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Old December 12th, 2005, 12:29 AM   #21
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SF's trains are decent enough (not amazing but ok) and there not steel boxes!
Most US Transit agencies dont care about appearance that much because they dont have the money to care.
anyways that train would make sense if there are both high and low platforms because it seems like the inner set of doors is for high platforms and the outer is for lower plaforms
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Old December 12th, 2005, 01:25 AM   #22
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^ Presumably, you can use both types at high-level platforms though, so I'm not sure why there are two separate high-level only doors, unless it's designed to quicken the loading/unloading process at high-level platforms.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 01:29 AM   #23
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Houston's light rail system isn't horrible looking:




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Old December 12th, 2005, 01:36 AM   #24
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I use the bombarider bi-level trains almost everyday in T.O. where they originally started, they are very nice. Here are some from Seattle. Bad pics sorry

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Old December 12th, 2005, 01:56 AM   #25
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I agree, Houston's light rail looks awesome, plus it was a nice ride in my opinion.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 01:59 AM   #26
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Houston's light rail system isn't horrible looking:
That's a modern tram/train!

When it comes to light rail, there are modern designs too in america.
When will the modernity reach the heavy rail and buses?
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Old December 12th, 2005, 02:43 AM   #27
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Houstons is good. too bad drivers are so incompetent and keep crashing into them

This is actually mainly drivers faults though. Also, i dont trust websites which advocate automatic weapons for self-defense.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 02:54 AM   #28
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That's a modern tram/train!

When it comes to light rail, there are modern designs too in america.
When will the modernity reach the heavy rail and buses?
probably not (at least for a while) the only reason a lot of the trams/light rail vehicles are new is because they are low-floor for ada complaince.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 08:15 AM   #29
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The Sounder train is the Bombardier model that is commmon is North America. I think Sydney Australia also has high platform double deckers.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 08:18 PM   #30
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^ Can those Bombardier trains go through tunnels, or are they strictly for above-ground use?
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Old December 13th, 2005, 12:40 AM   #31
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Of course they can go through tunnels, probably not New York area tunnels though.

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Bostons MBTA also has them, they're really not that uncommon.
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Of course they can go through tunnels, probably not New York area tunnels though.
Right, but I'm sure those tunnels must have been built for the trains. These new NJT bi-level cars can barely squeeze through the NY/NJ tunnels. That's one of the reasons why NJT want's a new tunnel under the Hudson River.
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Old December 13th, 2005, 01:08 AM   #33
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Of course they can go through tunnels, probably not New York area tunnels though.


Bostons MBTA also has them, they're really not that uncommon.

They look like tin cans. Why can't they paint the whole train?
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Old December 13th, 2005, 03:01 AM   #34
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They look like tin cans. Why can't they paint the whole train?

I have no clue if this is true, but weather might be a factor in some form.
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Old December 13th, 2005, 06:26 AM   #35
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Toronto GO Transit has Bombardier bi-levels, they arent as odd looking as these NJ ones.

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Old December 13th, 2005, 07:30 AM   #36
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Most commuter rail in the NA have those. And they are better looking than the nj ones
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Old December 13th, 2005, 08:26 AM   #37
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Those are some fugly trains.

Why can't we have commuter trains that look like this?



Suburban trains that circulate through Madrid.
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Old December 13th, 2005, 03:13 PM   #38
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Hi! here's a selection of trains that run in the Lille (FR) area and region!

[IMG]http://www.****************/materiel/automotr/z_24500/24513m.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://www.****************/materiel/autorail/x_73500/73538m.jpg[/IMG]

Isn't the 1st one absolutely gorgeous?
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Old December 13th, 2005, 04:45 PM   #39
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Ha, it looks like this:
http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?q=4547_1&v=z
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Old December 13th, 2005, 05:41 PM   #40
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its due to the USA's "wonderful" Federal Railroad Administration and there over the top crash standerds..
Most of the Euro/Asian trains wont work for the US and there isnt the demand for good looking rail cars and power units.
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