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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:50 PM

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Want to run a coast to coast excursion train across Africa?  It only takes better than 2 years to get permits and 2 weeks to run the train.  It is a first !

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/news/africa/single-view/view/coast-to-coast-cruise-train-crosses-africa.html  

And at only $12.8K US - only a little over $900 a day

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, August 8, 2019 9:26 PM

Want to run a coast to coast excursion train across Africa?  It only takes better than 2 years to get permits and 2 weeks to run the train.  It is a first !

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/news/africa/single-view/view/coast-to-coast-cruise-train-crosses-africa.html  

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Posted by JOHN PRIVARA on Friday, August 2, 2019 7:59 PM

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China is now #1 in high speed trains.

 

 

Based on the fastest regular services, the top countries in the 2019 survey are China, Italy, France, Japan, Spain and Taiwan, all of which operate at least one train timetabled at an average of more than 250 km/h. Germany is ranked seventh, the UK 13th and the USA 19th.

We may be 19th, but we're better than, uh....   Oh yeah,  we've got the best slow-motion eagles in the world.  

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, August 2, 2019 5:02 AM

The French SNCF is having to order more TGVs due to surging ridership.  This means older equippment set for retirement will have to be maintained for an indefinite extension

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/ridership-surge-prompts-sncf-to-order-more-tgvs.html

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:54 AM

700 passengers rescued from IR railways train near Mumbia. India.  Train got flooded frrom moonsoon initiated flood.

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Posted by ORNHOO on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:46 AM

For something completely different, how about a full size DMU converted to run entirely on solar energy:

https://jalopnik.com/this-delightful-solar-powered-train-is-the-pinnacle-of-1834284676 (in OZ, of course).

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, July 1, 2019 10:00 PM

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World's fastest bullet train with a 72ft nose is unveiled in Japan  

It's as if, in a Chuck Jones cartoon parody of Star Wars, Wile E. Coyote's bumbling Sith apprentice was an opossum.

With Augie Doggie's Doggie Daddy's nose.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, July 1, 2019 9:42 PM
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Posted by Jones1945 on Friday, May 31, 2019 8:29 AM

Overmod

It's as if, in a Chuck Jones cartoon parody of Star Wars, Wile E. Coyote's bumbling Sith apprentice was an opossum.

With Augie Doggie's Doggie Daddy's nose.

I think Augie Doggie was cute! I bet you never heard about Moomin in "The Moomins."

Anyway, I think that "World's fastest bullet train of Japan" is another case of given up esthetics in favor of engineering...

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, May 30, 2019 7:19 PM

Jones1945
World's fastest bullet train with a 72ft nose is unveiled in Japan 

It's as if, in a Chuck Jones cartoon parody of Star Wars, Wile E. Coyote's bumbling Sith apprentice was an opossum.

With Augie Doggie's Doggie Daddy's nose.

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Posted by JOHN PRIVARA on Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:03 PM
Re:  Hey  USA what would 
Don’t forget, you can’t compare any other country to the US because we are so unique.
1)  We’re the best.
2)  The eastern part of the US is only as densely populated as France and Spain, so HSR would never work due to our spare density.
3)  The US enjoys decimating its cities with freeways to ensure cars move fast enough to negate the need for HSR,  other countries don’t because they hate freedom.  
You can’t compare apples to orangutans when it comes to HSR.
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:22 AM

SNCF reports 14% growth on TGV network.  Soome from new service to Bordeaux region but overall still more growth.  Hey  USA what would happen if awe had some network in high density population areas such as NEC, CHI, LAX, SFO ?

https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/high-performance/sncf-reports-strong-high-speed-growth/?RAchannel=news 

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Posted by Jones1945 on Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:04 PM

World's fastest bullet train with a 72ft nose is unveiled in Japan 

https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/a27457041/japans-new-bullet-train-can-hit-224-mph/

The *operating speed of it would be 360kph(224mph) which is merely 10kph faster than China's CR400AF/BF operating speed. Since it is set to be put into service by 2030, let's see how China react to it. CoffeeSmile, Wink & Grin

Meanwhile, somewhere in China...... 

