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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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Looks familiar? I am quite sure this is the Japanese cover for “Unstoppable”.


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I German cities particular least there's also in use this "switching magnet" system. It's very un-googleable when you don't know the right Anglo-Saxon jargon.

Ilmajohto = catenary
Vaihteenkääntökeskus = point turning cabinet (by the way, there were originally 600 V resistors, but these were not reliable enough for some reason)
Kääntörele = point turning relay
lankasulake = wire fuse
Vaunu = car
vaihteenlämmityskeskus = point heating cabinet
termostaattiohjaus = thermostat control
täysteho = full power
Ajokiskot = tracks
kääntörele = point turning relay
kääntömagneetti koneisto = (point) turning magnet machinery
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reed box, bout 10 m away.

The rules say, reportedly, that a driver must approach in such a speed that they can stop in 7 meters if necessary and no car may pass the relay box before the previous tram has cleared the switch.

I suppose special wire section or special senser between the tracks kind of systems areinherently vulnerable to multitrack drifting.


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Not sure what this is supposed to be. Not sure I even *want* to know what this is supposed to be.


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I hope y'all didn't really want to see mainline steam excursions, private car moves, or generally anything else besides regularly scheduled Amtrak trains anytime soon. Amtrak just announced that they're nixing all special movements.
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He should put PTC into the E units


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He should, but apparently he's not going to because it's too expensive for something that only runs on the mainline less than once a year.

On a brighter note, apparently Amtrak is willing to work with the state of West Virginia to continue the operation of the New River Train, since that brings in several million dollars of tourism money in two weekends. The WV congressfolk had a word with Mr. former-airline-exec about it. I'm glad, I was already planning on chasing the thing this year.


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New guidelines are officially out. Some of the language is a bit murky, but the list of stations where PVs can be added/removed is longer than I thought it would be.

Rates went up tho, hoo boy. For a couple of comparisons, car rate per mile is currently $2.90, and "Special Terminal Switching" more than doubled.


The new guidelines seem to make sense to me if that's all there is to it. But man, those rates are nuts. I know a guy who's been pouring money into refurbishing a PV for the last couple of years and is really close to the point of having it Amtrak certified again. I'm wondering how he's going to take this.


You should see the switching and storage rates on Class Is.
>$1500 per day for an empty, last contained poison inhalation hazard, car.

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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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>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.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FZ5NPS0CcU – Blue Trains and Royal Scots Dragoons. Nice.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSMJO_zPBIQ – Who wants to see something with an EMD 6-567 in it?

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what do you think is the best train/railway games/simulators, or do you have any recommendatiotions.
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Are you enjoying it so far?

I really want to get it but it's more money than I can spend at the moment.



It's a ball-breaker. But I'm determined to enjoy it. It's been a time-sink.


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So I generally don't play train sims much, I find them a bit boring, but I recently discovered the Sacramento Northern interurban line for TS2017 (or whatever it's called), and BOY OH BOY was this shit worth its money. BIGTIME. (Sorry if this sounds like I'm shilling, but this route has me absolutely fascinated)
It's actually the "south end" of the massive Sacramento Northern line which ran from San Francisco to Sacramento and Chico. It actually made me learn a lot about this line, which has an absolutely fascinating history, you guys should look it up if you're not familiar.
The south end is the stretch between San Francisco and Suisun Bay, where a ferry would carry the train across the bay to continue on to Sacramento. All in all about an hour and 20 minutes to drive the whole line. It drew my eye because it's the only tram-type route for TS2017, and to top it all off it's an interurban railway, set in 1939.


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So first you start out at the historic Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, which is better known for the legendary Key System, but it was reached by the Sacramento Northern (and also the SP's IER) for a brief time between the opening of the bridge railway in 1939 and the end of SN's passenger service in 1941. The route re-creates the Key System cab signalling while on the bridge railway (it was also used by SN and the IER when using the bridge railway). Traffic is VERY dense on the bridge railway, as it would have been.
Then there's a bit of street running through Oakland, first on the Key System's C line tracks on 40th street up to the cute, CUTE little 40th & Shafter yard, where the SN tracks branch off from the Key System. The C line tracks are modelled a bit further to the other side of the Broadway cut, to 41st and Piedmont Station. You get to drive up there on the introductory run. Quite a nice detail.
You then continue the street running up Shafter Ave. until reaching the ROW. From there on you can get your train up to speed, easily reaching 60 mph. You fly past the last suburbs of Oakland, up the hills, across a tunnel, and then down again toward Contra Costa county, through a few small towns, orchards, and then the marshy area leading up to Suisun Bay.
Again, sorry if it sounds like shilling, but the route is absolutely GORGEOUS, they've modelled quite a bit away from the train line, so it never looks bare or sparse. Period cars driving on the road (you can race them at times and feel like a boss) on the road and properly dressed people waiting at the stops make the whole thing feel very much alive.


