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    Sweden. Inland Railway: MORA – SÖRTJÄRN (1997) Train Driver’s Cab View from Y1 1360

    January 6, 2020

    MORA (Mra) Mora lasarett (Mrl) There are many conversations in the driver’s cab during this journey. Many of them I don’t feel comfortable publishing. That is why a large part of this journey will be without sound. Vattnäs (Vtn) ORSA (Ors) To the right: The line to Furudal. Orsa plattfabrik (Orsp) Tallhed (Thd) Storstupet The train goes very slow for now. It was a very hot day. Two or maybe three out of four engines had temporarily disconnected. The filters to the cooling system hadn’t been cleansed properly and where covered with dust. Emådalen (Emd) Change of batteries. ÄLVHO (Älo) Vassjön (Vön) Lillhamra (Lhr) Tandsjöborg (Tdö) Sidertjärn (Stn) FÅGELSJÖ (Feö) Kropptjärn (Ktn) Hundsjövallen (Hövl) Bodarsjön (Bdö) Byheden (Byhd) Bäckedal (Bdl) Unfortunately the batteri went out. SVEG (S) Change of tapes. Älvros (Äls) YTTERHOGDAL (Yl) Överhogdals grusgrop (Öhlg) Överhogdal (Öhl) Sörtjärn (Srn) I hope you have had a pleasant journey! Thank you for watching!


    Sweden. Inland Railway: ULRIKSFORS – VILHELMINA (1997) Train Driver’s Cab View from Y1 1360

    December 13, 2019

    ULRIKSFORS (Uf) To the left: The line to Strömsund. Some parts of this journey will go in silence. The reason for that is conversations that I don’t want to publish. Lövberga (Löb) A small part including driving over a reindeer has been cut. Change of batteries. The River: Flåsjöälven. The River: Tåsjöälven. Hoting campingplats (Hcp) HOTING (Htg) To the right: The line to Forsmo. The River: Rörströmsälven. Kilvamma (Kiv) Dorotea campingplats Dtc DOROTEA (Dta) Dorotea emballagespår (Dte) Storbergets industrispår (Sti) Saxvattnet (Sx) Change of batteries. Granberget (Ggt) Meselefors campingplats (Mcp) The River: Ångermanälven. MESELEFORS (Mlf) Volgsjöfors (Vgf) Change of batteries. VILHELMINA (Vma) Vilhelmina timmer (Vmat) I hope you have had a pleasant journey! Thank you for watching!

    Trains, trams and Marian in Bydgoszcz, Poland [J1 E2]
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    Trains, trams and Marian in Bydgoszcz, Poland [J1 E2]

    November 15, 2019

    Konstal 805Na № 279 + № 280 (1982) Konstal 805NM № 362 + № 363 (1980/2004) Konstal 805Na № 338 + № 339 (1987) Konstal 805Na № 320 + № 321 (1985) Marian Rejewski – cryptologist (made in 2005) Konstal 805Na № 338 + № 339 (1987) Konstal 805Na № 293 (1983) Konstal 805Na № 356 + № 357 (1990) Bydgoszcz Główna railway station [Bydgoszcz main] (2015) PKPIC SM42-058 (1967) TKp1-46 (1915) DBSRP 517 042 (2013) Written off in 1967 and the only preserved unit of its class left in Poland PREG EN57ALc-2207 (1990/2017) DEPOL BR231-063 (1973) The only operating unit of its class in Poland DEPOL TEM2-310 (1990) PKPIC SU160-009 (2015) PKPIC EU07-077 (1969) PKPIC EP07-400 (1986/1996) KMKOL EN57AKM-1573 + 1577 (1984/2009)

    Massive CSX 4 locomotive freight train! We were Amtrak railfanning and BOOM! A CSX engine appears!
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    Massive CSX 4 locomotive freight train! We were Amtrak railfanning and BOOM! A CSX engine appears!

