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    Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
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    Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators

    August 17, 2019


    No matter how sophisticated modern rail travel
    can be…the trains still run on rails. So there are still jobs for rail track layers,
    just as there were in the early days when the railroads opened up America’s west.
    They go wherever on the system they’re needed, from the rail yard…to an underground tunnel
    down the line. The rails may also be in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits and
    mines. This is an entry-level job in the railroad system, with no previous work-related skill
    required. Usually a high school diploma, physical strength, coordination and a good sense of
    responsibility will get you started. Workers with low seniority can expect night and weekend
    shifts. Sometimes you’re exposed to rain, wind and snow. And overtime might be required,
    especially during emergencies. After all, you’re a part of the nation’s rail system;
    the safety of passengers and the transport of goods rely on your careful, constant work.

    Railroad Trespassing – Find a Different Way: Cody Paugel’s Story
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    Railroad Trespassing – Find a Different Way: Cody Paugel’s Story

    August 15, 2019


    It was October 12th, 2012. I was 16 years old. I was walking on the tracks. I had headphones in, music blaring, walking
    the same way I do every single day. I heard a noise in the background and I turned
    around and I saw the Amtrak train right behind me. All I could think of doing at that point was
    just jump, try to get away from it, and unfortunately it still got me. I remember seeing my shoe fly off and then
    hitting the ground. You know when I got to the hospital I was
    in pretty rough shape. The initial impact broke my pelvis, my hip,
    four cracked ribs. I remember waking up, my leg was in traction. All in all, I had 31 surgeries, a lot of physical
    therapy. I had to relearn how to walk, how to use the
    bathroom, but I did survive. I was lucky. It doesn’t always happen that way. All in all, I just wasn’t thinking about what
    I was doing. Don’t go on the train tracks. Don’t take that shortcut. There’s different ways to get to where you
    need to go.

    Montana Rail Link receives $3.5M federal railroad safety grant
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    Montana Rail Link receives $3.5M federal railroad safety grant

    August 15, 2019


    Montana rail link gets ready to invest millions into new technology and safety modifications in the coming year federal grant will also help in that mission Montana Rail Link recently learned it will receive a three point five million dollar grant to supplement the installation of positive train control Montana sits investing ninety five million dollars in the coming years positive train control can overpower a train remotely and even stop it automatically before a crash happens adding a layer of safety for crews all right it is time

    Why Abandoned Railroads Still Matter 🛤
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    Why Abandoned Railroads Still Matter 🛤

