Modern Marvels: Trains

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by b28_82, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    But how many people care about that intricate detail, versus the number of people who care about what they actually air on television. If you want the specialized information you'd have to buy it on DVD or some such. People like you who are in the upper 0.0001 percentile of C-5 knowledge aren't their target audience ;)
  2. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    LoudMusic - very very true...and a point I wouldn't dispute. It bothers you though when you know what is being showed to "everyone" isn't quite the truth or is just made up hollywood fiction to add something to the "story"...even when the "story" is basically a documentary/informational-style show. But unless it gives away state secrets or puts someone's life in danger...nothing to get too worked up about.
  3. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    Well if you're saying it's flat out a lie, then there's definitely something wrong there. I didn't see the C-5 show, but the freight train show was just ... watered down. For example, when they talked about how a diesil locomotive got power to the wheels they just said a diesil engine turns a generator which provides electicity to the motors on the axils. There's a bit more going on there. And for steam engines they said that steam enters one side of a chamber pushing the rod one way then enters the other side of the chamber pushing it back. They didn't even talk about how the damn thing MAKES the steam. Kind of a major aspect of how the locomotive locomotes, but the general populous doesn't real care so why waste their time. Also I guess in that example the show was about freight trains, not steam locos. They've done that show before and I imagine it was much more detailed.

    I have no airforce connections but we do have Jacksonville Airforce Base just down the road. There are C-130s in the air almost all the time running drills. From a quick wikipedia search it looks like the C-5 is a wee bit larger ;) Do you have any pictures or stories? Well, ones you're allowed to share? :)
  4. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    Guys, keep in mind that these TV shows are just 1 hour long. Not much you can pack into a 1-hour program.

    If you want to explain in sufficiently intricate detail how a diesel electric locomotive works, it's going to take a 12-part series! (ditto for the C-5, actually probably even longer, considering the hours of training/orientation/familiarization/qualification/operation he has been through to get there). :D

    Keep this in mind: 1-hour shows = the summary, the nutshell, the cliff notes, etc. :thumb:
  5. nolatron

    nolatron Member

    And that's 1 hour with commercials. So you're talking about maybe 40-45 minutes total of program footage.

    I have the show on the DVR will finally get a chance to watch it this evening.
  6. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member


    Plus the risk of boredom (i.e. channel flipping) increases if a program is longer than 1 hour.

    I love trains and I'll probably sit through a 12-part series... I doubt anyone else in my family will though. sign1
  7. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    I couldn't even get anyone to join me for one episode.
  8. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I totally agree that unless the information is absolutely false, it will suffice for the 1 hr show that it's made for - and I'll watch it just for the enjoyment. I love watching those Modern Marvel shows and just about anything on the History Channel, and as such, am no way bashing their programming. But I've seen enough of the shows to know there's plenty they don't bring to the screen and what makes it is based on the understanding of the subject matter by the film editors...which is less than what a person with a better understanding of the subject would have. But forgive me...I'm the one beating a dead horse.

    As for pictures...I don't have a single digital pic from my C5 days...but quite a few of my current C130 time in Iraq...but this is a train forum so I'll resist the temptation of posting them here. It's all about the trains.
  9. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    Do you have a picture of a train in a C130? :)
  10. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Planes, trains, automobiles, they're all cool, go ahead!
  11. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Sorry to say that we just changed to a newer computer at our house and all the military pics are still on the old one waiting to be copied over. But it's on the "to do" list.:thumb:
  12. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member


    If you don't mind, I'll "drop" in a C-130 photo while you get your shots ready. Since Herc is a "driver" and works up front, I thought I'd show the guys our back porch. Herc and the other drivers keep us Loadmasters in the rear... but we don't mind, 'cause it can get pretty exciting back there at times.

    Bob :thumb:

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  13. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    Nice view from your office there. Thanks for sharing ;)
  14. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I may work in the "pointy end" - but Iron Goat worked in the "business end" where all the action was. I don't even know how my loadmasters walk around in night vision goggles checking out a load just before the drop while I'm flying the run-in in a three ship formation getting all bounced around in prop wash.
  15. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

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