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For those of you who are also interested in the Harry Potter universe, today is a bit of a big day in that world. September 1, 2017, is the day that Harry brings his son to platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross to board the train to school.

We're getting all kinds of nerdy up in this thread.
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get dat harry potter fix


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Apparently the VMT tried to pass off 1218 as the Hogwarts Express during a recent Roanoke Harry Potter fest.


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Even worse, there's another nerd fest outside Philly somewhere, and they claim you can ride SEPTA and pretend it's the Hogwarts Express.

Yes, a ratty old Silverliner packed with "muggles," IN REGULAR SERVICE, not even a special/dedicated run, is the same thing as the Hogwarts Express.


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You're sure its a IV? Not a five or bomber set? There's supposed to be a couple MARC sets still hanging around after that debacle last year.

I so want to make a snide remark about this.


The monorail that thinks it's a duo rail train imitating the Hall that thinks it's a Castle. There's something poetic about that.

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I could never find a name for this phenomenon or why it happens. TLDR: zoom lenses make tracks look crappy.
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Much smaller focal length on your pic. Although you can notice it is still more straight than the OP-pic. Still very long focal length can make small imperfections appear more noticeable but somewhat trained eye can easily tell decent track from crappy from any FL.


>>4115 – I think it’s called ohshitimgunnadiebeforeigetoffthis.

>>4119 – Looks like there are also eddies in the air, making it harder to judge the track. And… is the closer unit actively *trying* to pretend it is photoshopped in?



And this track needs a surfacing gang.



>is the closer unit actively *trying* to pretend it is photoshopped in?

Not at all. You can see there are at least two signal blocks between these 2TE10MKs. But judging by the twin yellow on the entrance signal (the middle one) apparently the further engine is waiting for the closer one on a passing siding.


It's called telephoto compression, it makes the image look way shallower than it is, so the small changes in the track profile that are very gradual because they act over a large distance seem to act over a much smaller distance

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what do you think is the best train/railway games/simulators, or do you have any recommendatiotions.
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In all honesty, I'd take run8 v2 over TSW any day.


So what does Simutrans do differently to set it apart from, for instance, OpenTTD?


There's not a whole lot of difference between the two, but if you're new to management, I find Simutrans to be easier to get a grasp of and start working on.

I think the main difference between the two is the fact that you can run different packs of trains and vehicles for each different game you play, with each of them offering a different set of challenges and foibles. As far as I'm aware in TTD, the only vehicle set is the one you get at the start. The pack I use is the UK pack, and it is loaded with English, Welsh and Scottish trains from way back in the 19th Century to the modern and efficient electrics and bi-modes in operation today.

The only major problem is the lack of a tutorial feature - you're left to either figure things out for yourself or find a video on YT. But it just adds to the challenge >:)



Not so, there are craploads of vehicle packs on BaNaNas, the package manager for OTTD


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>the only vehicle set is the one you get at the start

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Guess who I was :(
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Whats so hard about the wheels?


Yeah that is expensive, and if I recall correctly the guy selling those Wheels post his real dolls with them. I've already been working on fixing it, gear teeth were stripped so rotate into gear so another set of teeth will be in contact during the power strokes seems to be the best solution.


Those wheels are what, two, three feet in diameter, including the flanges?
Find a machine shop and have a set turned down from the solid.


Or roll a piece of flat stock into a circle then weld a flange and spokes on.


So a project that would cost around $600 is more expensive then letting a priceless piece of equipment get ruined?

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The Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit system is now operational. It officially opened today with three (free) event trip trains taking riders between Sonoma County Airport and San Rafael. Normal scheduled service begins tomorrow, with half fares through Labor Day. I took some pictures.


Seems p cool. What trains are they using?
Did you ride any trains anon?


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Fucking finally

The same DMUs being used in Toronto for their airport line.


Does this have any real use without the yet to be finished Larkspur ferry station and the connections to SF?


Not really. These are pieces of shit on the airport line in Toronto FYI.


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Dear god I've never seen such moire.
See attached for Up[ass]express.

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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?


Because we're mostly Americunts and we love our massive, lumbering trains with the latest and greatest technology of 1999.


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I happen to like the old 7000 more. Doesn’t get much cooler than a cab that looks like a soft-top.


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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.

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steam trains only
post em!
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LOL! I love these


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Late afternoon light , as a 15CA gets ready to depart Capital Park depot, for what was probably the last night working to Cullinan. I could be wrong but it is 9th May 1982. The shed is full of diesels where once steam stood proud. The few remaining steamers did not have long to go before the "Black September", when many services were cut and huge amounts of steam traction was withdrawn..