    August 14, 2019


    Hey everybody thanks for tuning in! Today I want to zoom out a little bit so to speak and talk about the much larger and broader idea that led me to propose a hydrogen-powered streetcar in Long Beach. Ever since I was a toddler, every time my family would drive by some abandoned railroad tracks, I would crane my neck and try and get a good look. Where did the train used to go? Why did it fall into disuse? Would it benefit the public if it was brought back to life? Once I was old enough to go exploring on my own, I would follow overgrown railroad tracks for hours trying to imagine where they used to go and how long ago they stopped being used. This fascination, this obsession with lost railroads has stuck with me to this day, but new reasons for it have developed as I’ve learned more about the history of passenger rail in the United States and as of late becoming increasingly excited about the possibilities that exist for such rail in the future cities like Long Beach. Long Beach like most other Southern Californian cities, was built around passenger rail lines financed and built by real estate tycoons such as Henry Huntington. But… Voiceover: For the tremendous development and progress of this amazing area coupled with its usually pleasant climate is but a never-ending stream of population pouring into Los Angeles and the surrounding communities, mass production of modern houses with liberal financing arrangements enabled many thousands of young Americans to own their own homes for the first time! Near the lake there now arose a city, built by subdividers who had planned it, planned it as no other American city had been planned since L’Enfant laid out the District of Columbia 170 years ago. Me: We lost those very arteries connecting different neighborhoods with one other in the years of the postwar building boom, the time when middle-class GIs returning home from the war purchased cars and homes in the suburbs of our cities, creating urban sprawl while an excessive reliance on the private automobile began to characterize urban and suburban life throughout the country. Voiceover: Congress responded with the federal aid Highway Act of 1956 providing the staggering sum of $51,000,000,000 to be spent by the states on highway construction by 1971. The most talked-about phase of the act is the interstate highway system, a 41,000 mile network of our most important roads. Most of these roads will be four, six even eight-lane expressways constructed for through traffic. They will take the over-the-road driver from city to city, coast-to-coast at highways speeds, even through large population centers. Me: Both politicians and the public came to yield the automobile as a silver bullet for the transportation needs of Americans, leading to alternative forms of transit being underfunded and largely neglected in infrastructure spending all throughout the 1960s, 70s and through to the present-day. Even now federal transit funding for government owned passenger railroad Amtrak is outweighed by federal highway spending more than 50 to 1. Part of this is a consequence of the freeway system’s massive expansion in the postwar years to a road network of over 4 million miles, all of which must now be constantly repaired and maintained. While roads are generally less expensive to build than railroads, they cost far more to maintain per mile than railroad tracks, and with the exception of a small fraction of highways that require a toll be paid in order to use the road, generate no revenue. Railroads on the other hand, while often at least partially subsidized with tax dollars, those subsidies are actually generally offset by ticket sale revenue, ultimately saving the taxpayer money over highways. Build trains spend more now, pay less later. Build roads and save money now, pay MORE money later, it’s that simple. With the decline of the private railroad industry in the 1970’s cumulating with the bankruptcy of the Penn Central Railroad and numerous other privately owned railroad throughout the country, many lines that had been required to provide passenger service by law were abandoned when their respective railroads went bankrupt due to a combination of poor management, excessive tax burdes and the rise of the automobile. And these abandoned, mostly disused or otherwise maligned relics of pre WWII America are everywhere. Depending on how long ago a line was abandoned, and the subsequent decisions made once under public ownership, abandoned lines like this can be more or less visible. The tracks may be present, rusting away in neglect, or they may have been removed entirely leaving only an intact strip of undeveloped or partially developed land. Many of the landscaped medians often found in the roads of Long Beach and throughout Southern California, little useless parks that look nice but nobody walks their dog in due to their strange sizes and locations, were actually once rail lines. This is true for the medians of 2nd Street in both Belmont Shore and Naples Island. Some were simply paved over in their entirety and turned into roads for cars, such as the lower eastbound lanes of Livingston Avenue. Whether or not the tracks remain following abandonment generally depends on how wealthy an area is. Poorer areas tend to retain the rails themselves, while richer neighborhoods often remove them and landscape the old routes, but