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Old August 13th, 2009, 12:07 PM   #1561
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Yeah, it's like that with these long chains of association: train... grain... gray... gay.

Seriously, though, it sounds to me as if Chris Smitherman is basically out on a "spoiler": if the mayor builds a neat and useful tramline - on top of which, with federal assistance - then the good people of Cincinatti might be grateful and think that he's done a good job. So, this his enemy must prevent! Petty politics at its worst.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 12:37 PM   #1562
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Amtrak Seeks Bids for 130 New Viewliner II cars



Amtrak intends to issue a competitive Request for Proposal for a vendor to design, manufacture and deliver 130 “Viewliner 2” Long Distance Single-Level Passenger Cars, with an option for Amtrak to purchase up to an additional 70 cars. The “Viewliner 2” rolling stock which is fully described in the Technical Specifications, will be used as Amtrak passenger trains, primarily in long-distance service, but capable of operating anywhere within Amtrak’s system. There are four (4) “Viewliner 2” car types: Diners, Sleepers, Baggage-Dorms and Baggage cars. The “Viewliner 2” cars will be modeled on the concept of the Amtrak “Viewliner 1” cars.


Basically a single level Superliner. I wonder if they'll make a coach version, just so the cars match.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 03:36 PM   #1563
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wow that guy is a sore loser
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Old August 13th, 2009, 06:26 PM   #1564
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now that we have seen everything, who are we to bar them from their own dimise.

After all, the world the as it is not does have too much population. Wouldn't it be nice if the guy could start truning the wheels on some bill against breathing?
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Old August 14th, 2009, 10:09 PM   #1565
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plus trains going in a tunnel could look like a long lobject entering a mans bum.

Maybe if the tunnels walls are painted pink and the tram pained like a sperm/****, and slogans on the side of the train say 'contraception is EVIL and socialist' he'll be in favour.
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Old August 18th, 2009, 04:58 PM   #1566
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only in the US!.....................
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Old August 19th, 2009, 10:32 PM   #1567
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Weird.

When are they going to vote over banning subsidies for road infrastructure btw? I have heard a lot of gay people in Cincinnati are using the car...

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Old August 23rd, 2009, 09:33 PM   #1568
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Wow, and I thought Houston had it bad. Luckily we got our idiot out of office that was slowing down our rail and we're finally getting back to work on our lines.

But man this is insane, I am truly sorry for Cincinnati.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 03:25 AM   #1569
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A city like that should have local and inter city trains running at least once an hour! Its crazy!
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Old August 24th, 2009, 04:15 AM   #1570
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Teh stupid is strong in this country still.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 05:22 PM   #1571
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I'm doing some research on the DFW area for private reasons, and I wanted to check travel times between Dallas and Houston. Well, there doesn't seem to be a direct Amtrak connection to Houston from Dallas. You have to go via San Antonio (Texas Eagle and then the Sunset Limited). But one thing baffles me, the Dallas - San Antonio route (about 300 miles) takes 10 hours to complete! Is there a reason for this long travel time?
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I'm doing some research on the DFW area for private reasons, and I wanted to check travel times between Dallas and Houston. Well, there doesn't seem to be a direct Amtrak connection to Houston from Dallas. You have to go via San Antonio (Texas Eagle and then the Sunset Limited). But one thing baffles me, the Dallas - San Antonio route (about 300 miles) takes 10 hours to complete! Is there a reason for this long travel time?
You're on the UP mainline from Laredo to Chicago. Ridiculously heavy freight traffic. This will effectively limit your speed to 35 mph even when you're moving. Don't expect UP to double-track the corridor, either. No one likes to spend money on capital expansion in the US rail business unless it's for new routes.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 10:54 PM   #1573
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I see. So it'd be possible that passenger trains have to wait like an hour to let a few freight trains pass?
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Basically a single level Superliner. I wonder if they'll make a coach version, just so the cars match.
Well, viewliners are heavier than the amfleets, even without the dividers & extras for sleeping. That is why opting for OOS amfleet rehab is seen as a better option. It would be neat however, to get some new stuff, preferably made in the usa as the amfleets were. Brookville may be able to do it if they can fit that much equipment into a reasonable timeline.

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I see. So it'd be possible that passenger trains have to wait like an hour to let a few freight trains pass?
Basically, yes, and then the rail speeds 75 mph combined with the siding time adds up. For comparison, keystone & empire corridor trains run at 85-110 mph. NEC was rehabilitated after PC was absorbed into conrail, costing a lot of dollars, but that money is the smooth ride we get today. Imagine if all the corridors got as much attention.

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Old August 26th, 2009, 01:55 AM   #1575
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O_o wtf instead promoting public transport promoting private transport?
Welcome to 1946 onward!

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Old August 26th, 2009, 10:20 AM   #1576
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Here's a link to a TV report on this issue -- now people are coming forth saying that they were deceived into singing this petition, thinking it was pro-streetcar, when in fact it was anti-everything:

http://www.wlwt.com/politics/20552638/detail.html
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 01:17 AM   #1577
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Morons...end of story
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Old September 4th, 2009, 08:11 PM   #1578
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I read that President Barrack Obama has approved several billion dollars to high-speed rail and Amtrak receives a billion currently. will Amtrak buy some newer types of electric trains, locomotives, etc.?

http://opava-vlaky.blog.cz/
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Maybe someone can tell me seriously. Why do these people think that all rail projects with only one dime from the public side going into it should be subject to separate public votes, while for every road project where only one dime from the public side is going into it there should be never a public vote?

That does not make sense, except if they know that making votes on each and every project would ruin their road infrastructure in the long term. Well, pretty much what they hope that will happen with the already desperate rail infrastructure I guess.
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I read that President Barrack Obama has approved several billion dollars to high-speed rail and Amtrak receives a billion currently. will Amtrak buy some newer types of electric trains, locomotives, etc.?

http://opava-vlaky.blog.cz/
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