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Old July 4th, 2014, 02:25 AM   #4741
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at least we are gonna have all aboard florida, it's gonna be a game changer.
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Old July 4th, 2014, 05:46 AM   #4742
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Not surprising capacity is tight since they're all only 6 carriage trains.
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Old July 5th, 2014, 03:43 AM   #4743
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Yes, I know, but what I mean is to design them so they can actually maneuver the turns at at least 100mph.
That is the big issue which is why PennDesign looked at going via Long Island. The question I would have is what is the cost of tunneling versus a Long Island Sound tunnel with at grade via Long Island?
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Old July 5th, 2014, 11:15 AM   #4744
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Not surprising capacity is tight since they're all only 6 carriage trains.
They run up to 14 cars on the regional trains..
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Old July 5th, 2014, 04:49 PM   #4745
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I was talking about Acela Express
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Old July 6th, 2014, 09:55 PM   #4746
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All the people thinking the private finance makes the Texas proposal a done deal need to read this:

http://www.trainweb.org/tgvpages/texastgv.html
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Old July 6th, 2014, 10:07 PM   #4747
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World had changed for the last 20 years. HSR is more well-known now among the populace, concerns of energy independence and sustainability are much more 'hotter' issue today. Airlines also are likely to be more favourable of HSR, because can relieve congested airports from local traffic, allow to house more log- and mid- haul flights.
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Old July 7th, 2014, 01:10 AM   #4748
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Indeed: in Europe, many airlines have codeshare agreements for certain (HS) rail connections. For example, you can buy a cheap ticket Antwerp to London via Amsterdam, where the trip to Amsterdam is done by HS train.
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Old July 7th, 2014, 04:27 AM   #4749
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All the people thinking the private finance makes the Texas proposal a done deal need to read this:

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20 years ago, we did not see as much of a proliferation of high-speed rail, let alone the populations or the scale of mass transit. Austin is becoming an up and coming city with a young population that doesn't want to commute by car. The demographics will eventually lead to HSR, it is not a matter of if but when.
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Old July 7th, 2014, 07:49 AM   #4750
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Yes Of course build network.
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Old July 7th, 2014, 05:45 PM   #4751
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Not surprising capacity is tight since they're all only 6 carriage trains.
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They run up to 14 cars on the regional trains..
I've always wondered abut that. Why don't they add 2 or even 4 extra cars? Which stations platforms wouldn't be long enough to handle that?
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Old July 8th, 2014, 05:51 AM   #4752
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I've always wondered abut that. Why don't they add 2 or even 4 extra cars? Which stations platforms wouldn't be long enough to handle that?
All Acela stops can handle 14 cars...its more a carriage capacity issue. I have a feeling the newer trains will be the max along with the Newer regional sets. During Rush hour the line for Northeastern trains are sometimes 300 deep...so the demand is there...
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Old July 8th, 2014, 06:26 AM   #4753
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Ya it would probably make sense for them to expand the train sets to full capacity, also might be a good idea for Amtrak to invest some kawasaki Bi-level coaches or Bombardier multi-level coaches, whichever one can do 125mph, to increase capacity on the regionals.
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Yes, I know, but what I mean is to design them so they can actually maneuver the turns at at least 100mph.
That would be nice but some of these turns in Connecticut are so tight those speeds seem to be impossible. Again I'm not sure what they can do to get the track straight enough for consistent 124 mph operation without destroying some neighborhoods or building a bridge out on the coast.

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Old July 8th, 2014, 05:16 PM   #4755
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That would be nice but some of these turns in Connecticut are so tight those speeds seem to be impossible. Again I'm not sure what they can do to get the track straight enough for consistent 124 mph operation without destroying some neighborhoods or building a bridge out on the coast.

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Old July 10th, 2014, 05:15 AM   #4756
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Ya it would probably make sense for them to expand the train sets to full capacity, also might be a good idea for Amtrak to invest some kawasaki Bi-level coaches or Bombardier multi-level coaches, whichever one can do 125mph, to increase capacity on the regionals.
They would probably have to use the NJT coaches given the height clearance in Penn Station. For Regional trains, this would be okay but I would try to use off the shelf-EMUs if possible for those with distributed power. I am curious as to how they are comfort wise since their main purpose is commuter runs.
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Old July 10th, 2014, 05:40 AM   #4757
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They would probably have to use the NJT coaches given the height clearance in Penn Station. For Regional trains, this would be okay but I would try to use off the shelf-EMUs if possible for those with distributed power. I am curious as to how they are comfort wise since their main purpose is commuter runs.
I totally agree with you that Amtrak would have to use the Bombardier Multi-Level Coaches and about the EMU's but since Amtrak just bought the ACS64s it doesn't seem likely, and the comfortability on those coaches is meh, but they would probably have to make a lot of modifications to the cars as the would now be for longer distances so the seats the seats and baggage storage would probably be different also the added cafe cars.
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Old July 12th, 2014, 11:04 AM   #4758
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Environmental impact study begins for proposed high-speed rail from Houston to Dallas

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A proposed high speed rail between Houston and Dallas is gaining momentum after the Federal Railroad Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation agreed to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.
The environmental study will focus on impacts on agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial properties; streams and floodplains; wetlands and wildlife habitat; and open space. In addition, the study will analyze the potential impacts of stations, power facilities, and maintenance facilities that support rail operations.
Texas Central High-Speed Rail, a private company formed in 2009 to bring high speed rail to Texas, has proposed a dedicated high-speed rail that will connect Houston and Dallas in 90 minutes or less with departures every 30 minutes. The rail line will serve the nearly 50,000 Texans who travel back and forth between Houston and Dallas more than once per week.
While the rail line will be built with private funds, TxDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration will regulate construction and the rail’s operation.
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Old July 20th, 2014, 05:58 AM   #4759
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So are Amtraks new City Sprinters meant to replace the Genesis Locomotive or are they for something else?
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Old July 20th, 2014, 08:53 AM   #4760
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No City Sprinters are electric locomotive. Genesis are diesel locomotive.

Although Amtrak is probably gonna replace Genesis soon.
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