Some Israeli News

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, February 18, 2021 8:55 AM

Kilometers, a distamce marker (I think, but not certain).

I'll try to botain an accuate answer.

 But definitely Kilometes.

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, March 14, 2021 8:38 AM

A train from Haifa to the UAE


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Backed by China, the project is “one of the most important geopolitical measures that Israel has taken in recent years,” says Globes.

    The announcement last week by the M/  Transportation that plans were advancing for a rail link from Israel to the Persian Gulf may be the next big thing.

The concept of a rail connection from Israel’s Med. Sea  port of Haifa to the Arab states was raised 4 yrs  ago by Finance Minister Yisrael Katz, who was transportation minister at the time & dubbed the project “Peace Railway.” Last week, Transportation Minister Miri Regev announced the 3.5-bil. shk  project was moving to the planning stage. “The Gulf to Gulf project is a mega-project that will change the face of the regional economy in the ME & connect Israel to many countries in the region by rail, & will be a gateway to the Med. for them,” Regev said in her announcement last week.


NBA fines, suspends player for anti-Semitic slur off the courThis is economic news that will turn the countries of the ME into an island of economic power & stability based on reciprocity & peace,” Regev saiWith rail transportation making a comeback in the world, a ME “mega-railway project” would fit in with the Chinese government’s plan for a “silk railroad” connecting Asia & Europe. China has invested hundreds/ bill of dollars in building a transcontinental railway over the past decade, the paper noted, adding that countries in the ME like Israel that have been rehabilitating their rail networks are looking eastward & realizing that integrating with the Chinese transport network could open up new trade opportuRegev said Israel will extend its new rail line, recently opened from Haifa to the Jordan Valley, & lay tracks to the Jordanian border. However, once there, the outdated Jordanian narrow-gauge system will need to be updated – a serious challenge for cash-strapped Jordan, which wants to modernize but needs several billion dollars that it currently doesn’t have. The Jordanian plan includes a new line going eastward to Iraq with an extension southward to Saudi Arabia, which would give Israel rail access to Arab Gulf states and in turn could send goods to Haifa, thereby bypassing the Suez Canal & the extra transit charges involved in using the Egyptian shipping channel.

Globes noted that although the Egyptian government is not commenting on the rail project, in part due to its close economic collaboration with China, Egypt’s main media outlets have called the railway project “economic colonialism of the Zionist State.”

As well, the Saudis still have not recognized Israel, but with the project still years away, that would not yet cause a diplomatic hurdle.

At the same time, Turkey is pushing to have the Chinese run a rail line to its border as an alternate Asian route to Europe that could also involve Iraq and Iran.

It is known that China has a strong economic interest in Israel‘s transportation infrastructure and is investing in a new cargo port in Haifa.

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:05 AM

Three new Israeli stations, Netavot, S'derot, and Ofakim, Stave Sattler photos:>




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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:25 AM

Apparently, Israel Railwayus is having its  35+ -year-old IC-3 trains overhauled for further life in Denmark.

Or perhaps they are being convertede for ele3ctric operatoion?

In Asdode Port:

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, June 24, 2021 9:04 AM

From Steve Sattler:

new Carmiel - to Kiryat Shmone rail link.

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3:30 PM (1 hour ago)
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Some fresh news:-
The Northern Planning Committee of the Gov. has given the confirmation
for the new and now well-planned route from Karmiel to Kiryat Shmone -
It will be 56 kms. The form of an L .  24 kms to the EAST and then
32 kms up the map to K.S.  The budget will be over 20 bill shkls-
and the work will take 6 -8 yrs. 
11 yrs ago they planned the first set of surveys and now -
finally - the project has the green light.
There will be 20 kms of tunnels and 5.6 kms of bridges. The average 
speed of the train will be 160 kph.  There will be 4 stations =
Hatzer HaGlillit, Maron HaGalil , Carmiel East and the last station in KS. .
There will be freight service and provisions for future extension into Lebanon..
Started In 2010- the plans were ready in 2013, but there was no money to
start the work.
A future extension down to Tiveria is planned.
The work will be expensive; all the bridges and tunnels will be made
earth-quake proof up to a R 7.2.
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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, June 24, 2021 11:24 AM

AVERAGE speed 100mph... four stops, under 60 miles total length, four stops plus a sharp curve?  No, wait... that's km, not miles!

That will involve VERY fast equipment and track standards, perhaps 186mph or higher.  And acceleration fairly quick to those speeds...

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Thursday, June 24, 2021 6:44 PM

35.8 miles. Top speed would have to be very high indeed with 4 stops and that curve!

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Posted by MidlandMike on Thursday, June 24, 2021 7:44 PM

Over one-third of the route will be in tunnels.  Is this because of topography or developement?

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, June 25, 2021 9:23 AM

Mostly topography.  Also, note use of bridges.

Electric MUs are on order.

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, July 1, 2021 8:40 AM

From Steve Sattler:

More trains & rails :-

This YOUTUBE video shows the next big project [ already in progress] - of the new set of rails [ 160 k/h ]
from Hadera to Lod -parallel to the North-South  Kvish 6- and known as the 'Eastern rail'.
It will add another 200 trains a day to the current system. About 70 kms of N-S double rails.
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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 8:19 AM

Another good photo, same source:

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:15 AM


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Announcement by the spokespersons of the Israel Railways


* Israel Railways: Preserve the environment Reduce the use of disposable utensils & bring a reusable glass from home - and receive an automatic discount on the purchase of hot drinks at the train stations *


As part of the train's attempt to encourage environmentally friendly consumption and reduce the use of disposable utensils, starting in a few more weeks, every customer who comes to the stalls manned with a reusable cup will automatically receive a discount of one shekel on the hot drink he buys. .


This is part of a tender conducted by Israel Railways, in which Strauss Coffee B won the national franchise to operate about 50 stalls selling hot, cold drinks and food items at train stations throughout the country. The concession period is for six years, and the train will have the option to extend it for another four years .


As part of the agreement, stalls that have been closed in recent months will be reopened, and their operating hours will be extended. Modi'in, Raanana South and Ahihud .


The agreement also includes that the price of a basic cup of coffee will be ten shekels, and the price of a bottle of mineral water will be seven shekels. .


* The agreement will enter into force in the coming weeks and upon its entry into force the benefit will begin .


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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, November 26, 2021 6:18 PM

Dave:  Just heard about the B.1.1.529 shut down there.  Hope you have plenty of supplies

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Posted by rixflix on Friday, November 26, 2021 7:00 PM

Imagine that! A train attempting things and having options. 


rixflix aka Captain Video. Blessed be Jean Shepherd and all His works!!! Hooray for 1939, the all time movie year!!! I took that ride on the Reading but my Baby caught the Katy and left me a mule to ride.

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