How To Drive A
A web site for every
boy (and a few girls) who ever wanted to be a train
By Pete Moss
If your interest is in steam or diesel or electric
railways (railroads) then this is a website home page for you. There
are no flashy graphics and logos no animated gifs no attempts to look
cool or be something it isn't. Just good solid information for the
average railway nut (just like me!). How to drive a railway
locomotive is just that!! Hopefully it will give some of you armchair
drivers and railway (railroad) modellers, model and miniature
builders out there, an insight into how the real thing works and
maybe, just maybe enough of a push to go looking for opportunities to
drive for real; check out our links page for
that if you want! Nuff said.........
NEWS: ......... Great Links Page
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So on with the important stuff ! First of all I make no claim that
this site will teach you to drive a train. You can't learn that by
reading things. You need to get out and do it! there are plenty of
opportunities in the railway preservation, historical society and
private railway world for you to do it as a hobby if you really want
to (or as a job if you are so inclined), as we said above,
check out our links page for that one. I
also have to say that any fool who decides to go and borrow a train
after reading this, deserves all of the grief and any jail sentence
that he gets for doing it!!!. There have been a couple of cases of
this sort of stupidity in the last twenty or so years. Fortunately
nobody has yet been killed by these idiots (I accept no
responsibility for your stupidity if you do it!!).
So what have we got
- Basic stuff first!!!!! (or how to stop a train before you
- The Diesel Engine.
- How do prototypical brakes work.
- How to drive a diesel mechanical multiple unit (suburban
- Lots of nice engineering diagrams to keep you amused. (they do
illustrate the text as well).
- Good up to date links to other sites (including one offering
steam driving courses, and the chance to own an English railway).
- Steam Driving (not ready yet but it's on the way soon, lots of
material to sort out).
- Downloads (not much in here yet mabe some nice person out
there would like to e-mail some stuff to me??).
- Readers Articles (again you need to e-mail them to me, I can't
put them up here if you dont send them in!!).
- British Mechanical Signal Article (coming soon, anybody want
to write that one???).
Just click the links below to get to it all. If you do
want to send anything in, or have any sugestions for improving the
site then you will find my email address at the bottom of this
- Please feel free to link to this page (but please don't copy
or mirror this site because it will be updated regularly).
- Also if you do link to this page then e-mail me and let me
know and I will make sure that there is a link to your Home Page
As a last note before you go on to look through the site I must
thank Roger Congdon from the USA who has written in to tell me
that I should mention that "In the USA they don't Drive
Locomotives, they Run Locomotives" It's always difficult to cover
all bases on both sides of the Atlantic at the same time. This is
simply because of the different terminology. Should I use Sleeper
or Tie, Grades or Gradients, Engine Shed or Roundhouse, Plate
Layer or Gandy Dancer. I think as long as you understand what I am
talking about in the pages we should do fine, thanks again, I do
appreciate getting mail to let me know these things.
Links To Great Railway Web Sites (
including the one already mentioned where you have the chance to
- Basic Stuff Introduction Plus How To Stop
- How Diesel Railway Engines Work
(This Page Still Under Construction)
- How Railway Braking Systems Work
- How To Drive A Diesel Mechanical Multiple
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If you need to e-mail me
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