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[*] posted on 7-12-2017 at 01:58
Originally posted by LSemmens
That is a speccy shot, Jack, If you didn't know what was coming, you could swear that these people were destined for eternity as the Avalanche hit.

I have no idea what the force was when any of the passengers awaiting boarding were hit by the snow. But IF it were sufficient, it would bowl someone over and the poor unfortunate individual could wind up hitting their head on a pillar that supports the station's roof.

Many of the smaller stations on commuter RRs do not have any RR employees manning them; so a PA announcement to beware is not going to be forthcoming. I do know, for sure, that any/all trains (passenger & freight) passing by any/all RR stations (without stopping) are suppose to blow their horn (and I think ring their bells) so many feet (distance) prior to the train's arrival at the station. Whether anyone is paying attn. is another matter. I vaguely recall that manned stations make an announcement for all passenger trains coming into a station even if the train doesn't stop. I don't recall what the system is for subways/light rail.

On a private matter, they built a new RR station (for commuters) in the next town over; the advance warning horn sounding (NOT really what you would call a whistle) NOW sounds (a double 'beep') for all southbound trains right at the end of my block for each and every train (with the last one about 2:00 AM--and yes I could set my clock by it). These are a new state of the art self-propelled trainsets, and I wouldn't be surprised if the train's automated computer system actually sounds the horns (as opposed to the engineer's doing that) [and I certainly wouldn't be surprised if the train is halted at the stations by the computer system--the engineer is redundant, but I'm letting my cynicism show--these engineers get an incredible salary, but do work "crazy" hours--the commuter part of the RR runs, I think, 20 hours a day M-F, and the weekend schedule has fewer trains with holiday/special events exceptions]. There are several branch lines on the RR, and each has its own technology, to include Ye Olde Fashion diesel locos, and these bi-level passenger cars [I have no idea if an engineer on one branch is also "licensed" to engineer on another--even as asubstitute]. For those across the pond, ONLY electrified trains are allowed access to Grand Central Station terminal--NaDa diesel locos ever.

[*] posted on 7-12-2017 at 00:20
That is a speccy shot, Jack, If you didn't know what was coming, you could swear that these people were destined for eternity as the Avalanche hit.

[*] posted on 6-12-2017 at 23:41
For my money snow drifts, especially the kind that are left by snow plows after a heavy snowfall as the road snow plows pile it up at grade crossing are equally dangerous as the snow plows spread salt and there is the potential for the snow piles to freeze. Large/high frozen snow pile accumulations left by road plows, probably rarely, have been known to derail a train; and cars stopped at the crossing can have chunks of ice come flying at them.

This embedded pix is from a Utube vid of an Amtrak train going through an 'open air' style RR station at track speed; this train is NOT stopping (to discharge/pick up passengers) and it looks like the RR station is also for passengers for a commuter RR op, and there are about a dozen souls waiting for their train, and for some reason, since the track is straight, and the snow accumulation is readily visible, the commuters chose not to back away from trackside.

The woman with the white hat doesn't seem to have the presence of mind to turn her back, and THERE IS all kinds of debris around track that can become missiles if the snow heaves it just the right way.

[*] posted on 6-12-2017 at 12:16
Originally posted by LSemmens
Ye-ouch!!!! And a train can handle that???? shocked_yellowshocked_yellowshocked_yellow

You ought to see some of the tracks in India... The trains DO go over those sorts of wibbling. But, VERY slowly.

[*] posted on 6-12-2017 at 08:24
Albellio - With 2500 employees we now operate over 750 buses to deliver bus routes across central, south and west London and north Surrey.

Not in your manor, then.

Edit: I take it back, I didn't look far enough down the google list. They have an Albellio Scotland subsidiary that does railway.

[*] posted on 6-12-2017 at 06:54
Originally posted by sceptre
here's a starter :D


[*] posted on 5-12-2017 at 21:59
Ye-ouch!!!! And a train can handle that???? shocked_yellowshocked_yellowshocked_yellow

[*] posted on 5-12-2017 at 21:52
here's a starter :D

[*] posted on 5-12-2017 at 00:47
Originally posted by LSemmens
Judging by the bow in the tracks near that rear goat, it's probably a good thing that the train has stopped. ;)

You ain't seen nothing yet, and not just in 3rd world countries either.

Railpictures.net has some real winners of absolutely awful track conditions [and in use]; I will give a quick look see for such an image, but it's database of pixs doesn't have that as one of its canned search phrases.

[*] posted on 5-12-2017 at 00:43
Originally posted by Katzy
A cow, for example, COULD derail a train. Unlikely, but more than possible, especially at speed.

I've always wonder if this 'belief' was in the nature of an urban myth/legend, but back in the day when the amount of tracks that were in use was considerable greater than now (and so more people had 'ready access' to train tracks), the 'word on the street was to never ever put a penny (which was copper in the USA) on the tracks so that a train would run over it, and bend it. It was 'taught' that could derail a train.

By the way, I would be skeptical if the embedded image is 'real'.
I would GUESS that a train would vibrate the penny off the rail before it got to where the penny was laid.

[*] posted on 4-12-2017 at 23:03
Judging by the bow in the tracks near that rear goat, it's probably a good thing that the train has stopped. ;)

[*] posted on 4-12-2017 at 22:54
How black that smoke is - I wonder what they were burning?

It couldn't be goat - could it?

[*] posted on 4-12-2017 at 20:12
Our trains are smaller than yours, I believe. As a driver (engineer, as you lot call them), I was always taught that animals of a certain size always had right of way, if you could stop in time.

A cow, for example, COULD derail a train. Unlikely, but more than possible, especially at speed.

[*] posted on 4-12-2017 at 14:50
This pix was taken in Myanmar AKA Burma a few days ago.

I, as a Westerner, am always taken by life styles in other less industrialized lands, and this pix shows that in other places livestock have the right of way apparently, i. e., no one expects the goats to make a ewe turn.

The ID caption did not state who that individual with the flag is, i. e., the shepherd, or some RR employee.

Also obvious is that the goats are more than smart enough to realize that there is a limit to the patience of the engineer and they should not kid around by delaying the train, i. e., it would be prudent of them to cross the tracks with alacrity.

Actually goats and I have a great deal in common as we both wish that we had mohair.

By the way, there are still places on this planet where passenger transport is by steam locomotives (and with all the rather considerable maintenance/upkeep they require).