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Train classification[edit]

I would have no problem with an Alaska Railroad passenger trains subcat.Dankarl (talk) 14:43, 6 August 2011 (UTC)

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You are good![edit]

Mackensen,

Thank you for identifying and recategorizing my assorted bunch of EMD diesel photographs. I really appreciate it, and am very impressed by how swiftly you have taken care of them: you are good!

Michael Barera (talk) 20:54, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

comment[edit]

I reverted this edit, and three others, as these are modern vehicles, while I believe the radial society runs old heritage vehicles. Cheers! Geo Swan (talk) 07:09, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

Reply from ElHeineken[edit]

Hi Mackensen,
I've replied to your question on my discussion page, please have a look :-)
ElHeineken (talk) 17:34, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

Why this removal?[edit]

Why this removal? Clearly the logo on the building is intended as the railroad logo. - Jmabel ! talk 15:02, 30 May 2012 (UTC)

  • I assumed it was categorized thus because it might or might not have been a former station (I've been recategorizing into specific Former...X...stations categories). Mackensen (talk) 20:10, 30 May 2012 (UTC)
    • As the description indicates, it is not the former station (though it could easily be mistaken for one). It is a visitor center; I suspect it is on the site of the old station, though I'm not sure of that. The logo, though, is certainly an allusion to the railroad that was once crucial to the town. Any objection to my restoring the categories? - Jmabel ! talk 01:17, 31 May 2012 (UTC)
      • Well yes, so I assumed it was wrongly categorized from a bot transfer or some such. No objection, although creating some kind of logo subcategory might not be a bad idea either. I'm not sure what the existing schemes for those look like. Mackensen (talk) 02:27, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

Re: Conrail Locomotives[edit]

(Note: this was originally posted on DanTD's talk page; I've copied it here for context) I noticed you re-added the Conrail category to File:Conrail Lcomotive No.3070.JPG. My feeling is that only actual Conrail locomotives ought to be in that category, and that all the NS locomotives in the throwback Conrail livery don't belong there. Maybe we need a separate category for Norfolk Southern locomotives in Conrail livery? What do you think? Best, Mackensen (talk) 20:55, 2 June 2012 (UTC)

That's not such a bad idea, and since Conrail was split between Norfolk Southern and CSX, maybe we should make another category for Conrail locomotives owned by CSX. Another good idea would be for Southern Pacific locomotives controlled by Union Pacific. BTW, I'm sorry I wasn't able to contact you. I'm on vacation, but that vacation should be coming to an end today. ----DanTD (talk) 14:05, 5 June 2012 (UTC)

No worries, I had other work stacked up. British trains already have something similar (see e.g. Category:Train liveries in the United Kingdom by company). I can see going in two different directions with this. The first:

The second:

Both could be valid, of course, in the case of a former SP locomotive under UP control which hadn't been repainted. In the first instance we're talking about an NS paint scheme explicitly. I think we need more eyes on this. Mackensen (talk) 20:59, 5 June 2012 (UTC)

Having been invited to comment, and had some time to think about, my thoughts are:
The Category:Train liveries in the United Kingdom by company is comprised mainly of passenger trains (and multiple units), so the entire train will be in one operator’s livery. Therefore having the word “train” in the category is appropriate.
In the North America, most photographs will be of locomotives, so, (except for Amtrak, VIA, and commuter agencies) having the word “train” in the category name is inappropriate.
I feel is would be simpler to use:
As long as the term “patched” or “patches” is clearly understood or defined, then we should be allright. It is, after all what we are trying to catch, isn't it? There are plenty of ex-SP diesel locomotives with UP patches on Commons, and a few ex-Milwaukee Road, with Soo Line patches.
We might need a similar category for cabooses and freight cars but the former would be rare unless someone uploads their archive. In addition to (say) Category:Former Rock Island freight cars patched by Chicago and North Western Railway, we might need to opposite e.g. Category:Union Pacific Railroad freight cars with Omaha Road reporting marks
Just my thoughts. Regards, — Iain Bell (talk) 15:31, 6 June 2012 (UTC)
Here's an example of a Union Pacific diesel locomotive in Southern Pacific livery. I was just checking out some Union Pacific locomotives in that category and also found a Denver & Rio Grande Western Railway locomotive owned by UP as well. ----DanTD (talk) 15:10, 9 June 2012 (UTC)

