Weird/unique train thread
That's one of those fireless steam engines, right?
conjoined twin train
Someone post the forward cab stream locomotive, uploading files on mobile is broken for me.
Armored train. I think this was built in South Africa but used in Namibia.
>>1761757fine I'll do it myself
>>1761643That particular one uses compressed steam.
This is an electric tram that ran along the beach at Blackpool around the turn of the century. The tracks were normally submerged.
>>1761763I have never seen a good picture of the Turbomotive after it was rebuilt. Thank you for your service, anon.
>>1761962Why doesn't it have a door in the back?
>>1761935irl Steampunk is just superior to anything fictional
I mean they built machines that moved BY THEMSELVES. That’s just magic at that point.
>>1762081>>1761888>>1761861>>1761772>>1761766>>1761763>>1761761>>1761753>>1761646I've taken shits that were stranger than all of these combined. All those locomotives/MU's/railcars are simply conventional, albeit either one-offs or just an imitation of Tommy The ChooChoo>>1761733That's a photoshop
>>1761768It's older cousin, built out of war-time boredom to get to the beach quickerhttps://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ph%C3%B6nizischer_B%C3%A4derexpress
>>1762092>I've taken shitsthat's what every ass does
British military railbike during the Boer War
Southern Railway Q1, built in WW2 to minimise metal usage and maintenance time
>>1762205Should have electrified.
>>1761935Brighton, not blackpool
Armoured train on the 15 inch gauge Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway during WW2
>>1762206The southern railway was (and still is) largely 3rd rail electrified at 750v DC, no good for heavy freight trains
>>1762211>>1762213Its only known kill was due to a pilot mistaking it for a full-size train and flying too low.
>>1761935>mfw it was legally a boat
>>1761935Did this shit ever derail?
>>1762424Stretching the definition of train there a bit, eh? Though I guess it could fit into one of those 3x3 meme formats>rail conservative, engine conservative: a LNER A4 is a train>rail conservative, engine agnostic: a mobile conveyor bridge is a train>rail conservative, engine anarchy: a CNC workpiece is a trainAnyway, here's a weird train to go with your picture
>>1761771This is pretty cool. Looks like the inner cabins rotate within the base to allow the occupants to remain upright as the grade changes.
http://www.douglas-self.com/MUSEUM/LOCOLOCO/locoloco.htm check this site
I saw something like this near Tehachapi once. It was odd to see it moving independently as the larger train kept moving
Indonesian-built 2ft gauge sugar hauler in Carver, Massachusetts.
>>1761655>hey bill you comin or goin>you know it hue hue hue
>>1762005There's no escaping the death train
>>1761646I thought I recognised that bloody thing. One of those used to do the banana express run down into Port Shepstone bringing sugar cane from up Paddock/Kokstad way
>>1762963>yo dawg, we heard you like trains
>>1763181>TopGear and Man in Seat 61 crossover episode
Swiss shunter converted to electrical heating during a WWII coal shortage.
>>1763469I think their nearly 100% switch to electric traction due to coal shortages was something they couldn't have achieved at a later point
>>1761765Someone should build one of these in Baghdad, so we can have a rack on a rack in Iraq
>>1763540Nah, diesel wouldn't have prevented large-scale electrification, firstly because there's no oil reserves, while water power is cheap and abundant, and secondly because distances aren't long and stations frequent, so electric trains would still have a big economic and practical advantage.
>>1763548If it travels onto a mountain it'd be a rack on a rack on a rock in Iraq
>>1761774>>1761860Imagine everyone gathering in the back to see the overhang :)
>>1762187those are clearly australians
>>1763797a lot of Britain’s colonies came together in that war
>>1762205will never stop loving them
>>1764134Imagine if instead of making this stupid design, the PRR had used that boiler to make a Northern, or a really nice Texas to rival the C&O T1 they ended up straight copying. Even better, license the Turbomotive's variable nozzle tech. Alas, the engineering department at the Pennsy was hell-bent on dumb ideas at the time.
First cog railway in Switzerland
>>1762205>>1763923Such a brutal design. If british trains can't compete on output cause of the limited loading gauge I wish we'd gone all in on sheer spartaness.
>>1764558>I wish we'd gone all in on sheer spartaness.Be careful what you wish for...
>>1764588You may not like it, but this is what peak branch line performance looks like
>>1764588>>1764689these were actually good. people were just told they hated them by the TV.
>>1765311I've ridden in enough pacers over the last 30 odd years to know that their reputation isn't just a smear upon them but is well deserved. They are extremely shitty and spartan and are unpleasant and uncomfortable to ride in as a passenger.That said, they aren't without merit. They were very cheap and a lot of smaller lines in the 1980s and 1990s couldn't have survived otherwise without them. The ever underfunded norf in particular would have struggled without them. A rattling drafty bogieless bus on rails is better than nothing at all at the end of the day.
