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Old April 3rd, 2014, 09:45 PM   #241
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The Velaros should be electrification ready too, as should be the old double-storey trains... This article is weird.
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Hmmm... That's not the Lod depot in the picture. That's the new maintenance depot in Be'er Sheva.

I believe the only thing related to electrification on these trains is upgraded control systems designed to control electric locomotives from the train control car. The existing double deck trains will be upgraded to the same standards as these newer models over the next five or six years.

The electrification itself is quite a ways away at this point. No construction or rolling stock contracts have been published yet.
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Old April 4th, 2014, 11:54 PM   #243
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The Velaros should be electrification ready too, as should be the old double-storey trains... This article is weird.
The old cars' cannot communicate with electric locomotives and pantographs, unless they go through minor improvement.
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Old April 7th, 2014, 08:48 AM   #244
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Unique GM locomotives leaving the country

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.... and old veterans leave to US for utilization and final rest:


Wow, among those retired units being sent back to North America for reclamation and dis-assembly, being mostly G12W4:
The unit #251 is actually the smaller GM-EMD Model Type G8W4 with the serial number 21646 b/d 8/56. This one was previously Egyptian Railways #526 which had found itself in the wrong place, at the wrong time! It was an orphan in Israel, the only one of its type there.

Also #104 was the classleader of the G12's in Israel.

Shame a couple of these did not end up in the locoal rail museum?
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Old April 24th, 2014, 05:25 PM   #245
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Tunnels completed on new Israeli line
Thursday, April 24, 2014



BOTH bores of the 4.6km Gilon tunnel on the 23km Acre – Carmiel line under construction in northern Israel have been completed.

The first bore was holed through on April 12, followed by the second bore on April 23. The two bores are connected by 18 transverse tunnels. The line's project manager, Mr Itamar Galil, says construction of the tunnels has been completed on time and to budget: the tunnels were estimated to cost $US 800m.
"Hopefully, within three years, trains will cover the 145km between Tel Aviv and Carmiel in 110 minutes," says Israel's transport minister Mr Yisreal Katz.

The Acre – Carmiel line will be one of the first two lines in Israel to be electrified, the other being the A1 direct link from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

According to Mr Shay Baras, general manager of Israel Roads, which is responsible for building new lines, plans are being drawn up for an extension from Carmiel to Kiryat-Shemona in Upper Galilee. The extension will have a maximum speed of 160km/h.
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Old April 29th, 2014, 04:56 PM   #246
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Trains to Double by 2020

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-f...ays-1000934874

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"We aim to reach 70 million passengers in 2020, and increase the length of track from the current 1,100 kilometers to 1,700 by 2020. We currently have 402 trains a day, and from mid-June, we'll have 450 trains a day, and we'll have 860 trains a day in 2020."
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 05:24 PM   #247
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Four groups prequalify to equip Israeli HS line
Thursday, May 22, 2014



ISRAEL Railways has prequalified four groups for the design, installation and maintenance of slab track and electro-mechanical systems on the A1 fast rail link between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

The four groups comprise:
  • DCME Plus Group consisting of Israeli companies Dania Sivus and Menolid Heruth Systems, with PEC&S Planning Engineering, Consulting & Services, Germany, and China Civil Engineering Construction Company.
  • Jerusalem Railway Partners Group consisting of Israeli companies Sikun-Ubinuy-Solel Bone Infrastructures and Lesico, plus Eiffage Rail, Germany, and Elcnor, Spain.
  • Shapir-PRS-Pasca joint venture consisting of: Shapir Civil and Marine Engineering, Israel, and Spanish companies Ingeneria y Construccion Pacsa, and Power & Railway Solutions, and
  • Electra Boegl joint venture consisting of Electra Infrastructures Hasharon Excavators, Israel, Signon Schweiz, Switzerland, and Max Boegl, Germany
The contract involves laying 46km of slab track type, implementation of civil engineering works including finishing tunnel, bridges, and interconnecting sections, installing electro-mechanical systems to support railway operation, monitoring the integration of infrastructure installation including electrification, and maintaining the systems that the sub-contractor will install.

"The railways are managing the implementation works along the whole alignment while maintaining the schedule towards opening the line at the end of 2017," says Israel railways' general manager Mr Boaz Zarir
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 01:41 AM   #248
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Wow, among those retired units being sent back to North America for reclamation and dis-assembly, being mostly G12W4:
The unit #251 is actually the smaller GM-EMD Model Type G8W4 with the serial number 21646 b/d 8/56. This one was previously Egyptian Railways #526 which had found itself in the wrong place, at the wrong time! It was an orphan in Israel, the only one of its type there.

