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    Miniatur Wunderland OFFICIAL VIDEO – world’s largest model railway | railroad
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    Miniatur Wunderland OFFICIAL VIDEO – world’s largest model railway | railroad

    August 14, 2019


    The centre of Hamburg’s Speicherstadt district, a Unesco World Heritage Site, has been home to the Miniatur Wunderland since 2001 In 17 years and more than 800,000 hours of work… …on 1500 square metres a miniature world of superlatives was created that cost over 21 million euros to build. The most popular tourist attraction in Germany… …holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest model railway. The Wunderland has been visited by more than 17 million globetrotters of all ages. A mind-blowing experience for all playful adventurers immersing themselves into a giant miniature world consisting of nine sections. The round-the-world trip at a scale of 1:87 starts in Italy, continues through Switzerland to Germany, Austria and Scandinavia and takes you all the way to America, and it keeps getting bigger. More than 1000 trains with more than 10,000 coaches cover several hundred kilometers every day. In the northern Baltic Sea, ships float on real water in a 30,000-litre water basin with simulated tides. The road traffic in America, at the airport, in Scandinavia and in Wunderland’s famous little town of Knuffingen is computer controlled. More than 250 moving cars react to each other in an intelligent simulation. The spectacular large-scale fire-fighting operations of the car system with up to 30 fire-fighting vehicles offer lots of action. According to the Guinness World Record, Knuffingen Airport is the largest miniature airport in the world featuring sophisticated technology down to the last detail. The complex flight simulation uses software to control more than 40 aircraft taking off and landing every minute. To date, more than 265,000 people live in the Wunderland. All facets of life are portrayed with loving attention to detail. Funeral speech or joyous celebration. The saintly and the not so saintly. Very lively people – and those no longer so lively… Some love to play with fire, and others make sure nothing gets burnt. The unlucky fellow or the lucky devil. The muscleman or the beanpole. Nudists, exhibitionists or tourists. Some reach for the stars and others are not of this world. Eat or be eaten. Lazybones or dreamer. Some go on a long trip, and others feel most comfortable at home. Blue light and red light. Superhero or strong girls. Knight of the Round Table or knights from another galaxy. Fairy tale characters, mythical creatures, cartoon figures or famous movie heroes. Some have their noses in books, others are given the runaround. On a journey from the highest mountain of six metres… across dreamy roads through the Grand Canyon… snow-covered landscapes… and idyllic villages, to secret underground bases, the miniature landscape is created with loving attention to detail. A day in Miniatur Wunderland is 15 minutes long. When night falls, everything is illuminated in dazzling light. Throughout the Wunderland, secret stories are brought to life. The 220 entertaining actions can be activated at the touch of a button along the edge For the sweet-toothed and chocoholics at the chocolate factory. Jumping dolphins. Rocking gondolas. Duelling gunslingers. Or when new life is created. The 350 Wunderlanders work day-in-day-out on new ideas, gimmicks and gadgetry. The world has so many stories to tell. The new sections Monaco and Provence in France will follow by 2020. Subsequently… South America. What comes next is written in the stars. But we will continue to build…

    The Iowa Divide:  Railroads of America 1
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    The Iowa Divide: Railroads of America 1