>>1765314I liked them because you could actually open the windows. and the windows themselves were huge, so you could actually see out too.
>>1765142As far as I know there's only one of those Lima/Lima-Hamilton center-cab road switchers left in existence, at the Illinois Railway Museum. I don't know if it runs or not.
>>1762983very cool, tell me more
>>1761753That would be one hot cab.
>>1767775>Graffiti is art bro
>>1765311>these were actually good.They were never good and they only got slightly better after an expensive rebuild less than 5 years into their life, causing them to cost around the same as Sprinters in the end.>>1765314>That said, they aren't without merit. They were very cheap and a lot of smaller lines in the 1980s and 1990s couldn't have survived otherwise without them. The ever underfunded norf in particular would have struggled without them. A rattling drafty bogieless bus on rails is better than nothing at all at the end of the day.This is a common myth. As I stated above, they needed an expensive rebuild, resulting in them being not much cheaper than Sprinters at the end of the day. In post BR days, their track access charges were also no cheaper than Sprinters.
they took this from you.
>>1761859>>1761861For what purpose?
>>1768018placing smoke behind crew so they don't suffocate in tunnels
>>1761774>>1763820If we are discussing such "trains" then behold: I present the widest of gauges in all times: 9mhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krasnoyarsk_ship_lift
>>1761888Why do Germans always deliberately make things as ugly as possible
>>1762459Every time a major storm camerails had to be rebuilt often
Extra small DMU built by British Rail soley for the hastings line because the Victorian builders fucked up the tunnel and extra layer of bricks had to be put in each one so normal trains couldnt run
>>1768907hastings diesel shunting Thameslink class 700s before the depot was electrified
>>1768907>>1768908Let's not forget the fabulously expensive special-edition versions of the Class 33 locos that had to be built slightly narrower for the Hastings line. 33/2 (narrow version) in front of a 33/1 (standard)
>>1768908English loading gauge is already tiny, that's gotta be one of the smallest standard gauge trainsets ever made.
>>1768917oh you can go much smaller
>>1768932This is cute, but I refuse to believe it has utility beyond its novelty. Those dmus are at least designed to do something.
>>1768994It is an entirely legitimate locomotive built for an industrial line with extremely limited vertical clearance.
not really a weird loco, just a nekkid A4>>1767791gas graffitifags
suspended monorail funicular
>>1771411lol>>1771427There was a period in time where so many weird ideas were being touted and built but never repeated as transportation technology rapidly developed... that's how you get things like that pic. There's something similar in Japan, but much more modern.
>>1771427Poor man's Wuppertal suspension railway
i like trains
>>1767905Looking directly at the front of these things triggers my fight or flight response.
>>1761753You know what? Fuck you.>Bullpups your locomotive
>>1772893>flight response.I get it. Because it was made by an aircraft company.
>>1774241love a good shay
Spanish Talgo train, 1940s
>>1778750Looks like they stuck the cockpit of an SR-71 onto a 1940s cartoon.
>>1765142I really love these mostly useless center cab transfer switchers.
>>1771559actually both was build by the exaxt same company at about the same time
>>1774241>>1778700The only shay to ever exist in the UK.
Isnt the only weird train that matters is that centipede thing that lays the rack?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMXfU8blPMM
>>1761859I saw one IRL last year, absolute monster in person.
>>1772893I'm glad I'm not the only one. I've never been able to figure out exactly why but there's something really unsettling about it.
>>1772893The hardest mogg from the biggest dick. Let the submissive ecstasy consume you. Revel in your undoing.
>>1772893It looks like it's designed for ramming. Reminiscent of the wave piercing bow on a surf ski - it's even got the Epic livery.
>>1761655how does it manage not to rip in two pieces ?
>>1784520...because both bogies are going the same way. Are you retarded?
>>1761655Can't wait for the new one to be finished>>1784520Please be joking
>>1767838The Pacers may have needed an expensive rebuild but they were quick and cheap to design and build, which was important regardless as numerous DMU's at that point needed to be either withdrawn or completely rebuilt to remove their fireproofing... which was full of Asbestos. Which was illegal. This meant that their rebuild was still a cost BR Could eat, something they couldn't do with older, less reliable railcars
>>1761772I like this little train
>>1788907When is a train, just a cart.
>>1762424do you think he did all of that??
>>1787143>quick and cheap to design and buildThe aggregate cost of a Pacer over its lifetime is 3x that of a Sprinter.
"train", more like an unholy mix of ropeway, funicular and suspended monorail
>>1795848Holy shit that is cursed afApparently the point is being able to easily turn corners, while the structure isn't all that much more intrusive than a gondola. Also it's probably more resistant to wind.
