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What Do Freight Trains Carry?

A freight train looks as if it could go on for miles, endless amounts of cars of all shapes and sizes pass by filled with goods from various industries. Have you even wondered what...

British Rail Class 43 HST (Intercity 125)

Background The British Rail Class 43 High Speed Train (HST) is a high speed diesel locomotive, capable of speeds of up to 148 mph. Powered by a Paxman Valenta prime mover, the HST holds...

British Rail Class 37

Background Built by English Electric between 1960-1965, the British Rail Class 37 (English Electric Type 3), was the mainstay of the British Rail diesel locomotive fleet. With its versatile design, it had the capability...

When Did Diesel Trains Replace Steam?

Ever since the very beginning of rail transport, the steam engine was a common sight at the head end of a train. The sights and sounds of the steam engines could not be mistaken....

How Much Do Locomotives Cost?

Locomotives are impressive machines with brute strength and reliability. They are equipped with many features and electronic safety systems. However, the more equipment, the higher the price point. So, How much do locomotives cost?...

When Was British Rail Privatised?

For over forty years, government run British Rail commanded the nation’s  rail network. However, during the 1990s, the government proposed privatisation, much to the disapproval of the labour party. When was British Rail privatised?...

How Do Multiple Locomotives Work Together?

As a lifelong rail enthusiast, I have often pondered about the mechanics behind multiple unit operation and how one engineer can run multiple locomotives at once. So, how do multiple locomotives work together? Multiple...

Do Trains Still Use Cabooses?

Have you ever wondered what happened to the infamous caboose that used to bring up the rear of trains for so many years? For years, train watchers waited for the caboose at the end...

EMD GP40 Series

Background The versatile EMD GP40 series, manufactured by Electro-Motive Division (EMD), were built between 1965-1971. The GP40 is powered by EMD’s 16 cylinder, 645E3 prime mover, producing 3,000hp, and much like its predecessor, the...

Bombardier ALP-45DP

Background Unveiled at Germany’s Innotrans in 2010, the ALP-45DP was the latest product from Bombardier for the American market. It boasted a dual powered design that allowed the locomotive to operate under diesel power,...