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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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This, too, is from some dank corner. Plus, someone either forgot or decided to ignore (then likely due to lack of cab pics) that BR does not always mean Baureihe.


More problematic is why Der Führer would ever drive from the no.2 end. At least that loco did go on to invade the Netherlands.


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Not sure where to put this but it's ADORABLE.


Can’t think of an image to go with it right now, but here is…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl4pJwcE7JI — “Snow” by Geoffrey Jones.


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Now imagine the pain if that was scrambled. Funny though how 500 km away over in Tokyo, JR East believes there's enough iron in the rest of the ticket to consider recycling.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-jzVjFpqjs – Abandoned stock and power in the US.


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> Small loco using single 3-axle truck from a 6-axle locomotive.

NICE! Always wondered why we have never pulled this simple trick. Probably because our 3-axle locos have hydrotransmission which requires somewhat different design of the running gear. Although some 2-axle locos use axlebox units identical to the mega-popular on S1520 2TE116-like trucks.


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It was the independence day yesterday, centennial. This little railway in Frum Humppila to Jokioinen was the only one to run under steam. 750 mm gauge, 14 km of track. Used to be 22 and reach to Forssa.


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The weather was nice. The snow on the above picture is different snow than in this one, that was taken yesterday, 6th. The picture of Jokioinen Nr5 was taken 2nd.

Such is life, it's like 6 hours light in decenber even in relatively south like Turku. Depressing. Studying from bachelors to masters as such is work market.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A7H-rKMQh4 – A short clip from Rhein-Neckar Verkehr explaining (albeit in German) their Ice Runs. Basically, RNV has equipped some old trams to clear ice off wires and rails.


Someone made an animation diagramming the morning rush hour on Yamanote and related lines in Tokyo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_M3xNTaBa8


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Jesus the music…

But speaking videos, someone has painstakingly made progression animations of:

>Finnish railways - now I know why they are that shape!

>Helsinki tramways.

>Turku tramways RIP.


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This image comes from yet another far-out spot on the net. It was originally drawn in the very mysterious and secret 160×100 16-colour mode of the CGA (Color Graphics Adapter).


I can’t remember if these links have been posted anytime recently, but here are the Manifold Menus cookbooks:

Book 1: http://www.nebraska-locksmiths.org/articles/ManifoldM.pdf
Book 2: http://www.nebraska-locksmiths.org/articles/ManifoldMP2.pdf


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Perhaps, at 600km/370mi north of the arctic circle, this is the northernmost mining railway in the world.


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Dunno if anybody cares now, but here is a film of the Tsubame back in the 1950s, focusing more or less on the people that keep the trains running:



There is a whole bunch of German railway magazines (incl. model rail ones) on the Internet Archive.

Here is but one: https://archive.org/details/Eisenbahn_Journal_Super_Anlagen_No2_2016


/r/ had some excellent pictorial advice for New Year’s revellers: Don’t pee off a bridge onto the overhead wires. The shock can (and likely will) lay you out for good.



Pretty sure Mythbusters disproved that one. The stream of pee breaks up shortly after leaving your body, meaning no solid path for electricity to travel up to your ding dong.


High enough voltage, and you’re still screwed. Anyway, I would not bet my tackle on their (or anybody else’s) word.


Turns out ‘sl’ had a predecessor on the Sol-20 micro, seen here under emulation.




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Y’know… theret’s something weird about going on a commuter-style train for fresh food.



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OK, that’s not a bad-looking Skoda, as far as I’m concerned.


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OK, so maybe these rails can’t bring you to the flower viewing, but at least they can bring the flower viewing to you.



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← MY 1101 looking factory fresh in Gävle.

See http://www.jarnvag.net/lokguide/tmy for a few more pix of MY and TMY locomotives. All text is in Swedish, btw.


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Swedish aesthetics.

This was a shunter in rail ferry terminal, btw.


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>Suppressing your dark, warlike urges by focusing on der zugs - since 1945


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>>5488 Nurp. Don't get the beauty of Rolling Roads mixed up with your dark fantasies.


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Well, I would lie, if I denied of not sometimes scrolling back OpenStreetMap and picturing the three isthmus border in my mind.
But enough of this, I suppose.

(It's Staßfurt.)

Probably it costs more to retrofit a bogie rather than to build a full fixed wheel underframe. I'd imagine quite a lot must be replaced or modified, for starters to prevent the whole body of the loco rotating freely when not in front of a train.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FZ5NPS0CcU – Blue Trains and Royal Scots Dragoons. Nice.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSMJO_zPBIQ – Who wants to see something with an EMD 6-567 in it?


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A few tiny bits about the people mover at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport.


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I always feel a bit of nostalgia when I see those clunky, '70s styled cars. My dad did a lot of business travelling when I was growing up, so a lot of times my mom and I would take him to DFW airport and end up using the Airtran to get to whichever station was closest to his gate. They've pulled it all out and replaced it with the Skylink in 2005, which, to be frank, operates much, much better than the Airtrans used to.



