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Old August 17th, 2013, 12:18 AM   #201
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Oh really? coz one of their English-language dailies over there down-played the ****-up, claiming the distance bored to be dozens of metres.
Again, nobody has published the full detailes about this incident, I hope it will be clearer in a few days. Anyway, even if it was a huge mistake- it shouldn't have a big impact on the construction of the line since this tunnel is expected to be completed long before other elements of the project.
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Old August 17th, 2013, 12:21 AM   #202
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These countries are only poor because their leaders have embezzled billions, they have idiotic socialist regulatory burdens, screwy tax regimes that provide all the wrong incentives, and they waste billions on offensive military spending not needed for their defense. Obviously, Syria is recently a special case because of the ongoing civil jihad, but the above applied there prior to the start of the civil jihad.
Really? Let's assume European levels of corruption just for the sake of argument. How would it make them middle income or better? What is it that they are good at other than tourism? What do they export? Not even cheap labour as early days China did... In my opinion problems in those places run far deeper than just corruption by the ruling elite.
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Old August 17th, 2013, 12:47 AM   #203
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Oh really? coz one of their English-language dailies over there down-played the ****-up, claiming the distance bored to be dozens of metres.
The question is - will the ****-up cause the entire project to go tits up?
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Old August 18th, 2013, 04:30 AM   #204
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These countries are only poor because their leaders have embezzled billions, they have idiotic socialist regulatory burdens, screwy tax regimes that provide all the wrong incentives, and they waste billions on offensive military spending not needed for their defense. Obviously, Syria is recently a special case because of the ongoing civil jihad, but the above applied there prior to the start of the civil jihad.

They most certainly could have maintained and improved their transportation infrastructure but chose the options listed above instead.
No, these are poor countries whose leaders embezzled billions, making them even poorer. It's that simple.
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Old August 18th, 2013, 04:03 PM   #205
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Oh really? coz one of their English-language dailies over there down-played the ****-up, claiming the distance bored to be dozens of metres.
Seems like an error in translation to me. What they probably meant was that there was a 60cm off-center error along several dozen meters (1 to 2 days of boring work), certainly not that the tunnels themselves are dozens of meters off center.

It also appears that the mistake may have been made by the Italian sub-contractor that operates the TBMs.

Hopefully we'll know soon what they intend to do in order to correct the error. The finished tunnel is more than 9m wide. There may be enough "give" in there that they could just continue with the boring with minor adjustments.
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Old August 18th, 2013, 10:45 PM   #206
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Not the distance off-set; the distance tunnelled/bored...therefore, there must be a discrepancy in the reporting, not anything to do with any presumed translation (i.e., dozens of metres vs. 4 to 5 Km).
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Old August 19th, 2013, 10:22 AM   #207
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Recent report from the place (A1, north tunnel) by Tapuz user easyn:

entrance:



Service narrow-gauge in action:



locomotive:



cars for concrete sections transportation:



passenger coach:





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in Russian (TBM and other equipment operated by MosMetroStroy - subcontractor):



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Old September 15th, 2013, 06:45 PM   #208
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Go-ahead for Israeli electrification programme

Israeli transport minister Mr Yisrael Katz announced on August 13 that the National Infrastructure Committee has approved the initial phase of Israel Railways' (IR) national electrification programme.

The Ministry of Transport expects to invite tenders in the first quarter of next year for the electrification of 420 route-km at 25kV 50Hz ac. An invitation to prequalify was issued last October and seven proposals have been submitted in the prequalification phase, which is due to be completed next month.

The National Roads Company will be responsible for implementing electrification on the new railways it is constructing, including Tel Aviv – Kfar Sava (30km) and Acre – Carmiel (23km), while IR will oversee the electrification of the existing network.

According to Katz the first lines to be electrified will be the new direct line to Jerusalem and the Acre – Carmiel line.

The total cost of the first phase is expected to be Shekels 11.2bn ($US 3.1bn) including rolling stock.

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Old October 10th, 2013, 09:05 AM   #209
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Railway line to Eilat approved ?

http://www.telegraaf.nl/buitenland/2...r_Eilat__.html

Article in dutch, citing the Jerusalem Post, and saying that the Israeli
government approved the building of a railway line from Beersheba to
Eilat, and mentions speeds of 220 to 260 km/h - which means a high
speed line, and therefore electrified from the start. Should be ready
in 10 years...
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Old October 10th, 2013, 04:19 PM   #210
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The route of the railway line to Eilat has been approved.
http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/glob...83558&fid=1725
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http://www.telegraaf.nl/buitenland/2...r_Eilat__.html

Article in dutch, citing the Jerusalem Post, and saying that the Israeli
government approved the building of a railway line from Beersheba to
Eilat, and mentions speeds of 220 to 260 km/h - which means a high
speed line, and therefore electrified from the start. Should be ready
in 10 years...
Nobody knows when it will be ready. Despite recent statements made by some politicians- the project hasn't received any significant financing yet, and it's supposed to be an extremely expensive project. In addition, it's not clear how the line will be connected to Eilat's port and where the terminal in Eilat will be located.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 07:26 AM   #212
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Old November 14th, 2013, 01:34 PM   #213
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Some "on-the-way" shots with cellphone camera:









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Old November 20th, 2013, 10:50 AM   #214
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One of the new EURO-3200 locomotives at Hagana station in TA:



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Old November 20th, 2013, 11:09 AM   #215
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A1 TA-Jerusalem fast line September-October progress (credits to Boaz_L):













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Old November 20th, 2013, 02:52 PM   #216
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I'm surprised how good the railways are in Israel!
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Old November 20th, 2013, 08:40 PM   #217
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I don't think they are particularly good now, might be when most of the ongoing and planned upgrades are finished.
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Old December 26th, 2013, 05:23 PM   #218
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A new rail station was opened on Tuesday near the city of Sderot. Because of the station's proximity to the Gaza strip (around 3 kilometers), the entire structure has a 60 centimeters thick concrete roof. The trip to Tel Aviv (~70 kilometers) takes 58 minutes.
The station is a part of a new line, which includes two more stations (currently U/C): Netivot and Ofakim. When completed (probably in 2015), the line will connect the three small cities to the Southern city of Beer Sheva and to Tel Aviv.

The main structure:


from another angle


The underground path connecting the main structure to the platforms


The shielded part of the platforms


A part of one of the platforms


During construction


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Old December 26th, 2013, 09:29 PM   #219
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Amazing station design. Is Netivot also rocket-proof?
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Old December 26th, 2013, 09:31 PM   #220
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Is there an updated map of the system with this station?
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