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Old July 14th, 2016, 05:36 PM   #681
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Surely Token apparatus should be used, I am amazed they were relying on telephone block confirmation , that is so open to failure .
It still exists all over the world, with a surprisingly low level of accidents.
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Old July 16th, 2016, 06:40 AM   #682
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How fast where those trains going?
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Old July 16th, 2016, 10:57 AM   #683
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How fast where those trains going?
Both were full throttle, around 100 km/h.
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Old July 16th, 2016, 12:25 PM   #684
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By the look of it then a Stadler FLIRT and an Alstom Coradia Meridian, both from Ferrotramviaria.
Info at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrotramviaria
Alstom might call them Coradia Meridian, but they are different from the others trains with that name owned by Trenitalia:

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elettrotreno_FT_ELT_200

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alstom_Coradia

Alstom calls most of its regional trains Coradia, just as Siemens calls them Desiro, but in fact there are many different models carrying a name beginning with Coradia or Desiro. Maybe they lack of fantasy when finding names for their models

The yellow train is a Stadler Flirt, ehich Ferrotranviaria owns 4: two first class only, two second class only, although they have roughly the same capacity, as both have 2+2 seats, not 2+1 as in many first class trains in Europe. There are some differences in the interior. They were initially used to run intercity trains lintegrated with Trenitalia's network. I don't know why they ordered two 1st class and two 2nd class trains, and not just 4 trains with both 1st and 2nd class.
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Old July 16th, 2016, 02:29 PM   #685
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It still exists all over the world, with a surprisingly low level of accidents.
Preliminary reports state that there was a combination of extra trains and traffic delays, leading station managers to confusion.

Nothing new: the probability of human error increas with the complexity of the system. The line had recently seen a consistent increase of traffic due to service expansion, and telephone block became inadequate. The tender for its replacement was to be closed at the end of July.

So, yes, telephone block is used all over the world, but the safety it provides depends on the context.

Paradox: this accident demonstrates the correctness of the analysis that justified the upgrade investment, there was just no time to complete it, Murphy's law was quicker.

I don't really know who to blame. I would be angry if someone used the money to build something else saying that the railway is ok as it is, but that's not the case. Maybe they could have waited for the construction works to be completed before increasing the number of trains, but the risk with this method is that you end up doing nothing for decades.
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Old August 4th, 2016, 04:22 PM   #686
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Trenitalia signed framework contracts with Alstom and Hitachi for up to 450 regional electric multiple-units with firm orders for 86 units on August 3, following the announcement of the preferred bidders in June.

The Lot 1 framework agreement with Alstom covers up to 150 medium-capacity single-deck EMUs worth €900m, with an option for maintenance.

The firm order covers an initial 47 trainsets worth €240m which are to be delivered from early 2019. An 'evolution' of the Coradia Meridian family which is in service with Trenitalia, the units are to be supplied in two lengths with up to 321 seats. There will be different configurations for regional and suburban services, with wi-fi, audio-visual passenger information and entertainment and CCTV. Alstom said a 'wide range' of interiors, liveries and optional features would enable each Italian region to customise trains for local services.

The EMUs will offer 'a significant decrease in energy consumption per passenger' compared to the previous generation, despite the greater installed power required for the air-conditioning. Alstom's Savigliano, Sesto San Giovanni and Bologna sites will be involved in design and production.

Hitachi Rail Italy signed the Lot 2 framework agreement for the supply of up to 300 high-capacity double-deck EMUs worth €2·6bn over nine years. An initial €333m firm order for the Emilia Romagna region covers 25 five-car sets with a total capacity of 656 passengers, and 14 four-car units. The 160 km/h EMUs are to be produced at Hitachi's factories in Pistoia, Napoli and Reggio Calabria, with the first to be delivered within 34 months.

