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Posted by rdamon on Monday, June 12, 2023 12:16 PM

Driving Distance

Seattle -> San Diego = 1256 miles

Amsterdam -> Madrid = 1110 Miles

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, June 12, 2023 1:13 PM

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Plus, you know, the part where the lower 48 is 206 times the size of Switzerland.

Well, they said there were still 45 'ungated crossings' significant enough to require those things, so to scale to USA practice...

45 x 206 = 9,270.

I don't have time to find the current stats on 'unprotected crossings' with similar traffic counts or other critical characteristics; someone should find and provide them here.

I remain of the opinion that a great deal of the money actually 'spent' on crossing protection needs to go into longer-term effective deterrence of that 'intentionally and wilfully ignoring signals' behavior.  Where that is practicable.  I'm also of the opinion that effective methods of communicating the proximity of a train to an otherwise-unguarded crossing is a big part of what's required -- and that can be done practically at far lower cost than heavy bollards with standardized Holley Rudd lights on them, even if the latter operate on low-maintenance renewable energy.

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, June 12, 2023 1:38 PM

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Amsterdam -> Madrid = 1110 Miles

I only get 179 miles.  Wait - that's Amsterdam, NY to Madrid, NY...  ;-)

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 11:50 AM

Crimea bridge hit

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/photo-shows-crimea-bridge-damage-as-strike-deals-blow-to-russian-logistics/ar-AA1eCUNC?ocid=cf-launch

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 8:55 AM

A troubling news for Ukrain if true.  Russia trying to bypass Crieman bridge

Russians build rail links to Mariupol, Volnovakha and Donetsk (msn.com)

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Posted by kgbw49 on Sunday, October 1, 2023 6:34 AM

The high price of oil and natural gas is fueling their war. These rail lines will cost billions and the ruble is not the world's reserve currency so they can't just print money. So oil and natural gas at high prices gives them a steady flow of revenue for their imperial initiatives. The law of supply and demand takes over. Cut world oil supply by 4%-5%, which has happened, and the price per barrel doubles.

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Posted by JayBee on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 12:29 PM

The Russians have problems taking advantage of the higher prices. First sales of refined products have fallen and now Putin has banned such sales. Second they cannot sell most of the Natural Gas they were producing. They haven't had facilities to convert pipeline gas to LNG, because they didn't need them before the EU banned most of their members from buying Russian Natural Gas. Only a small fraction of Russian gas is pipelined to China. Also reported to be happening is that China and India liked the cheaper Russian oil and are resisting paying the world price for gas and when they do buy, it is with their own currency which Russia is having trouble exchanging for US Dollars, as that is what the people who have what Russia needs to buy for their "Special Military Operation", specifically microchips and the like. They also are having to pay inflated prices for such items as the smugglers know that Russia is desperate and in a poor bargaining position. 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 5:37 PM

hard to veerify this report.  Russian ground to air defense system hit by  freight train.

A Russian air-defense system got wrecked after it fell off a bridge into the path of a moving train, report says (msn.com)

 

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Posted by kgbw49 on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 6:47 PM

Well, it intercepted something, I guess.

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Posted by Backshop on Thursday, October 5, 2023 2:26 AM

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A troubling news for Ukrain if true.  Russia trying to bypass Crieman bridge

Russians build rail links to Mariupol, Volnovakha and Donetsk (msn.com)

 

They are actually just relocating rail lines that are already there to keep them out of range of Ukrainian artillery.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, December 1, 2023 9:36 AM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, December 1, 2023 1:07 PM

follow up.  It happened in Siberia a long way from Ukraine. May cause Russia to expend many resources thruout Russia?

Ukrainian special forces ‘bomb two Russian trains on Siberian railway’ (msn.com) 

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Posted by NittanyLion on Friday, December 1, 2023 2:34 PM

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I remain of the opinion that a great deal of the money actually 'spent' on crossing protection needs to go into longer-term effective deterrence of that 'intentionally and wilfully ignoring signals' behavior.  Where that is practicable. 

Shortly after I made that remark, I spent 10 days in Switzerland.  I noticed three things about grade crossings.

1) Quad gates were very common, but not in rural areas.  The arms themselves were kinda wimpy looking, compared to North American ones.  There were also fewer lights arranged in a different, but not too different, pattern.  Some examples:

https://maps.app.goo.gl/eBhkc7nFN2cf36B38 This is a common rural one.  You only get two lights, with none on the opposite side like you do at the most basic signaled crossing in the US.  

https://maps.app.goo.gl/s2TKJyNBZj7eFcXh6 This is a common quad gate non-rural one. You get four lights, but no lights on the opposite side of the track.

https://maps.app.goo.gl/LNzwV4tSA2Heujkq9 As you can see here, they blink the same way though.

2) The lights activate way earlier.  I didn't time any of them that I witnessed, but it seemed substantially longer a wait period for the train than in the US.

3) The engineers also have a grade crossing signal.  There's a signal pointing at the approaching train that indicates the protection is active and that the train can proceed.

All of that said, the Swiss attitude of rule following and compliance is pervasive and all encompassing. They could put up a single sign that lights up TRAIN and that would get the job done over there.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, January 8, 2024 6:26 AM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, January 12, 2024 10:50 PM

Pannama canal RR getting more business.  Maersk is bypassing canal because canal is limiting numver of lifts due to drought.

Maersk to Bypass Panama Canal Via ‘Land Bridge' (msn.com)

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Posted by JayBee on Saturday, January 13, 2024 7:28 PM

Only the Maersk service between the US East Coast and Australia/New Zealand is using the PCRC, at least so far.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, January 13, 2024 8:16 PM

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Only the Maersk service between the US East Coast and Australia/New Zealand is using the PCRC, at least so far.

Maersk is stopping transit of the Suez account what is happening in the Red Sea with Houthis et.al.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, February 12, 2024 11:29 AM

Russia using freight cars for a military barrier line.

Russia Building 20-Mile-Long 'Tsar Train' Barrier in Eastern Ukraine: ISW (msn.com)

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