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Old 09-28-2011, 02:57 PM
 
Location: North Downtown Houston (Northside Village)
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Default Live train tracker - is there a website for this?

I'm looking for a website that tracks trains real time. The idea came to me while waiting on an amtrack this morning. I started wondering where they came from, where they're heading, etc.
I did a search & found sites like this in Chicago, Maryland, etc.. but mostly for commuters/subways.
Does something like this exist for freight trains?

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Old 09-28-2011, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I suspect that the freight trains would rather you did not know where their trains were and where they are heading...and especially what they are carrying . Security and all. I could be wrong, though....
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:11 PM
 
Location: North Downtown Houston (Northside Village)
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That idea occured to me, but flightaware.com tracks planes around the world real time. Tells you where they are going, where they came from, etc. Airplane security is much higher than trains.

Maybe somebody can invent trainaware.com ... wouldn't it be nice to know what they are moving through your neighborhood everyday?
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:13 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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There actually was a site for tracking freight trains, even particular cars. It was all taken down after 9/11. Note that trains often carry large quantities of hazardous materials which are not allowed on airplanes. Some freight planes do carry hazardous materials but in very small quantities.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Plus, it is very hard to intercept a plane, even though you know where it is going. Even with the 'proper' equipment to intercept a plane, you don't the exact route (there are no tracks ), since it will vary with weather, etc.

A train is easy to intercept, comparatively. It has to follow fixed tracks and there are railroad crossings, bridges, etc. all along the route.
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:47 AM
 
Location: North Downtown Houston (Northside Village)
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Ok, all good points. Better safe than sorry
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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Maybe somebody can invent trainaware.com ... wouldn't it be nice to know what they are moving through your neighborhood everyday?

As a former locomotive engineer, I can tell you that you don't want to know what is being hauled through town on a daily basis.
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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As a former locomotive engineer, I can tell you that you don't want to know what is being hauled through town on a daily basis.
Well I DiDN'T, but now I do...
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Cornville, Az
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I agree with hhheights77007...it would be cool to have a website Like Flightradar24.com. My wife and I are going to take a day trip over to Winslow, AZ. Sit in front of the La Posada and watch the trains.
While the most of the comments lend a feeling of how this would be bad for security of the country...I am compelled to quote from Benjamin Franklin...
Those who would give up Essential Liberty
to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Think about it...
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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What did Franklin have to say about vehicles packed with a couple of tons of explosives such as the one McVeigh used?
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