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Old May 16th, 2009, 05:50 PM   #121
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Old May 16th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #122
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Freight train of HGK (Häfen und Güter Köln [means: harbours and freights Cologne]) in Berlin-Karow, Germany:

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/hgk-haefen---und-gueterverkehr-koeln-261092.jpg[/IMG]

HGK train on the way to the city centre of Berlin:

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/hgk-haefen---und-gueterverkehr-koeln-266817.jpg[/IMG]

HGK train in Hamburg-Harburg:

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/hgk-haefen---und-gueterverkehr-koeln-266516.jpg[/IMG]

HGK train in Berlin-Moabit:

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/hgk-haefen---und-gueterverkehr-koeln-260517.jpg[/IMG]

HGK train in Düsseldorf-Rath:

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/class-66-jt42cwr-252270.jpg[/IMG]

HGK train in Berlin-Karow:

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/class-66-jt42cwr-226776.jpg[/IMG]

Only 90 kilometers away from home, HGK train in Koblenz:

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/hgk-haefen---und-gueterverkehr-koeln-218215.jpg[/IMG]

HGK train in Ratingen-Lintorf near Düsseldorf:

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/hgk-haefen---und-gueterverkehr-koeln-214870.jpg[/IMG]

HGK train in Eisenhüttenstadt:

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/hgk-haefen---und-gueterverkehr-koeln-197559.jpg[/IMG]

HGK train in Duisburg-Entenfang (Ruhr area):

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/class-66-jt42cwr-175962.jpg[/IMG]

Back home in Cologne, HGK train in Köln-Weiden:

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/hgk-haefen---und-gueterverkehr-koeln-177389.jpg[/IMG]

HGK train leaving Cologne's Südbrücke (south bridge):

[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/hgk-haefen---und-gueterverkehr-koeln-172497.jpg[/IMG]
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Old May 16th, 2009, 08:25 PM   #123
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the locomotive is fully ETCS-compatible.

>> the locomotive is fully ETCS-compatible.

Well, if this ETCS will realy work we will see. The system is very complex and very expensive to be comissioned.

Thie picture is not showing a comercial operation. It is taken on the Velim railway test circuit.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 09:06 PM   #124
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Brazil:



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Going uphill:













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Brazil part 3

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Brazil part 4

Estrada de Ferro Carajás - (EFC)

This is one of the longest trains in the world with 3,322 meters and 330 cars













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Old May 16th, 2009, 11:21 PM   #129
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The "thing" in the centre of the track is a rack or something for signalling (like the Crocodiles in France)?
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Old May 16th, 2009, 11:24 PM   #130
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A quick photo-tour of a newly built (well, "rebuilt" as there was a railway line here from the mid-19th century to about 1991) short freight-only branchline in Telford, Shropshire, England.

This is the Shrewsbury-Wolverhampton mainline at Wellington in Telford. The freight-only branch to Donnington turns off here.




The branchline is single track and 2 and a half miles long.



At the end of the line now (the line used to continue for a lot further, to Stafford, where it joined what is now the West Coast Mainline) is a tidy railfreight yard.





A road bridge runs over the tracks half-way down the yard (and is thus very handy for taking these photos and for train spotting!) and this is the view to the north, at the end of the branchline/rear of the yard.



Various diesel locos in use on the line, ranging from the 50 year old class 37 to the brand new class 66. Overall a very colourful (like the British railways in general) railway scene!

The full gallery (not mine I should say!!) with photos in better quality can be found here:

http://carlsgallery.fotopic.net/c1580013.html

(Includes construction photos too.)
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Old May 16th, 2009, 11:27 PM   #131
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I think that 3-km-long trains are not possibles. But tests have been done in Europe with trains 1.5 km long (1 mile).
See my post about Carajas Railways above.... 330 cars, 3,1 km long trains.

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The "thing" in the centre of the track is a rack or something for signalling (like the Crocodiles in France)?
That's because these trains run uphilling mountains above, they use rack and pinion (ABT) system to get traction.



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See my post about Carajas Railways above.... 330 cars, 3,1 km long trains.
In the Americas are possible, but not in the European standard gauge network, where maximum length is 750 m (with only a few exceptions).

Interesting, a triple Abt rack. I know of their existence but I have never seen a photo. Do you have more infos about the line?
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In the Americas are possible, but not in the European standard gauge network, where maximum length is 750 m (with only a few exceptions).

Interesting, a triple Abt rack. I know of their existence but I have never seen a photo. Do you have more infos about the line?