    August 13, 2019


    Well, we have a bright sunny early April
    morning here, starting out right at dawn so we can get a good start on the day here. Go out and do
    a day of train chasing and photographing. We’re starting here in Omaha,
    Nebraska. And our itinerary today should take
    us across the river into Iowa to see some of the Chicago
    Northwestern, as well as see some of the operation in the Omaha area with the
    Union Pacific and Burlington Northern as well. First thing we’re going to do is go by and
    pick up a copy of the train line up to see what trains are going to be
    operating on the Union Pacific today, and interchanging with the Chicago Northwestern. That will give us a good idea of where to be and when to
    see the action. We also have with us today our radio
    scanner so we can listen to the radio chatter between the
    dispatcher an the train crews, and that will also give us a good clue where to
    be and when so we will maximize our photo
    opportunities today. We’re spending the first part over
    morning here down at the the old Burlington and Union Station here in Omaha where the
    platform heel Burlington station which is used by the new Amtrak station that’s the first thing that we were able
    to catch today was an OK number six the California Zephyr coming
    into town that dream comes in spent more than a time here while they
    we feel it and water in the car take up some male line of today we have to an unusual situation
    that there’s a problem with one of the had
    every card this particular car was wet and catcalls the and a material handling car contains a sealed carpool US Mail heading for
    Chicago the speaker car had a mechanical problem
    and we set out you can see it behind me here and the station track and wallet they were am paper setting
    out that one card we saw Burlington Northern local heading west past protest the people
    here heading out to do some work probably for their from the brass cap
    with the west about the same time the Union Pacific
    local came out with some card at the Bagram
    pitches across the way here the Pacific you build me a station
    platform cracks to set up their feedback operation they
    load and unload truck trailers for rail cars as well as
    international shipping containers from there double stack railcars wanting to see a lot of here at omaha RK line double stacked containers we have a special arrangement union
    pacific the ship’s KY in containers for Nebraska be for the
    west coast for export to Japan to Lodos a out of the rail cars use a special Peter
    heavy equipment just nickname The Pink Panther with simply
    dries up picks up the container of the top of the
    stack and got guys over with the doctor casita to haul away to
    over the next go to be shortly after those trains went by we
    saw Burlington Northern coltrane heading on down the hill across the river toward iowa loader full call for over there those those Beatles
    cars and they’re praying cares about a hundred times call a
    put-together 110 card be about 14,000 train including the way the card pretty
    Happy Tree next train we Sollers a Burlington Northern local
    which is still off to my left over here it the way the Burlington Northern gets
    to Council Bluffs interchange card union
    pacific first step to back out of their yard down along the river in Omaha back out
    there ya right up next to them Amtrak station and then wait for
    clearance to cross the bridge over the Union Pacific yard Council
    Bluffs Iowa about the time they were backing up to
    Bro northern local the Union Pacific train came across the
    river with the a long string of the won’t have a car grain heading south
    this particular train it was called the Holiday Train contains
    cars for the Kansas City southern which we deliver to them Kansas City and they will handle and
    output to go hopefully from here will be able to
    continue our trek across this season the action over an hour we’re standing now at the east and a
    Missouri Valley Iowa this is the location the Chicago
    Northwestern where the line from Chicago split into
    two lines one line is down and I’ll to counsel us in Omaha the other line
    heads on West interchange with the union pacific at Fremont
    Nebraska heading out Easter here we hope to see a a lot of action on skyre northwestern
    right now there’s one train which is working its way into town from the East
    that we saw it before he set up our camera here
    which is a a double stack train coming from Chicago
    heading toward the Pacific Coast hope we will see it come through here a
    little while we were just came from the other end it down there is a a mixed freight train on the east and
    the West End it down rather that is a Billy switching in the yard
    and looks like our double-deck trains almost here never mind is a killer train is switching that was on the other
    end handed down here comes and okay looks like he’s backed up to pick
    up there and restrain and continue on westward as soon as he
    clears town like expect that our double stack train will be right behind him by by the well are manifest rain is the connected here and the brakeman put up
    the road to they made their task we have a little
    bit of a wait you gotta walk back to the phone and it rains they don’t have
    computers anymore and as soon as he finishes the the hike
    can know it will be ready to to move on out here and fancier are
    stacker come through just karmic strain on the sky northwestern
    that to mix manifest with alright everything
    is finished watching their cars in Missouri Valley backed up got the
    rest their train made their test they had to back up some
