9 thoughts on “The not-so bullet trains of Japan.”

  1. When I was in Misawa we had this train on base as a local tender to deliver oil, machinery, and other supplies as necessary.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JNR_Class_D51

    My Father told me to enjoy the sight and sound of one of the last steam locomotives operating in the free world, that when we returned to the states I would only ever see them in museums.  It was a thing to behold, puffing and belching thick black coal smoke.  The Japanese engineers would let us kids flip the direction switches when needed as we were walking by.

    I was pleased to find out later that it was put on display at a local park rather than being scrapped.

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  2. Damocles

    I remember when I was maybe 6 or 7 years old, the last of the Pocono type steam engines on the Lackawanna Railroad were going to be scrapped. As Scranton was the “home” of the railroad, they offered one of them to the city for free. The city stupidly turned them down saying no where to put it.

    They could have maneuvered it over to the trolley line that still had the tracks in place and pushed, pulled it to Nay Aug park where some temporary tracks could have been laid to give it a place of honor by the museum.  I suggested that to no avail. (Who listened to kids back in the 50’s?)  It would be nearly worth it’s weight in precious metal today, with Steamtown National Park now located in Scranton.

    They do have some Canadian engines and a smaller Baldwin switcher type locomotive that was completely rebuilt there. I have had rides on the trains there and also helped them out. I also organized a visit for some National Model Railroad Association members.

    The interesting thing about the “not-so bullet” trains is that they are diesels disguised as steam engines, Very Clever these Japanese!

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  3. Gerry_D:
    I also organized a visit for some National Model Railroad Association members.

    Are you a railroad modeler? I love what you guys do. I’m an aeromodeler myself.  I’ve helped a couple of guys with some electronics knowledge.  Hobbyist computer electronics seems to have blossomed in the track layout systems!

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  4. Hey that took me back some 25 years to when I took my kids on the Essex Steam Train in Connecticut. Really all I remember was, they let my 3 year old son sound the steam whistle. I was envious. I think we were motivated by Thomas the Tank Engine. Well I loved Thomas. My son preferred trains “with no faces.”

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  5. It still beats BART, MetroLink, and Amtrak.  Unlike the $trillion Soviet of California “Bullet Train to Nowhere,” it physically exists in addition to its billings, administration, expense accounts, and pensions.

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  6. Uncle Al:
    It still beats BART, MetroLink, and Amtrak.  Unlike the $trillion Soviet of California “Bullet Train to Nowhere,” it physically exists in addition to its billings, administration, expense accounts, and pensions.

    California sucks, we get it. You don’t need to post a note informing us in every damned thread!

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  7. Damocles says:
    California sucks, we get it. You don’t need to post a note informing us in every damned thread!

    A water aspirator sucks about 17 torr.  A rotary oil pump sucks about 5 mTorr.  A silicone oil vapor diffusion pump will drop so low molecules don’t collide before they hit a wall.  Turbomolecular pumps, cryogenic adsorption pumps, titanium sublimation pumps… black hole event horizons…The Soviet of California.

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  8. Uncle Al:

    Damocles says:
    California sucks, we get it. You don’t need to post a note informing us in every damned thread!

    A water aspirator sucks about 17 torr.  A rotary oil pump sucks about 5 mTorr.  A silicone oil vapor diffusion pump will drop so low molecules don’t collide before they hit a wall.  Turbomolecular pumps, cryogenic adsorption pumps, titanium sublimation pumps… black hole event horizons…The Soviet of California.

    That’s some serious level of suck!

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