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So Iraq is going to have better trains than Ohio now.

 

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2014/03/iraq-trains/

After Decades of War, Iraq Adds Fleet of New Trains to Its Aging Railway

 

Brand new trains were delivered to Iraq for use on a popular railway route, another sign that the country is rebuilding the public transportation network that had fallen into disrepair over decades of neglect and war.

 

The 10 new trains will roll on the Baghdad-Basra line, between Iraq’s capital and one of its key cities. It’s a line that’s been of strategic importance since it was built as part of the Baghdad Railway in the years surrounding World War I, and now it’s getting trains capable of 100 mph.

 

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The US continues to fall behind international rail developments.  Japan planning for 300mph maglev trains by 2027. 

 

http://gizmodo.com/japan-tests-its-new-500kmph-maglev-train-1638957502

 

and Japan, not someone in the US, has offered $5B toward bringing the maglev technology to the US

 

http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/04/technology/maglev-washington-baltimore/

 

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Rail to receive 54% of Spanish transport budget

Written by  Fernando Puente

 

THE Spanish Ministry of Public Works and Transport has published its draft budget for 2015 this week and once again funds allocated to rail investments will exceed those for the department's other areas of responsibility, notably roads and air transport.

 

Rail investment is expected to reach €5.2bn in 2015, representing 54% of the €9.6bn transport budget.

 

Despite the deep recession and the ensuing budgetary constraints, Spain's central government is committed to completing its ambitious rail programme and has invested more than €10bn in the high-speed network in the last three years alone.

 

READ MORE AT:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/europe/rail-to-receive-54-of-spanish-transport-budget.html?channel=542

 

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Netherlands sets 2015 rail budget at €2.4bn (or $3.05 billion US at the current exchange rate)

Written by  Quintus Vosman

 

THE DUTCH government has allocated to €2.4bn to maintain and improve the country's railway network as part of its 2015 budget, which was announced on September 16.

 

Half of the funds will be used to maintain and manage the network, while the remainder will be used to finance enhancement projects, one of the largest being the national ERTMS programme, which will consume €2.5bn by 2028.

 

The budget also includes funds for a number of other safety-related improvements including level crossing upgrades and extending the rollout of ATB-VV, an enhanced version of the Dutch national ATB automatic train protection system.

 

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http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/europe/netherlands-sets-2015-rail-budget-at-%E2%82%AC24bn.html?channel=542


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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China and Russia are talking about a $230B high speed train line between Moscow and Beijing. And we can't build any? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2796861/plans-unveiled-new-144bn-high-speed-rail-link-moscow-beijing-cut-trans-siberian-journey-time-4-hours.html


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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Not really overseas but....

 

Chinese Group sole bidder for $3 billion Mexico high-speed rail project

24-Oct-2014 12:00:00

 

CRCC_LogoChina continues to lead the way in high-speed rail as state backed China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) are the only group bidding to win tender for Mexico’s major high speed-rail project worth more than $3 billion writes SmartRail World's Abigail Francis. The proposed project plans to connect the industrial cities of Mexico City & Queretaro and carry an estimated 23,000 commuters a day, at high speeds of 300kph. The developments follow President Enrique Pena Nieto’s plans to reintroduce inter-city passenger services between major industrial cities following their privatization and subsequent dissolution over a decade ago.

 

CRCC have offered to build trains and 210 kilometres of railway as part of their $4.3 billion bid. The deal is set to place China in an extremely strong position to establish and win further contracts to construct more of Mexico’s high-speed passenger rail. Having built over 12,000 kilometers of track at home in less than a decade, China is pushing to export more of its high-speed technology abroad. CNR and CSR Corp are China's largest train builders, while CRCC and China Railway Group build track.

 

http://www.smartrailworld.com/chinese-group-sole-successful-bid-for-3-billion-mexico-high-speed-rail-project


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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China just opened a new 6-hour, 50-minute rail link that covers a distance equivalent to LA to Seattle, or Baltimore to Miami. This is just one of 32 (yes, thirty-two) new high-speed rail routes that China opened for service on Dec. 10! Meanwhile America bumps along over crowded, crumbling roads....