    more to head south or dome towards Council
    Bluffs the line along the river because the
    switch is right in the middle the yard so once
    he put his train together in the back all the way up in itself well you have an interesting situation
    on the Chicago Northwestern today they’re doing so track or western
    Missouri Valley here on the line to Fremont and that has everything kinda
    bottled up all the trains are trying to figure out
    where they’re gonna go and the dispatchers are pulling their hair out this particular train behind me right
    here is double stack train which normally would energy into the universe
    in a good pre-war and keep on going west to the west coast for these international containers which these
    containers get loan on ships for the Far East for Japan taiwan et cetera at the moment to the dispatcher told them that they’re
    going to have to wait a while because all the other trains are their
    bottled up with the track work so they just got out their welcome or go
    to Kentucky Fried Chicken & have some lunch so instead of waiting
    for them to get back with with that with the birds were going to get our car and keep growing he says
    he’ll be fine bomb but ball right after I left Missouri Valley the
    the first rain that we saw was a westbound coltrane amply trainers heading back for Powder River Basin Wyoming another black
    diamonds that was just a few miles east of town from there we went too long in Iowa they
    were hoping to Kathy westbound train based on what we
    saw on the singles but they changed the the lineup on a sin while we’re waiting for westbound
    eastbound snuck up on us we would get a really good picture of it was a eastbound on the
    stack train but more containers in the Far East End the heart ca from there we proceeded on past the town
    dunlap iowan got a nice nice shot have a westbound merchandise
    train wide writing to put on it getting in probably fourth Council Bluffs do switchover Argentina areas where are there in for standing now few miles west the town of Denison Iowa we’ve got about
    40 miles east from Missouri Valley following the Chicago
    Northwestern Railroad this airline which eventually makes it
    all the way east chicago very heavily traveled mainline and as a
    client eastern Missouri Valley its following the Boyer River which
    across a several times including on this one read right behind us the
    parents tend to follow rivers when they have to climb a grade
    gonna give you a you have any easier grade them to follow
    as they work their way over the ups and downs in the terrain a
    few miles the other side of Denison we reach a point called the iowa divide at their point any rain that falls
    Easter their drains into the Mississippi River Valley
    quality range of old west to their dreams in the Missouri River Valley also
    following the boy a river through this same area
    is another rail line called the Chicago Central
    Pacific it is basically a small regional where road
    goes from Chicago to Omaha in Sioux City Iowa he attends a
    parallel is going on at work to do this area but we don’t expect to see any
    trains on it today since you doing some maintenance work while we’re waiting for some action in
    the sky with Northwestern we have a good opportunity here to watch the maintenance crew do some work on the
    Chicago Central Pacific this particular gang that we see behind
    us here working is doing a process known as servicing
    and whining they have a low spot the track on the approach to the bridge here they come through with %uh three-step
    process first thing they do is come through the
    ballot II new rock ballad track got a low spot the next part of the process is to come
    through with the ballast regulator to distribute the ballast evenly a along
    the track finally coaching call it amber is
    brought in which lists the track to the right and drop small metal fingers down
    between the tide to push balance underneath the ties to
    support it the cracka wines no on on but but ok yeah we’re now standing on the grass today I
    would divide just east of Arcadia Iowa we have not gone about sit little over
    sixty miles east to Missouri Valley in the relative quiet about 300dpi from here we good drop east down towards the Ohio River Valley Canada Richard Boone Iowa go out there today yes same here now down great the train before it by the hot be back
    train with truck trailers on placard and if you were tri-level %ah to react
    to the front and hearing on mobile we follow that up from the town of
    Denison Iowa just a few miles to the west here where it met coltrane was heading
    westbound another MP heading back to Powder River Basin in by the way back to Omaha this afternoon we had some good luck in her saying
    we’ve got done it then I’ll Plaza unusual operate quiet guy who was
    an empty or crane and iron ore train on its way
    back to you this is the longest that went viral in
    the country we got the VM people Becky next year got fifty always eastern Missouri Valley down double Dec great K with that one internetworld shipping line with great
    containers from the party to the United States this
    taking the train started out go to Washington level the ship them out
    on his way to Chicago now we find ourselves back where we
    started the day behind me here union pacific CVS yard behind you Union Station and the other side it is
    the old Burlington station and were impact stop this morning what’s going on right now is they’re
    putting together the the victory was gonna hit Wes Brown for norplant away go with all the trailers containers are
    here a lot today 102 long exciting and fun-filled day

