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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    There's nothing wrong with them (other than seemingly lacking steps for low platforms, which is the standard outside of the NEC due to the freight railroads). What happened with Nippon Sharyo's order was that redesigning it would delay the project by at least two years and thus place the...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    The bilevels were to be the CALIDOT cars but Nippon Sharyo done goofed so we get the Viaggio cars from Siemens, and let's be honest we need a completely new bilevel car design
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    Could Transmashholding expand to North America?

    A little food for thought: The CAF plant in Elmira was formerly used by Sumirail (Sumitomo Rail) (1986-1989), ABB and later ADTranz (early 1990s-2000). After ADTranz completed their final order for SEPTA's Market-Frankford line, with no new work on the horizon, they were going to close it down...
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    Restore Passenger Service to Southern Montana?

    Madison does have a bus service that serves the airport
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    What if the Milwaukee Road didn't de-energize the Pacific Extension

    BN already has 2 northern transcons (the GN and NP), and 3 Cascade crossings (GN's Stevens Pass crossing, NP's Stampede Pass crossing, and SP&S's Columbia River crossing into Portland), and MILW's Snoqualmie Pass crossing parallels the NP's route. Though it makes me wonder what if the Union...
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    What if the Milwaukee Road didn't de-energize the Pacific Extension

    Canadian Pacific would be obvious but it's likely going to be redundant with their own Canadian transcon so maybe it could go to Union Pacific instead (it would give them a Northern transcon to compete with BNSF's counterpart) although it's unknown if either would be willing to maintain the...
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    What if the Milwaukee Road didn't de-energize the Pacific Extension

    One of the biggest reasons the Milwaukee Road went under was the decision to de-energize the Pacific Extension and go to diesels during the 1970s. That decade was when the 1973 Oil Crisis happened, which caused freight railroads like the Southern Pacific, Burlington Northern, Santa Fe and Union...
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    Could Transmashholding expand to North America?

    There is one rail line in construction: The Mexico City-Toluca train, and it's not really high speed since it will run at 160 km/h. Also it will terminate at Metro Observatario, which is west of Buenavista (I can imagine it would increase the costs a lot by building a tunnel link to that station...
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Is Cajon Pass that expensive? What's keeping a new Cajon Pass rail line from being made. Certainly a Tejon Pass rail can be done (at least theoretically).
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    Could Transmashholding expand to North America?

    Forgot to mention this but there's also the possibility of Transmashholding establishing base in Mexico by acquiring Bombardier's Ciudad Sahagún plant if Alstom chooses not to retain it. Given the Mexican government's attempts in re-establishing passenger rail (so far it's just been the Mexico...
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    Could Transmashholding expand to North America?

    But given that Plattsburgh NY pretty likely does not want to suffer a loss in jobs...
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    Could Transmashholding expand to North America?

    With Bombardier to sell its rail equipment to Alstom, its factory in Plattsburgh, NY is very likely not going to be retained by Alstom as they already have a factory in Hornell, NY. This would lead to Alstom having to sell it to someone else. The other railcar manufacturers either have a...
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    King Street Station (Seattle)

    Having the trains go through Downtown Seattle will be the best option. It may be more expensive, sure, but it will get far more riders than having it go through Bellevue and Redmond, as Alon Levy shows. Also Union Station lies right next to King Street, so I think both stations can just be...
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    King Street Station (Seattle)

    The issue with placing it under King Street Station tracks is that it would have to deal with the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel that goes directly underneath the Great Northern tunnel, unless you want to give the Northbound approach steep grades. Placing it under the Union Station building...
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    King Street Station (Seattle)

    It's going to involve an entirely new line, which applies both to HSR and future Sounder+Amtrak Cascades (the HSR line will follow I-5 and the new Sounder+Amtrak Cascades line will follow Washington State Route 99). After Neo-Union Station, the Coast Starlight and Empire Builder will be the only...
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    King Street Station (Seattle)

    The Cascadia HSR is gonna introduce a dilemma since there's no way BNSF is going to let high speed trains operate on the GN tunnel nor would let its tracks be electrified (not without retunnelling the GN Tunnel to around 8m so double-stacks can operate safely under wire, which BNSF wouldn't...
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    King Street Station (Seattle)

    The reason Seattle lacks affordable housing is because of Jeff Bezos. Also personally, I have a feeling that the old Union Station will come back and displace King Street Station as the main station for Seattle
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    They'll probably be transferred to new Corridor services, like the revived Quad Cities Rocket and Black Hawk, and maybe the upcoming Atlanta-Nashville and New Orleans-Mobile trains.
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    Bombardier planning on selling rail division to Alstom

    Looking at Bombardier's US (Plattsburgh, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; West Mifflin, PA; soon Pittsburgh, CA) and Canada (Thunder Bay, Kingston, La Pocatière) manufacturing facilities, Bombardier's Hornell location would have to be sold to someone else to prevent a loss in jobs as it would be redundant...
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