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If anyone cares, posting update on the tram in Barcelona. For those unaware, QRD
>In 2004 a second gen tram was opened in Barcelona (no trams since '71)
>two systems were opened:
>one in the south reaching out into some burbs that lacked metro or train service,
>one in the north not reaching so far into the burbs and covering more parts of the city with bad coverage
>both systems run on part of one of the main thoroughfares, Diagonal avenue, which cuts diagonally (derp) through the grid pattern and crosses the city
>systems were meant to be joined together along this thoroughfare, creating a trunk line with branches
>NIMBYs are opposed, as they use that thoroughfare as an urban highway to go from the rich uptown to the city center

For 14 years we've been discussing 3,6 km of tram line which would have been an immense boon, as said thoroughfare lacks parallel rail service and bus lines on it are completely saturated. Current mayor wanted to finally get it done, got the project ready, but it didn't get through the city plenary.
That means no tram connection at least until after the next elections, and it's possible that the separatist issues will skew the vote in favor of anti-tram parties.
The arguments which we've heard over this tram connection would prolly make your brains bleed (can provide examples). It's been a pathetic first-world-problems-tier shitshow while public transport stagnates. This tram connection would have been hugely useful to make the tram actually convenient, while right now the popular southern system usually requires 2 subway transfers.
I'm actually quite saddened by this, so here I am venting my frustration. We could have had something awesome, instead the pro-car NIMBY richfags got their way once again.


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fugg posted picture for ants, here's a good one


Are there many businesses in the immediate area? I know when they built the line down one of the main streets in Edinburgh businesses on that street reported drastically lower footfall, and the council had to pay out shitloads in subsidies to keep them afloat. Is there anything like that at play or is it literally just NIMBYs?


The street in question is somewhat of a commercial street, however precisely the part lacking a tram line has many closed shops and isn't doing well. That part of the street has literally 8 lanes plus 2 bus lanes, and very small sidewalks.
Sounds weird that a tram would hurt businesses, here wherever a tram was built business thrive. Howver the tram lines here have only been built on large streets which previously were very traffic-oriented.


It's the disruption caused by construction that tends to keep people away while it's going on (especially if it overruns by years), but then again if that part of Diagonal is already slightly run-down that would mean the effect would be lessened, and empty units present opportunities once it's finished.

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I haven't taken many photos of trains recently, but here's one.
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Very recent, that was in March. Lots of insulators still kicking around on the Red Deer and Three Hills subs especially.


>There's still white ceramic insulators on that crossarm.

Are those suspiciously maintained-looking plain uninsulated discrete wires used for interlocking and if not, what on earth is their purpose in 2018?


I was told in the mid-80s by signal maintainers that any lines seen by then were usually supplying power to some trackside equipment like signals, hotbox detectors & certain switches. Or were dead. All comms were handled thru radio links (& commercial landlines).


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Alright I got a question for all you 1channers. No trams go vroom?
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This tram goes clip clop neigh.


99% less iron than a regular iron horse.


Some light Googling helped me find that this trolley was purchased from San Antonio, TX. It was run there on something called the Texas Transportation Company, which was a trolley freight line that operated up until 2001.




I was going to volunteer on this, but I never got round to it.


When did the streetcar stop running? I've never heard much about it. I'm more familiar with the freight operation that ran until '01. Funny enough, my grandfather worked a few summers loading boxcars at the Pearl Brewery in the '50s and at one point have me a bit of insight as to how the operation worked. Mostly he remembered that they drank a LOT of free beer.

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Not a "J"oke


Please do go on…


There could be literally dozens of dollars to be made off this!

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I wish trains had wheels because my bus is late
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The batteries simply arent good enough yet, though. That's why I'm fostering a hope that trolley systems would make a come back to provide loading infrastructure for part time battery operated buses.

Above power dencity and price, the loading speeds are an issue. Like the system they use in Nantes and some other places have loading stations in every few km:s that load super capacitors that then move their charge to super capacitors on board the bus that maintain the charge in batteries. This is also desirable because the batteries tolerate this sort of steady power fluctuation much better than full charge-discharge cycles. They have ideal off grid range in the double digit kms.