    Train Mountain – The World’s Longest Miniature Railroad Layout
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    Train Mountain – The World’s Longest Miniature Railroad Layout

    August 13, 2019


    In July, during my summer vacation,
    I visited train Mountain… The longest miniature railroad in the world… With over 23 miles of mainline track
    on a huge 2,200 acre property. Train Mountain sits at an elevation of about 4,300 feet
    in a forest in Southern Oregon. Not too far away from Crater Lake National Park. It is world-famous to people
    involved in the hobby of live steam trains. Several times a year, they have a big train meet
    where people bring their model trains to Train Mountain. And it’s not uncommon to have
    hundreds of trains here all at the same time. Every three years,
    they have the most gigantic train meet of all…
    called The Triennial. And the most recent one
    was just a week or two before I visited. They had over 900 model train enthusiasts registered and over 380 trains at The Triennial. But on the day that I visited Train Mountain,
    things were quite a bit more quiet than that! I met up with Tom Watson
    who was super-friendly and welcoming… And he spent several hours
    showing us around train Mountain. We started with a little tour
    of some of the property on a golf cart. And it’s too bad
    that a video doesn’t capture the smells… Because the air was so clean
    and the trees filled the air with a fantastic pine scent. I was surprised to see that
    part of the Train Mountain property
    runs right alongside busy Highway 97… One of the main north-south routes through Oregon. I’ve driven right by here
    about ten different times over the years
    and I never knew it was here until now. After our golf cart tour,
    Tom showed us the big metal fabrication shop
    where they do a lot of repair work on their trains. There were a lot of great looking trains in there… And every possible piece of equipment
    you’d need to build one or work on one. And then we headed over to a little
    train storage shed where Tom stores his train. And he had it set up
    with the seating cars in front of the locomotive… So I could shoot some good video
    of the big layout at Train Mountain
    with an unobstructed view. He took us for an amazing ride through the property… A ride that lasted about two hours… And we didn’t even cover
    the entire main line of the layout,
    only a portion during that time. Many of the locomotives that run at
    Train Mountain are live steam. Many others are battery-powered…
    using equipment not unlike
    what’s in a motorized wheelchair. And many others, like Tom’s,
    use a gasoline-powered motor not that different
    from what you’d find on a lawnmower. And you can hear that lawnmower-like sound
    of Tom’s locomotive in the background right now. One of the most beautiful parts
    of Train Mountain is where the layout
    goes through a big grove of Aspen trees. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed
    riding through this part of the forest… Smelling all the great smells
    and just enjoying the great views. Tom told me that it’s even more beautiful
    around the beginning of October
    when the Aspen trees get their fall colors. Things went smoothly
    during almost all of our two-hour ride, but… Our train did actually derail at one point! See that pine cone lying in that switch up ahead? I think that’s actually what did it. It was really interesting to see the gadget
    that Tom used to get the wheels of the locomotive
    back to being properly aligned on the rails. See that green piece of metal
    that Tom put on the tracks just in front of the train? All he had to do was run the train through that…
    and it perfectly lined up all the wheels with the tracks. And that got us back in business. It was a lot of fun riding with Tom
    on his train at Train Mountain. And if you’re passing through the Klamath Falls area… They welcome you to stop by,
    take a self-guided tour of some of the
    cool train equipment that they have… And if they have some trains running that day,
    you’ll quite possibly get to go along for a ride! And if you have small kids with you,
    there is a little place right next door to Train Mountain… That is better suited for train rides for children. It’s called the Klamath and Western Railroad. And they offer train rides
    on about a mile and a half of track, but… It’s only open on Saturdays,
    and only during the summer. (Sound of train horn) (Sound of train horn) (Sound of train horn) One other really cool thing about Train Mountain… Is that they’ve got a big G-scale garden railway layout… On a four acre section of Train Mountain
    officially known as Midway Circle… But everyone just calls it G-Ville. Since I run G-scale model trains at my house
    I was really fascinated to get a look around
    G-Ville at Train Mountain. It’s a gigantic G scale layout
    in a beautiful setting among the trees. The G-scale trains don’t run on the layout very often… So, there was no activity on it
    the day that we visited… But at certain times of the year,
    G-scale people are encouraged to bring
    their trains here and run them on the layout. And I’m seriously thinking about
    bringing some of mine up here sometime! If you’ve enjoyed getting a look at Train Mountain… Hit the thumbs-up button
    so YouTube will know that this is a good video… That they should recommend to other model train fans. If you share a link to this video on Facebook…
    that is the ultimate compliment. And leave a comment to let me know
    whether you’d like me to share more videos
    of these kind of big trains… Or whether I should just
    get back to showing you G-scale trains. I’m Jim Zim.
    Thanks for watching! Subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the
    other model train videos coming in the weeks ahead!

