Today (19th May 2017) saw the retirement from mainline revenue duties of the last two Class 121 DMUs in use for such service in the UK. First introduced in 1960, the Class 121 was usually a single-car unit although they towed trailer units in the past.
I feel like I probably watched this a billion times as a kid, driving my parents insane (I’d be surprised if they couldn’t recite the thing from memory).
Siemens, a German company who are purveyors of many things electrical, have been in the railway business since the 19th century. Their current locomotive for the European market is the Vectron, which has been on sale since 2010.
You’ve built a locomotive in Munich and you want to haul it to its new owner in Finland?
Here we see loco no 60163
So this 20hp model T train can cope... I wonder if it still relied on the stock transmission brake.
Is cool. Opened in 1901, it is the world’s oldest monorail still in operation. It runs a bit over 8 miles, most of it suspended over the river Wupper, serving the city of Wuppertal, Germany and its outskirts.
Meet a Parry PPM60 railcar. Just two are in use, on the Stourbridge Town Branch Line in the English Midlands. Not together though, because it’s a single line with no passing points. Whichever one of the two is in use on the day travels just 0.8 miles between Stourbridge railway station and the town, a round trip of…
Alstom MP05 as used on the Paris Métro.
Time was when many thought two gears was adequate. GM made two speed automatics for many years. Later Honda used the Hondamatic, a manually operated two speed with torque converter which appeared in many cars and fewer bikes. I’ve got a vague memory of being on two speed buses. But the two speed was abandoned years…
They’re going to be running the restored Norfolk & Western 611 this year.
What you see here are two of the four Siemens Vectron DE my employer Deutsche Bahn is renting to operate them in the general area of my workplace. The best part about this is the fact that I will be one of the lucky few who will support the Siemens technicians maintaining these beasts.
In Sweden (I think)
A look at the Railway Post Office. And they have guns.
Here’s an old steam locomotive. You know the kind of thing. External combustion so you light a fire at the back, it heats up water to make steam, the steam makes pistons go up and down, wheels go round and round and the exhaust go “puff puff”. All well and good.