@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 the first train yards got experimental remote controlled locomotives in the 60s (including computer controlled operation), but it took until the late 90s/early 2000s until it was common. Decades old engines are not unusual, it's not unlikely that the ones I will be first trained on are from the 60s too (but they are modernized of course)
@elomatreb thats really cool, the crazy thing is the last major innovation in freight railroad in the entire north american continent is diesel electric locomotives with AC motors instead of DC ones
Une instance se voulant accueillante pour les personnes queers, féministes et anarchistes ainsi que pour leurs sympathisant·e·s. Nous sommes principalement francophones, mais vous êtes les bienvenu·e·s quelle que soit votre langue.
A welcoming instance for queer, feminist and anarchist people as well as their sympathizers. We are mainly French-speaking people, but you are welcome whatever your language might be.