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Old June 19th, 2014, 05:47 AM   #201
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Another HSR line gets green light. The planning process continues.

Klart om medfinansiering av ny järnväg Göteborg-Borås

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Old June 19th, 2014, 06:38 AM   #202
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Green light for a corridor of Ostlänken bypassing the second largest airport of Stockholm Skavsta. The government should approve this decission by the end of this year.

Klartecken för Ostlänken via Skavsta
Bypassing? Don't you mean "going via" Skavsta? That airport is getting a station on the line
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Another HSR line gets green light. The planning process continues.

Klart om medfinansiering av ny järnväg Göteborg-Borås

Great news, even if it is only funding for the planning that's been approved and not ALL the funding.

So now we've got planning moving forward with the Göteborg-Borås and Linköping-Stockholm bits. I can't imagine the missing middle section Borås-Jönköping-Linköping not being at least partially funded by the time actual construction starts on the first sections.
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Old June 19th, 2014, 04:30 PM   #204
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Certainly a railway line can become a barrier, just like any river with lack of connections between both sides or a broad, congested street. Hence bridges, tunnels, overpasses, underpasses or whatever you have present to overcome this. What's your point?

If we followed your argument, the next 200 years of railway development would be spent on digging urban railways into the ground (not to mention the maintaince costs for these newly buried-down stretches since there's now four sides of the track to take care of, or whynot the lack of investment in the rural areas between the cities... )
A river can be a barrier as well, developments on one side of a river might not benefit much from developments on the other. On the other hand, unless the river is an open sewer, proximity to a river is likely to be highlighted in real estate ads, not so proximity to a railway line. The more people there are by a railway line, and the greater the economic effect, the greater the negatives of a line will be. It can be so great that together with the real estate value of the railway line, it makes more economic sense to remove it than keep it, particularly if the positive value is slight.

The alternatives to removing the line may be to put it in a tunnel and/or add value to it (i.e. upgrading it to perform services the society needs and is willing to pay for).
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Old June 19th, 2014, 07:47 PM   #205
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The strike is finally over. The first train from Linköping arrived in Åtvidaberg at 16:37 today.


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Old June 25th, 2014, 05:15 PM   #206
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Study recommends upgrading Kiruna - Narvik iron-ore line
Wednesday, June 25, 2014



A JOINT study by the Norwegian and Swedish infrastructure managers, Jernbaneverket and Trafikverket, recommends upgrading the heavy-haul line linking Kiruna and Narvik to meet a forecast growth in traffic.

The study shows that demand for iron-ore traffic from mines in Sweden and eventually Finland could require an increase in the number of trains a day from 20 to 44 by 2020, while the number of conventional freight trains is expected to rise from eight to between 12 and 26 a day and the number of daily passenger trains could double from six to 12. The study says that upgrading the line to double track is therefore both necessary and economically viable.
"It has long been clear that the capacity on the route must be expanded," says Mr Gunnar Markussen, a member of the working group. "Until now this has been resolved with a gradual expansion of capacity, with new and longer passing loops while the axleload has been increased to 30 tonnes. But all the research shows that this will no longer be sufficient to meet the needs of the market."

The working group says that more work is needed to decide how to fund and manage the upgrade. Several options are possible such as direct grants through an agreement between Norway and Sweden, or by setting up a joint venture company, or through a public-private partnership deal, or by converting Ofotbanen and Malmbanan, which currently operate the line, into a jointly-owned infrastructure company.

The study also recommends the establishment of a joint project between Jernbaneverket and Trafikverket to plan and develop the project, especially as the installation of ERTMS will require considerable coordination. The study also wants Jernbaneverket and Trafikverket to harmonise technical and operating rules as well as traffic management on the route.

The study says the two infrastructure managers should establish their own agreements with train operating companies to create the necessary predictability and lowest risk for all parties, and it recommends the introduction of access charges based on the ability of the various operators to pay.

The study says the upgrading work should be implemented incrementally so that the benefits can be realised as work on each section is completed
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I say Go. Upgrade the line. And make sure it's built to the largest standardized loading gauge in regular use in Europe.
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Old June 25th, 2014, 07:42 PM   #208
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I say Go. Upgrade the line. And make sure it's built to the largest standardized loading gauge in regular use in Europe.
I thought all Scandinavian lines already are built to the largest gauge, like those of Germany.
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I thought all Scandinavian lines already are built to the largest gauge, like those of Germany.
Not this line!
This is an old line with a few old tunnels, so the loading guage is "only" 3.4 by 4.3 (unlike modern lines which are at 3.6 by 4.83).
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Not this line!
This is an old line with a few old tunnels, so the loading guage is "only" 3.4 by 4.3 (unlike modern lines which are at 3.6 by 4.83).
So upping it to the new standard would be good.

Compared to the UK I guess even this line has a large loading gauge though.
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Compared to the UK I guess even this line has a large loading gauge though.
Yes, British lines are so restrictive they look as they were built in the early-to-mid 19th century.
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^They look that way because they were built back then. Which is impressive in its own way. It's not like new built lines in the UK are using those mid-1880s loading gauges, and lines getting renoveated are having crossing bridgespans widened and raised up where possible afaik.

In Sweden we got a later start and had more space including far fewer places where there were so many people living near the lines or so much traffic on the lines that we couldn't have level crossings back then. Result: few bridges/tunnels made to 1800s specs.
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^They look that way because they were built back then.
I know Swede, I was being sarcastic about little Britain.

Sorry.

It's just that I envy the railways of Europe that have no problem in operating intermodal trains that carry semi-trailers...
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ah, I usually catch on to that but didn't now

yeah, I wonder what the railways would be like in the UK if all the lines had the modern Swedish loading gauge. Imagine if all lines were capable of handling double-decker trains!
The Swedish double-deckers look so over the top IMO. topping out a 6 cars long (2 3-car-units coupled together), why not just run longer signle level trains? it's not like we don't have space on the tracks for longer trains.
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Britain's railway system would be more productive in two ways with a Teutonic/Viking-inspired loading gauge.

First of all, yes, double-deck passenger trains would be feasible along certain corridors, even if some people don't like the potentially longer dwell times that such trains impose.

And secondly, certain corridors would see the arrival of intermodal trains carrying semi-trailers, a most obvious corridor being that between the Channel Tunnel, London, the Midlands, the North West and Scotland.

But it would cost a fortune to rebuild all of those bridges and tunnels, and doing so would cause a massive amount of disruption.

So it will never happen, but nowhere is perfect I guess.
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HSR in Sweden: Norrköping station

Sweco presented some more detailed [some paintings were presented previously] visualisations of the planned new railway station (suitable to serve HSR trains) and central transportation terminal in Norrköping (HSR line Ostlänken [status: detailed planning stage]):



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More information: www.norrkoping.se, http://www.jarnvagsnyheter.se/2014/0...tt-resecentrum
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Old June 26th, 2014, 11:11 PM   #217
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I remember seeing the render a while ago, but I never get tired of it. Norrköping is one of the overlooked of Swedish cities, yet it has to be one of my favourites. To replace the rather... Lacking station of today with something liek this would be really quite cool in my opinion.

Look forward to the project getting underway.
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A freight train in northern part of the ocuntry:


tåg par Johan Ylitalo, sur Flickr
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"MTR Express" uploaded a the first picture of the Swedish "Stadler Flirt" train the series of which are constructed in the "Stadler" factory in Switzerland:


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I like how they're going for a distinctive colorscheme. Maybe in time SJ will wise up to that having a neutral gray colorscheme isn't all that great even if their design team thinks so.
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