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I'd always assumed that the arched roof of Cincinnati union station was the trainshed (like at Liverpool Lime Street, London King's Cross, etc. etc.), but it's actually side-on to the tracks!


>That dropped pin name


Yes I thought you might get a laugh out of that. :D

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You guys got any clue as to what this is? The tag says it's some sort of signal board but I just don't know. It's been sitting for sale in this same antique mall for years, which is why I've always been weary to its authenticity.
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Got some responses back, all of them do not think it's a piece of railroad appliance. One wonders if it's from a scoreboard or something.


I’m going to guess at a counter of sorts. The rightmost thing (from backside) could be a stepper switch operated by a solenoid.


I didn't think it was either, given it had no distinct markings. I wouldn't have given it the time of day except that the seller who rents that booth has always had other legitimate railroad items, like lanterns and locks.


Just spitballing, but it could be part of an old hotbox detector. Before talking detectors some would display numeric codes for the crew to read on a trackside board.


Doubtful. Very, very doubtful from what I've heard frrom extreme oldheads. i.e. guys working since 1975

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As if hiding in the weeds with binoculars wasn't enough, Union Pacific is now beginning to monitor their train crews with drones.
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There's drones in the departure yard in Roseville but I'm sure they're for trespassing and not the crew.


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There has been one time I've seen a drone while riding the Amtrak Cascades. We had already rounded Point Defiance and passed under the Narrows Bridge when I saw it near the Chambers Bay golf course. It was a monster of a drone: hovering in place on six rotors about, oh, 20 feet up. I couldn't tell if it was taking film or video of the Cascades train or of the Chambers Bay golf course (around that time, the course would host the US Open in a matter of months).

If this drone belonged to a foamer, then they were a hella rich foamer.


It belongs to FBI, spying on train passengers to make sure they aren't masturbating.


This is like a Doom 3 PDA


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That's a dystopia we deserve.

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Damn I just found this site is it just rail fans or are there train hoppers up here too
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Are Dirtykids threads archived anywhere?
I head about them when I occasionally come here, but I have yet to ever see one.


There's one. Just dig back a few pages and I'm sure you'll find one. This board moves slow enough to keep things from disappearing quickly.


Hello it is I! I've been busy riding and not really online a lot unless I was checking google maps. I am currently in Las Vegas NV. And will be til the 21st when I will continue east, making a few stops but not many, and will try not to freeze to death on my way to the Midwest. Word on the rails is a body was pulled from under a tofc in Amarillo, train was coming from Kansas City, no one knows who it was yet, it could just be hearsay but we're all doing check ins with friends just to be safe.


The incident is "reported" to have happened Sunday the 14th in the morning. Again this is just what people said, the main person involved says all they know is the person was found dead on the train & that they had an Alice pack (old school military pack). No one knows how true or who it was if it is true.


Sorry to do this in three pieces, I kept remembering things after posting. If you want a forum style site for hobo's you should try squat the planet, I haven't been on since I was a teen but they have train hopping 101 stuff on there.

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Happy new year, 1chan!
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Mr. harrison decided that improving Chicago rail access wasn't a worthy goal for CSX, so nothing is happening there.

Picture related, it's mr. harrison in the flesh.


>Implying that within four years of that image being created Hunter Harrison didn't buy the EJ&E for the CN, upgrade the rail, and help to expedite movement through the Chicago Area.


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>NIMBYs crying about railroads that already existed.
It's not like these trains are even parked on crossings. The second article is especially pathetic. Those are simply people complaining about idling trains sitting adjacent to their property.


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Happy new year everyone.
Have a Class 380 at Queen Street.

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With the on time arrival rate plunging, a major line (the L) to be taken out of service for months next year to make urgently needed repairs, ridership at a 70 year high, and switches from the 1930s, can it be saved? What would you do to fix things? Hardmode: no building elevated trains and trolleys everywhere to take strain off the system during modernization. Pic semi related.

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Johannesburg - A day after one of South Africa's worst rail disasters, Masabata Rannyane was desperately trying to determine whether five of her family members, including her nine-year-old daughter, were among the dead. Since Thursday afternoon, she has been frantically rushing between her Virginia home and hospitals in the Free State in search of her sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece, who had been travelling with her daughter Puseletso. By Friday afternoon, Rannyane had just one more hospital to check before all hope was lost. “I don't know what to do. I need help,” she told the Saturday Star. On Friday, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) was clearing the accident scene and attempting to establish the cause of the derailment, which killed 19 passengers, including four children, and left 138 injured.
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The United National Transport Union (UNTU) demands that the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) be charged with more than 200 charges of attempted murder after a Metrorail train rear-ended a stationary locomotive in Germiston on Tuesday, injuring over 200 commuters.
“Enough is enough. The RSR and PRASA acted reckless in allowing the trains to once again be manually operated when signal problems occurred knowing that the poor management and unsafe execution of the manual authorisation process resulted in a crash between two Metrorail trains at the Elandsfontein Station on 1 June 2017 during which a commuter was killed,” says Steve Harris, General Secretary of UNTU.


