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File: 1520008184447.jpg (42.07 KB, 493x575, 1406669592288.jpg)

 No.5427[Reply]

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.

https://www.transportation.gov/stoptrainscant
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 No.5471

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 No.5670

>>5434
It's certainly tough having to deal with it as a Conductor/Engineer. Worst is idiots trying to sneak across unprotected crossings.

 No.5716

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>>5427

I'm sorry Kartma, you can't fix stupid.
You just have to embrace the death of stupid people sometimes.

 No.5717

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>>5716
I almost killed this idiot with CSXT 244 once at 71 st. at the 59th street ramp. Stupid just can't be fixed.

 No.5720

>>5717
Clearly he wasn't wearing a high visibility jacket.

https://youtu.be/ue61c6MZNQw



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 No.5718[Reply]

Why does everything made by IHC look and feel like cheap, hot garbage?

 No.5719

I think that's their business model: cheap & affordable. Entry level. In other words, you get what you paid for. Their models never seem to match any prototype.

I had a bunch of C-Liners from them, absolute crap but the only other option was brass which was out of the question financial wise.

Then the Life Like P1K's came out and I never looked back.



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 No.5704[Reply]

If anyone cares, posting update on the tram in Barcelona. For those unaware, QRD
>In 2004 a second gen tram was opened in Barcelona (no trams since '71)
>two systems were opened:
>one in the south reaching out into some burbs that lacked metro or train service,
>one in the north not reaching so far into the burbs and covering more parts of the city with bad coverage
>both systems run on part of one of the main thoroughfares, Diagonal avenue, which cuts diagonally (derp) through the grid pattern and crosses the city
>systems were meant to be joined together along this thoroughfare, creating a trunk line with branches
>NIMBYs are opposed, as they use that thoroughfare as an urban highway to go from the rich uptown to the city center

For 14 years we've been discussing 3,6 km of tram line which would have been an immense boon, as said thoroughfare lacks parallel rail service and bus lines on it are completely saturated. Current mayor wanted to finally get it done, got the project ready, but it didn't get through the city plenary.
That means no tram connection at least until after the next elections, and it's possible that the separatist issues will skew the vote in favor of anti-tram parties.
The arguments which we've heard over this tram connection would prolly make your brains bleed (can provide examples). It's been a pathetic first-world-problems-tier shitshow while public transport stagnates. This tram connection would have been hugely useful to make the tram actually convenient, while right now the popular southern system usually requires 2 subway transfers.
I'm actually quite saddened by this, so here I am venting my frustration. We could have had something awesome, instead the pro-car NIMBY richfags got their way once again.

 No.5705

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>>5704
fugg posted picture for ants, here's a good one

 No.5709

Are there many businesses in the immediate area? I know when they built the line down one of the main streets in Edinburgh businesses on that street reported drastically lower footfall, and the council had to pay out shitloads in subsidies to keep them afloat. Is there anything like that at play or is it literally just NIMBYs?

 No.5714

>>5709
The street in question is somewhat of a commercial street, however precisely the part lacking a tram line has many closed shops and isn't doing well. That part of the street has literally 8 lanes plus 2 bus lanes, and very small sidewalks.
Sounds weird that a tram would hurt businesses, here wherever a tram was built business thrive. Howver the tram lines here have only been built on large streets which previously were very traffic-oriented.

 No.5715

>>5714
It's the disruption caused by construction that tends to keep people away while it's going on (especially if it overruns by years), but then again if that part of Diagonal is already slightly run-down that would mean the effect would be lessened, and empty units present opportunities once it's finished.



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 No.5679[Reply]

I haven't taken many photos of trains recently, but here's one.
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 No.5693

>>5691
Very recent, that was in March. Lots of insulators still kicking around on the Red Deer and Three Hills subs especially.

 No.5696

>>5691
>There's still white ceramic insulators on that crossarm.

Are those suspiciously maintained-looking plain uninsulated discrete wires used for interlocking and if not, what on earth is their purpose in 2018?

 No.5697

>>5696
I was told in the mid-80s by signal maintainers that any lines seen by then were usually supplying power to some trackside equipment like signals, hotbox detectors & certain switches. Or were dead. All comms were handled thru radio links (& commercial landlines).

 No.5707

>>5679
Reported for posting CP

 No.5712

>>5707
epic



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 No.5710[Reply]

Does anyone find it weird that Škoda makes small quantities of trams for overseas use, when nobody in America uses their cars? We have like 1 or two trams here in Tacoma.

 No.5711

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cool post lol



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 No.4848[Reply]

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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 No.5635

>>5631
>>5630

Was there a few months ago and you can still find bits of the old lines in places. I didn't know what it was and looked it up. It sounded like a great ideal for its time.