>>1795917seems like a shitty small suspension monorail, if the trains were at least a bit longer it would make more sense
>>1795848>>1795917It's also unusual that it uses linear induction motors to accelerate and brake the cars in and out of the stations (it has an intermediate station in addition to the normal termini).One site did say it normally runs every 10 minutes, but can run at up to 75 second intervals, so obviously it has the ability to add and remove gondolas.
>>1795950It serves a hilly area full of single family homes, and each gondola holds 25 people, and the entire line is less than a mile long. There's no need for anything bigger. The operators can add gondolas to increase throughput if needed.
>>1795963>It's also unusual that it uses linear induction motors to accelerate and brake the carsMy first thought is that maybe the system doesn't allow for those slopes that accelerate normal gondolas, since these run on a rail.
>>1795968It's on a rail so it can go around curves like the other anon said. The linear motors accelerate the car to cable speed, then it clamps onto the cable, which minimizes cable wear. A lot of aerial gondolas use drive tires to do the same thing.
>>1795972wonder why they didn't just use the normal drive tire system, seems like overengineering
>>1796155Linear motors have no moving parts and tires to maintain. Probably offers finer control under varied loads. I would imagine that system was more of less a proof of concept and the ultimate goal was to sell more of them.
>>1764360it's the truck from Blast Corps
>>1764588I rode on Pacers a few years back, fun things.
>>1771427Looks inefficient af
>>1796335What do you mean?
>>1796335It's a regular funicular but you don't need to build a full ROW, just put down the supports for the suspended track. Probably not better in the end as the system didn't become popular, also maybe expensive for all the steel it needs, but I can see the logic behind it.
Best weird train
>>1767775This has always been an incredibly weird one. It looks like it's a tram with a special tilting bogie for going up hills, but all it is is a funicular. It's surreal in form and function. It's also weird how it uses a pantograph to draw power.
>>1783626>robot track laying train>with another crane train running on top of itthe future was here
>>1796598It's a funicular with a level carriage, that's not particularly weird. Now, the pantograph isn't used to draw power, instead both cars are connected in series to the motor at the top, so both have to give power for the funicular system to run, inversely, any car can stop the mechanism, which makes sense if there may be hazards on the road. Think of it like a water line with two faucets, only if you open both it'll run, at there'll be as much water as the least open faucet. Considering this is from the turn of the century it's stunningly brilliant engineering.Other funiculars have pantographs at times, but they're usually just to power the electrics and/or for communication. And some have pantographs that are only used at the station to charge the battery for the electrics.
>>1795963>Every 10 minutesi'm frankly amazed that the investment was considered "worth it" if the demand is so bad that running such a small car on 10 minute frequencies was enough
>>1796644>Now, the pantograph isn't used to draw power, instead both cars are connected in series to the motor at the topquick google tells me that each car has an electric motor of its own rather than having a unified motor, so that's a bit weird
>>1796659it's Japan, as long as it employs people and pays boomers' pensions the government will fund itturns out sovereign debt doesn't matter if you just never pay it off, never default and your currency is on a tight enough leash
VPRS-500. Looks kinda futuristic?
TfW's 67+mk4+DVT sets are probably the weirdest passenger trains running in the UK and I love them for itit's just such an adorable anachronism, a callback to the days when big ugly freight locos hauled passenger stock on the daily
>>1798487Good ol' rail bus
>>1796661Well why do you ask if your daddy Google is just going to tell yoy everything you fucking cuck
>>1798514why do american electric locos look so retarded
>>1798487reminded me of the french "micheline"
>>1798535>t. Toaster liker
>>1798561Toasters are fucking great
>>1761645So basically, battery powered
>>1767905What train is it?
>>1796644>"TSB looks too intense for me!"
I saw this wacky thing at the Homestake Mine in South Dakota
>>1802613I think that’s powered by storage batteries
>>1767905Big Diesel wins again
>>1796495Ah, yes. The W1, AKA Hush-Hush, or The Galloping Sausage.A shame it never earned LNER a single penny.
>>1802704>>1802613was gonna say probably a battery engine for working underground.
The SkiTube to me is weird because it's an underground rapid transit system that runs in the middle of a national park in Australia. It transports people between ski fields and runs on a rack railway.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N93Lkf894Acdoes this count as a train
>>1761643can they be operated on a small scale compared to electric or gas?
>>1803565never thought i'd see something i've been on in one of these threads
>>1778700They're really fun to watch in action.
>>1802613Mining trains are always weird.
The tard locomotive.
>>1764588It's a tram pretending to be a train.Sprinter > Pacer
>>1806656that looks suspiciously like a converted ex steam locomotive tender
Does live steam count
Not so much the train, but I'm more curious about the coach it's pulling. I can't find any info about it.
>>1761762>"""""monorail""""">track has three rails