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Three in front...

                         120 wagons, and two more loco's at the rear, just your average train through Flagstaff ! There is one about every twenty minues, and they run day and night, I haven't seen one passenger train, all the time I have been here.

 

Three in front...

                         120 wagons, and two more loco's at the rear, just your average train through Flagstaff ! There is one about every twenty minues, and they run day and night, I haven't seen one passenger train, all the time I have been here.

 

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Just another day in the life... smile Great shot, Frank! One day we'll have to get on a bridge or something and take a pic of one of the trains just disappearing into the distance! smile
Frank L Croston.: The length of these things, it would be some distance....Thanks, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Aug 2014, 06:23
Maybe this is why Elizabeth doesn't like trains, she's never had a chance of riding in one. Seriously though - this is the way to shift freight in bulk eh!
Frank L Croston.: True, Chris...You are not kidding! Each wagon carries two truck containers ,I can't imagine the weight these loco's are pulling, you should hear them...
Not the ELR is it Frank.may be if you could get out of bed before lunch time you might see a passenger train.
Frank L Croston.: No it's not! Cheeky s*d! Who do you think drives Ell' to work? smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Aug 2014, 08:24
It's incredible the size of these and the number of locos. Having seen some of the passes they go over then it;s not surprising the number of locos needed. Just think of the weight on that first coupling. I've seen a train carrying aircraft bodies before.
Frank L Croston.: it is, Alan,there is quite a climb out of Flagstaff, it doesn't seem to bother them.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Aug 2014, 10:13
My guess would be that they transport some kind of ore? When I started work, we were building a line for iron ore trains. The train over 300 wagons, almost 4 km long, sidings 7 kms, to stop (very far - can't remember). Energy required to pull away - enormous. So the point was to get them going and not stop before the final destination. Each wagon carries 100 tonnes of ore.

Known as the Sishen-Saldanha iron ore line, it is dedicated to ore transportation. The logistics doesn't really leave room for passenger transport.

This picture brought all of that to life for me.
Frank L Croston.: I hope they were good memories,Louis, these seem to be mixed freight,and as you say,once started,no stopping!
That's hard to imagine.........a fine shot Frank!
Frank L Croston.: It's a sight to see,Martin. Thanks
The island has no trains but I was in my hometown for the weekend and there were freight trains every day. Noisy buggers.
Frank L Croston.: They are,but you get used to it, Mary.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 11 Aug 2014, 11:58
I like this Frank. I might have cropped out the left hand side stuff, but leaving the platform.
Frank L Croston.: Thanks Chad,well I wanted to show the station.
i suppose its more to do about hauling capacity rather than hitting high speeds, for these locos, Frank.
Frank L Croston.: Indeed, Ayush, they are monsters, they just seem to cruise at about 30 to 40mph all the time.
It must be quite a sight to see one of these let alone one every few minutes. Bit of a pain at level crossings though for motorists.
Frank L Croston.: It is, Brian,as for the level crossings,unlike back home,the gates come down,the train is there! No siting around for five minutes then a two carriage diesel flies past!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Aug 2014, 19:19
That looks amazing. It is hard to imagine so many trains and so much freight
Frank L Croston.: I am still in awe of these things, Anne,the ground shakes...smile
love this Frank! awesome!
Frank L Croston.: Thanks, Aderonke, glad you think so.
The strongest ones are supposed to run in Kiruna, Sweden, hauling iron ore in all weather conditions. The loco engineers probably get to enjoy the Northern Lights toosmile.
Frank L Croston.: That's not a bad job then is it, Ayush smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Aug 2014, 16:14
Phew! This is a potent hook-up, Frank.
Frank L Croston.: I am in awe,every time I see them, Ray.

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