Also #104 was the classleader of the G12's in Israel.

Shame a couple of these did not end up in the locoal rail museum?
As far as i know the 107 is preserved in Haifa.
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Old August 1st, 2014, 08:10 AM   #249
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Israel Railways invites bids for its first electric locos
Thursday, July 31, 2014



ISRAEL Railways (ISR) has launched a tender for the supply of between 62 and 78 25kV 50Hz electric locomotives with an option for more. The locomotives are required for ISR's electrification programme which is currently in the detailed design phase

The mixed-traffic locomotives will have a maximum speed of 160km/h for passenger operation and 120km/h for hauling freight trains. They must be able to operate for at least 20 hours per day and 250,000km a year with a life of 30 years.

For passenger operation, the locomotives much be capable of powering up to eight double-deck coaches or 10 single-deck coaches in push-pull mode, and be equipped for multiple operation. A maximum train weight of 800 tonnes is envisaged. The locomotives should be able to complete the Tel Aviv – Jerusalem journey in 27 minutes.

In freight operation, the locomotives must be sufficiently powerful to haul trains of up to 3600 tonnes in multiple traction.

ISR has specified an ac three-phase asynchronous traction system. The locomotives need to be designed for regenerative braking and have an electronic wheel slip protection system. A maximum axleload of 22.5 tonnes is specified.

Closing date for tenders is December 15
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Old August 28th, 2014, 05:55 PM   #250
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Jerusalem fast line tunnel holed through
28 Aug 2014







ISRAEL: The first bore of the 11·6 km twin-bore tunnel for the A1 fast line to Jerusalem was holed through on August 26. The tunnel between Yittla Creek and Mevaseret Zion in the suburbs of Jerusalem will be the longest in Israel.

The contractor is a joint venture of Shafir Civil & Marine Engineering and Impresa Pizzarotti, which began boring using two Herrenknecht TBMs in October 2012. The second bore is expected to be holed through during November. This will complete the last of nine tunnels totalling 14 km which are being built for the project.

The A1 fast link is being built for speeds up to 160 km/h, to provide a 28 min journey time on the 57 km route between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Opening is now planned for late 2017.

‘The A1 will entirely change the concept of distance between the two metropolitan areas’, said Israel Railways General Manager Boaz Zafrir, ‘reducing the number of cars on the roads, and consequently reducing road accidents, bottlenecks and air pollution.’

Maybe we need separate HSR thread, isn't it?
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Old October 9th, 2014, 04:17 PM   #251
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Tunnelling completed on A1 rail link to Jerusalem
Thursday, October 09, 2014


Israel Katz (left), Benjamin Netanyahu, and Boaz Zafrir at the tunnel hole through

THE final breakthrough of the second bore of the 11.6km tunnel on the Tel Aviv - Jerusalem A1 fast rail link took place on October 6, marking completion of tunnelling on the project.

The holing through of tunnel number three between Yitla creek and Mevaseret Zion was attended by Israel's prime minister Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, transport minister Mr Israel Katz, and Israel Railways CEO Mr Boaz Zafrir.
Construction on the 38km double-track line from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem started in 2005. When it opens in 2017 it will cut the journey time between Tel Aviv Savidor Centre and Jerusalem from 1h 25min today using the existing line to just 28 minutes. Israel Railways plans to operate up to three trains per hour during peak hours.
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Old October 10th, 2014, 03:50 AM   #252
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Tunnel construction railways use Schöma locos

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Last A1 tunnel breakthrough:
Thanks for the timely advice of the completion of the tunnel boring work on this project.

This tunnelling project for the #3 tunnel used two TBMs working in parallel in one direction. The actual breakthrough was into the already completed 3 km section of NATM-built horseshoe-shaped tunnel.
A1 Tel Aviv-Jerusalem High Speed Rail Project - Sha'ar HaGai and Mevaseret Zion (Section C), Tunnel #3 "Hahamisha" - Shapir/Pizzarotti/SELI jv (C) - Southern Tube: Herrenknecht TBM-DS S-612 10.04 m od x 8 625 m (9/12~8/14); Northern Tube: Herrenknecht TBM-S S-614 10.04 m x 8 825 m (10/12~10/14)
For the supply of lining rings made up of concrete segments, for pea gravel and grouting materials, and for man-rider trains up to the back-up system at the working face, this contractor used the special tunnel locomotives manufactured by the Swedish company GIA.

