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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    I guess the track and the trains will all be completed around about the same time so the system can go live as soon as possible after completion. By which time it would be quite costly to make any changes should any problem be detected. So it would be better to have either a prototype or a...
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    But wasn't the problem there that they accepted other people's testing, including the flawed thinking behind it. I don't see any reason why the FRA must insist a test is physically performed in the USA. They could send some of their technicians over to Germany along with their measuring...
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Yes, Siemens does. The ICE / Velaro has already been exported to several countries, including Spain, Russia, China as well as the new generation Eurostar ... I was thinking that maybe Brightline might also reach out to Texas Central and place a joint order for Japanese-style trains. The two...
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    Texas Central Railway

    On past visits to Houston I have riden the bus from downtown to the Galleria and it's really quite OK. It's cheap and it's fast and the driver was friendly and told me where to get off. I wouldn't know what to criticize about it really. But unfortuantely many people won't be seen dead in a bus...
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    I think XPress West may well be able to take a segment of the LA to Vegas market. But I don't think many people going to Vegas from further afield will fly into LA and then catch the train. The trek from the airport to Union Station is just a bit too much to make that an attractive proposition...
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Nevetheless, realistic plannng anticipates NIMBYs and budgets time and costs for dealing with them.
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    Texas Central Railway

    I guess to be fair here, that Dallas had it easier. Dallas Union Station had thru running tracks rather than requiring a reversal as in the old Houston station. Some of the tracks in Dallas are still used by UPRR for freight and so I guess the station was less at risk of being abandoned than at...
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    Siemens Venture Coaches: What Purpose Will They Serve?

    I think at the time there were orders coming in from all sides all the time. These days car building is very much a boom and bust operation. Amtrak only orders new cars every so often and in between, what is there to do? With the loss of continuity also comes a de-skilling. If you fire people...
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    Easter 1970 Western Europe

    Thank you for sharing. A fascinating read.
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    Texas Central Railway

    Yes, this would seem so obvious. Makes you wonder why the court didn't see it that way. Surely any lawyer who had done minimal preparatory research should have spotted that argument and brought it up.
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    Alstom making progress on Acela 2 contract

    Also, the number of people with ADA requirements might vary depending on any special events going on. Say the special olympics, or even an ADA march in DC. Would Amtrak turn people away because they have disabilities?
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    One compromise might be to build the general geometry/ alignment capabale of 180mph or whatever, while initially running slower than that with cheaper trains and signalling system etc. Ideally the same type they are using as in Florida so they can exchange equipment and pool know-how...
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    Bombardier planning on selling rail division to Alstom

    I think there were cases in which different parts of Bombadier were competing for the same jobs and they were undercutting one another's prices, leading to an erosion of overall profitability. I think top level management decided that the individual companies had way too much freedom and decided...
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    New Swiss mountain tunnel to open 2020

    This absolutely. The same can be said of many other lines. For example when doing the Bernina line I prefer the local train to the Bernina express. You are also much more exposed to local culture and goings on.
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    New Swiss mountain tunnel to open 2020

    Technically there is still the Zimmerberg base tunnel. This is the bit that will eventually connect the new line to Zurich. Or more precisely a project for a new line between Zurich and Zug, which would be mostly in tunnel. The line was proposed as a portion of the Zurich to Milano high speed...
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