they remain at least for now so quite clear to see with the benefit of some historical knowledge and a bird’s-eye view. So, you might be wondering what that bigger picture is that I brought up in the beginning of this video, while others might have already guessed what I’m getting at here. Those old lines? We should use them for transit! Right? Despite the total loss of the actual railroad infrastructure in some cases, these strips of disused right-of-way which litter the American cityscape are usually at least partly publicly-owned, and therefore would be a bargain to bring back to life saving the taxpayers hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars over the cost of building a line between the exact same two points only a few hundred feet away from the existing line. There is no more prohibitive cost in developing a new transit line than real estate. And we can actually do something with this knowledge and develop these as light rail transit lines NOW, before the rights-of-way are sold off and subdivided saving ourselves billions over the costs of developing similar lines a few decades down the road. Does anybody really think people are going to stop moving to sunny, nearly winterless Southern California anytime soon? I didn’t think so. I know I’m not going anywhere. So we have to be ready to welcome our new neighbors from the cold northern states of the U.S. and throughout the world, and we’re not gonna be able to do that without developing an expansive world-class light rail transit network, otherwise nobody not even those of us who want to will be able to practically own and drive a vehicle around here once the population density reaches its inevitable breaking point. So, building a reliable fast and comfortable light rail alternative to total automobile dependence is going to be an inevitability as population density soars throughout Los Angeles, Long Beach, Orange County and all throughout Southern California, but it is only going to be cheap if we do it now, before things get out of hand. We can avoid the problems now being confronted in densely settled areas like West Hollywood, where residents are only now finally going to get a subway extension paid for with several billion dollars in funding from Measure M. Unlike West Hollywood, though, we here in Long Beach and the surrounding communities actually still have a few intact light rail corridors that have not yet been divided piecemeal for housing. If we were to turn only a few of these into regional light rail lines, our transit map could quite swiftly go from looking like this, to looking like this, then this, then perhaps this and beyond. A lot more if you might consider using mass transit than do now if it could get you right to your destination is a similar amount of time as driving, would you not? What if could get you there in less time? Some of you might now be thinking “what’s wrong with our bus system?” and the answer to that question? Nothing! There’s nothing wrong with the public buses operated by Metro, Long Beach Transit, Torrance Transit, OCTA and other municipal agencies in the area. In fact, they’re great! Our local bus systems are clean, safe, super affordable and on-time more often than not, although not quite as often as Metro rail, but they cannot be the entire picture of mass transit in Southern California or even in Long Beach simply because they take so, so much longer than driving. Time is money, man. Buses work best for short hops to destinations that are a bit further than you would want to walk or bike from a train station, but the further you travel on a bus the more one will find that the overall speed of the journey becomes hampered by the compounding factors of frequent stopping picking up and waiting for passengers to pay the fare, and the fundamental vulnerability of buses to be delayed by the same traffic congestion as suffered by private motorists, only exacerbated by the enormous size and lack of maneuverability of a bus. As a result, and you can check this on your phone yourself if you think I’m exaggerating, interurban bus journeys during peak hours often take more than three times as long as driving between the same two locations in a car. But the best approach to these fundamental shortcomings of bus transit is to use buses properly within a larger framework public transportation infrastructure. Buses on shared city streets simply don’t work well for interurban journeys and buses work better when they’re used only for that last stretch of travel from the train station to your destination. Public transit works the best when these networks are developed with a strong efficient and fast arterial foundation of a solid rail network is complemented with reliable bus service from the train station to anywhere the train can’t go due to either a lack of demand and density in the service area, or simply geographic obstacles that have not yet been overcome. That’s all for now! Thanks again for tuning in and please do like and subscribe to my channel for more videos like this one! Do you hate driving on the 405 as much as I do? Join me next time as we explore the possibility of developing direct rail service for a massive bargain between downtown Long Beach and Lomita, Torrance and perhaps even Los Angeles International Airport by using the existing disused rail line already bought and paid for by the county.