The battery bus technology is really new. Theare are small four wheel buses of 40 seats / 12m. There are no bi-rear axle buses of 50+ seats / 16m. There is a trolleybus though and I think a first bi-articulated ones are to come in use in future in Nantes. That was the place where my home town sent a delegation concerning BRT vs. LRT debate. Not a bad choise for an expedition assuming they fould the right people and listened what they had to say.

All the buses meet at the market square.


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>There is a trolleybus though
Meant to say articulated bus.


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Just now there have been first generation at terminus loadable battery buses. They require oil heater in winter and have had reliability of just 60%.

Maybe in 10 years but not now. Too bad it could mean "do nothing in 10 years", but at least the transit authority is finally getting branded trunk lines going.


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Not having double rear axle "bogie" buses itself is not a proble. I think singly or maybe even finally doubly articulated (when and if the battiers advance) bendybuses make more sense with electric power train.


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Red Arrow toyed around with hybrids in the late '60s, even testing on Reading RR commuter lines. Apparently it was deemed a failure. https://thetrolleydodger.com/2016/09/13/red-arrow-in-west-chester/

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I hope y'all didn't really want to see mainline steam excursions, private car moves, or generally anything else besides regularly scheduled Amtrak trains anytime soon. Amtrak just announced that they're nixing all special movements.
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New guidelines are officially out. Some of the language is a bit murky, but the list of stations where PVs can be added/removed is longer than I thought it would be.

Rates went up tho, hoo boy. For a couple of comparisons, car rate per mile is currently $2.90, and "Special Terminal Switching" more than doubled.


The new guidelines seem to make sense to me if that's all there is to it. But man, those rates are nuts. I know a guy who's been pouring money into refurbishing a PV for the last couple of years and is really close to the point of having it Amtrak certified again. I'm wondering how he's going to take this.


You should see the switching and storage rates on Class Is.
>$1500 per day for an empty, last contained poison inhalation hazard, car.


Anyone know how this would effect Amtrak California, do they follow the same guidelines or can they eschew the rules?


Probably Not, I think they operate under Amtrak's rules.

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the box to put the image is missing


It is the futallaby script


Futallaby is archived content. The current 1chan holds no relationship to the author of Futallaby, and no support is provided.


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Then how did OP make the thread?


>>5606 – 1chan uses the vichan engine. AIUI, futallaby was a sort-of experimental (or was it just mental?) hack of futaba.

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The 和 is forever tarnished because of that!
The energy saving measure does exist on the outer suburban trains, though it might also help for them more to run trains that aren't 15 cars long through the inaka lol.

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I rode the TGV today, it was pretty great


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You should see what they're doing to the ones that are in the UK.

Spoiler alert: it involves a 200km diesel tow followed by much, much Eurostar abuse.

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South African Railways (SAR) GMA class Garratt heads a freight north of Vryburg on the line from Warrenton to Mafeking in August 1982. At this time GMA's were replacing 19D's on most of the traffic avoiding the need for double heading. Class 25's were also seeing their first regular work on the line. More South Africa images at www.world-railways.co.uk/railways-south-africa
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So what's wrong with my statement? I meant profits from touristic trains clearly can't cover all costs.
Here's the operator, btw


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Nothing, I was thinking of another thing apparently.

Still not sure if they really can't cover all costs just with tours and filmmakers or the actual train work is here just to squeeze more money. If first, clearly there have to be some subsidies from RZD or some state institution. I doubt it all can recoup the cost of rebuilding each of these engines basically from just a frame.


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Zimbabwe Railways (NRZ) 20A class Garratt 745 heads a heavy coal train from Thomson Junction to Bulawayo in July 1984. The train is seen just below the Baobab Hotel, Wankie, which was a popular resting pace for enthusiasts. 745 was one of a number of these wonderful locos to receive a major refurbishment in the 1980's and was originally numbered 738. It was built by Beyer Peacock in 1957.

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