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Old March 21st, 2015, 02:53 AM   #5441
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Did you take any pictures on the 13th by any chance?
No , did you see someone along the line?
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Old March 21st, 2015, 03:00 AM   #5442
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Old March 21st, 2015, 05:37 AM   #5443
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Oooh, massive!

Did you know that PSNY and Sunnyside are the only places in the US (if not the world) where there are 3rd rail and catenary systems concurrently (not just transition points). It is prohibited by the FRA, but this little knot was grandfathered in-it dates back to 1935 when the PRR brought the AC juice up from Philadelphia.
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Old March 21st, 2015, 05:47 AM   #5444
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Oh for the love of? Can we get rid of these antiquated kooks?!?
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Old March 21st, 2015, 05:51 AM   #5445
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Oh for the love of? Can we get rid of these antiquated kooks?!?
Who are you calling antiquated kook?!!!
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Old March 21st, 2015, 06:06 AM   #5446
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Oooh, massive!

Did you know that PSNY and Sunnyside are the only places in the US (if not the world) where there are 3rd rail and catenary systems concurrently (not just transition points). It is prohibited by the FRA, but this little knot was grandfathered in-it dates back to 1935 when the PRR brought the AC juice up from Philadelphia.
Theres a few places in Europe where the 2 run together...
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The FRA!!
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Theres a few places in Europe where the 2 run together...
Without just being a transition point? After additional thought, I can only think of Ashford International as such a point.

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The FRA!!
It's less the FRA that you should be ranting about than its regulations. And while I agree that there is a need for some liberalization, this particular rule is grounded in safety. Besides, it's not exactly a situation that can or will occur in the US other than here.
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 11:35 AM   #5449
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Blumenthal: High-speed rail must include Connecticut

By Mary E. O’Leary, [email protected], @nhrmoleary on Twitter

Posted: 03/20/15, 8:48 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN >> U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal Friday said his most cynical take on why the Republican House approved a re-authorization of Amtrak that envisions a high-speed rail system without stops in Connecticut is that it’s political.

He said a Congress with a Republican House and Senate “might be less than sympathetic to a state that has a Democratic congressional delegation.”

Blumenthal, in a press conference at Union Station, said he hopes a political motive doesn’t come into play, but in any event, he will work to ensure that a Senate bill will include a stop in Connecticut.

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This man is a moron...neither the Amtrak plan which is flawed and the various FRA proposals skip over his state or any state in the Northeast...
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I think he's referring to the most recent PRRIA bill that came out of the house
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 01:45 AM   #5451
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This man is a moron...neither the Amtrak plan which is flawed and the various FRA proposals skip over his state or any state in the Northeast...
The skip of New Haven though makes no sense though.

At this point when it comes to NEC upgrades, at least get NYP-PHL completed since it should generally stay on the current alignment. I think between Baltimore and Philly, that will have to be looked at closer for which alignment to use. I mapped out an I-95 alternative between Newark, DE to Baltimore, MD due to curve geometry for 220 mph would be best served via those two rather than on the current alignment.
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Well ideally it would all be new alignments but no one wants to spend the dough
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 02:12 AM   #5453
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Well ideally it would all be new alignments but no one wants to spend the dough
Let's be honest, even if everyone was perfectly okay with the price tag, you'd have an uphill battle getting property owners to go along.
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 02:13 AM   #5454
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The skip of New Haven though makes no sense though.

At this point when it comes to NEC upgrades, at least get NYP-PHL completed since it should generally stay on the current alignment. I think between Baltimore and Philly, that will have to be looked at closer for which alignment to use. I mapped out an I-95 alternative between Newark, DE to Baltimore, MD due to curve geometry for 220 mph would be best served via those two rather than on the current alignment.
The FRA plan services New Haven & Hartford....but skips the rest of the state. But Connecticut's Rail Plan connects all the Major towns and cities to the HSR stations or cities... So its not like anyone misses out...
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Is the the FRA plan that goes through Long Island?
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Let's be honest, even if everyone was perfectly okay with the price tag, you'd have an uphill battle getting property owners to go along.

This is why japan enacted a new law. 40m below a property you can dg tunnels without permission or compensation to the landowners. In the countryside where land is cheap they'll buy property. In the urban areas where land is neither plentiful or cheap the dig. Of course it helps when 80% of a line will be underground like the new maglev.

I can see something similar happening in the USA east coast.
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Is the the FRA plan that goes through Long Island?
Yes , it uses abandoned ROW , Interstate ROW , Utility ROW and some expanded trackage on LI , and in CT and MA...
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This man is a moron...neither the Amtrak plan which is flawed and the various FRA proposals skip over his state or any state in the Northeast...
The weird thing I find about this is that the GOP actually approved of the bill; if memory serves me well, they were very hostile to the idea of High-speed rail.... At least the state governments that were GOP controlled :P
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