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so when I was in san diego I saw a few trains pass by that were pretty cool really long and went on for a while carrying all sorts of great industrial things most likely but sometimes and these would come more often were the small amtrak trains which had an online university advertisement on them I despise these trains because

a) they are very short and just quickly pass by unintrestingly

b)im sure that online university is a trash cash grab

it's an eyesore to see

btw when I was in portland there were a lot of cool train yards by the river. also there was like a bike path that went right into them or something I went through it a few times always a good time
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WAIT, WHAT? In which component is ChME3 even remotely based on the RSD-1, with its fully original (and quite unique) running gear, original Czech DGU, and… wait again, are you saying that 8-axle twin-diesel Russian TEM14, or Czech 8-axle ChME5 or maybe even this 3-axle diesel-hydraulic TGM23B, for that matter, are all also copies of the RSD-1 just because they all dare to have the twin hood layout?

Dude, get over it, it was almost 70 years ago. TE1 was a copy of RSD-1, yes, but WHY does this have to make ALL Soviet/Czech/whatever else commie diesel locomotives its descendants? Is this like an STD?


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I seem to have struck a nerve - извени братан. I was merely trying to say they have a common heritage, ancestor if you will. It seems logical to me that they would continue to build upon and refine (and innovate). No offense was meant, merely stating my observations. The RSD-1/RS-1 is the progenitor of virtually all hood units IMO, and influenced various manufacturers around the world.

I did also mention that I quite like the Soviet hood units, so again, no offense meant.


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No, it really wasn't about offence, it was about that such statement is stupid. Combined with the fact that now it seems like 99% of US railfans believe that ALL Soviet diesel locos are based on the Alco. Do they even remember which country practically INVENTED the diesel locomotive itself? Also I was trying to make a dramatic entrance, LOL

Again, "influenced by" =/= "based on". Is it so hard for a loco designer to figure out that you have to narrow the machine compartment if you want to have one cab with view in both directions? And you know where else a similar idea was used before RSD-1? Exactly, steam locos! So the RSD-1 then is based on a steam loco as much as every commie twin-hood loco (except TE1, TEM1 and TEM2 obviously) is based on the RSD-1. Sounds kinda ridiculous, right?

And then this approach led to (and this IS quite offensive actually) misconception that Soviets couldn't do a thing withouе the US with claims that Buran is a copy of the Space Shuttle - because they look similar and screw everything else, that (ok, that's not the US one) AK47 family is a copy of STG44 - because… are you even serious?!, and even that the Tu-144 is a copy of the Concorde despite the fact Tu-144 was created literally BEFORE the Concorde!
I'm not a commie BTW but to not recognize everything which was made by thousands of brilliant engineers would be just beyond stupid.
Again, nothing personal here, this is mostly just general pondering about the thing which is getting more and more irritating as you keep browsing the Web.

Pic of anotrher totally-a-blatant-copy-of-the-RSD-1 with its 8 axles, V12 2000 HP diesel and an AC-DC impulse controlled tramsmission.


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Soviet engineers were very capable, but it's also true that they weren't shy about using reverse-engineered foreign parts as a starting point. Especially post-war when they had lots of lend-lease equipment floating around to study. The TE3 used a prime mover cloned from a Fairbanks Morse marine engine, which they eventually upgraded and added turbos to use in the TE10. Doesn't make it automatically bad, since they beat the original designers in implementing some of the upgrades they made. There's lots of other examples, like how late Soviet software runs in DOSBox coz their computers were carefully reverse-engineered from IBMs.


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True, but it's only part of the truth. There are two main things.
First, reverse engineering was a thing everywhere back in the days, but blaming Soviets so hardly in this is, consciously or unconsciously, a good mean to hide the opposite (captured MiG-25 anyone? Or the sold blueprints of Yak-141 to influence the F-35B later? For instance), just like a typical move used by every propaganda: claim yourself as a victim and hope thus nobody notice you did exactly the same to your opponent you presented as the abuser. No conspiracy intended.