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from The Săo Paulo Railway on wikipedia.
Săo Paulo Railway (SPR) was a 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) gauge railway company in Săo Paulo (state), Brazil.

In 1859, a group of people led by the Barăo de Mauá convinced the imperial government that it was important to construct a railroad connecting Săo Paulo to the coast at Porto de Santos. The 800 meter ascent of the mountains was considered impractical and therefore Mauá favoured one of the biggest specialists, the Scottish railroad engineer James Brunlees.

Brunlees came to Brazil and considered that the project was viable. However there was no one to execute the project. He recommended the engineer Daniel Makinson Fox who had experience in the construction of railways through the mountains of northern Wales and the hillsides of the Pyrenees.

Fox proposed that the part of the route that went through the mountains would have to be divided in four switch-backs or zig-zags, each one having an 8% grade. In these stretches, the wagons would be pulled by steel cables. In the end of each switch-back, a tail-track 75 metres (250 ft) in length would be constructed, with a 1.3% grade. In each one of these tail-tracks, a stationary steam-powered winding engine would power the cables.

The proposal was approved by Brunlees and a new company was established, the Săo Paulo Railway - S.P.R. The capital to build the line was mostly British, and the railway company's official name was in English, not Portuguese.

The road was constructed without explosives, therefore the land was very unstable. The hollowing of the rocks was only made with feathers and wedges. Embankments of 3 to 20 m in height were constructed to protect the tracks from torrential rains. This used 230,000 cubic metres (8,100,000 cu ft) of rock.

In spite of all the difficulties, the construction finished 10 months ahead of the date specified in the contract, which was eight years. The Săo Paulo Railway was opened to trains on 1867-02-16. Coffee was carried to Porto de Santos.

In 1895 the company started to build a new line, parallel to the old one. For this new track, it used a funicular railway system of continuous rope haulage. In this system, the track was divided into five sections. In each section, for each wagon that went up there was another coming down to counterbalance it, as in an elevator.

In 1889, the first protests were made against the British monopoly over the route to Porto de Santos, which began the culmination with the construction of Mairinque-Santos in 1910, for Estrada de Ferro Sorocabana.

On 1946-09-13, the railroad was nationalised by the Brazilian government, and renamed the Estrada de Ferro Santos-Jundiaí, and on 1948-09-27, it was merged with most of the other Brazilian railways in to the Rede Ferroviária Federal, SA (RFFSA).

In the 1970s (well after it had been renamed), the haulage system was replaced by an Abt rack system which was installed by the Japanese firm Marubeni. The locomotives for this changeover had been constructed by Hitachi.



image from http://www.abpfsp.com.br/museu_ferro...anapiacaba.htm




That's some sequence of the downhill:

Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYQ8Cgtm6P4
Part 2 (same of the embed)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDteOIUeQyA
Part 3 (now they show the ABT system)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FuMq_IIY0A
Part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouj2AF_uN1Q

Going uphill:
part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6peJIr6TtM
part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frzU5UZXXlc
part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2von5U6lraQ
part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NwtaswyZEQ
part 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj_P3U4sRnI
part 6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqt6NFu93IU
part 7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ8UW-x5uzA
part 8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHLePRrLoxs
part 9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eakLGMgoO2g
part 10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAS-R35S7CY
part 11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOBG5lCEMpU
part 12
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztHNsLJLByg

Some ecotourism in the area:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDUhRK3Q74A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8JsvAKcEf8

Touristic Old Steam Machine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydrWRZFlg0w

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The railway was built by britons, that's why the Paranaciacaba Village looks like a little english town.





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In the Americas are possible, but not in the European standard gauge network, where maximum length is 750 m (with only a few exceptions).

Interesting, a triple Abt rack. I know of their existence but I have never seen a photo. Do you have more infos about the line?
The reason for the difference in maximum train lengths and weights is in the differing coupling standards. The coupling standard used in the Americas (including those Brazilian lines), China and Australia - 'AAR Type E' couplers - has about eight times the rated strength of that used in central and western Europe ('buffer and chain').

15.000t trains hauled only by locomotives in the front are standard operating procedure here and I see them every day.

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Another problem is that tracks at stations and in yards are short.
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Freight train of Veolia Netherlands in Eindhoven:


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Freight train of SNCF Fret Benelux in Maastricht, Netherlands – SNCF Fret Benelux is a subsidiary of the french national operator, based in Antwerp, Belgium:


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Электровоз ВЛ11М ведет грузовой поезд по перегону Славское – Тухля, Ukraine/Lvov region:

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