    November 4, 2019

    (train signal ringing) – [Man] I hear some bells. (train horn blaring) – [Child In Striped Shirt] I
    like that (mumbles) it’s CSX. – [Man] Oh, oh look at that! It’s a 902. He snuck out here, didn’t he? (laughing) (logo whirling) Hey Fun Engineers, if
    you really love trains and you’re crazy about Minecraft, hit that subscribe
    button and ring the bell so you get notified on every
    single video that we do next. That’s an ES44AH, that’s a super cool one.
    – I like doing (mumbles) I like doing 2000 (mumbles) – Whoa that’s a double cool shot. Look at that! How lucky are we there? Hey kids, that’s what the coolest thing about rail fanning on track side is that you just never
    know what’s gonna happen like suddenly a CSX just
    appears right beside you. (upbeat music) Oh look at that, he’s in the front! (laughing) (steam hissing) Comin’ out. Did you know that? – I didn’t know that they could do that. – [Man] It has a door in the front. (steam hissing) I didn’t know it had a door
    in the front like that. (upbeat music) That’s amazing! – CSX needs a wash. – [Man] He does need a wash, doesn’t he? All right kids, this is how you do track side train spotting. You camp out and you wait
    until the train takes off. We’ve been here for 24 hours. (buzzer buzzing) We’ve
    been in here for 5 days. (buzzer buzzing) 15 minutes? (bell dinging) You think it’s gonna take off soon? You think so? It’s green, you can see
    it right down there. (train horn blares)
    (train bell rings) (upbeat music) – [Child In Striped
    Shirt] It’s moving slowly. – [Man] That’s a big one, isn’t it? (train bell rings) Wonder what he’s pulling? It’s kinda like a mystery, isn’t it? See what he’s pulling. – [Child In Striped
    Shirt] He likes pulling. – [Man] What do you think he’s pulling? (train bell rings) – There’s another–
    – Oh it’s another one. – Whoa.
    – Whoa, that’s exciting! (train bell rings) Do you think there’s
    three trains or just two? Oh, look! It’s three! Wow, it’s three trains! And three engines! – [Child In Striped Shirt] He got what? – [Woman] CSX 392 – [Man] Do you think
    it’s gonna be a 4th one? – [Woman] 41, – Oh my goodness,
    – 78. – [Man] there’s a fourth one too. – [Alex] Oh that’s an old style one. – [Man] Look at that one. – [Alex] Is that a super old CSX? – [Man] Wow, Yeah. – [Younger child] Look there’s train cars. – [Man] Yeah, look at all that. – [Alex] Is the darkest one the first CSX? – Yeah, it might be, Alex.
    – How come there’s– – [Man] It’s the original one – [Younger Child] There’s train cars. Lots of train cars. – Wow that’s
    – Hey guys. – [Man] super tankers huh? How many cars do you think this has? Since it’s a four locomotive train how many cars does it has? What’s your guess? – Four thousand. – [Man] Four thousand. – I mean four hundred. – Four hundred. Comment below if you know. (upbeat music) That was so awesome. Did you guys enjoy that video kids? That was super fun. Thanks so much for coming along with it. Alright kids we’ll see
    you in the next video right over there.

    On-Time Metro – In Japan, The Train Is Never Late // Discovery on
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    On-Time Metro – In Japan, The Train Is Never Late // Discovery on