    Wauwatosa officials looking at railroad crossing safety
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    Wauwatosa officials looking at railroad crossing safety

    August 13, 2019


    WISN 12 NEWS TIME IS 6:04. BACK TO YOU. SOUNDING THE ALARM ABOUT SAFETY AT ONE OF THE STATE’S BUSIEST RAILROAD CROSSINGS. THESE TRACKS MIGHT LOOK FAMILIAR TO YOU. IT’S THE CROSSING NEAR 68TH AND STATE, IN WAUWATOSA. OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING AT OPTIONS FOR HOW TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE, AFTER ANOTHER DEATH ON THE TRACKS. RIGHT NOW, TRAINS IN WAUWATOSA ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SOUND THEIR HORNS UNLESS THERE’S AN EMERGENCY. THE CITY SAYS THE QUIET ZONE WILL BE REVIEWED IF ANY FORMAL COMPLAINTS OF SAFETY CONCERNS

    The Legend of the Haunted Railroad Tracks in San Antonio, Texas!
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    The Legend of the Haunted Railroad Tracks in San Antonio, Texas!

    August 13, 2019


    In this area, it has a legend haunted story! In 1940s or earlier, There was a school bus carrying around 10 kids to the school. The engine was broken down while the bus was on the railroad! A bus driver was puzzled and tried to figure out a way to solve the engine issue. Apparently, a bus driver didn’t realize the bus was on the railroad. Then, he saw a train coming and it was too late to save kids or himself. The train crashed the school bus and everybody were killed. So what’s happening next now? Now, I’m getting a baking soda. What is this for? We’ll take a car on the railroad, then we will wait and it will eventually move. Maybe a car was being pushed by kids who were killed in the train crash. You might see kids’ handprints on those baking soda. Maybe they’re trying to save us from getting killed. You see the sign says no stop on the railroad, which means they know people do come here to confirm the experience. Now, I’m taking my car on the railroad. Justin will set a camera tripod to capture the entire action. I’m here to make sure that we’re not getting hit by a train. It’s what terrified me the utmost right now. I have that imagination what if it will hit us or not. You funny. I know you’re doing it. I’m parking here. We’re giving it a try again. Now it’s moving backward. I have to admit it’s the ideal spot for feeling tension or terrifying a bit. We were nervous about cars driving through us. I think it’s moving on its own. I didn’t do anything lol. Let’s check the baking soda. What! It’s true! We did several tests. Some did move on its own. We just had to see if there are any kid hands. And hands are right there! The total is 10 hands. I think it’s more than just ten hands. (Joking: not true about hands) (There are two cars testing the railroad now. I just learned that there is 2 inches horizontal off. When you park on the railroad, it will stay a while but it will move later. Why? It has a steep a bit. Once it’s moved, then everybody immediately assumed it is pushed by kids!

    B&O Railroad Museum (Baltimore, MD)
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    B&O Railroad Museum (Baltimore, MD)