Railroad Lines by company[edit]

I see you moved many of my Long Island Rail Road categories to the new Long Island Rail Road lines category. In turn, I did the same thing to the Metro-North Railroad lines. So which communter railroads do you want to add separete line categories for next? ----DanTD (talk) 15:14, 9 June 2012 (UTC)

  • I hadn't thought that far ahead. I had about forty-fifty images which I wound up having to categorize by CSX subdivision so I did those, and I thought that railway lines category needed some attention. I think we just need to be sure that we're really doing lines and not services. I understand that category to be for physical lines. Mackensen (talk) 12:31, 10 June 2012 (UTC)
Do you know where I've found scores of railway line pictures who's categories can be replaced? Queensland, Australia. There are a lot of them that are currently categorized in either Category:Railway lines, or Category:Railway lines in Australia, or both. I've moved a few to their proper places myself, but there are plenty of others to take care of. ----DanTD (talk) 14:00, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

Reply[edit]

I've replied here. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Surya_Prakash.S.A.#Train_picture


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County seats in Alabama[edit]

Regarding the edits to Category:County seats in Alabama and the other County seats categories you did, I think Category:County seats in Alabama should stick with the parent category of Category:Cities in Alabama as every County seat in Alabama is a City in Alabama. You replaced that category with Category:Counties in Alabama. No county seat is also a county. --Mjrmtg (talk) 12:00, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

  • That may be the case for Alabama (I haven't checked), but it's definitely not the case for other states where county seats can be villages, boroughs or other classifications. Further, there's nothing intrinsic about a county seat that says it has to be a city. It makes more sense to me to make it a top-level category within Counties, since that's what they're related to. This also matches the categorization scheme on the English Wikipedia. Mackensen (talk) 12:27, 24 August 2012 (UTC)
I see what you mean about the Wikipedia, doesn't make sense to me, but ok :) --Mjrmtg (talk) 21:49, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

Category:Texas State Highways[edit]

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Category[edit]

Category:Photographs by Adam Moss – I'm flattered that I have a category named after myself. However, besides the fact there are at least a hundred+ more photos that need to be in there, I'm kind of surprised no one's put him as me. Mitch32(Never support those who think in the box) 16:55, 9 September 2012 (UTC)

I think it's more like 200-300. I've been doing them in batches, reviewing the other categories and usage on en.wp. It's a lot of work ;). I didn't realize you had a presence here; it's just my habit to categorize Flickr collections. Best, Mackensen (talk) 13:10, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

When you turn a category into a redirect...[edit]

When you turn a category into a redirect, I strongly recommend using User:CommonsDelinker/commands or User talk:CommonsDelinker/commands to request that all the contents of the category also be moved. - Jmabel ! talk 20:33, 13 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Also, FWIW, you don't even need to directly create the newly named category yourself: the bot will do that. - Jmabel ! talk 20:58, 13 October 2012 (UTC)

Point Richmond, CA Old Railroad Station.jpg[edit]

For the record, when I commented on the File:Point Richmond, CA Old Railroad Station.jpg, I wasn't contesting the deletion tag. I was simply aghast that an image I tried to split and move to the commons could've been yet another copyvio, after facing this revelation in a previous attempt with another image. Nevertheless I'm glad you found an acceptable replacement. ----DanTD (talk) 13:56, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

  • Understood. The whole situation was a mess; I hate when people do that (upload totally different images over old). Mackensen (talk) 18:53, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

MBTA locomotive categories[edit]

I've created the new MBTA locomotive categories, including Category:GMD GP40MC locomotives of the MBTA to match even though no one else uses GP40MCs. A couple of em including the geeps I'll be moving the files manually; the others can wait for Siebot. Once they're empty I'm going to speedy the old categories; there's no reason to keep them around even as redirects. Cheers, Pi.1415926535 (talk) 00:32, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

Via frequencies[edit]

Thanks for updating File:Viafrequencies.svg I don't know whether this is a typo or not: "3 trains/well". Is "3 trains/week" intended here??. I also wonder whether the graphic would be more effective if visually if you either 1) used a different colour for each level or 2, used all the same colour and a wider range of line widths? Thanks again for your work! Verne Equinox (talk) 16:34, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

