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« on: April 15, 2018, 05:48:52 am »

A picture in words from a railway far, far away.   Dear reader, read and think what's the same and what differs

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Inside, the carriages remain pitch dark until the sun rises as the operator has not installed any lighting.

A blast of the horn and the sound of grinding metal marks the train's stately progress along the 350-kilometre (220-mile) line to Cuamba -- more than 10 hours away.

Five or six passengers cram onto benches intended for four without a murmur of complaint.

"The train is always full," said Argentina Armendo, his son kneeling down nearby.

"Lots of people stay standing. Even those who have a ticket can't be sure of getting on. They should add some coaches!"

- 'Enormous growth potential' -

"Yes, but it's not expensive," insists the conductor Edson Fortes, cooly. "It's the most competitive means of transport for the poor. With the train, they are able to travel."

Sitting in a vast, ferociously air-conditioned office Mario Moura da Silva, the rail operations manager for CDN, the company operating the line, appears more concerned about passenger numbers as a measure of success than perhaps their comfort.

In 2017, its trains carried almost 500,000 -- a 265-percent increase on a year earlier.

"Passenger traffic isn't profitable but it's a requirement of the contract with the government," said Moura da Silva.

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2018, 05:00:14 pm »

Nice to know that many other railways are a lot worse than ours, I suppose.

I wonder why they do not provide any lighting ? This could be done very cheaply indeed if only basic lighting was needed.

3 lamps per coach, each 24 volt 3 watt LED. Flexible leads between coaches to the engine. 10 coaches would only be 90 watts in total, or less than 4 amps at 24 volts. If coaches are divided into compartments, then up to 9 lamps per coach, each lamp 1 watt could be used for the same loading.
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"When customers say that they want a seat, they dont mean they want to sit with their knees behind their ears so that 4 more can sit down. They mean that they want an extra coach so that 74 more can sit down"
"Capacity on intercity routes should be about number of vehicles, not compressing people"
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2018, 11:59:28 pm »

You may also like this history of how passenger rail was saved in Auckland, NZ - https://www.greaterauckland.org.nz/2018/04/22/flashback-sunday-rail-saved-auckland/
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