The new Caravaggio design 'will be a train never seen before in Europe, in line with the highest safety and comfort standards', said Hitachi Rail Italy CEO Maurizio Manfellotto. 'A vehicle that will change the Italian transport system. We are already working with a team of over 300 people to create the vehicle that, after our Frecciarossa 1000, will become another icon Made in Italy.'

Evaluation of Stadler's top-ranked bid for Lot 3 which covers the supply of diesel multiple-units is still underway.

A total of 11 bidders had prequalified for the three framework agreements, with bids for one or more lots being submitted by Alstom, Bombardier, CAF, Hitachi, Hyundai Rotem and Stadler.

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Old August 11th, 2016, 10:18 PM   #687
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Sicily

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BLS to operate Swiss-Italian regional services
Thursday, August 11, 2016



THE government of the Italian region of Piedmont has awarded BLS, Switzerland, a six-year concession to operate services on the 19km Iselle - Domodossola line from December 11 in a move which will improve regional rail links between the Swiss canton of Valais and northern Italy

BLS says it expects to finalise the timetable within the next few weeks for the services, which will start in Brig and operate through the Simplon Tunnel, offering frequent cross-border trains and good connections with other services

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Old August 16th, 2016, 07:15 PM   #689
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[IT] MRCE > ISC ES64F4-016 in yellow livery

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MRCE ES 64 F4-016, in service of ISC from Italy is the second e-loco to receive the yellow ISC livery. First one was ES 64 F4-110. Thank you Alessandro Destasi.

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Old August 24th, 2016, 10:06 AM   #690
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Any reported damage to the rail network after the big earth quake today?
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Old August 26th, 2016, 02:49 PM   #691
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New regional trains TRENITALIA manufactured entirely in Italy Alstom (EX AnsaldoBreda), and Hitachi.
They will be produced 500 new trains for regional transport, four new trains every month

the photos are in the link: http://www.repubblica.it/economia/20...ider=146655585
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That should have been "Astlom Italia (ex Fiat Ferroviaria) and Hitachi (ex AnsaldoBreda)"
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Old August 28th, 2016, 05:42 PM   #693
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Any reported damage to the rail network after the big earth quake today?
All affected lines are reported to be fully operative and with no damages.

But it should be noted that in the directly hit area there are no railways. There were plans for some, in the 1880s, but they were never built.


https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrov...ina,_1932).svg


Norcia was reached by a former mountain railway, now converted to a bike path.
https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrovia_Spoleto-Norcia
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New trains for public transport arrived in Sicily

ETR425 Jazz


http://www.ferroviesiciliane.it/2016...e-etr425-jazz/


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every pic of the outdated ferries is a reminder that leaves me bitter for the stalling of the strait bridge project.
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The works to upgrade the railway line 'Canicattì-Siracusa', from Canicattì to Comiso, has been terminated and the next 19 Sept the railway opened to passengers service.


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http://www.ferroviesiciliane.it/2016...re-di-messina/

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Trenitalia announced a €4.5 bn investment plan to buy 450 new regional trains (produced by Alstom and Hitachi).
86 new trains will be in operation in Emilia Romagna starting from 2019.
Trenitalia should sign agreements with other regions like Tuscany, Lazio, Veneto, Liguria, Campania.



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Investments worth 94 bn in 10 years in new FS plan

Italian rail company Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) said Wednesday that its new 10-year plan for 2017-2026 provides for investments worth 94 billion euros over a decade. In particular, 73 billion euros will reportedly be invested in infrastructure, 14 billion in rail material and seven in technological development. Over half of the resources pledged for the plan - 58 billion - are reportedly already available. FS President Gioia Ghezzi said the new industrial plan will introduce major changes and bring a "cultural revolution inside the group".

The rail company's chief executive Renato Mazzoncini also said during the plan's presentation on Wednesday that FS will merge with motorway company ANAS. ANAS and rail network Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) "will become sisters" within the FS holding, the CEO said, saying joint investments and management choices will help save up to 400 million euros as part of the plan.
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