 

EDIT: BTW, the older rail infrastructure between Shanghai-Guangzhou allowed the slow trains to cover that 1,300-mile distance in 16 hours. Baltimore to Miami on Amtrak takes 24.5 hours, and LA to Seattle on Amtrak takes 35 hours. So even China's older, slower trains were MUCH faster than America's. That's how far behind we really are.

 

http://shanghaiist.com/2014/12/09/from_tomorrow_on_high-speed_rail_wi.php

 

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"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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China just opened a new 6-hour, 50-minute rail link that covers a distance equivalent to LA to Seattle, or Baltimore to Miami. This is just one of 32 (yes, thirty-two) new high-speed rail routes that China opened for service on Dec. 10! Meanwhile America bumps along over crowded, crumbling roads....

 

EDIT: BTW, the older rail infrastructure between Shanghai-Guangzhou allowed the slow trains to cover that 1,300-mile distance in 16 hours. Baltimore to Miami on Amtrak takes 24.5 hours, and LA to Seattle on Amtrak takes 35 hours. So even China's older, slower trains were MUCH faster than America's. That's how far behind we really are.

 

http://shanghaiist.com/2014/12/09/from_tomorrow_on_high-speed_rail_wi.php

 

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And now that Republicans have taken over the national and state legislatures, expect the USA fall even further behind.

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Meanwhile, in Japan:

 

Japan’s maglev train breaks world speed record

 

A maglev train in Japan reached a record-breaking speed of 590Kph (366Mph) this week, according to the Central Japan Railway Company -- smashing a record that’s been held for 12 years.

 

The seven-car train completed a test run on Thursday on an experimental course in central Japan's Yamanashi prefecture. The train beat the previous record of 581Kph (361Mph), which has been held since 2003.

 

 

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So Morocco can afford high-speed rail but the USA cannot? OK....

 

Africa’s first high speed train delivered

01 Jul 2015

 

MOROCCO: The first of 12 Alstom Duplex high speed trainsets for national railway ONCF was unloaded at the Port of Tanger on June 29. It had been shipped from the Port of La Pallice near La Rochelle in France onboard Ville de Bordeaux, a roll-on roll-off vessel custom-built to carry Airbus A380 aircraft sections.

 

The double-deck trainsets are based on the TGV Duplex design that has been in service with French national operator SNCF since 1996, but adapted for local operating conditions.

 

They are to be used on Tanger – Casablanca services, using a 320 km route including a 183 km high speed line between Tanger and Kénitra which is being built for operation at up to 320 km/h.  From Kénitra to Casablanca the services will use a conventional line upgraded for speeds up to 220 km/h.

 

MORE:

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/high-speed/single-view/view/africas-first-high-speed-train-delivered.html


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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Chinese exceptionalism! 813 km is 508 miles, or the distance from Cleveland to New York City via Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Or from Columbus to the east side of Philadelphia. Or from Cincinnati to Washington DC via Pittsburgh. The existing USA rail travel is far slower than China's old 8-hour travel time (except in Columbus which is North America's largest city with no passenger rail of any kind). And they just cut that in half to four. Yup, Chinese exceptionalism....

 

Hefei – Fuzhou high speed line opens

30 Jun 2015

 

CHINA: The 813 km Hefei – Fuzhou Passenger-Dedicated Line opened on June 28, with journey times between the capitals of Anhui and Fujian provinces cut from 8 h to under 4 h. The new line also serves popular tourist destinations.

 

Construction of the line began in 2010, with the route through a mountainous region requiring around 86% of the alignment to be on bridges or in tunnel.

 

The alignment has been designed for a maximum speed of 350 km/h. Trains are initially running at up to 300 km/h, however.