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    You Know It’s True

    August 14, 2019


    911 what’s your emergency? Ummm…there’s a car. an SUV, it tried to go through, it tried to beat the train.Did a train hit an SUV? Yes! Is that what happened? Yes!

    The Last Railroad Spike? | Did I Find GOLD????
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    The Last Railroad Spike? | Did I Find GOLD????

    August 14, 2019


    hey everyone J Three B here and today I’m at
    the old train station here in Orillia but it’s a rainy rainy day so I’m not
    here detecting, i’m here to tell you about something I found last time I was
    here it’s taken me a while to edit this video but I found something really neat
    here watch the clip well guys I found a railroad spike the one thing I didn’t
    want to find because I have plenty of those but I have to say it’s the
    weirdest one I’ve ever seen you guys want to check this out so as you can see
    this one almost looks like it’s solid brass look at the coloring on that I’m
    pretty sure that’s brass it’s really smooth I don’t know what the heck that
    would have been off of but I’ll tell you that’s pretty cool that’s like the most
    interesting fine on the day a brass railroad spike and it’s heavy now look
    there’s no markings on the back but that’s still pretty cool awesome let’s
    get back to it Wow guys that’s pretty cool in it and
    you know what I brought it with me so you can see it now all cleaned up right
    there this is a solid brass railroad spike found just over there behind me
    now while I was here detecting Krissy my friend Chrissy who you’ve seen in videos
    before and you guys may know her as outdoorsy gal oh she came to visit me
    because she knew I was here and she’s like you know what that might be
    ceremonial so you better do some research on it
    and after about 12 hours of research at the public library with the local
    history department doing some research online I found out this is the ceremony
    spike that the mayor hid into the tracks which would have been right along there
    in 1917 when this train station was built I found a real piece of history
    guys this is phenomenal right along that set of tracks there the mayor had a
    ceremony in the spring of 1918 to celebrate the grand opening of this
    station the original one was down oh that way more and it burnt down in 1916
    in 1917 this station was built and then in 1918 they did the grand opening they
    waited till spring because this place originally opened in December of 1917 so
    the spring of 1918 is when they had the ceremony and put this in this is
    referred to as the last spike a lot of towns would do this big cities like
    Toronto would have used gold or silver and as soon as the ceremony was over
    they’d pull them taken a museum smaller towns like this would have used brass
    sometimes out of copper and because it’s not such a precious metal they would
    have just left it into the ground so hundred years later I found it that is a
    real piece of history guys and I wanted to share with you
    so anyways thanks for sticking around and watching and I hope you guys learned
    something and I’ll tell you I was excited to do all the research and find
    out what I found and for it to be a nice piece of history I’m gonna be doing an
    updated video on it shortly I’ve been working on a display for it and I’m
    gonna be giving it to the Orillia Museum because it’s a nice piece of history on
    our town and I know people will love to see it anyways thanks for sticking
    around and watching remember to comment like and subscribe and as always if you
    died today and don’t know if you’d go to heaven link in description
    right down below for you to check out take care everyone you you

    Learn About Railroad Safety | Railroad Museum Field Trip | KidVision Pre-K
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    Learn About Railroad Safety | Railroad Museum Field Trip | KidVision Pre-K

