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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, December 20, 2021 8:11 AM

Good news.  Expensive, but worth it.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, December 18, 2021 12:44 AM
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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, December 5, 2021 6:58 AM

You might wish to look more closely at your reference's method for computing the relative expense of kliving in a particular city.  Is the cost of gasoline weighted the same for all cities?

Probably 90% of ManhattAn And of Tel Aviv resident families simply do not own cars.  About 70% of Bronx and of Jerusalem.  This dramatically lowers the  cost of living for us, with the availability of low-cost and comprehensive public transportation.

How good are  the Internet connectionsd, with cosequent effect on telephonr bills?

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, December 5, 2021 3:29 AM

My monthly bus-and-light-rail pass costs 104 Sheckles, or 34 dollars.  Each ride on the Arab bus system is three sheckles or slightly over a dollar, used about four times a week.

I pay 2000 Sheckles/month for renring a small 1-1/3-room apartment. I pay the yearly tax, hopefully not much more than 1000 Sheckles.

Food costs run about 18 Sheckles or six dollars a day.

This can give you an idea of expenses in Jerusalem.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, December 5, 2021 12:55 AM

Dave interesting article.  Does it affect you?

This city is now the world's most expensive (msn.com)

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, December 2, 2021 2:24 PM

Dave:  It appears that more tracks could be built to the right of the pressent 2 Main Track?   Maybe just a siding(s)?

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, December 2, 2021 3:49 AM

 

IR has finished their project to remove the grade-crossing at Kfar Habad [ very close to-the BGA airport ] and built this curved over-pass [for cars]  over the tracks - and a big new parking lot for cars at the Kfar Habad station:
Photos from Israel Railways
 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 3:54 AM

I did not edit Israeli Railway's announcement.  You should excuse their spoksperson's mistranslation of Hebrew to English.

An exact translation of the words Israel Railways to Hebrew would be Missulai Yisrael or Missulim Yisraelim.  But Israelis don't say that.  Instead, HaRikevet.  And exactly translating that to English is The Train.

I believe the v Eternal did produce talk from a dog (Zipper, Trains, Oct. 2017) and from a Horse (Balaam's donkey, Bible's Book of Numbers, 22-24), but the Eternal has yet to have a train talk or write.   But in children's literature:

"Does eating coal cause you pain?" I asked the engfine train.

And the train sighed and replied "I chew I chew chew  chew chew."

As clearly bas I'm telling you, the train said "chew chew chew."

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

Imagine that! A train attempting things and having options. 

Rick   

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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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 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 daveklepper on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 8:19 AM

Another good photo, same source:

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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.
Steve
 

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

From Steve Sattler:

new Carmiel - to Kiryat Shmone rail link.

Steve Sattler

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 -
route.
 
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. .
T
 
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 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 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, 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 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 blue streak 1 on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:28 PM

Dave your first picture.  It has a board that has   70   on it.   Is that a speed board and what type Kms ?