Was there a few months ago and you can still find bits of the old lines in places. I didn't know what it was and looked it up. It sounded like a great ideal for its time.


Oh yeah, there's definitely a few pieces left. I can't remember off the top of my head, but I *think* that there's a small stretch left that parallels the DART Orange line right before it gets to the terminal at DFW. I rarely run trains out there so I'm not too sure.


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This photo from the Bergen line (Bergensbanen) in Norway is at least a hundred years old.


Where else would this happen?


And this is not the first time, either. I think it was JR East last time I saw something like this.


http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/57169 – “Material Classification” (1919), published by the United States Railroad Administration. Seems to be all about how to classify stuff for inventorying.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbbIhZAkpiU – An 100-mph tornado… 60163 Tornado, anyway.


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As I am sure you can tell, the Ōedo line stations are bishies through and through.





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The Lickey Incline (1:37) as seen from a Class 43:


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Probably the closest thing to US practice in the UK was the habit of running Class 20s in twos with the leading unit in reverse, both for better view and for extra power. Hey, they have 1000hp six-cylinder engines.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5MDqND8xks – Waking one up for duty on a grey day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3-a9NCsylU – The 20s are freight haulers, first and foremost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE2GUqjiIp0 and
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZS5Udg4jkk – A pair of 20s on passenger duty up to Skegness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqmZ8Fj4VTU – For all that, one can still see single 20s running about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKxynNRpoRc – More’n half-hour of 20s.


The Geislingen Incline’s 150th anniversary was in year 2000. Eisenbahn Romantik made this movie in celebration:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acSBSx3MuWs (German)

For comparison, the incline is 1:44.5, or slightly less steep than Lickey in the UK.


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Now, wouldn’t you like to have a 2000-hp 2-12-0 like the Württemberg K type freight locomotive?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rocxAQWxkao – Half an hour about a tiny railway in Denmark’s Far West.

And talking about Denmark…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK3B6q4emfQ – An hour-long film about DSB’s museum stock.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9LyoHi_R2A – A special train on a thundery summer night, just over five years ago, enroute from Kiel to Lübeck. Fallen trees and damaged crossings and signals. Two readbacks of train orders concerning crossing damage may be heard. Some of the damage is visible in the return journey footage at the end.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOYwKJEUAcE – “Markus and the Language of the Signals” is a film made by Deutsche Bahn for the edification of student drivers.

At ca. 1:45 the old driver says: “Ah! That’s no good. Least one hand and two feet or two hands and one foot.” Circabout. I’m crap at Bavarian.


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← Pic of Sankō Line’s iconic Uzui station nicked from http://www.kankou-shimane.com/en/?p=6986

JR West’s Sankō Line, 2018-03-31:

It was the line’s last day of operation, and locals and loonies were out there with the barbie.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSw0s6UQaDk (16m)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxxRrZE98gs (54m)

The day after, buses took over.


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← A sign at DLR’s Abbey Road station.

Now, I do not know if the following is an urban legend or verifiable truth, but here goes…

At a crossing accident inquiry in Punjab, India, a station master was asked how many railway crossings there were in his area of control.

“There are eleven crossings, four unmanned and seven manned. Of the manned crossings, four are male and three are female.”

After a brief pause, the inquiry committee asked about the difference between male and female crossings.

“Those where the barrier pole rises up are male, and those where the gates spread to the sides are female.”

The investigation is on hold until the committee recovers.




>The day after, buses took over.
Bustitution is truly a crime against mass transportation, and foamers.


The LNER Encyclopedia has a collection of rail-related poetry here:


Now that some of you are heading into red-lobster-season, it is surely time for this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl4pJwcE7JI – “Snow” (1963)


Hans Christian Lumbye wrote the Copenhagen Railway Steam Galop around the time the first railway went into operation in Denmark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8-itpIIZdA – As you can hear, the DRSO had a good run.


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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From yet another murky corner of Teh Intertubez comes this:

TRAINS 1506x996 Colour JPEG - English Electric exported a number of their standard designs to various British colonies. Here a pair of National Railways of Zimbabwe DE3 class 1Co-Co1's bask in the dawn sunshine at Bulawayo in August 1984, having arrived with the daily train from Triangle.


New Zealand got them.Te drivers hated them because they had been ordered with a smaller than normal power unit because cheap. Gutless wonders.


As sometimes happens, I was poking around on Teh Interwebz, when I happened upon a report titled “Automated Mixed Traffic Transit Vehicle Microprocessor Controller”. Seems NASA and JPL were playing with battery-powered, driverless trams primo the 1980s.

This report is about the Z80-based control computer and its hardware and software components. It even has the entire source code, written in Microsoft Fortran-80. Wow. Now I know that F-80 code is ROMable.

Aside: Microsoft Fortran-80 is FORTRAN-66 for CP/M-80. It lacks complex variables and mayhaps some other stuff.



That's gonna give the railroad unions a bad case of butthurt.


