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Does anyone find it weird that Škoda makes small quantities of trams for overseas use, when nobody in America uses their cars? We have like 1 or two trams here in Tacoma.
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Portland got a few more of those Skodas, though they ended up being license-built in the US.


Like Mexico, Brazil, and even Panama (even if it was technically the Murrican part)?


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To be honest, I'm not really aware of this "meme streetcar", guess I'm out of the loop


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Three, actually.


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Any special liveries on the Tacoma LINK these days? Or are they all done up in the regular blue wave?


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I'm pretty sure that most are done in the blue wave

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What's the point of closing everything up to make a Shove Platform? That seems counter intuitive.


It just gives a stable place for a conductor/brakeman/switchman to stand while on shoving moves instead of having to hang on to the side of the car. Blanking the windows means there's no glass for shitty kids with rocks to break. Locking up the body means the railroad doesn't have to worry about maintaining toilets, heating, AC, et cetera or worry about someone falling out of the cupola. It's just an economic measure and another example of railroads milking every penny they can out of rolling stock before retiring it.



Saw a new shoving platform in Portland yesterday. It was a BN green flat car, with a single bar running side to side right at the middle of the car. Thats it.

was the most spartan thing I have seen, but if it makes it safe then I guess it works.


Why not maje a CABoose for long shoves?


I think I'd hate that. I caught a few work trains while I was at GCRY that required riding on the flatcar and it was a little uncomfortable for me on the deck, especially when we were on the weed sprayer train and I was having to walk around on that deck while we were in motion.


Come to think of it, I think we have something similar here. It's an old flat car with a simple hand rail and platform welded on one end & they use it while switching cars on/off a rail barge.

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Why does everything made by IHC look and feel like cheap, hot garbage?
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Walthers was pretty much the only company that made halfway-decent Amtrak stock. I found it cheaper to ride Amtrak IRL than to model it.


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I have a set of IHC Valley Flyer cars that I got, I was going to use them as a basis for a home-road passenger train.


I've got a full set of IHC Blue Goose Santa Fe, all together it looks alright but I've never cared for the build of the cars themselves. The only reason I've kept it around this long was because I enjoyed having a full set of something (aside from the right engines to pull it)

Everyone gets such a boner for the Southern in this area, and don't get me wrong, it's a good road, but I just get tired of seeing so much of it. Plus SAL/SCL was also local to this area back in the day so it's more apropos than if I ran UP or something.

Oh god, belt driven?


I agree honestly. I myself model the FEC over the SAL though, I just find it a bit more interesting.


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Ahh.. the curse of being cheap (aka "thrifty").
Some model prices are unbelievable. I'm just starting to build up a fleet of freight cars, because of the era i'm interested in it's mostly boxcars. I was at a train show on sunday looking at a beautiful 40 ft CPR boxcar in block lettering made by True Line Trains… the detailing is immaculate, a rivet counters wet dream. Price: $49.98! Holy s–t! I thought it was a misprint. I didn't pay that much for my locomotives.

Instead I bought a couple of boxcars made by some company called Trains Canada. The detailing level is decent & good enough for me. Best of all they were discounted down to $11.99. I'm planning to buy more if they still have some in November at the Vancouver show. I kick myself for not buying more as I just learned today the company has closed. I've been looking for a Bachmann Spectrum H16-44 priced right so I held onto my money at the time.

Model trains seems to be all about compromise.

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What is this place


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You wouldn't believe, but by come account this is the second oldest western chan in the history, originating from the time when early 4chan purged its train board.

That's why this place is also an informal futaba archive, but that is a story for another time.


Trains or GTFO. You in or out?

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Here's a video podcast with Alex Forrest @380kmh on urban transit and planning, with a son of a famous hong kong frozen food multi millionaire as the other guest



Talk about old Penn Station makes me sad :(

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That awkward moment when you realize that not only did Tesla win "Epic Rap Battles of History", but he also won irl from a Wall Street perspective.



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See… the rear end is already a "T" for Tesla.


It's a little bit sad when you think about it. GE has been in need of cash for a while. Rather than not touch the mostly successful, money making, rail division they reach in and start selling it piecemeal. The railcar leasing was spun off, and I'm sure Wabtec is bringing more debt which will require more spin offs.

Honestly, it's not unlike what happened to Kmart. They started spinning off their successful subsidiaries like OfficeMax, Sports Authority, and Borders Books. They started spinning those off while they were making great money, and by the end of the 90's were struggling without them. This forced them to merge with Sears which is the same as a death sentence.


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I wonder if Westinghouse (Wabtec) has any "radio tube locomotives" blueprints from Mr. Tesla. That would be cool…

Sadly, GE's best customer, CSXT, the same is happening there as well.

/Pol/ mostly right again.

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I haven't taken many photos of trains recently, but here's one.
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Very recent, that was in March. Lots of insulators still kicking around on the Red Deer and Three Hills subs especially.


>There's still white ceramic insulators on that crossarm.

Are those suspiciously maintained-looking plain uninsulated discrete wires used for interlocking and if not, what on earth is their purpose in 2018?


I was told in the mid-80s by signal maintainers that any lines seen by then were usually supplying power to some trackside equipment like signals, hotbox detectors & certain switches. Or were dead. All comms were handled thru radio links (& commercial landlines).


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Alright I got a question for all you 1channers. No trams go vroom?
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This tram goes clip clop neigh.


99% less iron than a regular iron horse.


Some light Googling helped me find that this trolley was purchased from San Antonio, TX. It was run there on something called the Texas Transportation Company, which was a trolley freight line that operated up until 2001.




I was going to volunteer on this, but I never got round to it.


When did the streetcar stop running? I've never heard much about it. I'm more familiar with the freight operation that ran until '01. Funny enough, my grandfather worked a few summers loading boxcars at the Pearl Brewery in the '50s and at one point have me a bit of insight as to how the operation worked. Mostly he remembered that they drank a LOT of free beer.

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Not a "J"oke


Please do go on…


There could be literally dozens of dollars to be made off this!

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I hope y'all didn't really want to see mainline steam excursions, private car moves, or generally anything else besides regularly scheduled Amtrak trains anytime soon. Amtrak just announced that they're nixing all special movements.
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New guidelines are officially out. Some of the language is a bit murky, but the list of stations where PVs can be added/removed is longer than I thought it would be.

Rates went up tho, hoo boy. For a couple of comparisons, car rate per mile is currently $2.90, and "Special Terminal Switching" more than doubled.


The new guidelines seem to make sense to me if that's all there is to it. But man, those rates are nuts. I know a guy who's been pouring money into refurbishing a PV for the last couple of years and is really close to the point of having it Amtrak certified again. I'm wondering how he's going to take this.


You should see the switching and storage rates on Class Is.
>$1500 per day for an empty, last contained poison inhalation hazard, car.


Anyone know how this would effect Amtrak California, do they follow the same guidelines or can they eschew the rules?


Probably Not, I think they operate under Amtrak's rules.

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