 

MORE:

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/high-speed/single-view/view/hefei-fuzhou-high-speed-line-opens.html


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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But wait, there's more!

 

Express Rail Link to open in 2018 #HighSpeedRail #WestKowloon in #HongKong http://t.co/xJHnqFvh8g @railjournal http://t.co/EK55OaZXN8


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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Podcast: Lessons from French and German High Speed Rail with @gmfus fellow Eric Eidlin - http://t.co/jk1LnWPvEr http://t.co/pvNWKGXHkO


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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It would be a mistake for Europe to eliminate its night trains. People over there have already started protesting.  If you're a tourist, why would you want to spend your days traveling when you can do it while you sleep?:

 

Can Europe's last sleeper trains survive?

 

By Marcel Krueger, for CNN

 

Updated 0601 GMT (1301 HKT) September 2, 2015

 

(CNN)It's close to midnight and Berlin's Hauptbahnhof central station is almost deserted.

 

But on platform five, there are scenes of mild chaos.

 

The City Night Line sleeper has just pulled in and passengers -- me among them -- are grabbing their luggage and eyeing up the carriages that, for the next eight hours, will be their hotel on wheels.

 

I've been fascinated by night trains ever since I first took a sleeper from Munich to the Hungarian capital Budapest 20 years ago.

 

Back then such trains were still relatively common sights in European cities not yet in thrall to the budget airline revolution.

 

Today, it's a different story.

 

Night services are in decline against the competition of cheap airfares and faster daytime intercity train services.

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/02/travel/european-night-sleeper-trains/index.html

 

 

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Rail returns to Scottish Borders in longest new UK line in 100+ years.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015

“This is an amazing moment. This is not just the opening of a new railway line; it is the opening up of a large part of our country to incredible new opportunities to grow and to prosper..."

 

After a wait of 46 years, the picturesque Scottish Borders will again be home to rail when Her Majesty the Queen opens the longest new line built in the UK for over a century tomorrow. The new Borders Railway runs between Tweedbank, the home of Sir Walter Scott and the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Until the line reopened, the Borders was the largest area of the UK without a rail link and had seen a lengthy campaign to bring back rail. Built at a cost of £294 million, it was is the replacement for the Waverley Line which meandered its way through the region before shutting in 1969. Completed on-time and according to its management on-budget, it is expected to carry almost 650,000 passengers a year and will deliver new jobs and new opportunities for economic growth across Midlothian and the Borders.

 

READ MORE AND SEE PHOTOS/VIDEO AT:

http://www.smartrailworld.com/rail-returns-to-scottish-borders-in-longest-new-uk-line-in-100-years?utm_campaign=SmartRail+World&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=21867704&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-83JDib8GxG5GroKcYlMdxsVdWupjMfrboh1XAIKw0erGTUssaZvUsSr1KCCmfHzTtzTHOw3jgJjTgxEQ51jyWATr42vA&_hsmi=21867704


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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November 15, 2015

China's 'Alpine' high-speed train service starts tomorrow

http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/11/chinas-alpine-high-speed-train-service.html

 

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A description from the Midwest High Speed Rail Association:

 

China’s newest high-speed train has been approved to begin passenger service next month on the Lanzhou-Xinjiang high-speed line. The 250km/h trains will travel at altitudes as high as 3600m above sea level and are equipped to operate in extreme weather ranging from ice storms to sand storms.

 

The CR2HG has a sealed bodyshell that is designed to prevent potential failures from condensing meltwater and the train has been adapted to prevent the accumulation of frost, snow and ice. The train is also able to deal with sandstorms through pressure sealed under floor equipment and an improved ventilation system that ensures onboard air quality.

 

The new trains will be able to stay in service longer as they only have to be cleaned every month or two compared to the current passenger train that requires cleaning every 3 days.

 

Each eight-car train has the capacity for 613 passengers to be carried along the 1,103 mile route and makes the journey in about 8 hours. The distance travelled is similar to traveling from Chicago to Denver, which takes around 18 hours on the California Zephyr.