    August 13, 2019


    female narrator: THE RAPID GROWTH OF AMERICA IN THE 19TH CENTURY CAN, IN PART, BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE EXPANSION OF ITS RAILROAD NETWORK. THIS MAP SHOWS THE LAYOUT OF THE BALTIMORE AND OHIO RAILROAD, WHICH, WHEN CONSTRUCTION BEGAN IN 1828, PROMISED TO LINK UP THE FAST-GROWING PORT OF BALTIMORE WITH THE WESTERN STATES. BALTIMORE IS NOW HOME TO THE B&O RAILROAD MUSEUM, AN IMPRESSIVE COLLECTION OF ENGINES AND HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS HOUSED IN AN ENORMOUS ROUNDHOUSE. BUT IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO BE A TRAIN SPOTTER TO ENJOY THIS MUSEUM, THEN THINK AGAIN, BECAUSE WHAT LIES WITHIN TELLS A FAR GREATER STORY ABOUT THE GROWTH OF A NATION. Mr. Wilson: I LIKE TO CALL THE RAILROAD SORT OF THE FIRST INTERNET, BECAUSE IT CONNECTED PLACES WHERE PEOPLE COULDN’T GET TO BEFORE, AT LEAST NOT EASILY, AND CERTAINLY IT CHANGED THE WAY PEOPLE HEATED THEIR HOMES. IT CHANGED THE WAY PEOPLE COMMUNICATED WITH ONE ANOTHER. IN THE EARLY DAYS OF AMERICA, MOST PEOPLE NEVER VENTURED MORE THAN 50 MILES AWAY FROM WHERE THEY WERE BORN. SO, REALLY, THE RAILROADS, AS THEY STRETCHED ACROSS THE COUNTRY, GAVE PEOPLE MOBILITY IN A WAY THAT HAD NEVER EXISTED. narrator: NOW, HAVING A LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHERS, THERE’S A MARKED TRANSITION. I MEAN THAT, TO ME, IS A BEAUTIFUL-LOOKING THING. Mr. Wilson: WELL, WE FIND THAT TRANSITION, IF YOU GO BACK TO THE EARLIER STEAM LOCOMOTIVES, WHERE THE BOILER WAS STANDING UPRIGHT. WELL, IN ORDER TO GET MORE POWER, THEY FOUND OUT THAT A LARGER BOILER WAS NECESSARY. SO, THEY LAID THEM DOWN IN A HORIZONTAL FASHION, AND THEN LOCOMOTIVES BEGAN TO GET LARGER AND LARGER, BECAUSE THEY WERE CARRYING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE, MORE AND MORE FREIGHT, AND ACTUALLY HAD TO TRAVERSE MOUNTAIN RANGES. AND THE ONE YOU’RE REFERRING TO ACTUALLY DATES FROM THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR PERIOD, AND ENGINES AT THAT TIME WERE ACTUALLY A THING OF BEAUTY. THEY WERE DESIGNED TO BE SLEEK, AND ATTRACTIVE, AND DECORATED IN A VERY HIGH FASHION. THE CIVIL WAR ACTUALLY WAS A BREAKTHROUGH IN RAILROADING, AND THEY BECAME, ACTUALLY, A STRATEGIC WEAPON FOR THE ARMIES, NOT ONLY CARRYING MUNITIONS AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT VERY QUICKLY, BUT TROOP MOVEMENTS OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TROOPS ON BOTH SIDES COULD GET TO THE FRONT OR TO THE BATTLE LINES IN A TIME PERIOD THAT WAS MAYBE FIVE TO SIX TIMES FASTER THAN EITHER MARCHING OR GOING IN A WAGON TRAIN. narrator: AND THAT WAS STEAM. NOW, WHAT IS THIS? I MEAN, THIS IS A CAR THAT BASICALLY APPEARS TO BE A TRAIN?