Today is the last day for the show, and it’s been a great week with amazing displays of every part you can think of for a railroad, from the wire that goes into electrical cables to entire locomotives and trainsets. A lot of business got done at this show, I think it’s pretty safe to say. But now, as the businessmen from Stuttgart head home via ICE train and thousands of others head to the airport, it’s time to laugh a little bit. So before we depart, let’s explore a few of the questionable sights we saw and also show you how trains from North America keep popping up.
Second, was that really the cast of one of the Star Trek series banging on drums to promote new rolling stock? Answer, apparently train builder Stadler, which brought new electric multiple unit passenger trains with fun names like KISS and FLIRT and a hybrid locomotive called BUTLER figured the best way to attract a crowd was for some people in cool costumes to bang on the drum all day. They looked like they just came off the Enterprise. But they struck a beat. And it worked. A huge crowd formed. By the way, we’re not sure what comes next after FLIRTing and KISSing … maybe we will find out at InnoTrans 2014.
Finally, North American railroading shows up in some of the strangest places. Take for example the business lounge that belongs to Novamedia, a Polish producer of software and electronics for the public transport sector.
When IBM launched the AS/400 line of computers in 1988, they had a number of 'Mash' cast members in Rochester to sign autographs. The marketing types cannot be underestimated!
The scan code worked from my screen, and took me to Vosssloh Rail Services, who wants me to try preventative rail grinding.
RE: F = MA. It seems to me Newton's first law of motion, the law of inertia, is what railroads are mostly about. Everything winds down eventually but railroads take a lot longer to do it than just about anything else. Back in the early days it was a lot easier to get a train going and keep it going than it was to stop it.
F=ma. Perfect. Everything anyone would ever need or want to know about locomotive performance starts (and pretty much ends!) right there.
Did Vosssloh Rail Services offer any help with teeth grinding, along with preventative rail grinding.