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Old May 12th, 2008, 06:58 PM   #41
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In Australia, there is an intensive amount of freight carried through the Hunter Valley in New South Wales. The Hunter Valley coal train operates 24hrs a day with export coal being carried to the Port of Newcastle. On the main section from Maitland to Sandgate, coal trains have a dedicated pair of tracks. Here is a couple of such coal trains.

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QRNational coal train at Victoria Street, Maitland City, NSW

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Pacific National coal train at the same location

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=235068

CityRail (NSW Government) also operate passenger services on the line about every 30mins in each direction, primarily using the new 2-car Hunter railcar sets. Also from the Hunter line is the shot of the Here is a shot of a 2-car Hunter railcar at Sandgate station.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 12:44 PM   #42
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Swedish Iron Ore Line

Here are some picutres of the Swedish Iron Ore Line. Basically it carries the iron ore from Kiruna and Gällivaare to the ports of Lulea (for shipping to Finland and Poland) and to Kiruna (for shipping to overseas). There are also some wood and container trains on this line. There is a plan to make a land link from Narvik to Russia and Far East. Most of the line is north of the polar circle. The whole line was upgraded in the last years to 30 t axle load. The line is electrified with 15 kv 16 2/3 Hz and is about 470 km long.


IORE locomotive carrying 68 empties near Vitafors. The full train will weight 8'600 t.


IORE with empty train in Polcirclen.


8'600 t train on the way to Narvik.

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Dm3 waiting on departure in Kiruna.


Dm3 locomotive with new iron ore cars. This side rods locomotive will be fased out next year.


Shaft head, pellet plant, stroage silo and yard in Vitĺfors.


Iron ore unloading station in Sanskär near Lulea. Before unlaoding hot water is poored on the train in the deicing tunnel. The unloading is a continous process using about 40 minutes for a 68 car train. The train is running thru a turning loop so that the locomotive does not have to change ends.


Narvik with iron ore port

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Woodtrain. The cars can only circulate in Scandinavia due to extra large loading gauge.

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Container Train "Nordic Rail Express"
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Are there any plans to upgrade the coupling system on European railroads to allow for more reasonably longer and heavier trains (like what are SOP here in North America, as well as in Australia and China)? It is not at all unusual to see 120+ car/15.000t trains here.

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There are projects, that's all. I don't think we will use heavier trains soon.

Trains are limited by the length of passing loops at stations and couplers (the old chain system). With some rare exceptions like the Kiruna-Narvik line, trains do not exceed 750 m (0.5 miles-2.500 ft) and 3.000 t. In Germany there are trials with 1.000 m trains on normal network but it is still an exception.

On mountain railways in the Alps usually trains do not exceed 2.000 t on steep gradients (25 to 33 mm/m or 1 in 40 to 1 in 30) using three electric locos. More than three locos are forbidden. Instead of improving couplers and rules, in Europe the trend is to build extremely long tunnels with low gradients (up to 65 km in length or 40 miles and with no more than 12 mm/m or 1 in 85 gradients). There are three such tunnels opened or under construction, three at advanced planning stage and one planned (the shorter of these is "only" 25 km/16 miles long).
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Are there any plans to upgrade the coupling system on European railroads to allow for more reasonably longer and heavier trains (like what are SOP here in North America, as well as in Australia and China)? It is not at all unusual to see 120+ car/15.000t trains here.

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We have different coupling systems in Europe. Most used are the buffer-and-chain coupler and the SA-3 coupler.
SA-3 has no problems with long trains but buffer-and-chain has.
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With some rare exceptions like the Kiruna-Narvik line, trains do not exceed 750 m (0.5 miles-2.500 ft) and 3.000 t.
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Depends on the country, in Eastern Europe trains can be longer and heavier.
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Depends on the country, in Eastern Europe trains can be longer and heavier.
Sorry, I was thinking about standard/irish/iberian gauge lines in Western Europe. Trains in Eastern Europe, especially on the 1520 mm gauge network, are heavier (and use automatic coouplers).
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In Europe the fright trains have faster accelerations / decelerations then in many other countries. This allows the trains to interweave with the passenger trains, but restrict them in weight.

3'000 t is an incorrect limit. See below:

There are the bauxit trains with 3'600 t. They are normally crossing in two parts the alps.

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There are swedish steal trains Lulea - Borlange. The picture shows a train with swedish Rc locomotives with only 2'400 t. There will be in future a train with two Traxx locomotives and train weight 3'200 t. see here

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Beautiful, one gauge for each post...

I add this on metric gauge, from http://www.rail-info.ch/RhB/fotos.en.html:

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