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Old June 3rd, 2015, 09:21 PM   #2661
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Not sure if you posted this in response to my question. The article mentions Kassel but it doesn't refer to the hump of the yard.
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Old June 8th, 2015, 09:22 PM   #2662
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Old June 9th, 2015, 11:13 AM   #2663
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Is anyone here familiar with Kassel, even if it means just passing by the freight yard? I ask because I'm wondering if hump shunting is still carried out there so has anyone seen evidence that it is?
This video from 2011 shows it in operation between the bushes. Doesn't appear to be a particularly big setup, compared to the one, say, in Kornwestheim.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUWwfgPtUCc

Kornwestheim (Stuttgart area):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLEAJgo-07M
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Old June 26th, 2015, 09:16 PM   #2664
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Old June 26th, 2015, 09:24 PM   #2665
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This video from 2011 shows it in operation between the bushes. Doesn't appear to be a particularly big setup, compared to the one, say, in Kornwestheim.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUWwfgPtUCc

Kornwestheim (Stuttgart area):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLEAJgo-07M

Thanks, I missed your reply. I've seen the 'behind the bushes' video and just wondered what the situation is now. I don't know why really, I must have been delirious from too much work and not enough play.

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to the opening of the Halle yard. Will be a while yet though.
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Old June 28th, 2015, 03:28 AM   #2666
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Old July 3rd, 2015, 01:30 PM   #2667
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Hi everybody!
I' m looking information on freight train speed in Germany and some other countries (India, USA, Canada, France, China)... it's pity i can't find any info on national operators web-sites of the above countries... please, help me find info on freight train speed (average speed, service speed and freight delivery speed)
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Old July 3rd, 2015, 02:02 PM   #2668
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Here's a quick, general answer for you.

1. Europe and North America - Intermodal Trains = 120 kph (75 mph)
2. Europe and North America - Automotive Trains = 120 kph (75 mph)
3. Europe and North America - General Freight Trains = 100 kph (60 mph)

I expect that the more exotic freight trains in Europe and North America, for example, those carrying extra dangerous stuff or out-of-gauge things, will run at speeds of less than 100 kph (60 mph).

Some special freight trains in Europe run at higher speeds than 120 kph (75 mph). Some good examples are the reefer trains which connect Paris and the South West of France. These run at 160 kph (100 mph) speeds.
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Thank you TedStriker, but I need exact information... may be you know web-sites with statistics?
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Old July 4th, 2015, 12:25 AM   #2670
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Remember that the freight rolling stock used across the EU and non-EU standard gauge network is generally all the same. As is the rolling stock used across the USA, Canada and Mexico.

So the figures I've given to you are the correct figures for maximum freight train speeds in these regions.

But of course, certain routes will have speed restrictions.

What is your aim? To find the maximum rolling stock speed or the maximum speeds allowed along certain routes?

In the meantime, why don't you research using, for example, the Wikipedia pages for the Russian broad gauge network to find the maximum freight rolling stock speeds and do the same for China, India and so on?

At the moment though, your research sounds vague. To me it seems that you are not clear about what kind of information you are in fact looking for.

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Old July 4th, 2015, 01:16 PM   #2671
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I'm clear about what kind of information I'm looking for.. I need service, average and delivery speed, that all concerns freight trains in following counties China, India, Germany, France, USA, Canada. But I need exact figures for my research with a reference to official resources may be... companies web-sites have nothing i need, even all kind of figures except actual train speeds...
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Old July 4th, 2015, 01:32 PM   #2672
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Okay. In the case of the standard gauge network of Europe, you will in theory be able to obtain freight train line speed information from the infrastructure operators. In Britain this means Network Rail, for example.

To help you with this research I can suggest making contact with the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) organisation.

In the case of North America, the tracks are generally all managed by the freight train operating companies and therefore it is these companies that can confirm line speeds. My suggestion to begin your research for this region is to make contact with the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Good luck.
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Why is the trackage so bad most of the route? & What % of the German network still uses Semaphore signaling?

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Old July 20th, 2015, 03:58 PM   #2675
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Deutsche Bahn has serious problems with their air conditioning systems, esp. in the 25 year old ICE1 high speed trains.
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Old July 20th, 2015, 03:59 PM   #2676
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German Railways DB is showing what "German Engineering" can achieve:







For that we say thank to Mr. Ulrich Homburg, the departing Member of the Management Board of DB Mobility Logistics AG responsible for Passenger Transport. His nickname is Germany is "Klima-Homburg".
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Old July 20th, 2015, 06:13 PM   #2677
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And the case is even worse with the older IC trains. One hot weekend (2 weeks back, for ex) and many of the German long-distance trains are down. The problem is well-known since several such incidents 2 years back, but it seems that DB's policy was to cross their fingers and hope that 35° temperatures would not happen again.
ICE trains were pretty much the best HS trains when they were first launched, but the problem is they were not seriously adapted to the needs of the 21st century. This is now increasingly beginning to show.
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Old July 20th, 2015, 06:27 PM   #2678
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In former times, passengers were able to open the windows.
However, the ICE trains have no windows to open and most IC cars have only some emergency air windows. If the sun is shining and the temperature is going above 15C, you need an air conditioning system. This fact should have been in the 1980s, when the current ICE1 trains were designed.
I havent heard about these problems in the 1990s. Also then, the temperature sometimes went above 32C.

In my eyes, the real culprit is related to the maintenance. DB is unable and unwillig the invest the resources to keep the AC systems working. The AC system of the ICE1 is over 25 years old.
Under Mehdorn some DB beancounters have identified that they can cut the costs of maintaining the AC systems.

I somehow feel relieved that Klima-Homburg has to go.
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Old July 20th, 2015, 08:43 PM   #2679
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That's the kind of service you can expect from DB. Why is it that their stations look so bland and functional and there are constant delays due to failing infrastructure and locos? Probably because they have better use for the money they get, such as increased profits and overseas acquisitions.
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Old July 20th, 2015, 09:21 PM   #2680
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Is it DB's fault that infrastructure is failing in some parts?
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