Thanks to a delightful internet rabbit hole, I now know. This is the Union Pacific Big Boy. Anyone ever seen one in person?
Sometimes I wish the NSB Type 69 trains still had their old paint scheme
Pros: everything is pretty much free. Drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, snacks, a prepared meal, et cetera. Also, having a single seat means I get a window and the aisle, so I can poop whenever I want and still get a good view. There’s also club soda, which as I have said before is a sign of being so fancy.
Apparently unrelated to goings on in Paris.
After decades of retirement and a $5 million restoration project by the Fire Up 611 association, J Class locomotive #611 returned to Roanoke under its own steam.
The crash was less than 24 hours ago, and the fact-finding part of the investigation is far from over. It will be a while before investigators begin forming theories, let alone conclusions from those facts. Those may not come for weeks, or more likely, months. Any speculation on he “how” of the event is just that,…
Friendly reminder that today is a good day to not engage with the front page (◕‿◕✿)
There is nothing more unsettling than being in a strange city—or a strip mall, or a bus terminal—and getting a big whiff of the distinctly disgusting smell of a subway train stop. It is a gross and bad and terrible place. I would be thrilled if the line went under tomorrow. I hate it. I hate it so much! Its trains…
As seen in these videos, the RU 800 S moves along existing track, replacing sleepers and rail while washing and re-laying ballast. Amazing.
Answer: lots of relays (and other stuff). Some tech must have left this cabinet open on the RER B. It was fun listening to their clicking and clacking as the train pulled up to and away from platforms. Seen on the way to pick my parents up at the airport this morning. Showing them Paris for the next few days so I…
In the absence of a complete car, have a 283 train. It's a tilting diesel multiple unit by Fuji. That means there's no separate locomotive as the engines are under the floors of the carriages. Oh, and it tilts. No, I don't know why the driver is so high up.
Gave up trying to find a car that fitted the bill, so have a train. A Type 253 HST or Inter City 125 as used in the western parts of the UK in a 2+7 configuration, two locomotives and seven carriages. When introduced in the 1970s as a stop gap until the Advanced Passenger Train was put into service it was the fastest…
Took the boy to Stone Mountain Park for some hiking, climbing and guy time yesterday. Here is one of the park's 1950 vintage Electromotive FP7A diesels approaching a trail crossing.
An Amtrak train carrying 213 passengers collided with a truck carrying an oversize trailer in Halifax, NC today around noon. The driver of the truck was carrying a specialized load on a lowboy trailer and was being escorted by highway patrol. He was setting up the truck to make a difficult turn but the train came…
Went to the national rail museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin today. Some cool shit there. Here's the photos.
Rolling coal and moving snow.
In response to the FP post, watch this excerpt from a National Geographic documentary my dad and I watched a million times when I was a kid. If it isn't auto set, start at 32:30.
I got off work yesterday and decided to go for a little drive. Along my journey, I stumbled upon one of St. Louis' hidden treasures: The St. Louis Museum of Transportation. I hadn't been since I was a little kid so I decided to stop in. The museum actually houses one of 55 (?) Chrysler Turbine cars! Enough of me…