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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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Hanging in the sun after getting snowed on all night. We sided in a tunnel for a while the previous night somewhere south of Klamath Falls, I'm not sure how long because I fell asleep but it sure was cold.


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Another side shot


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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.

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A memorial for the greatest man in raillroading
RIP in peace
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csx-sucks is still going? Last time I checked that website YEARS ago, it didn't look like anything new had been added.


The website itself says it hasn't been updated in 12 years.


I wonder how involved he was in the BC Rail "Railgate" affair.


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Even hunter influences MSI.


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Is it me, or does Mr.Foote look a little bewildered for the official company picture?


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I hear it was somebody's last day.


Was is ever confirmed that it was an employee and not just actual vandalism?

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funny man!


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>when your trainsona is the L0 Shinkansen

Next step up is the 500 kansenja.

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>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.

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Time to head up there with the speeder before it gets all overgrown.


I live near it and am intimately familiar with the line. I have hiked and explored virtually the whole grade including several of it's abandoned branches from decades ago. This news saddens me, and contrary to reports it's not a real cost saving measure.

It's a beautifully maintained railroad with some unique locomotives. I love watching & listening to a heavy train in full dynamics roll slowly downgrade with 60 to 70 log cars.

If I know the company, WFP will scrap the line quickly. I just wonder what will become of the four diesels. #303 is still in Canfor yellow and has been stored out-of-service since 2008-ish.


If you're serious about a speeder trip, i'd like to join you. You may have to act quick, I heard a rumour that dismantling may occur as early as April. I'll have to do some calling around to find out for sure.


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


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


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

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Transpennine Express class 68s won't have yellow warning panels. Trainspotting community goes into meltdown:



Feel like the loss of yellow panels is a loss to the identity of the UK scene, but eh.


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Gone but not forgotten.

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Hello, i live in alaska. Therefore, i have ridden on this train. What would you rate this locomotive? I think its very beautiful in and of it self. However, its true value is in the scenery that it passes through. Truly elegant. Thoughts?


One thing I really admire about this locomotive is that the colors, blue and yellow, are very soft on the eyes and don’t clash garishly with the natural environment surrounding the train. Also They are the Alaska state flag’s colors, so it is also reflects on the train’s importance in Alaska culture. Just the train being able to cruise through the Alaskan wilderness is impressive in itself as well. I would rate it a solid 8.7 in train aesthetics.


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Thats a nice way to put it. A nice name for it would be: Spirit of Alaska. Here is another pic but this time during the brief autumn season.


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Big fan of Alaskan trains. The trains themselves are impressive, and then you add the spectacular scenery and wow!

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third rail > overhead

Look how neat it looks.
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You can't hide fatty bilevels. Only single levels can be sexy.


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dual-modes also only have 1 or 2 3rd rail shoes per power car, which for something like eurostar (2 power cars) gives 4 shoes total to draw the full hep/traction load of the train through. with gaps that might drop to 2 or 1 actually in contact with the rail, and all that current turns arcing into something destructive enough to damage the traction gear. that's why dual modes tend to carefully creep down 3rd rail, while MUs with one shoe on every truck can blast around as fast as they want.


6 gigawatts is 6 billion watts or over 500 F40PH. I don't see sny trainset pulling that kind of power.


2,515 F40PH locomotives


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I think this might be the case with Eurostar because it can have only 4 shoes for the whole trainset while Oka has whole 16 current collectors, two for each 0.68 MW KATP-2 (КАТП-2) traction drive set, just a small current for each shoe to handle.
>The killer on 3rd rail is resistance.
Although I doubt resistance is much of a problem for a very thick steel rail, while steel is less conductive than copper the 3rd rail has dozens times larger cross section. The loss of voltage might be due to current leakage into the ground which seem to me as a perfectly usual thing for the 3rd rail, especially in wet conditions.

Electric traction "outpowered" the diesel traction long time ago, dude. But damn, have you even read what was under that spoiler in >>4840 ?
spoiler: it's not 6 GW actually

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What's the rationale behind the ratio between the carrying wheels (leading wheel or trailing wheel) and the driving wheels? Like, Pacifics seem to have small leading wheels and relatively big driving wheels, while on this SO17, the leading wheels and the driving wheels are closer in size.

Are the smaller driving wheels because of more curved trackage, poorer quality track, or what?


All other things being equal, smaller diameter drive wheels give more tractive force, but they have to spin at a higher rpm to maintain the same linear speed. Being that there is a maximum safe RPM for any reciprocating engine, this equates to a lesser maximum speed.

Inversely, larger drive wheels give, all other things being equal, lesser tractive effort, but greater potential maximum speed.


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Well I think the speed-traction characteristics mostly depend on the cylinder stroke in regard to the wheel diameter and not only the wheel diameter. This is effectively a gearbox for the steam loco. But yes, usually freight machines have smaller wheels than the passenger ones and the SO17 is definitely a freight loco. I'm not actually a steam expert.
Heres a living breathing SO18 for ya.

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Shit was tasty, yo


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Some beers were named after Hungarian locos

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