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Posted by Ulrich on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 2:20 PM

Interesting indeed. The last paragraph of that article refers to the VIA rail Renaissance cars which are used throughout Eastern Canada.

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, January 6, 2023 8:53 PM

China announces total new rail mileage in 2022 .  Also 2000 + Km HSR  and plans 2500 + Km HSR in 2023 .

China opens 4100km of new railway - International Railway Journal (railjournal.com)

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, January 22, 2023 11:09 PM

Sydney . Au making large terminal underground.

Inside Sydney’s $63 Billion Super Train Hub (msn.com)

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, February 2, 2023 12:34 AM
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Posted by charlie hebdo on Thursday, February 2, 2023 2:31 PM

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To say "especially overnight" is not an accurate summary of new services.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, February 2, 2023 8:47 PM

UK  HSR progress on its longest tunnnel.

Two of HS2's longest tunnels at halfway point (msn.com)

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, February 4, 2023 12:06 PM

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EU pushing multi country trains especially overnight.

To say "especially overnight" is not an accurate summary of new services.

I think what he means is that the most valuable 'multicountry' trains will be those that take advantage of sleepers to permit longer overnight runs, when other traffic on the lines concerned would be at a relative minimum.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, February 4, 2023 2:37 PM

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EU pushing multi country trains especially overnight.

To say "especially overnight" is not an accurate summary of new services. 

I think what he means is that the most valuable 'multicountry' trains will be those that take advantage of sleepers to permit longer overnight runs, when other traffic on the lines concerned would be at a relative minimum.

Thought EU countries run most of their freight at night, so as not to delay passengers.

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Sunday, February 5, 2023 1:30 PM

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EU pushing multi country trains especially overnight.

To say "especially overnight" is not an accurate summary of new services. 

I think what he means is that the most valuable 'multicountry' trains will be those that take advantage of sleepers to permit longer overnight runs, when other traffic on the lines concerned would be at a relative minimum.

 

Thought EU countries run most of their freight at night, so as not to delay passengers.

 

True.  I'm not going to guess at what the OP intended his phrase to mean when the words are clear enough. 

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, February 5, 2023 4:32 PM

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True.  I'm not going to guess at what the OP intended his phrase to mean when the words are clear enough. 

I at least was thinking about utilizing high-speed ROWs for much of the 'new' service -- I was not aware there was significant "M&E" freight on most of those lines, although both the French and the British tried running dedicated trains 'overnight'.

Even for those lines with mixed passenger and heavier freight, my understanding was that European freight generally operated faster and more directly than North American, and that the long-distance sleeper service could be 'one-speed' run with relatively slower freight traffic during the period that sleepers would be inhabited (cf. the California Zephyr).  

I am of the opinion that a great many 'prospective' multicountry long-distance trains actually intended to compete with or 'stand in for' air traffic would involve careful overnight timing along the lines of trains like the Century, departing reasonably after a 'business day' with arrival at the start of the next.  What becomes 

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, February 18, 2023 4:07 PM

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, February 19, 2023 1:45 AM

Can understand why the persons living in the NW of Spain feeling very slighted,  Here we have Spain slowly working to have the Broad guage tracks reduced to standard guage to be compatible with Europe especially France, 

However, it appears that no effot to get at least 1 standard guage line into NW Spain is in the plans.  That alone does not allow for any thru train service to the standard & broad guage only cities.  As well no way for single train service to France which is desired by many residents on both side of the border ?

You would think Spain would have at least change the loading guage of one meter line's tunnels to allow standard guage trains.  As well, those renovations should have started when the standard guage decision was made.  How many tunnels involved with total number of feet / meters of tunnels ?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 7:47 AM
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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 10:20 AM

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Head on collision is as bad as it gets.  Total FAILURE within their system.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 9:25 PM

Another report.

Dozens dead after collision between passenger train and freight train in Greece | Watch (msn.com)

Some one in the know??  What is the normal direction of travel for trains?  Left hand or right hand ?  Or is this a  2 main track operation?.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, March 2, 2023 10:34 AM

Bew report.  67 dead and soe critical in hospital

Greek train crash: anger grows as government admits network problems | Greece | The Guardian

Am wondering about signaling.  Signaling appears to be manual blocks?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, March 4, 2023 4:43 PM

Another EU sleeper planned  Amsterdam to Barcelona..  Spring 2025.  Certainly seems to be an equipment availability or construction backup.

New Sleeper Train Will Connect Amsterdam and Barcelona | Smart News| Smithsonian Magazine

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, March 11, 2023 10:59 AM

Article critical HSR2 in UK.  Author unknown so do not kow leanings.

