SARTRE Self-Driving Road Train Conducts First Test

Europe’s SARTRE (SAfe Road TRains for the Environment) project is well underway, having carried out its first successful demonstration of its self-driving technology at Volvo’s proving grounds near Gothenburg, Sweden. For more information, check out Visit some of our sites today: Industry leading car reviews and shopping tools luxury and performance cars: green and electric cars: Family cars: Cars and social media:
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Here Comes The Train (Lomokino Test) – #13

Here Comes The Train (Lomokino Test) – #13
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Image by Patrick DB
1/13/12 365 Challenge, I am very excited about this Christmas gifts. Just got back the first 3 test rolls, one was blank, one a few images and this last (the one I took first) was filled to the brim with images. This is the crappy Target scan. Normally, I would scan myself but I was too excited to look at the results. This is Lionel train (circa 1990) going around the Christmas tree.

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Test Track: Lionel Hogwarts Express

This week my new Hogwarts Express takes a spin on the test track. Not that there was much to test, as this appears to be a solid performer for a starter set. Aside from loosening the center axle of the tender so the center wheels would rotate freely, there have been no issues. Now, I didn’t get t his set out of any particular admiration of Harry Potter (I ihave the first two DVD’s and still haven’t watched either one), but more for the novelty of having a British-outline passenger train among my collection (Years ago, the Flying Scotsman toured the US under her own power). Lionel expects to produce add-on cars for the set, as was done for the Polar Express, so I expect to eventually have eight cars, more-or-less matching the UK excursion trains pulled by Olton Hall, the prototype locomotive pulling the Hogwarts in the HP movies. 2011 edit: I have the add-on coaches including the Dementors’ coach. Next time this train runs for the camera, it’ll have six cars. And the brake vans (there are two) will be positioned at both ends. It’s unclear if there will be any additional add-ons.

Test Track: Lionel Metro North M7 (6-car set)

Lionel’s set commemorating Metro North Railroad’s 25th annivesary, with a train of M7 EMU’s. Yes, they’re short. Yes, they appear to be slightly oversize in all other respects (just like MTH’s RailKing subways). You know what? Until someone comes out with scale (or near scale)-length M7’s, these are the only ones out there. And that’s why I got ’em. Performance: Obviously the single-motored power car lacks the oomph to decisivley accelerate the full set without slipping. I guess Lionel didn’t test for realistic starting ability in a starter set. Oh well, at least it has no trouble pulling once the train gets underway. After the train got rolling, I didn’t touch the controller until I brought it to a stop for the last shot. The horn? Obviously recycled from some diesel. It’s not synthesized, but it’s also not an M7 horn. Lionel could have done better–they had Metro-North’s co-operation developing this set, it’s not rocket science getting a recording of an actual M7’s horn, especially if it’s the only sound effect you’re putting in the set. Geez, this is turning into a review. Well, at least the doors open and close somewhat smoothly. I suppose one could rig up a station platform (high-level, please–these trains don’t board from ground level platforms) that engages and moves the levers that open and close the doors. The headlights could use a fourth LED up top–a single one just doesn’t shine through the dual ports like it’s supposed to. And would it have cost that much
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Test Drive Lionel Vision Line Canadian Pacific ES44AC Hybrid Locomotive

This my take two on a extraordinary Lionel Vision Line Hybrid locomotive. My previous GE Evolution engine was destroyed during shipping to Lionel for warranty repairs, thanks to the environmentally friendly packaging. Such packaging should be reserved for fast food, etc. not for fragile die-cast expensive O gauge engines.
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