Showing posts from December, 2013

Season's Greetings

This is the last Friday of the year. Thought I'd take it easy and post some amateur photos of trains. Usually I'd like to be on a train from a northern city (since there is no passenger rail service where I live currently) back to my hometown around this time of the year, but I couldn't. That's okay.

These pictures were taken on a gloomy November day at one of my favorite spots in the BC Interior. I tried panning and a different number of things. Hopefully one day I'll be able to produce better photographs when I find the time and place to do so.
Here you go.

Shinkansen Series E7/W7

This is probably a trainset I will have to write about a little more later on (or not). She's the newest member of the Japanese high speed train family. Mechanically, this new trainset is based on the current mountainous Nagano Shinkansen flagship, the Series E2. Not built for top speed, the Series E7 or W7 electric multiple unit (EMU), depends on whether owned by the East or West Japan Railway Company, is designed to replaced the E2 for the newest extension of the Japanese high speed rail network of the current Nagano Shinkansen, called the Hokuriku Shinkansen for the Hokuriku region. Upon the completion of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, the railroad companies of Japan will have almost completed a ring route in the center of the Honshu Island.

It is also interesting that this is the first time the West Japan Railway Company (JR West) uses a classification scheme beginning with the letter W rather than a 3-digit number beginning with an odd number (i.e. traditionally, the Series 100, 30…

British Rail Class 87

This week I want to write about one of the first locomotives that has carried the InterCity branding on the British Railways. Most of us not from the UK have probably have heard of the InterCity 125 and InterCity 225 at some point in time. However, this brand of flagship intercity trains have been in existence before the introduction of the above mentioned famous British high-speed trains.

The Class 87 was a purpose built machine to haul fast service on the electrified West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Scotland. She bares the InterCity branding and routinely brings trains up to a maximum line speed of 110 mph, quite some speed for a blunt looking thing. Power, all 5 000 horsepower of it, comes from 4 DC traction motors.

A total of 36 locomotives have been built by Crewe Works of the British Rail Engineering Limited between 1973 and 1975. The Class 87 served British passengers well past privatisation of the British Railways with Virgin Trains. One unit has been preserved b…

Talgo 250

Fast train talk again this week. The Talgo 250 (comes under 2 classes under Spanish national passenger train operator Renfe, S130 and S730), as the name suggests, is a push-pull tilting trainset capable of 250 km/h or 155 mph in service. The special thing about this high-speed trainset though, is that she has an integrated gage changing system that works on the move at slow speed. Although we never need such a system, this is big in countries that traditionally have a different track gage until they adopt the standard gage high-speed rail (56.5 inches or 1 435 mm for the record). Spain’s existing rail network uses what’s called the Iberian gage, 65-21/32 inches or 1 668 mm.

Being a push-pull, the Talgo 250 has locomotives of course. They are 4-axle units with AC traction motors pumping out 3 200 hp on high-speed lines and 2 700 hp on existing lines (in this case, speed is reduced to a max of 135 mph in service). The locomotives are made in Germany by Bombardier. Some trainset have the…