 

China is considering extending this line even further west along the ancient Silk Road and connecting China to five other countries, ending in Teheran, Iran.


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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^Nice.  More and more countries are developing HSR, even little South Africa... And even though America's Congress doesn't seem too much interested in funding/developing HSR, I sure hope states like California keep pushing forward with their HSR plans as well as states in partnership neighboring states, like Cali and Nevada are with their so-called DesertXpress proposal between LA and Vegas.  Obviously NEC's Acela is the best we've got to date, but it currently only has limited newer track sections north of New Haven where trains are authorized for 150 mph speeds while the numerous slow sections, like the old New Haven RR section and the infamous Baltimore & Potomac tunnels under Baltimore, offset whatever advantages Acele's HSR portions give. 

 

I'd like to think new ideas being batted around could find traction, like replacing those B'more tunnels and a fascinating proposal to bypass the current Philadelphia trackage with a new tunnel and station under Center City  ... or even crazier, a new HSR line creating service between Philly and Chicago (via Cleveland, of course).  These advancements would be great but with the current partisan dysfunctional nature of our national legislature these days, I'm not holding my breath because the situation in Washington doesn't seem likely to change for the foreseeable future... It may even get worse!

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Re-coupling

Many railway lines in Britain that were closed in the 1960s are re-opening

Apr 16th 2016

 

A MUSEUM in the centre of Wisbech, a Georgian town of 30,000 souls in East Anglia, proudly displays the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’s “Great Expectations”. Those were days in which Wisbech prospered. The frenzy of railway building in the 19th century gave the town three stations. Now it has none. The last passenger train left in 1968, five years after the report by Richard Beeching, chairman of British Railways, on the future of rail, which led to the closure of nearly a third of Britain’s 17,000 miles of track and a third of its 7,000 stations. The town has suffered economically.

 

Yet Wisbech, like many towns cut off from the rail network, is now expecting great things. In recent years several hundred miles of railways around the country have been restored. As roads clog up and urban house prices climb, commuters, environmentalists and local politicians are pushing for more old lines to be re-opened. Some 200 proposals have been put forward, says Andrew Allen of the Campaign for Better Transport, a lobby group.

 

It is a remarkable new trend. After the war, many thought that roads would rule and rail would go the way of canals. When Milton Keynes, a new town, was built 55 miles north of London in the 1960s, it was deemed not to need a station. One was at last opened in 1982. In 2015 6.6m journeys started or ended there. Traffic on other restored lines has boomed, too. The track that re-opened in 2015 from Edinburgh to the Borders expected 650,000 journeys in its first year. Half a million were made in the first five months.

 

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http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21697012-many-railway-lines-britain-were-closed-1960s-are-re-opening-re-coupling


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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Traveling Between Berlin and Munich Is About to Get a Whole Lot Easier

 

Trains on a new high-speed route could ultimately be driverless, too.

 

Feargus O'Sullivan @FeargusOSull Sep 1, 2016

 

On Wednesday, the E.U.’s most populous country got a little bit smaller. Thanks to a newly electrified stretch of railway track just opened across Germany’s Thuringian Forest, travel times between Berlin and Munich will soon be slashed. By December 2017, it will take a whole two hours less to travel between Germany’s largest and third largest cities.

 

Reducing the 505 kilometer (314 mile) journey to just over 4 hours, down from 6 hours and 15 minutes, will finally offer genuinely fast land transit across one of Central Europe’s most important routes. When the convenience of downtown-to-downtown travel is factored in, the high-speed rail link (trains will eventuall run at speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour) will give planes and highways a run for their money...

 

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2016/09/berlin-to-munich-train-high-speed-rail/498332/

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"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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2,252 km, China's longest east-west high-speed rail linking Shanghai and southwestern Kunming starts full operation https://t.co/F2jsmzas35

 

570 meters above valley! World’s highest bridge in SW China's Guizhou ready to open for #Shanghai–Kunming High-Speed Railway https://t.co/PWNrLXPWc1

 


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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Just in case you forgot how far behind we are....

