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It’s a crappy image, dragged out of the bowels of the Internet, but one can still read this as the Colorado&Southern #9.
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The trick to doing the impossible is to not know it /is/ impossible.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvJpgn7fVGY – “I’m A Train” (Albert Hammond)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOVRxizfqxM – “Workin’ For A Livin’” (Huey Lewis And The News)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnisDTnbv1A – “You Are A Conductor” (The Constantines)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYHwU7Z1_XE – It’s snow-plowing time!


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Of course it looks weird. It’s an electro-steamer.



https://archive.org/details/constructionmod00hughgoog – “The Construction of the Modern Locomotive” by George Hughes (1894)


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The Shinkansen is one of Japan’s objects of pride, and for a good reason. They have occasionally come close to disaster, though. This image is said to show a big crack in a shinkansen car’s frame.


Further on above: It was a bogie frame that was this close to failing. In addition, there was a leaking gearbox (this was a powered bogie).




The proof that there are female foamers (tetsu-ota) in Japan, and that they do know their motors:



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I am sure you will understand why I just had to snag this image stat.



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Heh. A nice shoop, that.


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← From Sailor Moon… the daimon Toden comes into being.

As some of you can tell, this is a 7000-series tram off the Toden Arakawa line.


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Here's the most beautiful firing up sequence at the beginning of episode 1 of "Rails Around Australia": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTv_PyeHhfc


Well, the Soranews travel gang was at it again, this time with a sub-$25 trip from Tokyo into the Wild North.



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Picked up this two-year-old promo pic of the ICE-4 from Siemens’s site.


JR East Technical Review: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/development/tech/
(in case someone cares to read a bunch of PDFs)


I do appreciate that they offer it in English with pretty good translations (though you can sometimes tell which words they translated directly from kanji). For the railway industry outside of Japan, there could be effort where applicable, how can the knowledge be applied on systems abroad?
The RTRI papers are also good reading material over a drink for a train ride. And for the less academically inclined they're open access via J-STAGE.



And just to round it out (and if someone really didn’t know of its existence), here is the Japan Railway and Transport Review:


It ceased publication with issue 69, btw.


I was planning on doing a research trip, tomo… I guess it would be "later today" now. Anyway, apparently a tree fell on the line a couple of hours ago and nothing's going that way at all this morning.


https://www.pell.portland.or.us/~orc/PVT/PVT.html – Parsons Vale and Termite RR in Maine.

Is that one of those fast-forgot-about little RRs?


Maybe a thirty-meg download is a bit much for a pic of a Rock Island RR locomotive, but here goes anyway…


At that time they were commissioning a high-UHF train radio system.


A worthy download for me. As RF communications systems are relevant to my interests both professional & personal, I enjoy these historical publications. Thanks for the link!


For me, it was merely a personal interest. I wanted to know more about their system.

Aside: I think you can still see a radiator for this system on a ca. 1965 photo of one of their locomotives on the Wikipedia.



I like this images.



love trains call me and lets talk about it(1chan is not your personal army)


Station Colours has moved from stationcolours.info to stationcolours.com. Still deals with getting the paint colours right when modelling stations on British railways.



Wow. Showing with lights how easy it will be to find a space in a given car.


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Have such thing in metro and on metro-rail in Moscow for a year at least. Really useful, at least on metro-rail. It's just a normal plastic paint though, because all our trains stop precisely at the sign:)

Although I guess the other reason for the electronic demarcation might be that trains with different door patterns might stop at the same platform.


Plus, if I understood the article correctly, the lights also show how easy it is to find space in each car.



Minato Monthly’s December front page image is very topical for /rail/. A potential wallpaper, too.


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It's a 600mm Pedershaab locomotive converted to 1524. Notice how the draw bar is longer than the loco.


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Reminds me of image related.
What's the phrase – if you look hard enough, there's a prototype for everything?


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I've only ever heard it as "There's prototype for everything!" Short n' sweet.


There is a Hello Kitty shinkansen train already, but…


Now they’re kittyfying an airport express.


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"The ground zero" in Railway station cafe sometime in the 70s.

The alleged zero kilometer of the Finnish railways, nowadays something like 200 m south from where the current railway station is. We have the system of "rail kilometers": a section of the track is identified by its distance to this ground zero. The kilometers don't get changed in track realignements so nowadays there are bumps in the numbering where the alignment has been shortened.


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And when saying railway station, I of course meant Helsinki station.


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http://www.3quarks.com/en/StationClock/index.html – Here is a very nice Javascript clock that can emulate various European railway station clocks.

http://www.aj-computing.co.uk/misc/clock/ – This URL should lead to a big NSE clock; but as I write this, everything is blank.


An old navvie was telling a tale of what a ‘demon gang’ they had been.

“We were eight in all: Four laying down sleepers, four fixing the rails, and all with the afternoon train speeding behind us.”



Looks like these 40-year-olds are about to be set aside, maybe even this month.


As you know, Departments and Ministries like to collect statistics on everything between heaven and earth, including railways and railroads.

This supposedly happened in the US in the late interwar years. One of the many, many questions on the questionnaire was: “Have you had any collisions?” The master of a five-mile long shortline replied thus: “How the hell can we have collisions when we have only one engine?”


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Here is another set of 40-year-olds ripe for setting aside:



DSB (the Danish State Railways) apparently planned to phase out their remaining MR-MRD regional trains at the end of last January. Right now, I do not know if they did.


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So I was looking for reference images for something completely different and ran across this.
Essentially, this company wants to do grid storage by way of electric robo-trains. When production is greater than consumption, the surplus energy is used to drag hopper cars up a hill, and park them. When consumption is greater than production, they roll the cars back down the hill, running the dynamic brake the whole way to put power back into the grid and make up the deficit. Presumably these cars are full of depleted uranium or some other suitably heavy substance.

Apparently they're completely serious and straight faced about this. And they (only) want fifty five million U.S. dollars to build the first test facility. I mean, they've got a website and everything, so it must be legit.


The foamiest scam there ever was.


Not really ding dong
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grid_energy_storage NOw the $1,000,000 ebay listing to sell a patent for generating electricity with trains going downhill which involved hooking onto a cable, pulling the cable which spins a geneeator, now that was stupid.



The engineering behind it is sound, the economics of actually doing it is pretty dubious at least with the current energy production mix.
The great return of 3 phase electrification :)



Osakans are now planning to train their Sakai Muscles following compu-translator changing Sakaisuji Line to Sakai Muscle Line.


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Please don't tell these people about pumped-storage power plants…

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