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Old July 29th, 2015, 03:39 AM   #2961
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Why not make the whole platform high level - the marginal increase in cost is really not that much.
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Old July 29th, 2015, 04:53 AM   #2962
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Why not make the whole platform high level - the marginal increase in cost is really not that much.
Shhhhhhh , your common sense logic is non compatible with American thinking....
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Old July 30th, 2015, 03:41 PM   #2963
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Union Pacific e-9 led Executive Train at Winfield, IL



Union Pacific executive train passes Winfield, Illinois with a train of matching passenger cars. Pulled behind a shiny set 0f E-9s with number 949 on the point.

Published in the 20th Century Railroad Club newsletter

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Old July 30th, 2015, 09:16 PM   #2964
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If you're gonna build a retractable platform (not really a superior solution to begin with) why don't you build one that actually extends all the way to the train car so you don't need the bridge plate?!?

Gods the fail
Doesn't it have to do with clearance of freight trains? Passenger trains are narrower than freight trains, and platforms can't obstruct their loading gauge?
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Old July 30th, 2015, 11:09 PM   #2965
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Can AMTRAK just buy the railways? Average speeds for normal trains needs to be at least 70 mph to be competitive with car travel.
70 mph = 113 km/h.

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Old July 31st, 2015, 07:11 AM   #2966
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Doesn't it have to do with clearance of freight trains? Passenger trains are narrower than freight trains, and platforms can't obstruct their loading gauge?
Dubious.

While there may be clearance restrictions between high-level platforms and certain types of cars (specifically well cars), the vast majority of freight equipment in the US today can operate past high-level platforms. This includes run-of-the-mill boxcars, flatcars, hopper cars, tank cars, etc., as well as autoracks. Most US clearance issues are of a vertical rather than horizontal nature (can it fit under the bridge? catenary wire (if installed)? through the tunnel?).
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Old July 31st, 2015, 02:33 PM   #2967
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This is what the description of the video on Youtube says:

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The system includes a ramp to reach the proper height of train doors, and a platform to be extended to within inches of train. When no trains are loading, it is retracted to allow wide freight loads to pass safely.
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Old August 5th, 2015, 11:01 AM   #2968
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Old August 6th, 2015, 06:23 PM   #2969
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MTA Metro North FL-9 # 2013,( ex Conrail # 5040 ) built by EMD in 1955. This FL9 has a 16 cylinder 1800 HP engine, and was painted in New York Central colors in 1999 to celebrate the 175th anniversary of passenger service on the Hudson Division. It arrived at The Danbury Railway Museum on 5/5/2000. Danbury Connecticut. 7/6/02.
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Old August 7th, 2015, 12:30 AM   #2970
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OH My GOD , This is Fantastic Nexis. and so Many other Train Photos, This All Aboard Florida is 100 % Private Funded all 1.75 Billion Private Funds , No Taxpayer's Money, and a Tri =- Rail Station with the Miami Gran Downtown Station is being Built on a 1,000 Feet PlatForm over 50 Feet High with all 6 Trains and Trains On TOP !!

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Nexis you the SSC Friendly Family Knows USA Transportation Friend To Every SSC Member, Moderator and Founder and Co - Founder , Administrator SSC Website Friendly Family Person Here !!
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and This All Aboard Florida Train will be Completed by at Least the Late Part of 2018, But I say 2019 For sure from West Palm Beach to Downtown Miami with 3 Huge Towers on top of the 50 Feet High , 1.000 Feet Long , 6 Full Sets of Tracks , 4 For AAF and 2 For Tri- Rail, all Fully 100 % Private Owned and Private Funded No Taxpayer's Money at All !!

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This will be History Made, when Fully Completed to The Orlando International Airport INTERMODAL Connection Center, also Costing the Airport there with Their Passenger Funded over 2 Billion Project , all Fully Funded and Under Construction For a Year Now, with vertical Very Soon there , and all the way down To Downtown Miami by 2021 For sure !! It's a Done Deal !!
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Old August 7th, 2015, 07:46 AM   #2973
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Another interesting bit of information is that the rolling stock to be used, Siemens Chargers, will be manufactured right near me at the Siemens factory in Sacramento, California.
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US-based railroad operator Union Pacific is planning to invest $13.5m to improve transportation infrastructure in Wyoming.Project including $48m to maintain railroad track, $3m to improve signal systems and nearly $700,000 to maintain or replace bridges.

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Old August 7th, 2015, 08:36 PM   #2975
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New York Connecting Railroad Bridge / The East River Arch Bridge

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Old August 10th, 2015, 06:08 PM   #2976
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Lehigh Valley mayors restarting push to get regional train service

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Old August 11th, 2015, 04:29 AM   #2979
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If only Christie hadn't killed plans for a new tunnel plan.

Either way, we bicker about funding for a much needed tunnel repair that will take longer than the time it took China to build an entire HSR network.
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Old August 11th, 2015, 04:59 PM   #2980
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Despite 7 years advance warning at the end of the year most railways will be not even be close to being ready for the mandatory PTC: Most US railways will miss PTC deadline says FRA
As a European I find it irresponsible to run heavy freight trains and passenger trains without it, because human operators are guaranteed to make mistakes.
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