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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 09, 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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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, August 09, 2019 9:47 AM

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

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Posted by JPS1 on Friday, August 09, 2019 8:59 AM

JOHN PRIVARA
 blue streak 1 China is now #1 in high speed trains. 

Based on the fastest regular services, the top countries in the 2019 survey are China, Italy, France, Japan, Spain and Taiwan, all of which operate at least one train timetabled at an average of more than 250 km/h. Germany is ranked seventh, the UK 13th and the USA 19th.

We may be 19th, but we're better than, uh....   Oh yeah,  we've got the best slow-motion eagles in the world.  

With the possible exception of China, the other countries don't have long-distance trains comparable to those in the U.S.  Amtrak's long-distance trains account for 70 to 75 percent of the company's mileage.  They are relatively slow.

What would be the position of the U.S. if the long-distance trains were removed from the comparison?

Amtrak is the predominate commercial carrier between New York and Washington.  It also has a significant portion of the New York to Boston commercial market.  

What would be the cost/benefit ratio for increasing the speeds between New York and Washington so that Amtrak's NEC would place in the top five of the countries for speed comparisons?  

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, August 08, 2019 10:50 PM

blue streak 1
Want to run a coast to coast excursion train across Africa?  It only takes better than 2 years to get permits and 2 weeks to run the train.  It is a first !

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/news/africa/single-view/view/coast-to-coast-cruise-train-crosses-africa.html  

And at only $12.8K US - only a little over $900 a day

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, August 08, 2019 9:26 PM

Want to run a coast to coast excursion train across Africa?  It only takes better than 2 years to get permits and 2 weeks to run the train.  It is a first !

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/news/africa/single-view/view/coast-to-coast-cruise-train-crosses-africa.html  

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Posted by JOHN PRIVARA on Friday, August 02, 2019 7:59 PM

blue streak 1

China is now #1 in high speed trains.

 

 

Based on the fastest regular services, the top countries in the 2019 survey are China, Italy, France, Japan, Spain and Taiwan, all of which operate at least one train timetabled at an average of more than 250 km/h. Germany is ranked seventh, the UK 13th and the USA 19th.

We may be 19th, but we're better than, uh....   Oh yeah,  we've got the best slow-motion eagles in the world.  

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, August 02, 2019 5:02 AM

The French SNCF is having to order more TGVs due to surging ridership.  This means older equippment set for retirement will have to be maintained for an indefinite extension

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/ridership-surge-prompts-sncf-to-order-more-tgvs.html

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:54 AM

700 passengers rescued from IR railways train near Mumbia. India.  Train got flooded frrom moonsoon initiated flood.

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Posted by ORNHOO on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 1:46 AM

For something completely different, how about a full size DMU converted to run entirely on solar energy:

https://jalopnik.com/this-delightful-solar-powered-train-is-the-pinnacle-of-1834284676 (in OZ, of course).

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, July 01, 2019 10:00 PM

Overmod
Jones1945
World's fastest bullet train with a 72ft nose is unveiled in Japan  

It's as if, in a Chuck Jones cartoon parody of Star Wars, Wile E. Coyote's bumbling Sith apprentice was an opossum.

With Augie Doggie's Doggie Daddy's nose.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, July 01, 2019 9:42 PM
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Posted by Jones1945 on Friday, May 31, 2019 8:29 AM

Overmod

It's as if, in a Chuck Jones cartoon parody of Star Wars, Wile E. Coyote's bumbling Sith apprentice was an opossum.

With Augie Doggie's Doggie Daddy's nose.

I think Augie Doggie was cute! I bet you never heard about Moomin in "The Moomins."

Anyway, I think that "World's fastest bullet train of Japan" is another case of given up esthetics in favor of engineering...

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:19 PM

Jones1945
World's fastest bullet train with a 72ft nose is unveiled in Japan 

It's as if, in a Chuck Jones cartoon parody of Star Wars, Wile E. Coyote's bumbling Sith apprentice was an opossum.

With Augie Doggie's Doggie Daddy's nose.

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Posted by JOHN PRIVARA on Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:03 PM
Re:  Hey  USA what would 
Don’t forget, you can’t compare any other country to the US because we are so unique.
1)  We’re the best.
2)  The eastern part of the US is only as densely populated as France and Spain, so HSR would never work due to our spare density.
3)  The US enjoys decimating its cities with freeways to ensure cars move fast enough to negate the need for HSR,  other countries don’t because they hate freedom.  
You can’t compare apples to orangutans when it comes to HSR.
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:22 AM

SNCF reports 14% growth on TGV network.  Soome from new service to Bordeaux region but overall still more growth.  Hey  USA what would happen if awe had some network in high density population areas such as NEC, CHI, LAX, SFO ?

https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/high-performance/sncf-reports-strong-high-speed-growth/?RAchannel=news 

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Posted by Jones1945 on Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:04 PM

World's fastest bullet train with a 72ft nose is unveiled in Japan 

https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/a27457041/japans-new-bullet-train-can-hit-224-mph/

The *operating speed of it would be 360kph(224mph) which is merely 10kph faster than China's CR400AF/BF operating speed. Since it is set to be put into service by 2030, let's see how China react to it. CoffeeSmile, Wink & Grin

Meanwhile, somewhere in China...... 

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:50 PM

Russian rail is significantly increasing its electrification.  Article does not specify how much traffic will go to electric operations ?

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/russian-railways-to-increase-electric-operation.html 

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:12 AM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, February 17, 2019 9:02 AM

Irish rail over crowded until probably 2023.  Looking to buy or lease rolling stock.

https://www.herald.ie/news/train-overcrowding-will-get-worse-before-new-carriages-arrive-37731053.html 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, February 17, 2019 8:36 AM

Russian Railroad is buy a few new coaches noted to replace some old ones.  Wonder where all the cars will go?

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/traction-rolling-stock/single-view/view/russian-railways-awards-long-term-coach-contract.html 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Saturday, January 12, 2019 6:44 AM

MidlandMike

There have been cases where diesels operating in electric territory have electric pick-ups for signal rasons.

 
Pacific Electric is the prime example of such an arrangement, with EMD and Baldwin switchers equipped with trolley poles to activate signals.
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Posted by MidlandMike on Friday, January 11, 2019 8:54 PM

There have been cases where diesels operating in electric territory have electric pick-ups for signal rasons.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:29 PM

UK has modified some EMUs to carry mail and express packages.  Not quite clear diesels have been added so they can run in non electrified territory.  Picture does seem to show 3rd rail pick up shoe ? So we have a dual mode EMU - Diesel ?

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/traction-rolling-stock/single-view/view/electro-diesel-multiple-units-ordered-for-postal-services.html

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, January 03, 2019 6:34 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 9:30 PM

Balt is correct.  Some items do not add up .  Note the attached link pictures.  TOFC trailers usually do not blow off and no picture shows any trailer off of a carrier.  However there is a wheel showing between tracks that came off one trailer.  Where did it come from ?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6546741/Several-people-killed-train-crash-bridge-linking-islands-Denmark.html 

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