>>WELL, IT’S A CAR THAT WAS CONVERTED TO RUN ON RAILROAD TRACKS, AND IT WAS A TRACK INSPECTION CAR AND ALSO USED BY THE EXECUTIVES OF A RAILROAD. THEY WOULD OFTEN GO OUT ON THEIR LINE, AND INSTEAD OF THE EXPENSE OF RUNNING AN ENTIRE TRAIN TO TAKE AN EXECUTIVE OUT TO INSPECT THE LINE, OR TO GO VISIT HIS PEOPLE SOMEWHERE, THEY CONVERTED THESE AUTOMOBILES WITH FLANGED WHEELS, AND THEY RODE JUST LIKE A CAR, BUT THEY RODE RIGHT ON THE RAILROAD TRACKS. narrator: AND NOW THIS ONE HERE, THE 592, IS MY FAVORITE ONE, BECAUSE IT’S ENORMOUS. I MEAN, TELL ME ABOUT THIS ONE. FOR SURE, I CAN’T IMAGINE IT GOING ANYWHERE. IT JUST LOOKS SO CUMBERSOME. Nr. Wilson: THIS IS ONE OF THE, ACTUALLY, THE FASTEST STEAM LOCOMOTIVES THAT EVER RAN IN AMERICA. narrator: WOW. Mr. Wilson: THIS LOCOMOTIVE, IN ITS DAY IN THE 1920S, WAS CAPABLE OF RUNNING AT MORE THAN 100 MILES AN HOUR. AND SO, THE TIME IT TOOK TO GET FROM DC TO NEW YORK IS ABOUT THE SAME AS IT DOES ON AMTRAK TODAY. narrator: WOW, SO THIS– I MEAN, THIS IS PROGRESSIVE, ISN’T IT? Mr. Wilson: YES, IF YOU LOOK AT EUROPEAN TRAINS, THEY DON’T HAVE THAT V-SHAPED, WHAT WE CALL A PILOT.>>OKAY.>>BUT ITS NICKNAME IS A COW CATCHER, AND SO THAT V-SHAPED GRILL IN THE FRONT THAT’S DOWN BY THE TRACKS WAS MEANT TO PUSH OBSTRUCTIONS OFF THE TRACKS, AND COW CATCHER BECAUSE LIVESTOCK IN THE EARLY DAYS OF AMERICA WOULD JUST WANDER ACROSS THE RAILROAD TRACKS. AND AS THE TRAIN CAME DOWN, IT WASN’T STOPPING. IT WAS JUST GOING TO PUSH THE COW OR THE SHEEP OR WHATEVER WAS STANDING ON THE TRACKS TO THE SIDE. narrator: WHAT DID THE RAILROAD MEAN TO BALTIMORE? I MEAN, WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED HERE IF THE RAILROADS HADN’T COME ABOUT?>>WELL, IT’S VERY INTERESTING, BECAUSE THIS IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF RAILROADING IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE, AND IT WAS A REACTION TO THE CANAL TECHNOLOGY UP IN NEW YORK. SO, THE ERIE CANAL THAT WAS BUILT AND OPENED TWO YEARS PRIOR TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE B&O RAILROAD HERE IN BALTIMORE, THREATENED THE COMMERCE OF BALTIMORE’S PORT, BECAUSE IT REACHED INTO THE MIDWEST, WHERE A LOT OF GOODS WERE BROUGHT EAST. SO, IT WAS REALLY THE FATHERS AND THE MERCHANTS OF THE CITY GOT TOGETHER, AND THEY ACTUALLY WENT TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, KIND OF STOLE RAILROAD TECHNOLOGY FROM THEM, BROUGHT IT BACK TO AMERICA, AND LAID OUT AMERICA’S FIRST LONG DISTANCE COMMERCIAL RAILROAD WHICH WENT FROM BALTIMORE TO THE OHIO RIVER. narrator: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A TRAIN SPOTTER TO NOTICE THIS ONE, IT’S ABSOLUTELY HUGE. AT 126-FEET LONG, IT’S THE LONGEST LOCOMOTIVE HERE. AND IF YOU DIDN’T THINK THAT A RAIL MUSEUM WAS FOR YOU, WELL, LET ME TELL YOU, IT’S REALLY HARD NOT TO BE IMPRESSED BY THE SHEER SIZE OF THESE VEHICLES. AND, OF COURSE, IF THE RAILROAD HADN’T EXISTED, THEN AMERICA WOULDN’T BE WHAT IT IS TODAY.

