Some Israeli News

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Monday, January 20, 2020 8:41 PM

The link worked and led me to an informative and safe article which claimed the German pilot's propeller-driven railcard reached a speed of 100 mph in a line where the steam locomotive trains ran at 30 mph.  Draw your own conclusions. 

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 2:57 AM

I think in truth it was 100Kmp, but exaggeration is permitted.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, January 24, 2020 9:31 PM

DAVE:  Interesting article about increase in passengers riding the a1 line.  

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:01 AM
Jan 24, 2020
Written byJeremaya Goldberg

TRAFFIC increased by 76% in the first month of operating a through service on Israel’s A1 link between Jerusalem Navon and Tel Aviv Hahagana, without passengers having to change trains at Ben Gurion Airport.

A push-pull electric heads away from Jerusalem on the A1 Link to Tel Aviv.

The number of monthly passengers jumped from 224,000 on December 20 2019 to 395,000 on January 21.

Israel Railways (IR) is currently operating 30 trains per day per direction on the A1 link. The journey time from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv with one intermediate stop at Ben Gurion Airport is 32 minutes, and 34 minutes in the opposite direction. This is slightly longer the originally planned time of 28 minutes.

IR is accelerating electrification works in Tel Aviv in order to reach Tel Aviv Hashalom, Tel Aviv Savidor/Central, and later Tel Aviv University and Hertzliya stations.

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 9:28 AM

The Tr. &Tr. Society of Israel A::- The historical Haifa–Dera'a line was built at the beginning of the 20th century and connected the Port of Haifa with the main part of the Hejaz railway, the Damascus–Medina line. Like the entire Hejaz railway, it was a 1,050 mm narrow gauge line. The last stop of the Haifa–Dera'a line within the Mandate Palestine borders was at al-Hamma, today Hamat Gader. Planning and construction took four years. The railway was inaugurated on October 15, 1905, and regular services operated on it until 1948.

B::- Pinches Ruttenberg - a Russian Jew got permission to build a hydro-electric complex on the Yarmuk river- near the Jordan river to make electricity = 60 mega watt -with three generators. It worked for 12 years. It provided electricity for Haifa and the North. King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan was very keen on this project.

he Yarmuk river -from Jordan. Note the 1905 stone bridge of the Valle

he Yarmuk River - after the recent rains in the North -in full flood. Most of the stones in this area are basalt rock -  A very hard rock- but it cracks - naturally-  in extreme hot or cold temperatures.


Old rail-cars of the 1905- 1948 valley railway - that brought stuff from Haifa (and Acco) ports.







the British border post- between West Palestine and TransJordan.  A customs Station.

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Posted by 54light15 on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 4:14 PM

 a propellor driven railcar? Do you mean this one? 

In Nashville, Tennesee is the Lane Motor Musuem, a collection of mostly unusual automobiles. Tiny cars, 3 wheeled cars, you name it. He has several propellor driven cars. One was at a show in Michigan a few years ago. A two-seater built in the 1920s with a modern engine driving the prop. The prop is on the front of the car and is surrounded by a wooden ring. That's all. No other protection and that thing is licensed and legal to drive! 

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 11:55 AM

Previous post a later and more professional version of the same idea.

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, February 6, 2020 5:30 AM
Egged provided every ten-minutes bus service Jerusalem to both the TA Central Bus Station, a two-block walk from the Railway TA Hagana Station, and to the Arlozoroff Terminal, right at the TA Central Railway Station.
The first mentioned bus service is now every 15 minutes rush hours and every 20 midday.
From south to north, the four Tel Aviv stations are Hagana, Shalom, Central ("Merkaz") and North-Tel-Aviv-Tel-Aviv-University.  All routes seving TA have access to all four stations, but not all trains serve all four.  Still, service between them is frequent enough to regard it as rapid-transit for local travel.
Arlozoroff bus service remains every 10 minutes, expected to also to be reduced when electric trains run through, not requiring a change at Hagana.
The value of a one-seat ride is proven.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, February 10, 2020 10:40 PM

Indormation rom: Steve Sattler <>

Subject: His lost wallet returned

A visitor from Australia.

A Visitor  to Israel was saved by the vigilance of the
shift manager at the train station in Netanya.

At the train station in Netanyan, an Israeli resident of Australia lost his wallet

with ten thousand shekels in notes euros, Australian dollars and
Israeli shekels during his  visit.

The Shift manager at the station located the wallet and returned it to the
shocked Passenger.

The Netanya station staff serve every month hundreds of thousands of
passengers, and it is common that  lost items are handed in to the station

Even so, this event was unusual.

 A few days ago -tourist-  Daniel Ovadia, an Israeli resident of Australia,
who came to visit his family in Israel, was at the Netanya train station,
and when -later- he arrived at his  destination, -the Shalom station in
Tel Aviv,  he discovered to his horror that his wallet, containing nearly ten
thousand shekels in notes euros, Australian dollars and shekels, credit
cards and important documents, was  lost.

At the same time, Israeli-born-*Charlie* Biton, shift manager at
Netanya, who was on a routine patrol on the platform, found the lost
wallet, and was shocked to find this much  money in it.
He immediately notified all teams,  trains and stations nationwide about
the find.

After about an hour, Daniel, - now is a serious panic -  made concrete
efforts to locate his loss by every means at his disposal, and he contacted
the Shalom station office with his enquiry.  It took two minutes for the
staff to notify him that his wallet had been found - with the money.