 

Chicago-Cincinnati, Chicago-Cleveland, Chicago-Columbus are similar in distance/density to Paris-Bordeaux. But the latter already has 40 trains/day with a trip time now at 3.25-hours for the 350 miles. It will soon be 1 hour faster. Bordeaux realtors are already advertising commuting to Paris. Can you imagine realtors in the 3Cs advertising cheaper living in Ohio and commuting to Chicago on high-speed trains?

 

http://www.thelocal.fr/20170228/bordeaux-paris-speed-line-inaugurated-though-not-open-for-passengers-yet


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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Japan's luxurious Shiki-shima sleeper train – in pictures

 

The futuristic champagne-gold Train Suite Shiki-shima, operated by East Japan Railway, has five-star lounge, dining and observatory cars and features a menu devised by a Michelin-starred chef. The 10-car train accommodates just 34 passengers in 17 suites, and the most expensive room, the Shiki-shima, costs ¥950,000 (£6,600) per person for two sharing. The train embarked on its maiden journey on 1 May and seats have already been booked up until March 2018

 

More below:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2017/may/03/japan-luxurious-shika-shima-sleeper-train-in-pictures

 

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Great pics. Japan is truly "Railroad Island" as a friend of mine titled one of his commercial railroad videos from the 1990s.

 

And I forgot to post this earlier this AM.....

 

US Congress just OK'd $200 million additional for passenger rail in 2017, which is nice. But that's only 1% of what Australia just OK'd. Australia's economy is 9% the size of USA's.

 

Australian government to invest $20 billion in rail

11 May 2017 • Author: European Railway Review

 

The Turnbull-Joyce government, the federal executive government of Australia, is investing $20 billion in rail to cut congestion in cities, grow the regions and create thousands of new jobs.

 

To meet growing transport needs, Australia’s government has set out its 2017-18 budget to transform its passenger and freight networks, improve liveability and boost national productivity.

 

This long-term investment includes:

 

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https://www.europeanrailwayreview.com/33918/rail-industry-news/australian-government-20-billion/


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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Every country in the world is investing seriously in passenger EXCEPT for the Republican-dominated, knuckle-dragging US of A where focusing on bombs and the wealthy are the main priorities.

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Britain Debates Nationalizing Its Rail System

The Labour Party’s promise to end private ownership of rail services finds broad appeal across the U.K.

FEARGUS O'SULLIVAN @FeargusOSull 12:11 PM ET

 

As Britain’s Labour Party closes the gap with its Conservative rivals in the June 8th general election, there’s at least one part of the party’s platform that’s widely popular: nationalizing the railways.

 

According to the party’s manifesto, a Labour government would end the outsourcing of passenger services to private companies, a practice that began in 1994. The idea might seem complex and expensive, but it has become a significant feature of Britain’s current election campaign—and it’s an idea that many U.K. citizens seem to like a lot: A recent survey found 52 percent of respondents favored renationalization, versus 22 percent against. That makes the idea currently more popular than the party that proposed it.

 

It’s just one part of a broader proposal to create national energy, mail, and utility companies if Labour is elected—and that’s no small “if.” Despite recent poll jumps suggesting a close race on the 8th, Britain’s Conservatives are still favored to win, and nationalization has no place in their agenda.

 

Still, Labour’s proposal is striking for its popularity. But is it feasible?

 

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https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2017/05/british-general-election-labour-party-railroad-nationalization/528459/?utm_source=nl__link4_053017


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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This reminds me of how legislation in the U.S. is almost always written in a THIS IS FOREVER basis while other countries are able to think to write re-evaluation clauses that take place after a certain period of time. Probably since a very large portion of our laws are crafted with strong belief systems in mind.

