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what does FNBS stand for as in StobeTheHobo's case?
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We in the hobo world call Amtrak Scamtrak on the count we ride for free. CN = CartoonNetwork, CP…well you know…Cheese Pizza. Hmm I'm in KCS country right now, I'll ask the locals what they call it. You guessed right about NS. Uncle Pete is what I have UP's number saved as on my phone, we use it too.


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Also FNBS isn't the only one for BNSF, people also call it B*tch N*gga Snitch F*ck, on the count that BNSF workers tend to call the cops more often than UP for some reason.

(Pic found on the tracks, someone who works for KCS is a litterbug)


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I'm living in the West Bottoms in Kansas City, there's trains all around me, just google map it. It's a great place for me to enjoy my hobby of looking for hobo monikers. I also run a punk venue here right now, in the warehouse in living in, alone and like I tell all my local friends "just til I get that feeling again and catch a train anywhere but here". The one that looks like a face is a friend of mine, the face is actually made up of letters it says Claw Hamr (a way to play the banjo) he's also a train rider..tho he's been living at one place for about two years now I think, only riding when he has time off work. The one to the right I don't know personally but that's Helaphant.


Damn, I never would have seen the letters for what they are other than the face. Guy should be a graphic designer (inb4 that's what graffittists do anyway)


Long shot, but do you know a guy who travels with a dog, and has CSX tattooed on the top of his left hand.

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“Railroad Reorganization” by Stuart Daggett, Harvard U.; 1908.



Too lazy to make a new thread, so sticking some books here:

https://archive.org/details/standardcodeofam00amer – ARA Standard Code, anno 1897.
https://archive.org/details/standardciphe00amer – ARA Standard Cipher Code, anno 1906.
https://archive.org/details/ciphercodeofwor00shea – Cipher for RR employees, anno 1892.
https://archive.org/details/generalciphercod00rail – Railway Express Agency cipher, anno 1930

https://archive.org/details/unicodeuniversa00unkngoog – Unicode, anno 1889


In case someone is interested in how the Boys/Girls in Camo do it:
http://www.apd.army.mil/epubs/DR_pubs/DR_a/pdf/web/tm4_14x21.pdf – US Army Technical Manual 4-14.21: Rail Safety.


Is it this long since I found a book?

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/56688 – Handbook of Railroad Construction” by George L. Vose (1857)
A large dose of mid-19th c. US practice of building a railroad from bare ground up.

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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?
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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.






How the hell does the drive fit up there? How does the driver even get up there?


It's Japan so the driver is probably all of 4'6" tall.

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The Survey Inspection Device (Sid) was initially conceived as a locomotive-mounted unit, but subsequently developed into an autonomous vehicle to minimise stopping distances. Sid runs ahead of a train, relaying images to the cab of the locomotive. The vehicle can also measure track profile and is equipped with CSIR's Coricam multispectral camera. In addition, CSIR says Sid will be able to carry out inspections of overhead catenary, while image recognition will enable the vehicle to detect stray objects or trespassers on the track and automatically alert staff. The vehicle weighs around 450kg with all systems onboard. CSIR says initial tests of the vehicle on the Transnet network have been successful and Transnet is now funding industrialisation of the concept.
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Interesting, but how does one move that things around when not in scout mode? (I see no couplers!)

What kind of facilities does it need for maintenance, does a normal locomotive workshop suffice or must there be a special facility just for the SIDs? How are these assigned to trains, based more on tranck inspection schedule or accident frequency?

At the same time both amazed that I haven't heard of such a concept before and also wondering all the possible reasons why the railways would want to manage without. It would need to be very autonomous and very low maintenance to not to cost more than its perceived benefits.


Another thing.. if this thing is atonomusly leading a locomotive does it trigger blocks or is it like a speeder and invisible to track circuits.

If its like a speeder it could end up at a interlocking before the train does and it could pass through before a route is lined and end up going a different way then the train.


Why not just install the equipment on the actual locomotives?


Stopping distance?


Because the whole idea of this thing is to provide a warning to the train(s) behind it. What good would this be if it came across a washout and it was just a few feet ahead of the locomotive?

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So on the New York City subway what do these shapes mean? Picture related random triangle and star.


Ham, stop being racist


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LOL this is from the same trip


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Well lets see where this goes…
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As a result of it being installed the regular signals had been suspended. If they had been working this could have been avoided.


There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of territories in the US that run "dark" with no signals even installed. The CSX dispatcher was issuing their equivalent of track warrants, and had proper blocks set up to separate trains. It was solely the failure of a crew on the ground to make sure that the switch wasn't left open. Depending on the type of signals they had, it might not have even made a difference regardless.



If they had been running regular CTC, I would imagine that that switch being open would have dropped the signal and Amtrak would have been talked by, and run at restricted speed until they saw the bad iron.

Even with ABS that would have been the case. A red there would be stop and proceed at restricted speed, and then they would have found the bad iron.


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Yeah, Murphy's Law that this happened during a signal outage in support of a PTC signal cutover. Still though every incident has multiple failures contributing to it. Will be interesting to see the final NTSB report in a few years.

Also will be interesting to see what happens to the Amfleet II cafe fleet. These are some of the highest millage cars Amtrak has on the east coast. Wondering if material fatigue is beginning to set in for these cars.


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>Still though every incident has multiple failures contributing to it.
True enough. They call this the Swiss cheese model.

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View from the office
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A very nice office!


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Blue Blue sky


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Acela Express trainset separates at speed. 52 passengers aboard; no reported injuries.



This only seems newsworthy because of the recent fatal crashes. Trains separate all the time. Admittedly, most of them aren't travelling at high speeds while full of passengers, but still.


Still not a good look for the closest thing that Murrica has to HST.


"All the time" is a bit of an exaggeration, but fatigue in knuckles should be caught normally, and good train handling should prevent it, though shit does sometimes just happen.


I'm 99% certain that the Acela sets are semi-permanently coupled, which would make this event more noteworthy.

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Riding 501 right now, heading to Portland.
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Shelby, MT to Tacoma via Portland. I have a sleeper this time, which makes this trip a lot easier, as I just got on at 5pm mountain time and we wont be to Portland until 10am or so Pacific.


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Sleeper is the way to travel


Unrelated, why do almost no railroads beside CN put back ditch lights on motors?


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Heck yeah, it is!

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An Amtrak Cascades train has derailed onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Olympia, closing all southbound lanes closed and partial closure northbound.

A train can be seen dangling from an overpass onto the traffic lanes. The 7:30 a.m. crash was on the outskirts of DuPont, Washington, in Pierce County.
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That specific photo seems to be of a delivery run. The company Railadventure specializes in these, never heard of them do actual frequented revenue service.

Meanwhile the 1520 only-versions were delivered on flatcars.


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Though they also deliver wide gauge rolling stock by rail, using replacement trucks. Which likely didn't work with a Talgo's wheel arrangement.


Anybody know anything about the congressional charter train that hit a garbage truck the other night?


Haven’t even bothered to look up the Wikipage on it.



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