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    The MW-41 Diesel Multiple Unit
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    The MW-41 Diesel Multiple Unit

    April 10, 2020


    [Music] The MW 41 is a class of diesel multiple unit (DMU) trainsets operated by the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS). They run on the non-electrified lines in the north as well as under 25 KV electrification in the south of Belgium. Each 41 series trainset comprises of two cars. The trains are powered by two Cummins QSK650R diesel engines with a maximum power output of 1300 HP (2 x 650 HP). Traction is through a diesel hydraulic system. The trains have a top speed of 120 Kmph. Ninety-six trainsets were built by GEC Alstom (Barcelona) between the years 2000 and 2002.

    Tours of the Railroad Museum: Episode 11 – Great Northern 400
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    Tours of the Railroad Museum: Episode 11 – Great Northern 400

    April 7, 2020


    This is a behemoth. This mammoth locomotive
    – one of the largest ever built – was built by the EMD corporation in 1966. It’s
    an SD 45, and it was the first entry into a race that the railroads were undertaking
    to out-do each other with more bigger, powerful locomotives to haul longer and longer trains
    across the country. This was one of the first big engines in that race. Welcome to episode 11 of our little get-togethers
    here at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum at the now-closed Depot in downtown Duluth.
    We’re going to take you inside the cab of the SD 45, a working locomotive on the North
    Shore Scenic Railroad. The engine is a whopping 65 feet in length.
    It has a 20-cylinder engine and, as I said, created 3600 horsepower. This one was bought
    by the Great Northern. They called it their number 400 and nicknamed it “Hustle Muscle.”
    In all, the Great Northern got eight of these big behemoth engines. Only 52 were made, so
    it’s kind of rare and we’re very lucky to have it. It worked until 1986 and then
    it was retired by the Great Northern and given to the Great Northern Railway Historical Society
    as the very first SD 45 ever owned by the line. They, in turn, did some work on it – got
    it nicely painted up the way it was with the “Hustle Muscle” on the side, and now it’s
    in the safekeeping of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth. As I said, the Great Northern got eight of
    these. This was the first one. They numbered them 400 to 407 and this one got the 400 number
    and that cute nickname, the Hustle Muscle, because of its size and its power and its
    ability to pull freight cars. You know, we normally don’t really have this part of
    the engine open because, well, you know, it’s well, a working engine – it’s not just
    a museum piece. We use this on our North Shore Scenic Railroad, it pulls our excursion trains.
    But in the winter, it’s a real workhorse, doing just what she was built to do, and that
    is pull freight. In the winter, we store freight cars and with at least 3600 horsepower in
    this engine, well they make easy work out of 128-car coal train and plow snow on the
    tracks at the very same time. The engineer sits here at the controls. This
    is the controls in the cab of the locomotive and they’re all here: this would be the
    speed control, forward, reverse, this is the train brake, this is the brake for the locomotive,
    and this is the all-important horn. We use this engine on the North Shore Scenic Railroad
    not only to haul freight, but also passenger trains in the summer. And we would certainly
    like to thank the Great Northern Railway Historical Society. You see, they own this engine. GNRHS
    has granted us the opportunity to use it on our railroad if we take care of it here in
    the museum. It’s a perfect partnership – they get a nice home for their very historic engine,
    and we get to use the 400 to the delight of our guest passengers. We’ll be doing these,
    a different one every single day, so tell your friends and neighbors to tune in and
    watch us, whether it’s on Facebook or our YouTube channel. In the meantime, remember:
    keep your social distance, wash your hands, cover coughs, if you’re sick, stay home,
    and most of all, let’s take care of each other.

    Thomas and Friends BIGGEST TRACK BUILD COMPILATION EVER! Thomas Train with Brio for Children
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    Thomas and Friends BIGGEST TRACK BUILD COMPILATION EVER! Thomas Train with Brio for Children