    September 9, 2019

    Secret codes, signals, and a mysterious language. All used for a single strict purpose: To master time Yet below the world capital of High-tech, automation is not replacing people Less than half a second out Going behind the scenes of the world’s busiest Metros to explore Japan’s unique relationship with time We’ll show how Tokyo Metro’s reputation for timekeeping is built on a unique alliance between digital precision and intuitive human skills. We’ll show how Tokyo Metro’s reputation for timekeeping is built on a unique alliance between digital precision and intuitive human skills. What does it take to bring safe efficient and reliable service to Tokyo Metro’s six million daily passengers? “The trains are always on time. It’s amazing, yeah.” By 5:00 a.m. each morning, all Tokyo Metro stations are open for business with the same ritual. And after each entrance is raised a finger is pointed as a signal By 8:00 a.m. One of the Metro’s busiest stations Ikebukuro is swamped by commuters who know their trains will arrive exactly as scheduled Approximately 300,000 passengers crowd onto the Marounuchi Line during rush hour but everyone waits patiently and this man is on hand ready to pull a low-tech rope trick. Crowd control and a compliant public help keep trains running on time Commuters have space to rush out of the carriages since others wait in line before boarding Another batch of passengers move on to the platform. It’s a cyclic slow motion ballet which commuters have performed for decades But it prevents causing overcrowding, accidents, and delays Beyond time gurus are the drivers. They spend their working life on one line and don’t need Speedometers to tell them how fast to go to reach each station on schedule Drivers must pass a rigorous training process along with random checks by Chief instructor, Mr. Hatoba The test requires the driver to travel this [distance] in precisely one minute five seconds The Margin of error is less than a second This stretch must be covered in 1 minute 45 seconds. His margin of error was just 0.19 seconds This building is the driving training HQ complete with the simulator loadout scenarios for every emergency from catastrophic earthquakes to a kite on the power lines it’s presiding genius Kazunori Fujishiro The simulator is just like a real train: the same controls realistic visuals and even the same vibrations and sense of movement This kind of computer game technology sharpens the reflex skills needed to deal with real-life emergencies and minimize disruption At the end of the day tokyo metro gets millions of commuters home on time Yuko Mito is an authority on Japan’s Railways. She wrote a book which connects the Nation’s focus with time to an earthquake in tokyo To cope with the number of commuters from the suburbs Railways started to run trains in units of seconds Passengers soon Learned to behave in an orderly way and the unwritten code about waiting on the platform reflects the unique Relationship between tokyo metro and its passengers based on the shared interest in being on time Once the commuter rush is over the next challenge is to get over-tired stragglers onto the last train The last train has left and the late shift puts the system to bed Large stations have so many entrances that biking is the best way to get around to close thee.One must cover some two kilometers of distance to reach all of the 24 entrances within Otemachi station In the small hours the above-ground City shuts down But tokyo Metro never sleeps. the only time to check the tracks and other hard assets is when the trains aren’t running It takes eight years for this team to check the entire tunnel network for structural problems because this work cannot be done by machine Masanori Noguchi’s skill is his ability to understand different sounds He marks the sections that needs repair to prevent structural collapse disrupting the timetable, aware that keen observant skills are vital for maintaining the infrastructure Coming up: we explore cutting-edge technology that keeps tokyo metro on time Discover the importance of autopilot and how do train drivers gauge their speed by instinct Another day, another crowd of patient satisfied commuters Today this instinct takes the form of training a chance for Mr. Hakoba to show off his drill The driver continues to accelerate and decelerate as Mr.. Hakoba dictates. Precisely 35 km/h 36 Km/h This technique has a colorful history Kookie Yuki’s method involved memorizing the passing scenery and using landmarks as markers for accelerating or slowing down With no instruments drivers were able to gauge time by instinct, allowing trains to run on time. This method is still in use today But speed isn’t everything New train conductors must learn the correct signaling procedure Finger pointing confirmation is a key symbol of Railway and Metro men Japanese Railway workers learn to confirm what they have seen by voicing and pointing a mysterious white glove (?) and the ultimate symbol of Japan’s love affair with time With so many passengers customer service is a big deal for tokyo Metro. No other [metro] gives it greater importance An entire building is devoted to training recruits in the mysterious art of customer service Inside there’s a mock-up station with the same hardware as real stations But the focus is people and today a class of recruits is meeting the director of customer service, Mr. Kamei First steps in hospitality training include learning how to greet customers, Counting out change, Mr. Kamei’s passion for customer service means new technology depends on important people skills Trains can’t run on time if tracks aren’t maintained and machines do this far better than humans The multiple tight /ampere/ or /mutter type/ is a special train that straightens bench rail tracks Vibrations from the passage of trains loosen the crushed stones, distorting the rails above them the machine lifts up the rails and repacks the crushed stones this corrects the distorted rails It can fix 200 meters of track in half an hour After the /motto tie/ comes the ballast engine complete with a special brush to disperse loose gravel It can clean one kilometre of rail in 30 minutes Tokyo Metro would not run on time without its maintenance yard Every year the wheels of each carriage are skinned so they can roll like new Every four years the body is removed from the flat car and the /bogies/ rolled away for cleaning The man in charge is Mr. Yasuniwa When the /bogle/ emerges it looks new, yet it is deconstructed even further for cleaning and inspection Once fully deconstructed the train becomes this set of minute components Each piece is hand polished, ultimate proof that hard technology relies on a human touch This is certainly true of the train driver. Whose constant companion is: Dead man, an automatic system [that] stops the train safely if the driver is suddenly incapacitated Even though these trains can stop automatically drivers are proud this function is only used in an emergency Yet where necessary technology plays its part high-tech safety features have also been fitted onto platforms staff learn the precise workings of platform doors through a simulator in order to ensure passenger safety It’s the end of the day the last train is left, but another arrives for maintenance duty after midnight It’s loaded with platform doors which the team must install before the metro starts up again in the morning Platform doors prevent accidents, they’re the perfect example of the alliance between technical and human solutions installation was completed within two hours Tokyo lives in fear of another major earthquake Coming up: we see how Tokyo Metro prepares for the worst Japan’s motivation to be precisely on time impresses everyone. “The trains are always on time It’s amazing, yeah.” “I didn’t have to wait at all. The train’s already there.” New technology is already on its way for the future LEDs will be installed on all trains for the sake of the environment and reliability the Alliance between man and Machine Advances even further Platform doors and movable steps like these are intended to avoid failures and keep trains running on time Doors on new Carriages will be 50 centimeters wider than existing ones making boarding time 3 to 4 seconds faster There are also plans to Introduce Solar power at stations Even in this evacuation drill signs, vocalization of commands, and signals abound That subway system should be a matter of pride shows tokyo metro has cracked the challenge of creating a genuine partnership between the High-Tech and human Perhaps, it’s not just about using new technology to improve safety and reliability but valuing the commitment and skills of its people above all else But what would a train geek /earn/ from the ultimate Rail service?

