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Old October 25th, 2007, 01:25 AM   #41
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Oh, thats a way of thinking that is completely alien to me. To have reasons why one should not want to connect important distance and metropolitan PT systems...

I am not sure I like that concept in South Africa, but it might make sense for them, I dont know.
When you have a crime rate as high as Jo'berg you do anything you can to minimise the impact on people. If it means having a more complex PT system, then so be it.

This would be one reason why the systems are segregated:



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Old October 25th, 2007, 04:47 AM   #42
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osaka, florence, wien new main station and strasbourg....just stunning
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Old October 25th, 2007, 01:28 PM   #43
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When you have a crime rate as high as Jo'berg you do anything you can to minimise the impact on people. If it means having a more complex PT system, then so be it.

This would be one reason why the systems are segregated:



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I won't disaree with you when you say there's crime in Joburg, but hey, CCTV nd the security guys are working like magic. Believe you me my friend, its used to be bad.

Train surfing is the thing of the past, the same surfer are now employed by Metrorail to teach people about the impact of trains surfing. A couple of guys were killed.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 01:35 PM   #44
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I'm very glad to hear about the reduction in train surfing - that is a huge improvement as it was a blot on the image of Metrorail!

I've heard that CCTV has been progressively installed, though I'd still rather avoid the metrorail in Durban and Jo'berg when I visit - Cape Town I'll ride on the Simonstown line though!

When I finally manage to get to SA I'll be using Shosholoza Meyl to get around the country unlike most. It should be an interesting experience!
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Old November 1st, 2007, 12:03 PM   #45
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I'm very glad to hear about the reduction in train surfing - that is a huge improvement as it was a blot on the image of Metrorail!

I've heard that CCTV has been progressively installed, though I'd still rather avoid the metrorail in Durban and Jo'berg when I visit - Cape Town I'll ride on the Simonstown line though!

When I finally manage to get to SA I'll be using Shosholoza Meyl to get around the country unlike most. It should be an interesting experience!
Yeah, some of the trains have got CCTV installed aready. For now I agree with you that its still not safe to travel in a train in Joburg unless you using Shosholoza Meyl, but police stations and holding cells are currently constructed at rail stations accross the country and the police are being deployed in trains. My main problem are the train stations so far but when the construction is completed then I will use a train if the need comes.

The government annouced that they will be spending some R16 Billion on rail. Check this article out
http://www.southafrica.info/doing_bu...rcc-101007.htm
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Khayelitsha Express started operating yesterday, its a replica of Soweto Express.

Here's the article

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_i...2239657C603170


If you don't mind paying, you can use Blue Train, www.bluetrain.co.za, or Rovos Rail, www.rovosrail.co.za, to travel between, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria.
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Old November 1st, 2007, 12:16 PM   #47
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Khayelitsha Express started operating yesterday, its a replica of Soweto Express.

Here's the article

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_i...2239657C603170


If you don't mind paying, you can use Blue Train, www.bluetrain.co.za, or Rovos Rail, www.rovosrail.co.za, to travel between, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 08:53 PM   #48
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New UK Stations - Ebbsfleet and St Pancras open on the 14th November 2007.

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Old November 2nd, 2007, 09:46 PM   #49
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Higher quality video can be found here:
http://stpancras.eurostar.com/en-gb/story-so-far
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 10:18 PM   #50
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Old July 15th, 2008, 07:01 PM   #51
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Some very classy European Stations there.

This isn't the newest station here, but, having lovingly photographed every stage of its construction (2003-06) and then being apprehended by security for taking photos, it took until this afternoon to get a decent photo of it's exterior.



Melbourne's Southern Cross station: handles suburban ("commuter"), regional, and interstate traffic from up to 1,000 km away: could handle traffic from much further, but it doesn't run from here at the moment.

Inside: 16 platforms, 14 with tracks, some are double- length and handle two or more trains at one:



Handles about 120 arrivals & 120 departures for regional trains each day, plus about 1,000 suburban trains.
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The working end (two years back):



and during construction (during which it ran continuously):



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Old July 15th, 2008, 08:39 PM   #52
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This Shinjuku station is rebuilt.

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Old July 16th, 2008, 12:42 PM   #53
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Spain's new stations

I would love to post some pics of some new or renovated Spanish stations but as I am new to the forum, I don't yet know how to post photos. Can anybody help me out?
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Old July 16th, 2008, 01:00 PM   #54
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as far as i know this is Australia's newest major train station.

Perth Station (underground)


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Old July 16th, 2008, 03:51 PM   #55
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is that the Esplanade station near the waterfront?
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I very much like that station in Melbourne. It's a classy example of a modern station.
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Melbourne Station does looks modern and new but the interstate trains are old and slow. For example from Sydney to Melbourne it takes at least 8 hours to travel on the countrylink XPT. The States government should think ahead and invest money in building the High Speed Railway Between the Two Major Cities. This is a long term investment and the advantages of HSR is cutting travel times from 8 Hours to 2.5 hours at the average speed of 300KM/H. HSR is fast and comfort and very safe and also ECO friendly. Australia is a wealthy country and it should have a good transport system between two big cities.
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is that the Esplanade station near the waterfront?
Nope, that's the station underground the main central station. Esplanade Station is further down William st, towards the Swan River in the middle of the new Waterfront area. The station pictured is where the Joondalup and Mandurah lines connect with the Fremantle, Midland, Thornlie and Armadale lines.
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Melbourne Station does looks modern and new but the interstate trains are old and slow. For example from Sydney to Melbourne it takes at least 8 hours to travel on the countrylink XPT. The States government should think ahead and invest money in building the High Speed Railway Between the Two Major Cities. This is a long term investment and the advantages of HSR is cutting travel times from 8 Hours to 2.5 hours at the average speed of 300KM/H. HSR is fast and comfort and very safe and also ECO friendly. Australia is a wealthy country and it should have a good transport system between two big cities.
I reckon. The only interstate trip by train i've done is Australia was Canberra to Sydney and it was so slow, it's quicker by bus.

Atleast there's been discussion recently, we may not have the density, but the sydney to melbourne route by plane is supposedly the 3rd busiest in the world.
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I reckon. The only interstate trip by train i've done is Australia was Canberra to Sydney and it was so slow, it's quicker by bus.

Atleast there's been discussion recently, we may not have the density, but the sydney to melbourne route by plane is supposedly the 3rd busiest in the world.
I can't see why Melbournre-Sydney should not be suitable for high speed rail connections. The short distance air traffic between both cities would pretty much collapse then, as it happened in France.
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