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There's basically three "runs" you can make, each one divided into three or four "missions" (whatever you call it) of around 20-50 minutes each. The first run is the introduction from SF to the ferry slip at Mallard, second one is the other way around, plus one more from SF to Mallard. Each run has its distinct peculiarities, there's some flag stops at times, a stop for some freight pickup, whatnot. Together with the varied track (street-running, mountainous with slopes and tight turns, then more straight track across flat land) it keeps you busy at all times.
There's also some freight missions which seem intredasting, but don't draw my attention so much.
The historical accuracy is just amazing. I've been looking at old photographs, and it's really spot on, stops and signalling and schedules are all extremely accurate to the point of what level crossings had wigwags or just a crossing sign.
I'm just sad my PC won't let me run this in 1080x1920 and highest detail setting.

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The 和 is forever tarnished because of that!
The energy saving measure does exist on the outer suburban trains, though it might also help for them more to run trains that aren't 15 cars long through the inaka lol.

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I rode the TGV today, it was pretty great


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You should see what they're doing to the ones that are in the UK.

Spoiler alert: it involves a 200km diesel tow followed by much, much Eurostar abuse.

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South African Railways (SAR) GMA class Garratt heads a freight north of Vryburg on the line from Warrenton to Mafeking in August 1982. At this time GMA's were replacing 19D's on most of the traffic avoiding the need for double heading. Class 25's were also seeing their first regular work on the line. More South Africa images at www.world-railways.co.uk/railways-south-africa
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So what's wrong with my statement? I meant profits from touristic trains clearly can't cover all costs.
Here's the operator, btw


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Nothing, I was thinking of another thing apparently.

Still not sure if they really can't cover all costs just with tours and filmmakers or the actual train work is here just to squeeze more money. If first, clearly there have to be some subsidies from RZD or some state institution. I doubt it all can recoup the cost of rebuilding each of these engines basically from just a frame.


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Zimbabwe Railways (NRZ) 20A class Garratt 745 heads a heavy coal train from Thomson Junction to Bulawayo in July 1984. The train is seen just below the Baobab Hotel, Wankie, which was a popular resting pace for enthusiasts. 745 was one of a number of these wonderful locos to receive a major refurbishment in the 1980's and was originally numbered 738. It was built by Beyer Peacock in 1957.

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OK, maybe I’m holding a baka-ball, but how the Woodbine does one forget an entire rail out there?


I've never really thought that rails themselves were that important and necessary aside from a few fanatics.


You leave old and new rail laying out *ALL* the time in the US. You'll lay the new rail beside the track and when you finally swap it in, you just roll the old rail to the side until the time comes to pick it up with a rail train. It's not unusual at all. What is less common is leaving it within the gauge, but I've seen it done.

What on earth are you talking about?


I was re-watching this comfy vid tonight while nursing a couple of beers and realized there are rails left between the gauge as well. Seems like an unusual thing to do but I guess it's safe.


Rails outside 4m5s -> 4m13s
Rails inside 4m34s -> 5m21s

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I got a new look, /rail/. Roast me. I'm second in the consist.


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I got a new look, /rail/. Roast me. I'm the engineer of this consist.

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The creators of Thomas the Tank Engine will introduce more diversity into the show by introducing a character with special needs. Soon you can say hello to Charles the disabled Green Line train.
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Is that a Movie Theater Projector?!


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Nickelodeon bought TTTE. Yes, the cartoon channel that turned down Adventure Time twice, and has failed to produce anything new and GOOD in years, and still relies on hatefucking the audience with Spongebob… bought TTTE. Probably because the #1 tank engine is a super-safe bet.

Inb4 Nickelodeon causes confusion and delay.


CRT projector?


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Aye, 1270 QM :)

Still have it, but it doesn't quite fit into my new den. Loud AF, by the way.


I used to have one of those. Man are they a pain to get set up properly and focus and converge all 3 guns. Then hope to god nobody looks at it or it will be all out of whack again! But at the time it was a great projector.

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