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My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)  
User currently offlineFlySAA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 day ago) and read 2559 times:

I work in the HR department of a big rail transport company, and was recently priviledged to be offered a trip on one of our freight trains! Hope you enjoy the pics  Smile



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User currently offlineTFSPhoto From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 2522 times:

Howdy,

Nice pics you shot there, I work as a driver for a large UK rail-freight company www.ews-railway.co.uk it makes a pleasant change to see posts like this!

Lew


User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 2517 times:

Cool. Its got a glass cockpit!!!

PIA777



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User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

Wonder if it's next-gen  Wink

Great shots!

Chris



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User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 2400 times:

Must be pretty cool sitting in the cabin of a train. You must get a much better veiw and it's nice to see where you're going.

User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 2342 times:

Pretty much all new control units are digital. The view from most diesel-electric/electric units is pretty good. However, a steam locomotive is a different matter. The shortline I worked for ran a 2-8-0 Consolidation and 2-8-2 Mikado along with older diesel electrics with the high hoods on both ends. On the steamers, you could only see along the boiler-Fireman could only see ahead and left while the engineman could only see ahead and right. That meant being blind going around lefthand curves. Don't forget the 140 degree Farenheit temps and 100% humidity either.


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User currently offlineEuclid From South Africa, joined Apr 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 2342 times:

Wow, cool pics. Thanks for sharing them.

What was the route you did?


User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

Nice pics. Those trains look very different from the diesel-electrics we have around here. Thanks for posting.

Picture of some US metal taken from www.donwinslow.net for comparison.

http://www.donwinslow.net/images/Railroad/UP/up4910%20lugo%201-03%20845.jpg



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 8 hours ago) and read 2312 times:

Great pics Big grin

Geat scenery too  Smile



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User currently offlineFlySAA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 7 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

The route was Durban - Pietermaritzburg, about an 80 km (50 mile) trip.

[Edited 2005-11-28 15:33:28]

User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 7 hours ago) and read 2274 times:

As almost every man out there has a faible for trains (including me)
thanks very much for the pics. Would love to ride that train, too.

Regds
jush



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User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 5):
Pretty much all new control units are digital. The view from most diesel-electric/electric units is pretty good. However, a steam locomotive is a different matter. The shortline I worked for ran a 2-8-0 Consolidation and 2-8-2 Mikado

Out of sheer curiosity do you remember who manufactured the "Mike"?



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 2233 times:

Excellent photos . . .

It's interesting to me that the exterior of the locos looks rather 1950ish, but the interior is definitely digital and quite modern.

The units haev a similar look to these diesel electrics used in the White Pass and Yukon ( www.whitepassrailroad.com )




User currently offlineDrDeke From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 830 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

I guess that locomotive is powered from mains electricity judging from the control screens. I rode on an ICE Express (electric) train in Germany about a year ago, and MAN do those things have some starting torque compared to the diesel-electric passenger trains we run here in the US. I was not prepared at all for the acceleration in that train; it felt more like riding in a car!

I would like to see some data on the voltage and frequency stability in those electric-locomotive power grids. With all the large, fluctuating loads, I can't imagine how they could keep it to anywhere near the stability standards of the commercial grid. But I suppose it doesn't matter as much when the only load is locomotive motors.

-DrDeke



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User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

Quoting DrDeke (Reply 13):

15000 Volts
16,7 Herz

Regds
jush



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