  • Yes, that's a typo, looks like it was there originally. I never even noticed! You raise a good point about colors; I don't know why the original author made those choices. Realistically the blue could just be named "Corridor" since it's the only part of the system multiple daily trips. I've corrected the typo. Best, Mackensen (talk) 20:47, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

Tricky ID[edit]

So I finally figured out File:The mid-day Piedmont.jpg was taken: Greensboro. No good clues in the image, so I had to match it by details. At first the canopy didn't seem to match up, but taking a second look the perspective hides that the outer edge is actually turned up. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 13:12, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

  • Awesome! I'd tried to do the same thing but gave up in annoyance. Thanks for persevering. Mackensen (talk) 16:56, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
Always glad to help. I like figuring out tricky ones like that, though I've gotten pretty much all of them north of NYC (my home territory). Pi.1415926535 (talk) 17:44, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

What is your problem?[edit]

RE: THIS DUDE! This is the commons... the more categories the better. The reason I want that is so people looking for yards will find the yards at stations... which are harder to locate this day and age. // FrankB 05:33, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

  • My problem is that the category is completely wrong. Stations aren't yards. Yards aren't stations. Most articles coming under that category don't show yards. If there's an actual yard in the photo then categorize that, but there's no intrinsic relationship between stations and yards. By way of example, we have separate categories for Category:Race Street Yard and Category:30th Street Station. Furthermore, that category contains many train stations which are not in the state of Pennsylvania, which makes a Pennsylvania-specific category inappropriate. Mackensen (talk) 11:15, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Good lord, man[edit]

Every day, 5 or 10 watchlist items of you doing category moves. You're positively incredible. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 23:24, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

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Leoboudv (talk) 21:11, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

M1/M3[edit]

It seems awfully silly to have Category:LIRR M1/M3 of the Long Island Rail Road and Category:LIRR M1/M3 of the Metro-North Railroad. (I was just looking yesterday at fixing the MNRR railcar categories). I think Category:M1/M3 (railcar) and Category:M1A/M3A (railcar) would be much more consistent with with other category names, and honestly each of those could probably be subdivided. (That's complicated by LIRR mixing M1 and M3s in the same trains, while MNRR didn't mix M1As and M3As). Just wanted to check with you before I changed anything. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 19:45, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

  • Well, part of my thinking was to future-proof the categories in the event (unlikely, but possible) that an M1 or M3 was ever operated by someone other than the MNRR or Long Island (or one was used by the other). There's also the possibility of coach conversions like the Arrow I becoming the Comet IB. The more we normalize the categorization the better. Mackensen (talk) 19:50, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
I'd say the generic categories are fine for now - the odds of anyone else operating them are pretty now. On the off chance that does occur, then subcategories of Category:M1/M3 (railcar) of LIRR (or some similar formatting) should be sufficient. The double-naming in the existing categories isn't well normalized either, honestly. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 19:55, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
Fine by me. Mackensen (talk) 20:14, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
Okay. Think we should keep the M1 and M3 in the same category, or divide it up into subcategories? Whichever we do, we should match with the M2/4/6 (currently have M2 and M4 but not M6 categories) because they're in the same nearly-identical-models boat. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 20:40, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
Splitting them up makes sense to me, both for the M1/M3 and the M6. Mackensen (talk) 21:04, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
I'm with Pi on the redundancy, but aren't the Metro-North versions M1A's and M3A's? On another topic, I honestly wish we could sort out more of the M2's M4's and M6's. ----DanTD (talk) 17:00, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

New URL for OgreBot's old version filemover[edit]

Hello. I've identified you as a user who has previously used OgreBot's old version filemover. Please note the new URL: toollabs:magog/oldver.php. Thanks. Magog the Ogre (talk) (contribs) 23:40, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

Railway equipment boxes?[edit]

Thanks for all your new categories on named railway lines in Georgia. I've been wondering if there was a category for railway equipment boxes like the one shown in this photo File:MLK Jr Crossing looking EB, Macclenny.JPG. Mjrmtg (talk) 20:58, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

