HS2: white elephant to red arrow (www.modernrailways.com)
submitted 19 hours ago by DrunkEngineer to c/highspeedrail

There are other problems inherent in the train specification. Already, 54 new 225mph 200-metre-long trains have been ordered from Alstom/Hitachi, based on the original vision for the line, which would have seen 400-metre trains splitting at places like Carlisle and East Midlands Parkway. But no new 400-metre platforms are funded on the conventional network, meaning somewhere like Manchester is set to go from 11-car Pendolinos with 607 seats to eight-car HS2 trains with 528 seats.

Meanwhile Glasgow, served by the sinuous stretch of the West Coast over Shap, is facing the possibility of little or no improvement in journey times. Half a century ago British Rail expected tilting trains were the answer for this route: while BR’s Advanced Passenger Train was sadly not a success, Virgin brought the idea to fruition with the Class 390 Pendolino. But the train specified for HS2 will not tilt, and some estimates put the consequent journey times between London and Glasgow at as much as 17 minutes longer than with a Pendolino. As discussed in last month’s‘Informed Sources’, an optimistic assessment puts the London to Glasgow journey time saving on today’s timing with HS2 at 11 minutes.

submitted 6 days ago by DrunkEngineer to c/highspeedrail

FRA is waiving its requirements for the first two Siemens trainsets, car shells, signal systems, high-speed rail turnout, and fire alarm systems based on the domestic nonavailability of these components, as described in the proposed waiver. NDOT and Brightline West estimate that more than 95 percent of the total direct dollar expenditures for the Project will be spent on domestically sourced products and labor, including 100 percent of the civil infrastructure costs.

submitted 6 days ago by DrunkEngineer to c/highspeedrail

The plan is in line with the Spanish government’s recent efforts to encourage travellers to take the high-speed rail link between Madrid and Barcelona, rather than relying on plane flights, in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

There will, however, be something of a wait until the service is available. The plan envisages a journey time of six hours between the two capitals by 2027, but the entire project won’t be finished until 2034.

The reason for the long construction time is the need to construct a new bridge over the River Tajo, a project that is expected to take as long as nine years and has yet to be planned.

submitted 1 week ago by DrunkEngineer to c/highspeedrail

The new technique is being used for a 650m section of the tunnel, in a process that operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

The Casalnuovo tunnel is due for completion in mid-2025. It forms part of the 145km-long. €5.8 billion (US$6.3 billion) high-speed railway between Naples and Bari, scheduled for 2028.

[-] DrunkEngineer 21 points 1 week ago

Then the DMV better start cracking down on large trucks (F250, etc) as well. NHTSA "safety" standards have had all kinds of loopholes exempting large trucks and SUV from basic safety features including rollover protection, head restraint, and various impact protection systems.

submitted 1 week ago by DrunkEngineer to c/highspeedrail

The new ligne à grande vitesse (LGV) is the first step in a project that will include 220km of track, two new stations (in Agen and Montauban), intervening stops, and connections between the train and local metro, bus, and bike systems.

The line is set to enter service in 2032.

The project - which will cost €8 billion for the Bordeaux-Toulouse section alone - will also see a €4 billion line between Bordeaux and Dax.

submitted 1 week ago by DrunkEngineer to c/highspeedrail

The project’s cost has risen to 11.8 billion euros, and its completion dates have been repeatedly postponed.

Negotiations for additional funding have not resulted in an agreement, leading to litigation.

The court ruled that the price fluctuation clause does not obligate partners to provide additional funding.

submitted 2 weeks ago by DrunkEngineer to c/highspeedrail

According to official data, as of the end of 2023, China's high-speed rail operating mileage totaled 45,000 kilometers, but the profitable mileage was only 2,300 kilometers, accounting for 6% of the total mileage. Specifically, it is Beijing-Shanghai, Beijing-Tianjin, Shanghai-Hangzhou, Shanghai-Nanjing, and Nanjing-Hangzhou, Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed rail line.

submitted 3 weeks ago by DrunkEngineer to c/highspeedrail
submitted 3 weeks ago by DrunkEngineer to c/highspeedrail

The Istanbul-Sivas line will take seven hours and 18 minutes, serviced by trains accommodating up to 483 passengers, added the report.