    April 6, 2020


    trackbill day looks like we got some
    bridges what else do you want helpful here buddy
    Vicarstown you want it right there right off the end we’re gonna do off the end
    oh you’re just gonna have them fall off the end of Vicarstown oh and you want
    tidmouth sheds, you want that tidmouth sheds okay we have tidmouthh sheds and we’re
    going over the bridges to Vicarstown for careful oh yes thanks King we have a
    disorder or suspension bridge – this suspension bridge okay so we got the
    track going on here more bridges this is just a big bridge track kind of a loopy
    bridge are you going to this one you don’t want to put it over the gap in the
    tables oh I see what you’re doing you have this off because it’s slightly off
    ah smart okay we got more wraps coming in here perfect fit perfect oh wow look
    at that maybe we should build a track like that upside down more bridges
    bridges into bridges it’s all gonna fit yes oh nice
    you got this all planned out pretty good you’ve got so many bridges going on you
    put that big one on there oh go over a bridge down a hill over a bridge up a
    hill to go over a bridge to go down a hill well we certainly got bridges going
    on the truck today look at all this what’s going on with this stuff here
    why is this a mess upside down it’s ice okay so that’s ice to buffer why are you
    buffers are you done this track build already Wow how many bridges do you have
    on here one to eleven bridges on this really
    short truck let’s get some motorized railway on hand
    see how they do Murdoch what’s that car he’s pulling that’s a horrible looking
    car what’s it say on there zelicah you can tell okay
    Myrtle are coming into victors down and he leaves Vicarstown immediately folks
    who do you have you have Caitlin it’s Caitlin your favorite or Veronica’s got
    lady coming down oh here comes Rosie going through bakers town again nothing
    bad ever happened to Vicarstown station oh good save lady having some problems
    but she’s back up on the suspension bridge IG get stopped by a giant baby
    and here he comes and he’s pulling some secret cargo now oh he’s falling through
    hopefully there’s nothing bad in that secret cargo dynamite Murdoch your
    Murdoch’s going underneath the trucks you like crashes don’t you if you like
    crashes raise your hand oh who’s this guy
    rocket attracted he’s coming out there’s this app Sammy’s repeat oh wow rosie was
    still pulled in Sam big sound of Virginia who you have now you have
    Victor comes to Sodor we’ve got wooden railway Thomas Victor pussy hero most
    races for engines and see which one will go the fastest okay you’re ready to race
    these four engines start them up Victor or Percy Thomas in here oh here they go
    let’s see which one goes through first on this wacky race track oh wow
    I think Victor is in the lead oh no Bruce he fell off the wacky track oh
    he’ll got caught let’s get him this back on track looks like Thomas is coming up
    at Victor definitely in the lead he’s going on will he make the short turns
    that’s the big question folks and he comes through and he gets stuck up on
    the short turns but it gets handed and he’s trying to go off but here comes Tom
    as the Thomas is going on OH rear ends up Percy back on track here comes here
    oh no it’s gonna happen here and they threw tape miss sheds oh look at here oh
    he goes into a Murphy’s aren’t even on track and first he’s falling off
    he bit discipline here comes hero Carroll is coming through and he thinks
    he’s James you’re right Percy let’s have another race with
    Spencer rosy Charlie and Lady are you ready
    Oh Spencer he’s back on track lady looks like she’s out of problems
    here comes charlie and rosy rosy gonna climb that held up the big question
    folks looks like Spencer’s definitely in the lead Oh Charlie falls off track rosy
    package on Oh Spencer Spencer lost his temper folks
    oh and he’s having a tough time looks like charlie is back in the race and
    back in first place maybe coming through Oh Spencer gets caught up again but the
    big story here folks is Charlie Rose he coming in the suspension bridge yeah
    ladies Kate cheer da but what’s gonna happen here Oh lady crashes ed there are roads and this
    is just confusion and away she’s James never before on ditch toys play has this
    many crashes happen folks Rosie can she climb will she do it yeah she does here
    comes Rosie is lavenderish and here this is Henry’s favorite bridge it looks like
    in Vicarstown no Rosie Spencer cups it out of nowhere oh let’s have one more
    race Josie likes James we’ve got diesel Gordon and salty here let’s see how
    these guys do you like Gordon do you think Gordon’s gonna win or salty you
    like salty she thinks someone’s gonna win here folks
    Freddy such gems having a bit of a problem here comes diesel off the
    outside bridge but looks like salty is slightly ahead of their suspension
    bridge Gordon catching up fast as James is climbing a hill this is really going
    on here folks Oh looks like Gordon gets caught up on
    the special track Harold the helicopter up in the air diesel needs a little bit
    of a push salty though far and away our I had out the entire game here Gordon
    needs some more help looks like salty is well ahead at this point Harold is
    crashing he’s so excited about this can we turn the track on time egg here he
    comes folks healthy cuts in 30 gets into one tip it sheds the second place is the
    real race here look at this now it looks like Gordon got caught up a diesel
    that’s smashing and here comes James and they’re fighting and they’re going all
    over the place and there’s a giant hand crushing and diesel thinks he’s James
    but he’s not he’s diesel Gordon and James coming through James now he has
    never crash in timoshev before for the very first time is that James they
    crashed and Harold is flying around the Island of Sodor in many incarnations it
    looks like a harold race as hell has exploded on hit machette and somehow
    lads and another harold is now flying around
    and so is a train Jeremy jetplane now folks flying will be back to the head
    already guys unreal Jeremy Judd plane oh but why did any one of our train stay on
    track is the question thank you for healing me welcome to trackbill daily
    and tell us what we got going on bridges nice and you’re gonna build this
    underground here and then we have what’s going on here
    so we got Vicarstown because you love Vicarstown and this is one of dads
    favorite pieces the brendon bay shipping company and henry sent a little on the
    other side that’s gonna have to figure out how to get here across to this table
    I think cuz we have already got the drop are you gonna work on the drop now we
    have all these pieces that we just grabbed a bunch of random pieces that
    we’re gonna use okay you’ve got this is really interesting you got this coming
    down to these pieces here and I’ve got this built up but this is kind of
    awkward as well one two three four five six seven eight I got eight stocks here
