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Old February 28th, 2009, 11:55 PM   #61
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Yep, before the great belt bridge they used to put trains on boats. Actually is it true the reason for the big rubber bumpers on the IC3 units is to make a aerodynamic seal, as one long train had to be split in two to fit on the ferries?
Well, yes and no. The big rubber bumbers, as you call them, provide a larger
and easier communication between units than the conventional car coupling
used in Europe. It is also faster to establish. Inside the rubber bumber you
find a driving post, that swings open (with the driver's chair, commands and
everything) to allow passengers to circulate between units. We use the
same system in Belgium, we have 120 EMUs fitted with that system. And we
don't put trains in boats here. Simply, we use those units for trains that
split or merge en route between different destinations. It is very efficient.
It might be true that Danes did use it to ease the split of the trains before
boarding them in the boats; but they use them also in trains headed for
multiple destinations, as far as I know.
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Old March 1st, 2009, 10:25 PM   #62
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Anyone know if those trains running through Jack London Square in Oakland is a regular timetabled occurance or whether it happens like once a day? I'd like to go there and see them myself.
Jack London Square is a very well-known and BUSY trainwatching place - it's on a major freight mainline in west-central California.

Just search for 'jack london square' on YouTube for oodles of video of the typical action there.

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Old March 2nd, 2009, 05:10 AM   #63
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This might only exist once in the world: This train shares the space with cars on a bridge.
I can think of several bridges in Mannheim Harbour alone which are used jointly by cars and cargo trains with tracks embedded in the pavement. One example would be Mannheim Kammerschleuse, where a cargo track enters the street on Friesenheim Island north of the bridge, then runs in the pavement across the bridge, and runs off the street on the south side on the opposite side of the street.
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 05:47 AM   #64
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Maekhlong market, near Bangkok - watch the whole video

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Old March 4th, 2009, 09:08 PM   #65
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Jack London Square is a very well-known and BUSY trainwatching place - it's on a major freight mainline in west-central California.

Just search for 'jack london square' on YouTube for oodles of video of the typical action there.

Enjoy!



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Thanks Mike, I appreciate the response. Looking at google maps it seems as though it's the only railway through the area and somewhere I could easily spend a day.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 08:49 PM   #66
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Old May 18th, 2009, 09:49 PM   #67
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Here's a Photo of Jack London Square.
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Old May 31st, 2009, 07:53 AM   #68
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There is also one between Bosnia and Serbia (Raca) where even two cars can barely pass.
Took this picture this summer:
this is a similar one y patagonia, Argentina, called "ferrocarretero"


from the locomotive




This one doesn´t run on the street, but in the sidewalk, better keep you car in the garage!
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Old May 31st, 2009, 08:19 AM   #69
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That's terrible lol.
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Old May 31st, 2009, 02:58 PM   #70
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We had a similar bridge too. It's near Baja,on the Danube. It was extended in 1999 to separate road and rail traffic:




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Old June 1st, 2009, 07:22 AM   #71
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the train on the sidewalk situation used to exist in Waco, Texas.

Now the line is closed and the tracks ARE the sidewalk, the city filled in the space between the rails and planted grass along the side.
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Ditto Oshkosh, WI. The former CP-SOO western Canada-MStP-Chicago mainline through town (the track ran between the street and the sidewalk on Division St for several blocks) was abandoned when its then owner (Wisconsin Central) acquired the track of a much straighter paralleling railroad through the city in the mid 1990s. CN now uses that rerouted mainline for its western Canada-Chicago traffic.

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Old June 2nd, 2009, 01:22 PM   #73
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Here's a Photo of Jack London Square.
See no square
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 05:26 PM   #74
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See no square
Jack London Square:
http://www.bing.com/maps/default.asp...cl=1&encType=1
The railroad runs down the middle of Embarcadero St.

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Old February 6th, 2010, 08:21 PM   #75
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anyone know of that cross-island train in Denmark? I was reading the account of a travel writer who was happily enjoying the journey when it stopped in a tunnel and everyone got off. Entranced he watched all the people start climbing some staircases from inside the tunnel; they didn't return. He walked the length of the train - the entire place was empty. As the only person left - what would one do? So he followed them with all his luggage, despite it not being his stop.

At the top - get this - he found open air and sea spray. They were now on a ferry, with the train parked below decks.
This still happens on the Hamburg - Copenhagen train, the ferry runs between Puttgarten and Rodbyhavn.

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Old February 7th, 2010, 01:56 PM   #76
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wow, I didn't realise this happened in so many places! I don't think it has ever happened in the UK! It is something I have thought about tho...
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Old February 7th, 2010, 07:31 PM   #77
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There was an industrial line in Zemun, Serbia that used to run on the sidewalk. It also crossed the road twice, but unfortunately it’s abolished. You can still see two rail tanks on GE: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=sr&ie...01714&t=h&z=19







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Old February 7th, 2010, 07:35 PM   #78
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Notice how pedestrian is patiently waiting for the train to pass.



Some of the track is pulled out but most of it is still lying in the sidewalk.





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Old February 7th, 2010, 07:59 PM   #79
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