    Chicopee, Amtrak police focusing on railroad crossing safety
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    Chicopee, Amtrak police focusing on railroad crossing safety

    August 13, 2019


    NOTHING OF CONCERN INSIDE THE JUGS. DRIVERS ARE SUPPOSED TO STOP THEIR CARS WHEN THEY SEE RED LIGHTS FLASHING AT A RAILROAD CROSSING.. BUT NOT EVERYONE FOLLOWS THOSE RULES. 22NEWS REPORTER TAMARA SACHARCZYK WAS AT A RAILROAD CROSSING IN CHICOPEE TODAY …WHERE THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION AND LOCAL POLICE REMINDED DRIVERS …ABOUT THE DANGERS. IF YOU COME TO A RAILROAD CROSSING AND SEE LIGHTS FLASHING, OR A GATE CLOSING.. YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO STOP YOUR CAR AND WAIT. BUT – OFTENTIMES, DRIVERS WILL TRY AND RUSH THROUGH ANYWAYS.. A RISKY DECISION – THAT COULD BECOME DEADLY. WE WERE AT THE RAILROAD CROSSING ON PLAINFIELD STREET IN CHICOPEE THIS MORNING. CHICOPEE POLICE, AMTRAK POLICE, AND THE F.R.A WERE HANDING OUT INFORMATIONAL PACKETS TO DRIVERS.. TO REMIND THEM – HOW TO STAY SAFE AROUND RAILROAD CROSSINGS. THE F.R.A RECOMMENDS – LEAVING AT LEAST 15 FEET BETWEEN THE REAR OF YOUR CAR AND THE NEAREST RAIL, TO PREVENT GETTING STUCK ON THE TRACKS. THEY ALSO URGE YOU TO LOOK BOTH WAYS, AND STOP, IF YOU SEE A TRAIN COMING. THERE ARE NEARLY 6,000 CAR-RELATED TRAIN ACCIDENTS EVERY YEAR, ACCORDING TO FEDERAL DATA. MANY OF THOSE CRASHES OCCUR WHEN A DRIVER MISJUDGES THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THEIR CAR, AND THE TRAIN. WE DON’T WANT A FATALITY, AND IT’S TOO EASY TO HAPPEN BECAUSE THAT TRAIN CATCHES UP TO YOU.. THE DEPTH PERCEPTION, SORT OF LIKE AN AIRLINER COMING IN, YOU THINK IT’S WAY FAR BACK THERE, BUT IN REALITY IT’S NOT. THIS YEAR ALONE, AT LEAST 5 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN CRASHES AT TRAIN CROSSINGS IN MASSACHUSETTS. 80 OTHERS HAVE BEEN INJURED. WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW COMMON THESE CRASHES OCCUR ACROSS THE COUNTRY, TONIGHT ON 22NEWS

    Biltmore Gardens Railway showcases Vanderbilt family’s ties to railroad
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    Biltmore Gardens Railway showcases Vanderbilt family’s ties to railroad

    August 13, 2019


    — BILTMORE GARDENS RAILWAY. Fred: A NEW EXHIBITION AT THE BILTMORE. WITH 800 FEET OF RAILS, TRAINS ARE ENCHANTING VISITORS AT THE BILTMORE. IN THE CONSERVATORY, SPEWING TOGETHER A LOT OF THE PLANT MATERIAL FOR THE STRUCTURES. IT LOOKED LIKE SHINGLES, THEY ARE ACTUALLY BAMBOO THAT CAME FROM THE PROPERTY. MODEL RAILROADS PASSED PASS THROUGH REPLICAS OF THE EIFFEL TOWER, PISCO NATURAL FOREST AND MORE. BRINGING HISTORY AND A LITTLE WONDER TO THESE GARDENS. IN ASHEVILLE, JENNIFER MARTIN,

    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)

    Abandoned Railroad FEC Industrial Spur Commerce Park Miami, Florida
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    Abandoned Railroad FEC Industrial Spur Commerce Park Miami, Florida

    August 13, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, another sad site over here in Miami, Florida. I’m a few miles away from the Miami International Airport and this is an abandoned FEC industrial spur. This one used to cross here and served some warehouses about a mile or so down. This would be North. and then Here you can still see the concrete ties That were used as sign posts. That said “FEC Railway Company private property no trespassing” You got 1 2 3 4 and there’s more on the other side. And then here you can see where the train used to load They would just pull up the railcars here. You can still see the rocks from the spur. That at one point came through here. Yeah guys, the rails were pulled. There’s no rails or ties anywhere to be seen on here. So you were just looking South, now you’re looking North again. And I’m going to see over there if I can see anything Oh look! Look what I found! Wow! I’m going to play the lottery today! Ha ha ha! So let me give you one last look at the piece of rail that’s still at the road here. Oh and I just saw some more evidence on the other side. That’s where the crossbucks used to be. What a shame. Alright guys Thank you for viewing. Please subscribe, like, or share and I’ll catch you next time. Bye bye.