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Has anyone else been to or have heard of this railway? It runs from New Romney, Dungeness and Hythe in Kent, England. If so what are you thoughts of it? I have been there many times and liked it.
(The the locomotive in the photo is called Doctor Syn, a Canadian designed locomotive built in Sheffield, England. http://www.rhdr.org.uk/locomotives-dr-syn.html
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That's an impressive locomotive there
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The 110 is unique. Unlike many logging railroads of the period, the Little River was built as a standard gauge line so it's cars could run on the main line and main line passenger cars could run on the Little River. But like most logging railroads, the Little River used the bear minimum to function with the lightest rail possible and minimum ballast. Even a light mainline locomotive would be too heavy. The 110 weighs just 58 tons and her center drivers are flangeless which allow her to take insanely tight curves that normally only a small 0-4-0 could take. By comparison, a Pennsylvania Railroad K4 4-6-2 was a 212 ton beast.
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Little River Railroad has a.second steamer in service, the #1. The #1 is a Vulcan Iron Works 25 ton 0-4-0T switcher type. Despite her small size, she can haul as much weight as the 110, just not as fast or as far. Incidentally, for $400 you can make reservations and drive one of the Little River steamers.
Fun fact: the Little River Railroad is named that because the logging railroad in Tennessee where the #110 came from had the same name. There is actually a museum for the original little River Railroad in Tennessee near Great Smoky Mountains Nat'l Park.
Some of those D&RGW 2-8-2s are also operational on other tourist railroads far away from Colorado, such as the Huckleberry Railroad near Flint, Michigan and Knott's Berry Farm near Los Angeles.

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bqg/ - Bike Questions General

old thread here: >>1054163

links 4 u
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Anyone riding a lot got patches of rough dry skin on their ass cheeks? Feels almost like final stages of a healing road rash, like I could peel it off if I scratched hard enough.
I thought it might be from me sitting on my ass all day at work, but I've been doing that for years and only noticed this recently.
Honestly I would never get a bicycle that switches gears without my input
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Is it true no one will ever respect me if I don't shave my legs?
less people will accept you if you shave your legs
its a sacrifice you make for the sport

yfw it literally matters more than spending 10k on an aero bike

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Since I live in Atlanta....what's y'all opinion towards MARTA?
Always late, smells like piss.

Take an Uber, it's cheaper

>make thread on /n/
>return three weeks later
>its still on a comfortable third place in the catalog

What are some other essential feeli/n/gs?
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If it had a brake you could take your feet off the pedals for bombing hills. Also if it was a rear brake you could do some sick skids.
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>What are some other essential feeli/n/gs?

>Not reading a new Baconrider post in a long time
>thinking that something could've happened to him
>Open a random thread
>a recent baconrider post
>looks like he is still riding and taking pics of horses
I miss SI anon everyday.
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best feel
Posting a niche thread and seeing it up months later with a conversation continuing is pretty great

I'm not sure if Baconrider is sane

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>Africa can into train (with massive Chinese investments)

DJIBOUTI — The 10:24 a.m. train out of Djibouti’s capital drew some of the biggest names in the Horn of Africa last month. Serenaded by a chorus of tribal singers, the crush of African leaders, European diplomats and pop icons climbed the stairs of the newly built train station and merrily jostled their way into the pristine, air-conditioned carriages making their inaugural run.

“It is indeed a historic moment, a pride for our nations and peoples,” said Hailemariam Desalegn, the prime minister of Ethiopia, shortly before the train — the first electric transnational railway in Africa — headed toward Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. “This line will change the social and economic landscape of our two countries.”

But perhaps the biggest star of the day was China, which designed the system, supplied the trains and imported hundreds of engineers for the six years it took to plan and build the 466-mile line. And the $4 billion cost? Chinese banks provided nearly all the financing.

Having constructed one of the world’s most extensive and modern rail networks at home, China is taking its prodigious resources and expertise global. Chinese-built subway cars will soon appear in Chicago and Boston, Beijing is building a $5 billion high-speed rail line in Indonesia, and the Chinese government recently christened new rail freight service between London and Beijing. Another ambitious system in the works, the 2,400-mile Pan-Asia Railway Network, would link China to Laos, Thailand and Singapore.
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> Resource in itself isn't the main reason why china invested so much in africa tho
Yes it is. It's that and development rights for ports and shit.
Had they wanted *just* the resources in itself, they could just do it like western countries; extract the hell of it and do fuck all with the infrastructure (probably beyond a road to the port).

