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Come take shelter and post some of your favourite extremely large or interesting vehicles. (Both from history/fiction)

Other Anons discuss the geopolitics of the deployment of such terrors.
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I presume they did their homework.
China is using those islands as a stopgap, since they'd be fucked logistically the moment an actual conflict pops up. They want the build around 12 air craft carriers proper. And Russia keeps theirs because it's their only form of power projection. If you think air craft carriers are going any where you are either very uneducated or delusional.
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China has no real means of actually building or protecting that many carriers in an actual conflict.
Missile and radar technology has gotten to the point that if you know roughly where a carrier is (within ~25km) you can reliably strike it, with or without carrier "countermeasures".

Don't get me wrong though, they are one of the most cost efficient means of bombing sand people.

I would like to see sub surface aircraft carriers become a thing, but i wont hold my breath.
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Why is it still a thing?
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People said superjumbo. Not superjumbo quad.
Calling them "not perfect replacements" is an understatement. The 773 did not functionally replace the 772 is the vast majority of fleets. Just like the 779 will not "replace" the 778. They are optimized for different routes. The 7810 does not replace the 789 does not replace the 788.
They literally fucking said 747s and A380s.
Yeah and people are looking forward to A380-twin that might cone in two or so decades
789 pretty much superseded 788 on new orders like 359/339 superseded 358/338

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I bought this bike off a black guy, now I'm gonna ride it across the desert. I call it "the Soviet Peasant Ching Chong Truck". This will be my blog.

Day 1. It's fucking hot and I have to ride this heavy ass jerry rigged bike up a fucking mountain.
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LOL that's funny you homie the horse with no name and we all ride that s*** it's like that horseman can't tame it but you want to ride you know what I'm saying
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only white ppl go outside in natl parks
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This is Utah. End of story.... for now. Thank you all who commented
good thread, OP.
How many miles do you think you went?
230 plus cliff climbing

Ok all my efforts at obtaining a Delta V1000 have failed.
I probably missed the boat and need to look for underdogs .
Any idea what this bike will be worth in 10 years? It popped up on my craigslist a few days ago and I have been eyeing it.
Might go see it today.
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The Chinese ones have their own cult following if it's a Flying Pigeon and not one of the other ones. The Indian ones aren't worth shit though. There's just no commibloc red army appeal.
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>Flying Pigeon
like this one ?
probably some 30 year old boomer
just rebuilt one of those shimano 333 3 speed hubs. the gearing is 3/4, 1 and 4/3
Yes, like that one. There's another couple of brands like Forever? I think that essentially make the same bike, but the Flying Pigeon brand is part of the appeal, like a Ural motorcycle or something.

How long would it take to get from Cat 5 to Cat 2 if all you did was train?
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You think passing people means you're faster than them? You have no idea how far they're going or how far they've already ridden.
Quality post.
This is the same guy who lives off of nothing but oatmeal so he can stay a neet lol.
Closer to 90 percent 4/5, 8 percent 3, 1.5 percent 2, .5 percent 1. Getting a promotion to 2 without getting on the podium multiple times is close to impossible, and very rare even to get to cat 3.

Rider safety and strategic riding is more of a priority than your sense of order.

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Illegal parking vehicles should be free to vandalize.
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Oh, if it's for your JOB then of course you can leave traffic rules and basic human decency at the doorstep.
No. You already ruin the cityscape, the environment and everybody's physical and mental health by driving your inefficient death machine everywhere.
You don't get to externalize even more of the cost of your unsustainable lifestyle by just parking wherever you like and letting everyone else deal with the enduing problems.
While I usually give benefit of the doubt, blue badges here are notoriously hard to get so it's often true, if not wheelchair-bound then usually long running physical conditions or amputee veterans. It's the parent/child spaces I don't understand.
Several years ago when I was having my yearly health exam, the doctor stated that the majority of the disabled people he will see have caused their own handicapped issue. And the expect the world to stop for them. Very poor life style choices, smoking, drugs, fast food as most of their meals per week.
Local police office offered same explanation when their official vehicles were parking illegally
>if they fucking park like that, they deserve to have their car stoned.

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Perfidious Competition edition

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>always loved the sea and ships
>wish I could make a career out of it
How colorblind? I’m partially colorblind - can’t pass the circle tests. There are other tests the USCG accepts that you can pass if your color deficiency is mild. Also, to get an engineering license you actually only need to be able to differentiate between blue, red and green yarn
The region's maritime school flat out refuses colorblind candidates even for deckhand programs.
I probably could get a related office job or something but at that point I'd just rather keep being a welder.
Oh forgot to mention that I'm a leaf. From what I gather Transport Canada doesn't fuck around with that.
Oh no, that suuucks.

I guess I should have phrased it better. In the eyes of the coast guard, I am *not* colorblind because I can pass secondary exams. Does Transport Canada offer a choice of exams to take?

So, I can’t pass the classic Pseudoisochromatic plates, but I can pass the Dvorine plates and Farnsworth lantern. I tried prying into Transport Canada’s website to see if they accept substitute exams but the UI was...just terrible.

a e s t h e t i c Howard Edition

~Welcome to the /gag/~

This is where we discuss everything aviation related! Primarily GA, but commercial and military ops are welcome too!