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August 6th 1973 and electrification is on the way for the Kroonstad Bloemfontein line. There was still a lot of traffic and many a load needed a banker from the Gunhill yard at Kroonsstad. Not the best photo I found, taken by American, Randy Scholl, but we see the tail end of 15F 3128 banking 15F 3054.



http://er24.info/tarlton-four-injured-train-vehicle-collide/ Four people sustained injuries ranging from moderate to severe after the vehicle they were traveling in collided with a train in Tarlton in Krugersdorp this afternoon.
When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene at 11H55, all of the occupants were out of the vehicle.
Upon closer inspection, paramedics found that the occupants sustained injuries ranging from moderate to serious.
The ER24 Oneplan helicopter transported a woman to Lenmed Randfontein for further medical care.
The other patients were transported by ER24 and another medical service on scene to nearby hospitals for further medical care.
The exact circumstances surrounding the incident weren’t clear to our paramedics but Metrorail and the SAPS were on scene for further investigations.

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A little hobo update. First, I have two cellphones, one is an unactivated iPhone 4s I just use as a camera. The charger for that broke and so a lot of pictures I've taken are in limbo rn. The other phone I have is my actual cell, it has a camera but its terrible & its really laggy online. So I'll be posting via some pictures I already posted on my Instagram and just screebcapped and with my friends computer I'll grab pictures my friend took and posted on his photography blog. Forming.tumblr if ur interested.

OK so I've been living in KCMO for a while but recently did a short trip for about 3 weeks. Started with Kansas City MO to Willow Springs IL, rode a 53" mini well, on BNSF. It was night so I didn't get any pictures. First pic is my friend after getting off our train we began our walk to the next yard for our east bound train.
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We rode Jersey City NJ to Harrisburg PA where we briefly got off and double checked where we were. After google maps told us we checked our notes, they told us a Chicago train arrives around 1pm, I checked the time and it was one, we were already on it so we just hopped back on.


It started raining somewhere past Horseshoe and we bailed from our miniwells in Conway, dodging workers, to ride a pig with wings or as you might know them a tofc. A dry(er) ride. That train doesn't usually stop before rolling into the yard in Chicago so you have to get off on the fly. Luckily for us it did stop to let another train by, we got off in South side Chicago on the first day of a 3 day punk festival. My friend and I split up and I met up some friends on the blue line and headed for the suburbs.


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I ran into a friend I hadn't seen in 3 years while in Chicago. When I met him those years back he was really green, he was a hitch hiker I happened to pick up with friends in Indiana (there's a punk fest there every two years where I meet lots of people) and I gave him tips on riding freight. He, me & the same person from NYC took the Metra to Willow Springs IL yet again to catch BNSF to kcmo. Once we got to KC we waited by the tracks under a bridge (arriving just minutes before it started pouring rain) when this colorful train rolled by.


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The rest of the power.


Sometime after the eclipse I plan on riding the transcon on BNSF to Bakersfield CA on a single train without getting off. I asked friends who've done it how long it takes and they said roughly 3 days. I've got business to take care of in my hometown. Bakersfield being the closest I can get by freight, and that's still a 2 hour bus ride away. I might get off along the way just to have a night of not being trapped on a train. And then continue west.

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Does anyone know of a model layout featuring a Quiet zone with wayside horns?


I dont know of one, because Quiet Zones are generally considered to be a bad idea by the community and they are obnoxious.


>I dont know of one, because Quiet Zones are generally considered to be a bad idea by the community and they are obnoxious.

I don't know how can anyone sleep in a country where every time there's a train plus a crossing: BLAAP-BLAAP-BLA-BLAAAAP!!! At 180 dB.

In much of the world, the motorists are simply supposed to yield in unguarded crossings and carelessness is punished by a strike of force major. That is what the insurance company and the court would also decide, should one live.

And wayside horns. So that the train doesn't actually need to pull the horn to produce the noise pollution. Can't decide if this is genius or not.

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An under-construction tunnel under the Rhine valley line collapsed on saturday. Sensors detected it and the line was closed before a train derailed.

The tunnel is part of the efforts to quad-track the Rhine valley line. It is build with a TBM, which runs at the shallow depth of 5 meters there, as it is close to the portal.

The line carries about 300 trains per day so being closed possibly for weeks will have a heavy impact on traffic in south Germany and towards Switzerland. Especially since the other mainline to Switzerland Stuttgart-Singen, 70 km east, is also closed for repairs.

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