daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Railways

Railways (Inter)national commuter and freight trains



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old February 14th, 2014, 09:09 PM   #141
dimlys1994
Moderator
 
dimlys1994's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Dniepropetrovsk
Posts: 16,339
Likes (Received): 26130

From Railway Gazette:

Quote:
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/n...-for-2014.html

Union Pacific announces $3·9bn capital plan for 2014
14 Feb 2014



USA: The Union Pacific Corp board has approved a $3·9bn capital spending plan for 2014.

This is up $300m on 2013, primarily because the number of locomotives to be acquired will be increased from 100 last year to 200 this year, and greater investment is to be made in capacity enhancement. Spending on Positive Train Control will increase from $420m to $450m.

'Our capital investments serve a critical role in supporting future cash generation and returns', said Chief Financial Officer Rob Knight. 'The increased capital spending plan for 2014 also highlights our expectation of future volume growth across a wide range of markets in 2014 and beyond.'
__________________
dimlys1994 no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old February 14th, 2014, 10:00 PM   #142
Sopomon
Hideous and malformed
 
Sopomon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 870
Likes (Received): 153

I'm guessing that arrow wedge is a terrifying-looking snow-plough?
__________________
And he kicked so many rosebushes at her that eventually, Sasuke turned into a log.

ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
Sopomon no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 16th, 2014, 12:04 PM   #143
hmmwv
Registered User
 
hmmwv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Seattle
Posts: 2,391
Likes (Received): 420

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sopomon View Post
I'm guessing that arrow wedge is a terrifying-looking snow-plough?
A in my opinion rather crude aerodynamic body kit.

__________________
The building under construction next to Shanghai Tower is Oriental Financial Center. The "plot" next to Jinmao is reserved green belt and no skyscraper will be built there.

ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
hmmwv no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 16th, 2014, 12:44 PM   #144
Rodalvesdepaula
Scooter/motorbike lover
 
Rodalvesdepaula's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Sorocaba (SP), Brazil
Posts: 49,507
Likes (Received): 40837

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sopomon View Post
I'm guessing that arrow wedge is a terrifying-looking snow-plough?
It is a aerodynamic piece for double-stack trains.
__________________


ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
Rodalvesdepaula está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old February 18th, 2014, 02:10 PM   #145
M-NL
Mixed-mode traveller
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,158
Likes (Received): 274

Will that actually have a significant effect, given the usually significant train lengths and the huge gaps (I would guess 2 to 3 yards/meters) between every 2 stacks along the entire train?
__________________
Public transport: Mode of transport that takes to much time to take you from the place you're not currently located, to the place you didn't want to go to, at a time that doesn't really suit you.

ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
M-NL no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old February 18th, 2014, 08:29 PM   #146
Fan Railer
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 660
Likes (Received): 567

Quote:
Originally Posted by M-NL View Post
Will that actually have a significant effect, given the usually significant train lengths and the huge gaps (I would guess 2 to 3 yards/meters) between every 2 stacks along the entire train?
Probably not, unless the train is traveling at relatively high speeds (55-70 mph). They do, however make the transition between single stacks and double stacks more aesthetically pleasing XD.
__________________

ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
Fan Railer no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old March 24th, 2014, 10:40 PM   #147
dimlys1994
Moderator
 
dimlys1994's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Dniepropetrovsk
Posts: 16,339
Likes (Received): 26130

From Railway Gazette:

Quote:
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/f...-services.html

GATX buys 18 500 wagons from GE Capital Rail Services
24 Mar 2014


GATX wagon

USA: GATX Corp announced the purchase of GE Capital Rail Services' North American per diem boxcar fleet of more than 18 500 vehicles for $340m on March 24. The fleet has an average age of 34 years, and GATX expects it to generate $70m in annual revenues.

'This fleet acquisition establishes GATX as the leader in the boxcar leasing market and adds a significant number of railcars to our fleet that are critical-use assets for certain important sectors of the North American economy', said Brian A Kenney, President & CEO of GATX.

'Many of the customers utilising this fleet are existing GATX customers, and this acquisition enhances our ability to meet these customers' broad rail transportation needs. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive, although at this point we are not adjusting our previously announced 2014 earnings guidance.'
__________________

mrsmartman, ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
dimlys1994 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 11th, 2014, 12:10 PM   #148
dimlys1994
Moderator
 
dimlys1994's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Dniepropetrovsk
Posts: 16,339
Likes (Received): 26130

From Railway Gazette:

Quote:
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/f...-terminal.html

CSX opens Central Florida intermodal terminal
11 Apr 2014







USA: Revenue operations have started at the Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center in Winter Haven, which is intended to provide a central hub for transport, logistics and distribution services covering Orlando, Tampa and South Florida. Owned by CSX affiliate Evansville Western Railway, the ILC is operated by CSX Intermodal Terminals Inc, and served by CSX Transportation.

