Trains !

Finnish Perspective

Silver Meteor – flickr creative commons license

Passenger trains to be specific. A number of years ago, around 2009 I would say. I took an Amtrak train from Winter Park Florida to NYC. The Silver Meteor up and Silver Star back. The food was quite good and the sleeper nice and bed fairly comfortable. The ride however, was not so great. Because Amtrak rents the tracks from Washington DC south from CSX, the tracks are in horrid condition and the ride slow and bumpy.

Nearly all the train engines – if not ALL – are Diesel Electric or Electric. Here is a link to a video the does a fairly goo job of explaining how a Yard Engine Diesel works. Essentially a diesel electric locomotive has a huge diesel engine – usually a two stroke diesel – that is connected to a generator and the electric power from the…

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