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Old June 17th, 2015, 10:54 PM   #5761
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Regardless of what the "vision" of Amtrack is the truth of the matter is that nowadays the depreciation period of high speed trains has been extended because the first set of them has proved to last longer than expected, in France the trains are on the way to last 50 years. As a result in Spain the depreciation has been extended from 25 years to 40. I am sure that the new trains of Amtrack will take this into account and therefore there will be no sustitution of trains after 20 years, as the "vision" indicates.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 12:11 AM   #5762
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If the real Hyperloop ends up being this luxurious inside, it's going to be an amazing way to travel

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/a-hyp...#ixzz3dM8yuTta
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Old June 18th, 2015, 12:14 AM   #5763
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Meh, I hope High speed rail is chosen over some Cheesy Sci-fi fantasy in the future. Honestly, that thing would look ugly as hell in a train station, or just about anywhere.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 12:19 AM   #5764
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Also it doesn't make logistical sense, while it is a great engineering exercise, in order for the hyper-loop to move massive amounts of people The pods would need to be massive, and the over congestion of the tubes would make this a very difficult endeavor it's cool transit not mass transit.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 02:07 AM   #5765
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Here's a link to another article on Hyperloop:

http://www.businessinsider.com/hyper...rtation-2015-6

And here's a chart from that article:

http://static6.businessinsider.com/i...00.51%20pm.png

Can you see where they made a mistake?

Suddenly, Hyperloop has lost all credibility with me.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 02:09 AM   #5766
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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?
Hmm...well, the rumor I've always heard was that some of the tilting capability hasn't been fully utilized because it would bring the trains too near trains on adjacent tracks for the FRA's tastes.

Again, that's the only reason I was asking, because I've never gotten a straight answer on how tilting works with Acelas on the NEC. People always insinuate there was some kind of flaw with the design/tracks that doesn't allow it to work, fully. Thus, my ears just perked up after your first comment.

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Regardless of what the "vision" of Amtrack is the truth of the matter is that nowadays the depreciation period of high speed trains has been extended because the first set of them has proved to last longer than expected, in France the trains are on the way to last 50 years. As a result in Spain the depreciation has been extended from 25 years to 40. I am sure that the new trains of Amtrack will take this into account and therefore there will be no sustitution of trains after 20 years, as the "vision" indicates.
Just to clarify, the "vision" simply proposes adding additional capacity to the existing rolling stock (i.e. additional cars), while gradually acquiring the new rolling stock, over an extended period, phasing out the current/old rolling stock while simultaneously replacing it with the newly acquired ones...

As Tower Dude pointed out, it seems like there may be mounting pressure to just accelerate the procurement of the new trains sooner, rather than later.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 04:53 AM   #5767
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Someone should create a HyperLoop/Maglev thread...
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Someone should create a HyperLoop/Maglev thread...

A hyperloop thread perhaps but maglev is high speed rail with several implementations around the world. Not to mention specifically viable for green field installations like the USA.
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Old June 18th, 2015, 05:11 AM   #5769
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A hyperloop thread perhaps but maglev is high speed rail with several implementations around the world. Not to mention specifically viable for green field installations like the USA.
I think Maglev should be separate...its not a conventional HSR train...
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Old June 18th, 2015, 06:30 AM   #5770
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Would Hyperloop go under railways?
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No its better suited for the skybar...
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Heavy equipment finally moving on California high-speed rail construction

http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/...e24647566.html

New aviation chief calls high-speed rail to O'Hare 'essential' infrastructure

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-...infrastructure

VIDEO WEDNESDAY: HIGH-SPEED AT HIGH COSTS?

http://www.diplomaticourier.com/blog...-at-high-costs

Lawmakers cut reporting rules for high-speed rail
Spokeswoman: Change is meant to make reporting more efficient

http://www.kcra.com/news/lawmakers-c...-rail/33611746

How the Private Sector Drives Infrastructure Progress

http://tech.co/private-sector-infras...ogress-2015-06
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Old June 19th, 2015, 02:00 AM   #5773
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Flatiron Secures $1.2 Billion High Speed Rail Project

http://www.businesswire.com/news/hom...l#.VYNISvlVhBc

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I think Maglev should be separate...its not a conventional HSR train...

Could start a "conventional hsr" thread.
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Old June 19th, 2015, 05:09 AM   #5775
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Does anybody have word on the 160 mph improvements in New Jersey? I've been so excited about them.
I haven't been down on that part of the NEC since Early May.... I was trying to encourage more RR Employees to sign up here & post but no luck. Maybe Fan Railer could have better luck then me...
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Old June 19th, 2015, 05:13 AM   #5776
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I haven't been down on that part of the NEC since Early May.... I was trying to encourage more RR Employees to sign up here & post but no luck. Maybe Fan Railer could have better luck then me...
Is Fan Railer the Guy with the YouTube account?
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Old June 19th, 2015, 07:02 AM   #5777
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Is Fan Railer the Guy with the YouTube account?
Yes , Hes very popular in the community... His Train Sim Mods are very high quality and I think he also works for the MTA or volunteers for them.

One of the Major complaints ive heard about this site is the lack of organization... A lot of people who could provide valuable insight and photos are turned off by the messy layout of some of the sub forums. The NYC/NJ/CT forum is often brought up... I think if that forum was overhauled and made less clunky similar to Baltimore/Washington or Seattle then overtime we could see a few hundred new members either sign up or use their accounts... Which would spill over to this forum and others across the site. You would get employees who like to post photos from restricted areas that they have access of along with insider info. I think eventually once the Gateway Project gets up and running that would be a great thing to have. I'm sure the members of this forum could ask someone to snap a few photos of the work in the 160 zone. I think once word spreads of certain areas of this site be reorganized then you'll attract people to US Freight which lacks input. Just my 2 cents I know that was off topic...
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massive public transportation is the FUTURE..... car dependency and suburban sprawl connected by highways is not sustainable, expensive, not-ecological, and dysfunctional!
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massive public transportation is the FUTURE..... car dependency and suburban sprawl connected by highways is not sustainable, expensive, not-ecological, and dysfunctional!
Looks like you came to the right place, my friend.
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