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    The Train Thread.

    Does India need a bullet train?





    Shanghai Maglev tops the list with its maximum operational speed of 430km/h and average speed of 251kmph. The Maglev started commercial operations in April 2004.


    Harmony CRH 380A, with maximum operational speed of 380kmph, is currently the second fastest operating train in the world.

    The electric multiple unit (EMU) set a record by speeding at 486.1kmph during its trial operation on the Shanghai-Hangzhou intercity high-speed railway in December 2010.


    AGV Italo is the first train in the AGV Series which entered into service in April 2012. It has a maximum operational speed of 360kmph.

    The train is fitted with traction system that broke a record speed of 574.8kmph in April 2007.

    Considered to be the most modern train in Europe, AGV Italo was built by Alstom. The train currently runs on the Napoli - Roma - Firenze - Bologna - Milano corridor.


    He's a really useful engine..


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    How fast does Thomas go?...

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    Japan Oigawa Railway in Shizuoka Prefecture,

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    Once I was a locomotive operator. A GE out of Lagrange. I can honestly say it's hard to stop a train.

    To get it going sand was blown on to the rail just before the wheel. Filling the sand boxes was routine.

    No lateral moves just forward and back. No joke. The switching was dangerous. A guy lost his chin ( had it reconstructed ) when the glad hand kissed him. Laid him out cold for a bit. When the switcher does not respond you stop and hold. No fish story. Just sayen.

    When fish was spry he ran for the "frogger" to rerail the cars. What a job, what a life.

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    The Sunlnder (Brisbane/Cairns)


    Now Spirit of Queensland


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    South Africa's Rovos











    Fairly pricey at THB80000/night.

    And another choo-choo.

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    Ahh trains. We're moving into the great and tremendous Slap's field of expertise - as in I know they go choo-choo on occasion and cost a fuck load of money to sit on. Regardless though, I love trains. And much as I abhor the term 'bucket list', it is on mine to journey one day from old Londinium to the shores of Siam via the trans-Siberian.

    Meanwhile, back on planet Earth...

    From the carriage of the Virgin West Coast Express somewhere north of Newcastle...




    A drop of Gordon's on the 17.56 to Pompey


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    • BHP Billiton used to run iron ore trains of 336 car length, 44,500 tonnes of iron ore, over 3 km long, six to eight locomotives including intermediate remote unit. This operation modes seems to be ceased once the trunk line was fully double tracked in May 2011.[4]
    • The record-breaking ore train from the same company, 682 cars and 7,300 m long, once carried 82,000 metric tons of ore for a total weight of the train, largest in the world, of 99734 tonnes. It was driven by eight locomotives distributed along its length to keep the couplings loads and curve performance controllable.[5]

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    This is called a road train 555


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    Sat in the restaurant that used to be in the white building to the distant left of the crossing many years ago and counted 140 boxcars go by, about 2 miles worth of train.
    There are longer trains but I was impressed at the time.
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
    I apologize if any offence was caused. unless it was intended.
    You people, you think I know feck nothing; I tell you: I know feck all
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    On BBC radio 4 From our own correspondent " they discussed the new high speed train being proposed in Australia.

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    Lafarge Malaysian Cement, Ipoh

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    This will soon be operational


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    A weekday evening south western service from Clapham Junction to Woking.

    A real life rat race action shot. A (blurry) snapshot of the daily grind. Horrendous stuff indeed.


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