Investment in africa could mean trillions of dollars to chinese companies, and that's where the real money is at. When african countries signed a "low-interest" loan deal to build an expressway, those deals often include employing chinese construction companies, buying china-made construction material, using china-made equipment, designed by chinese engineers and supervised by chinese laborer, with african labors tend to do manual labors and the few african engineers trained by the chinese so they could do tier-1 technical support when the chinks move on to another project.

Which means chinese construction companies get fat contract to build said expressway, chinese truck companies get to sell more trucks, chinese factories get to sell more construction material and more chinese get job opportunity and keep the unemployment in check. Basically the money trickle back down. To the chinese (and the african would get enough for them to feel good for themselves).

In the grand scheme of things, chinese-built power plants would power chinese-owned factories, using china-made machinery to produce stuff that would be transported to chinese-built port, using china-made trucks plying their way on chinese-built expressway. In africa

On the up side, that level of participation means that the projects do get done. It's unlike previous financing model where african countries go to the world bank to borrow money for construction project and world bank would simply release money under the assumption that if the government became a guarantor, they would oversee shit being done. It may works in more advanced/mature countries (like how Japan financed part of the first shinkansen line with loans from the world bank), but that definitely not happening in africa
Let's contrast with some more troubled transportation development


>Even Africa falls for the streetcar meme

The Addis Ababa tramway is one of the few examples of urban public transport infrastructure in a continent where public transport system is severally constrained.

But 14 months after it was inaugurated, the tramway is struggling to match user expectations.

Problems with the design of the route, abnormally fast wear and tear resulting in breakdowns and delays has not unblocked the streets of the Ethiopian capital.

And despite offering a slightly advantageous tariff on long journeys, the network of constantly overloaded private minibuses still remains the only option for majority of the inhabitants.

Zerayakob Assefa, a retired man, is waiting for the train which is supposed to take him to the eastern suburbs. But when the tram finally arrives, 15 minutes later, it is so crowded that he can not get on board. Assefa is nevertheless positive and says the tram, “is better than nothing”.

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Growth is likely to slow due to drought and anti-government protests in recent months, which have targeted foreign companies. But this has not prevented the government of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn from continuing to invest money in infrastructure projects built by China such as dams, airport terminals and highways.
The tramway was assembled by the China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) company and cost $ 475 million, 85% of which was financed by the Chinese Exim bank.

On the day of its inauguration, enthusiastic residents had queued for hours to be the first to use it. But they are now finding that it has not changed the game as they had hoped.

The tram route, which connects the city center to parts of the south and east of the capital, is not sufficiently extensive in the eyes of the users.

Elias Kassa, a professor of railway science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, believes that the tramway planners failed to integrate it into the pre-existing bus system.

Users have to walk long distances to get to the stations and then cross streets cluttered with vehicles to go from the tram to the bus, a fault that could affect the network if it is not corrected, according to Kassa.

Some even accuse the tramway of having made the traffic jam worse. “In some places the rails are elevated, at others they cut the roads, leaving arteries blocked,” mumbles Amin Ansar, a minibus driver.

“In places where there are rails, it made traffic worse, because you can not cross on the other side (by car),” he adds.
The wear and tear is also being felt, with about a third of the 41 tramway trains under repair, which only aggravates the delays and congestion of the network.

“We can not say that we have solved the problem of transport,” admits Awoke Mulu, a spokesman for the company managing the tramway, who blames the rapid population growth of this capital which has 4 million inhabitants, and which is projected by the UN to rise to 12 million in 2024.

The company however notes that the tramway has already transported 50 million people and has had a “positive impact”, particularly for low-income people.

“The aim was to respond to the shortcomings of the transport system, especially for people with lower incomes,” Kassa said. “If you take that into consideration, I would say that it has achieved its goal, not entirely, but to some extent.”