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Contrary to what you may have heard, overnight trains in Europe haven't died. And some that did are being revived. Here's some news on overnight trains. Sure would be nice to have similarly low-cost overnight service in the USA, such as from Ohio cities to the East Coast....

 

From 11 December 2016, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and German Railways (DB) ... launch[ed] six new overnight rail services under ÖBB’s Nightjet brand.

 

ÖBB Nightjet rail services

 

Hamburg – Berlin – Freiburg (B) – Basle – Zurich

Innsbruck – Munich – Hamburg (car and motorcycle transport daily)

Innsbruck – Munich – Düsseldorf (car and motorcycle transport 3 times a week)

Munich – Salzburg – Villach – Venice

Munich – Salzburg – Villach – Florence – Rome

Munich – Salzburg – Villach – Verona – Milan

 

“In the future there will be an attractive night travel offer in Germany,” said Berthold Huber, DB Chairman of traffic and transportation. “The Night Journey concepts of both companies secure a wide range of different travel needs: With comfortable seating in our night-IC / ICE, but also with the classical sleeping and couchette cars of the ÖBB.”

 

https://www.europeanrailwayreview.com/30237/rail-industry-news/obb-db-overnight-rail-services/#comment-1003707


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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If you have 30 minutes to kill, watch this "flyover" of the proposed HS2 route from Birmingham to Central London. It's extremely detailed and informative, although some of the labels do not stay visible long enough. And since there's no sound, feel free to play some music, perhaps something that you consider "very British." I chose OMD's Architecture & Morality album from 1981 -- it made me want to visit to the UK and when I finally did in 2007, the first song I played after landing there was "Souvenir." Anyway, here's the flyover....

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bkoGvw9kbA


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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Elsewhere, in the civilized world....

 

Merkel inaugurates München - Berlin Unity Project 8

08 Dec 2017

 

GERMANY: Special trains from München and Nürnberg, celebrations in multiple cities and a spectacular arrival in Berlin Hauptbahnhof marked the inauguration on December 8 of the railway known as German Unity Project VDE8. Commemorative events had been staged in Nürnberg, Erfurt, Leipzig and Wittenberg to mark the formal opening of the last major element in the München – Berlin upgrading scheme, the 107 km high speed line between Ebensfeld and Erfurt.

 

The day culminated at Berlin Hauptbahnhof with the arrival at 16.15 of the two special trains formed of ICE3 trainsets. Out of one of them stepped Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had boarded it shortly before at Berlin Südkreuz. She inscribed her name on the bodyside, already adorned with the signatures of many other guests.

 

In her formal speech inaugurating the VDE8 project, she congratulated those who had built the bridges, constructed the tunnels and laid the tracks. The €10bn scheme was ‘breathtaking’, she said, later insisting that ‘we must be in a position in the 21st century to handle major projects if we want to keep up with the times’.

 

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http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/high-speed/single-view/view/merkel-inaugurates-muenchen-berlin-unity-project-8.html


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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"Americans won't ride trains." Really? Look who's helping Eurostar reach record ridership....

https://www.railjournal.com/index.php/high-speed/record-first-quarter-ridership-for-eurostar.html?channel=000


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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"Americans won't ride trains." Really? Look who's helping Eurostar reach record ridership....

https://www.railjournal.com/index.php/high-speed/record-first-quarter-ridership-for-eurostar.html?channel=000

 

"Oh my gosh, the trains and public transit there is so great"

-Every American ever who ever went to Europe.

 

I have ridden trains all over Europe but unfortunately never rode Eurostar because it is pricey and there are so many cheap flights into London. I do need to ride it someday.

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"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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This is the kind of thinking and investing that's not happening in the USA....

 

Proposed line could connect HS1 and HS2 with London airports

http://ow.ly/CpPt30lcaOv


"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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The world's poorest continent beat the world's richest continent in offering a true high-speed rail service. Keep saying that until our leaders realize we aren't as great as we think we are.

 

 

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"Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous -- an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that that war is criminal or that accepting it is a criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering" --Dalai Lama

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