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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, April 17, 2020 6:55 PM

China increases its HSR passenger train miles at 3.0%+ during corvid -19 times.  Would be interesting if we could get a ridership report from eye witnesses ?

https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/high-speed/china-introduces-new-high-speed-services/ 

Note: 4970 HSR trains a day an increase of 130 trains.  Link actually list a .5 train a day   Interesting?  Wonder how many train miles? 

Also total number of train sets including spares  ?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, May 1, 2020 9:47 PM

France is requirig Air France to move domestic passenger to a rail route that can be completed in less than 2 - -1/2 hours.  That is a requirement for a bail out.

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/trains-prioritised-over-planes-in-air-france-rescue-deal/56408.article 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 8:58 PM

Sweden is doing more planning for domestic overnight train service.  As well looking for night trains to Germany in 2022  -2023,

https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/main-line/sj-to-expand-domestic-night-train-offer-as-sweden-eyes-overnight-continental-connections/ 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:55 PM

Another overnight service starting even with the covid-19 problems. RDC German service. Twice weekly service from the Baltic - Austria.  RDC is also going to offer an Auto Train service this summer. From northern Germany - sSwitzerland. 

https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/rdc-launches-new-german-overnight-service/?RAchannel=news 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, June 15, 2020 10:55 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:21 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, July 25, 2020 1:54 AM
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Posted by Memma on Monday, July 27, 2020 12:17 AM

Some good news over the weekend - SNCF are re-instating the Paris - Nice couchette, and Sweden has mandated the acquisition of carriages to run an overnight Brussels - Malmo and Hamburg - Stockholm service!

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Posted by Memma on Monday, July 27, 2020 12:19 AM

Also great to see the Egyptian railways investing in over 1,300 new carriages from Russia. It seems ENR are in desperate need of some new carriages!!

The first 35 have now arrived - https://trainreview.com/news/first-new-carriages-arrive-egypt-from-russia

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Posted by 54light15 on Monday, July 27, 2020 2:32 PM
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Posted by MidlandMike on Monday, July 27, 2020 9:26 PM

54light15

The article also said it was due to avoiding security checks and lines at airports, and people wanting to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Posted by 54light15 on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:36 PM

Both are good reasons to take a sleeper. I'm all for it for whatever reason. 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:12 PM

Ceneri base tunnel officially goes to SBB in September.  Sevice to commence in December.  This is the final link in the Gottard base tunnel project that will greatly reduce transit times.

https://www.railjournal.com/infrastructure/ceneri-base-tunnel-set-for-december-opening/ 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:32 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, August 14, 2020 9:10 PM

For those who thought China was nearing the end of rail expansion appears it isn't so.  Plans to connect every city of 200,000  to national network and every city of 500,000 to HSR .  Quite ambitious.

https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/high-speed/china-outlines-ambitions-long-term-expansion-plans/ 

 

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, August 17, 2020 10:36 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, August 22, 2020 3:38 AM

Russia has inaugrated new swift Talgo services  200 Km / hr  Moscow -  St Petersburgh and Moscow - Samara ( SE of Moscow )

https://www.railjournal.com/news/russian-railways-expands-swift-services/

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:58 PM

Japaneese RR (JR) is doing additional earthquake reinforcing of support pylons that structural engineers feel are necessary.  JR is going to clad pylons with steel probably somewhat Cal Dot did to parts of the 880 freeway.

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/jr-east-starts-repair-work-on-shinkansen-structures/57264.article 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, September 3, 2020 10:12 PM

Study to increase passenger capacity on critical Spandau - Nauen portion of Berlin = Hamburg route.  

https://www.railwaygazette.com/infrastructure/increasing-capacity-west-of-spandau/57275.article 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 1:18 AM

Jerusalem - Tel aviv electrifiation work completed ahead of schedule.   Testing started  sept 7th

https://www.railwaygazette.com/infrastructure/jerusalem-tel-aviv-electrification-completed/57307.article 

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, September 11, 2020 4:23 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, September 11, 2020 7:42 PM

Network rail  ( Great Britian )  has published a plan to electrify 13,000 track Kms  ( ~ 8125 statue miles )  at about 450 track Kms ( ~ 281 SMs ) per year.  Article notes that requirements will need to have a ramp up or increasing supply chain for every needed part.

Have to wonder if this much this will limit other countries ability to electrify ?  With Chna still on a break neck speed for HSR installation connecting of all cities over ~400,000 population how will this effect the US for any extensions of CAT on the NEC ?

Note the ppicture of a current project of working on al 4 main tracks at once.

https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/main-line/13000km-of-electrification-required-plus-battery-and-hydrogen-to-decarbonise-british-network/

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