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Old September 5th, 2014, 10:40 PM   #761
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any news on rail projects in these states united?
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Old September 9th, 2014, 06:32 PM   #762
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Caltrain launches electric train consultation
Tuesday, September 09, 2014



CALIFORNIAN commuter rail operator Caltrain has launched a public consultation on its future electric train fleet as part of plans to electrify the 82km San Francisco – San Jose line.

Caltrain says the EMUs will replace around 75% of its fleet of diesel locomotives and coaches on the route under the Caltrain Modernisation Programme, which is due to be completed by 2019. The cost of the project is estimated at $US 1.2bn, including $US 440m for the new train fleet.

The board of Caltrain issued a request for information to suppliers in May for the procurement of EMUs. However, the project has not yet been approved and Caltrain says a formal request for proposals will not be issued until the scheme has been granted environmental clearance, which is expected before the end of the year.
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Old September 9th, 2014, 07:58 PM   #763
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Nice, but why EMUs ? If they have got the coaches, why not just keep them
and replace the locos ? Or is there a plan to re-deploy those coaches
elsewhere ?
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Old September 9th, 2014, 08:04 PM   #764
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Greater efficiency. Also the new ones from Bombardier, Stadler, and Alstom are nice and Shiny. So why not?
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Old September 9th, 2014, 08:30 PM   #765
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Plus high speed rail will come to San Francisco in 10-20 years
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Old September 11th, 2014, 07:44 PM   #766
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Nice, but why EMUs ? If they have got the coaches, why not just keep them
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It appears they want the ability to easily divide and join trains while benefiting from lighter and quicker European-style multiple units.

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Old September 11th, 2014, 10:53 PM   #767
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Great video yet it seems like the train runs extremely slow.
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Old September 13th, 2014, 12:57 AM   #768
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Great video yet it seems like the train runs extremely slow.
You have to know which sections of track permit the higher running speeds. Skip the first half of the video if you want to watch the train fly down the track between 80 and 100 mph.
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Old September 25th, 2014, 06:30 PM   #769
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Track renewals completed for Chicago – St Louis upgrade
25 Sep 2014



USA: Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn joined officials from Union Pacific and Amtrak in Granite City on September 22 to mark the completion of track renewals on UP’s Chicago – St Louis route, marking ‘a significant milestone’ in the programme to upgrade the route for passenger services to operate at up to 175 km/h.

‘The work done today will help residents get to their destinations quickly and efficiently for years to come’, said Quinn. ‘I am proud that our state is leading the way on this transportation trend of the future’.

The programme is currently on schedule to reduce the journey time of 5 h 30 min between Chicago and St Louis by 30 min at the end of 2015, and by a further 30 min by the end of 2017. By the end of 2015, more than two-thirds of the route will have been upgraded for 175 km/h operation, currently available on the 24 km between Dwight and Pontiac

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Report highlights vulnerability of Amtrak’s NYC tunnels
Thursday, October 02, 2014



A NEW engineering report assessing the damage caused to the Amtrak-owned Hudson River and East River tunnels in New York City by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 recommends a phased process of maintenance works, which will require taking individual tunnel tubes out of service for extended periods

While the report found that the tunnels remain safe for passenger operations and there is no evidence that the tunnel linings are unsound, it notes that chlorides and sulfates have, and are continuing to cause, significant damage to key tunnel components such as the bench walls and track as well as signalling electrical and mechanical systems. It consequently highlights the need to push ahead with the Gateway Program to construct a new railway tunnel in New York

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Old October 3rd, 2014, 06:53 AM   #771
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Welp Here's hoping the house passes the new amtrak bill so amtrak can get the bond money to get gateway going.
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It appears they want the ability to easily divide and join trains while benefiting from lighter and quicker European-style multiple units.

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Is that what's happening now? Are those old FRA rules that required all trains in the US to be super-heavy a thing of the past?

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Is that wha'ts happening now? Are those old FAR rules that required all trains in the US to be super-heavy a thing of the past?
The FRA gave Caltrain a waiver due to their relatively isolated operation.
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Old October 5th, 2014, 12:49 AM   #775
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Isn't the FRA just allowing acceptances to the rule? previously no matter what a train needed to meet the crash standards but now they allow exemptions in certain cases, as Canada has done for a while now.
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Isn't the FRA just allowing acceptances to the rule? previously no matter what a train needed to meet the crash standards but now they allow exemptions in certain cases, as Canada has done for a while now.
They're supposed to be completely reviewing the rules and we'll know by 2015 the exact details. Though there's been every indication that they will stop requiring such heavy rolling stock.
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Old October 15th, 2014, 08:08 PM   #777
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Blast from the past! St Louis Steam Train Association passenger cars found in a rail yard in Minneapolis. I apologize for not being able to get a close shot but that was as close as legally allowed and the zoom on the new camera needed to be fixed
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