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  1. cirdan

    The pre Euro Tunnel train to Paris...

    It's amazing to see how the iron curtain was virtually non existent from the point of view of train schedules.
  2. cirdan

    How to sell old model railroading sets/trains ?

    I agree with all this. But would just like to add that before tossing anything in the trash, be it old books or models or magazines or unbuilt kits, I would offer them to your local model railroad club. If they don't want it, fine, don't try any further.
  3. cirdan

    US Class I's are at their Day of Reckoning

    The irony is that a railroad that runs on time, that is predictable, and has clear allocated time slots is also a better place to run passenger trains
  4. cirdan

    The pre Euro Tunnel train to Paris...

    True , and furthermore having to change stations in Paris is always a minor hassle . these days with Eurostar the connection via Brussels is often faster than via Paris .
  5. cirdan

    US Class I's are at their Day of Reckoning

    I think the market has changed. There was a time that as a railroad you could live primarily off heavy minerals and coal. It was all about slow moving bulk that didn't mind if it wasn't delivered on time and didn't mind congestion. All that is dying off, maybe faster than many of us imagine. The...
  6. cirdan

    How to sell old model railroading sets/trains ?

    This I agree with. As a kid operating on a tight budget I was always happy to pick up broken stuff for pennies at train shows or in junk shops and it was a great learning experience for me to work out how to fix them, cannibalizing one freight car to find parts to fix another, or learning to do...
  7. cirdan

    US Class I's are at their Day of Reckoning

    For as long as I can remember we have been hearing this message. Railroads are unresponsive and monolithic, they don't serve customers well and are too complicated and internally focused. And they are working on this and very soon everything is going to be different. I'm not holding my breath.
  8. cirdan

    Brightline (FEC) Update

    It seems odd to me that they should be throwing out seats on sets that are still so new and low mileage. It would suggest there was something wrong with them.
  9. cirdan

    How to sell old model railroading sets/trains ?

    I think eBay and other internet resources are a good place to get a rough idea for a valuation, but of course bearing in mind that just because somebody has advertised an item at a certain price does not by any means imply it is worth that or that anybody will pay that price. Beware of items...
  10. cirdan

    New Train Service - The Palm Luxury Train

    With the two Silvers plus the Palmetto plus the Auto Train, this is the best served long distance train link in the USA so I would assume it is also the route that has the most "train culture" and this would support the sentiment that its the best place to start. Anywhere else you would have to...
  11. cirdan

    The pre Euro Tunnel train to Paris...

    I think the Brussels sleeper was somewhat intermittent, being introduced much later than the Paris portion of the train and also discontinued earlier.
  12. cirdan

    The pre Euro Tunnel train to Paris...

    I understand the train ferry was first introduced during WW1 to support the war effort and simplify movements for the army. The ferries and facilities were taken over by the railroads at a discount price after the war had ended, but had never been designed with civilian use in mind.
  13. cirdan

    Brightline (FEC) Update

    I'm sad to hear that. I've not managed to ride myself yet (it's a bit off my beaten track) but I was hoping this would be a flagship project that could show how rail is done properly and can inspire others (whether private or not). I hope they listen to passengers and get the issues sorted...
  14. cirdan

    Brightline (FEC) Update

    For somebody who had no idea about cost control, he did pretty well for himself, no?
  15. cirdan

    The pre Euro Tunnel train to Paris...

    I think the reason for the train ferry going to Dunkirk was that that was the only French channel port that could handle train ferries . The ferry link predated the passenger Night Ferry by many years , being designed for freight . There were no real passenger facilities on the ferry which was...
  16. cirdan

    The pre Euro Tunnel train to Paris...

    beautiful photos i remember one trip in the 1980s with my parents when we caught the overnight ferry to hook and then the Lorelei express to Basel . It was quite an impressive journey which would no longer be possible today without multiple changes of train . On the Dutch leg the train was...
  17. cirdan

    Brightline (FEC) Update

    The parking may be expensive from an individual perspective but I doubt it is super lucrative for Disney . They have bigger fish to fry . If the parking income was lost it might be a dent in their budget but not a life threatening one . The increased number of visitors that bright line can bring...
  18. cirdan

    Ireland rail - a few photos

    With Rosslare principally being the ferry port, surely it would be a no brainer to schedule the trains to connect to the ferries. In actual fact it was very difficult to catch a ferry by train without having a huge long wait (as in probably overnight). I don't like to indulge in conspiracy...
  19. cirdan

    Amtrak in 1995

    or maybe fortunate that it hasn't got significantly less?
  20. cirdan

    Ireland rail - a few photos

    According to Google there is a heritage/museum group that stores diesel locomotives there. So it is entirely possible that the thing on your photo is an engine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Traction_Group https://www.irishtractiongroup.com/
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