    wow I don’t know I can’t seem to get this thing straight it’s just it’s off a
    little bit even if I have it stacked on these blocks okay hey are you spilt it
    Oh what and then the only mate with you is one of them well I’ve been outsmarted
    by my seven-year-old thanks Liam how you doing down here oh you’re just
    keep building on don’t shut and you’re having this curve around you’re gonna
    make that curve around like that I see that’s interesting do you think you’re
    gonna stay on track should you take her to fly off I think so to means you
    really got this going on look at this thing
    wow this is gonna be a complete hazard cuz the trains are just gonna fly off
    right there I think we got Olstad signal station and they’re coming off the
    bridge and I think we’ll just build it right back to Vicarstown maybe we’ll put
    a few of these pieces in there Liam you’re really building hey good job
    we bought this soda or paint company I don’t think we’ve ever actually used it
    let’s just put it in oh you know look at I can connect your track let’s play the
    track for it then let’s get this and right here perfect and there’s the paint
    factory right beside this magic turntable oh no whoo where I turn my
    turntable it’s gonna hit the other track look Oh back that’s not gonna work
    oh that’s bad you know what maybe let’s just pull this out and put this we can
    put it this way and fit that in there and then here and put this here and then
    the engines will come off over the edge oh look at that I was out for an
    obstacle it’s not awesome over here look at this this is awesome
    Kolby okay so you get off the train and get
    onto the boat yes we got two bridges right here that you built and that’s
    common off this huge ramp that goes back up to this we just have to figure out
    this side we got a bunch of pieces left to put on okay we’re getting really good
    at building this only a few pieces remaining I just got to connect that did
    it do oh that’s too short oh come on yeah I’m a at work oh why is cold either
    getting beat up today was born hey why are we picking on Colby we’re doing
    really good here all these bridges we just have to figure this out we’re
    almost done okay but I think I can make this fit right oh it does fit yeah nice
    so I have one two three four open ends and we are done this track you want to
    put anything in here wow I haven’t seen this we haven’t used this in a long time
    remember the Clocktower gonna put right there I remembered that this was one of
    our first pieces actually be able to use this in a long time so two o’clock Tyler okay Liam I need you to put this train
    Labs a little bone in here see if you can fit it in there buddy nice okay so
    that work now we just have to get this piece here and not be serving our two
    openings over here you ready okay so I think we have this lined up I’m just
    curious about what to do there I think I might connect this this and this with
    another one of these triangles and have a piece come off to here what do you
    think pal okay this or this that’s the one I want
    okay you’re filming I need another short piece to go there
    over here I think that another short piece will fit in there and then I just
    have to figure this out there’s a fit fit and then we’ll have this one I’ll
    need some curves coming across there you think doesn’t work better
    maybe maybe baby let’s get longer pieces here and see payoff okay and then maybe pump this piece out
    and is this the last piece no it’s not it’s too long womp womp womp sit all
    done okay we are done Lee and why don’t you
    give us a tour hey is this big city engine this is one of dads favorites
    show us where he goes hi Emily good bye Emily oh I know we’re full of
    grain and here at the end of Vicarstown why we got thumper what’s up we’re gonna
    do oh that’s one no it’s sitting engine and now he’s going hot by the paint shop
    going through Brendam and coming over the bridge and all State Council this is
    a big girl oh and they forced the way through this bridge and the bridge is
    crashing into them what’s this the clock tower as we open the door disorder clock
    tower oh we got the tender back us we’re grateful for that
    no we got Rosie and Lady as it goes over there oh wow the collapsible bridge
    collapse Rosie he needs his tender oh wow ain’t getting a swamp and now he’s
    gone to the swamp over the bridge Oh baby blocks up it says here you can go
    into this whoa Oh big city engine coming down
    oh good landing oh and you lift offers a bit yeah they’re back to the crazy
    cuckoo bridge I’m glad we have no oh I mean uh knocks then what happened big
    city and underneath all state castle let’s let’s see what goes on underneath
    how did these engines get underneath double security we’ve got and then after
    that game oh oh that was a bad line Oh BCE buddy oh that was way better
    without the tender yeah that was the best one yeah good job big city engine the bridge there’s all you hit Molly I
    know one way to get rid of two to where you get this shit okay you got the
    remote control Bri oh you’ll be comin round wherever he’s going when he comes
    can he go see these bridges yeah he does arches there we go no shutting green here he goes
    300 let’s open up these hurry hurry hurry Bree oh oh oh he did
    so well for so long here he is back on track and on time when we go over to
    Sodor suspension bridge without problems good job the hill climbing and he pulls
    down no but he’s landed coming up we’ll go over the swamp no problem oh he
    doesn’t even make it either the swamp he knew better nice good timing
    Oh Bree oh here comes Brie oh he’s going through he’ll be coming to Vicarstown
    but the water folks thumper landed on his feet nope oh it’s just not enough
    here he comes to the lights on it’s a better view for Bree Oh
    here’s Thomas coming down the line oh let’s get him back on track
    going over where’s this gob is this Bluffs Cove that’s what it is
    can you climb the hill pulling the green car he can’t folks he’s going through
    let’s hide I’m coming up and here we go Sodor suspension bridge Oh what happened
    oh I bet ya a faceplant Thomas versus Bree oh we’re gonna race them through
    the mine and down the hill and I’m gonna catch it all are you ready down go off
    they go it looks like Brio is coming ahead they’re running in what’s gonna
    happen Oh Bree oh come on things I’m tracking here’s to all this good descent
    on the part of Thomas the Tank Engine he’s coming around and here’s Brio
    racing for the rails Thomas is doing very well
    hey Brit we’ve got stuck on the bridge folks Oh No does he need a little bit of
    a push and Thomas is off the rails come on Thomas
    Bree oh oh I was too late and here he is he’s got big city engine and he fell off
    just in time of that groovy curvy track and here’s Thomas the Tank Engine he’s
    saying hi lady Oh does he look lady that’s good cuz
    you’re there oh wow ladies got him blocked let’s just
    get her out of the way it is just shunting lady now Thanks yup there
    kissing on the way kiss you all the way off the island of
    sodor

