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This is for discussing trains ... riding them, collecting them, watching them ... all types of trains
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  2. There are several live camera feeds on YouTube from various places. Some are stations and some are junctions or freight yards Here is one of the busiest junctions with live feed. A couple of interesting things about this junction. It actually sits on the State Line between Missouri and Kansas The camera is on a building in Missouri but the bridge you see is in Kansas The bridge is a double-track/double level bridge that goes over the Kansas River There is also a flyover that goes over the land end of the bridge More than one freight line uses this junction Amtrak also uses this junction
  3. No we are not allowed to do that. Neither are we allowed to do ministry at the car park for the station and the supermarket behind it either. We have carts in the town and a stall at the local market and do door-to-door work in the surrounding streets. Our market stall has finished until next year now as it goes all Xmas silly with Santa Grotto (grotty!lol'!) and carol singing and decorations. There's only a few of us living in our town of 26, 000, so plenty to do. Our territory covers 3 towns and 19 villages with a few of us in each place adding up to about 86 of us here. The town where I work, Cockermouth, only has 3 elderly Witnesses for 10 000 population.
  4. That is a very nice looking and nicely painted train ... Do you do Ministry at the train station?
  5. It was a very cold day when we went to watch this steam loco and passenger coaches come through our town's station. You can see me in my long dark coat and furry hat standing by the passenger shelter on the platform at about 1.00 onwards - just been on the ministry that morning. The loco was built in the 1930s at Crewe UK. The passenger coaches are mostly dining coaches. The first class dining coaches/Pullmans are the more fancy cream & brown named after precious gems. The second class dining coaches are the crimson coloured ones named after girls. Nice little dining tables at the windows with cute table lamps. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LMS_Jubilee_Class_5699_Galatea The tunnel that the loco emerges from is one of the oldest in the country, built around 1847-50 and runs below part of our town and was one of the longest built in the 19th century. Every so often, along it's length this tunnel has chimneys, sticking up into the street and park above, to let smoke and steam escape or the passengers would suffocate in steam and sooty smoke! Lord Lowther/Earl of Lonsdale, whose family owned the town for 3 centuries, did not want to see the locomotive go through his Georgian gem - town, so insisted that it ran underneath most of it. The railway line/track runs from Lancaster city in the county of Lancaster, along the seacoast of the North West UK all the way to Carlisle - city in the county of Cumbria on the border with Scotland.
  6. The inside of our coach The small depot where we caught the train A look out the window Our return train backed into the depot at Tampa
  7. Will try to post a little more in next post ... have to get videos off camera
  8. Didn't get the chance to take very many pics. This is the coach car we rode in Our lunch
  9. My brother and I are taking our nephew to Tampa this Saturday .... for lunch We will be taking the Amtrak Silver Star in both directions. It will be the first time our nephew has ridden on a train I will try to post some pics
  10. More videos of the newly reconditioned Big Boy https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2019/05/05-video-crowds-greet-big-boy-in-laramie (there is a video on this page)
  11. I would love to be able to go to Ogden next week at see it "steam in" during the celebration of the "Golden Spike". It would be nice to see "The Legend", too ... 4014 and 844 are supposed to "Kiss" at the celebration like the two trains did when they first completed the east-west railway.
  12. What a good lookin' locomotive!!! Thanks for sharing!
  13. CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Big Boy is stretching his legs. On Wednesday night, Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 backed out of the Back Shop where it was restored, the first time a Big Boy locomotive has moved under its own power since July 1959. (https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2019/05/02-big-boy-moves-outside-of-shop) CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Running into a setting sun, newly reborn Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 rolled gingerly onto the main line Thursday evening ... With the words “Big Boy” chalked on its smokebox door over a “V” for victory as it was in 1941 on the first Big Boy, No. 4014 left Cheyenne with a water car and two tool cars in tow, bound for Greeley, Colo. ... The crew stopped several times to inspect the running gear ... The locomotive is set for a christening event Saturday morning before heading west with 4-8-4 No. 844, bound for Ogden, Utah, and the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike. (https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2019/05/03-big-boy-debuts-with-test-run) Here's the Biggest Steam Engine in the World Going on a Test Run For the First Time in Nearly 60 Years Union Pacific 4014, also known as the one of the only 25 Big Boys ever built and only eight still in existence, is now officially the only one running in the world. ... And weighing in at over a million pounds, it is now officially the largest running steam engine in the world. Each Big Boy ... weighing as much as 1,200,000 pounds ... were so big because they were enormously powerful ... Using nothing but the power of fire and boiling water, it produced 6,300 horsepower when new.
  14. We took a ride on a steam train while visiting the Wellington Anniversary day festival in Wanganui a year or so ago. It came up from Wellington for the weekend. It's the first time I ever rode on a steam train. This one was named "Joanne". I had fun photographing this beautiful piece of engineering history.
