and on the railroad

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KL7AJ, Dec 23, 2019.

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  1. N2EY

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    "Standard gauge" is indeed 4' 8-1/2".

    Other gauges were used early on, and some survive elsewhere in the world. In the USA, the Erie Railroad was originally built with 6 foot gauge, and before the Civil War, railroads in the northern USA were mostly 4 foot 9 inch gauge while railroads in the southern USA were mostly 5 foot gauge. Then, in the 1870s-80s, there was a big push to standardize.
     
  2. K3UJ

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    The Philadelphia Market Frankford Line (The El) is broad gauge 5' 2 1/2", but the Broad Street subway is standard gauge.
     
  3. WJ4U

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    Rode the Brill Bullets on the Norristown High Speed Line right before they were retired. That was a thrill!
     
  4. N2EY

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    Ever ride or see the Liberty Liners there?

    https://www.classicstreamliners.com/npt-liberty-liner.html

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

    (The Red Arrow acquired them from the North Shore railroad about 1964, did some conversion and ran them until 1978. They were air-conditioned and had a restroom and a tavern-lounge car - riders could get a hot drink and a breakfast snack in the morning, and a snack and soft or not-so-soft drink in the evening.

    I never got to ride one but rode the other stuff once in a while. NHSL has been modernized and there are plans to extend it to King of Prussia.
     
  5. K3UJ

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    End of 2018 we had an interesting rail trip, Giza to Luxor On Egypt Rail. 9 1/2 hours scheduled, it took a bit longer, but overnight in a sleeper. Actually twice, we returned the same way. Interesting to say the least.
    https://www.seat61.com/Egypt.htm#Cairo - Luxor - Aswan
    Scroll down for the pictures. I think they used a wide angle lens, the compartment seemed tighter, especially with the luggage in there.
    Restroom at the end of the car (Can't be used while in the station - no holding tank.) Our train did not have the lounge car.
     
  6. N1OOQ

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    On a couple of the crusty old railroads around here, you can watch the rails move down and then up as each wheel passes over... Must be 3-4 inches of travel at least.
     
  7. N8AFT

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    That's not uncommon for low speed track. As long as the gage width is within tolerance we're good to go...
     

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