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September 2021

TRAINS IS THE #1 MAGAZINE AMONG RAILROAD ENTHUSIASTS! EACH ISSUE IS PACKED WITH PROBING FEATURES, RAILROAD NEWS, EXPERT COMMENTARY, CUTTING-EDGE INDUSTRY REPORTS, DETAILED MAPS AND SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPHY COVERING RAILROADING’S INFLUENTIAL HISTORY AND EXCITING FUTURE.

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País:
United States
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
Periodicidad:
Monthly
7,01 €(IVA inc.)
39,46 €(IVA inc.)
12 Números

en este número

2 min.
new amtrak equipment experiences setbacks

AMTRAK HAS EXPERIENCED SETBACKS with its next-generation equipment on two fronts, but one could see resolution before the summer is out. Several factors led to months-long delays for the Siemens Venture cars built for state-supported service in the Midwest and California, while problems with new Acela trainsets will push back their Northeast Corridor debut by a year. However, an Amtrak official said the first Venture cars could enter service as soon as July. Among the Venture issues: an English supplier’s plan for a U.S. facility to comply with “Buy American” requirements was delayed nearly a year by COVID-19 restrictions. Without that supplier’s tables, which provide passenger restraint in case of an accident, the cars — 88 for Chicago-based regional routes and 49 for California — could not be placed in service. The first…

16 min.
what happened to talgo

HOW FANTASTIC IS THIS? “A gliding sensation rounding the curve at 100 mph,” reads a notebook entry scribbled while a Talgo Series VI trainset is put through its paces on the Transportation Technology Center test track near Pueblo, Colo. “The coach begins a smooth tilt, then straightens out. The horizon’s relative change is the only hint that we are going around a curve.” On Nov. 17, 1998, it’s easy to envision the beginning of a new era in passengerfocused comfort aboard an Amtrak train. The Spanish-built trainset, powered by two new F59PHI locomotives, reaches speeds exceeding 120 mph. Amtrak test engineers Ed Lombardi and Dave Warner supply technical details with color. “We hit 120 at 6-inch cant deficiency with 6 inches of superelevation, no problem, but the engine got hot and puked after…

14 min.
the science of broken rails

TO THE CASUAL observer, a broken rail represents a sure-fire risk of derailment. But the industry’s experience suggests otherwise. While broken rails are a leading cause of derailments (and for that reason, are a target of intense industry research), the overwhelming majority of broken rails are found and repaired before a derailment occurs. When a derailment does occur, and a cause is not immediately apparent, a painstaking forensic investigation ensues in which rail is a focal point. Main track derailments due to broken rails typically have several distinguishing characteristics. Derailed cars are piled high or tightly packed, and track destruction is sudden and total, with no wheel marks indicating a point of derailment farther back. This has to do with how the derailment takes place: After rolling off a broken rail,…

16 min.
long island bets big on growth

Chartered in 1834, the Long Island Rail Road is one of the oldest surviving flags in the industry, an enduring part of rail history in America, and a powerful engine in the growth and development of the New York City area. For more than a hundred years, it has been synonymous with Penn Station, operating from there since 1910, three months before the Pennsylvania Railroad did. Soon, East Side Access, an $11.1 billion multidecade project, will take Long Island trains to Grand Central Terminal. “Next year, when we finish all of this, this is going to be a transformational moment for the Long Island Rail Road,” says Janno Lieber, president of MTA Construction & Development. The project is immense in scope, from LIRR’s new eight-track multilevel station below Grand Central to a…

2 min.
hot spot: dexter, mo.

LOCATION: Dexter is situated in the rural southeast corner of Missouri in Stoddard County, about halfway between St. Louis and Memphis. It is surrounded by fertile soil, vast row-crop farmland, and straight, high speed Union Pacific lines. The town’s railroad roots run deep. The original map of the city was filed by Thomas Allen, president of the Cairo, Arkansas & Texas Railroad. Another railroad, the St. Louis, Arkansas & Texas, arrived in 1889. Today, both lines are part of the Union Pacific after a series of mergers. TRAIN-WATCHING: UP uses a directional traffic pattern on this corridor between Illinois and Arkansas. The former Missouri Pacific lines from Chicago and St. Louis funnel to the double-track Thebes Bridge on the Chester Subdivision, where the former Cotton Belt territory begins to Dexter. The…

2 min.
ask trains

Q What is a jump frog and how is it different from a standard frog? — Mark Corcoran A A jump frog (sometimes called a lift frog) features a standard, continuous running rail on the through route and flange-bearing ramps on the diverging route. The name comes from the fact that wheels of trains on the diverging route are lifted over the through rail. Manufacturers describe such a frog as ideal for situations involving diverging trains hauling low tonnages at low speeds — maximum allowed speed is the FRA Class 1 standard of 10 mph — often where sidings divert from high-speed, high-frequency main lines. Advantages include less impact loading on the through route, reduced damage to lading, reduced noise and vibrations, and subsequent savings on maintenance. The jump frog is used…