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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:30 PM

Norway report recommends expansion of night train service.  Included is for coaches with reclining seats.

https://www.railjournal.com/fleet/report-recommends-expansion-of-norwegian-night-trains/ 

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Posted by MidlandMike on Friday, November 8, 2019 2:36 PM

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HSR, local services by S Bahn and regional services currently work very well at Frankfurt and Düsseldorf now; soon in Stuttgart and the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport.

The same is true with SBB at Zurich and Geneva.

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Friday, November 8, 2019 1:51 PM

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  Does Amtrak serve the Newark (EWR) station?   

Sort of, yes, but not directly:

https://www.newarkairport.com/to-from-airport/air-train

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Posted by rdamon on Friday, November 8, 2019 1:29 PM

And they just opened a new terminal in MSY with no provision for rail access.

Does Amtrak serve the Newark (EWR) station?

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Posted by York1 on Friday, November 8, 2019 11:02 AM

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Very true. AFAIK, no US airport has a direct connection to Amtrak. Mitchell in Milwaukee comes pretty close, but not at the terminal.

 

New Orleans has toyed with this idea for a long time.  Connecting New Orleans with Baton Rouge by a new rail passenger train would take it right past the New Orleans airport.

However, it has been talked about since the 1980s.  Last year, there was another push for this train, but I have no idea if they are any closer to doing this than at any other time.

Edit:  I should add that the train would originate at the Amtrak station in NO.  Right now the City of New Orleans train does pass by the airport, if I remember right.  There are no stops near the airport.

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Friday, November 8, 2019 10:30 AM

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there is very little use for any dedicated light-rail system built and run at 'public' expense to reach an airport, and severe constraints imposed on a service that would do so with heavy rail or a dedicated HSR service.  

HSR, local services by S Bahn and regional services currently work very well at Frankfurt and Düsseldorf now; soon in Stuttgart and the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport.

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one of my transportation-program classes in college

Would that have been ORF 467:Transportation Systems Analysis? It sounds very good from the catalogue description.

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, November 8, 2019 9:29 AM

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A major deficiency on both services is the lack of dedicated areas for luggage.

You would not believe the shot-rabbit looks I got when I brought this point up in discussions in Memphis.  It's well recognized even in bus design for terminal shuttles.  And it's not just the dedicated pickup areas, it's security in those areas, access to them without discommoding other passengers, and getting the luggage reliably on and off.

In my opinion, and in my experience so far, you usually can't mix mass-transit access by passengers with access by terminal workers.  That's compounded by the inability of most light-rail systems to accommodate 'two-speed' operation coherently if at all.  

I have thought for a very long time that a cost-effective version of guided BRT and the usual considerations GM touted for diesel buses as early as the 1950s are almost always the 'best' prospective solution for regional access to airline terminals.  In fact, wrote this up as a paper for one of my transportation-program classes in college, thinly disguised as a "PRT" solution.

With the advent of two prospective technologies (mainstream autonomous operation and plug-in BRT practical for larger vehicles) there is very little use for any dedicated light-rail system built and run at 'public' expense to reach an airport, and severe constraints imposed on a service that would do so with heavy rail or a dedicated HSR service.  Of course, you would need to solve the issue of accelerated wear and spalling on the guideway surfaces -- perhaps it's a European selective-attention thing and there are easy self-leveling solutions like the ones I can think of for it.

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Friday, November 8, 2019 8:56 AM

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Another European airport will be getting a HSR connection (German).  That as the US contines todrag its feet.

https://www.railwaygazette.com/infrastructure/stuttgart-airport-rail-connection-contract-awarded/55071.article 

 

Very true. AFAIK, no US airport has a direct connection to Amtrak. Mitchell in Milwaukee comes pretty close, but not at the terminal.

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Posted by JPS1 on Friday, November 8, 2019 8:24 AM

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 Another European airport will be getting a HSR connection (German).  That as the US contines todrag its feet. 

Houstonians just passed a significant mobility bond issue.  Included in the package is a provision to extend the light rail system to Hobby Airport. 
 
DART and the “T” have light rail trains that run from Dallas and Fort Worth to DFW International Airport.  Most of the people that ride them appear to be airport workers or passengers bound for intermediate stations.  A major deficiency on both services is the lack of dedicated areas for luggage.
 
Austin hopes to extend its commuter rail line to Bergstrom International Airport, but at this point the money to do so is not on the horizon.  Some authorities believe that extending Austin’s Rapid Bus service to the airport would be more cost effective than a rail line.
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:45 PM

Another European airport will be getting a HSR connection (German).  That as the US contines todrag its feet.

https://www.railwaygazette.com/infrastructure/stuttgart-airport-rail-connection-contract-awarded/55071.article 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:39 PM

10 Japan HSR train sets will be scrapped due to unrecoverable damages that would make their safety be in question.  2 JR west trains and 8  JR east train sets. New E-7 Trains scheduled to be delivered in 2nd Q 2020 will fill into present service holes.  Older E-4 equipment that had been scheduled to retire will now stay in service until additional new equipment is ordered and finally delivered.

https://www.railjournal.com/fleet/flood-damaged-hokuriku-shinkansen-trains-to-be-scrapped/ 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, November 4, 2019 7:46 PM

UK Victoria line increasing capacity.  Extended times of 100 second headways.  No mention if longer trains possible ?

https://www.railwaygazette.com/uk/longer-peaks-increase-victoria-line-capacity/54973.article

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:31 PM

China is testing 14 HSR lines that are scheduled to open by the end of the year.  Unfortunately the total Km ( mileage ) is not listed.  If even 12 lines make the end of the year mark that is going to be a very significant accomplishment.

https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/high-speed/testing-underway-as-china-prepares-to-open-14-high-speed-lines/

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, October 20, 2019 2:23 AM

JR east may have to scrap 120 train cars.  Cannot use JR west trains due to the non compatible of the 50 Hz trains not being able to work on 60 Hz.  That seems a shame that they were built that way ?