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Don't ever think going around is a mistake my dude, its always the right choice. In fact, if I were a check airman I'd rather see someone recognize the landing isn't gonna work and go around than see them land super flat and try and salvage their mistake.

At any rate welcome to the club
We did turns around a point, soft field landing, simulated into clouds with the foggles, steep turns, slow flight, power off stalls, and emergency procedures. It was a lot faster than I was expecting and we did less maneuvers than I was expecting too. I thought I had failed at some point, even though all my maneuvers were good, since it went by so quick. It wasn't until we were on the ground and he said congratz that I knew for sure i got it. Such a relief as I watched the temporary certificate get printed out.
I had my first solo at 17. Make sure you get a video of yourself during that first takeoff. The look on your face when you realize you are in the air alone is irreplaceable.
That's what my instructor always said. I did quite a few go around during my training, especially with the winds where I flew.
The scary part during the checkride was that if my wheels had touched the ground and missed my aiming point, the examiner would have had no choice but to fail me.
Saw a bd700 with a black and white livery land at Downsview today. It made me warm inside.

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Japan deals with Earthquakes, heavy rainfall, overcrowding. Completely the opposite of Europe.

What is it that makes the Japanese one work so much better? Is it just the culture?

Britain laments about rail privatisation, but the Japanese one is also privatised and still work 100x better.
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>Just make a central line with very few transfer stations.

Unfortunately that kind of thing won't work either, the city is far too spread out and it's divided up by geography. I think the best way to explain LA's layout is that it's like a spider web, only with a few mountain ranges that extend radially from the city center and break the web up into "slices." Here's a fantasy metro system map that somebody did, I think it's a pretty good take on what we'd need to have a metro system that would actually make sense.
>Sounds like a meme to me
That other anon isn't completely wrong, like you say sprawl is the main issue, but also irregular car-centric urbanism.
OTOH, it's not true that that's soooo terrible for public transit, because main streets have very few traffic problems, so a well-planned bus system could cover the vast majority of area that isn't the sprawl suburbs with no more than one transfer between lines.
Which again comes down to two issues: First off, cities don't want to invest in public transit to actually have a good service (because few people use their current shitty service, thus they don't attract riders, so on, classic vicious circle); and it's also a cultural things, most americans outside the classic examples of public-transit rich cities just don't know their way around public transit, and they already expect it to be filthy, unreliable, uncomfortable and impractical. They also don't want to walk even 500 m from the bus stop to their destination, which in europe is like the common measure for public transit coverage.
Finally, however, with all the Uber and Lyft and whatever, all these arguments are rendered m00t to some degree, since people could just take the train and then catch an uber for a few bucks to get to their destination

1- it's true that less relevant cities right now aren't set up for comfortable public transit use and thus regional rail service loses potential
2- it's not true that this couldn't be solved to a certain degree
3- it's not true that THAT'S the reason why regional rail is pointless, since it's as easy as connecting to a taxi-type service

tl;dr-tl;dr it's mostly a meme, and regional rail would work if it offered a reasonably practical service. Greyhound works, so a train would too as a sort of "premium greyhound" that would be attractive to non-lower class people.
Oh, and I'll say one more thing, not all of europe is densely populated, yes, average density is way higher than in burgerland, but there's still smaller towns that are spread out in a similar way to american towns. This "le high density" is indeed a meme pushed by burgers who have never been to europe outside of big cities. Depending on which country, those small towns have decent public transport coverage, with regional rail for interurban movement, and bus lines for urban transport. Though a small town has less demand, it also means it has less traffic, so bus lines can get very high average speeds going of like 20 km/h, so they can efficiently cover much of the town.
I will say however that these services are not entirely cheap, so it depends on the country if this investment is made or not. France has pretty good local rail service, Switzerland has god-tier low-density public transit coverage, with even villages of less than 100 inhabitants getting at least an hourly or bi-hourly bus.
And the scary thing is that even the system you posted would probably have disappointing per-mile ridership due to how sparse the coverage was.
>Recreational activity being more important than moving things for industry

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Lets get a high speed train thread going. What's your favorite?

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>if the T1 had issues with hammer-down forces on the rails
I don't believe this was the case. In fact, the reduced hammer forces were the reason the PRR opted for the experimental duplex locomotive designs in the first place.
>and violent wheelslip, I can only imagine what its even larger and more powerful big brother was like.
The wheelslip was the big issue. Like I said earlier, It's vague how much of it was from inexperienced train engineers going hard on the throttle, and how much of it was due to design issues.
The consensus as I've heard it is that the early PRR T1 models did suffer from incorrect equalization of the train's weight, and issues with the poppet valves, but that those issues had been all-but resolved through extensive rehab work near the end of the locomotives' lives, and the issues past that point were due to inexperienced crew.
The T1 was like the Ferrari of steam engines. If you opened up the throttle, the T1 would respond almost instantly. Thus when crewmembers used to smaller, less powerful locomotives were assigned to it, they'd often "peel out" since they weren't expecting the engine to be so responsive.
I don't know as much about the S1, but I don't think it ever received the modifications the T1 did. The T1 was a little less beefy, and yes, the primary concern in designing it was to make what was essentially a smaller S1, but by the end of the T1's lifespan, it's design had been greatly improved. I don't believe the S1 ever got the same level of attention.
They're both absolutely beautiful locomotives, though, and it's a shame neither type was saved from the scrap heap.