The facility has been developed in conjunction with Orlando’s Sun Rail commuter rail project, under which the state has taken over CSX tracks through the city. Shifting its operations to Winter Haven will enable CSX to close its existing Orlando intermodal terminal, although the company plans to retain its Taft yard to handle other rail freight traffic in the region.

The 130 ha ILC has two 3 km long arrival and departure tracks, and five loading tracks of 915 m each. It is expected to handle around 300 000 containers a year. Almost 400 ha of land around the terminal has been prepared for the development of up to 3·5 million m² of warehousing, distribution centres, light industrial premises and offices. Environmental initiatives include the use of electric cranes, LED floodlighting and solar panels on all buildings to provide renewable energy.

‘The Central Florida ILC will add yet another transportation and logistics capability in a state that’s already known for excellent ports, great highways, and extensive railroad connectivity’, said CSX Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer Clarence Gooden. It ‘will provide an anchor for economic development in the region and position Florida for future growth while reducing congestion on the highways.’
__________________

mrsmartman, ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
dimlys1994 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 18th, 2014, 11:40 PM   #149
Rodalvesdepaula
Scooter/motorbike lover
 
Rodalvesdepaula's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Sorocaba (SP), Brazil
Posts: 49,507
Likes (Received): 40837

In 1970's, Burlington Northern (now BNSF) considered to electrify some of its lines because the Oil Crisis. The company made a render with a GE E60CF locomotive in Its annual report in 1976:


http://www.railheadvideo.com/rvp/bne60.htm

Why this project wasn't implemented?
__________________


mrsmartman, ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
Rodalvesdepaula está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old April 19th, 2014, 02:09 AM   #150
XAN_
Registered User
 
XAN_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 4,034
Likes (Received): 760

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...since_1861.png
__________________
"I'm lost but still I know//There is another world"
-H. Kürsch, 1995
"Well, we all know there's no other side"
-H. Kürsch, 2002

ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
XAN_ no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 19th, 2014, 03:04 AM   #151
Innsertnamehere
insertoronto
 
Innsertnamehere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 3,961
Likes (Received): 680

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rodalvesdepaula View Post
In 1970's, Burlington Northern (now BNSF) considered to electrify some of its lines because the Oil Crisis. The company made a render with a GE E60CF locomotive in Its annual report in 1976:


http://www.railheadvideo.com/rvp/bne60.htm

Why this project wasn't implemented?
because oil became cheap again?
__________________

ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
Innsertnamehere no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 19th, 2014, 04:22 AM   #152
Rodalvesdepaula
Scooter/motorbike lover
 
Rodalvesdepaula's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Sorocaba (SP), Brazil
Posts: 49,507
Likes (Received): 40837

Maybe.

Despite oil crisis, railroads like Milwaukee Road deactivated their old electrification systems. After 1981-1983, oil prices went down and high costs for electrification buried the return of electric freight trains. It was this time that Conrail stopped using electric locomotives on NEC.

Nowadays, It is obvious that is uneconomic to implant eletrification on UP, BNSF, Soo line and CSX lines. I see viability for the use of electric locomotives on freight trains only in Pittsburgh line of Norfolk Southern from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh.
__________________


Tower Dude, ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
Rodalvesdepaula está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old April 19th, 2014, 11:39 AM   #153
XAN_
Registered User
 
XAN_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 4,034
Likes (Received): 760

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rodalvesdepaula View Post
Despite oil crisis, railroads like Milwaukee Road deactivated their old electrification systems. After 1981-1983, oil prices went down and high costs for electrification buried the return of electric freight trains. It was this time that Conrail stopped using electric locomotives on NEC.
AFAIK, by the closure of Milwaukee Electrification electric traction was twice as cheap as diesel, but by that point to much funds was already invested in diesel traction and infrastructure for it.
__________________
"I'm lost but still I know//There is another world"
-H. Kürsch, 1995
"Well, we all know there's no other side"
-H. Kürsch, 2002

ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
XAN_ no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 19th, 2014, 03:31 PM   #154
Rodalvesdepaula
Scooter/motorbike lover
 
Rodalvesdepaula's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Sorocaba (SP), Brazil
Posts: 49,507
Likes (Received): 40837

