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  1. Here's an interesting scene uploaded by Schony747. A grain train stalls on a 1.9% grade and a pair of mid '60s engines, 1810hp X31 and maybe 950hp T376 come to the rescue. They fight the good fight and get the formation moving. Sanders are mentioned in the description; I don't understand if this was a power or adhesion problem. The two G class engines produce 3800hp each in their rebuilt form, resulting in 76,000 pounds of starting effort. The force on some of the couplers must be tremendous, what does it take to break a knuckle? The grade is the Warrenheip Bank. Warrenheip is immediately east of Ballarat, the setting of Dr. Blake Mysteries :). https://www.google.com/maps/@-37.5761474,143.9158802,15z https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geelong–Ballarat_railway_line https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_Railways_X_class_(diesel) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_Railways_T_class https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V/Line_G_class Mark please feel free to correct any errors here 🙂
  2. Original 1980s promotional film by Commonwealth Engineering about the Australian XPT. Still one of the best-looking med/hi-speed DMU on the planet.
  3. For anyone interested in engineering failures, the linked article may entertain. I don't think I would like to stand under any of these spans. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/email-trail-reveals-highlevel-warnings-about-skytrain-safety-threat-20170111-gtpc6u.html In a nutshell, there are concerns over the construction methods of the elevated part of the line. The government authority in charge of roads is not allowing the builders to build over the roads until they prove it will be done safely. The builders are under pressure to avoid this delay because they will be penalised for not meeting deadlines. Competing demands?
  4. I've always been interested in these trucks, they look cool. I infer from the text with this picture that non-steerable trucks provide less tractive effort than steerable types; I also guess that the steerables require maintenance. Are the more simple looking trucks on EMD SD locomotives, for example, also steerable using a different method? If not, does anyone know how much this reduces total tractive effort? Does this only make a difference when starting load on a curve? http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=126306 Example of SD trucks (note that maintenance crew is on a different track :)) http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=555890 Also, the class(?) lights are cool, kinda like Conrail marker lights.
  5. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/hurstbridge-derailing-keys-used-to-steal-train-could-have-come-from-ebay-20151110-gkvut8.html
  6. http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/traction-rolling-stock/single-view/view/four-shortlisted-for-new-south-wales-train-contract.html
  7. Filed in FWIW category, but somewhat interesting... http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/8/19/debt-capital-markets/high-speed-rail-may-receive-japanese-backing
  8. http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/1415277/bite-the-bullet-japan-keen-to-introduce-its-train/?cs=7
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