Trains

Trains come in many different shapes and sizes and need different power sources to supply them,

In England trains run off 4 main power sources

  • Coal for steam trains on heritage lines
  • Diesel for trains both heritage and mainline
  • Electric for our mainline trains

Electric sources come in

  • 750 Volts DC – this is fed to the train through a ‘third rail’, this is located next to one of the running lines.

 

  • 25Kv AC – this is fed by overhead lines above the train and a ‘pantograph’ on the top of the train brushes along the wire to take the current.

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Many Trains also have nicknames:
Bold – Diesel    Italic – Electric     Underline – Multiple unit

03 – Flower Pot
08 – Gronk
09 – Super Gronk
14 – Teddy Bear
20 – Bomb, Bonnet, Chopper, Wardrobe, whistler
22 –
24 – Skinhead
25 – Rat
26 – McRat
27 – McRat
31 – Goyle, Ped
33 – Shredder, Bathtub, Crompton
35 – Hymek
37 – Tractor, Growler, Syphon
40 – Bucket, Whistler
44 – ¬
45 –   |Peak, Wagon,  40 driven into wall
46 –   |
47 – Duff, Spoon
50 – Vac, Log, Hoover
52 – Wizzo, Thousand, Lawnmower
55 – Deltic, U-boat, Lawnmower
56 – Grid, Smoke Machine, Screamer
57 – Bodysnatcher
58 – Bone, Egg Timer
59 – Mashed Potato
60 – Tug, Doughnut, Politician
66 – Shed, Ikea
67 – Skip
68 – Warskips, Cats, Turtles
70 – Duks

73 – Weetabix Box
85 – Roarers
86 – Roarers, cans
87 – Roarers, Vans
89 – Flying Badger
90 – Skoda
91 – Super Skoda
92 – Hair Dryers

101 – Bogs
142 –  Pacers, railbuses, buses, nodding donkeys, bouncy castles
143 –  Pacers, railbuses, buses, nodding donkeys, bouncy castles
144 –  Pacers, railbuses, buses, nodding donkeys, bouncy castles
150 – Sprinter
153 – scud, dog box, flying brick, super bubble
155 – Double scud
156 – Super Sprinter
158 – Scrapheap Challenge
159 – Flying Coffin
165 – Turdo
166 – Turbo Express
170 – Strimmer
175 – Hummer
180 –
185 –
220 – Vomiter, Shop
221 – Vomiter
222 – Vomiter

317 – High Speed Box
318 – Vomiter
323 – Badgers, Darlics, Spaceship
350 – Desiro
357/375/6/7 – Electrasauna
365 – Milk Float, Happy Train
390 – Supermarket (larger shop than the class 220)
460- Darth Vaders
465/6 – notworker (well what did BR expect eh!)
507 – Old Bangers
508 – Old Bangers

RAILWAY EQUIPEMENT:

TPWS Grids = Landmines, because you don’t know when they are going to go off.
Cess = The area either side of the railway immediately off the ballast shoulder. This usually provides a safe area for workers to stand in when trains approach.

Clag = Originally used to describe the exhaust of steam locomotives, “clag” is a term describing the often spectacular (particularly blackened, as in Class 37, or whitesmoked, as in Class 55) exhaust emissions of many older British diesel locomotives, especially, Classes 52 and 55.

Flying Banana = The first design of GWR diesel railcars, introduced in 1932. This has since been adopted for the Network Rail New Measurement Train, due to its all-over yellow livery. Also occasionally used to describe the High Speed Train.

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