Second, for anyone savvy on the subject this is kinda graceless to assume that if USSR copied one thing that every other thing you encounter is a priori a copy if it has even a sligtest resemblance to the pre-existing thing (or not even the pre-existing, remembering Tu-144 vs Concorde, I still hardly even grasp the logic of the people who went as far as claiming that the "copy" came BEFORE the "original").
This is a simple presumption of guilt which is never appropriate.

Spaeking of Fairbanks-Morse, the charging (actually, drewb, they used mechanical chargers and not the gas-turbine ones, which was part of the problem) it to 3000 HP was, and still is, a disaster, the 10D100 is exactly opposite of reliable and to tune it to the normal performance is almost impossible. That's why TE10s on your pis use the very successful Soviet (originally designed, BTW. Hear that? Originally! LOL) 5D49 V16 4-stroke turbodiesels.

In the end, I agree, reverse engineering is a blessing for the progress as a whole. But seeing it everywhere isn't right, regardless of implications.

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a small mess in Pittsburgh
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Nah, that's just how a derailment at speed works. They stack up instead of rolling over. The infamous Livingston derailment had about 40 cars derail. 30 of the derailed cars were only 250 ft. apart when it all ended.

Also, by train composition, a car is more likely to derail in the middle two quarters than either the first or last.


The light rail tracks are seriously fucked. Apparently they're using the street running tracks in Allentown as a diversion. I'm half considering making the 6 hour drive to Pittsburgh to get pics.


>Glass said the westbound train heading from northern New Jersey to Chicago consisted of three locomotives and 57 loaded intermodal rail cars, and was 7,687 feet (2,343 meters) long and weighed 4,838 tons (4,389 metric tons). Such trains primarily carry consumer goods such as appliances, clothes, electronics and food, he said.
>57 cars
>7700 ft
lolokay. I guess we're calling a 5 packer 1 car now.



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I bet someone was trying to thaw out lentils and spilled them by accident and that caused a brake failure :)

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Hobo Stobe died a few days ago somewhere near Baltimore, word on the rails is he was drunk and didn't see/hear an approaching Amtrak, it's believed he moves out the way at the last second but his pack got caught and he was dragged then ended up underneath. He was a big name in the hobo world, expect to see lots of "RIP Stobe the Hobo" graffiti appearing on trains. There was no one with him when it happened so we can't be positive he was drunk but the guy was an alcoholic so I think he was. Not making it personal but most people in our world who know me know I didn't like the guy, with that being said I never would of wished death on the guy. Another hobo legend was hit by a train recently too, he's still alive. That's Hobo Shoestring, he lost 2 fingers and might lose a third to infection. I'm really curious how often do you think Amtrak hits people?

Pic is Stobe.
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My view for 22 hours.


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I wish the side skirts were longer to keep more snow out but it wasn't so bad, I definitely still got snowed on but I had a bivy over my sleeping bag.


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My food and water froze so here's me attempting to thaw out my lentils.


I tried to tell stobie how ride he just went sleep


He was a decent guy.. All these pill poppers and heroin addicts who try to pass as travel-kids and riders have been hating on him a while. I have seniority in the community and I'd take him over most of these people any day..

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Illinois Bicentennial Coin will feature a "very useful engine" https://illinois200.com/projects/illinois-bicentennial-medallion-design-contest/


Is it Thomas?


Yes, or more accurately the locomotive Thomas is based on.

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Does anybody know where I could find one, or have a rough schedule of CN rail freights heading eastbound out of Pitt Meadows / Vancouver to Cochrane / Calgary AB.


I could take a fancy picture showing the real time position of every train on the CN. But I won't. :^)



what about for BTC?


>CN Rail freights to Cochrane, AB.

Umm, am I missing something here? CN doesn't serve Cochrane. That's on the CP Rail mainline, Laggan sub. :^)

That'll take a couple of transfers: Vanc-Edmonton, then Edmonchuck down to Calgary, jump over to CP @ Alyth & head west which may or may not stop at Cochrane. Or jump over to CP @ Deadmonton. I'd say take the bus but then Greyhound is history soon.