I believe that Milkaukee Road deactivated Its electrification because obsolescence of the system and Its financial crisis that inhibited total modernization of locomotives, substations and infrastructure.
__________________


ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
Rodalvesdepaula está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old April 24th, 2014, 05:35 PM   #155
dimlys1994
Moderator
 
dimlys1994's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Dniepropetrovsk
Posts: 16,339
Likes (Received): 26130

From Railway Gazette:

Quote:
http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/t...ocomotive.html

MP&ES announces natural gas locomotive
24 Apr 2014


Impression of Motive Power & Equipment Solutions' planned Greenville MP1500 low-emissions genset locomotive

USA: Following two years of technology evaluation, Motive Power & Equipment Solutions has announced plans to launch the Greenville MP1500, a low-emissions genset locomotive which would be fuelled by a combination of natural gas and diesel.

MP&ES is working with technology partner OptiFuel Systems to develop the 1 500 hp freight locomotive. The first orders are expected this year for the design, which would be based on remanufactured locomotives repowered as twin-engine dual-fuel gensets.

‘Natural gas offers our customers an opportunity to greatly reduce their operating fuel costs while cutting emissions at the same time,’ said MP&ES CEO & President David Wilkerson. ‘The availability of low-cost, US-sourced natural gas provides an unprecedented opportunity for green locomotives.’
__________________

mrsmartman, ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
dimlys1994 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 25th, 2014, 06:17 PM   #156
bagus70
Ես ցանկանում եմ ծծել ձեր
 
bagus70's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Surabaya. The City of Hot Headed Heroes.
Posts: 3,903
Likes (Received): 889

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rodalvesdepaula View Post
Why this project wasn't implemented?
Aside of decreased oil price, the introduction of fuel efficient diesel locos, and hybrid locos, makes an all electric system not very attractive.

Electric locomotive may not dependent on fossil fuel, but they have several disadvantages over diesel locos:
- higher track maintenance cost (catenary wires and poles)
- prone to blackout
- more vulnerable to sabotage
- less practical and more dependent when compared to diesel
__________________
Visit Indonesia and enjoy the railway tour, volcanoes tour such as visit to mount Bromo and Ijen. Click: http://www.indonesianrailwaytour.com/

ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
bagus70 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 25th, 2014, 07:59 PM   #157
M-NL
Mixed-mode traveller
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,158
Likes (Received): 274

Electric locomotives have several advantages over diesels:
  • Lower maintenance costs (far outweighs higher track maintenance)
  • Far less energy costs
  • Much more powerfull (you can move faster)
  • Sabotage usually takes places on the train protection system and the switches. That will hit diesel or electric equally
  • Blackouts are very unusual in Europe. You can always create your own power grid if the national grid isn't reliable enough
  • You will probably never get an ell electric railroad, but for those places you don't have overhead wire ('the last mile') you can use some small diesels

The biggest disadvantage is the start up cost of building the overhead wires. Large distances a problem? In the former Soviet Union they electrified trans-Siberia railroad. Earth quake prone country? So is Japan and they have all major railroads electrified.
__________________
Public transport: Mode of transport that takes to much time to take you from the place you're not currently located, to the place you didn't want to go to, at a time that doesn't really suit you.
M-NL no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 25th, 2014, 10:35 PM   #158
Jay
Registered User
 
Jay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: California to Barcelona
Posts: 4,055
Likes (Received): 1864

Only 1500 horsepower?

Don't most locomotives have like 4-8000 hp?

Why so low?
__________________

ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
Jay no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 25th, 2014, 11:13 PM   #159
Gros Matou
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Montréal
Posts: 83
Likes (Received): 75

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jay View Post
Only 1500 horsepower?

Don't most locomotives have like 4-8000 hp?

Why so low?
These are switching locomotives for use at low speed in rail yards. Using high horsepower locomotives for switching all day long is counter productive and a waste of fuel.
__________________

ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
Gros Matou no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 26th, 2014, 02:58 AM   #160
Stainless
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Pyeongnae
Posts: 420
Likes (Received): 34

Quote:
Originally Posted by M-NL View Post

The biggest disadvantage is the start up cost of building the overhead wires. Large distances a problem? In the former Soviet Union they electrified trans-Siberia railroad. Earth quake prone country? So is Japan and they have all major railroads electrified.
Electrifying the trans-Siberian can't have been cheap though, it is so busy and vitally important enough to justify the expense.
__________________

ChuckScraperMiami#1 liked this post
Stainless no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 08:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium