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Where has the urban rail thread gone?

Ah well.
So heah, Länsimetro opened today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zGvhYRgBBE

They had the student orchestra to delight the early morning visitors, of whom there wandered a reasonable number, everyone thinking they'd be almost alone. Later the day very small coffee, cake slice, bag and mug ceremony. As it's saturday, some probably use the new instrument for bar crawl right away.

So yeah, urban rail - the armchair foamer's rail. Always things happening.
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In what has been a rather surprising turn of events considering the way we tend to view public transit in the United States, streetcars are returning to El Paso, Texas.

I can't find when streetcar service in El Paso originally began, but PCC cars entered the scene in 1947. El Paso City Lines operated a route that operated internationally between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. While EPCL did begin replacing many of their streetcar lines with buses, the international operating agreement only allowed for streetcars. Thus, the existing fleet of streetcars was supplemented by the purchase of 17 secondhand PCC cars from San Diego in 1947. The line brought in enough money and was popular enough that EPCL bought three more PCC cars in 1952. These cars were uniquely modified with longitudinal seating as compared to transverse seating, to easily allow customs officers to check everyone quickly at the border checkpoint. These cars operated the Tex-Mex route until 1973 when service was finally shuttered due to pressure from the Mexican government, with all streetcar service on the Texas side ending in 1974. Ten cars were stored intact near the El Paso International Airport.

This postcard from 1960 shows one car departing the border checkpoint on the US side, with another car about to enter.


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The city of El Paso recently expressed a desire to restore the Texas side streetcar service, and decided that the best way to do that and preserve a bit of their heritage was to use the cars stored at the airport. A contract was written with Brookville to fully restore six of them for the initial service.

Yesterday, the first car of the batch was delivered, and a streetcar sat on rails in El Paso for the first time in 44 years. 1506 was unloaded and moved to the shop and will probably begin break-in and training service shortly. When the line is completed, the route will be 4.8 miles (7.7 km) and will provide connection service to Amtrak's Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle, as well as stops at the Don Haskins event center (stadium/concert venue), and the University of Texas at El Paso.

Photo by Jose Marquez via Facebook.


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>Is that a tram-train? 3000V or 25 kV?
No, just the tram factory tracks, the power is switched to 0,6kV.


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>the way we tend to view public transit in the United States

Don't take this as an insult but, see the pic. I see no deviation from the normal here.

FOR STARTERS… Does that tramway, yes tramway, not some stinking meme streetcar, replace a bus line of, lets say, let's be generous, at least 15 minutes interval? If not, that's a gian red flag.

Righty'o, mate. Didn't think of that. You know, when someone says Russian tram factory test track, I think something more like the "Ust-Katav to Paranimo tramway".

This place: http://englishrussia.com/2014/02/15/metro-rail-tram-system-for-a-tiny-village-in-siberia/

Sorry. But, interestingly enough, the google maps car has been to the place and all I can say… that's an express trip to the Russia - not the country - Russia, the state of mind.


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> as a kind of feeder system to metro and local rail stations and doesn't reach all the way to the city center.

Well mostly yes, although I wouldn't compare it to bus as the tram is usually more "mainline" service having an advantage of more capacity and speed due to many tracks being isolated from traffic, you could say tram in Moscow is more than a simple streetcar but still less than a full-fledged LRT. There is one line in the city center though and SPB has plenty of them.

> That there was a some sort of wye reversing going on at the bigger network, Lesnaya street?

I said, it was a reversing headshunt. Why else would you think Moscow required the Tatra-based double-sided MTTA-2 trams working in back-to-back pairs for? Pic related, you can clearly see the doors on the "wrong" side, though here it is already separated and passed to Krasnopresnenskoe depot.

> But, if the networks were re-connected, it would happen through Leningrad ave?

Dude, it makes me really uncomfortable that you're putting it like it never gonna happen. Like you know something I don't. There was an official announcement on the very high level that until 2020 both Moscow tram networks will be re-connected. It will be fully historically new route from Ostankino loop of the Central network through Timiryazevskaya and to the Dmitrovskaya loop (on the pic related) of the Krasnopresnenskaya (smaller) network, most likely with this routing, SEE THE LINK https://goo.gl/WW7nx9 What is more interesting it is planned as a compensation for the Moscow Monorail which should be disassembled by that time, which makes sense as its integration to the transport network is close to zero and the dedicated tram line would be like 500x more convenient mean of getting around the place.

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2chan japan rail thread, just for fun:

go http://dat.2chan.net/r/futaba.htm
bring something back, bonus points for translating.
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The nearest house to Kobe Electric Railway’s Miki station went up in flames two days ago and took the station building with it.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrxYbWVSlFo – GBTC turned around just in time…


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The bomb helped to preserve the trams in Japan!

Honk when you see the Hiroden! (This is Nagasaki though.)


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And this weird contraption too.

Oddly enough, the discussion in the thread was about automatic railroad crossing signals, or something.

Japan seems to have a bunch of these interurban like services intact that are legally operated as railways, so they don't show up on the lists of tramway systems.


Yes, the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botchan_Ressha is something different, isn’t it?

Unless Giggle Translate made a bigger hash of the text than usual, the thread began as a question about an odd device, apparently called a ‘trolley contactor’. It is an insulated switch activated by a passing trolley or pantograph that can then affect nearby signals and/or points.

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Pictures with three famous things.
Shinkansen & Five-storied Pagoda & Nintendo headquarters ☺


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Ah Japan,

Beautiful pagoda ruined by hideous urban chaos


I don't know what thread to use for this, so might as well put it here:


Is this train blaring "Kimi Ga Yo" when it's entering into the street traffic? That's like American bald eagles crying level of nationalism.


Nope, these trains are Meitetsu (Nagoya Rail) Panorama Cars, playing the Meitetsu theme. The theme is the foundation of Zuigen’s “Meitetsu Rhapsody”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlWUzRjwIdw

In comparison, here is the “Kimi ga yo” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kimi_ga_Yo_1930.ogg – which I personally consider among the world’s greatest national anthems.

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Thank you and goodbye Evangelion bullet train
May 13, 2018 Lastrun (T_T)






A little parting music: https://youtu.be/oIscL-Bjsq4


It is about two months to see this figure …
Ha ha! I have neither ridden yet!


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Well, new as in new for the new commuter service. Really they're 30 year old Messerschmitt MBB cars on loan from the MBTA.

Regardless, I think they look very modern and awesome. Good pop of color combined with a novel logo. Not too traditional but not too tacky. I like it.
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I appreciate the asymmetry.


Eh, only when I remember 1chan is still kicking.


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Railway cars for Zeon?


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MBB? The helicopter manufacturer? Seems Boeing-Vertol wasn't the only rotorcraft builder to dabble in rail vehicles.

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It’s a crappy image, dragged out of the bowels of the Internet, but one can still read this as the Colorado&Southern #9.
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← MY 1101 looking factory fresh in Gävle.

See http://www.jarnvag.net/lokguide/tmy for a few more pix of MY and TMY locomotives. All text is in Swedish, btw.


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Swedish aesthetics.

This was a shunter in rail ferry terminal, btw.


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>Suppressing your dark, warlike urges by focusing on der zugs - since 1945


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>>5488 Nurp. Don't get the beauty of Rolling Roads mixed up with your dark fantasies.


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Well, I would lie, if I denied of not sometimes scrolling back OpenStreetMap and picturing the three isthmus border in my mind.
But enough of this, I suppose.

(It's Staßfurt.)

Probably it costs more to retrofit a bogie rather than to build a full fixed wheel underframe. I'd imagine quite a lot must be replaced or modified, for starters to prevent the whole body of the loco rotating freely when not in front of a train.

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sleeping panda 🐼


And the leading end has an awake panda, I presume.


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woke up ☺


That looks like one angry panda.


It's cute when you are running



>>5460 – I see a rather smug panda face and end up thinking something like “What has (Saotome) Genma done _this_ time?”

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>do you have an alternative that won't cost us shitloads

How does that "costing shitloads" even work? For the shits and giggles I tried to add +1 to the number and it claims it went through. Was it in reality silently dropped or is the 1chan bat phone now flashing euro signs and requesting extra compensation for receiving my 30 bytes worth of disco references and depreciation of your work?


For most operators, international SMS is not included in your plan. Since the EU decided that certain cross-border operations has to be treated as domestic, UK operators have basically decided to gouge the fuck out of everything else, so calls and texts to some non-EU states are ridiculously expensive.


Where you asking me to fix the catalog?


yeah, and sorry about that.

But wowzors, I fully expected that the +1 512 exchange would have dropped that message on the floor on grounds of your American plan not allowing the reception of overseas SMS. That's what my operator warned on their site and what I wanted to test. Because there's also that issue with the foreign SMS: even if you can send and are charged overseas fee there's no guarantee on delivery.


No worries! I figured it was you.

Yeah it came through just fine. I have family overseas and have no issue with sending SMS to and from them. Although for the sake of cost we use alternatives most of the time.

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In Denmark, bumpers on cars are called cow-catchers.
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Amtrak not only endorses this sports rivalry, but even awards a trophy to whichever of the two teams wins the most times every time they face each other over the regular season.


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I remember. The struggle was real.



I'm pretty sure that the guy in the middle there is the one who just recently got canned from Amtrak in Chicago


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In addition to TMY 106, Lars von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark” had T43 107 showing up in Great Northern colours.


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I have no idea. I haven't been fanboying Amtrak like I used to.

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Because there's far too much stupidity in this country, because efforts by Operation Lifesaver and the railroads themselves just aren't enough, the US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have joined forces to shout into the abyss.



On one hand, I really want this to work and for society as a whole to just stay off the fucking tracks. An end to the era of every train crew member having witnessed a pedestrian strike would be amazing.

But on the other hand, if you lack self preservation to the point that you'll run out in front of trains or walk down the tracks, you kinda had it coming.


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