Speaking at the ceremony in Istanbul, Osman Boyraz, deputy minister of transport and infrastructure, emphasized Türkiye’s strategic importance in international freight and passenger transportation.

According to Boyraz, Türkiye invested 57 billion U.S. dollars in building and renewing its railways over the last 22 years, increased the line length from 10,948 km to 13,919 km, and built 2,251 km of high-speed train lines.

submitted 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago) by DrunkEngineer to c/highspeedrail

The first phase comprises of three actions which aim to achieve more space passengers and reorganise mobility flows. The first action includes the expansion of the station on the side of the square in front of the station, Països Catalans, with a new high-speed boarding hall to respond to the increase of the traffic and will meet future demand, providing two different departure and arrival areas. A new access will be made from the square to the Rodalies de Catalunya lobby (for commuter and regional rail system), which will organise the exit flows, creating a new area, tour and commercial area.

The station building will expand by more than 30% on the plaza side incorporating a new departure lounge delivering increased space for passengers which use commuter and regional, long distance and high-speed transport services. Active and last-mile mobility will also be promoted, with new access to the station for bicycles, scooters and pedestrians, thanks to the large pedestrian areas that will surround the terminal.

In this phase, three new communication nodes will be built with the high-speed platforms and three upper levels will be created, on which another floor will be located with a boarding area and direct access to platforms, new high-speed waiting rooms and spaces forinternal use.

submitted 4 weeks ago by DrunkEngineer to c/highspeedrail

The AP 220 will be the first true high-speed train sets to be built in America and are designed for operational speeds of up to 220 miles per hour. The propulsion system, lighter weight and aerodynamic shape makes it more efficient than other high-speed trains. The AP220 features an ultrawide carbody designed for unparalleled passenger comfort and designed to be the most accessible train on the market, exceeding ADA requirements and allowing for guests in wheelchairs to move with ease from car to car. The seven-car trains will carry between 434-450 passengers, depending on final configuration and can make the trip in less than two hours.

submitted 4 weeks ago by DrunkEngineer to c/highspeedrail

The second phase of the project with the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail project was approved at the April 18 meeting of the Board of Directors of the SRAT.

The second phase of the project line will be constructed from Korat to Nong Khai with a total length of 357.12 kilometers and a total investment of 341.351 billion baht. Of this, the civil construction cost of the high-speed rail project is 235,129 million baht, the cost of compensation for land acquisition and expropriation of resources is 10.31 billion baht, the cost of the track system-electrical train system and mechanical equipment is 80,165 million baht, and the cost of the project management consultant's supervision and control is 10.06 billion baht. The detailed design of the project has now been completed.

[-] DrunkEngineer 1 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

This new policy will definitely get overturned by the Supreme Court. As such, it is a stupid election-year gimmick.

[-] DrunkEngineer 2 points 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)

One possible reason is their nationwide Road Safety Strategy program.

Or it could be all those crazy dashcam videos posted to the internet....

[-] DrunkEngineer 5 points 1 month ago

Again? When did they give it to them the first time?

When they confirmed Clarence Thomas in 1991.

[-] DrunkEngineer 7 points 1 month ago

It is actually much worse than that. The problem they are having is that street-running LRT trains get stuck in traffic, causing bunching and other scheduling issues. The obvious solution is to get cars completely out of the way of the trains. But despite an official "transit first" policy, the SFMTA won't do that. So instead they will spend >$100 million on a new signal system, which will map train locations in real-time simply to tell dispatchers what they already know -- that the trains are stuck in traffic.

[-] DrunkEngineer 1 points 1 month ago

In 2012, Mitt Romney had over $100 million in a Roth IRA.

[-] DrunkEngineer 4 points 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago)

In California, local government does not get any revenue from speeding tickets. It is one reason there is so little enforcement of traffic laws.

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