The only TT's I have are CPR ones for Pacific region, 1950's/60's/70's. (I can take pics of if anyone is interested in certain subdivisions).

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844 struck and killed someone today on the Cheyenne Frontier Days excursion. News reports are sparse, the train was almost back to Denver, and passengers were bused the rest of the way while various authorities investigate. No word on if tomorrows excursion will run, also no word on if the person hit was a railfan or a regular pedestrian, though a couple of FB comments have suggested it was a woman taking a video of the train. Not a good day for mainline steam, for sure.


To add: There's drone footage out there now of the event happening, personally I'd rather not watch it, but it's out there if you want it. Person killed was a middle-aged woman, supposedly not a proper rail nerd but just a regular jackoff, standing on the ties outside the rail taking a picture or video of the train.

844 crew given a few days off, UP 1943 pulled today's Frontier Days train, 844 will deadhead back to Cheyenne later this week.


Darwin strikes again.


>Person killed was a middle-aged woman, supposedly not a proper rail nerd but just a regular jackoff, standing on the ties outside the rail taking a picture or video of the train.
INB4 steam excursions ruled 'attractive nuisance.


When was the last time anyone was killed by a steam engine?


Some retard always has to say this I suppose.

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"Fuck, we're dead"
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That report is concerning on a couple of levels. It lacks pertinent technical details like speed, brake pipe pressure, etc but I guess this is only 1 part of the reporting process. But I get the impression they've never been on that subdivision before as they are quoted second-guessing their MPlocation.


All this is is a report of what the cameras recorded. The full NTSB report will probably be out in a year or two.


Meanwhile, here is what little the NTSB has on it now:




Not a joke. It was a gut punch to read that bullshit. Note the quotes.


I thought the quotes implied a different context. That's fucking insane to read. Those guys had no clue where they were.

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I had a wedding on Saturday. I was driving to it about half an hour early just in case, and was mildly annoyed that, yet again, the gates came down just in front of me. In the middle of my U-turn, I saw these coming and gunned it to a block away before hopping out of my car in a bow tie with 2 cameras on a holster. There was one guy with a tiny camcorder. I think I startled him.


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Nice CP!


>mildly annoyed
What?! For as long as I can remember whenever I approached a crossing I would be silently pleading for a train to come along right then. Once in a while it happened. Hehe Nice pic btw.


I live in Ramsay. 3/4 of the exits from my community cross the tracks, and 95% of the trains I see have big GEs, and it's almost always when they're going to make me late!

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In Denmark, bumpers on cars are called cow-catchers.
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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.


is this real??


>>5937 – Yes. Incidentally, the T43 (another NOHAB product, btw) is a road switcher. So, basically, the MY and the T43 are as close to US style as could be had in Sweden.

Mind, the Wikipage on the movie says that the T43 did not actually show up.


I found the T43 image in >>5465 here:

http://www.jarnvag.net/lokguide/t43 (all text in Swedish)

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Have any of you ever made a rail speeder or ridden on one? I have plans to buy an old dirt bike and put some train wheels on it so I can rip along abandoned tracks at 50 mph.
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Something I would live to try one day, but it's prohibitively expensive. How would one get a ride at a NARCOA event?


I would sign up and become a NARCOA member. Then you can get on the mailing list and find out who is going where and ask if they have a spare seat. The last run I was on had about 15 cars and about 10 empty seats. If one is near you just show up but be sure to have good boots and a high visibility vest and long pants.


I've ridden them a few times a long time ago. They were the open air types like the one seen in the Buster Keaton movie 'The Railrodder.' Had one memorable trip with a signal maintainer after a 3 day blizzard. CP Rail mainline from Cochrane, Alberta to Radnor. F–king cold. :^)


I do want a Speeder someday myself
Need to find a junker or one that needs work or restoration
CHEAP of course hehe



They range all over the place on price and condition. IF you buy something with bad wheels expect to add about 1-1.2k for new wheels. Of course good used ones can be found cheaper.

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