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Now how about this? 3200 horsepowers spread on *all* twelve axles!


Should anyone be interested, here are three clips of freights running block-to-block through a valley in Germany:



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This was taken on my birthday.
"Cloudy with a chance of rain, huh."

>the economics of actually doing it is pretty dubious
Especially if the EVs solve the problem of battery price and longevity.

Still, this uses essentially existing technology and finding a suitable incline should be easier than filling up a valley for pumped hydro station.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_vDBjhOfUw – A South African Railways class 26 steam locomotive running light last year.



Coalition for Sustainable Rail: https://csrail.org/

Wonder how it will work out.



An entire model train on a circuit board about as large a posh smartphone.


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More hippie bullshit, chasing the unicorn and trying to catch its farts.


Eat your heart out, Märklin!

Anyway, RIP Grumpy Cat. Hopefully she's up there, giving Tama-chan the business.


If the Japanese can have mascots for their trains and stations, I vote that Grumpy Cat should be posthumously be made the mascot of American Railroading.



"Oh, your Amtrak train is 12 hours late? Good."



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So how about a Grumpy Bunny to go with Grumpy Cat?


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https://londonist.com/2011/03/a-guide-to-alternative-london-tube-maps – or what happens when folk decide to have fun with LU maps.


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Freights in India. AFAICT, the consists are two EMD-based WDG4s (front) and two ALCO-based WDM2s (back).


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← JR Shikoku’s planned entry into the luxury sightseeing train market. It will also be a day tripper for foodies, it seems.



Still feeling too lazy to open a new thread…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE5DAisHbe8 – The three-hour train ride from Bergen to Ål on the Bergen line in Norway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCJC6mvRBYU – A snippet about German wartime locomotives.


Just a few more Tyoube vids for ya lot to look at and (maybe) bookmark…

First, several clips from the Bergen line in Norway:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0vrhCqFUFE – Bergen to Myrdal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o7ecadHJmU – Another view, Bergen to Ål.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=facDr2lTAUM – The Bergen line in grumpy weather.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WxAILsn5-Y – The Bergen line in crabby weather.

Then, a few mixed clips:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygjw-n1bOnE – From Flåm to Myrdal, first run of the (winter) day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN8AZT9bhvI – Aboard Super View Odoriko #93 running from Tokyo to Izukyu-Shimoda stn.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXZeTXYfeU0 – Sonceboz–Solothurn í Sviss.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpcJ6jJlz6o – Royal Gorge route.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWm5huUMxuQ – London–York in an Intercity 225.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE04Faxfo7I – London–Brighton in an hour.

Finally, a few steam clips:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XxaGBG6Xdo – “Wash Up and Brush Up” BR maintenance in the 1950s.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RsAl1t9cWU – And no slippage to be heard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMnC_gOeuzM – BR 52 8134 Lastprobefahrt (load test run).


Fourecksian stuff:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0Rd1uXXBPI – Troublesome curves…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DYEVnc--7M – On the Nullarbor where you can find close to three hundred miles of dead straight track.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJTPyaDmvUA – Narrow-gauge ops in Queensland.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3592zBTdE4g – Western Creek Junction.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBurXnC08_w – A fistful of ore trains.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8yviL_np7U – A few ore trains more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO3lVEhebMg – Five-headed grain train.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNZqL7T4K9M – Not just grain but coal, too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0iy7wNoBZ0 – Here’s some more coal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_LGM04SYeY – A stalled freight.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqzIS2ydcuM – One freight helps another out.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3kQ4lgf9Mc – And of course the 4.5 miles of ore train.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PS2dfF_vLY – Storms in Aussieland.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyu9g8k7RwY – “The Commonwealth’s Trans-Australian Railway” (1925 silent film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQC1Sw0wy6o – “Rail Town” (1953 sound film on Port Augusta)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usi4LM_iVuw – “All Manner Of Trains” (1962 colour film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZCMwrMOV9Y – “The Rail Way” (1979 colour film)

Now, some bits from Britannia:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AoVJfXS058 – An hour of freights and specials.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDyUorONLIQ – Flying Banana?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt7n0MhV9Co – One last HST.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhFNpAjVO5U – A summer day in Westerfeld some time in the 1980s. When was the last time you saw modelling like this?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortescue_railway may still be the railway with the world’s heaviest axle loads.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y4MvB6TkHc – So this freight dog gets sent with a Class 185 locomotive to the Hamburg-Billwerder intermodal terminal…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0agAxqvzsIw – … to pick up a load of crates and bring it back to Maschen, Europe’s largest marshalling/classification yard.

Btw, he has more cab ride clips on his channel.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLLrTay01hc – Two Br151s trundle off with a load of coal and a Br186 as a helper.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ztvg6QgGY8 – Music for two horns and a station beeper.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ0jEXtRGQM – Coffee! Coffee! I need coffee!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b89XCjRh_fc – One last goodbye to a fallen driver from the colleagues.

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