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/17/national/jr-east-may-scrap-120-flooded-shinkansen-cars/?fbclid=IwAR0QJUshM-HqpvJa1f1xGrTadi5e_OKpa4iy0nKe2ypasKzsjN5IFRQpzKI#.XawKNm5Fycw

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, October 18, 2019 7:10 PM

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Night jet overnight trafic up 10%.  Could this be a harbinger of what may happen in the US ?  

https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/main-line/nightjet-passenger-traffic-up-10-says-obbs-ceo/ 

 

Nightjet is now trying to get some intermittent rail cars for their service until Siemens cars are delivered.

https://www.railjournal.com/fleet/austrian-federal-railways-to-hire-sleeping-cars/ 

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Posted by Miningman on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 12:38 AM

Well that is encouraging ... wouldn't that be something, always thought it made great sense. 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:15 PM

Night jet overnight trafic up 10%.  Could this be a harbinger of what may happen in the US ?  

https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/main-line/nightjet-passenger-traffic-up-10-says-obbs-ceo/ 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:32 PM

Damage to number of train sets now listed as 21.  As well lines are blocked and substituting with bus not available due to roads being seriosly damaged.

https://www.railwaygazette.com/high-speed/typhoon-breaches-hokuriku-shinkansen-and-chuo-main-line/54837.article 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, October 14, 2019 9:09 PM

Japan typhoon flood damage on 10  = 12 car HSR trains.  Water up to the roofs. Shades on NJT as Japan east stored trains in a low lying yard that flooded when river bank broke.  May take a year + to rehab train sets but will have to wait.

https://www.railjournal.com/regions/asia/typhoon-hagibis-causes-major-rail-disruption-in-japan/  

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, October 14, 2019 8:58 PM

European rail travel up especially over night trains.  When the downturn of over night trains that ppreviously occurred was the specific equipment retired and scrapped ?

https://www.railwaygazette.com/passenger/travel-industry-confirms-rail-renaissance-in-europe/54828.article 

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Posted by MidlandMike on Friday, October 11, 2019 10:16 PM

Washington Post article says waves to 40 feet (13 Meters), but storm surge only to 8 feet.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, October 11, 2019 8:44 PM

Typhoon hagibis is taking a bead on Tokyo with a storm surge of up to 13 meters in tokyo bay which is a circular bay.  CAT 4  with 130 MPH winds not close to CAT 5.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/world/asia/typhoon-japan.html 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/10/11/super-typhoon-hagibis-moves-ominously-towards-tokyo/ 

ost rransportation shut down including bullet trains.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191012_16/ 

Biggest in several decades !

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/backstories/710/ 
  

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, October 11, 2019 8:09 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, October 4, 2019 2:22 AM

Saudi 15 hr station fire shuts down HSR line thru Jeddah.  This statement may be subject to change as artilcle states trains not stopping at station ?

https://www.railjournal.com/regions/middle-east/haramain-hs-services-suspended-for-one-month-following-jeddah-fire/

 

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Posted by 54light15 on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:34 PM

 Germany and France are both raising the taxes on short-haul flights to encourage an increase in rail travel. If only aviation fuel in Europe (which is untaxed from what I've heard) is taxed the way diesel fuel is. Maybe Greta Thunberg is having an impact. 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:32 AM

KLM airlines is replacing on flight with reserved seating on a Thalys effective March 2020

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, September 13, 2019 6:48 AM

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China has approved another HSR line.681 Km ( Approx 425 miles ) .  Price $19.8B US .  When will we ever learn here in the US ?

 

https://www.railjournal.com/regions/asia/china-approves-chongqing-kunming-high-speed-line/ 

 
Probably sometime after the collapse of democracy and the establishment of an authoritarian state.
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:37 PM

China has approved another HSR line.681 Km ( Approx 425 miles ) .  Price $19.8B US .  When will we ever learn here in the US ?

 

https://www.railjournal.com/regions/asia/china-approves-chongqing-kunming-high-speed-line/ 

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Posted by JPS1 on Friday, August 9, 2019 9:57 AM

daveklepper

Russia and South Africa have long-distance trains comparible to those in the USA.  Some are faster and some are slower. 

Where do Russia and South Africa stand in the comparisons? 

Meaningful country to country comparisons are difficult at best.  

What is the cost/benefit ratio for the U.S. to increase its standing in the speed contest? 

Who will pay for the upgrades necessary to move the country up the comparative speed ladder? 

What will be the return on the investment? 

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