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Old March 17th, 2012, 03:01 AM   #241
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When is entry into service on the 7000 series?
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Old March 17th, 2012, 06:53 PM   #242
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Old May 1st, 2012, 03:25 AM   #243
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There's no telling the destination of the train featured in the following video, I wish I knew. Is the nearest track ever used; if so, when?
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 06:05 PM   #244
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There's no telling the destination of the train featured in the following video, I wish I knew. Is the nearest track ever used; if so, when?
Ah, Halethorpe Station. I remember it well. That's a northbound train headed eventually to Baltimore Penn Station. No telling if it's going to stop at West Baltimore before getting there.

As far as I can recall, they use the outside tracks only when Acela is scheduled to pass through at some point.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 06:00 AM   #245
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Baltimore light rail (MTA) is testing grass track beds

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Old May 5th, 2012, 02:55 PM   #246
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Perhaps they could install lawn mower blades under the LRVs to avoid the expense of having a separate crew cut the grass.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 10:26 PM   #247
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Even Belgrade has better trams than those.
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Old May 6th, 2012, 12:03 AM   #248
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Old May 6th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #249
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Just for comparison:

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Old May 6th, 2012, 02:37 AM   #250
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Even Belgrade has better trams than those.
Actually they aren't trams they are light rail vehicles. Whilst in Europe and other places light rail vehicles are generally trams that run on road or on a reserved right of way in North America light rail is a separate class sitting between tram (street car in US talk) and heavy rail.
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What's there to test? Tons of places around the world have trams running on wonderfully green grass, it's great.
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in Europe and other places light rail vehicles are generally trams that run on road or on a reserved right of way
Not where I'm from. Trams that run on road or on reserved right of way are called trams.

When trams share metro (or even train) tracks for part of their journey, they are generally considered light rail. Some trams that have strong metro characteristics (long distances between stations, speed, (almost) completely segregated track, longer vehicles) are also called light rail.
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Baltimore's fleet appears the crashworthy one of the lot ...
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Actually they aren't trams they are light rail vehicles. Whilst in Europe and other places light rail vehicles are generally trams that run on road or on a reserved right of way in North America light rail is a separate class sitting between tram (street car in US talk) and heavy rail.
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Not where I'm from. Trams that run on road or on reserved right of way are called trams.

When trams share metro (or even train) tracks for part of their journey, they are generally considered light rail. Some trams that have strong metro characteristics (long distances between stations, speed, (almost) completely segregated track, longer vehicles) are also called light rail.
Where are you from and also note the word generally, if you don't know what it means look it up in a dictonary.
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Where are you from and also note the word generally, if you don't know what it means look it up in a dictonary.
Europe.

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Europe.

And be nice.
In which case what I said, which to remind you is "Whilst in Europe and other places light rail vehicles are generally trams" is right. So what part where you disagreeing with? And be nice yourself.
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In which case what I said, which to remind you is "Whilst in Europe and other places light rail vehicles are generally trams" is right. So what part where you disagreeing with? And be nice yourself.
The Netherlands. But I haven't heard of any other European country calling trams, light rail.
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The distinction's been prominent for maybe a century now in N America, i.e., streetcar/trolley vs. interurban; nowadays, I suppose, it's vs LRT. Think of an interurban (LRT) as heavy duty tram ... the distinction may be the result of supplied voltage, current, such that substations could be spaced farther apart for the comparatively longer distances travelled around the continent Also, trolleybusses tend to be called trackless trolleys

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"... San Francisco’s BART was North America’s first modern interurban rapid transit system. ..."
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The Netherlands. But I haven't heard of any other European country calling trams, light rail.
Firstly I think you may have missread what I wrote. Suggest you go back and read my first post on the matter, in particular the bit where I said in America, repeat in America the vehicle that was in the picture was NOT refered to a tram, and how in Europe the vehicles that run on light rail systems are generally called trams (and are actually different to the vehicle pictured). In fact I would say it seems like we are actually in agreeance.

As for your comment above are you refering to the vehicles or to the system? If the system then most of the systems in the UK are refered to as light rail, but the vehicles are called trams (or the generic term train). The exception of course is the Docklands Light Rail system in London where the vehicles are not called trams, however quite clearly the DLR is heavier than what is considered light rail in the rest of Europe, in is more a metro system than anything.
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