    The Future of Rapid Transit in Portland
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    The Future of Rapid Transit in Portland

    April 1, 2020


    Hey guys, welcome back to the channel! Since
    you all enjoyed our recent videos on Seattle and Vancouver, we’re travelling down the
    west coast yet again to complete the Pacific Northwest Trifecta, and checking out the past,
    present, and future of rapid transit in Portland, Oregon. Portland is the largest and most populous
    city in the state of Oregon, and with around 3 million residents in the Portland metropolitan
    area, the region needs a great transit system to transport its residents safely to every
    corner of the area. Let’s get started! [Intro] Before we get to the video, we want to give
    a quick shoutout to our newest patrons Raymond and Gregory. Thanks so much for your support!
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    which you can do through our Ko-fi page. And furthermore, we wanted to quickly remind
    everyone to practice social distancing in this difficult time, please stay home and
    keep yourself and your community safe. Alright, time to get back to the main content
    of the day. We’ll first take a look at the intercity
    rail services available here in Portland. Amtrak provides somewhat limited service to
    the city’s Union Station, an intermodal transit hub in the Old Town Chinatown area
    of the city, on the west bank of the Willamette river. Three Amtrak lines pass through the
    city: Cascades, which runs from Vancouver, British Columbia down to Eugene, Oregon; Coast
    Starlight, which runs from Seattle down to Los Angeles; as well as the Empire Builder,
    which runs from Portland over to Chicago. These services may not be the most frequent,
    but there is also a well-connected intercity bus network, offering services to nearby cities
    in the region. The public transit here in the Portland metropolitan
    area is managed by TriMet. Short for the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon,
    the agency was formed in 1969 to replace existing bus companies in the region, and has since
    grown to have 85 bus lines, 5 light rail lines, and one commuter rail line. The different
    systems serve more than 300 thousand riders daily, and although ridership growth has slowed
    down in the recent years, there’s still lots of extensions planned for the systems
    that will connect more and more people within the region. We’ll start by looking at the
    lines currently in the system. First up is WES Commuter Rail. Short for Westside
    Express Service, this is the lone commuter rail service in the region, serving a north-south
    corridor parallel to Oregon Highway 217 and Interstate 5. The line has 5 stations along
    its 14.7 mile, or 23.7 kilometer route, with termini located in Beaverton and Wilsonville,
    and it receives a very modest number of riders at around 1600 daily. Riders are able to transfer
    onto Portland’s light rail system at Beaverton, while bus routes and parking facilities are
    available at other stations. Speaking of light rail, it’s finally time
    to talk about the highlight of rapid transit here in Portland, the MAX Light Rail system.
    First opened in 1986, the system started from one single line and has now developed into
    5 whole lines of light rail service, with around 95 stations in total, and 59.7 miles,
    or 96.1 kilometers of trackage, serving more than 120 thousand riders per day. Many of
    the lines do overlap in the centre of the city, especially near Pioneer Square, the
    centre of the system, as well as the Portland Transit Mall, a transit-priority corridor
    that serves light rail and buses. The first line in the system to be built was
    the Blue Line, a 33 mile, or 53 kilometer long line that cuts across the region horizontally.
    This line is definitely one of the main services of the system, with its 49 stations serving
    more than 55000 riders daily, as well as connecting nearby cities and neighbourhoods of Hillsboro,
    Beaverton, and Gresham, with a transfer at Beaverton Transit Centre to the WES commuter
    rail line. The next line that started service is the
    Red Line, which shares a lot of its tracks with the Blue Line, although diverting north
    at Gateway Transit Center to travel to Portland International
    Airport in an odd single tracked looping route. Opened in 2001, this route has 26 stations,
    with 5.5 miles, or 8.9 kilometers of extra trackage for the airport segment, and it serves
    around 22500 passengers daily. Next up, we have the Yellow Line, which runs
    down the middle of the city through the Transit Mall. Opened in 2004, this line has 14 stations,
    and it serves about 13000 passengers daily, connecting Portland State University through
    downtown to the Expo Center. The next line we’ll look at shares trackage
    with the yellow line, the red line, and the blue line. The Green line is shaped like a
    U, and it diverts from the red and blue line trackage to head south, terminating at Clackamas
    Town Center. The line has 30 stations over 15 miles, or 24.1 kilometers of track, and
    serves more than 20000 riders daily. Finally, we have the Orange Line. This line
    extends further south from where the yellow line terminates, lengthening service from
    downtown Portland to the city of Milwaukie. This is the newest line in the system opened
    in 2015, with 7.5 miles and 11.7 kilometers of track and 17 stations serving around 12000
    riders daily. The Orange Line also shares a major transit only bridge called the Tillicum
    crossing with the Portland streetcar in a very interesting service pattern. Alright, so these are the current rail rapid
    transit services owned and operated by TriMet in the Portland area. We’ll now move onto
    taking a look at the future extensions these systems are getting, so you guys will be able
    to get an idea of what’s to come in the near future. First up, we’ll take a look at a possible
    extension of the WES commuter rail line down to Salem. There’s been a few proposals to
    extend the service along existing P&W tracks down to Salem in order to help with congestion
    along the I-5, but due to the low ridership of the line, none of these proposals were
    able to be passed and actually put on the roadmap. Salem is the second-largest city
    in Oregon, and this extension will no doubt help increase ridership of the line and help
    spur transit-oriented development along the route, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem
    to be happening anytime soon despite the persistent lobbying from Rep. Mitch Greenlick. Hats off
    to you, Mr. Greenlick. Now, we’ll move onto looking at the future
    of the MAX system. Although none of the extensions we will be talking about are currently under
    construction, a few of them are already underway in being designed and studied, with the rest
    on the table as proposals. As the MAX system is used quite extensively, the case for expansion
    of the system is strong, and we look forward to seeing all of these implemented in the
    future in some form or another. The first expansion project we’ll look at