    Leeds’ new cutting-edge experimental rail facility
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    Leeds’ new cutting-edge experimental rail facility

    August 20, 2019

    The Institute for High
    Speed Rail and Systems Integration is a collaboration
    to develop a research and development
    institute able to solve some of those long
    challenging issues that you see on
    the railway track. It would also place the UK
    as a global leader in rail. This is a real period of
    change on the railway. Right across the country,
    we’re upgrading track. We’re upgrading signalling
    to really accelerate journeys for our passengers. At the same time, we’re
    introducing new trains onto the network. In order to test new trains
    on the existing network, we have to run them
    for hundreds of miles. So we get to a point where
    it’s performing reliably and fault free, so that we can
    have the confidence to bring it into service for passengers. What that means though
    is at the same time as running our everyday
    passenger and freight services, we have to try
    and squeeze a path or find a slot for these
    test trains to run, and that can lead to
    congestion, and can potentially lead to disruption. So these challenges can
    be resolved by undertaking much of this testing off-site. When we created
    the institute, we decided on two
    fundamental principles. The first one was to look at
    whole systems integration. That’s how everything
    connects together. The second one was to build
    the best testing facilities. To do that, we are constructing
    three innovative facilities, the first one, an
    infrastructure test facility. We’re also developing
    a vehicle test facility, which is
    based on a rolling road type of technology. The third test facility is the
    Systems Integration Innovation Centre. And that is all about the
    signalling and the command and control, and about how
    that all interacts together to give you this whole
    systems integration approach. So at the end of
    the process, you have a vehicle where
    the vast majority of the issues that you are
    likely to encounter on track have been derisked. I think the power and the
    beauty of the new institute is the fact that it’s been
    designed with the rail sector. If we look at the
    industrial strategy, that’s at the heart of
    what we’re doing here. So never before has it been
    so important for universities to work with business
    and industry. And I think the Institute is
    a fantastic example of where we’re doing just that, to not
    only help UK industry innovate and grow, but also to act
    as a magnet for other people to come and work here
    with the Institute from all around the world. We’re bringing together
    all of the expertise, but also elevating
    it to something that’s of significance
    internationally, not just nationally. What we will see is a clustering
    around the Institute of High Speed Rail and
    Systems Integration where we’ll get much
    bigger businesses, better jobs created, and
    opportunities for people in this part of the north. More importantly,
    I also think it’ll be something that’ll
    help us promote the region internationally
    in a different way from some of the other strengths
    that we already have in this city region to
    economic advantage for decades to come.