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.........
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In The Beginning
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 for you!!!
- Basic stuff first!!!!! (or how to stop a train before you start it!).
- The Diesel Engine.
- How do prototypical brakes work.
- How to drive a diesel mechanical multiple unit (suburban train).
- 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 page.
- 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.
- NEW!! Links To Great Railway Web Sites ( including the one already mentioned where you have the chance to drive trains)
- Basic Stuff Introduction Plus How To Stop A Train
- 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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