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Old March 17th, 2012, 09:19 PM   #2241
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47-car- and 61-car-long passenger trains:


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I wonder how long the other passenger(?) unit(s) must be ... also, I thought this production had become extinct
... just how exactly is so little catenary support possible?
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Old March 17th, 2012, 11:14 PM   #2242
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Old March 18th, 2012, 05:28 AM   #2243
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I wonder how long the other passenger(?) unit(s) must be ... also, I thought this production had become extinct
... just how exactly is so little catenary support possible?
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The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus ('RBBX' to the railroaders) is very much alive and tours the USA with two separate shows (a 'blue' train and a 'red' train). It is an amazing bit of old-style Americana. Their productions are simply so *BIG* that the only way to cost-effectively transport them all from city to city is by rail.

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Old March 18th, 2012, 10:22 PM   #2244
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Do you know what's considered too excessive a distance from the siding(s) housing their parked trains a performance of theirs would be?
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Old March 19th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #2245
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Do you know what's considered too excessive a distance from the siding(s) housing their parked trains a performance of theirs would be?
Well, when they play at Madison Square Garden in NYC, they park the train in a yard across the Hudson River in New Jersey and cart everything, including walking their elephants, though the Holland Tunnel and up Varick St and 7th Ave. They do that during the low-traffic overnight hours.

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Old March 20th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #2246
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Heh heh ... such fanfare, back and forth, must induce reverse tolling to the port authority.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 08:42 PM   #2247
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So I guess the private sector is pulling through after all?

http://www.businesswire.com/news/hom...-Plans-Private

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MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (FECI), the owner of Florida’s premier passenger rail corridor, is developing a privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail service to connect South Florida and Orlando, which will be operational in 2014. By connecting the most visited city in the United States with South Florida’s business and vacation destinations, the passenger rail project, called All Aboard Florida, is designed to serve Florida’s growing number of business travelers, as well as families and tourists traveling for pleasure.

The All Aboard Florida passenger rail project will connect South Florida to Orlando through a 240-mile route combining 200 miles of existing tracks between Miami and Cocoa and the creation of 40 miles of new track to complete the route to Orlando. Eventually the system could be expanded with connections to Tampa and Jacksonville.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 09:41 PM   #2248
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I won't believe until I see some works on the ground.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 11:07 PM   #2249
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What really compels people into subscribing to the notion that private enterprise bear more incentive at deflating intallation costs than the public sector ever c/would, do tell me please?
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The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus ('RBBX' to the railroaders) is very much alive and tours the USA with two separate shows (a 'blue' train and a 'red' train). It is an amazing bit of old-style Americana. Their productions are simply so *BIG* that the only way to cost-effectively transport them all from city to city is by rail.

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The sound of that horn is outstanding !

So this the circus operated by the great great grand children of the legendary PT Barnum?

So how do they fit the elefants into those waggons,they must probably lay down.

Circus-trains are very rare nowadays.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 05:23 AM   #2251
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My YT page. Has quite a bit of rail shots across the country. Amtrak, commuter rails and metros.

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Old March 24th, 2012, 09:07 AM   #2252
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What really compels people into subscribing to the notion that private enterprise bear more incentive at deflating intallation costs than the public sector ever c/would, do tell me please?
Agency issues and profit-seeking. Private enterprise has more incentives to push costs down because it can capture all the savings as profits (in the case), whereas public entities just need less tax-funded money.
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Old March 25th, 2012, 01:46 AM   #2253
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Old March 25th, 2012, 03:42 AM   #2254
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Agency issues and profit-seeking. Private enterprise has more incentives to push costs down because it can capture all the savings as profits (in the case), whereas public entities just need less tax-funded money.
Except it never works that way in REALITY. Any time the private sector purports to do something more cheaply it is because they compromise quality/safety/longevity or price gouge consumers.
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Old April 5th, 2012, 02:17 PM   #2256
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 04:36 PM   #2257
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Hi, I'm a newcomer in here. I'd like to know which city in US held the distinction as being the railway city? And is that place also railfans-friendly?
And which station building is the most beautiful railway station ever built in United States?
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 05:41 PM   #2258
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Hi, I'm a newcomer in here. I'd like to know which city in US held the distinction as being the railway city? And is that place also railfans-friendly?
And which station building is the most beautiful railway station ever built in United States?
Well, the nexus of railroading in the USA is, hands down, Chicago. Due to its role as a railroad 'crossroads', there are busy active railroads, both freight and passenger, all over the metro area. Chicagoland is not all that 'railfan-friendly', however, mainly due to security and local crime-related issues, but there are plenty of good places with a couple of hours' drive time of there, including actual open-to-the-public 'railfan' parks, to catch good train action. Some METRA suburban commuter stations are railfan-tolerant, too.

Are you planning to visit the USA soon?

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Old April 23rd, 2012, 05:58 PM   #2259
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He..he..he...not that soon. Considering that traveling to USA could be rather expensive for me. But still, once my business is well and running, I'd like to visit places that covered by TRAINS On Location videos, such as Donner Pass or Tehachapi Pass (if they're accessible) or just traveling by Amtrak train.

Oh, is it also possible to travel all the way from West to East Coast with single train?

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Old April 23rd, 2012, 10:28 PM   #2260
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Apparently not. I just looked at Amtrak's site and to go from, say, Washington to
Los Angeles, you have to change either in Chicago or in New Orleans. There used to
be a coast-to-coast train using the Southern route but that seems to have vanished.
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