    August 13, 2019


    (upbeat music) (whistling)
    (harp noise) – [Penny] Today, we’re
    at a Railroad Museum. Museums are places that
    have interesting collections of things. This museum has a very
    interesting collection of trains. – Hi Guys, welcome to The
    Gold Coast Rail Road Museum. – Hi.
    – I’m Laurie. – Hi Laurie. – And what’s your name? – Nicholas.
    – Hi Nicholas. And, you are? – Chloe.
    – Hi Chloe, nice to meet you both. Sir. We’re gonna learn lots of
    things about trains today. Are you guys ready?
    – [Family] Yes. – Alright, we’re gonna have a great time. Wanna come this way? We’ll start with some locomotives. This is the 153 steam locomotive. They used to use steam
    locomotives a long time ago, and a locomotive is just an
    engine that pulls the train. And, it has an engine in it just like the front of your parents’ car. – [Nicholas] What’s the engineer for? – [Laurie] The engineer drives the train. He sits in the front and
    the conductor takes care of the safety of the rest of the train. He usually rides in the back. There’s lots of different kinds of trains, and another kind of
    train is a freight train. And a freight train can carry your toys, it can carry your food, it
    can even carry your mail. Just about everything
    in your life has been on a train at least once. – [Penny] So, the
    locomotive is the first car on every train? – [Laurie] It is, and it
    can pull all kinds of cars. There can be a passenger
    car, or a freight car, they even have a caboose
    where the crew can ride. So you guys wanna go check
    out some different trains? – [Nicholas] Yes!
    – [Laurie] Alright! Each car has a different purpose. – [Penny] What kind of cars
    are attached to the train? – [Laurie] Well, you
    might have passenger cars, and there’s several
    types of passenger cars. You might have one that
    just has seats in it, where everybody gets to sit
    when they take a train ride, or you might have what
    we call a sleeper car and it has beds in it. It’s really fun. There are cars that they call lounge cars and you can just kinda hang out and relax, maybe have a juice. There’s all kinds of passenger cars. There’s a caboose right there! A red caboose. – [Penny] It’s the last car on a train. – [Laurie] That’s right. – [Penny] What is inside? Let’s see. Wow, look at this! – [Nicholas] What is this for? – The caboose is for the conductor. The conductor might come
    and check your tickets, he might step outside and call all aboard for everybody at a station, he has lots of different jobs. The conductor would ride back here and he could look out the windows and make sure nothing
    was wrong with the train. – It looks good. – [Laurie] And they could
    also take a break back here. (bell ringing) (train whistling) – [Penny] Do you hear that?
    – [Nicholas] That’s a whistle. – [Penny] That’s right. That whistle means a train is coming. – [Laurie] Trains are very large and heavy and take a long time to stop. So if you see any of these
    signs you need to stop, look, and listen. – [Penny] This is where
    trains cross the street. (bell ringing) R and R means rail road. Railroad is a compound word. It is two words combined to make one word. Rail and road. Together they make, railroad.
    – [Children] Railroad – [Penny] Watch out for
    trains if you see this sign. (train horns) (upbeat amusement park music)
    (murmuring) – [Laurie] This is a
    collection of model railroads and they’re just like the
    trains that we saw outside, only they’re smaller. They still have the
    locomotive and the cars and the caboose. There’s a locomotive. – A locomotive! – Caboose! – [Penny] Let’s put this
    train set in the right order. Which car goes first? – [Chloe] This one. – That’s right, that’s the locomotive. That’s where the engine is and
    it pulls all the other cars. And what’s next, where do the people sit? – [Nicholas] Passenger car. – [Laurie] Good job,
    this is a passenger car. – And which is the last car? – [Chloe] Caboose. – [Laurie] The caboose
    is for the conductor. – [Penny] This is where they could rest and talk and eat. – [Laurie] The train’s gonna
    be pulling in any minute now. (train whislting)
    – [Penny] That’s our train. We better hurry. The engineer communicates
    with the whistle. The whistle tells people that he’s coming. (bell ringing)
    (train whistling) Thank you Laurie for
    teaching us all about trains. – You’re very welcome Penny, and I thank you all for coming, and I hope you have a great day. (train steaming) (whistling)
    (harp noise) (upbeat music)

    Traveling Pakistan by Train Faisalabad to Lahore Railroad Journey
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    Traveling Pakistan by Train Faisalabad to Lahore Railroad Journey

    August 13, 2019


    Traveling by Train from Faisalabad to Lahore via Chak Jhumra, Sangla Hill, Farooq Abad and Shekhupora. Faisalabad Railway Station is on Khanewal Wazirabad Branch Line. Passengers from Karchi, Lahore Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Quetta Peshawar and many more Cities and Towns of Pakistan access to all parts of Pakistan by Faisalabad Railway Station. in the Pakistan Railways trains Shalimar Express, Pakistan, Night Coach, Karakoram, Akbir, Badir and Ghouri Express.

    The Secret Train Station Under New York City
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    The Secret Train Station Under New York City

