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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 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 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 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 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 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 12:34 AM
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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 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 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 Ulrich on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 2:19 PM

Opps wrong thread.. 

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 2:07 PM
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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Friday, December 16, 2022 9:53 PM

Thanks, OM.

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, December 16, 2022 8:56 AM

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they apparently eliminated only one of the train-changes. But there was also a tone of "they got this done." So I'm confused. Are they going to eliminate the other change with this technology?

As I understand it, there is no technological reason why the GPX equipment could not continue over the Zentralbahn route to Luzern; in fact I see very little reason why it could not be modified to operate over the BLS 'international route' it crosses.  I think only the economic participation of the Zentralbahn to operate this equipment rather than its own 'panoramic' equipment is the reason for the train change at Interlaken.  I would suspect this is related to the very substantial unit cost of the GPX equipment, with none of the expensive bits being necessary for the ZB portion of travel.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Thursday, December 15, 2022 8:39 PM

I just sorta skimmed the article, but they apparently eliminated only one of the train-changes. But there was also a tone of "they got this done." So I'm confused. Are they going to eliminate the other change with this technology?

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, December 15, 2022 7:58 PM

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The gauge change itself isn't the spectacular part -- as they n ote in the article, the Spanish have been doing this automatic gauge exchange for decades with Talgos -- it's those double independent truck frames.  But the REALLY interesting thing that train does is pop up to high-level platform height on those special trucks when it happens to be in such a station, but retain low-floor boarding at other times.  If the trains weren't so eye-wateringly expensive, that would by itself solve one of the most irritating problems with this type of railcar service...

Now we can watch for the hydrogen/battery version!

 

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Posted by MidlandMike on Thursday, December 15, 2022 7:30 PM

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Steve Sattler

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The new modern network of trains in Singapore has now a new addition.
Every time the train passes close to a residential area or building - the windows on the train automatically cloud-over, and stop you from looking at the neighbors.
This is for privacy issues.
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Can't the locals close their shades.  Where is this headed.  Perhaps autos will be required to have this.  Your car windows will cloud over so you can't gawk thru neighborhoods.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Thursday, December 15, 2022 4:43 PM

Still in training.


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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, December 15, 2022 10:26 AM

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I love those old warbirds!

Perhaps it is time to dust off Eric's old thread about 'warbirds attacking trains'? MischiefDevil

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, December 15, 2022 8:05 AM

Steve Sattler

11:15 AM (4 hours ago)
 
 
to bcc: me
 
 
 
The new modern network of trains in Singapore has now a new addition.
Every time the train passes close to a residential area or building - the windows on the train automatically cloud-over, and stop you from looking at the neighbors.
This is for privacy issues.
Steve

 

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 1:39 PM

A great show.

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 11:04 AM

Hmm...no! I would settle for a Tiger Moth or a Dehavilland Rapide. I saw several of both the last time I was in the U.K. At Goodwood Revival about 4 years ago there was a P-40, 2 P-51s, 2 Staggerwing Beechcrafts, 2 Spits, a Beech Travelair, a Stearman and the Bristol Blenheim that was used in the film, "Dunkirk." And the best one of all, a P-38 polished so much you could use the fuselage as a shaving mirror. I love those old warbirds! 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 9:55 AM

54light15

Before covid, I would be in London twice a year and look forward to it again. I am sure as hell not going to fly within Europe, that's what trains are for. But I'm not against flying in a propellor plane. A Spitfire will do nicely. 

 
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Posted by 54light15 on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 5:17 PM

Before covid, I would be in London twice a year and look forward to it again. I am sure as hell not going to fly within Europe, that's what trains are for. But I'm not against flying in a propellor plane. A Spitfire will do nicely. 

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 8:52 AM

Delicate ecosystem, disrupted by bridge construction, but enormous preparation work for the tunnel staging?

Given the financing, this was something that could have been built at the time of the North River Tunnels.  If I recall correctly, the Transbay Tunnel was designed this way.  This ain't a feat of mega-engineering or even necessary mega-logistics.

I was chuckling at the "explanation" why a bored tunnel at 140' peak depth was infeasible for rail traffic.  Oh dear, no adhesion over 2.5% grade?  No deep approach cuts...like the ones on the Oresund Bridge 'island'... to get to approach depth?

On the other hand, they say they're building this for the equivalent of 7.5B.  How much is the childish revised version of Gateway costing?

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 2:50 AM

Article on the new tunnel from Denmark - Germany scheduled to complete in 2029.

The Insane Scale of Europe’s New Mega-Tunnel - YouTube

 

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Posted by JayBee on Monday, November 14, 2022 2:56 AM

Passenger trains have restarted between Kyiv in Ukraine and Chisnau in Moldova after being closed for 24 years.

Kyiv - Chisnau

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, November 14, 2022 1:37 AM

London UK - Lyon France 458 airmiles .  Which is faster ?  Plane or train?

Is a flight really quicker than a train? I put it to the test from London to Lyon | Watch (msn.com)

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Posted by BaltACD on Sunday, November 13, 2022 6:12 PM

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New HrSR train [160 KMPH (100 MPH )] starts in India with many differences.

Vande Bharat Express: What makes it different from India's other high-speed trains (msn.com)

Looks like the train pictured is missing a nose cone to cover the coupler.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, November 13, 2022 4:33 PM

New HrSR train [160 KMPH (100 MPH )] starts in India with many differences.

Vande Bharat Express: What makes it different from India's other high-speed trains (msn.com)

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