 No.5636

>>5635
Oh yeah, there's definitely a few pieces left. I can't remember off the top of my head, but I *think* that there's a small stretch left that parallels the DART Orange line right before it gets to the terminal at DFW. I rarely run trains out there so I'm not too sure.

 No.5676

File: 1525831686920.jpg (37.41 KB, 400x600, illus27.jpg)

This photo from the Bergen line (Bergensbanen) in Norway is at least a hundred years old.

 No.5698

Where else would this happen?

https://soranews24.com/2018/05/14/japanese-train-company-issues-official-apology-for-inexcusable-25-second-early-departure/

And this is not the first time, either. I think it was JR East last time I saw something like this.

 No.5708

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/57169 – “Material Classification” (1919), published by the United States Railroad Administration. Seems to be all about how to classify stuff for inventorying.



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 No.5685[Reply]

Alright I got a question for all you 1channers. No trams go vroom?
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 No.5700

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This tram goes clip clop neigh.

 No.5701

>>5700
99% less iron than a regular iron horse.

 No.5702

>>5699
Some light Googling helped me find that this trolley was purchased from San Antonio, TX. It was run there on something called the Texas Transportation Company, which was a trolley freight line that operated up until 2001.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Transportation_Company

 No.5703

>>5699

I was going to volunteer on this, but I never got round to it.

 No.5706

>>5703
When did the streetcar stop running? I've never heard much about it. I'm more familiar with the freight operation that ran until '01. Funny enough, my grandfather worked a few summers loading boxcars at the Pearl Brewery in the '50s and at one point have me a bit of insight as to how the operation worked. Mostly he remembered that they drank a LOT of free beer.



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 No.1259[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

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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 No.5637

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Minitoblerone.

>>5633
"Stand up, damned of the Earth
Stand up, prisoners of starvation"?

 No.5638

File: 1525259505124.jpg (299.67 KB, 844x608, 1525078435210.jpg)

Whoops.

(Anyway, I checked the rough lenght myself, 21.4 m for some passenger coaches, whilst here it is about 26 m. Seems reasonable but still people say on that another transit chan that JR is stuggling with freight.)

 No.5639

>>5638
IIRC rail freight has very little relevance in Japan, for various reasons: there's dense passenger service, small-ish loading gauge, and population density makes rail freight less economical than trucks (not so many large shipments that have to go long ways, etc.)
This is from hearsay tho, maybe someone with more specific knowledge can tell you more.

 No.5640

File: 1525276457392.jpg (1.29 MB, 2592x1944, Model_M250_of_JR_Freight.jpg)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Freight_Railway_Company

The situation is quite the reverse from the US. In Japan, freight runs on passenger lines. And, yes, JR Freight is kind of the ’poor stepsibling’ in the JR Group, with about 50km/30mi of rail in its name. OTOH, they do have one of the coolest freight movers about, namely the M250 “Super Rail Cargo” EMU.

 No.5695

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Oh… OH! Of course! It is not a draisine, it is a kei bus!



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 No.5654[Reply]

Not a "J"oke

 No.5669

>>5654
Please do go on…

 No.5678

There could be literally dozens of dollars to be made off this!



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 No.4827[Reply]

>One of the last logging railroads in North America ended a century-long run Nov. 6 as Englewood Railway ceased operations on Vancouver Island off Canada’s West Coast.

http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/freight/short-lines/canada-logging-line-shuts-down-after-100-years.html
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 No.4849

>>4842
I wish I were but that's too far of a trip for an uncertain ride.

 No.4870

>>4842
If you can talk to the owners and arrange a NARCOA excursion you would have no problem finding an open seat.

 No.4933

File: 1512333278183.jpg (640.55 KB, 1080x742, Nov29.jpg)

Don't worry, BC taxpayers will pay for the increased road maintenance. :-/

 No.5671

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>>4933
The authoritative book on this line was released a few weeks ago in case anyone is interested. It's big, the size of a phone book and just as thick. 390 pages. I know one of the authors and he indicated that there may be an addendum of pics to go with it at a later date, apparently a lot of pictures were cut from the final result and they're gauging the demand.

An update; as of mid-March the line is still silent. In fact there are railcars still parked on the mainline at several areas as if the crews just up & walked away after last years fatal accident. Lots of community pressure to reactivate the line. Unfortunately WFP (Western Forest Products) historically is a milling company, not a logging company… and they have little expertise in it. Fingers crossed smarter people with foresight will prevail. Maybe the recent fuel hikes will resurrect it.

 No.5677

>>5671
Interesting choice, the last logger to go and the first C-liner to be wrecked.



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