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About Nick_Burman

  • Birthday 11/28/1977

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    Late of Sao Paulo - Brazil; now at Spilimbergo, Friuli, Italy
  1. Bugatti railcars

    In fact Gresley and Ettore Bugatti were very good friends. At a time when there was much discussion about which kind of aerodynamic shape (horizontal wedge - like the Bugatti railcars - or vertical - like the PRR T1 class locomotives) Bugatti convinced Gresley that a horizontal wedge was the best alternative. Cheers NB
  2. Darling Harbour as it was

    Very nice documentary about rail activity in Darling Harbour when it still was a major rail yard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0izTlCTHJc Kudos to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia for having saved, cleaned and organized amateur footage into something very professional. Cheers NB
  3. Mystery locomotive at the roof of the world

    Kvp, the trucks on the loco look like Ganz-Mavag engineering...they look remarkably like some classes of trucks used under MAV diesels. That's why I asked if any of the Hungarians on the list could pitch in. Cheers NB
  4. Mystery locomotive at the roof of the world

    Trains Magazine editor Jim Wrinn passed through Shelby a few days ago on a railfan excursion. He took a picture of the loco there, that's how I got wind of it. Jim quoted the gauge as being 30" with is 762mm - however 750mm is the true gauge. Cheers NB
  5. Mystery locomotive at the roof of the world

    I think you might have a good lead there. Socimi mentioned Alsthom which might be one possibility. Another name which comes to mind is Billard of Tours (today SOCOFER), the railcar people. I think the locomotive was built like this rather than regauged. Cheers NB
  6. Mystery locomotive at the roof of the world

    Alas Peru never had any indigenous rolling stock industry capable of building such a locomotive. Cheers NB
  7. Mystery locomotive at the roof of the world

    Point is, these 25 locomotives never materialised. Had they been delivered they would had gone to the Central and Southern railways and thus would have been of standard gauge (with, maybe, a few 914mm locos for the Huancavelica and Macchu Picchu lines). And, as you have rightly mentioned, 1973 would have been one decade after the Huaron line had been torn up. Cheers NB
  8. Mystery locomotive at the roof of the world

    It's European of some kind, for sure. Spilimbergo is a fine town and has all services we need. And we have a house with (once we get over with refurbishing it) plenty of "elbow space". Given the mess most big cities have turned into (especially with the immigration problem) living somewhere small and bit out of the way is a better deal. Moving around without a car or a motorcycle (I'm still waiting for the Italian government to issue a promised decree which will allow me to convert my Brazilian license into an Italian one without having to go through exams again...) can be a bit irksome, though - the town has a decent (hourly, half-hourly on peak periods) bus service to Udine and Pordenone, however once one leaves the mainlines and tries to travel "cross-country" schedules dry up. There are some trade-offs...I swapped living in a town with 24 million inhabitants where I lived 800m from a hobby shop to one with 12.000 souls where the nearest hobby shop is 45km away. Bless internet... Cheers NB
  9. Maybe someone could help...this loco has been abandoned at Shelby station on the Cerro de Pasco Railway in Peru. It was once used on the 762mm gauge line connecting Huaron mines with the CdeP at Shelby which is located roughly halfway between Cerro and Oroya. Doug Cummings (Extra 2200 South magazine) thinks it is Japanese. I doubt it...it has an European look to it and those trucks say "Ganz-Mavag" to me. However the company which once managed the mines was French-owned. Could any of the Hungarian members delve into it? http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Mpyubrxi5wE/SlOLzd_SHHI/AAAAAAAAADE/naUES3c_Bbk/s1600-h/Shelby-Huaron+railway+Diesel++Locomotive-Shelby+(4).jpg Cheers NB
  10. Hyperloop - The future of trains ?

    Hyperloop should be re-baptised "Hype-loop"... US tongues wag that it is the dean child of the neo-cons (the "no tax" people) who think that steel wheel on steel rail is "obsolete". Of course, most of them have never ridden a train...much less visited Hamamatsu General Works to see how "obsolete" HSR is... Cheers NB
  11. Trains and stations in Chile (As seen in 2006)

    Wouldn't look amiss on the Kintetsu... Cheers NB
  12. Tomiiden "okajoki"

    Further progress on Tomii Dentetsu's "okajoki". This is a repainted and modified Arnold Hanomag loco. This week I finally came round to adding couplers - the original ones were filed away and holes were drilled to take the top half of Micro-Trains couplers pinned into the holes and held with Araldite. The result is crude but works. For its age the loco is a remarkably good runner - mine puttered away for an hour or so at a suitable speed without a glitch. Next in line - DCC, number plates and a light dusting. Cheers NB
  13. Rocket science, of course! :) Cheers NB
  14. High Speed Rail between Toronto and London by 2025

    Yes...but the need for an "ausbaustrecke" rebuild would still remain. Several years ago I rode VIA Montreal - Quebec and back. The train was composed of a Bombardier diesel (noisy beasts!) + tilting coaches. Where possible the train really flew...however in many sections the train had to be kept down due to the sheer number of crossings, we literally blared "Q" all the way from the outskirts of Montreal to Quebec City. Were VIA to remove the crossings and improve track and signalling they could lop off quite a few minutes off the run... Cheers NB
  15. The info I have dates from the 1950's, before the the "Tsubame" was changed to an EMU set and the stock downgraded to the "Hato". From what I gather the train was turned using a mainline wye somewhere in the vicinity of Osaka station - must have been a very disruptive operation. Cheers NB