I have another equipment box here, and I just have it in the category Rail transport infrastructure in the United States. Maybe the equipment boxes can be split off. ----DanTD (talk) 17:11, 19 January 2014 (UTC)
I think they probably should be, if only because otherwise it might not be clear what the category is for. Do these boxes have a proper name? Mackensen (talk) 17:49, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

File:8042053189 sd.webm[edit]

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Category:Dearborn (Amtrak station)[edit]

You created this category and seems to have an interest in rail subjects. Dearborn's new train station is expected to open in a few weeks. The one currently the subject of the category is scheduled to be torn down and an animal shelter built on its location. How do we set up the category for the new station? Do we need to rename the old one? Rmhermen (talk) 16:57, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

  • Good question. I think we follow whatever happens on en.wp. Probably we'll want to disambiguate by year opened. Mackensen (talk) 02:32, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

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Category:Photographs by Lawrence and David Barera[edit]

Mackensen,

For a Father's Day gift, I've helped my father (David) digitize and upload railroad-related slides that he and his (late) father (Lawrence) took, mostly in the 1960s and 1970s. He generously agreed to release their rights under a CC-BY-SA license when we uploaded them to Flickr, which has allowed me to essentially port them here to Commons. While it will probably take me a couple of days to upload all of them here (I've just started), I have created a hidden category in which they will all be filed: Category:Photographs by Lawrence and David Barera.

I know from your numerous and helpful edits of my own person railroad-related photos that you are very good at identifying locomotives, and I'd love to categorize these images more specifically than "E-unit", "F-unit", "Geep", and "Alco". My Dad was really helpful with identifying locations and (with the aid of a box of old timetables) even specific trains, but he's not so sure about the locomotives (although he's suspicious that there are a lot of EMD E7s, F7s, and GP7s/GP9s in these photos). I'd really appreciate any help you can give me with categorizing these photos, especially in terms of locomotives. Thanks!

Michael Barera (talk) 02:17, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Your categorizing abilities are absolutely incredible! Thanks so much for all your help! Michael Barera (talk) 03:21, 3 June 2014 (UTC)
Update: I've now completely finished populating Category:Photographs by Lawrence and David Barera from its counterpart on Flickr. Thank you so much for all of your categorization improvements (and description corrections). I really, really appreciate it. Also, I realize that some of the photos that I have categorized under Category:EMD diesel locomotives might be very difficult or even impossible to categorize more specifically (for example, the Union Pacific, Northern Pacific, and [especially] Ann Arbor and Great Northern photos). If these images cannot be categorized more specifically, do you it might be a good idea to remove the EMD diesel locomotives category and just keep the [railroad name] diesel locomotives category? Just a thought. I noticed how well the EMD diesel locomotives category has been maintained and I don't want to ruin all that work. Thanks again for everything, and take care! Michael Barera (talk) 01:49, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Night Owl crash[edit]

That's downright eerie - I was just looking for that report a few hours before you uploaded it, trying to remember if the stop had been at South Attleboro or Attleboro proper, and I could not find it anywhere. You would have been working on the article at that same time. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 20:33, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Man, that *is* eerie. I ran across the accident while writing up Night Owl proper, and figured it deserved an article. Given the violence of the collision I'm amazed no one died. I didn't add the stop at South Attleboro and the 100 extra MBTA passengers because I figured it wasn't relevant. Mackensen (talk) 00:09, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

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Andy Dingley (talk) 22:32, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

UK train categorisation[edit]

Hi, not sure if you're aware, but you can easily categorise UK trains using the {{ukt}} template. You use it by {{subst:ukt|Class|Unit digits|Operator|Livery|Line}}, eg File:Late Turbo (21001296).jpg would be {{subst:ukt|165|101|First Great Western Link|Thames Trains|Great Western Main Line}}. This adds all the categories you've been using, as well as the various operator by line categories. Nice photos by the way. -mattbuck (Talk) 15:02, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Thanks, I wasn't aware of that so I've been doing it manually (which works well enough). Mackensen (talk) 02:21, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

Filemover[edit]

Considering your overall experience and numerous good rename requests, I've made you a filemover. INeverCry 05:25, 13 November 2014 (UTC)