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Old July 7th, 2017, 12:52 AM   #3801
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THE NETHERLANDS | Railways

The EU has granted NL grants to dubble the track and electrify the cross border line Heerlen - Aachen.
Source: http://ift.tt/2sQJyo9
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Old July 7th, 2017, 11:32 AM   #3802
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That's a good idea but as usual we'll probably just end up waiting on the Germans...
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Old July 7th, 2017, 12:40 PM   #3803
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we can better temporarily lease the land, giving the permits, construct it ourselves and when it's finished it should be given back. Actually, better lease it to China overall for five years. Then we'll see how fast it all goes!
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Old July 13th, 2017, 04:26 PM   #3804
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Arriva has won the next contract to operate their regional passenger service in the northern provinces Friesland and Groningen until 2035.
The new contracts starts at December 2020

The current fleet of 51 Stadler GTW 2/8 and GTW 2/6 DMU's will be refurbished with new powerpacks with batteries to reducre CO2 emmisions.
Also Arriva will introduce a new logo and livery foor the GTW.

Stadler will also build 18 new trains called Flirtino.
Expected is that the Flirtino is a hybrid between a FLirt and a GTW powerpack like the FLIRT's which run at Valle d’Aosta.
The new units will run on biodiesel and are prepared for a rebuild to zero CO2 emission.

New logo


Refurbished GTW


The new Flirtino


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Old July 13th, 2017, 04:43 PM   #3805
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So no electrification until 2035 at least ?
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Old July 13th, 2017, 06:17 PM   #3806
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So, the Flirtinos will be bimodal diesel+electric like the units designed for VDA?
It's also a good solution if they plan to electrify the area step by step.
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Old July 13th, 2017, 07:40 PM   #3807
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yes.
Someone found a better picture of the Flirtino.
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They will be used between Leeuwarden and Groningen which at the moment is a 40 km line for diesel powered trains online.
The diesel powerpack in the middle will be replaced over time with a battery.
It can run 10 km without needing power from overhead wires on a full battery.
So in the future only a part of the line has to be electrified which reduces infrastructure costs.
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Old July 14th, 2017, 02:38 PM   #3808
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In that case one can save costly infrastructure, likely not having to make any further changes to bridges, tunnels and viaducts. But some straight tracks near stations will be provided with overhead wires.
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Old July 28th, 2017, 05:09 PM   #3809
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Dear travellers

Our national railways will go to a gender-neutral system of announcements. Instead of using Ladies and gentlemen/Dames en heren at the start of an announcement we will use Dear travellers/Beste reizigers.

http://nieuws.ns.nl/beste-reizigers/

Tuffy, as we call the lady of announcements (she is not gender neutral) will start using it at the start of the new timetable in December.

What is neither gender-neutral are our toilets in the trains, let alone the train stations (which are separated 'of course').

We'll see...

http://www.rtvnoord.nl/nieuws/181372...este-reizigers

Arriva may be following suit.
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And prohibit the use of agricultural land for new dwellings!

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Old July 28th, 2017, 06:47 PM   #3810
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I hate Tuffy, she doesn't pronounce the R right and has an ugly accent.
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Old July 28th, 2017, 08:14 PM   #3811
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I think Tuffie is alright, although a bit more variations in how she pronounces things wouldn't be bad sometimes.

If you want to hear a bad voice, step into a Sprinter.
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Old July 28th, 2017, 11:36 PM   #3812
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Oh I thought it was the same woman everywhere.
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Old July 29th, 2017, 03:49 PM   #3813
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Tuffy, as we call the lady of announcements (she is not gender neutral)
What would be a gender neutral voice?
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Old July 29th, 2017, 05:19 PM   #3814
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What would be a gender neutral voice?


Scarlett Johansson, I guess.
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Old July 29th, 2017, 05:43 PM   #3815
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Old July 29th, 2017, 10:20 PM   #3816
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Oh I thought it was the same woman everywhere.
It's definitely not, just listen to how the word "Sprinter" is pronounced. Tuffie's announcements are completely different from how the voice of the SLT pronounces it and the FLIRT lady says it differently as well.

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Old July 29th, 2017, 10:59 PM   #3817
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When was Tuffy voice first introduced ?
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When was Tuffy voice first introduced ?
According to Wikipedia Tuffie's voice was introduced in 2003.
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Old July 30th, 2017, 02:08 AM   #3819
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Tuffie's announcements are completely different from how the voice of the SLT pronounces it and the FLIRT lady says it differently as well.
I'm not sure if its true but I thought that the lady who was used for the announcements in the SLT has died a few years ago and they had to use a different voice due to new stations.
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Tonight I saw announcements for trains to Bruxelles-Midi in Breda, so I thought for 5 seconds they might have been doing some trial runs on HSL... then I realized they were just trains going via Roosendaal cut short due to reconstruction works south of Dordrecht...
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