    is the Red Line Improvements project. This project will extend the red line along the
    current blue line trackage all the way west to Hillsboro, so that a fast rail link can
    be created between the airports in the two cities. Existing parts of the route on the
    Portland Airport branch that are currently single-tracked are also getting a second track
    to help with more ridership growth, and TriMet is planning to purchase up to 8 more light
    rail vehicles to accommodate that along with increased frequency. The project is currently
    in the preliminary design stage, and the expected completion date is 2023 to 2024. Next up, we have the Southwest Corridor project,
    an extension to the Green Line. This 12 mile, or 19 kilometer extension will bring the green
    line from its western terminus southwest to connect with WES at Tigard station, and then
    turning to terminate at Bridgeport Village, with 12 new stations added to the route. Although
    there is still a shortfall in the budget, a new budget measure will be voted on this
    year to cover that gap, and if approved the extension could open as early as 2027. The next project currently in the works is
    the Downtown Tunnel project. This project aims to convert the current at-grade corridor
    between Goose Hollow and Lloyd Center into a tunnel, in order to facilitate a grade separated
    fast rail connection through downtown, as well as to provide a much better solution
    to cross the Willamette river than the current 100-year old steel bridge. The exact routing
    of the project has not been determined, but it will be around 3.5 miles, or 5.6 kilometers
    long, and it’ll cost around 4 billion dollars. Currently, the project is still at the feasibility
    study stage, but we think this is a really important project for the city, as it’ll
    cut down travel times, improve ridership, and bring more possibilities of growth to
    the system as well as giving trains more options to get through the congested core of the city
    where trains currently hum along at a charming pace. There’s also quite a few other extensions
    that have been proposed, but these have not been put on the schedule to be developed just
    yet, and we’re not sure if they’ll be light rail or some other form of transit such
    as bus rapid transit. Nonetheless, these will be valuable additions to the system, and we
    hope to see them sometime in the future. These other extensions will connect forest Grove,
    Oregon City, Bridgeport Village, Hillsboro, and Vancouver Washington to the system. Alright, so this is what the future of the
    TriMet rail rapid transit systems will look like. Lots of improved connectivity in the
    works right now, with even more potentially coming in the future. The next part of this video will focus on
    more local rail transit within the city of Portland itself, namely the Portland Streetcar.
    Owned by the city of Portland and managed by TriMet, the streetcar system serves the
    city centre as a more local and lighter alternative to MAX. There are three different routes in
    the system, namely the A Loop, B Loop, and the North-South Line, and they have served
    the areas surrounding downtown Portland since 2001. The Portland Streetcar is by far the largest new streetcar system in the US. That being said though, it does pale in comparison to our favourite streetcar system. The two loop lines combine to become a circle
    line, with the A loop travelling clockwise and the B loop travelling counterclockwise,
    surrounding the urban core of Portland and connecting the neighbourhoods of Pearl District,
    South Waterfront, and Lloyd District. This service is roughly 4.4 miles, or 7.1 kilometers
    long, serving 52 stations along the way, and around 3500 riders daily for each direction.
    The Portland streetcar is by far the largest new streetcar system in the US. That being
    said the system pales in comparison to our favorite streetcar system. The other line is the north south line, which
    travels along the western border of the loop service, heading a bit further to Northwest
    23rd & Marshall as well as Southwest Lowell & Bond at either end. With 39 stations on
    the route over 4 miles or 6.4 kilometers of track, the line serves around 9000 riders
    daily, with the numbers slowly rising. And finally, one last bit of rapid transit
    in Portland is the Aerial Tram. One of only two commuter aerial tramways in the whole
    country, this cute little aerial tram service connects the Oregon Health and Science University
    campus with the south waterfront, where riders can connect with the North South Line of the
    streetcar to their final destinations. Opened in 2006, the service receives nearly 10000
    riders every weekday, and a ride will take about 3 minutes over 3300 feet or 1 kilometer
    of horizontal distance, and 500 feet or 152 meters of vertical distance. A very similar
    connection is proposed in Vancouver British Columbia for Simon Fraser University. We’ll now take a look at the extensions
    coming to the streetcar system, as our final topic in this video. These are more for the
    longer term and nothing is in stone yet, but it’s still exciting to see what could be
    coming to the streetcar system in the future. The first project in the works right now is
    the Lake Oswego project. This project has been considered since 2004, and would have
    extended the streetcar south by 6 miles or 10 kilometers, but unfortunately the city
    officials in Lake Oswego ended up changing their mind about the extension, and the project
    was officially shelved in 2012. The project would have had 10 or 11 stations, and would
    have terminated near a shopping center at N State Street and North Shore Blvd. Hopefully,
    with some more time, the city would change its mind and we’ll see the extension officially
    happening. Next up, we have an extension to Montgomery
    Park in Northwest Industrial District, west of the northern terminus on the river shore.
    Currently, two different alignments have been proposed, and the Federal Transit Administration
    has recently approved a one million dollar fund to continue studies into the extension. And finally, the last possible project in
    the works is the Hollywood District project. This project will extend the streetcar system
    into the Hollywood District in Northeast Portland, just east of where the system currently reaches
    at the north end. This probably won’t materialize for a while, but will be a worthwhile addition
    to the system, extending service to a busy neighbourhood of the city. Alright guys, so this is what the future of
    rail rapid transit in Portland looks like. Portland’s current systems are already quite
    good in serving different parts of the city, and we can’t wait to see where it’ll be
    able to reach in the future, with perhaps even more commuter rail possibilities as well. Like, subscribe, and comment down below to
    tell us what you are most excited for in Portland’s transit future. Follow us on twitter and Instagram,
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    A Message From Amtrak – Keeping Our Trains Clean
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    A Message From Amtrak – Keeping Our Trains Clean

