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Old January 31st, 2017, 07:14 PM   #3401
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Eurotunnel 2016

http://www.eurotunnelgroup.com/uploa...e-for-2016.pdf

The number of passengers on Eurostar trains has fallen by 3.7% (logically, after the attacks, a couple of months ago they talked about cutting services and jobs), +2,1 in number of cars, -8,2% in coaches, +10.6% in number of trucks, and a real breakdown in freight trains: -25.8% in trains and -26.7% in tons for, according to explain, to the strikes during two months in SNCF, the pressure of the immigrants in Calais, and the poor grain harvest. In the last quarter it rose 12% per year.

The total estimated number of travelers fell 2.3% while the number of tons rose by 8.1%.

In November they sold their subsidiary GB Railfreight to DB Cargo AG.
In December they hope to put two services to Amsterdam in 3 h 50 m, at 153 km/h on average. They also talked about putting a Bordeaux, although it does not appear in the summer time or in the autumn.
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Old February 1st, 2017, 10:14 PM   #3402
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GBRF has not been sold to DB Cargo. The company has been sold to EQT Infrastructure which owns Hector Rail.
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Old February 1st, 2017, 11:16 PM   #3403
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Yes, true, my mistake.
But everything else is true, although not interested.
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Old February 4th, 2017, 12:51 PM   #3404
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RZD Talgo trainsets Moscow-Berlin

The rodales incorporate a new system gauge change different from that used for the last 47 years in Spain, in order to prevent ice from impeding the operation of the mechanism, heated air is released from the passenger compartment.


According to José Luis López Gómez, of Patentes Talgo, the air of the passenger compartment is completely renewed 8 times every hour (which supposes 8% of the power of consumption) and Is blown to the wheels (rodales) at a temperature of 24 degrees Celsius to prevent the formation of ice in the exchange mechanism. The system was tested in Kazakhstan at 32 degrees below zero, on bench test at -42 and this past January, in commercial service, at -30 without any problem in the gauge changer.

In a Russian web said that it warmed to 38 degrees (примерно 38 градусов), but in Talgo insist that it is the normal air of exit of the passenger compartment.

On the outside there is a lot of ice:




More information about the Talgo RZD trainsets in this post.
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Old February 12th, 2017, 07:00 PM   #3405
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I travelled to Lille earlier on this year via Eurostar and the inside of the carriages were very worn and would probably need a complete refit. In fact, they hadn't changed that much from when I first used Eurostar to go to Brussels in 2005.
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The Eurostar e320 sets are more than 20 years old and have been used extensively throughout the years. By running at speeds of up to 300 kph, and traversing the warm channel tunnel (even if it's snowing outside), the units have received quite a battering.

A heavy refurbishment is required, but Eurostar decided that replacement of the majority of the fleet is a better investment than an overhaul. A few TGV-TMST units will be retained, but the majority of services will be replaced with the newer - and bigger (150 seats more) - Velaro fleet.
Two refurbished TMST are already running in service: 3015/3016 (with trailer cars of the original set 3211/3212) and 3211/3212 (with trailer cars of set 3203/3204, their motorcars are already shredded metal). Next refurbished set is 3219/3220, to return in E*-service any day now (was released from Hellemmes works last week and is doing test runs now).

Still 5 to go then..

Edit: Set 3007/3008 already has the new livery, but still has the original interior and will have to return a second time to Hellemmes for fitting the new interiors. Source:
lapassiondutrain.blogspot.be/2015/09/rame-eurostar-30073219-par-didier.html

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Old February 23rd, 2017, 07:27 PM   #3406
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From Railway Gazette

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/n...missioned.html

Helsinki – Tallinn tunnel feasibility studies commissioned
23 Feb 2017



EUROPE: Two consortia have been appointed to study the feasibility of the FinEst Link proposal to build a 92 km under-sea railway tunnel linking Finland and Estonia.

A consortium of Ramboll Finland, Sito, Strafica, Urban Research and Pöyry Finland will estimate passenger and freight volumes and undertake a cost-benefit study. This will inform a future decision about whether there is a case for a tunnel, or whether it would be better to focus on developing the current maritime services and improving transport connections to the ports of Helsinki and Tallinn

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Old February 24th, 2017, 01:20 AM   #3407
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Old February 24th, 2017, 05:22 PM   #3408
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Hey, 4-5 years for approval, and another 5 for construction? Its possible.
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Old February 25th, 2017, 05:41 PM   #3409
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It will be the longest undersea tunnel, unless the chinese will make a faster construction of the planned 123 km Bohai strait tunnel.

