Beit Shemesh - Jerusalem, part of most historic and the most scenic NE RR, service not renewed

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Beit Shemesh - Jerusalem, part of most historic and the most scenic NE RR, service not renewed
Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, December 2, 2021 5:42 AM

Impotant enough for a new thread

From Steve Satler:

Steve Sattler

Dec 1, 2021, 9:03 PM (15 hours ago)
to me
Since I will be overseas very soon  and extremely busy with my W.H.O conference -
I'll ask you to contact the various 'food' people and investigate 
their ability to run a  'food' service on the BS >> Malha tracks.
2... At - this time - most of us feel that only IR can run this train service 
on these tracks and we have let the other 3 options - just drop. 
3... Can you please - contact the various USA 'train-groups'  and your
'train' friends  [in the USA]- and give them the info that this BS>>Malha
train service will not be revived by IR after their 'covid' stop in 2020.
We want a lot of pressure from 'overseas' at the IR leadership
Readers of this  post can contact Israel Railroads on their website
The though t of running a tourist operation was rejected by Steve and our friends,
because estimated ticket revenue. five milliom Sheckles, pr 1.5 million Dollars, was
considered to low.  But is it?   Israel Railways is obligated to continue maintaining the
line, even without service.  The Interior Ministry does intead to connect it, eventually,
to Jerusalem's Ligh Rail, and also build connecting street  trackage in Beit Shemesh,
where the station is inconvenient for most commuters to Jerusalem.
There is now high-spped elecgtric rail service direct Jerusalem - Ben Gurion Aie orppot -
Tel Aviv.  Also frequent diesel commuter servicre Beit Shemesh - Lod - Habad - Tel Aviv/  
To enjoy the scenic and historic original TA - Jer line, one must change twice,  Once at
Beit Shemesh and then at the Jerusalem Malcha Shoppping Center station, to a locsl
bus to the center of Jerusalem.  When Ehud Olmert was Prime minister, he forced Israel
Railways to stop serervice betweeen the Malcha Shopping Center and the original 1892
Jerusalem Stationb to promote a Japanese financed  business development that never
took place.
I'd like to learn something about self-sustaining non-volkunteer tourist operations in North
America.  How  does the  Napa Valley Wine train make e4nds meet?  Or the Durango And
Silverton?  Others?   Any information would be helpful.
Also the Malacha Station was badly designed, without an "across-the-platform" bus rail
connection, which could have been done easily and still can be done.
The needed through TQA - Jerusalem tourist train should have a fine dining car,
comperable to the Belmond Pullman service and priced accordingly, a regular coach,
and an open-ar-with-glaas-roof observation car. 
Some views of the line, starting with a 1996 through train to T. A. at the old station,
now a cultural center:
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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, December 2, 2021 2:48 PM

UTube of TA-JerusAlem old line

Consider watching this for a few minutes.
Not the scenic tour I hoped it would be, but rather on the abandonment of service between the Shopping Center and the old station near the Old CIty that former P. M. Olmert forced on us.
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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, December 3, 2021 2:04 AM

Here are two mare views of the line with Danish IC-3 diesel-MU equipment:

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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Saturday, December 4, 2021 3:29 AM

If locomotive #122 looks vaguely familiar, it's because it's an EMD G12. The Israelis bought 23 of them between 1954 and 1962 and captured a further 4 from the Egyptians in 1967. So it's contemporary to a GP9. Some had their engines upgraded from 567's to 645's. EMD G12 - Wikipedia


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