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UNTU obtained a legal opinion from Wessie Wessels, a senior attorney specialising in criminal law, to confirm that there is indeed a prima facie case against the RSR and PRASA after the crash on 9 January 2018.
According to Wessels the legal test of dolus eventualis must be applied. By allowing the trains to be manually operated, the RSR and PRASA objectively foresees the possibility that their acts might cause deaths and persist with it regardless of the consequences.
“The RSR and PRASA were very lucky that a commuter did not die this morning, but they knew that someone could die. What is even more shocking is that this comes six weeks after the RSR announced on 22 November 2017 that the number of deaths caused by railway operational occurrences has increased by 8% in the 2016/17 reporting period,” says Wessels.
According to Harris the RSR and Prasa breached a prohibition directive issued by the railway safety watchdog against the passenger rail service on 2 June 2017. On this day the RSR prohibited Prasa from operating on manual authorisation at various signals in Gauteng.


The RSR issued the directive against Prasa, after an investigating into the crash between two Metrorail trains at the Elandsfontein Station on 1 June 2017 revealed that the two trains were authorised into a section at the same time, thus indicating poor management and unsafe execution of the manual authorisation process. Manual authorisation was necessary because the signals were not working due to cable theft. A commuter was killed, and more than 50 others injured in the crash.
The RSR issued the directive in terms of Section 36 of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act No16 2002 (as amended) for abnormal working conditions, that is, manually authorising train movements, which led to the Elandsfontein train collision.
Failure to comply with the Directive is an offence in terms of Section 45 of Act 16 of 2002 as amended, (National Railway Safety Regulator Act) and will result in criminal charges and/or a penalty being imposed in terms of the Penalty Fee Regulations 2011 as amended.
Harris says that the RSR has no teeth and should have suspended the railway services in Gauteng unless the signals were working. “How can we sit back and blatantly allow innocent train crew members and commuters to put their lives at risk knowing that death is a likelihood? UNTU, who represents most employees working for PRASA, will leave no stone unturned until justice is done,” says Harris.


UNTU warned the RSR on 14 December 2017 that it is failing its duty to South Africans.
According to Wessels both the injured commuters can also submit civil claims for amongst other their injuries and loss of income against the RSR and PRASA.
“The time has come that South Africans stand up to the maladministration of state-owned enterprises and watchdogs that is funded with tax payer’s money without adhering to any of its Constitutional obligations,” says Harris.


Thats awful.

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Good thing the switch heaters are still working. Brr.
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I'm not seeing it myself, either. If the flange is in there, isn't it already past the point of no return and will fall outside of the gauge once it's moved past? Or is the flange of the guardrail above the railhead, in which case it would hit the outside of the wheel, not the flange?

I suppose I could just walk down the street and take a look at it…


I can't see it either.


I guess it doesn't hit the flange but more of the wheel edge, but that's the way I see it working. You'll absolutely see a shiny face on them from wear. At least the ones in my yard.


I asked a retired CPR railroader about it and sent him the picture so he could see it. He responded with; "The thing on the right hand rail is called a Flange Guard and it forces the wheel to the left by rubbing on the outside of the wheel face, thus keeps flange from cutting and riding up the switch point, saving wear and tear on moveable point face where it is narrowed."


Yeah I can understand that and it makes sense.

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So why wouldn't we start the first RZD thread on the new 1chan?

As usual: I provide you with stuff, you provide me with questions and topics for discussion on the subject. Something like this basically.
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Oh, and it looks like this thread is ended. Or is it? Need someone who runs this site to confirm.

Anyway, in case it is the bumplimit, this thread was actively afloat for 1 YEAR, 2 MONTHS and 11 DAYS. Not bragging, I didn't do this for purpose but I think this record would be hard to beat. It was a pleasure guys.


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So, need to make sure the thread hit bumplimit.


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Confirmed. So, this is it for the oldest thread on 1chan. We did it. I hope you enjoyed it, guys, because I surely did. Thank you all who was monitoring this thread!

I think I shall create the new one soon. 1chan without 1520 would be too boring, wouldn't it?:)


Agreed, this has become one of my favourites.



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Using historical freight traffic records, recent research has shown that the conversion to standard gauge instigated a large shift of North–South freight traffic away from coastal steamships to all-rail carriage.[12] These effects were especially strong on short routes, where breaks in gauge were more expensive relative to the total cost and duration of carriage. However, the data indicate that the gauge change had no effect on total shipments, likely as a result of anticompetitive conduct by Southern freight carriers which prevented the railroads' cost-savings from being passed through to their prices. This research suggests that had Southern carriers not been colluding, the gauge change would have generated a sharp reduction in freight rates and immediate growth in trade between the North and South.


Citations don't mean anything unless you also upload the original research paper.


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