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  • The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

    05/28/2018 5:21:09 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 50 replies
    citylab ^ | 22 May 2018 | ALLAN RICHARZ
    ... Japanese rail system occasionally becomes the focus of international headlines—as on May 11, when West Japan Railways issued a florid apology after one of its commuter trains left the station 25 seconds early.... The orderliness of society is taken as a given—Japanese commuters know how to queue on an escalator and can easily navigate the confusing, but wide-open, spaces of Tokyo’s rail stations without assistance. This allows rail operators to instead focus on deeper psychological manipulation. Operating on the theory that exposure to blue light has a calming effect on one’s mood, rail stations in Japan began installing these...
  • NSW’s $2 billion new trains are too wide to get through tunnels ( Australia )

    03/14/2018 5:14:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies
    News Limited ^ | March 6, 2018 | Benedict Brook
    THE NSW Government has an embarrassing problem with $2 billion worth of new trains that are on order — they’re too wide to go through the tunnels. Whereas the current trains are 2.9m wide, the new models being built in South Korea are 20cm wider. That small difference could have a big impact. It means the new trains could collide with the tunnel walls on their way up to the world famous Blue Mountains. But Transport for NSW (TfNSW), the Government body that manages the state’s rail system, has come up with a cunning plan. It has proposed simply relaxing...
  • Amtrak train breaks apart at 125 mph [MD]

    02/06/2018 10:52:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 101 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 02/06/2018 | By Danielle Furfaro
    <p>A high-speed Amtrak train bound for Penn Station broke apart as it was cruising through Maryland on Tuesday, sources told The Post. Modal Trigger A high-speed Amtrak train bound for Penn Station broke apart as it was moving at top speed through Maryland.</p>
  • Train Carrying Republican Senators and Representatives to Post-SOTU Retreat Has "Incident"

    01/31/2018 8:44:19 AM PST · by Strac6 · 92 replies
    Fox News TV
    From FOX: Details very sketchy now. Train headed to Greenbriar, WV (Mt. Weather) Some sort of "incident" Details to follow.
  • NY-NJ Gateway Project: Critical Fixes, Big Builds

    12/11/2017 8:00:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Engineering News-Record ^ | November 15, 2017 | Tom Stabile
    The nearly $30-billion Gateway program to overhaul Northeast Corridor rail lines between Newark and New York City, an array of tunnels, bridges and viaduct over wetlands has two main thrusts: rehabilitation and expansion. These objectives are deeply intertwined—the project team must build new structures in the huge effort before it can upgrade old ones. That’s why digging two 1.4-mile, 28-ft-dia train tunnels under the Hudson River—an estimated $12.9-billion project component—isn’t just an expansion job but a lifeline to free a pair of 107-year-old tubes heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and in need of a rebuild. It’s also why...
  • More Than 100 Reindeer Slaughtered by Trains in Norway

    12/05/2017 9:54:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 27, 2017 | Natalie Musumeci
    More than 100 reindeer have been fatally mowed down by freight trains in northern Norway in the past week in a pre-Christmas “bloodbath,” according to reports. One train killed 65 deer on the tracks on Saturday and another 41 died in the same gruesome fashion between Wednesday and Friday of last week during the animals’ winter migration. “I’m so angry that I’m dizzy,” Ole Henrik, the owner of the 65 dead reindeer, told NRK, a Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company.
  • The Train Robbery That Almost Won the Civil War

    06/04/2017 5:22:30 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 14 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 3, 2017 | Marc Wortman
    Union soldiers paid with their lives for their failed theft of a locomotive—and became America’s first Medal of Honor winners for their heroics. Alexander Crosman peered through his telescope from the deck of his Union Army gunboat. What the commander of the USS Somerset saw bewildered him. Nearly 18 miles from shore, off the Confederate-held city of Apalachicola, Florida, Crosman watched two men standing in a small skiff and waving frantically at the military ship. Crosman ordered his ship’s guns leveled and an armed guard on deck. As the skiff drew closer, he looked down at the men. They were...
  • The Japanese have shown the ultra-modern luxury train. Photo

    05/14/2017 5:01:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Mice Times Asia ^ | May 14, 2017
    The East Japan Railway company sent to the first journey of the ultramodern train Train Suite Shiki-shima, for which tickets are booked until March next year. Train Train Suite Shiki-shima called “boutique on wheels”. It is designed for only 34 passengers and consists of ten cars, which placed 17 of the compartment, restaurant and lounge. According to The Japan Times, the creation is invested 5 billion yen, equivalent to $44.5 million Train Suite Shiki-shima should be three tourist routes, beginning in Tokyo and passing through the various prefectures of the country. The interiors of the trains was developed by the...
  • Railcar interior maker to create 44 jobs in Henrietta (New York)

    04/24/2017 8:51:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WXXI-TV ^ | April 24, 2017 | Randy Gorbman
    A maker of railcar equipment is coming to Henrietta and is expected to create 44 jobs. Rolen-Jinxin is a joint venture of companies from Spain and China. They have chosen a site in West Henrietta to locate their first U.S.-based operation. The company makes interior parts and other equipment for railcars. Rolen-Jinxin will create production, engineering and management jobs at the West Henrietta location. Empire State Development has offered tax credits worth up to $600,000. Monroe County is also offering incentives. The total project cost is close to $1 million. A company official, managing director David Parr, says that Rolen-Jinxin...
  • Rare certification could mean jobs for Southern Oklahoma (4,000 to 7,000 jobs)