Like one of the flying hamburgers from WWII germany?
>flying hamburger

sorry, predecessor, the 61 001
I guess that's comparable

TTC font edition

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Spread out among all the stations, that puts usage at more or less the same level as the rest of the Spadina branch. According to the report, it's currently running at 74% the expected usage, which for something this new isn't half bad.
Doesn't help that York U was on strike for the last 4 months, so many classes were already cancelled.
I think the new school year will see a definite rise in ridership.
>high speed rail
>in ontario
Unless you shut down the 401, no one will give up driving to take a pricey train.

This desu.

Get the cagers off the rolling parking lot that is the 401 and into a GO Train.
Hope none of you were greek this night.

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Most service hours to population:
1. Kahului, HI (Maui)
2. New York, NY
3. Washington, DC
4. San Francisco, CA
5. Atlantic City, NJ
6. Seattle, WA
7. Honolulu, HI
8. State College, PA
9. Ithaca, NY
10. Boulder, CO
11. Ames, IA
12. Barnstable, MA (Cape Cod)
13. Champaign, IL
14. Eugene, OR

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A few other potentially noteworthy statistics:

Highest operating cost to population:
1. New York, NY
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Danbury, CT
4. Waterbury, CT
5. Washington, DC
6. Barnstable, MA
7. Atlantic City, NJ
8. Seattle, WA
9. Fajardo, PR
10. Boston, MA
11. Concord, CA
12. New Haven, CT

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Just the other day I rode the new Brightline train. It was really nice, modern, and for once it's faster than going in your car.

U.S. will never be like Japan, or like Europe, but its the closest thing we got.

How does /n/ feel about this new train in Florida?
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I also have images of this bridge up with a boat crossing underneath.
Is that the same bridge that all the rich yacht owners were whining about? The New River bridge?
If it is, I'll admit, I feel a certain amount of schadenfreude in the fact that they had to suck it up and deal with it.
No, that bridge is a hypothetical one that doesn't exist.
For all high speed train you should at least have two types of trains that stop at smaller stations versus those that only stop at mega stations. And then also a third type of trains that link all mega stations together with two or three smaller sized stops in between (exact stops vary between different trains). That would allow reasonable travel time without affected by stops for most travellers.
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Angry Sun Edition

How was your ride?
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Woah, we got a pro here.
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I took the tension mechanism on my titanium b17 apart and the reason the bolt is so short is because it snapped. It is supposed to be 60 mm long but is only 20 mm. It looks like it likely happened during manufacturing, limey bastards. I can see teeth marks in the tension shackle from when the bolt had been longer, and the angle indicates it would have been pressing hard against the anchor. Fully inserting the bolt with a power tool caused it to shear at the end of the tension bolt.
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Rode to a running track
Riding with qts is tons of fun, would recommend
biked to a bar to do a show about 7km away, then biked a nice path beside a golf course the long way home, ended up being about 14km. it was cozy

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>Start gig as a bike tour guide
>job is to just make sure everyone rides safe and block intersections so the group doesnt get seperated
>literally first day and its just me and the speaker taking a dozen people out
>goes well until one inersection
>bikers were tired and going slow and were spread out
>leader sent them through the intersection when it was about to change to yellow
>I hurry up from the back, bump her to lead, and stay blocking
>old farts on bike mosying along and cars get impatient
>not even 10 seconds of waiting do cars start DRIVING through us
>Im in the middle yelling at them to stop but then they start honking and continue driving at us
>continue yelling and signaling them to stop when all bikers make it though
>big ass pickup truck lays on his horn and gasses right by me when he has an opening
>I yell "Fuck You" at him as he passes
>realize the tourists heard that and this is going to be my last tour probably
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Should've waited for the next green instead risking getting separated like that.
I blame you.
Kek 5/5 bretty gud
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iblock traffic.,,storytime.,
,,,zoooomy down highway,,hear"honkhonk",,inbushs,,geese!,
,, with gosslings spooky trying to cross!,
,river overoad, hawk overhead!
,wowo there,,igothis!,
,,pull crossways on road,, make theSTOPNOW STOPNOWSTOPNOW,,,, i meanit!! STOP RIGHTHERERIGHTNOW,,good cage, sit!!Stay!
,,ican feel the crage,,steaming off the fumy engines,,,Wastingas!,
,cage creeps,,NONONONONO SIT!,
,,,,,,,geese see the allclear,,, make a runforit!!
,cages glee,,, neverdoubt!,
Holy shit DO NOT let boomers tour cities on bikes. Get those dummies on a segment where they belong
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