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 9:50 PM

Russian rail is significantly increasing its electrification.  Article does not specify how much traffic will go to electric operations ?

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/russian-railways-to-increase-electric-operation.html 

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:12 AM

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, February 17, 2019 9:02 AM

Irish rail over crowded until probably 2023.  Looking to buy or lease rolling stock.

https://www.herald.ie/news/train-overcrowding-will-get-worse-before-new-carriages-arrive-37731053.html 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, February 17, 2019 8:36 AM

Russian Railroad is buy a few new coaches noted to replace some old ones.  Wonder where all the cars will go?

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/traction-rolling-stock/single-view/view/russian-railways-awards-long-term-coach-contract.html 

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Saturday, January 12, 2019 6:44 AM

MidlandMike

There have been cases where diesels operating in electric territory have electric pick-ups for signal rasons.

 
Pacific Electric is the prime example of such an arrangement, with EMD and Baldwin switchers equipped with trolley poles to activate signals.
The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by MidlandMike on Friday, January 11, 2019 8:54 PM

There have been cases where diesels operating in electric territory have electric pick-ups for signal rasons.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:29 PM

UK has modified some EMUs to carry mail and express packages.  Not quite clear diesels have been added so they can run in non electrified territory.  Picture does seem to show 3rd rail pick up shoe ? So we have a dual mode EMU - Diesel ?

https://www.railwaygazette.com/news/traction-rolling-stock/single-view/view/electro-diesel-multiple-units-ordered-for-postal-services.html

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, January 3, 2019 6:34 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:30 PM

Balt is correct.  Some items do not add up .  Note the attached link pictures.  TOFC trailers usually do not blow off and no picture shows any trailer off of a carrier.  However there is a wheel showing between tracks that came off one trailer.  Where did it come from ?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6546741/Several-people-killed-train-crash-bridge-linking-islands-Denmark.html 

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 1:11 PM

Danish incident kills six

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46734728

 

a lot of statements don't add up.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, December 28, 2018 6:37 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:48 PM

China keeps ordering more HSR train sets.  Note the dates of last order from Bombardier and final delivery.

https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/high-speed/china-railway-orders-more-cr400af-high-speed-trains/ 

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:43 AM

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, December 7, 2018 5:40 PM

The UK  Network Rail (NR) is being pushed to make sure the next schedue change will work..   We  have to wonder if the rail system is near or at operatiomal capacity not what theory says can be run ?   It may be that NR needs to bite the bullet to lenghten platforms on heavier routes to allow for longer trains ?  Of course longer trains means just a fewer trains on capacity restricted routes !

https://www.railjournal.com/policy/orr-sets-out-recommendations-to-avoid-repeat-of-timetable-chaos/ 

It would be nice if the NEC had that situation .

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Posted by Deggesty on Saturday, December 1, 2018 9:29 PM

I am reminded of a picture in Life magazine at the time of the definite rupture in Korean relations--a soldier is standing at the border between North and South; he standing by a railroad track that has a tree branch laid at the border. 

Unless the northerners relaid the tracks to a different gauge, it seems to me that the same gauge still prevails in the North.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, December 1, 2018 8:57 PM

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1st south Korean train to go into north formany years is on an 18 day inspection trip for future service north and south.Train is carrying its own fuel for whole trip. Guess north doesn't want to use its large reserves ?  All South officials will stay on train and not get off ? 

Must expect to have very reliable equipment for the trip ? Isn'tthe guage standard ?  What air brake and couplers does the south use ?

https://www.railjournal.com/regions/asia/south-korean-train-set-to-begin-18-day-inspection-of-the-north/ 

I suspect the South may not trust any fuel the that the North may provide.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, December 1, 2018 7:58 PM

1st south Korean train to go into north formany years is on an 18 day inspection trip for future service north and south.Train is carrying its own fuel for whole trip. Guess north doesn't want to use its large reserves ?  All South officials will stay on train and not get off ? 

Must expect to have very reliable equipment for the trip ? Isn'tthe guage standard ?  What air brake and couplers does the south use ?

https://www.railjournal.com/regions/asia/south-korean-train-set-to-begin-18-day-inspection-of-the-north/

 

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