A little out of touch, a little insane
Its just easier than dealing with the pain
Trains by nature create an aura of attraction. We are drawn to trains. We are fascinated by trains. If you are not awed by these huge mechanical monsters you must not have looked at them closely enough.
Tonight, I am giving you the chance to look a little closer. If you are one that has lost your awe of trains, these pictures are for you. I hope these can re-awaken a childlike fascination with these lumbering giants.
Wikipedia on the history of trains:
The first trains were rope-hauled, gravity powered or pulled by horses, but from the early 19th century almost all were powered by steam locomotives. From the 1920s onwards they began to be replaced by less labour intensive and cleaner (but more complex and expensive) diesel locomotives and electric locomotives, while at about the same time self-propelled multiple unit vehicles of either power system became much more common in passenger service. Most countries had replaced steam locomotives for day-to-day use by the 1970s, usually with diesel locomotives. A few countries, most notably the People's Republic of China, where coal and labour are cheap, still use steam locomotives, but this is being gradually phased out. Historic steam trains still run in many other countries, for the leisure and enthusiast market.
Electric traction offers a lower cost per mile of train operation but at a very high initial cost, which can only be justified on high traffic lines. Since the cost per mile of construction is much higher, electric traction is less favored on long-distance lines with the exception of long-distance high speed lines. Electric trains receive their current via overhead lines or through a third rail electric system.
(Shameless self promotion)... i.e. this is my picture.
by Rod Monkey
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