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Old June 28th, 2012, 02:36 PM   #461
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I usually think more about distance when I think of supercommuting, mostly because commutes in excess of one hour or so are unacceptable, and in my mind point to a societal failure of some kind, but that's another story.
In huge metropolis, like Sao Paulo, Tokio, etc, communing 2 hours for just going to work (and potentially much more in the event of a strike or heavy traffic jam) is just a normal fact of life. For most people there is no way arround that and it is simply caused by the sheer size of the city.

There are also some people that do huge commutes in smaller cities, sometimes living 100km from work or so. But then it is a question more of personal choice then real necessity.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 09:52 PM   #462
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New Jersey Transit: Round Trip from Secaucus Junction to Princeton Junction on 6/27/12 (Northeast Corridor).

The local was kinda rough starting out of stations, but overall, a decent ride:


The express on the other hand, was a different story. These were shot on 6/27/12, the day where there were insane delays. 4646 manages to accelerate the 10 car MLV set quite nicely out of Princeton, and we reach top speed in about 3 or so minutes. We continue to cruise, encountering an Amtrak NER train twice along the way before running into delays. Originally, I would have shot this all the way into Penn station, but because of the delays, I ran out of memory and had to conserve the last remaining mb's for other clips. What was supposed to take only 50 min ended up taking about an hour and a half.

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5 and a half collective hours at Princeton Junction and Newark Penn Stations on the Northeast Corridor:

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Old July 1st, 2012, 08:06 PM   #464
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Thanks for your videos FanRailer! Much appreciated.


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This is a quick video of an Amtrak trip I took recently.

110mph running, not quite high speed, but pretty close.

110 mph is a step in the right direction. So many level crossings looks dangerous but it looks like we don't have the capacity to build grade separated dedicated lines like they are in China. Nice video.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 01:05 AM   #465
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Rail being delivered for the SMART commuter rail project in northern California (Sonoma and Marin counties north of San Francisco)
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Old July 9th, 2012, 01:54 AM   #466
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Cool.

Those sleepers are also in DIRE need of repair. It can be seen from the pics how unbalanced and worn out they are!
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Old July 9th, 2012, 01:58 AM   #467
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Cool.

Those sleepers are also in DIRE need of repair. It can be seen from the pics how unbalanced and worn out they are!
Theyre being replaced...
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Old July 10th, 2012, 06:45 AM   #468
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Cool.

Those sleepers are also in DIRE need of repair. It can be seen from the pics how unbalanced and worn out they are!
They appear to me to be quite adequate and usable for the freight service that that line was providing, but do look to be about to be replaced for the passenger service upgrade. Note the stacks of concrete ties in the right background.



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Old July 10th, 2012, 10:52 PM   #469
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BTW, what is the maximum/minimum wire height for AMTRAK lines?
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BTW, what is the maximum/minimum wire height for AMTRAK lines?

I believe its 23 feet or something in that area....
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Old July 11th, 2012, 11:53 PM   #471
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Old July 12th, 2012, 10:26 AM   #472
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I believe its 23 feet or something in that area....
So they can run doublestacks under it, at least while wire is de-energised?
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So they can run doublestacks under it, at least while wire is de-energised?
I don't think so, thats probably just a lucky coincidence. Its 23 feet on the NEC, which wouldn't likley ever see any doublestacks....
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Old July 12th, 2012, 11:16 PM   #474
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I suspect the rationale to (periodically) inserting and removing the dome car into the Montreal-NYC Adirondack service only at Albany is because of the restrictive loading guage found in and around the Bos-Wash corridor.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #475
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SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit) construction update:




















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It's great to see tangible progress.

More info: http://www.sonomamarintrain.org/
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Old July 13th, 2012, 04:07 PM   #476
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I don't think so, thats probably just a lucky coincidence. Its 23 feet on the NEC, which wouldn't likley ever see any doublestacks....
Yeah, I'm aware of that. I'm interested if it's theoretically possible to fit the doublestack under 23 feet high wire either electrified or de-electrified.
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Yeah, I'm aware of that. I'm interested if it's theoretically possible to fit the doublestack under 23 feet high wire either electrified or de-electrified.
They run Doubestacks under the Septa West Trenton line for 15 miles without any issues....
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The 23 feet/7 meters is the minimum required clearance for structures (bridges, etc) over active rail lines. The allows auto racks and double-stacked containers the room that they need to operate. I would add at least another half meter over the railhead for bridges over track that has a 25KVAC overhead wire.

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Old July 14th, 2012, 10:27 PM   #479
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Border/customs officers embarking halted US domestic services for their patrols is apparently customary their stings even occur in Rochester, NY

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Yea they did that when I was on Lake Shore Limited to Chicago from NYC.

Apparently they stopped it now.
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