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 7:25 AM
16 Feb 2021
Announcement:        * The M/ Transportation & the IR are preparing for the storm & increasing train traffic on the high-speed line to Jerusalem *
Due to the expected stormy weather, & the possibility of snow in the central mountains, which could lead to blockages of the main roads to the capital, the IR  will increase train traffic on the Jerusalem Yitzhak Navon-Herzliya line on Wed & will extend the line's operating hours. .
On Wed, Feb 17,  four more special trains will be operated, in addition to the regular trains that run at the frequency of one train every half hour, in each direction. .
Below are details and travel times of the reinforcement trains : *
A train that departs at 21:30 from Herzliya station, will pass through all Tel Aviv stations, and will end its journey at 22:25 at Jerusalem Yitzhak Navon station .
A train that departs at 22:00 from the Herzliya station, will pass through all Tel Aviv stations, and will end its journey at 22:55 at the Jerusalem Yitzhak Navon station .
A train that departs at 22:02 from Jerusalem Yitzhak Navon station will pass through all Tel Aviv stations, and will end its journey at 22:57 at Herzliya station .
A train that departs at 22:32 from Jerusalem Yitzhak Navon station will pass through all Tel Aviv stations, and will end its journey at 23:27 at Herzliya station .
The train emphasizes that limiting the number of passengers to about 400 on each train, & a total of 800 passengers/ hr in each direction, as part of the Corona guidelines will be strictly observed, & that each trip is required to pre-order a travel voucher. Passengers are also committed to wearing a mask & maintaining social distance. Due to the Corona limitation, it is recommended that the train use its services only in essential cases. It is also recommended by train to significantly advance the time of arrival at the stations .
As part of the preparation for the storm, the train took the necessary steps to ensure proper and safe train movement even in stormy weather conditions. 
Among the actions taken: pruning of trees to prevent them from collapsing on the railway tracks; Installation of heating elements on the rails divisions to prevent cold damage to them; Cleaning and evacuation of drainage canals - in the vicinity of stations and complexes; Restoration of service roads along the tracks; Inspection and preparation of drainage pumps in railway complexes and stations; Planting vegetation on steep slopes to prevent mudslides; Preparation of mechanical engineering equipment for winter conditions and more .
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At the Jerusalem  Navon station, means of heating were prepared, equipped with salt to dissolve snow and I brought excavators and necessary tools, sets of storm suits and Hermon, as well as emergency lighting and flashlights. 
 
Thanks!
Wow!
Very interesting!
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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 5:08 PM

An experimental  transmission.  Hope the [hotos can be seen by others, not just me.

Dear all
our friend ZEV
has distilled out [of his big big collection] some pics of trains and trainology.
This is good stuff.
With thanks to Zev
Steve
 

 

On Wed, Feb 10, 2021 at 7:43 AM zev <zev@zevrothkoff.com> wrote:
 
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMXkeo64NcFJ1mytRCI5fhZ4iSPamnhrsmBPcYl7huDCfeMSpb9bfyUZGjrUNMkrQ?key=cEhUV1IyOGZQN24xVktiVWYyUUZDZldVQUJfeWZB
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Preceding the old line to Jerusalem, via Lod and Beit She,esh.  Now for the new:
 
 
 
Visit the website for more!
 
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMXkeo64NcFJ1mytRCI5fhZ4iSPamnhrsmBPcYl7huDCfeMSpb9bfyUZGjrUNMkrQ?key=cEhUV1IyOGZQN24xVktiVWYyUUZDZldVQUJfeWZB
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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 7:07 AM
 
/Steve Satler
 
Also:
These are some very interesting trains from the Middle East  [Egypt] and other places.

 
From: Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild <rothschild-berlin@t-online.de>
Date: Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 2:16 PM
Subject: Flickr images on ME railways
To: Steve Sattler <sattler31@gmail.com>


Deserves passing around your list!



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Hi Simon and all,

This isn't a style of plate I've seen on any ESR locos. The 4-4-2s (and those converted to 4-6-0s)
carried the names of various Egyptian rulers from antiquity to the post-war era, but the plates were
quite a different style, see the following photos:
and
The names seem to have switched around between locos - at least, I've seen photos of the same
numbered loco with different name plates...
 
Regarding this plate in your photo, it does seem not dissimilar to some from, e.g.:Iraq: 
 
Iran (see tender plate): 
- although obviously this is Persian and not Arabic
 
Hedjaz (see bunker plate): 
 
Hedjaz carriage:
My internet searches found this page about the plate, which suggests it's curved, as if it was fitted
on the side of a smokebox?
 
If so, that would be a potentially helpful clue, as not many railways had name plates there (I've not
found any yet!)
Good luck with the search
Andrew
 
 
 


 
 
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Preview YouTube video From Beit Shean to Haifa East by Track measuring car.
From Beit Shean to Haifa East by Track measuring car.



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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, August 14, 2020 9:10 AM

Here are some photos of the Beir Sheva stub-end Central Station.  I admired the attention to acoustice on the part of the designers.

Above from Steve Sattler, below mine:

 

 

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, August 14, 2020 5:34 AM

Transport Minister announced planning for Light Rail for Beir Seva ("or similar technology"). with a line to  the nearby new and ;arge Likit military base, and also a rail branch-line to that base.

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