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    Making a Rail Anvil Stand
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    Making a Rail Anvil Stand

    January 10, 2020

    The rail gets traced here to establish a template The outline is cut using a bandsaw The template fits over the rail in both directions Strips of 1/2″ plywood are cut on the table saw Plywood squares are cut The template is used to roughly trace the outline onto each square Holes are drilled to help cutting on the bandsaw The bandsaw is used to cut out most of the material The template is temporarily nailed to each square to finish shaping with the router A flush-cut router bit is used to follow the template, the bit has a bearing that rides on the template shape This process took a while, lots of sawdust Each layer gets a quick sand All the squares are placed on the rail to check for fitment The table saw is used to cut off the top corners Each layer is glued and nailed together, screws are also used for additional strength I covered the rail in clear tape to ease glue clean-up The last layer is glued and brad nailed The entire piece is clamped and left to dry A solid steel bar and sandpaper are used to sand the inside surfaces, a lot of dried glue to clean up The stand slides on easily in both directions The plywood is jagged and needs flattening Guides are clamped on and the table saw is used to plane off excess wood Dangerous? Yes. All sides have been flattened Sanding smooth and rounding off the hard edges Very nice Steel flat bar is used for brackets Some small tack welds to hold the layers of steel together Quick grinding to remove excess weld material Bracket bolt holes are drilled Holes are drilled in the stand to accept lag bolts This bracket is used to prevent the rail from sliding out during use Threaded studs are installed on the other side for a removable bracket Water-based clearcoat is applied Rail slides in very easily Plastic knobs allow quick removal of rail Finished product Like and subscribe!

    In Tokyo, These Trains Jingle All the Way
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    In Tokyo, These Trains Jingle All the Way

    October 14, 2019

    (humming) – [Narrator] In train and
    subway stations all over Japan, you’re likely to hear a fully composed seven-second jingle that is uniquely written for that station. And if you’re one of the millions of Tokyo metro riders You’ve probably heard one of these jingles composed by Minoru Mukaiya. (lively music) (soft music) (upbeat music) – [Narrator] Over time,
    Mr. Mukaiya shifted his focus to his other passion-trains- and formed a company
    that builds simulators. In this world of trains, he found a new outlet for his music and got to work composing train melodies. Like this one (Shibuya Station music) (pensive music) (Ochiai music) (Takadanobaba music) (Monzen-Nakachō music) (Waseda music) – [Narrator] Having found a
    marriage of his two passions, today, Mr. Mukaiya considers
    himself a lucky man.

    Watch a Train Run Through Thailand’s Most Dangerous Market
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    Watch a Train Run Through Thailand’s Most Dangerous Market

    August 20, 2019

    – [Narrator] Okay, just watch. Three, two, one. (horn blowing) This is Thailand’s Maeklong Market. (brakes squealing) About an hour south of Bangkok, every day beginning at
    6:20 in the morning, a train runs through
    Maeklong Railway Market, one of the largest produce and
    seafood markets in Thailand, through the stalls selling
    fruit, ice cream, fish, through everything. And if you’re wondering which came first, the market or the train,
    the answer is the market. The Maeklong Railway built
    a commuter train to Bangkok back in 1905. The track they laid ran
    right through the middle of this market, which had
    been around for decades. Rather than moving,
    the vendors stayed put, adjusting their business
    to the train times, eight times a day, seven days a week. (speaking Thai) – [Narrator] This system has
    been perfected over the years. With produce just inches
    from the train’s wheels, tourists and vendors wait
    as the train passes through. Then, everything goes back to normal, or at least as normal as an
    active train line market can be.

    All Aboard One of the Last Authentic Steam Railroads
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    All Aboard One of the Last Authentic Steam Railroads

    August 9, 2019

    (mid-tempo instrumental music) – [Voiceover] Welcome to the 1880’s. This train has been running through these passes for over a century. There’s no cell service
    up here, no gas stations, and a whole lot of mountains. It’s also the highest, the
    longest, and one of the last authentic steam railroads
    left in the country. – There’s probably no better
    ride with a steam engine than this ride ride here. – [Voiceover] That’s Jeff Stebbins. Jeff is an engineer for
    this train, officially known as the Cumbres and Toltec Railway. He’s been working on this
    railroad for the last 19 years. – On this 64 miles of railroad,
    I have about 50,000 miles that would translate
    out to around the earth about two times. – [Voiceover] Today’s trains are powered by diesel and electricity, but this one keeps it old
    school by running on coal. – We shovel about three and a half to four and a half tons of coal a day. – [Voiceover] It’s dirty
    work and back in the 1930s, trains began changing to
    diesel because it was cheaper and more efficient. The coal-powered engines were phased out. This one survived, thanks to
    the people who cared about it and saw its beauty. – This 64 miles of railroad
    into southern Colorado, northern New Mexico, it doesn’t get much more
    beautiful than this. – [Voiceover] The other thing about coal is that it produces all that iconic smoke coming off the train. The train takes visitors along its route in the summer and fall. People come for the history
    more than for the thrill of it. The train’s top speed is
    only 20 miles an hour. – I love working on the railroad and I look forward to each
    morning that I come here. There’s really no place I’d rather be than a filthy dirty locomotive. (mid-tempo instrumental music)