[aprssig] AMTRAK mobile from DC to Minneapolis via Toledo Oh

Karl W4KRL W4KRL at arrl.net
Tue Jul 17 09:51:26 EDT 2018



Your list is good. I suggest adding the generic term of art “High Speed Rail” after “Bullet” that is specific to Japan.


Possible additions:

A= = Automated People Mover (fixed guideway rubber-tire systems)

I= = Incline Plane (Funicular)

G= = Gondola (aerial tramway)

N= = Nahverkehr (German for local transport) trolleys, streetcars, trams, trolleybuses


With the exception of T= for terminals, all these symbols represent distinct modes of fixed-guideway transport. All are rail transportation items that hams and the general public interact with. Other rail facilities are usually out-of-bounds for the general public and could be represented with generic building symbols.


Karl W4KRL


From: aprssig <aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org> On Behalf Of Robert Bruninga
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2018 5:18 PM
To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
Subject: Re: [aprssig] AMTRAK mobile from DC to Minneapolis via Toledo Oh


OK, I added some suggested Overlays for RAIL symbols:


RAIL Symbols: #=

/= = generic train (use steam engine for recognition)

\= = tbd    (use steam engine for recognition)

B= = Bullet (High Speed Rail)

C= = Commuter

D= = Diesel

E= = Electric

F= = Freight

L= = eLevated

M= = Monorail

P= = Passenger

S= = Steam

T= = Terminal (station)

U= = sUbway 

X= = eXcursion


See:  http://aprs.org/symbols/symbols-new.txt

Bob, WB4aPR


From: aprssig <aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org> On Behalf Of Karl W4KRL
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2018 2:25 PM
To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org <mailto:aprssig at lists.tapr.org> 
Subject: Re: [aprssig] AMTRAK mobile from DC to Minneapolis via Toledo Oh


May I suggest keeping a low number of rail-related symbols: steam, diesel, electric, passenger, commuter, excursion, and freight.


This past weekend I made a round-trip from Manassas to Roanoke with tracking by APRSdroid on my cell phone. Connectivity was by T-Mobile and Amtrak Wi-Fi. Here is a partially successful attempt to display the trip on Google Maps:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1EfcC0uOPMVag5lWz2dohDVxXS1n6LzEK <https://drive.google.com/open?id=1EfcC0uOPMVag5lWz2dohDVxXS1n6LzEK&usp=sharing> &usp=sharing


The data was exported from aprs.fi <http://aprs.fi> 

https://aprs.fi/#!mt=roadmap <https://aprs.fi/#!mt=roadmap&z=11&call=a%2FW4KRL-4&timerange=259200&tail=259200> &z=11&call=a%2FW4KRL-4&timerange=259200&tail=259200



73 Karl W4KRL


On Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 1:46 PM, Andrew AB9FX <ab9fx at aprs.pl <mailto:ab9fx at aprs.pl> > wrote:

I think there are different factors to specify a train category, mainly: type of engine, and type of operation. Which are universal for all the world. Beside of these factors there are operators which are almost uncountable around the world.

Locomotive Engine:
Steam, Diesel, Electric.

Train category:
Commuter, subway, city transportation, suburb, long distance, sleeping, express, high speed, special event, freight, shunting, armored, etc.
Across European countries, very common are following categories of passenger trains: InterCity, ICE (InterCity Express), EC (EuroCity), Regio, InterRegio, Night Train.

Andrew AB9FX

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