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My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Mon Nov 28, 2005 6:29 am

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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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Mon Nov 28, 2005 7:28 am

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!

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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Mon Nov 28, 2005 7:32 am

Cool. Its got a glass cockpit!!!

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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Mon Nov 28, 2005 9:05 am

Wonder if it's next-gen  Wink

Great shots!

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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:14 am

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.
 
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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Mon Nov 28, 2005 6:37 pm

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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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Mon Nov 28, 2005 6:38 pm

Wow, cool pics. Thanks for sharing them.

What was the route you did?
 
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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Mon Nov 28, 2005 6:56 pm

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.

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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:54 pm

Great pics Big grin

Geat scenery too  Smile
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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:29 pm

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

[Edited 2005-11-28 15:33:28]
 
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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:55 pm

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.

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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Tue Nov 29, 2005 12:56 am

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

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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:14 am

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 )


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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Tue Nov 29, 2005 3:35 am

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.

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RE: My Recent Trip On A Freight Train! (Pics)

Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:36 am

Quoting DrDeke (Reply 13):

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