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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:34 PM

1.  Australia Rio Tino  --   has let contract to double track 80 Km of track from Western Junction to Cape Lambert on the Deepdale route.  Completion date is expected to be Feb  2012 which includes building a 200 person RR construction camp.  Why can't that completion speed be done in this country?

This is part of a US 17B project to increase capacity from 80M tonnes to 185M tonnes,  2014 completion of port capacity as well.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, September 18, 2011 9:09 PM

2.  Australia   ---  UGL supply will provide 7  C44ACi s to a resource company in NSW. UGL also will supply 13 GE ECO locomotives for Pilbara Iron Ore operation of Rio Tinto. RT total locos will be 150 UGL and GE locos. 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, October 31, 2011 4:50 AM

3. Poland - UK:  DBS announces new once a week freight service between Wroclaw Poland and Barking freight liner terminal UK (using HS1 in UK). Service to start about Nov 8 ?  Due to my lack of understanding of the terminology it may be that this service is some kind of modified double stack operation? If so would be a first for UK. and maybe for this many countries in EU?  Anyone with more info? 

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Posted by beaulieu on Monday, October 31, 2011 12:47 PM

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3. Poland - UK:  DBS announces new once a week freight service between Wroclaw Poland and Barking freight liner terminal UK (using HS1 in UK). Service to start about Nov 8 ?  Due to my lack of understanding of the terminology it may be that this service is some kind of modified double stack operation? If so would be a first for UK. and maybe for this many countries in EU?  Anyone with more info? 

No, nothing like doublestacked containers. A more apt comparison would be like going from old Plate "B" boxcars to modern "Exceeds Plate C" dimensions. The UK is cursed by being first with extremely tight clearances, which are being enlarged with painful slowness, and at large expense. HS1 is the highspeed line from the Channel Tunnel to London. This line was built with Continental clearances which allow larger freight cars, but not nearly doublestacks. Barking is on the north side of the Thames River in the now Suburban part of London.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, October 31, 2011 7:57 PM

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3. Poland - UK:  DBS announces new once a week freight service between Wroclaw Poland and Barking freight liner terminal UK (using HS1 in UK). Service to start about Nov 8 ?  Due to my lack of understanding of the terminology it may be that this service is some kind of modified double stack operation? If so would be a first for UK. and maybe for this many countries in EU?  Anyone with more info? 

 

No, nothing like doublestacked containers. A more apt comparison would be like going from old Plate "B" boxcars to modern "Exceeds Plate C" dimensions. The UK is cursed by being first with extremely tight clearances, which are being enlarged with painful slowness, and at large expense. HS1 is the highspeed line from the Channel Tunnel to London. This line was built with Continental clearances which allow larger freight cars, but not nearly doublestacks. Barking is on the north side of the Thames River in the now Suburban part of London.

Beaulieu:  Containers being carried are  "European-sized curtain - sided swap bodies " ( whew ). Listed height of 3 Meters inside. Two stacked together 6 Meters ? that would be about 19'2" ? That certaiinly is close to US double stacks in well cars? Wonder what European well car bottoms above rail are ?  All in all is it confusing ?  What are the heights of international containers and US domestic containers?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, October 31, 2011 8:12 PM

4. UK Virgin west coast   --  Operational authority extended 8 months to Dec 8, 2012.  Believe that is a bridge authority to permit continuity to new operational authority starting Dec 8, 2012.  Stats look good. Carried 14M passenger in 2004 and 30M this year ( no definition of this year ).  Is adding 106 new carriages for a 40% increase in capacity. That will add 28,000 seats ( all coach ) per day or more than 10M per year.

Guess that would make Amtrak envious?

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Posted by beaulieu on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 1:51 PM

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Beaulieu:  Containers being carried are  "European-sized curtain - sided swap bodies " ( whew ). Listed height of 3 Meters inside. Two stacked together 6 Meters ? that would be about 19'2" ? That certaiinly is close to US double stacks in well cars? Wonder what European well car bottoms above rail are ?  All in all is it confusing ?  What are the heights of international containers and US domestic containers?

No, they aren't being stacked. Just a single level. On most British lines the only way to handle a "Continental sized Swapbody was in a well car. On HS1 they can be carried on a more common flat car, that is a big advantage. The only place in Europe where you could operate doublestacks is in the Netherlands on the Havenlijn (Port Line) and the Betuwe Route. But until the Germans decide to follow suit, the first bridge you encounter in Germany will stop you ( a little over 2km into Germany).

Containers are 9' 6" high (most common size).

BTW you can't stack a Swapbody, they aren't structurally strong enough, even if you have the clearance.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, December 9, 2011 8:56 AM

5. Australia  --  Freight line thru Sydney is approved to speed up freight on line used for passenger service.

http://www.railwaygazette.com/nc/news/single-view/view/northern-sydney-freight-upgrade-agreed.html

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Posted by beaulieu on Friday, December 9, 2011 11:51 PM

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Beaulieu:  Containers being carried are  "European-sized curtain - sided swap bodies " ( whew ). Listed height of 3 Meters inside. Two stacked together 6 Meters ? that would be about 19'2" ? That certaiinly is close to US double stacks in well cars? Wonder what European well car bottoms above rail are ?  All in all is it confusing ?  What are the heights of international containers and US domestic containers?

Clarification, what is being stacked are two Europallets within the Swapbodies, not two swapbodies.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:45 AM

6.  Spain  -  UK:   A new 50 Hr transit tiime weekly container service from Valencia Spain -- Barking Essex UK.  has started carrying fruit and vegetables.  These are 45 ft refrigerated containers sattelite monitored.  Service is expected to rise to 5 weekly services as product is available in Spain.  Guess this another result of the standard guaging of trackage in Spain.