HS2 is a total shambles – and reveals a rot at the heart of Britain's economy (msn.com)

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, March 19, 2023 12:19 AM

First section of Indian  RR  ( Central Railway ) completes electrification.  3825 Kms

Central Railway completes 100% electrification | News | Railway Gazette International

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Posted by ORNHOO on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 12:05 AM

And for something strange, a Japanese ( commuter line? school bus route? tourist attraction? ) that uses hi-rail busses partly on narrow gauge rail and partly on highway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn56bMZ9OE8

slightly more info can be found on wikipedia under Asato line.

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, March 23, 2023 9:26 AM

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And for something strange, a Japanese ( commuter line? school bus route? tourist attraction? ) that uses hi-rail busses partly on narrow gauge rail and partly on highway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn56bMZ9OE8

 This is an amazing example of how to do almost everything completely wrong: the vehicles are incredibly overpriced, clunky as hell to change modes, ugly as sin, limited in space and comfort, noisy, polluting, and slow.

By comparison, dust off even the original Evans Auto-Railer and its method of switching mode between road and rail.  Add even rudimentary camera guidance; in fact, even the parallel-parking aids on the market years ago could be adapted to the road-rail transition, and going the other way is much easier.

(We could do this tomorrow with converted Thomas cabover buses... if there were any market for railbus service here.  I am still bitter they scrapped the Leyland 100mph bus from the Carter years.)

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Friday, March 24, 2023 11:21 AM

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am still bitter they scrapped the Leyland 100mph bus from the Carter years.)

Could you provide more details about this? Sounds interesting!

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Posted by ORNHOO on Friday, March 24, 2023 12:39 PM

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charlie hebdo wrote the following post an hour ago: Overmod am still bitter they scrapped the Leyland 100mph bus from the Carter years.) Could you provide more details about this? Sounds interesting!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_railbuses

Unlike the Japanese example the Leyland Railbus operated entirely on rails.

http://preserved.railcar.co.uk/LEV2.html

 

 

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, March 24, 2023 1:30 PM

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charlie hebdo
charlie hebdo wrote the following post an hour ago: Overmod am still bitter they scrapped the Leyland 100mph bus from the Carter years.) Could you provide more details about this? Sounds interesting! 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_railbuses

Unlike the Japanese example the Leyland Railbus operated entirely on rails.

http://preserved.railcar.co.uk/LEV2.html

Like the GM Aerotrain, but different...

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, March 24, 2023 6:13 PM

The Leyland railbus was brought in about the time the NEC was undergoing the first stages of its first rebuild to 150mph standards -- there were as I recall two, one of which went 'barnstorming' to see if there was interest in its operation and was then returned to Blighty.  The one in question was made with a special long body (over 50') and was intended as a kind of modern higher-speed version of the New Haven FCD Macks.  The suspension was a Flexicoil derivative of Alan Wickens' high-speed HSRV and was certainly high-speed capable... on adequate track.  As I recall (it has been a long time) the longitudinal damping at high speed left quite a bit to be desired (the follow-on railbuses in Britain were not nicknamed 'nodding donkeys' for nothing!) and the 200hp went through one drive axle so both low- and high-speed slipping could be an adventure, and braking from high speed could be little fun.  That was not the thing that queered it, though: it was too light to activate signals effectively, no one bothered to make a shunt for reliable activation, and someone was killed in a 40mph grade-crossing accident.

It was then fobbed off on Steamtown (of all places!) where one of the volunteers thought he would tinker with the torque converter -- and couldn't get it to stop leaking.  It then went to West Virginia for a while, where they fixed it and ran it more or less effectively.  It then went to Connecticut as part of a trade for a geared steam locomotive.

There was interest in Britain in repatriating the thing, and they actually raised the money the museum wanted for it, but the effort foundered on shipping arrangements.  It was a sin to scrap it without notice.

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Posted by ORNHOO on Saturday, March 25, 2023 6:18 PM

[quote user="Overmod"]it was too light to activate signals effectively, no one bothered to make a shunt for reliable activation

I can't help making a comparison to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_trHR0PDP4

 

or this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBbgv2yHhU4

 

 

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, March 27, 2023 12:33 PM

You do have to wonder what NCL brought in to replace the Toonerville Trolley...

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, June 2, 2023 7:25 AM

Crimean bridge problems.  Bridge columns have vertical cracks.  Not clear if only roadway or includes RR bridge.

Crimean bridge is falling down – cracks appear on its pillars, photos (msn.com)

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, June 2, 2023 5:35 PM

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