  15. Train travel in Japan is something of an artform. And it's not just the Shinkansen (Bullet trains). That's for another time. Here I want to mention the Hakone Tozan train, a switchback mountain train wonderful in any season. I've been on it both summer and winter. In summer there are thousands of hydrangeas blooming along the line - blue heaven! In winter, the thick snow cover is like a magic wonderland. But the best is definitely Autumn - like Ross's train ride above, the autumn leaves are just spectacular. Spring, of course is just as memorable because of the Sakura, or cherry blossoms. Here is a bit more about it: This is the only mountain railway in Japan. The train departs from Hakone-Yumoto station (at 96 m above sea level) and takes about 40 minutes to arrive at the final stop, Gora station (at 541 m above sea level). Halfway up the line there are switchbacks, where the driver and the conductor change shifts and the train switch to reversed travel direction. It is a special experience that can be enjoyed only with the Hakone Tozan Train. https://www.hakone-tozan.co.jp/en/
  16. Here is an overview of the interactive map. You can zoom in/out and click on individual trains. The info for VIA Rail in Canada is not as complete as the info for Amtrak in the US This is a look at the Solari Board - this one is for Chicago Union Station - I captured it as it was updating the bottom train
  17. The Solari Board is a split-flap display board. They were originally designed by the Solari Company of Italy. There have been may uses for these types of displays. They were quite popular in early "digital" clocks. They were also used on game shows as well as other places. Even though they are all split-flap displays, the ones used at airports and train depots have been largely referred to as Solari Boards. You may have seen one in person or while watching a movie or TV show. They typically show the arrival/departure times, destination, name and/or number of the plane or train and the current status. As the boards update, any planes/trains that have departed cycle off the top of the board, the remaining flights/trains move up and additional ones are added to the bottom (as space allows). This is all accompanied by the "clicking/flapping" sounds the split-flaps makes as they rotate to the correct position. Many of these boards have been replaced by modern flat screen displays that can show more information in more colors. There has been a recent revival of the Solari-type board. Seems people do not really like all the "blue light" screens that simply display the information. To this end, there are now "Solari-style" electronic boards complete with electronic generated "clicking/clapping/flapping". The only Amtrak Station left in the US with a Solari is/was the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. It was slated for removal. That caused quite an outcry. There have been many attempts to block the removal/replacement of the aging board. It is still unclear what the final disposition of this landmark will be - but, it looks like it may be restored and/or returned ...
  18. Here is a link to a map that give fairly up-to-date train location information (it is updated every 4 minutes) https://asm.transitdocs.com/map If you click on a train number and then a station, you can also locate a link to a "Solari Style" Destination Board at the bottom of the page This one should be the board for Washington DC http://dixielandsoftware.net/cgi-bin/solari_relay.pl?data=WAS
  19. Just to make things clear - This thread is about full-size railway trains ... not toy trains Gauge is the distance between the inside edges of the rails The use of standard gauge makes it possible for "rolling stock" to be made for one country and still be used in another country. Here is an interesting chart denoting various track gauges
  20. I rode the narrow gauge Sugar Cane Train, Lahaina, Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad on Maui, HI in the early 70's. At one time there was over 200 miles of rails connecting the sugarcane plantations to the mills. The track in the 70's was only 6 miles connecting 3 towns. Currently the 3 engines are being restored. A lot of Island history in the 40 minute ride. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahaina,_Kaanapali_and_Pacific_Railroad#/media/File:Sugarcanetrain.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahaina,_Kaanapali_and_Pacific_Railroad#/media/File:LKPRRmyrtle.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lahaina,_Kaanapali_and_Pacific_Railroad#/media/File:LKPRR_5_01.jpg
  21. I rode the Virginia & Truckee Railroad out of Virginia City, NV a few years ago. Maybe 4 mile round trip history lesson of the Silver mining days. Well worth the ticket. Interesting enough the Virginia City to Carson City track (21 mile) was Standard Gauge but the Virginia & Colorado Railroad was Narrow Gauge serving mining areas to the south. The engine house in Carson City is now a train museum. Well worth the ticket also if you like trains.
  22. I have been on this Agawa Canyon Tour Train so many times that I have actually lost count. We always take it in the fall to see the color. It runs from Soo St. Marie, Ontario up into the gorgeous Agawa Canyon, and back. Leaves around 8 in the morning and gets back around 5 in the afternoon. You have lunch in Agawa Canyon, where there are breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls to behold. The engines detach and move from the front to the rear of the train, making the rear the front for the ride back. The seats are on swivels, so you can switch yours around if you don't like riding backwards. I remember one time, the colors in the U.P. were incredible, so we were expecting a spectacular tour. But, across Lake Superior, the leaves had already all fallen off the trees. So all we saw were bare branches. LOLOL Because we always go in the fall, it usually rains. One especially rainy trip, water droplets had the windows so covered, we didn't have the scenery to entertain us. No problem with my family. We entertained ourselves. I had brought some bags of Brach's chocolate covered peanuts along and one of the bags was sitting on my lap. Everyone would reach into the bag and grab a handful. Unbeknownst to me, a chocolate covered peanut fell down between my legs and got melted by my butt. When I stood up, there was a bare-naked peanut on my seat. My Brother/brother Peter saw it sitting there and said, "Boy! Those nuts go right through you, don't they?" We had a good laugh over that. But then, I stood up in the aisle and bent over and asked if the chocolate was visible on the seat of my pants. Other people in the aisle thought I had bent over to see some point of interest outside the train and they all bent over, too. We still laugh about that, to this day. If you are ever in the Soo St. Marie, Ontario Canada area, I highly recommend taking this amazing tour.
  23. Thought this engine looked cool painted black, parked on the track behind the shop this morning
  24. Anybody ever watch the PBS show "Tracks Ahead"? It was all about trains, in every form imaginable. My hubby and I especially loved the visits to model train layouts. Absolutely fascinating the detail that some modelers put into their layouts!!! Weathered trains, even. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/319474167301315188/ Simply AMAZING!!!

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