Anyway it's a huge leap in length for undersea tunnels if comparing with today's longest Seikan Tunnel which is 53.85 km.
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Old February 25th, 2017, 11:28 PM   #3410
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After a certain point increasing length ceases to be an engineering challenge and just becomes a matter of money.

I don't get the 92 km distance. The normal ferry route looks to be about 85km but if I was to build a tunnel I would start at the island just past Puunsi, tunnel towards Jarvo and bring it ashore on bridges an causeways. This would require about 55 km of tunnel
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Old February 28th, 2017, 10:32 PM   #3411
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New doubledecker trains Sweden-Denmark in 2020 ?

There will be a commuter service with double-deckertrains across the Öresund strait.

-A direct service from Ystad to Copenhagen.

-A direct service from Helsingborg to Copenhagen.

-A change from 20 minutes traffic to 15 min traffic at off peak hours.
before the bordercontrol was established there was 10min traffic at rush hour and 20 min traffic at off peak hours.

-There will be a total of 7 departures an hour across the bridge (one way)

This will only happen if the id-checks at the border will be eliminated.

This is a draft plan project for 2020 by the strategy department of railways in southern Sweden (Skåne).

Double decker trains cost about half as much to buy and can, unlike today's trains across the strait, be extended. Today each train has 700 seats, but with the new trains there will be up to 1000 seats available.
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Old March 1st, 2017, 06:19 AM   #3412
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The train in the picture is Israeli.
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Old March 1st, 2017, 02:26 PM   #3413
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 02:17 PM   #3414
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Eurostar to Amsterdam

From the site of the Man in Seat 61 :

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Eurostar to Amsterdam, more details...

Eurostar's planned London-Amsterdam timetable was revealed last year (see last year's news here) and it's now becoming clear how security checks are likely to work in the London-bound direction for the new service, likely to start this coming December - although Eurostar tell me it's still work in progress.

Passengers will indeed check in at their starting stations in the Netherlands, with X-ray & passport checks performed before boarding at Amsterdam Centraal, Schiphol and Rotterdam, so no need to get off before London. In London you'll just walk off the train as you do now. Domestic Benelux passengers will be able to use the train from Amsterdam and Rotterdam to Brussels, they will not need to go through any security or passport checks, but will board half the 900-seat e320 Eurostar set aside for them. Doors between the London-bound and Benelux domestic halves of the train will be locked shut. When the Benelux domestic passengers alight at Brussels, their half of the train will be security-swept before Brussels to London passengers are allowed on. This is the reason behind the 20 minute station stop at Brussels in the inwards direction, which did indeed seem longer than necessary if nothing were being done, but much too short for the equivalent of the 'Lille shuffle' on the Marseille to London Eurostar, where passengers have to alight, go through check-in and re-board.

I have to say this seems an eminently sensible solution, allowing Eurostar to provide a seamless Amsterdam to London service with no need to alight for passport and security checks en route, as some people had feared. It also allows them to provide much-needed capacity between Amsterdam & Brussels given the failure of the Fyra project a few years ago, and to allocate sufficient space to Brussels-London passengers.

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Is such a scheme going to work without "sealing off" the platform before and
while the E* train will be in the station ? It seems to me that otherwise, the
check-in controls could easily be defeated. But is there enough capacity in the
stations of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Schiphol to do that ?
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 03:10 PM   #3415
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http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ne...2020-0tqhstpl9

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Direct trains could run between London and Frankfurt within three years under plans to maintain Britain’s post-Brexit links to Europe, The Times has learnt.

Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s state rail operator, is resurrecting proposals to run high-speed trains through the Channel tunnel just as Britain pulls out of the EU.
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 09:19 PM   #3416
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DB already presented the ICE 7 years ago at St. Pancras. Wouldn't hold my breath for this to happen in three years now.
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 11:58 PM   #3417
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DB have denied the rumour.
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Old March 24th, 2017, 10:39 PM   #3418
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So in the London - Amsterdam direction, there won't be the elongated Brussels stop?

Is having security at Schipol workable? It's not like they have much spare space or platform capacity. Antwerp wasn't mentioned either - I'd have thought a more lucrative stop than Schipol but perhaps not.
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Old March 25th, 2017, 01:31 AM   #3419
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Indeed, no longer stop is needed in Brussels when heading northbound as there's no need for extra security checks. The Eurostar won't call at Antwerp.
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Old March 27th, 2017, 12:09 PM   #3420
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The leaked timetables have an Antwerp stop on the London - Amsterdam direction but not on the return.
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