The Train Thread 3

Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 3
Message board moderation

To post messages, you must log in.

Previous · 1 · 2 · 3 · 4

AuthorMessage
Profile Wiggo
Avatar

Send message
Joined: 24 Jan 00
Posts: 29487
Credit: 261,360,520
RAC: 489
Australia
Message 2110117 - Posted: 14 Nov 2022, 3:10:53 UTC

The wet weather here is causing problems, even for trains.

Freight train derails at Inverleigh, west of Geelong, leaving dozens of containers strewn across tracks. No injuries were reported and thankfully it was just a freight line.

Cheers.
ID: 2110117 · Report as offensive     Reply Quote
Profile Wiggo
Avatar

Send message
Joined: 24 Jan 00
Posts: 29487
Credit: 261,360,520
RAC: 489
Australia
Message 2111427 - Posted: 13 Dec 2022, 21:23:07 UTC
Last modified: 13 Dec 2022, 21:23:22 UTC

The Swiss look to have the problem covered.

Swiss train innovation hits a major milestone with track-jumping cars.

Swiss trains are already considered the gold standard by train enthusiasts and travelers alike for their spectacularly scenic routes, clockwork punctuality and incredible engineering. This is why trains like the Glacier Express can navigate narrow tracks and climb into the sky-tickling reaches of the Alps.

It may come as a bit of a surprise to discover that the Swiss had not been able to achieve a major milestone in rail innovation until this past weekend. On Dec. 11, the new GoldenPass Express journeyed from Montreux to Interlaken via Gstaad without requiring a change of trains for the first time in history.

It's not just the route that's noteworthy. The train itself, operated by the Montreux-Berner Oberland Railway (MOB), is a combination of eye-catching design and revolutionary technology that allows it to "jump" in both height and width, while also changing electrical voltage. This way, it can connect some of the most popular tourist destinations in Switzerland into one seamless trip — a journey 150 years in the making.

Engineers have been trying to link these scenic Swiss destinations since 1873. But for nearly a century and a half, connecting the two main train routes between sparkling Lake Geneva and towering Swiss Alps destinations had proved too difficult because there were two different types of tracks — metric gauge and standard gauge — to navigate. These two track types aren't just different widths; they're also different heights and use different voltages. So to travel from one stunning Swiss location to another, passengers had to disembark and change trains....
Watch it in action.

Cheers.
ID: 2111427 · Report as offensive     Reply Quote
Profile zoom3+1=4
Volunteer tester
Avatar

Send message
Joined: 30 Nov 03
Posts: 65068
Credit: 55,293,173
RAC: 49
United States
Message 2112236 - Posted: 29 Dec 2022, 23:20:59 UTC

I must post here, I hear my sig wants attention. Toot! 100mph, I would love to see that smashed by steam...
The T1 Trust, PRR T1 Class 4-4-4-4 #5550, 1 of America's First HST's
ID: 2112236 · Report as offensive     Reply Quote
Profile Gary Charpentier Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
Volunteer tester
Avatar

Send message
Joined: 25 Dec 00
Posts: 29658
Credit: 53,134,872
RAC: 32
United States
Message 2113048 - Posted: 15 Jan 2023, 16:59:26 UTC

ID: 2113048 · Report as offensive     Reply Quote
W-K 666 Project Donor
Volunteer tester

Send message
Joined: 18 May 99
Posts: 18018
Credit: 40,757,560
RAC: 67
United Kingdom
Message 2114040 - Posted: 3 Feb 2023, 18:53:25 UTC

ID: 2114040 · Report as offensive     Reply Quote
W-K 666 Project Donor
Volunteer tester

Send message
Joined: 18 May 99
Posts: 18018
Credit: 40,757,560
RAC: 67
United Kingdom
Message 2114101 - Posted: 4 Feb 2023, 18:28:00 UTC

ID: 2114101 · Report as offensive     Reply Quote
Grant (SSSF)
Volunteer tester

Send message
Joined: 19 Aug 99
Posts: 13415
Credit: 208,696,464
RAC: 304
Australia
Message 2114103 - Posted: 4 Feb 2023, 20:46:28 UTC - in response to Message 2114101.  

Yeah, i just saw a news story about that crash.
Amazed there are no deaths so far. And it's going to be quite a while before that mess is cleaned up and traffic can use the line again.


I'm wondering if the chickens are coming home to roost.
With COVID so many companies were cutting costs as much a & as fast as they could, and general/preventative maintenance is always a target for that sort of cost cutting. Over the last few months there seems to have been an increase in the number of incidents occurring, particularly in the aviation industry.
Mothballed fleets coming back online with way less staff than in the past, something's got to give to make that possible.
Grant
Darwin NT
ID: 2114103 · Report as offensive     Reply Quote
rob smith Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donorSpecial Project $250 donor
Volunteer moderator
Volunteer tester

Send message
Joined: 7 Mar 03
Posts: 21306
Credit: 416,307,556
RAC: 380
United Kingdom
Message 2114115 - Posted: 4 Feb 2023, 22:41:08 UTC - in response to Message 2114103.  

US railroads have, over the years, had a pretty poor safety record, particularly on freight only routes.
They've been very slow in adopting some of the technologies that we take for granted in Europe, and will take the costs of this accident as another excuse to further delay their implementation.
Bob Smith
Member of Seti PIPPS (Pluto is a Planet Protest Society)
Somewhere in the (un)known Universe?
ID: 2114115 · Report as offensive     Reply Quote
Profile zoom3+1=4
Volunteer tester
Avatar

Send message
Joined: 30 Nov 03
Posts: 65068
Credit: 55,293,173
RAC: 49
United States
Message 2114118 - Posted: 5 Feb 2023, 1:17:15 UTC - in response to Message 2114115.  

Yeah like US freight railroads going all electric like in Europe.
The T1 Trust, PRR T1 Class 4-4-4-4 #5550, 1 of America's First HST's
ID: 2114118 · Report as offensive     Reply Quote
Profile Wiggo
Avatar

Send message
Joined: 24 Jan 00
Posts: 29487
Credit: 261,360,520
RAC: 489
Australia
Message 2114175 - Posted: 6 Feb 2023, 8:11:48 UTC - in response to Message 2114101.  

ID: 2114175 · Report as offensive     Reply Quote
Previous · 1 · 2 · 3 · 4

Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 3


 
©2023 University of California
 
SETI@home and Astropulse are funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and donations from SETI@home volunteers. AstroPulse is funded in part by the NSF through grant AST-0307956.