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Postby richardedmonds » Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:46 pm

Heck some of those American trains must be longer than the UK, I just looked on the Roanoke rail cam and a train was already a mixed freight passing thorough. I missed the locos but the rest of the train took eleven and a half minutes to pass completely now that is what I call a train. Heck with todays new offerings I would have to be a multi Millionaire to replicate that in TT
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Re: Long trains

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:32 pm

Seriously, many of the trains are 100+ cars!
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Re: Long trains

Postby richardedmonds » Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:36 pm

Thats what caught me alex, I have counted 140 cars previuosly on that cam, but that normally passes in 5-7 minutes this cuss at 11 odd minutes got me thinking. Incidentaly the speed of these trains does seem very consistent give or take a couple of mph
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Re: Long trains

Postby TinGoat » Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:08 pm

This is my observation [Generalization]

U.S. and Canada run long / slow trains and in many locations you will only see one or two trains per day.

In Europe and the U.K. you see short / fast trains frequently.
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Re: Long trains

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:11 pm

On my drive to work, I routinely see 100-200 car trains with as many as 6 engines on them.

Neat stuff alright...
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Re: Long trains

Postby Dibbedabb » Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:00 pm

I think you can't put UK trains similar to other european trains. I might be wrong, but in my impression UK trains are shorter and lighter than central european trains. Of course they can't be compared with american trains, but here the heaviest trains weigh up to 5,500 Tonnes. These trains carry Iron Ore and are pulled by 2 class 155 locomotives (if they start Germany only) or 2 class 189 locomotives (if the start is in Holland), although the 189 is new to these trains.
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Re: Long trains

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:15 pm

Dibbedabb wrote:These trains carry Iron Ore and are pulled by 2 class 155 locomotives


I'm interested in this. Can you provide some pics or links please?
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Re: Long trains

Postby Dibbedabb » Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:54 pm

After checking the web I think I was wrong. They never use class 155, but 151.
This is a pic of such a train.
You can find more pics when you google for "Erzbomber" (ore bomber), the nickname for these trains. If there are 2 class 151 or 189 on the train, and if they have middle buffer coupling, it should be one of these ore trains.
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Re: Long trains

Postby Marquette » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:38 pm

Don't forget the *massive* ore trains running from Kiruna in Sweden to the port at Narvik in Norway...
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Re: Long trains

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:26 pm

Dibbedabb wrote:After checking the web I think I was wrong. They never use class 155, but 151.
This is a pic of such a train.
You can find more pics when you google for "Erzbomber" (ore bomber), the nickname for these trains. If there are 2 class 151 or 189 on the train, and if they have middle buffer coupling, it should be one of these ore trains.



Cool thanks. I was a bit more excited when you said 155s though.....
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