    April 1, 2020


    (bright upbeat music) – At Amtrak, there’s nothing
    more important to us than your safety. This is especially true today, as we all work together
    to manage our way through this
    coronavirus pandemic. We pride ourselves on giving
    you clean trains every day. We want to assure
    you we’ve taken our cleanliness
    to the next level. Here’s what you can expect
    from us onboard our trains. Our equipment is cleaned,
    sanitized and disinfected daily, as part of our normal
    course of business. We’ve expanded our ability
    to sanitize en route, including seats,
    tray tables, handles, and other hard surfaces. We’ve enhanced our
    cleaning protocols with the intent of reducing
    the spread of influenza and specifically COVID-19. Amtrak has now broadened
    its use of virucide, proving to eradicate
    bacteria and viruses. It’s the same disinfectant used
    by many medical facilities. We’ve improved our
    application methods. We’re misting all
    cars and locomotives with a focus on all touch points considered high risk
    for transmission. We’re also expanding our
    coverage to other areas in and around the riding public, as well as employees providing
    service to those customers. We’ve added flu kits
    to aid in situations where possible risks
    may be identified, to help assist our conductors
    and onboard service personnel. Together, these
    actions allow Amtrak to continue our
    mission as an essential transportation service
    to the U.S. public. If you need to travel
    somewhere today, you can take Amtrak
    knowing that we have clean trains and a committed
    team of 18,000 employees all working together
    to make sure you get to your destination safely. Be well, stay safe,
    and thank you.