Closer to Tel Aviv, the #1 tunnel had used one single TBM which first bored the Southern tube, and then on that breakthrough was transported back to the original start point to then bore the Northern tube.
A1 Tel Aviv-Jerusalem High Speed Rail Project - Latrun-Sha'ar HaGai (Section B) Tunnel #1 - Minrav/Mosmetrostroy (C) - Herrenknecht TBM-EPB S-667 10.31 m od; Southern Tube x 3 500 m (2/12~_/13); Northern Tube x 3 500 m (_/13~_/14)
For the back-up supplies on this section, the contractors had used the special tunnel locomotives manufactured by the German company Schöma.

As shown in http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...641473&page=11 Post #207, the Russian-based tunnelling company Mosmetrostroy used six Schöma Model Type CFL350DCL on these two bores, part of more than twenty of these locomotives Mosmetrostroy obtained from Schöma for working on a number of Mosmetrostroy contracts that they are building in Moscow (Metro extensions Line 1 and Line 10); here in Israel; and in India for two lines of the Chennai Metro Rail Line.

Of interest is the fact that 53 of these Schöma CFL350DCL locomotives were built new for work on the huge and lengthy Gotthard Basis Tunnel in Switzerland. As tunnel boring and lining work on that project has drawn to near completion, a number of these purpose-built locomotives have been overhauled, upgraded by Schöma and sold on for further service in projects such as those above.

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Five shortlisted for Israeli electrification contract
Wednesday, October 29, 2014



ISRAEL Railways (IR) announced on October 28 that it has shortlisted five prequalified suppliers for a design-supply-build-maintain contract for the first stage of its electrification programme

The $US 3.2bn project involves the installation of 25kV 50Hz ac electrification on 420km of existing lines, which will be supplied by 14 substations.

The five shortlisted suppliers include:
  • Alstom and Afcon Holdings, Israel
  • CPRM (a consortium of China Railway Construction Electrification Bureau Group and Pan-Mediterranean Engineering, China),
  • Elecnor, Spain
  • SEMI, Spain, and
  • Siemens
IR launched a tender in July for a contract to supply between 62 and 78 electric locomotives, which will be used on both freight and passenger trains
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The first line to be electrified will probably be the new Jerusalem-Herzelia line (which should be completed by the end of 2017), which can't be operated with diesel locomotives due to the length of the line's tunnels. The electrification is supposed to reduce the effect of the bottleneck in IR's main line (where most of the lines are crowded into 3 tracks in Tel-Aviv), or at least to enable the extra capacity which is needed in order to operate the new line to Jerusalem without decreasing the frequency of existing lines.
The Acre-Carmiel line, which was supposed to be fully electrified when opened- will probably be operated with diesel locomotives, due to delays in the electrification project (compared to the construction of the line which is going according to plan).
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 06:43 PM   #255
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Israelis start track laying on new line
Monday, December 22, 2014



TRACK laying has started on Israel's 60km Valley Line linking Haifa with Sheikh Hussain bridge over the River Jordan where it will eventually be connected to the Jordanian rail network

The $US 1bn project includes five stations, of which Kfar-Yehoshua, Kfar-Baruch, Afula, and Beit-Shean are in various stages of completion. The fifth station at Haifa Lev-Ha-Mifratz over the existing station on the Haifa - Nahariya line will be constructed soon.

The double-track line, which will be used by both freight and passenger trains, partially follows the alignment of the historic Hedjaz railway
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So are there any particular reason why it will serve Afula and not the twice as big city of Nazareth just eight kilometers to the north?
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Interesting question. As a layman this doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. So what is the official argument? And is there an unofficial one as well?
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Old December 25th, 2014, 03:38 PM   #258
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probably terrain, since Nazareth is pretty hilly and it would also be quite a detour for a line that is supposed to connect Haifa and Jordan.
This line and the old line are pretty much flat and relatively straight.
I wonder if the line will go right through Afula since it seems like the old line went through it and the right of way is still there (as a Park nowadays).
It would be cool to have a underground station under HaBanim Garden right in there center. This would keep the line straight as well
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Going through Nazareth would drive up the cost tremendously for all three of the reasons already stated: 1) the overall distance would be at least 10 kilometers greater, 2) the terrain would require grading, bridges, and perhaps even tunneling, and 3) the land would be expensive to acquire.
Reason 1) would also increase travel times. Reasons 1) and 2) also carry environmental costs.
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Would that also include political reasons? Meaning, in the future, maybe Nazareth wouldn't even be part of Israel, right?
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