    04/18/2017 5:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KXII-TV ^ | April 17, 2017 | Andrew Freeman
    ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII)-- The hope of anywhere from 4-7,000 new jobs, and economic growth, follows a certification given to a Texoma Industrial park. The Ardmore Airpark is 1,700 acres of land, with the potential to house 5,000,000 square-feet of development, and create 4-7,000 jobs. And now its certified by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which uses nine different metrics to grade and certify land. There's only 10 certified sites in the whole country. "It's a big deal for Southern Oklahoma, its a big deal for Ardmore, and its a game changer." Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said. B.N.S.F looks at...
  • Trump 'skinny budget' would starve Chicago transit, City of New Orleans train: officials

    03/30/2017 4:51:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 64 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3-29-17 | Mary Wisniewski
    The City of New Orleans, the train immortalized in the Steve Goodman song, could disappear under President Donald Trump's preliminary budget blueprint. So could the California Zephyr, the Empire Builder and other storied long-distance Amtrak runs, along with the federal funding that could replace Metra's out-of-date rolling stock, unclog Chicago freight traffic and extend the CTA's Red Line from 95th Street to 130th Street, according to transit advocates and officials. Trump's 2018 "skinny budget" proposes a 13 percent cut on federal funding for transportation, which is directed entirely against nonroad spending. Trump's 2018 spending plan will start getting more attention...
  • Gangs reap guns from trains in violent Chicago neighborhoods

    03/04/2017 7:27:45 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 3, 2017 | Michael Tarm
    When street-gang thieves slipped with ease into a Norfolk Southern rail yard on Chicago’s South Side and ripped locks off one train, they likely expected to see merchandise like toys or tennis shoes. What they beheld instead was a gangster’s jackpot: box after box of brand new guns. The guns had been en route from New Hampshire weapon maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. to Spokane, Washington.
  • Obama wanted to be the high-speed rail president. It might be Trump instead.

    02/11/2017 4:53:52 PM PST · by repentant_pundit · 54 replies
    McClatchy ^ | FEBRUARY 10, 2017 | CURTIS TATE
    Could Donald Trump be the president who brings high-speed rail to America? The Obama administration spent nearly $10 billion to improve passenger rail service across the country. While it accomplished that goal to some degree, it did not build the faster trains passengers can ride in Europe, Japan and China. Trains in other countries can travel 200 mph or more, but no train in the United States as yet travels faster than 150 mph. Most go much more slowly than that. Trump has proposed a $1 trillion investment in U.S. infrastructure, and he has expressed interest in improving roads, bridges,...
  • C&O 614 Erie Limited, Spring 1997

    01/28/2017 9:07:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    yankinga ^ | Published on Mar 29, 2014 | yankinga
    Ross Rowland's C&O 614 on her second series of "Erie Limited" trips for NJ Transit in the Spring of 1997, Hoboken to Port Jervis round trips.
  • Officials Deny Hushing Up Report Critical of Transit Tax Proposal

    10/24/2016 9:51:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/22/2016 | Derek Draplin
    An organization opposed to a Nov. 8 metro Detroit transit tax ballot proposal claims that the Oakland county officials who requested a report on the measure have done too little to alert residents to deep problems that report reveals. Oakland County released the “Business Issues in the Regional Transit Authority Master Plan" report on Sept. 19, with a Sept. 26 follow-up that added responses from the RTA Board. But according to a press release from No Massive Transit Tax, an organization opposed to the RTA’s plan, Oakland officials have failed to bring their critical report to the attention of the...
  • The City Of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie

    10/06/2016 8:32:51 PM PDT · by NFHale · 66 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1977 | Arlo Guthrie
    From "The Best of Arlo Guthrie" 1977. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMS_ykiLiQ
  • Village Creek Train Wreck

    10/06/2016 8:18:57 AM PDT · by waterhill · 13 replies
    Train wreck between Arlington and Ft Worth. 1880's. Engine never recovered.
  • NJ Transit Engineer Has No Memory of Fatal Hoboken Train Crash

    10/02/2016 5:47:22 PM PDT · by Publius · 102 replies
    New York Times via MSN ^ | 2 October 2016 | Samantha Schmidt & Alan Feuer
    The engineer of the New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken Terminal on Thursday, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others during the busy morning commute, felt well rested and was unaware of any mechanical problems in the moments before the accident, federal investigators said on Sunday. At a news conference in Hoboken, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board said they had interviewed the engineer, Thomas Gallagher, as well as the train’s conductor, who was not identified, and still were no closer to determining the cause of the crash. It was the first fatal accident on...
  • Suspicious Device Found On Train Tracks In Elizabeth

    09/18/2016 8:44:18 PM PDT · by Revel · 95 replies
    CBS ^ | 9-18-16
    ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A suspicious device was found on the Northeast Corridor train tracks in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Sunday night. The suspicious item was found in the area of North Broad and Westfield Avenue. Area businesses have reportedly been ordered to shut down and evacuate as bomb technicians have a robot checking the suspicious device. A hazmat team has also been requested to the scene. Police are evacuating and securing the area around the train line. Service has been temporarily suspended between Newark Airport and Elizabeth stations in both directions. ....
  • Armed guards to ride French trains from October

    09/05/2016 9:44:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 05 Sep 2016 11:37 GMT+02:00
    Guards in civilian clothes will be patrolling France’s trains from October, as a new law comes into effect following a foiled terror attack last year. The move has been planned since August last year when train passengers overpowered a man who had opened fire with a Kalashnikov on a train between Amsterdam and Paris. […] Introduction of the changes took so long due to the complicated process of rewriting French law, but also the time needed to train and equip the guards. The guards will be on patrol in pairs on regional trains, TGVs, and even on commuter lines. …