    August 12, 2019


    This video was made possible by Blue Apron. The first 50 people to sign up at the link
    in the description will get $50 off their first two weeks. You’ve heard of the secret train system
    in DC, you’ve heard of the secret train platform in London, but have you heard of
    the secret train station in New York? I hope not because that’s this week’s
    dose of content. Let’s rewind 150 years to the era of not
    planes, trains, and not automobiles. In this time, the railroads coming from the
    north into New York City ended up at Grand Central Depot. This massive rail yard took up more than a
    dozen city-blocks in one of New York’s densest areas and so the owners of the station, the
    New York Central Railroad, saw an opportunity. They would put the entire rail yard underground,
    build a huge new station, sell all the freed up real estate, and get that bread. 10 years and 85 million cubic feet of dirt
    later Grand Central Terminal opened and it was actually pretty neat. It has more tracks and platforms than any
    other station in the world and today includes all sort of non-rail related things like a
    tennis club in the ceiling which was once run by a certain future US president. The station also had at one point, and this
    is true, a 65 foot indoor ski slope. As this implies, Grand Central was long at
    the center of American opulence as much of the country’s early wealth was earned by
    rail tycoons. Given that, on top of the now buried tracks,
    plenty of important buildings sprang up. In the area that was once the rail yards there
    is today the headquarters of the Colgate-Palmolive Company, JP Morgan, MetLife, Major League
    Baseball, and also the Waldorf Astoria hotel. This hotel has long been considered one of
    the world’s most prestigious and has been stayed at by countless celebrities. Up until 2015, when the hotel was bought by
    a Chinese company, the Waldorf Astoria was the place where US presidents stayed when
    they made their frequent visits to New York. The hotel has a lavish Presidential Suite
    that’s been stayed in by every US president between Herbert Hoover and Barack Obama and
    non-presidents like the Kings of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Norway, the Queen of England,
    the Emperor of Japan, General Charles de Gaulle of France, and more. While it costs the general public between
    $4,000 and $8,000 to stay there per night, the hotel gives a generous discount to the
    US government and, by extension, the American taxpayer, and the room is even designed to
    emulate the style of the White House. Conveniently, the room is also about 500 feet
    above the Grand Central Tracks buried more than 100 years ago. Now, back in a time before private jets, the
    way that America’s richest and most powerful individuals got around without mingling with
    the normals was by private rail car. These would be hitched to the back of public
    trains and included dining rooms, kitchens, large bedrooms, lounges, and more. In the same way that US presidential candidates
    now often do speeches at airports in front of their planes, in the past candidates would
    do whistle-stop tours where they would make short speeches in small towns across America
    from the back of private rail-cars. Roosevelt was a particular fan of using these
    trains. Due to polio-induced paralysis, the bottom
    half of his body didn’t work but he did serve twice as many terms as any other US
    president so, equal? Unbelievably though, he was able to hide his
    handicap from most of the American public through careful coordination at events and
    the cooperation of the press. That’s why whenever he was seen standing
    he was holding on to someone or something. Giving speeches from the back of a railcar
    was therefore easy as he didn’t have to go far in public. While nowadays presidents fly on Air Force
    One to New York, Roosevelt would often make the trip by rail but arriving in Grand Central
    Station would be far too public to hide his ailment. His train therefore stopped a third of a mile
    short of Grand Central and was shunted to a small secret platform directly below the
    Waldorf Astoria hotel. From there, an elevator would take him up
    into the hotel. It’s unclear how many times FDR used this
    secret station as it was, of course, secret but its believed to have been used by plenty
    of presidents and celebrities since his era. The secret platform and elevator still exists
    today and, while its existence is no longer secret, we’re not always sure what it’s
    being used for. This inconspicuous door on 50th street is
    reportedly the entrance to the elevator down to the platform. We do know for sure that the platform has
    been used at least once in recent decades while a US president has stayed at the Waldorf
    Astoria. In 2003, while President Bush was staying
    there for a United Nations General Assembly session, an idling Metro-North train was kept
    at this platform ready to shuttle the president off Manhattan at any moment in case of emergency. While not confirmed, it’s assumed that this
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    National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR)
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    National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR)

    August 11, 2019


    I’ve always been fascinated by trains from my childhood. I think the technology is great here which actually allows you to be inside a train, virtually, and look around the train and learn about it as much as we can. To explore careers and learn about your strengths and interests, visit www.plotr.co.uk. To find out more about apprenticeships and find live apprenticeship vacancies in your area, go to www.apprenticeships.gov.uk