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Posted by beaulieu on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 10:07 AM

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6.  Spain  -  UK:   A new 50 Hr transit tiime weekly container service from Valencia Spain -- Barking Essex UK.  has started carrying fruit and vegetables.  These are 45 ft refrigerated containers sattelite monitored.  Service is expected to rise to 5 weekly services as product is available in Spain.  Guess this another result of the standard guaging of trackage in Spain.

Not yet this isn't. Standard gauge hasn't reached Valencia and won't for the time being. The containers are transferred to standard gauge cars at Port Bou.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, December 23, 2011 5:11 AM

7.  Australia -  Queensland  --   A connection between a previously isolated coal hauler and the rest of  QR  network has entered service under schedule and under cost.  This despite record flooding in the area.

 

http://www.railwaygazette.com/nc/news/single-view/view/queenslands-northern-missing-link-coal-railway-opens.html

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:24 PM

8. Switzerland  --  last 10 of unprotected RR crossings will have protection installed by end of 2014.  Now why cannot the US do the same?

http://www.railwaygazette.com/nc/news/single-view/view/low-cost-level-crossing-warning-system.html

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, March 9, 2012 10:52 PM

7. UK  ---  Work on clearances from Southhampton  (  Chunnel portal  )  to Basingstoke will continue with the start of construction Mar 31 at Romsey.  A 90 day replacement of a low bridge is scheduled by Network rail. This is the last major impedimenet although at the same time 17 bridges will be demolished and rebuilt. 3 just modified and 2 reduntant removed. 11 track alterations also planned and station canopies work at 3 stations.

When ccompleted sometime this summer will allow single level full 9'6" containers to run on rails.

All this work in a very narrow window.

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Posted by beaulieu on Friday, March 9, 2012 10:59 PM

Southhampton is the second largest container port in the UK, it is not at the Channel Tunnel, that is Dollands Moor.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, July 2, 2012 1:11 PM

8 - INDIA .  Reported in monday's WSJ.  Severe electric shortage in India due to national producer ( coal India ) not able to mine enough coal. 

Then due to a lack of coal wagons  ( coal cars ) not enough coal can be imported to idle power plants that do not have any coal on site. also some plants only have enough coal to run just some boilers.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, July 5, 2012 9:24 PM

9. SWITZERLAND / ITALY -- Gotthard tunnel reopened July 02, 2012

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Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, December 31, 2015 8:04 AM

Ah, yes; the Aussies also emphasize great danger--note that "ACID" is written with all capital letters.

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Posted by petitnj on Thursday, December 31, 2015 9:35 AM

Looks to be flooding that washed out the bridge. Shouldn't they have been running restricted in view of the weather? 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, January 22, 2016 4:27 AM

Gotthard base tunnel freight tests begin.  Short item also mentions carrying lorrys on cars.

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/infrastructure/single-view/view/gotthard-base-tunnel-freight-tests-begin.html

 

 

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 12:36 PM

   New Silk Road.   China opens freight traffic to Tehran, Iran:

http://english.cntv.cn/2016/02/16/VIDECx2DTRP1XB543vYtoQwG160216.shtml

   The site has been very sluggish lately, so be patient.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:36 AM

The UK which appears to have the tighest loading guage of any European country. It is going to expand at least one route.  Article does not define what the new loading guage will be ?.  However it appears that the line will accomodate single containers on TOFC cars instead of well cars ?

https://www.railjournal.com/infrastructure/network-rail-to-increase-loading-gauge-on-doncaster-immingham-line/

 

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Posted by beaulieu on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:47 PM

W10 is the British loading gauge that accommodates transporting standard 9'6" high maritime containers on standard flatcars. On this map the routes shown in Green and now also the routes shown in Blue are cleared to the W10 loading gauge. 

W10 loading gauge map

Immingham is located on the East Coast of England east of Doncaster and a little north of Grimsby on the map. It is a refining center and a busy bulk freight port, but very little containers until recently.

The map also shows the main inland container terminals. Lines shown in Yellow are proposed to have clearances raised but funding has not been authorized yet.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, November 16, 2018 9:10 PM

India RR has opened first section of its planned freight only route that will allow double stacks.  Electrification is being installed presently and will be operational later requiring temporary diesel operation.  Note quality of track work.  Certainly looks better than the NEC !  Work is  Split in 2 sections 1 - 1500+ Km and other 1800 + Km.   total of 2000 + miles

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/infrastructure/single-view/view/dedicated-freight-corridors-to-open-in-stages.html 

Construction started February 2009 - finish 2020.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 4:58 PM

Rio Tinto completes automation of trains.  Any bets how long that will last ?

https://www.railjournal.com/freight/rio-tinto-completes-automation-of-pilbara-rail-network/ 

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Posted by Miningman on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 7:03 PM

Until the ore runs out.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, January 4, 2019 10:13 PM

China opens a new freight route dedicated to coal traffic.  Due to China's lack of information no indication if route iwll have passenger trains as well.ee

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/news/asia/single-view/view/xinjiang-coal-railway-inaugurated.html 

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, May 3, 2019 8:26 PM

Australia fnially re opens Mount Isa line.  Partial Passenger service begins May 11th

https://www.railjournal.com/regions/australia-nz/queensland-reopens-mount-isa-line-after-flood-damage-repairs/ 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:21 PM

Opening a 272 Km line May 31 China has continued its expansion toward Batku at Kazakhstan border. This line will operate in a  high wind area.  Freight and 3 passenger round trips a day.

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/news/asia/single-view/view/karamay-tacheng-railway-opens.html

 

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