• Why do American steam locomotives have warning bells and built-in headlights but British ones don t?

    Best answer: British locos did not have bells as they relied upon the whistle and the ordinary operating noise to give warning of their approach. British tracks are enclosed and there was very little street running. US locos only started using electric headlights after electric lighting became practical. In Britain, by that... show more
    Best answer: British locos did not have bells as they relied upon the whistle and the ordinary operating noise to give warning of their approach. British tracks are enclosed and there was very little street running.

    US locos only started using electric headlights after electric lighting became practical. In Britain, by that time they were accustomed to operating without them and so did not introduce them (again, the enclosed tracks were probably a factor, there was less need for headlights).
    11 answers · 4 days ago
  • Does Norfolk Southern require a driver s license to be a conductor?

    Best answer: Call their human resources department and ask. My best guess is, no, not specifically for driving the train. But I'm thinking one has to move up in the company before they can be a conductor. A lot of the other jobs do require some driving and therefore a drivers license.
    Best answer: Call their human resources department and ask. My best guess is, no, not specifically for driving the train. But I'm thinking one has to move up in the company before they can be a conductor. A lot of the other jobs do require some driving and therefore a drivers license.
    6 answers · 5 days ago
  • Would someone buy a real train station?

    Best answer: Many ex stations on disused railway lines have been sold as private houses
    Best answer: Many ex stations on disused railway lines have been sold as private houses
    5 answers · 5 days ago
  • Is it okay to ask somebody to move from your reserved train seat?

    My mum and I were travelling home to Leamington from York after a university open day. We’d reserved seats because it’s a 2 and a half hour journey and we didn’t want to stand. I’d (stupidly) slipped and sprained my ankle the day before travelling home, so definitely needed to sit down. The train was REALLY crowded... show more
    My mum and I were travelling home to Leamington from York after a university open day. We’d reserved seats because it’s a 2 and a half hour journey and we didn’t want to stand. I’d (stupidly) slipped and sprained my ankle the day before travelling home, so definitely needed to sit down. The train was REALLY crowded but we got to our seats to find a woman in her 50s sat there. I politely told her that we’d reserved those seats and asked her to move, but she started shouting and really rudely told us that she’s not moving, she’s a pensioner, she doesn’t care that I’ve hurt my ankle etc. At this point the whole train carriage is staring and she’s started saying that she’s not moving because SHE reserved a seat, but couldn’t find it, so she’s not moving from our seats. She was telling us to get the train staff because “they wouldn’t make [her] move”, but the train was so crowded we couldn’t move down the aisles. In the end a man near us gave her his seat so that we could sit down. It was a really awkward situation, but were my mum and I in the wrong for asking her to move?
    9 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What if commuter trains ran on a bobsled-type track instead of the regular standard gauge rails?

    With walls on both sides to prevent derailments and so they could also go much faster?
    With walls on both sides to prevent derailments and so they could also go much faster?
    10 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Can a train with a diesel locomotive run backwards?

    So I take this commuter rail train with the front part that pulls it but. when going the other direction it doesn t switch tracks. It simply goes backward. Does the last back car have a conductor too? How does that work? It s the Metro North train Waterbury/Bridgeport line by the way. Anyone familiar with it?
    So I take this commuter rail train with the front part that pulls it but. when going the other direction it doesn t switch tracks. It simply goes backward. Does the last back car have a conductor too? How does that work? It s the Metro North train Waterbury/Bridgeport line by the way. Anyone familiar with it?
    8 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Why are there lights on the roof of trains?

    Best answer: One of many benefits (although probably not the reason for having them) is that they make it easier for helicopters to locate trains in an emergency. The original reason is probably that the person responsible for telling trains whether it was safe to go or they had to wait for another train to go first, and... show more
    Best answer: One of many benefits (although probably not the reason for having them) is that they make it easier for helicopters to locate trains in an emergency.

    The original reason is probably that the person responsible for telling trains whether it was safe to go or they had to wait for another train to go first, and responsible for figuring out which switches needed to be thrown based on the positions of the trains, would work in a tower and look down at the trains from above. Lights on the top of the trains would make them easier to see at night.
    4 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Is it easy to be a train driver?

    Best answer: It's a heart attack job. You hire out thinking your job will be to operate trains : that's the easy part. But ultimately , your employer will insist you become a full time student under threat of penalty. The rules constantly change and you will be expected to keep up with every little change. Much of... show more
    Best answer: It's a heart attack job. You hire out thinking your job will be to operate trains : that's the easy part. But ultimately , your employer will insist you become a full time student under threat of penalty. The rules constantly change and you will be expected to keep up with every little change. Much of your time off between work shifts will be devoted to reading and study. The material will be extremely dry and written in leagalease. You will find yourself wondering if your on the job response to an unsual situation is a recollection of past requirements , or , the latest change that your memory has confused. It may be a proficiency test by your superiors and if you fail , your income may suffer a penalty.

