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A fast moving train to work?!? What went wrong? :) [Sep. 27th, 2007|09:21 am]
Stephan

I couldn't believe it this morning; the train I was on actually moved at considerable speed!

On ANY rail link in Sydney this would be a welcome change, but it's unheard of for my section of the North Shore line (between Artarmon and Wynard) because we have two of the tightest curves in the entire metropolitan network.  As the blue hedgehog would say "We were 'juicin!"

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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-09-27 06:21 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you got in early, then. :)

Are the trains run by people or computers?
In either case, somebody might have been checking to see just how fast some of those turns could be taken without pulling too many Gs...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-09-27 08:59 pm (UTC)
carlfoxmarten said:
Sounds like you got in early, then. :)

About five minutes earlier than usual. It's not a very long journey, that's one of the few blessings about the suburb where I live.

carlfoxmarten said:
Are the trains run by people or computers?

People. Our dilapidated network couldn't be computerised in 50 years.

carlfoxmarten said:
In either case, somebody might have been checking to see just how fast some of those turns could be taken without pulling too many Gs...
Hey! I had the exact same thought myself. Our arrival at just one station was a bit rough, but the train ran surprisingly smoothly at high speeds. The driver must have been an experienced pro.

I had the chance to meet a few drivers in the brief time I worked for Cityrail, and one told me how he would occasionally balance a 50c piece (they have a 12 sided circumference) on the control panel and try to keep the train steady enough that the coin doesn't tip over.
...maybe it was him driving? :D
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2007-09-28 01:53 am (UTC)
Our subway trains always seem to be rocketing through the tunnels. Curves they slow down a bit, but you're paying more attention to the screech of the wheels on the rails on tight curves--curves that would benefit from a pass over by a rail grinder.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-09-28 11:17 am (UTC)
The only tunnel I've been able to rocket through is the Woy Woy tunnel, 2/3 of a Km long, perfectly straight. There's a fairly steep grade favouring the down line, and on that journey you come out of the darkness (during daylight) like a bat out of hell.

Every other New South Wales tunnel that I can bring to memory is taken slowly because they're curved or on a steep grade. We pass through three short tunnels to work every day, and with the lone exception of that train mentioned above it's always been done slowly. The tunnel entrance to Wynard station is the most annoying, because the drivers usually apply the brakes in short grabs, and we're thrown backward and forward before the thing finally stops.
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