    Gates Removed at Abandoned Railroad Crossing
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    Gates Removed at Abandoned Railroad Crossing

    March 30, 2020


    good morning ladies and gentleman, RailROL82 here, your archaeologist who finally gets to make his first video for
    2020 as if you guys didn’t know uh some angry hacker dogfish my channel and
    hacked my account January 4th and I was going back and
    forth with YouTube and they were working diligently to restore my channel so
    after three months they finally did and I hope that that no-good hacker gets
    covert 19 but yeah so I’m finally back um I’m glad to be back I’m glad through
    all the support I’ve had from you guys specifically there’s three people that
    were by my side the whole time uh Lee Astro Gator you might want to check out
    his channel Kathy Simon and Anthony Ralph and rookie mother Mike Thornton
    all you guys are amazing awesome thank you for the support I really appreciate
    it uh that being said I had some some more videos for you guys today or one
    video but there’s any people were coming up one change from last year to this
    year are you saw upload videos on Wednesdays and Sundays now I’m gonna
    start uploading videos on Sundays because uh I got a full-time job now so
    uh Sunday’s your role or a college is gonna bring you some some content um
    also planning to include uh my friend Taj Mahajan and some more skits like I
    did last year were that independent movie dot father he’s gonna be joining
    us and a few more things and yeah guys so glad to be back
    like always please comment let me know you think subscribed if you have it and
    take care stay safe from covert 19 hello ladies and gentlemen we’re all
    related to here continuing his tour on the CSX home set subdivision which is
    officially abandoned dead they removed the gates on this crossing both sides this would be track view north drag due
    south then look at the lights are facing or the train or what would have been the
    train safe Tran the old wooden grade crossing from the
    Seaboard days gate removed over here to lights turns big over this video all the
    rotted ties was like interfacing every which way except where they need to be because
    like to invent to protect cars and then here you have Tennessee rail 1967 one
    number six so there that’s the ninth so you guys can see the difference
    that’s the 1967 real record and this is the 1926 rail and then over here you have my opposed
    64 right maybe you got into the Google Maps no to this location
    alrighty guys thank you for coming along I greatly appreciate it
    sorry I didn’t have better news for you today subscribe if you haven’t that
    notification ball leave me a comment take care bye bye

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    Joroba Patio de Clasificación Escala HO – Funcional | XXIII Convención FA y FM Acambaro 2019

    March 29, 2020


    Hello and welcome! We are here with the long awaited video showing the Hump yard located in Mexico City at Terminal Valle de Mexico or Ferrovalle (FTVM) As you know, HO de Mexico reproduced an operating Hump yard in HO scale to simulate the operations of Ferrovalle hump yard So first, let’s see how is that operation in the real Classification yard and then we’ll see how they replicate the operation in HO Scale We are now on top of the hump we can see the cars being pushed by the Locomotive and here is where the cars are “cut” or uncoupled and also, thanks to the gravity once the car is uncoupled it starts to roll down on the hump slope That’s why sometimes this type of yard is also known as Classification yard by gravity as the same weight of the car is used to move it from the hump to the correspondent classification track To avoid the cars crashing with the cars that are already on the tracks a Retarder or Brake is used to slow them down Here we see how the cars are uncoupled A couple of operators pull the uncoupling levers to open the coupler knuckles and separate the car or cars from the train As mentioned before, to brake the cars a Retarder is used The retarder is very similar to a Vehicle Brake Caliper a couple of lining or shoes are located on each side of the rail and when the car is passing it closes the pads and squeezes the wheel slowing down the car and also creating all those squeal sounds as the contact is metal vs metal We have a main retarder located at the beginning of the slope and some secondary ones located before the three way turnouts Everything is controlled by Automatic systems so the Computer calculates the amount of pressure or “braking force” is applied to each of the cars depending on what is the final destination track Also the Automatic system controls the turnouts all this is done from the Control Tower You already saw a first set of tanks being directed to the tracks on the left and here, this second set of tanks will be directed to the tracks on the right this gives the yard a lot of flexibility and a very quick response for sorting cars We can see with a little more detail how the Retarder works I hope you can notice how the linings or pads move The pads are located on each side of the rails and they open and close to apply pressure to the wheels So now that we saw how the operations are in the Prototype yard let’s take a look into the HO Scale hump yard!! What we see here is the simulation of the Hump You can see the are where the cars are uncoupled right before the slope In order to simulate the operation Ho de Mexico team decided to use a remote uncoupler instead of having someone with an uncoupler bar or uncoupler stick uncoupling the cars one by one by hand creating this amazing engineering piece of art! To allow the automatic uncoupling they solved the issue in a smart way you can see in the middle of the hump an strange piece similar to a gear shape that it works really as a heat sink that allows the electromagnetic uncoupler or remote uncoupler to operate without heating issues this type of remote uncouplers are very common in our model railroad layouts however those are mainly used on flat tracks the challenge here was to make it work in the hump because the car that is already on the slope is pulling the other car therefore the couplers are in tension the remote uncoupler requires the couplers to be in compression or relaxed to work so somehow we need to relief the tension on the couplers to uncouple the cars To generate the slack between couplers Compressed air is used to push the car and relieve tension on the couplers You can actually hear the air shot during the operation Pay attention to the video when the couplers are right on top of the remote uncoupler (above the heat sink) at that moment is when the operator releases the air to push the car and turns the uncoupler on to open the coupler knuckles to separate the cars The car then runs down the slope thanks to its own weight It was nice to see how this issue was solved as it was one of the roadblocks that I faced when I was thinking on the design of a hump like this in HO scale Sometimes if the automatic uncoupling does not work We have to use the uncoupling stick After looking at the hump, now we will see the retarders and turnouts operation As you saw in the prototype yard everything is controlled from the Control Tower and here, on your right you can see the Control panels Two operators are required to control all the operation The red buttons are the controls for the retarders, turnouts and uncoupling There are three main turnouts So how the retarders were simulated? it is also something “easy” but smart Pressured air or Compressed air was also used for the simulation The air is directed in a way that when the car is approaching the retarder zones a shot of air is released and hits the car reducing its speed the retarder also can help accelerate the car if it is going very slow you achieve this by directing the air on the same direction as the car is moving This is only used for the simulation purposes as in the real world there is no way to push or accelerate the cars unless is with other car or a locomotive In the prototype the computer uses the weight of the car and the destination track location to calculate the speed required for the car therefore only retarders or brakes are needed in an HO scale model it is very complicated to replicate the real world system of weighing measure speed and calculate braking force so it’s easier to have someone that operates the system and push the buttons on the Control panels you can see how it depends on the amount of time the operator press the button how much air is released on the retarders and therefore the quantity of “braking force” is applied to the car The left panel controls the retarders and you can see those are located all along the classification tracks The right panel controls the train speed, the air on the hump and the remote uncoupler, along with the destination track This is the general overview of the classification yard You can see how the cars are being classified on the different tracks Also you can notice how the retarders are located all along those tracks this helps to control the car speed in a better way for an smooth operation This is the general overview of the yard The hump is on the back Then the set of turnouts and then the classification tracks I will let the original audio so you can experience the sounds of the HO Scale yard in operation I hope you enjoyed the video This is a great piece of engineering very interesting way to represent the real operation and a very smart way to solve the issues and limitations of doing this in HO scale The model is only missing the squeal sound like the one we can hear now to fully represent the real operations I want to thank HO de Mexico team for the attention, the explanations and for letting me operate the yard understanding the principles and the logic of its work of this great model I am also excited of knowing that my first videos of this yard helped in the development of this layout So many thanks for watching I hope you liked it and if so give me a Thumbs Up, share, comment and I’ll see you here on my next videos…!!