    It's a heart attack job where professionalism is not allowed. They don't want professional train drivers , they want professional students.
    7 answers · 2 months ago
  • How many solar panels can we install on a single coach of a train.?

    Best answer: Install one and then you will know the answer yourself.
    Best answer: Install one and then you will know the answer yourself.
    7 answers · 2 months ago
  • Please Answer my questions?

    Best answer: What's your Question????????
    Best answer: What's your Question????????
    4 answers · 2 months ago
  • I have some railroad base plates and I would like to scrap them I know it's illegal but I only have four?

    I know that it is illegal in that is stealing from the railroad but but they are discarded and have been there for years and I only have four of them and I will be mixing it up into a lot of other metal so will they notice it especially if I Just Junk them instead of getting the steel count for em? And do you think... show more
    I know that it is illegal in that is stealing from the railroad but but they are discarded and have been there for years and I only have four of them and I will be mixing it up into a lot of other metal so will they notice it especially if I Just Junk them instead of getting the steel count for em? And do you think I'll get reported? I know that technical answer is probably yes but I would like some people's input possibly people that have scrapped railroad things
    3 answers · 2 months ago
  • Have you ever taken the train across Canada?

    Best answer: Yes across most of Canada in the early 1990s. I particularly recommend the train called 'The Rocky Mountaineer' that goes across the Rocky Mountains from Vancouver to Calgary. The scenery is wonderful and the train very luxurious.
    Best answer: Yes across most of Canada in the early 1990s. I particularly recommend the train called 'The Rocky Mountaineer' that goes across the Rocky Mountains from Vancouver to Calgary. The scenery is wonderful and the train very luxurious.
    13 answers · 2 months ago
  • Do you pay good money for a train ticket, but never,ever get a seat?

    Best answer: On many long distance services you can reserve a seat in advance up to the evening before travel. Most advance purchase tickets are issued with an automatic seat reservation and are often cheaper than purchasing a ticket at the time of travel nationalrail.co.uk railcard.co.uk On crowded commuter trains where seat... show more
    Best answer: On many long distance services you can reserve a seat in advance up to the evening before travel. Most advance purchase tickets are issued with an automatic seat reservation and are often cheaper than purchasing a ticket at the time of travel
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    On crowded commuter trains where seat reservations are not available, I find the front carriages furthest from the barrier often have spare seats
    5 answers · 2 months ago
  • Some who travels often on trains and coaches help why are they so expensive ?

    Best answer: I can give you one reason. Passenger load. It doesn't matter how many passengers are on the train, it still costs, let's say £300 to run a train each Km. That includes the wages of the people who run the train, train & track maintenance and other overhead expenses (electric bill, management, ticket... show more
    Best answer: I can give you one reason. Passenger load. It doesn't matter how many passengers are on the train, it still costs, let's say £300 to run a train each Km. That includes the wages of the people who run the train, train & track maintenance and other overhead expenses (electric bill, management, ticket stations, etc). It's just about the same distance (160Km) from Birmingham to London as it is from Birmingham to Leeds. That means it may cost £48000 to run the train. But if you have fewer passengers going to Leeds, that £48000 has to be spread over fewer passengers. So their tickets will be higher. I'm sure there are other factors.
    6 answers · 3 months ago
  • Is there anywhere that you dress up to travel by train?

    Best answer: Train travel has not declined unless you're American. It certainly has not in Europe. OK, yes, the UK shut down a lot of lines in the 1960s because they became unprofitable but to get between major cities, it is very much still there, as in the rest of Europe. You'd only do it on an expensive luxury... show more
    Best answer: Train travel has not declined unless you're American. It certainly has not in Europe. OK, yes, the UK shut down a lot of lines in the 1960s because they became unprofitable but to get between major cities, it is very much still there, as in the rest of Europe.

    You'd only do it on an expensive luxury train like the Orient Express, or the Blue Train in South Africa, or maybe the Ghan in Australia. On those you're paying a small fortune for a luxury trip, dinner is like being in a top restaurant except you're moving, and you dress up for the occasion as you would in a top restaurant. You want to fit in, enjoy that kind of atmosphere, everyone else expects it - dinner suits and nice dresses are the way it should be, at least for dinner. Really you wouldn't be on this kind of train at all except for a special treat and to travel this old-style luxury way.

    All those I mentioned are long-distance trains where you're going to be on the train overnight so they need to serve meals and also provide a decent bed.

    But if you're just going by normal train from A to B, no. Not even in first class, which isn't what it used to be - all you're likely to get is a bigger seat and more chance of food being served at your seat.
    11 answers · 3 months ago