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Posted by PNWRMNM on Friday, December 02, 2016 8:43 PM

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Sydney Australia having capacity problems.

Nothing a fare increase or two can not fix!

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, December 03, 2016 7:01 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, December 10, 2016 8:13 PM

The new Gotthard base tunnel the longest rail tunnel in the world begins service tomorrow morning about 0600 local (  its already Sunday there ) 

http://www.rtands.com/index.php/track-structure/worlds-longest-rail-train-tunnel-ready-to-begin-service.html?channel=

 

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Posted by MikeF90 on Sunday, December 11, 2016 4:50 PM

A little more detail on the opening of Gotthard Base tunnel passenger service from Deutsche Welle:  http://www.dw.com/en/first-passenger-train-travels-through-gotthard-base-tunnel-the-worlds-longest-rail-tunnel/a-36725053?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

Bravo!

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Posted by Buslist on Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:30 AM
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Posted by schlimm on Thursday, December 15, 2016 8:44 AM

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Interesting!  I wonder how much is a consequence of the Brexit disaster and subsequent pound crash?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:55 PM

The UK's electrification of the west coast lines has come under fire for mismanagement.  One big item was the attitude that the experienced engineers did not know that things had changed.  So it is over engineered and the costs have sky rocketed and completion dates moved out or might never be complete. ( another re inventing the wheel ? )  As well EMUs and electric train sets are almost idle with no CAT to run under.

There also may be requirement to purchase dual mode locos ( diesel & electric ) to pull some train sets with the problem of not being able to make proposed electric schedules. 

https://www.nao.org.uk/report/modernising-the-great-western-railway/

 

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Posted by Victrola1 on Friday, December 16, 2016 2:19 PM

"While Chinas railway system has gone a long way in breaking records for length andspeedexperts are now warning of new challengesgiven that two factors crucial to the original success have shifted."

http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/1215/c90000-9155329.html

Will China's position as a major player in high speed rail be challenged?

 

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Posted by MikeF90 on Friday, December 16, 2016 2:33 PM

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Will China's position as a major player in high speed rail be challenged?

Quite possibly by the Japanese SCMaglev technology.  The latest episode of NHK Japan Railway Journal featured the maglev which just broke 600 kph in a test run.

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Posted by schlimm on Friday, December 16, 2016 2:53 PM

Victrola1

"While Chinas railway system has gone a long way in breaking records for length andspeedexperts are now warning of new challengesgiven that two factors crucial to the original success have shifted."

http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/1215/c90000-9155329.html

Will China's position as a major player in high speed rail be challenged?

 

 

The shifts do not sound harmful to their competitiveness.

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Posted by schlimm on Friday, January 06, 2017 12:19 PM

New China HSR line opens.  

"The final section of the Kunming-Shanghai service opened on December 28, 2016. This new high-speed line finally connects the Yunnan Province of Southwest China to the nation’s high-speed rail network. 

The distance between Kunming and Shanghai is 1,500 miles. This is comparable to traveling from Chicago to Salt Lake City, which currently takes 34 hours by train on the California Zephyr. This new high-speed line in China cuts travel time from 35 hours to a half days journey (11 hours). "

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Posted by Buslist on Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:50 AM

Not being reported on this side of the pond but many passenger passenger services in the U.K. are being severely disrupted. The reason is the plan by several of the franchise holders to eliminate guards and go to one person operation. The RMT, the union representing the guards is striking (on and off?) these operators including the Southern, a major component of the south of the river third rail network. Scott land seems to be affected as well. I tried to find a good summary article, may somebody will have better luck.

Meanwhile Trenitalia ( the major Italian operator,) has purchased the C2C operation, the old London, Tillbury and Southend.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Thursday, January 12, 2017 10:23 PM

What is a guard?  Is that the person who checks the tickets?

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Posted by Buslist on Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:14 PM

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What is a guard?  Is that the person who checks the tickets?

 

a conductor on this side of the pond .

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Posted by Buslist on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:59 AM

Some photos appeared on Face Book this weekend of (I wouldn't say substantial yet) rust damage on Eurostar coaches and powercars. I keep forgetting that they are around 20 now. Eurostar has announced that they will scrap some of the TGV based sets as the ICE s are phased into service. Presumesbly they will mix and match cars between train sets to keep the best cars in service.

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Posted by schlimm on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:47 PM

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Some photos appeared on Face Book this weekend of (I wouldn't say substantial yet) rust damage on Eurostar coaches and powercars. I keep forgetting that they are around 20 now. Eurostar has announced that they will scrap some of the TGV based sets as the ICE s are phased into service. Presumesbly they will mix and match cars between train sets to keep the best cars in service.

 

Is that from salt-sprayed air?

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 2:32 PM

would better maintenance have prevented this damage?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 8:23 PM

Not only US with bridge fires.  New Zeland has a major steel bridge appears destroyed

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/australia-nz/new-zealand-suffers-second-south-island-line-closure.html?channel=541

This puts KIWI rail in a precarious position since it also is dealing with the earlier 2016 earthquake damage not yet fixed.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 8:37 PM

Haifa funicular reported to have been closed due to fire.  DAVE  ? ?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 9:27 PM

BNSF service bulletin.  Note how snow cleared appears to be a Jordon spreader ?

http://domino.bnsf.com/website/updates.nsf/updates-service-consumer/007B3A47335F44FC862580C0007DE9B2?Open

Uncofirmed reports Amtrak using bus to take passenger the long way around -- Shelby and Whitefish by way of Missoula ?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, March 03, 2017 9:28 AM

Liverpool UK had a landslip cutting off station for at least a week.  This appears to be similar to the CSX landslip in Baltimore a while back.

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/main-line/landslip-set-to-close-liverpool-lime-street-for-nine-days.html?channel=524

 

 

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