Oh well, guess wrong signal was sent then… TBH it sounded extremely condescending, both personally and on topic, but maybe it was just me, who knows.
> I was just illustrating that trains are run much differently in N. America and in Russia despite them both having very high freight usage.
Well really it was already obvious enough for anyone who followed this thread. You could say Russian trains are somewhere inbetween the EU and NA ones, unbelievably enormous by the European standards but (not tiny, yet) nothing impressive by American standards.
Same for the dynamics, not quite like passenger trains (like in EU), but compared to the NA, we often "invest" more kilowatts into each ton, and the electric traction is super helpful
here, so the train is usually more agile and responsive, to sometimes counter the harsh profile but usually to better fit into tight schedules, often involving passenger and even commuter trains, and mind you, in Russia they have to be always on time
. Not like they don't get late at all but it's more like an exception - like, many visitors from the West especially admit this - usually if the train is late more than a few mins it means that something went wrong, maybe at times because of more "realistic" schedules, but still freights have to kinda cope.
But still,>21,000 ton coal trains with 8800 horsepower
is not just impressive, looks like on the limit of what is reasonable, probably this behemoth has to run on the profile so flat it would make for a flat-earther Mekka, and still it would probably take it hours to gain full speed, LOL. Quite some time ago I noticed your locos have much smaller continuous speeds than ours, so the gearboxes are clearly more "traction-oriented".