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/BRT/: Bike Racing and Training, 'Attack Off The Front' edition

Previous thread (currently on auto-sage): >>1041744

IN THIS THREAD, we discuss:
* Training for bike racing (road, MTB, track)
* Bike racing tactics and strategy
* Bike handling skills relating to racing (pacelining, maneuvering within the pack, blocking, when to attack, etc)
* Your races
* Pro races
* Equipment choices (including power meters, heart rate monitors, etc)
* Anything and everything relating to bicycle racing and training

When discussing power, post W/kg (watts per kilogram), not just watts.

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Oh thanks. I've totally forgotten I'm on 4chan.
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anyways I suspect you have no idea what you're doing
otherwise you wouldn't be rejecting my good advice (which, by the way ignores the premise that you came to this thread to show off the fact that you might be competing in a long time from now...with some people who flunked out of professional cycling and need to dominate little bitches such as yourself)
Just do some training on fixed gear :^)
i should stop taking the bait but please go away, this is cycling not running
Yeah and you can get stronger for cycling by running as I assert everywhere I post itt

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Toronto thread, At least we have a full first generation streetcar system edition. TTC and GO transit thread. Post vehicles, routes, future plans and news. Discuss ideas on how to make our transit system better. Old thread became unclickable.
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Nuke the subway build the lrt!
What other metropolitan cities have light rail.
There should be a Go station at Ford Drive or Winston Churchill on the lakeshore West line. Then redevelop half the massive parking lot at Oakville station into retail and residential. That would become a super dense transit focused neighbourhood 40min by Go train from downtown
Do queen(501) more interesting. I live pretty much at Dundas and college intersection, College more "scenic", and Dundas is faster
Queen car is under construction for most of it. Plus I've done most of Queen before, never end to end though. I wanna do College end to end, maybe I'll do it tomorrow.

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/pybt/ Post Your Bike Thread

Starting off by reposting my new bike. That saddle (Selle Italia Flite Ti) is somewhat uncomfortable.
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>The hoods. Even bullhorns would be better than flats+barends since the brake levers are right on the "hood" position.
So then there's no point in drops bar if you're only going to use the hoods as you could have bullhorns instead.

What if the hoods were still too far forward for the guy and he only ever used the tops then? Would you still say he should have drops instead of flats? Also a drop bar bike would be more expensive due to the hydraulic disc brakes, slightly less so if they were cable but it's still more money for something he wouldn't use.

>Plus, who's to say your core strength won't improve over time
He said he has back problems, I'm going to assume that's some sort of injury or disability.

>one day you'll run into a nasty headwind and the drops will come in handy?
Have you ever ridden a flat bar bike? You can still tuck and get almost as aero as with drops. That's if they guy can even tuck with his back.

>The only reason people get flat bar road bikes is because they don't know any better
Or perhaps because they do know better, they know that drops aren't the be all and end all when it comes to road bikes and in some cases they just aren't all that beneficial or worth the downsides.
Fair enough
T-tell me more
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It's a roland packsaddle comp. 1990s. Fully rigid. Chromoly frame. Shimano stx group. Converted it from canti to v brakes. Much better power. My first mtb I built and have been on it for 2 years. I'm now looking for a entry level hard tail with a suspension fork. Let me know if you have any questions.
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took the long way home from work today.

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Is it time to replace my alloy bike rack? I commute every day.
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I just buy bulk microfiber cloths from home depot, it's like 10 bucks for a package the size of a medium sized dog and that lasts for a while

I don't even bother laundering them, I throw them i in the garbage when they're dirty. I keep a few in my panniers to wipe my bike down at the office before people start showing up (especially important if my bike is covered in slush and road salt and mud). I'm less diligent at home, but having a clean and well maintained bike is just as important as taking a shower after you get to the office and putting on clean presentable clothes. It's doing cycling no favors to drag your rusty, beat up, dirt-encrusted bike into the office
Couldn't be arsed to spend so much time on my commuter. Especially since we get lots of wet weather.

My commuter gets a good cleaning in spring and in autumn.

only one of those is me, go back to your fred thread and gripe about how your rims got wet once
It's showing wear but nah. I'd give it another year and see what it looks like after that.

