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Old December 26th, 2014, 06:22 PM   #261
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Ah, looking at a terrain map (see: https://www.google.se/maps/@32.73410.../data=!5m1!1e4) it's clear there's an valley from Haifa via Afula and onto Jordan (where is suddenly gets hilly again!).

And, I was guessing there are political issues also.
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Old December 27th, 2014, 04:25 PM   #262
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Terrain is a good argument. The increase in distance doesn't seem much a of a problem though. If you rougly follow the road 75 corridor to the soutwest of Nazareth and then take a sharp right turn south to Afula. I can't see how this would extend the track length by more than a low single digit number in km.

So I do buy the argument of costs but I don't quite get it what the point of the track is if you miss the largest city along the way. Connecting that city and creating a much more complete network would certainly be worth paying also a bigger price tag.

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Old December 28th, 2014, 03:43 PM   #263
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Old "Prima" (731 actually was the first JT42BW in Israel) in new livery caught in Hadera today:

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Old December 29th, 2014, 09:44 AM   #264
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If you rougly follow the road 75 corridor to the soutwest of Nazareth and then take a sharp right turn south to Afula. I can't see how this would extend the track length by more than a low single digit number in km.
It looks to me like five or six kilometers just to pass by the outskirts of Nazareth, which I don't think would be useful. Passing through the center of Nazareth would add at least about eight kilometers to the route. Not worth it. There are adequate bus connections from Nazareth to both Afula and Haifa.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 12:25 PM   #265
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Ha-Umma railway station in Jerusalem - surface hall construction site:



Central bus station and other city transportation facilities in close touch with upcoming railway terminal:

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Old December 29th, 2014, 05:32 PM   #266
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FINALY SOME PROGRESS What remains the trains
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Old December 30th, 2014, 11:50 AM   #267
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Sorry to switch focus to the past instead of the future, but does anyone on here have photos of when Israeli Railways used old British Rail Mark II coaching stock? I've been looking around on google but I've not found as much as I'd like.

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Old December 30th, 2014, 01:10 PM   #268
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Sorry to switch focus to the past instead of the future, but does anyone on here have photos of when Israeli Railways used old British Rail Mark II coaching stock? I've been looking around on google but I've not found as much as I'd like.

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Guess, I have some interesting stock for you
Not sure it is Mark II, but looks much the similar....



.. second coach:



..nowadays in one of Jordan valley settlements:







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Old December 30th, 2014, 06:01 PM   #269
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Thanks elab! The first carriage in the first photo is a Mark II yes, as is the second carriage in the second photo. It's had the opening windows replaced with some kind of ventilation though - I'm sure I've seen photos of Mark IIs in their original condition in Israel too. The one in the Jordan Valley is a Mark I - see the flatter bodyside - did they work in Israel too then? Thanks again.
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 06:31 PM   #270
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Israel Railways to issue bonds worth Shekels 2bn
Friday, January 02, 2015



ISRAEL Railways has filed a draft prospect with the Israeli Securities Authority for a bond issue worth Shekels 1bn ($US 260m) during 2015, the first step in a plan to issue bonds worth up to Shekels 2bn over the next two years

The bond issues will be used to invest in railway infrastructure development as part of a development budget worth up to Shekels 30bn up to 2020. The bond issuance is being conducted by the Israel Railways Finance Division and Legal Department in collaboration with the Ministries of Transport and Finance
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Last two years Israel railways allow transportation of non-folded bicycles, including electric-powered, and other compact personal electric vehicles in special compartments or lower decks - with no extra charge.
This way of personal mobility became very popular..











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Old January 6th, 2015, 06:50 PM   #272
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Israel Railways Reports First-Ever Profit

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-i...fit-1000998854

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"Israel Railways finished the first nine months of 2014 with a NIS 143.8 million profit from current activities, according to the company's third quarter reports. This is the first time since the company was founded in 2003 that the company reached black ink."
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Old January 9th, 2015, 02:47 PM   #273
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Beit Shemesh - Jerusalem Malkha short trip (old Jerusalem line) with IC3 DMU... through Judea mountains:

























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Old January 11th, 2015, 04:39 PM   #274
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Remains of Hejaz Railway bridges in Yarmuch valley. Damascus - Samakh stage. (Syria-Jordan-Israel border junction).

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Old January 11th, 2015, 04:55 PM   #275
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Thank you. Will the old line to Jerusalem be closed?
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Old January 11th, 2015, 05:05 PM   #276
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Thank you. Will the old line to Jerusalem be closed?
Still unclear... There are several projects to keep Old Jerusalem line alive from regular railway traffic on Beit Shemesh - Jerusalem direction to operation of historical trains for tourists visiting Nahal Sorek national park, Biblical Zoo etc.


Beit Shemesh station:

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Old January 13th, 2015, 06:28 PM   #277
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While February 26, 2015 is the final submission date of the Tender for supply of 62 electrical locomotives for Israel Railways with the option for additional 16 E-locos (tender for double-deck EMU is still about to be published).... ISR uses its old and new diesel-powered rolling stock.

From the oldest G26 and G12:





... to modern Euro4000 and Euro3200:



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Old February 2nd, 2015, 01:04 PM   #278
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"Prima" in new livery:

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Old February 6th, 2015, 05:36 PM   #279
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Jerusalem A1 link track contract signed
Friday, February 06, 2015



THE A1 high-speed rail link between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem moved one step forward on February 5, with the announcement that Electra Bögl JV group has been awarded the Shekels 755m ($US 195m) contract to design, build, and maintain the track and systems of the A1's tunnels and bridges

Electra Bögl JV, comprises of Electra Ltd, Electra Infrastructures Hasharon Excavators Ltd, Signon Schweitz AG, and Max Bögl Bauunternemung GmbH & Co KG.

The new line will use slab track in tunnels and on bridges for the first time in the railway's history. The tunnels on the new line have already been completed, while the bridges and the new station in Jerusalem are in the final stages of construction

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Israeli rail traffic continues to climb
Monday, February 09, 2015



RIDERSHIP on Israel Railways (IR) services increased for the third successive year in 2014, according to figures released by the railway on February 1, which show passenger numbers rose by 7.5% year-on-year to 48.5 million

Much of the growth is attributed to the introduction of a new timetable in June which brought increased frequencies on many routes and a daily record of 196,000 passengers. This was achieved despite military action in Gaza in July and August, which led to the total or partial suspension of services on the Ashkelon – Shderot and Ashkelon – Ashdod lines

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