Saturday, September 24, 2016

Long train rounding Horseshoe Curve

In competition with the Canadian train going through the spiral tunnels which you can see here, is this I suppose drone taken video of the Horseshoe Curve in Pennsylvania. I like to know about what I am posting about, so I needed to see where the state of Pennsylvania is exactly. I knew it was kind of east coast.

Harrisburg is the capital of the state and I vaguely recall something about the Harrisburg address. Other cities you may have heard of are Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It borders a number of states, including New York and also Lake Erie, one of the great lakes divided between the US and Canada. The video is 1:04 and there is a great jump at :38 to take in the full curve.

I know we have very long trains in Australia, but not too many of us see them. This is a very long train.

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  1. That certainly is a very long train. Why don't we see such long trains here in Aus anymore? Because our gubmint decided goods were better delivered by road trucks, with bosses who demand faster delivery times, drivers who take pills to stay awake to deliver faster, drivers who crash because of this and roads that are constantly chewed up by weights they were not designed for. Bring back the goods trains!! and of course all the necessary stations for them to deliver to where the goods can be parcelled out in smaller lots per town to be finally delivered by lighter weight vans driven by masses of previously unemployed persons. It would all work out so much cheaper than constantly fixing roads and highways and high insurance payouts for those unlucky drivers/companies etc.

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    1. I am completely with you River. The only trains like that we will see in Australia are mining trains, transporting coal or iron ore. I am not so sure about the topography of the US, but in Canada trains are the best way to move freight long distances.

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  2. Yay River. You are so very right.
    And, how appropriate. To prove I am not a robot I had to select images of commercial trucks.

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    1. EC, that verification thing seems very random. That you had to do it is awful. I will send a stern email to blogger.

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  3. EC, you got the robot verification? I never get that here at Andrew's.

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    1. River, I haven't had to do that for a while, but I have done that select the picture thing a few times, even on blogs where I regularly comment.

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  4. I've been getting a lot of verification things on blogs that I visit, I don't mind if it's just a simple tick to say I'm not a robot but the minute it changes to pictures I'm over it! Blimey that's the longest train I've ever seen Andrew, and yes Fremantle is plagued by road trucks now although I think there is talk about trying to get back to trains, we'll see!

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    1. Grace, the pictures are at least easier than trying to copy some weirdly shaped letters. I remember the complaints about the trucks in Fremantle, and there was a half formed long term plan.

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    2. Grace, if you ever see any petitions for the return of goods trains, please sign and help get the unwieldy, over loaded trucks off our roads. I've never yet seen such a petition, but I live in hope.

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  5. Holy cow what a great train

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    1. Huge, isn't it Gosia.

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  6. I love travelling betray. And a long one, going a long way, what could be better. I’d love to get on one of the Australian ones and see most of your continent.

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    1. Friko, we do have some rather special long distance train trips here, but sadly I have done any, yet.

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    2. Years ago, I thought about doing the Ghan trip from Adelaide to Darwin and back, but the ticket price was wa-a-ay beyond my budget. Even with a concession card. I simply don't see how it can cost so much.

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  7. the city where I live is criss crossed in railroad tracks. One major street, Queen, has a train crossing that is a switching yard that blocks the street often for 20 minutes are more, as trains are built. Waiting ten minutes for a train to cross is common here, and those are long long trains. To pass time, sometimes I count the number of train cars, or used to. But after 100 would usually give up.

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    1. Strayer, yes I once looked at your town using Google satellite view and it looked quite messy with tracks everywhere.

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