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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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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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special design ( ゚Д゚)
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Isn’t that the JREast luxury special?


No, it is JR WEST's Twilight Express (∩´∀`)∩


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Oh, yeah, JREast has that weird thing whose driver’s cabs look like Picasso’s TV set.


JR EAST Shikishima is a wonderful train (* '∀')



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At least it’s not an ← E235. I *swear,* that effin thing is so faceless… Bells, our old microwave oven has more face than the E235 does!

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So CP had some AC4400s rebuilt with new cabs and trucks and some electrical stuffs. It's nice to have shiny units around again.


hella good looking units, gotta say

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>Beautiful interior
>Regenerative brakes, air suspension, tilts
>Driver's cab located above the passenger saloon, giving passengers a view out of the front of the train
>Max speed of 130 km/h

Why is the Odakyu 50000 not of one of your favorite trains, anon?
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Because the exterior looks like a malformed ICE 3. I'll give you the interior though, especially the front seats which can be set sideways for events too.






How the hell does the drive fit up there? How does the driver even get up there?


It's Japan so the driver is probably all of 4'6" tall.

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The Survey Inspection Device (Sid) was initially conceived as a locomotive-mounted unit, but subsequently developed into an autonomous vehicle to minimise stopping distances. Sid runs ahead of a train, relaying images to the cab of the locomotive. The vehicle can also measure track profile and is equipped with CSIR's Coricam multispectral camera. In addition, CSIR says Sid will be able to carry out inspections of overhead catenary, while image recognition will enable the vehicle to detect stray objects or trespassers on the track and automatically alert staff. The vehicle weighs around 450kg with all systems onboard. CSIR says initial tests of the vehicle on the Transnet network have been successful and Transnet is now funding industrialisation of the concept.
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Interesting, but how does one move that things around when not in scout mode? (I see no couplers!)

What kind of facilities does it need for maintenance, does a normal locomotive workshop suffice or must there be a special facility just for the SIDs? How are these assigned to trains, based more on tranck inspection schedule or accident frequency?

At the same time both amazed that I haven't heard of such a concept before and also wondering all the possible reasons why the railways would want to manage without. It would need to be very autonomous and very low maintenance to not to cost more than its perceived benefits.


Another thing.. if this thing is atonomusly leading a locomotive does it trigger blocks or is it like a speeder and invisible to track circuits.

If its like a speeder it could end up at a interlocking before the train does and it could pass through before a route is lined and end up going a different way then the train.


Why not just install the equipment on the actual locomotives?


Stopping distance?


Because the whole idea of this thing is to provide a warning to the train(s) behind it. What good would this be if it came across a washout and it was just a few feet ahead of the locomotive?

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So on the New York City subway what do these shapes mean? Picture related random triangle and star.


Ham, stop being racist


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LOL this is from the same trip


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Well lets see where this goes…
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As a result of it being installed the regular signals had been suspended. If they had been working this could have been avoided.


There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of territories in the US that run "dark" with no signals even installed. The CSX dispatcher was issuing their equivalent of track warrants, and had proper blocks set up to separate trains. It was solely the failure of a crew on the ground to make sure that the switch wasn't left open. Depending on the type of signals they had, it might not have even made a difference regardless.



If they had been running regular CTC, I would imagine that that switch being open would have dropped the signal and Amtrak would have been talked by, and run at restricted speed until they saw the bad iron.

Even with ABS that would have been the case. A red there would be stop and proceed at restricted speed, and then they would have found the bad iron.


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Yeah, Murphy's Law that this happened during a signal outage in support of a PTC signal cutover. Still though every incident has multiple failures contributing to it. Will be interesting to see the final NTSB report in a few years.

Also will be interesting to see what happens to the Amfleet II cafe fleet. These are some of the highest millage cars Amtrak has on the east coast. Wondering if material fatigue is beginning to set in for these cars.


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>Still though every incident has multiple failures contributing to it.
True enough. They call this the Swiss cheese model.

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View from the office
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A very nice office!


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Blue Blue sky


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