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Old September 16th, 2016, 06:31 PM   #501
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Is this the re-use of the old trackbed dating from Palestinian Railways time and that was closed shortly after the coastal line opened ?

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Old September 16th, 2016, 10:53 PM   #502
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Is this the re-use of the old trackbed dating from Palestinian Railways time and that was closed shortly after the coastal line opened ?

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It's still being used for freight trains.
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Old September 19th, 2016, 12:31 AM   #503
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It's still being used for freight trains.
As far as I know, only the north and south ends, but not the central part, isn't it?

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Old September 20th, 2016, 12:57 AM   #504
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As far as I know, only the north and south ends, but not the central part, isn't it?

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True.
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Old September 29th, 2016, 12:33 AM   #505
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Final bidders in Israel Railways rolling stock tender worth NIS 3 billion (~USD 800 million):
Siemens (Germany), Alstom (France), Stadler (Switzerland), Hitachi (Japan), Skoda (Czechia), and Bombardier (Canada).

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-6...der-1001155050

Small note: The article claims that the new line to Jerusalem will open in late 2017, of course this is incorrect and the current (optimistic) target is April 2018.
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Old September 29th, 2016, 12:15 PM   #506
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Stock not ordered yet but they hope to open traffic in less than 2 years ? Do they really stand a chance ?

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Old September 29th, 2016, 04:02 PM   #507
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This order is for next-generation stock.

The rolling stock for the initial operations has already been ordered.

The coaches are several sets of upgraded Bombardier double-deck push-pull sets much like what has been running in Israel since 2001. The new ones for the high-speed line to Jerusalem were ordered in 2012 and delivered in 2014.

Bombardier also got the contract to build the electric locomotives (TRAXX AC) in August 2015.

All of this equipment is rated for 100 mph/160 kph, which should be enough for service to Jerusalem.
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Old September 29th, 2016, 08:32 PM   #508
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The new Valley Line has been added to IR's official map:

Operations should start on 16/10.
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Old October 12th, 2016, 05:12 PM   #509
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Israel to build first electric train depot
Wednesday, October 12, 2016



ISRAEL Railways has issued a call for tender for the construction of its first electric train depot which will be built between existing diesel train depots at Lod

The 9300m2 depot will be used to maintain passenger trains already converted from diesel to electric traction and a fleet of 60 double-deck EMUs totalling 330 cars for which six companies submitted their final bids at the end of September

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Old October 12th, 2016, 06:30 PM   #510
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I'd be surprised if Israel Railways got a "Lok 2000" (Swiss Re 460)
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Old October 20th, 2016, 09:26 PM   #511
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Emeq Line inspection
Holyday ride Hadera - Beit-Shean.

One way travel time - 2 hours, including two connections/train changes in Binyamina and Haifa Bat-Galim.

Empty Bombardier train to Binyamina:



First train change in Binyamina (awaiting train to Haifa):



Small electric scooter used as "last mile solution" for trip to Beit-Shean station neighboring mall



Second train change in Haifa Bat-Galim:





Siemens Viagio Light train to Beit-Shean:



Passing Haifa port:



Passing Haifa East railway depot with various rolling stock:









Leaving Coastal line and turning to the East:



Lev Ha-Mifratz bus terminal (U/C) and railway st.:



Riding Emeq line:





















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... to be continued (to Irbid, Jordan via King Hussein border crossing):





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Old October 20th, 2016, 09:40 PM   #512
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Thanks for the pictures!

Any idea how they will solve the last mile for commuters working in Yokneam? I'm guessing shuttle buses but they will get stuck in the same traffic as everyone else, so may as well drive.

(the station is on a busy dual carriageway, about 1/2 mile away from the industrial park)
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Old October 21st, 2016, 12:03 PM   #513
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Half a mile is easily walk able unless maybe the heat is extreme.
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Old October 25th, 2016, 10:25 PM   #514
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Half a mile is easily walk able unless maybe the heat is extreme.
Or unless it's a busy duel carriageway. Or unless you're immobile. Or maybe they should transport people, because people don't want to walk half a mile to work and back every day in the middle of a highway.
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Old October 27th, 2016, 04:43 PM   #515
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Or unless it's a busy duel carriageway. Or unless you're immobile. Or maybe they should transport people, because people don't want to walk half a mile to work and back every day in the middle of a highway.
If there was a nice walking path I'd prefer walking over taking a bus.
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Old October 27th, 2016, 08:39 PM   #516
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Final bidders in Israel Railways rolling stock tender worth NIS 3 billion (~USD 800 million):
Siemens (Germany), Alstom (France), Stadler (Switzerland), Hitachi (Japan), Skoda (Czechia), and Bombardier (Canada).

http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-6...der-1001155050

Small note: The article claims that the new line to Jerusalem will open in late 2017, of course this is incorrect and the current (optimistic) target is April 2018.
Did any of CRCC subsidiaries (Dalian,Tangshan, Changchun) participated in earlier bidding process?
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Old October 28th, 2016, 01:00 PM   #517
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If there was a nice walking path I'd prefer walking over taking a bus.
And if that walking path was in the middle of nowhere and you just want to get home on time, not just get into the city, I'd say that it's fair enough to put a bus there.

Anyways, just in case nobody noticed, Bet Shean has the same design as Paatei Modiin.
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Old October 31st, 2016, 11:42 PM   #518
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Only Afulas station signs seem to be according to regular IR style. The others aren't. Any idea why?
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Old November 1st, 2016, 04:38 PM   #519
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The Tel Aviv-Jerusalem line will be extended to the Western Wall in the Jewish quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/tel-avi...n-wall-report/

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The extension will involve digging tunnels for two kilometers at a depth of 80 meters. Minister Katz mentioned that the extension should significantly decrease congestion at the Binyanei HaUma railway station, allowing tourists, students, and others to reach the Western Wall easily and quickly from central Israel.

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http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7...873054,00.html
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Old November 1st, 2016, 09:13 PM   #520
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Whoah! This is where it gets dangerous. In the view of most western governments, including the United States (GOP and Democrats alike...), this part of Jerusalem is NOT part of Israel.
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