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Another wierd dream involving trains [Jan. 27th, 2009|07:32 am]
Stephan
Dramatic incidents involving trains seem to be the focus of my subconscious lately. Here's what was put on the cerebral cortex last night...

I perceived myself aboard a standard local train heading northward on the North Shore Line. Presumably I was heading home, because that's the appropriate direction. The carriage was mostly empty, with only a handful of other people there with me (obviously this was NOT during peak hour).

The train came to North Sydney station but just at the point where we should have been slowing down, the train accelerated steadily into the tunnel beyond the platform. Now NO passenger train passes through North Sydney station without stopping so I raised the alarm with the other passengers. However most didn't share my anxiety.

Then the train was switched off the North Shore line and onto the storage track which runs down to the harbour (this is an impossibility; the storage track can only be entered from the opposite direction and involves a one-step zigzag). I realised that Central Traffic Control had diverted us off the main corridor to prevent a catastrophe if the runaway were to reach the main line at Hornsby (given that it was an electric train I don't understand why they wouldn't simply have the power turned off). With the train accelerating at a wild rate, and the carriages rocking heavily, some of the other passengers were now willing to listen to me.

We quickly made our way to the rear carriage intending to uncouple it, but instead simply jumped out and somehow survived falling from a vehicle that by now must have been doing over 100km/h. I don't know if the other passengers tried to escape, but the last I saw was the train vanishing down the hill.

Finding a trackside telephone (for some reason I didn't use my mobile phone) near the platform of Waverton Station I telephoned Central Traffic Control who promised to send a train to collect us. A set of carriages arrived, being pushed from the rear by a British Mallard 4-6-2 (which has never been in Australia) steam locomotive. We rode this a little further up the line but were asked to disembark and continue on foot. The last I recall clearly is wandaring around in some of the older suburbs of the North Shore, near a grassy field (a park or football oval) and a river or lake.
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2009-01-26 11:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure just switching the power off would suffice; air brakes presumably require power generation to operate, and dynamic/regenerative breaking certainly does. If the power were shut off, the train would just roll freely unless the brakes were applied manually on each carriage.

The Gresley A-4 rescue reminds me of a Reverend Awdry story where some schoolboys meddled with the controls on the footplate and a steam engine ran away, requiring another to follow it and deliver an inspector to slow it down.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-26 11:33 pm (UTC)
dhlawrence said:"I'm not sure just switching the power off would suffice; air brakes presumably require power generation to operate, and dynamic/regenerative breaking certainly does. If the power were shut off, the train would just roll freely unless the brakes were applied manually on each carriage.",
Quite true! You may recall an E-mail in which I described this happening whenever there's a brownout on the Sydney Cityrail system - all the lights go out and the train coasts to a stop.

If the CTC (Central Traffic Control) in my dream had cut the power but allowed the train to continue on the North Shore corridor it would have come to rest a little further up the line. There are only very mild grades on the North Shore. I suspect that the grade for that part of the track is actually UPHILL. So the train therefore would have gradually rolled to a stop, then possibly rolled backward. Assuming that, it would have rolled back but not had enough momentum to climb the harbour bridge.

North Sydney station has four platforms, enabling CTC to clear the main corridor with ease.

Directing it down the storage line however would have ensured a wreck.
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[User Picture]From: dewhitton
2009-01-27 01:46 am (UTC)
GG is screwing with your mind.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-27 02:23 am (UTC)
You mean GG1?
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2009-01-28 06:03 pm (UTC)
Either that or "Girl Genius."
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-28 08:27 pm (UTC)
She is that. I'm looking forward to showing how different she is from K9 - she's highly agressive, as well as cunning and resourceful.
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2009-01-28 10:30 pm (UTC)
K9? Are we both thinking of Phil Foglio's "Girl Genius"?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2009-01-29 12:18 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I'm not familiar with Phil Foglio's.

When Batty mentioned "GG" I assumed he meant "GG1". GG1 was partly inspired by the Pennsylvania Railroad electric iron horse, but mostly by the Doctor Who dog robot K9.
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