. You're lucky because right now there's nothing more that I'd love to see than you two minutes after a fatality strike to see you turn into the blithering baby we all know you are. When will you just realize that you're a foamer with Napoleon syndrome who is best relegated to the minor leagues?

>> No.124466  

>>124464 I woulden't say I woulden't feel anything, but if you don't go in the next day you will have more time to dwell on it and it can get harder. Also most of the people bad mouthing me have you been there? Have you ever seen someone die, if not then GTFO. Also I don't pretend to be a railroader I drive a tiney street car 1/4 mile I know that is nothing like driveing a full size train.

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>> No.124496  

Yes, I have, as a matter of fact. With no disrespect intended towards your father, a death by cancer and it's related issues simply can't be compared to hitting someone who just appeared right in front of you all of a sudden.

And don't tell us that you know you're not train crew. I specifically remember an incident a few years ago where you posted a picture of yourself slobbering out the window of some cab unit with a camera. You insisted that you were train crew, and when we all got on to you for the use of the camera while on duty, you vehemently insisted that it was okay because your train was going backwards or something.

>> No.124497  

I've killed a man with my train and seen another jump off a 10 story building and land about 50 ft. from me and smack the pavement.

Let me tell you this, brah, you move past it, but you don't do it in one afternoon. You never "get over" it, though. It's something that lasts with you for the rest of your life. It's not my fault our train hit the guy, but I can tell you the last thing you want after killing a man is to be on a god damned train. You take your time off, drink a little, call some friends, and go back to work in a few days and pick up where you left off.

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365161 No.124420   [Reply]

The latest in fuel-efficient commuter trains, I presume... #pretendingtobewise

>> No.124421  

I hate to be insensitive days out from when it happened, but I'm just amusing myself with the thought of that's how Seibu would've dealt with power shortages after 3/11

>Due to blackout, would all passengers with an odd number on their ticket please get out of the train and push
>> No.124424  

Zimbabwe has something similar for the rich fat American and British tourist down to the Victory Falls...

>> No.124425  
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The hand-worked Victoria Falls rail trolley service which was in operation from the 1920s to 1957.

One tourist however was not so pleased with his trip. George Graves, a famous London comedian of the time, on a visit to the Falls in 1923, was injured in an accident when his trolley de-railed, resulting in a claim for UKP2,000 being met. The trolley service continued until December 1957 when buses were introduced. One is preserved in the courtyard of the Victoria Falls Hotel, and another in the Bulawayo Railway Museum.

>> No.124429  

I think there's something similar in Cambodia or Laos, where a lot of the rail vehicles are pushed by humans.

>> No.124436  

Cambodia, because the Khmer Rouge destroyed most of the country's infrastructure.

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19339 No.124426   [Reply]

It took me a long time to find these clips again, as I had not saved them onto my list. This is on the Keikyu Main line between Kita-Shinagawa stn and Shinagawa stn. The traffic was horrendous due to (if I got it right) an earthslide elsewhere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_jSfiKHogo (part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esjAsXI-g2k (part 2, for a total of 22-23 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6a44bNH4kk -- AIUI, this clip was shot at Keikyu Shinagawa stn. at the same time.

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