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Old July 26th, 2011, 10:52 PM   #101
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Old August 27th, 2011, 05:05 AM   #102
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Old August 27th, 2011, 06:18 AM   #103
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The first clip is on the former Green Bay and Western mainline in far western Wisconsin, just northeast of Winona, MN. The containers were loaded by Ashley Furniture in nearby Arcadia, WI and the entire train is to be interchanged with the BNSF at East Winona (Winona Junction), WI.

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Old September 4th, 2011, 07:30 AM   #104
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Old October 7th, 2011, 10:47 PM   #105
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Old October 15th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #106
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Old October 28th, 2011, 07:54 AM   #107
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At the Heart of the U.S. Freight Rail System, Chicago Advances Grade Separation
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Chicago is at the center of the American freight rail system, handling 40% of U.S. rail freight on 500 daily trains. It forms the primary junction of the four biggest American freight rail companies — BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific — in addition to the two big Canadian carriers, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific. But the complex and intertwined web of tracks that brings trains into and out of the city is hopelessly out of date and causing congestion that limits the number of both freight and passenger trains that can run there.

Last week, ground was broken on the Englewood Flyover, a major element of CREATE, a grand scheme to eliminate such delays in the Chicago area. CREATE — which stands for Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program — is a series of 67 individual projects that would speed up freight, commuter, and intercity rail by increasing trackage along heavily used routes and eliminating intersections between competing roads and rails.

Thanks to a significant federal grant, some of those delays will be eliminated.

The Englewood Flyover, but one of the hundreds of infrastructure projects reliant on funds from Washington, is designed to reduce train conflicts for the 130 trains that run through the intersection of the Metra Rock Island District commuter rail line and the Norfolk Southern/Amtrak line just south of 63rd Street and near I-90/I-94 on the South Side. Rock Island trains run between Joliet in the southwest suburbs and LaSalle Street station in the Loop; Amtrak trains connect Union Station with destinations in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan.

The two corridors currently intersect perpendicularly, meaning that trains can only pass through on one corridor at a time. A new bridge will not only separate the operations of the two rights-of-way, but will also increase the number of tracks on each line.

At $133 million, the Englewood Crossover is no major project when it comes to typical American infrastructure (one may question whether this cost is too high for a bridge and a few hundred feet of tracks), but the cumulative effect of similar investments is an improved rail system both for freight and passenger users.

Though this project is all about improving freight systems, the large majority of the project’s funding ($126 million) originated with the federal government and the DOT’s high-speed and intercity rail passenger program, the same funding source that has been much-maligned by GOP governors in states like Florida and Wisconsin. Illinois’ Jobs Now! program* will fund the remaining costs.

The CREATE project is far from the only intercity and freight rail improvement project being funded through public sector financing. Though the high-speed rail program, with its marquee projects such as the link between San Francisco and Los Angeles, has commanded much of the discussion and controversy in recent months, more mundane improvements will play a significant part in keeping the country moving.

Earlier this month, CSX announced that one-third of its major National Gateway improvement project is either complete or under construction. This project is designed to create a double-decker freight corridor between Mid-Atlantic sea ports and the Midwest. The major program will cost almost a billion dollars by itself and will have a majority of its costs paid by public sector sources.

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A short-ish video of a BNSF train along the Alameda Corridor
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Old March 10th, 2012, 11:38 PM   #109
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Old June 8th, 2012, 06:53 AM   #110
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Here's an interesting freight idea proposed in Texas: http://www.freightshuttle.com/

http://blogs.star-telegram.com/honki...-corridor.html

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Well, someone can build a monorail system for transporting passengers with a tiny and cheap physical structures, that's is a point why monorail is better than conventional rail... But typical freight weights more than a fully loaded typical passenger unit, that means someone needs to build larger and more expansive physical structures, just like for elevated conventional rail lines... So what is the point of inventing something incompatible with existing network, if it has no positive points?
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Well, someone can build a monorail system for transporting passengers with a tiny and cheap physical structures, that's is a point why monorail is better than conventional rail... But typical freight weights more than a fully loaded typical passenger unit, that means someone needs to build larger and more expansive physical structures, just like for elevated conventional rail lines... So what is the point of inventing something incompatible with existing network, if it has no positive points?
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Old June 10th, 2012, 10:30 AM   #113
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I have completely given up on innovations involving infrastructure investment in this country, they are bound to die in endless committee meetings, city council debates, and local referendums.
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I have completely given up on innovations involving infrastructure investment in this country, they are bound to die in endless committee meetings, city council debates, and local referendums.
Sad, but true unfortuneatly.
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The best Wikipedia information suggests it's being worked on...slowly. Working around an active freight line takes quite a bit of time...and NS needs to undertake this project because CSX is likewise preparing its (closer to the sea) ROW for doublestacks (they're undercutting the line and reworking bridges in Philadelphia right now).

My guess is that the NS project will involve tunnel heightenings, too.
From an NS press release today:

On July 1, 2012, Norfolk Southern will open the first new intermodal terminal as part of its Crescent Corridor project: the Memphis Regional Intermodal Facility at Rossville, TN. Along with new intermodal terminals in Birmingham, AL, and Greencastle, PA, Rossville is a key component of the $2.5 billion Crescent Corridor project. With future expansion, the Rossville terminal will cover over 400 acres, with 6 loading tracks and
2,200 parking spaces.
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I have completely given up on innovations involving infrastructure investment in this country, they are bound to die in endless committee meetings, city council debates, and local referendums.
Yea this is why people call Americans stupid, the priorities are the polar opposite of what they should be.
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Yea this is why people call Americans stupid, the priorities are the polar opposite of what they should be.
Problem is that no one in this country is willing to sacrifice to see ultimate progress. They'd rather save money and deal with the crumbling infrastructure we have now until it falls apart. THEN it's a catastrophe, ie, Mississippi River bridge collapse.
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Yea this is why people call Americans stupid, the priorities are the polar opposite of what they should be.
Yeah, not going through with a freight monorail makes Americans stupid.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 06:49 AM   #119
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