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  1. GDRRiley

    What should Amtrak change?

    on a service that often stops and start yes it allows you to keep a higher average speed. On a LD service which stops every 40-50 miles, not a big deal
  2. GDRRiley

    What should Amtrak change?

    it wouldn't be to hard to increase the charger length to near 80ft and add a 2nd cab on. That would help on some services but really we just need to order more cab cars
  3. GDRRiley

    Caltrain - first EMU rides to media

    unlikely, HQ watched over the line which is why it kept steam for so long. the line held ridership pretty well till the late 60s as more and more freeways were done. it maybe would have happened in the 70s given SPs losses but that would have required CPUC to sign off which seems unlikely. By...
  4. GDRRiley

    Caltrain - first EMU rides to media

    just 100 years after SP was going to. SP why couldn't you have finished quad tracking, grade separation and electrification back in the 20s or 30s so we didn't need to worry about it now. :(
  5. GDRRiley

    What should Amtrak change?

    loco hauled consists especially on short trains are quite expensive while also not having as good performance, 10M for the loco at 2.5-3m each for a coach. that means a 4 car train costs 20-22m a 4 car DMU/HMU comes in lower at ~15-18m. if we talking electric units its far better to have the...
  6. GDRRiley

    What should Amtrak change?

    Amtrak needs to stop being so hesitant to get multiple units. corridor routes should run with 3-6 section DMU or HMUs not loco hauled consists. NER should be EMUs not these weird bi mode coaching stock. the 2035 vision plan doesn't feel like much of a vision, while its important routes coming...
  7. GDRRiley

    Brightline Orlando extension

    yes to go 90-110mph you need quad gates, 110-125 requires a special barrier no ones made so 110mph+ is where we grade separate If they plan on using the super common bi levels they'll be limited to 90mph. it should though be at 90mph not 79 unless they are keeping it as class 4 not 5 track.
  8. GDRRiley

    Significant former routes

    do we have a list of services planned from mckinsey and co before they were asked to cut it even farther?
  9. GDRRiley

    Acela 21 development, testing and deployment

    compare to Shinkansen which allows superelevation 7in upto 7 7/8in (not clear when) and 4 3/8in of unbanaced which allows a combine 11.4-12.2in TM 2.1.2 The exception is others norms Which then gets us this table.
  10. GDRRiley

    Stadler Flirt Hydrogen MUs for Amtrak California

    I'll use the SLO plan because its a decent example, the coast sub will likely get bi hourly service from surfliner and a coast daylight in this section with SLO being the start/termination for both. it would share ~30 miles of mainline track with them before going off onto a shortline for the...
  11. GDRRiley

    Stadler Flirt Hydrogen MUs for Amtrak California

    while this order isn't most of the other ones should support electrification with batteries for certain stretches
  12. GDRRiley

    Acela 21 development, testing and deployment

    I think CAHSR has proved that incorrect, FRA is super conservative and seems unlikely to change in the near term. While the geometry is built to US standards for 250mph, in Europe that would be fine for closer to 300mph. They took years to accept that buff strength was flawed and that CEM was...
  13. GDRRiley

    FRA's Corridor ID Program and new Amtrak routes

    Shame California didn't form the JPA needed to push a coast daylight. Nor did any of the 3 JPAs get onto this list to help fund improvements. only CAHSR + SMART feels odd
  14. GDRRiley

    Stadler Flirt Hydrogen MUs for Amtrak California

    of the ~100 that California are likely to order in the next few years I'd expect about 2/3 to be battery+OCS hybrids with the rest being hydrogen.
  15. GDRRiley

    Stadler Flirt Hydrogen MUs for Amtrak California

    the test one is already produced and will begin testing soon. Arrow (metrolink) has one
  16. GDRRiley

    Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay area service

    If/when a coast daylight JPA forms there would be all the organizational structure needed to create one. Then its down to rolling stock. Most of these barriers are because people think it needs to run into SF, which I disagree on.
  17. GDRRiley

    Significant former routes

    Heres a list of all the services they ran to Wisconsin from 1970-2010. You would have had to first get to Chicago Wayback Machine
  18. GDRRiley

    Brightline Orlando extension

    yes you don't need to grade separate to reach 110mph. 110-125 you don't have to but you need a special barrier that no one has made so everyone grade separates above 110mph
  19. GDRRiley

    Midwest Venture introduction

    Its still a work in progress, I believe finally cab cars are starting production but generally its going to be a bit longer till all are done. California is estimating the last of its cars will be in service by the start of 2024 and thats without cafe cars.
  20. GDRRiley

    Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay area service

    That may not be possible we don't know when amtrak is ordering and what. Theres talk of a order soon which the state would be ordering cars apart of but that could all fall apart. there is more than one, I'm also counting non amtrak buses, there was quite a few overnight buses offered by others...
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