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He died building a tunnel for machines. Humanity's fate was decided before he was even born.
So it was a Phyric victory. People forget that.
Your life is an uninteresting fail. People will forget you.
Says the man posting on a Cantonese sock puppet opera bbs.
no, that's what I'm saying. people don't forget that. that's the entire point to the story, that's where the pathos and drama come from that make people want to re-tell it and have made it into a modern myth.

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Réseau électrique métropolitain edition

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You might not like it, but this is what peak urban form looks like.
But where do I park?
In my American city sidewalks are built by the city and are required. There have been a few places that have balked at having to shovel their sidewalk so they opposed it being built. (A large golf course with no development on the golf course and a sidewalk on the other side of the street).

The city either pays for the sidewalk from property taxes or recovers some cost from a special assessment which is a shakedown the city does to pay for redoing roads/sidwalks/streetlights and say they aren't increasing property taxes.
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I would easily take comfy commieland blocks 1000x over any shitty sprawling suburbia hell

god I hate sprawl
In a paid underground lot

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Discussion thread for /n/ related anime. Two currently airing this season

Yowamushi Pedal S3 - Monday
Minami Kamakura High School Cycling Club - Friday
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Nips might be trying to stick to the manga in that aspect.
they use the brand names in the manga, theres something about licensing w the anime. I think they only have rights to cannondale but remain using the offbrand
The odd thing is that they've had collaborations with Cannondale and Bianchi, but maybe it's just too expensive or time consuming to have permission to show every brand in the anime
yeah, that stuff starts to get messy in regards to who rides what and how much screentime each brand gets
>start reading latest translated manga chapter
>jumps immediately from training camp to first day of interhigh

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>>1025462 Old thread

Somewhere on the other side of the globe, we are melting Edition.

Post your rides, post photos of riding, tell us about the ride. Even trainer rides are allowed!

I'll start off with a cautionary tale. I've always ridden with just one spare tube (aside from all day affairs) with the reasoning that if I had more flats then I'd just patch them as I went.

What this did not anticipate was a grass patch FULL of fucking goatheads, which ruined both of my tubes utterly and completely.

So yeah always carry two spares folks.
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I finally got some time to ride today
Its been almost 5 months since I was last on a bike
rode against the wind for 11 miles, got a flat at mile 4
turned around and was able to ride with the wind and broke 30 mph a few times.
god i missed that feeling.
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Really nice ride, I'm so happy the paths are finally dry. Even though that just makes me more aware of how poorly paved they are. Ran into some furry friends also enjoying the weather (in the background of pic). Also found a relatively hidden lake around where I live, I wanna try and throw a little kegger there since it's only accessible by bike at night.
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>Weed Heights
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Got up to 9 °C today so I went for a 100 km ride. I planned on it being almost all gravel, but ended up being 3/4 due to mud detours. There was a road closed sign ahead of the pic, but I decided to disregard it should there be a chance of getting across. Ended up being quite wide and fast moving.

I skimped on water only taking 3 bottles, but could have used a 4th. 3 would have been sufficient if my HR hadn't been up due to jumping into a long ride after a break. I got this odd tingly stiffness in my quads for the last 25 km. But it went away when I stopped and my legs aren't stiff at all now, so I should be good for another long ride tomorrow.

Anyone else love canals? I grew up close to a stretch of the Chesapeake & Ohio canal, and used to play along it all the time.
I'll dump some nice canal pics too
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Make way, clear a path, best locking technology coming through, please and thank you.
Holy shit, it's actually real
My parents took me to the Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg as a child so it holds a special place in my heart.
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Canal du Midi is cool for Nike promenades but it's a little bit boring

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"Prehysteria! 2" Edition

I made this one prematurely since the old thread is virtually unclickable in the catalog.

Old thread: >>1039533
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Small radius switches and straight tracks as close as possible.
Space isn't so much the issue, it's how to actually connect it to the main.
Does anyone here use SCARM?

What have you made?

Who here does N-Gauge?
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A little, mostly to see if my hand drawn plans actually fit together. Made the rough outline of my in-progress japanese n gauge layout
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