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California High-Speed Rail project: Altamont (Immediate Benefit) v. Pacheco Pass (Fuzzy Future)

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is trying to pretend that the Pacheco Pass alignment is somehow equivalent to the Altamont Pass alignment. They are not. There are a number of key differences. The Altamont Pass roughly follows the i-580 corridor … Continue reading

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rail speed records and the effect on airplane travel

September 2, 2006 Siemens used the recently-opened Nuremburg-Ingolstadt high-speed line in southern Germany to set a new world record for an electric locomotive. The Austrian Federal Railways class 1216 locomotive reached 357 km/h or 221mph December 2, 2003 a manned … Continue reading

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what is the rail advantage in CO2 emissions over an equivalent air flight?

This week there was a news release by the Eurostar company about the comparative emissions of a Eurostar trip vs. the same trip via airplane. each passenger on a return flight between London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle generates … Continue reading

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notes on building a “Super Railroad”

I got this information from a Sierra Club email list I am on that has some useful technical information about how to build a really first class railroad. This comment was posted by Clyde L. Anderson, Treasurer, Nebraska Chapter – … Continue reading

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September Coast Daylight report

The Coast Rail Coordination Council met at the Paraiso Winery in Soledad on Fri 9/22. Meeting in Soledad was mainly a good-will gesture, and to familiarize the council members of the growth and potentials of the area persuant to a … Continue reading

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San Joaquin Rail Committee meeting report

The meeting started with several local (Merced, Mariposa) speakers advocating service to/from Yosemite. One speaker from Mariposa Cnty was endeavoring to gain a seat on the committee (being considered) . A visual presentation was made entitled “Blueprint for San Joaquin … Continue reading

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BART Trivia

I found out that the reason BART has the non-standard guage is because back when BART was first being conceived, Southern Pacific didn’t want BART competing with them for freight business, so they got BART to go with the 5 … Continue reading

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if we are at the brink of climate failure

I read BBC regularily. The amount of climate news provided by this service is excellent. This is positively scary: Carbon dioxide levels are substantially higher now than at anytime in the last 800,000 years, the latest study of ice drilled … Continue reading

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rail vs. car (aka people will never give up their cars)

I ran across this interesting article today. This article from a very unlikely source goes to demonstrate what we in the transit community have known for a long time, Americans can and do want an alternative to their cars. This … Continue reading

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should the Sierra Club support freight railroads?

The Sierra Club was recently approached by Growth Options for the 21th Century, a group that wants to increase federal funding to expand freight railroad capacity. My general feeling is that we should be very wary. The law of unintended … Continue reading

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