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Old March 25th, 2008, 02:08 AM   #21
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A very big reason why rail isn't being used for freight is the availability of sea. Unlike in the United States, if we want to transport something from one side of Europe to the other side, we don't have to go through a canal or use a very long route.

Another reason is indeed the lack of unification in the train network. There's being worked on that with the ERTMS/ETCS system, which should hopefully stop this reason.

Anything that can get a couple of trucks from our already saturated highways gets my thumbs-up

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Old March 25th, 2008, 02:44 AM   #22
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Here's a picture from Austria showing the "Rollende Landstraße" which means the "Rolling Highway". Trucks are directly put on freight cars for some trains.

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Freight trains are also used to transport new cars
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Most freight trains share tracks with passenger trains.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 04:45 PM   #23
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If these are percentage modal split figures, they should add up to (roughly) 100, even rounded. Some do, but obviously the EU (Collective) & US figures don't. And the canadian total is way over 100% too.

Also, is this by tonnage, tonnage-distance or value?
I have another table of this type, that shows percentages. I will serach it.

I remeber that in The Netherlands the percentages are about 42% internal navigation (canals), 5% train, about 50% road and the rest pipelines.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 08:10 AM   #24
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Electric freight locomotives are really interesting; it's been a long time since this country has seen those.
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Old March 27th, 2008, 01:06 AM   #25
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A very big reason why rail isn't being used for freight is the availability of sea. Unlike in the United States, if we want to transport something from one side of Europe to the other side, we don't have to go through a canal or use a very long route.

Another reason is indeed the lack of unification in the train network. There's being worked on that with the ERTMS/ETCS system, which should hopefully stop this reason.

Anything that can get a couple of trucks from our already saturated highways gets my thumbs-up

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As I see it, the main reasons for the low rail freight share in Europe is:
# The capacity problems combined with low priority for the freight trains -> low average speeds
# The low axle loads and train weights
# The old and extremely limiting loading gauges
# The National bureaucracies and monopolies
# The lack of technical harmonization
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Here's a picture from Austria showing the "Rollende Landstraße" which means the "Rolling Highway". Trucks are directly put on freight cars for some trains.

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wow those lorries look so small on the train.. but that's really cool.
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Old April 28th, 2008, 02:48 AM   #27
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i love that picture where the Train is making that turn with the mountain in the background its so beautiful.

so umm how is frieght in the Asian Countries as well is it the same in Europe?

how is the Frieght of the channel tunnel is there pictures of it?
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only few countries i EU have diffrent gauge Spain, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia,
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Ireland and Portugal.
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how is the Frieght of the channel tunnel is there pictures of it?
Type in "class 92" and "sandling" into youtube, you'll find a video with a channel tunnel freight train on it. Thats the type that goes through (can't post the link, youtube is blocked on these servers!). Don't have a pic of it going in the tunnel though.
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Old April 28th, 2008, 01:12 PM   #31
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Old April 28th, 2008, 01:40 PM   #32
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Transsib (Russia)

On descent to Baikal:



Traffic jam because of a failure on Transsib (Lazo station area):



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Kotelnich station neighbourhood:



The Transsib goes along the Chusovaya river:

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What happens in the EU? (+ CH&Norway) there's already an exceptional railway network, so why is most traffic diverted to the roads? or is it precisely because the EU also has an excellent highway network the reason for which there's not a higher percentage of goods moved on trains?

You need to also look at the TOTAL amount of freight hauled ... there are millions of tons of short haul freight transported by road in europe ... most of it are things that in the USA would never be acounted for because you operate on a very different scale than here.
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russia has a ton of freight but i wonder is most of the traffic at the Trans Serbian Railway or do they have other routes?
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Some statistics of freight transported throught the European Alps in 2005: http://snipurl.com/26r9x (PDF)
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russia has a ton of freight but i wonder is most of the traffic at the Trans Serbian Railway or do they have other routes?
They have several other routes. The russian railway network is one of the biggest in the world.
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Electric freight locomotives are really interesting; it's been a long time since this country has seen those.
Those electric locomotives are actually not exclusively freight locomotives, they are universally used. The 1016 (and other members of the locomotive family) or Taurus have 7000 kW power and a max speed of 230 km per hour. As the freight trains can't be extremely long for various reasons they can move alone all sorts of different freight, with only few exceptions especially on the Semmering mountain track because of the steep track.

The same locomotive is planned to move the "RailJet" the new high priority passenger trains in Austria that are planned to get up to 230 km per hour where the track allows it.
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