@maemachinebroke it's even better if you see these in person, because the ICE cars are *really long*
they're a fairly common sight at repair facilities where they're used to pull the cars into the halls, without needing exhaust ventilation as they are battery powered
@elomatreb in the US our trains are so big sometimes locomotives with thousands of horsepower have to move longer cuts of traincars around
fun fact: usually when they're moving train cars around in a yard they move backwards with the "long hood" (the part behind the cab with the engine in it) ahead
@maemachinebroke I'm doing an apprenticeship as a switching driver myself, but the common way here is just a radio remote for the engine so you can be near the end of the unit even in reverse
@elomatreb that's really interesting
most of the locomotives here are either really old or have been recently converted to newer models from old locomotives
like i'm talking decades in service
@maemachinebroke it is depressing how much rail infrastructure is neglected around the world
if you built some more or less direct, electrified lines between the major US cities you could cut so many inefficient airplane flights and create a few really fun jobs for the engine drivers who get to go really fucking fast on those long lines (the ICE trains here are capable of 400+ km/h, but in practice they only go up to 320 with most stopping out in the low 200s due to the frequent inclination changes and stops that would leave the train constantly braking otherwise)
@elomatreb i think that the amtrak services from new york to chicago and from chicago to LA can and should be high speed, if for no other reason than to prove that high speed can work long distance in the US
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