After verifying and the authentication process, Daniel, returned to the
Netanya station , where Station master  *Charlie* Biton, was waiting for
him - with the wallet.

Daniel, who was very excited that his property had been
found, Said  "After years when I lived in Australia, I am in the
process of returning  to Israel as a returning resident. The honest  deed
of station-master Charlie and his  railway workers; I will now
return, thanks to the integrity and the good people we have in this

Charlie Biton, added:- "We are confronted - daily with many lost
articles, and treat every loss, big or small, as valuable, since we don't
not know what it means for the traveler. The moment  I saw the amount of
money - I knew we had a serious mission on our hands.*

I'm glad I could help Daniel and save his visit in Israel

In principle - if any passenger loses any item on the train or the
stations - he should turn to the station office - and ask. We will do what
we can to return that item to the passenger.*

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, March 8, 2020 11:30 AM
 Sun, 8 Mar 2020>
The train passengers were surprised to find that the train staff and the station which provided them with service consisted entirely of women * 
      Passengers on the train to the first Rishon LeTzion  station were in for a  a special surprise last Thursday when they discovered that the staff that provided them with service at the train and at the Lod station, which is the train's departure station, consisted entirely of women - the locomotive driver, Tatiana Solomnik; train inspector Dana  Kalki; Dray: the security guard, Ortal Getta, and Mittal Dadia, the cashier of the station. 
Tatiana, said......"As a locomotive driver, I drive tens of thousands of people every day, who trust me to bring them safely and comfortably, it's a great responsibility that brings tremendous satisfaction,"  "Locomotive driving requires concentration and emphasis on detail, strengths that characterize women. Women will apply for Train drivering. "
Dana Malki, railway inspector says: "When I started working as a passenger train inspector who saw me was very surprised and now the reactions are no longer showing, but very satisfying. The inspector's work is not just ticket testing, but driving and maintaining passenger safety. It is not an easy job that requires effort Physically and mentally, but it is very satisfying and interesting. "
Sabine Dray, the shift manager at Lod Station was excited to be part of the team, and recalled her first role on the train, as a superintendent: "When I got on the train I was the first superintendent in the entire southern region, and this morning I was excited to see more and more women being taken on the train in operational and service roles." 
Ortal Getta, who was taken on a train security role after long service in the Army in operational roles, said: "As a security guard, I am a first-in-class passenger service squad, and I am still excited to serve soldiers and soldiers along with all train passengers." 
At present, three drivers work on Israel Railways, with one of them advancing to the role of driver instructor, who trains dozens of new locomotive drivers and six inspectors each year, alongside dozens of women in service and security positions at various stations and locations. 
The train notes that although more women have been absorbed in recent years, "we have set ourselves the goal of increasing the inclusion of women in operational and service roles, calling on women to apply for a variety of positions that open each year on the train."
For more information, spokeswoman for Israel Railways
I have translated this from the hebrew,
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Posted by Backshop on Sunday, March 8, 2020 3:42 PM

What will women be capable of next.  Maybe they can be an astronaut or be the leader of a large country...

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:43 PM

From IRJ a few cancellations



Israel Railways has withdrawn passenger services on the following routes: Rishon Le-Zion Harishonim – Lod, Beit-Shemesh – Jerusalem Malkha, and Dimona – Beer-Sheva North/University. This was after 34 train crew were put into isolation after helping passengers who were infected by the coronavirus.


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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, April 6, 2020 7:37 AM
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Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 11:14 AM
Dear all, 
a notice from the Isreal railway spokesman......
    ......Israel Railways Spokesperson
History has been made.... The  High-speed railway from Jerusalem now comes to the Shalom & the Savidor stations in Tel Aviv * The electrified line has been extended.
The train-system builders  are  continuing their  acceleration of infrastructure projects due to the current period which has halted rail traffic due to the epidemic.
After the recently completed construction of the electrification infrastructure structures at the  Savidor station, carried out this morning (Sunday); a  successful test-drive of a  fast electric train from the Haganah station to the Shalom & Savidor station was run..
Electrification of this section was planned to be completed in June '20, but the train-company & The  Sami Spanish company very activity accelerated electrification & infrastructure ahead by 2 months. In the coming weeks more tests & special  train trips, will be running with passengers .
The test drive is intended to carry out a preliminary examination of the electrical infrastructure and finding gaps in preparation for commercial operation of the line. So passengers can enjoy direct drive, with no changes  between Jerusalem & Tel Aviv Savidor .
CEO "To train Michael (Micha) Miiksnr * "Said the completion of the electrification & operation of high-speed line between Jerusalem & Tel Aviv Savidor is a significant public step for  passengers, who will benefit from the expansion of the service stations to Shalom & Savidor, which enjoy high connectivity all over Gush Dan .
Unfortunately, this achievement comes at a in time / this plague & has  closed, many services ....but we're working hard towards better days, and make public rail service ensures quality . "
Miiksnr added "This is an important achievement for the national project electrification of the rail network, which comes after great efforts & labor intensive & electrification of railway contractor in cooperation with gov. representatives .
This achievement demonstrates the necessity of accelerating the electrification outline drafted with the contractor electrification, sponsored by the state & representatives of the M/ Transport & Finance. Especially on days when the possible acceleration of the project & rail transport & transportation system in Israel into a  more advanced age .
Translated by Steve 

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