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Old June 15th, 2015, 11:23 PM   #5741
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I know it's been a big topic here in Richmond as more efforts are pushed to link Richmond, VA to DC with a HSR. This would make a huge impact to Richmond as it would link us more physically and even mentally to the entire northeaster corridor.

More HSR can only be a good thing!
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Old June 16th, 2015, 12:00 AM   #5742
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I wish that one day, even 40 years in the future, one could walk into Main Street Station, and Board an Acela. Very unlikely though, but this is a great start.

and yeah, I would love for Richmond to become more linked with the Northeast in any way possible.
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Old June 16th, 2015, 04:33 AM   #5743
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More about Network Rail and the CHSRA contract:
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Network Rail has boosted its international credentials by winning work on the USís first high-speed railway line despite recent criticism from the UKís transport regulator.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has awarded a $700m (£453m) contract to a team led by Parsons Brinkerhoff, the engineering consultancy, which includes Network Railís consultancy arm.

The deal will see the consortium provide programme delivery and management services on the first phase of Californiaís $68bn high-speed railway line.

Network Railís consultancy arm was established in 2012 as part of plans to transform its in-house expertise into a commercially viable business.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/db40e...#axzz3dBUXleOs

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Old June 16th, 2015, 05:05 PM   #5744
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Seems like everything is on-track. Should begin seeing actual construction along the rest of the CP-1 later on this summer, as well, as condemnation/land acquisition continues to pick up.

Hope they put up a webcam. Probably unlikely, to be honest, but one can hope

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Rail authority to kick off construction of Fresno River Viaduct

Construction of the first aerial structure for Californiaís $69 billion high-speed rail project will kick off this week in Madera.

To commemorate the start of construction, the Rail Authority will host an event Tuesday at the intersection of Highway 145 and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train tracks near the Fresno River in Madera.
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Old June 17th, 2015, 04:37 AM   #5745
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I think this goes here??

Breaking: All Aboard Florida seeks construction manager for Orlando rail route

:All Aboard Florida is close to naming a contractor that will oversee the construction of the 35-mile Orlando leg of the $2.5 billion Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail corridor.

"The Coral Gables-based firm on June 29 expects to award a construction management contract that would include building the new railway and roadway from Cocoa to Orlando and structures within Orlando International Airport for the new passenger train and its related projects."

"All Aboard on June 11 collected qualifications from firms interested in the project, which is slated to be completed by Aug. 31, 2017."

http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/b...struction.html
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Old June 17th, 2015, 06:44 AM   #5746
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CHSR construction begins at the Fresno River in Madera










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Old June 17th, 2015, 12:12 PM   #5747
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Here is the newspaper article on the beginning of constuction.

http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/...e24647566.html
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Old June 17th, 2015, 06:01 PM   #5748
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YYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've been waiting 3 years for this day
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Old June 17th, 2015, 08:05 PM   #5749
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http://www.progressiverailroading.co...urchase--44779

Now if this could happen it would be amazing.
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Old June 17th, 2015, 08:24 PM   #5750
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Does anybody have word on the 160 mph improvements in New Jersey? I've been so excited about them.
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Old June 17th, 2015, 09:04 PM   #5751
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Also does anyone know what the deal is with the Acela Replacement tender the article mentions Alstom, but I've heard nothing since November on this matter, anyone have any news on this?
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Also does anyone know what the deal is with the Acela Replacement tender the article mentions Alstom, but I've heard nothing since November on this matter, anyone have any news on this?
I think the RFP you're talking about is part of the long-term, future vision that entails acquiring new rolling stock. This particular article is referencing the short-term plan of simply increasing the available number of cars (I think they want to run 8-car configurations...if memory serves me correctly....).


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Old June 17th, 2015, 09:26 PM   #5753
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I get that though the article mention this "the leases on its current trains, which were acquired in 1994, are set to expire in the next six to eight years. As a result, Amtrak needs to advance production of its next generation trains," so that makes me question the idea of buying more Acela trainsets especially when in the past twenty years Alstom has developed better tilting trainsets and also developed some of the best traction motors in the world.
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I get that though the article mention this "the leases on its current trains, which were acquired in 1994, are set to expire in the next six to eight years. As a result, Amtrak needs to advance production of its next generation trains," so that makes me question the idea of buying more Acela trainsets especially when in the past twenty years Alstom has developed better tilting trainsets and also developed some of the best traction motors in the world.
Ah, yes. That makes sense.
Would active-tilt make a huge difference in operation speeds for the Acela on the NEC?
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The current Acela trainsets have active tilting
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The current Acela trainsets have active tilting
I'm aware...

I guess what I was trying to ask is whether the improvements mentioned would make a difference. It seems like the existing tilt-capabilities of the existing rolling-stock has not been very useful for a variety of reasons, no?
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It's been helpful on the New Haven-Boston Stretch
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It's been helpful on the New Haven-Boston Stretch
Good to know.

So, would the FRA be more lenient on clearance, with new improvements made, then?
I'm just trying to get a handle on what you meant when you said that above...
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I doubt it, I don't think the FRA's rules on crash worthiness standards (damage management vs. Crash avoidance) have changed. Even though the British rail class 390 "Pendolinos" have fantastic crashworthiness. But I just wish there was more transparency in this process, seriously how hard is it to draft a press release?
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Parsons Brinckerhoff-Network Rail consortium wins $700m California high-speed rail contract
15 June 2015

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) in the US has awarded a $700m contract to a consortium led by the engineering consultancy Parsons Brinkerhoff for the high-speed rail programme.

The consortium includes Network Rail's international consulting arm Network Rail Consulting and management consultants LeighFisher.

As part of the deal, the consortium will provide programme delivery and management services on the first phase of California's $68bn high-speed railway project . . . .

The RDP contract will help move forward with construction and focus towards planning and implementation of operations.

Parsons Brinckerhoff beat Bechtel Infrastructure to win the contract, which will run through 2022.

The companies were evaluated on their ability to address engineering and construction abilities, including seismic tunnelling, high-speed systems, operations, testing, commissioning and support of alternative delivery models, including public-private partnerships . . . .
http://www.railway-technology.com/ne...ntract-4600924
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