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GPS On Loco idea

Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by guycarr360, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. guycarr360

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    Dont know if many of you read the wnxx forum, but a lad on their has managed to link into a GPS located on a DVT of an East Coast 225 set.

    Its available at http://bbarker.co.uk/eastCoast/

    Makes for fascinating watching as it shows speed, as well as location, and gives an idea of how many runs are done a day.

    Question is, why does not somebody do this for a mainline loco, thought the A1 trust were threatening it at some stage..

    Mods: May be in wrong forum, move if reqd.
     
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    Like the steam loco icon!
     
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    Looks better if you convert to satellite view..
     
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    We have a GPS system, ready to go, on either a Loco or carriage stock.
     
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    Yes I'm sure groups at least for some part of the time don't want absolutely anyone knowing where their loco is parked. A portable set someone could carry with them as a passenger on a tour would be a better than fixing it to a particular loco.
     
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    Which is what we do on certain tours, The GPS send information direct to our server. Which then displays that data on a map.
     
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    Think it would be fitted with an off switch..............
     
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    In which case these things tend to indicate where they last were before being turned off, in my experience.
     
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    In which case you turn it off before you reach your stabling point. Lets be honest most Stabling Points are in depots with security for main line locos anyway....
     
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    On every tour there must be at least 20 gps units sitting by the window. iPad / iphone can do it too.
     
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    On my PC something seems to be wrong. Train reported just north of Sandy station travelling at 121.1 mph but not moving!
     
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    K1 and 87 were fitted with GPS speedos for a time until the batterys ran out and nobody used them anyway. In the US for the last 3 years to my knowage Union Pacific have linked a GPS in their support car to their website to update where their steam locos are and SP4449 used a GPS speedo and location transmitter on its 2009 trip to Michigan. Last year the loco was about to be declared a failure as the battery had died on a fan trip on a Sunday when the shops were shut. A local enthusiast donated his car battery so the train could continue with a speedo working..........though I personally think they were a bit daft to have disconnected the only mechanical one.
     

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