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seb146
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Rail Pics For Mid-March

Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:46 am

I don't know how else to start this thread. Today, I rode the Westside Express Service commuter rail on Portland's west side. We rode the length from Wilsonville to Beaverton and back. It was like riding on a really big bus on train tracks. These trains were build by Colorado Railcar. The engine, transmission, and engineer cab are all in one car along with passengers. There are only spaces for two bikes, which sucks in a bike focused city. The scenery is not anything great. Mostly industrial and warehouses. Pulling into Beaverton Transit Center was cool. Lumbering down Lombard and having all the traffic wait on Farmington, Broadway, and Canyon Road was cool. We only had one car, #1003. I can understand why they charge all-zone fare, but it runs completely within Zone 3. The cab still had the "new train smell" but the stop announcements did not work until we were headed south. I was sitting under the speaker and did not know they would kick on. I jumped! So loud! "HALL/NIMBUS.... DOORS TO MY LEFT... PUERTAS A MI IZQUIERDA..." geez...


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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:51 am

Nice car. Too bad that Colorado Rail Car is no longer in business-they completed their last car for the Alaska Railroad in December. DMUs are nice, but don't really make sense when there are rebuilt Budd Rail Diesel Cars still running and selling for much less. I suspect that that's one reason that the DMUs didn't sell as well as CRC had hoped.
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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:34 pm



Quoting 57AZ (Reply 1):
don't really make sense when there are rebuilt Budd Rail Diesel Cars still running and selling for much less.

Where are they built? One problem Tri-Met ran into was that these cars had to be built in the United States. That was the main reason why Colorado Rail Car got this contract. Tri-Met wanted cars that had the engine and passenger compartment all in one car, instead of "traditional" commuter rail where the engine is a completely different unit from the passenger compartments.
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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:22 pm

Budd Rail Diesel cars were built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1949 and 1962. The cars can be operated as single units or multi-unit trains as they can be fitted with multiple unit controls. Power is provided by two 8 cylinder Detroit diesel motors-one at each end of the car.

Any diesel shop can rebuild the motors and any decent rail shop can modernize an existing RDC for much less than a new DMU.
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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:19 am

Here's a few from a recent trip I took on Amtrak's Texas Eagle from Austin to Dallas a couple of weeks ago.

Amtrak's Texas Eagle at Austin, TX March 6, 2009.
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Observation Car on the Texas Eagle March 6, 2009
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TRE (Trinity Railway Express) at Union Station in Dallas, TX. March 6, 2009. This train runs between Dallas and Fort Worth
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/UnionStation002.jpg

DART Train (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) at Union Station in Dallas, TX March 6, 2009
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/UnionStation001.jpg

Amtrak's Texas Eagle at Austin, TX March 11, 2009
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%202009/AmtrakSpring01.jpg

Amtrak's Texas Eagle at Austin, TX March 11, 2009
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%202009/AmtrakSpring02.jpg

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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:46 am

The TGV (Ventimiglia to Paris)
Monaco train station - March 2009

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a285/madameconcorde/Forums3/P1040594.jpg


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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:33 am



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5):
The TGV (Ventimiglia to Paris)
Monaco train station - March 2009

Mmm, Alstom goodness.
Coolier than thou.
 
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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:04 am

My DDAR train, ''dubbel deks aggloratie regiomaterieel'', experience isn't quite ass impressive as your rides. I still like to show you some pictures Ive made.

Picture quality is not too high on these photos.

Departing Almere Parkwijk station for Schiphol airport.
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Interior, it was totally empty. There was only one other passenger, witch took the seat next to me. Just why?
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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:15 am



Quoting Vandenheuvel (Reply 7):

Your pictures don't work.
 
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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:46 am

Italy

Some commuter trains in Lombardy:

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High-speed trains:

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In some years there will be the first private-owned high-speed rail operator of the EU, NTV with the new AGV trains. The founder is Luca Cordero di Montezemolo:

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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:05 pm

Dietikon, Zurich
Switzerland





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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:27 pm

I really enjoyed watching all your pictures.

Quoting Scorpio (Reply 8):

Your pictures don't work.

I know. Ive uploaded pictures before, it just doesn't work out this time.

I just give you a link if you still want to see the photos,
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/7734/afbeelding296z.jpg
http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/5430/afbeelding316.jpg
On top of this. Out here someone found it necessary to take the seat next to mine, still dont know why.
http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/3223/dscf2032.jpg
http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/9892/afbeelding304.jpg

Excuse me for my previous post.

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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:55 pm



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5):
Monaco train station - March 2009

I was there last week..I LOVE that train station. It looks sleek. I took the TGV Duplex between Nice Ville and Paris Gare de Lyon.

I also took the Renfe Ave between Madrid Atocha and Barcelona Sants.

My Favorite train til now though is the Shanghai Maglev.
 
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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:40 am

Here's my recent (only) rail shot:

http://i43.tinypic.com/2mn4pcx.jpg


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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:41 pm



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 5):
The TGV (Ventimiglia to Paris)
Monaco train station - March 2009

So, two questions:

1: Are those trains running on overhead electric lines?
2: Are the cars double-decker cars? That is: Is there seating on two levels? Just by looking at the windows on some of the other pics from Switzerland, it looks like they are. That seems very cramped.
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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:59 pm



Quoting Seb146 (Reply 14):
1: Are those trains running on overhead electric lines?

Yes, the TGV and a lot of regional routes are electric, running under the wires.

Quoting Seb146 (Reply 14):
2: Are the cars double-decker cars? That is: Is there seating on two levels? Just by looking at the windows on some of the other pics from Switzerland, it looks like they are. That seems very cramped.

They are indeed. Again, there are both TGV and regional trains with double-deck cars, with seating on both. There are none in the UK though, as our "loading guage" (the space reserved around the tracks, through bridges etc) is smaller than the rest of Europe.

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 12):
Monaco train station - March 2009

I was there last week..I LOVE that train station. It looks sleek. I took the TGV Duplex between Nice Ville and Paris Gare de Lyon.

Just a question, but if you took the train from Nice to Paris, would it have gone through Monaco? I thought the route from Nice took the train eastwards to Marseille? Unless it took a route through eastern Italy.

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RE: Rail Pics For Mid-March

Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:14 pm



Quoting Signol (Reply 15):
Just a question, but if you took the train from Nice to Paris, would it have gone through Monaco? I thought the route from Nice took the train eastwards to Marseille? Unless it took a route through eastern Italy.

Sorry...Clarification...I took the TGV on the Nice- Paris Line through Toulon, Marseille, Avignon and Lyon....

I ALSO went to Monte Carlo...by bus...and on return by train traveling Monaco-Nice Ville only.

You are correct though the Nice-Paris line does not go through Monaco.

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