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Postby Arseny » Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:35 am



Can somebody explain me, in what situation the driver gives a signal by the bell, not horn?
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Re: Old diesel

Postby railtwister » Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:19 pm

Hi Arseny,

AFAIK, The bell is used mostly for safety reasons to get your attention, such as when switching, around stations, or at grade crossings, and especially when the train is operating fairly slowly. It is an automated ringing, so there really can be no code to the rings like can be done with the horn. There may be some variation to this practice depending on the operating rules of the individual railroad company.

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Re: Old diesel

Postby BTTB Fan » Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:29 pm

Man, that uncoupling was rough! First, the cowboy driving the loco forgotto switch to reverse, and then, apparently, the break hose was not disconnected... oops!
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Re: Old diesel

Postby jmass » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:46 am

didnt notice the cowboy hat first time around, good one alexi! but ya got to love the sound and smoke of those old alcos!
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Re: Old diesel

Postby railtwister » Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:36 am

BTTB Fan wrote:Man, that uncoupling was rough! First, the cowboy driving the loco forgotto switch to reverse, and then, apparently, the break hose was not disconnected... oops!


It is common practice here for the air brake hoses not to be manually disconnected when switching, the fittings at the hose ends (gladhands) are designed to separate by themselves when the slack is pulled out of the hose and it straightens out as the cars move apart. This saves time and eliminates the need for a man to crawl between the cars to disconnect the hose, although he still must crawl under when the hoses need to be connected after coupling. It is not uncommon to see broken hoses with their gladhands still attached laying on the right of way alongside the tracks in switching areas because the gladhands didn't separate properly and the hose broke instead.

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Re: Old diesel

Postby BTTB Fan » Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:49 am

railtwister wrote:
BTTB Fan wrote:Man, that uncoupling was rough! First, the cowboy driving the loco forgotto switch to reverse, and then, apparently, the break hose was not disconnected... oops!


It is common practice here for the air brake hoses not to be manually disconnected when switching, the fittings at the hose ends (gladhands) are designed to separate by themselves when the slack is pulled out of the hose and it straightens out as the cars move apart. This saves time and eliminates the need for a man to crawl between the cars to disconnect the hose, although he still must crawl under when the hoses need to be connected after coupling. It is not uncommon to see broken hoses with their gladhands still attached laying on the right of way alongside the tracks in switching areas because the gladhands didn't separate properly and the hose broke instead.

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For the geeks ot there, this sounds like relying on exception handling to control regular progam flow... :roll: :wink:
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Re: Old diesel

Postby Arseny » Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:26 pm

Who cares about that stupid hoses? :smile:
Listen to the sound! Look at the smoke!!! :grin:
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Re: Old diesel

Postby Marquette » Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:34 pm

BTTB Fan wrote:For the geeks ot there, this sounds like relying on exception handling to control regular progam flow... :roll: :wink:


:D :D :D

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Re: Old diesel

Postby Arseny » Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:05 pm

railtwister wrote:It is common practice here for the air brake hoses not to be manually disconnected when switching


The Russian colleagues told me that there is the same thing in Russia too.. :)
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Re: Old diesel

Postby ConducTTor » Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:26 pm

BTTB Fan wrote:For the geeks ot there, this sounds like relying on exception handling to control regular progam flow... :roll: :wink:


Nah, just a known bug that no one cares to fix. Wait, that never happens :roll:
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