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  1. cirdan

    Why did Brightline go top-and-tail instead of push-pull?

    Plus, with the high number of road crossings and latent risk of a serious collison with a heavy truck, it is always preferable to have a heavy locomotive at the front of the train than a not so heavy cab car.
  2. cirdan

    Why did Brightline go top-and-tail instead of push-pull?

    I'm speaking from a European perspective here but i know of one succesful sales guy in our company who says that when closing a sale, he typically rides with the customer and they order some fine food and wine in the cafeteria or train restaurant. Likewise there are plenty of stories of...
  3. cirdan

    Gay male friend wants to become a conductor, BUT...

    So true. I think many / most gays have a sixth sense for spotting a homophobe or a homophobic situation. They had to develop that to survive. If there was such a problem he'd have spotted it by now. He won't be walking into a trap.
  4. cirdan

    1938 train... Britain's oldest train stock?

    I think longer than that. The Bakerloo line being their last haunt where I believe you could still occassionally see one well into the 1980s. Edit: Wikipedia says their last day in service was 19 May 1988.
  5. cirdan

    Indian Railways High Catenary to allow Double Stack on flat cars

    This sounds credible. I am sure there would be a way to work around that but maybe it would just have been too complicated. 110kph? Isn't that a bit restrictive for something that's new? Or is this a temporary stop-gap and they are maybe figuring they will find a different solution if and when...
  6. cirdan

    Indian Railways High Catenary to allow Double Stack on flat cars

    Is there any reason they can't cover both heights of catenary with a single pantograph that just folds to different degrees? Electrified railways already have tricks such as lower than standard catenary where the clearances won't allow for regular height. For example in the UK there are a...
  7. cirdan

    Virgin Trains USA (Brightline) Orlando Extension

    Doesn't it actually pass under one corner of the Miami Central complex, or at least the approach viaduct. So it would hypothetically be possible to put in a platform there and link that to the rest of the station by some form of covered walkway or airport style travellator - or if you don't mind...
  8. cirdan

    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    This is probably small consolation to you. But speaking as a tourist from Europe who comes to the USA specially to ride trains, I must say that with the exception of the NEC, Amtrak is far cheaper than most trains in Europe on a dollar per mile basis when you look at something with comparable...
  9. cirdan

    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    Brightline must have very deep pockets if it can afford to wait that long without generating any revenue, all while maintaing costly assets, servicing loans, and while the clock is ticking on depreciation. Retaining customers is also about retaining travelling habits, and the more you force...
  10. cirdan

    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    I have seen the same on an airliner, with one token family member being in business class. Strangely the cabin staff, who are otherwise very protective of the class distinction, didn't seem to have a problem with it.
  11. cirdan

    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...
  12. cirdan

    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...
  13. cirdan

    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...
  14. cirdan

    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...
  15. cirdan

    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...
  16. cirdan

    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Nevetheless, realistic plannng anticipates NIMBYs and budgets time and costs for dealing with them.
  17. cirdan

    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...
  18. cirdan

    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...
  19. cirdan

    Easter 1970 Western Europe

    Thank you for sharing. A fascinating read.
  20. cirdan

    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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