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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. Making sense of TaKis

    Now here is an image you don't see that often... Cheers NB
  2. Which engineering program for developing trains?

    And Productioon Engineering if you want to get into the operating part of railroading... Cheers NB
  3. Kawasaki Freight Station

    Have you tried checking the national freight train timetable? Cheers NB
  4. I rather like the new Trenitalia long-distance colours. The XMPR scheme used on the present-day stock is ugly, over-complicated for ordinary railway use and does not weather well (especially when the vinyl starts to peel, fade or fall off). It gave Trenitalia IC trains a very dishevelled look. I hope the new scheme weathers better in use. As for the scheme being identical to the DB one, it could be worse... when the EUROFIMA coaches were first delivered in the 1970's the idea was that all of them should have worn the same (hideous!) orange and white scheme independently of which administration they were delivered to (the idea was to create a pan-European passenger rolling stock pool that could be moved around according to necessity). Even FS jumped in the bandwagon...until sanity prevailed and coaches were delivered in the colours of the various individual administrations. Cheers NB
  5. What could have been...

    Russian and Soviet also. One of the largest TT suppliers is Peresvet from Russia and they have a fair amount of URSS and former URSS equipment... Cheers NB
  6. Fill 'er up mate...

    The locomotive has just been received by a preservation society as a donation. They were transferring the loco to its future operating base. I guess they must have stopped to fill up as they would need fuel to get the loco down from the trailer on its own steam. Cheers NB
  7. Fill 'er up mate...

    ...and please give the windshield a wiping! https://m.imgur.com/ZUuKBD1 Courtesy Bruno Sanches. Surely THE photo of the year! Cheers NB
  8. Ken, another alternative are the "critter" kits by Cosmic of Osaka - http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/search?typ1_c=117&cat=train&target=Make&searchkey=Cosmic Cheers NB
  9. Ken, N or #16 gauge (HO)? Arumodel makes a nice kit for a Kato Works diesel: http://arumo.a.la9.jp/r0110.htm. Another possibility is their Mori Works loco: http://arumo.a.la9.jp/r0013.htm Would you also be contemplating steam or electric traction? Various possibilities there... Cheers NB
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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