    The Prince Edward Island Railway
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    The Prince Edward Island Railway

    March 27, 2020


    So if you’re a young Islander, it’s hard
    to believe that we ever had a railway on Prince Edward Island. But we did, and it’s
    a remarkable story. So let’s go back to 1864, when we hosted here a conference
    that led to the foundation of the Dominion of Canada and Confederation. But as everyone knows Islanders originally stayed out of Confederation. We were
    surrendering too much and gaining too little. So we remained in splendid
    isolation. Then in 1870, there was a crisis in government on Prince Edward
    Island, and a coalition government was formed, and they had to avoid all
    issues that might split their alliance. So there were a government in search of
    a platform, and the platform they found was to build a trans-Island railway. The railway was to Victorians like the computer and the internet have been in
    our recent past. They were the gateway to the future. So Prince Edward Islanders
    felt they needed a railway and the government went out to build one. They
    turned the first sod in October 1871, and by March 1872 the government had fallen
    on charges of corruption. A new government came to power and you would
    have thought they would put a stop to the project but in fact other members of
    the legislature were holding them ransom, demanding they would not support the
    government unless it extended the railway to their part of Prince Edward
    Island. And so the original railway which was to run from Georgetown to Alberton
    was to be extended to the western tip of the island at Tignish, and to Souris. by December 1872 the island was facing a
    financial crisis and they had two options. They could raise our taxes (never
    a popular option) or they could go back to Ottawa and ask for terms for
    Confederation. And that’s what they did. And there was a round of negotiations,
    and on July 1st 1873 we became a province of Canada. And the Government of
    Canada was good enough as to take over the construction of the railway and its
    operation. The railway opened in 1875. The brass shop here opened the following
    year and it is a relic of a railway and an industry that wound its way through
    the social and the cultural and the economic imagination of Islanders. It provided employment for hundreds of
    Islanders. It transported Islanders to sporting events, to social events, on
    commerce, on business, for tourists, it was an essential means of transportation.
    Until the advent of the automobile and asphalt. They transformed the travel
    habits of Islanders and gradually the railway became obsolete. The passenger
    service was gradually abandoned until it was completely abandoned in 1969, and at
    the very last day of 1989 the final railcar on the freight service trundled
    off the island and the railway came to an end.
    But even that’s not the end of the story because a project ensued converting the
    rail bed to the Confederation Trail, a hiking, cycling, and a snowmobiling trail
    that enriches the ongoing lives of Islanders even today. Thanks for watching
    our series. If you enjoy it, please subscribe. And if you have questions
    about the videos or ideas for new videos leave a note in our comments maybe your
    idea will be in the next one of our videos. And if you want to check out
    another cool series, we’ve got one coming up on LM Montgomery by Dr.. Kate Scarth.