Started by Zeno, March 04, 2013, 06:00:04 PM
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Quote from: jamespetts on March 04, 2013, 10:48:33 PMRange was particularly important for steam trains, as Valdki suggests, as well as for aircraft. It is of more limited importance to other forms of transport, but, even so, there are diesel locomotives on railways with extended fuel tanks compared to others in the same class especially for longer trips, so this not an issue confined entirely to steam and aircraft. It is probably particularly relevant to steamships, too, however, as well as long distance road transport (I don't think that a 'bus from 1950 could travel 500km without stopping, for example). As for going slowly - I don't think that that makes any sense: a steam locomotive cannot move at all if it is out of water, so it should not set off unless it knows that the next stop is within range.
Quote from: Michael Hauber on June 12, 2013, 02:12:52 AMCrew (i.e. person driving the vehicle) constraints are an issue in many rail (and presumably truck) freight operations in Australia. Distances run into 1000s of kilometres, which means more than the 10-12 hours that a single driver (possibly with backup driver) can operate. Crew depot locations need to be placed so that a train can change drivers when the shift is over, and sometimes fun stuff happens like crew being sent to the middle of nowhere by taxi,