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04-08-2014 - 22:07
synonymouse
I suspect the date of Detroit bustitution was 1949. GM bus division is gone and basically a lot of Detroit.
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03-27-2014 - 22:55
synonymouse
Very nice shot. Thanks.
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03-21-2014 - 11:03
synonymouse
PB-CHSRA has quickly devolved into contractor and union welfare. For a small part of the monies being blown on this detour they could outright buy up the Tejon Ranch and turn it into a park.
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03-11-2014 - 18:00
synonymouse
I'd say SMART gave NWP the one finger salute when it went to 115lb. rail instead of SP's 136. SMART is stockpiling sales tax money and holding off on opening up because it knows the funds will blee
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02-26-2014 - 12:46
synonymouse
http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/musk-s-wealth-soars-1-1-bn-in-one-day-114022700014_1.html And donate it to the State. Adios hsr to Palmdale, Mojave, Tehachapi. I know. Y
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02-25-2014 - 20:00
synonymouse
Keep the fabulous streetcar photos coming, Drew. I assume Toronto kept the trolley poles to keep the overhead compatible with trolley coach?
Forum: Discussion
02-15-2014 - 22:17
synonymouse
On the contrary, this most informative report should be required reading for all serious railfans, especially traction fans. I did not realize how much progress has been made in truck design, in pa
Forum: Discussion
02-14-2014 - 22:52
synonymouse
"What we have h'yuh is a failure to communicate."
Forum: Discussion
02-13-2014 - 11:14
synonymouse
The merchants worry that light rail would condemn parking spaces. You can take it to the bank that that Heminger, Lee and other SF politicos including Fang want BART broad gauge on Geary. It would
Forum: Discussion
02-12-2014 - 19:02
synonymouse
The biggest obstacle to rail on Geary is BART and its allies who insist on a full subway to the Beach and who quietly but effectively oppose any meaningful improvements otherwise. Complicating matter
Forum: Discussion
02-12-2014 - 12:47
synonymouse
Indian broad gauge. Bechtel would not have dared to impose anything at that time with the label Russian.
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02-12-2014 - 10:39
synonymouse
**** 5.5' gauge. Slap a ban on any more.
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02-07-2014 - 10:15
synonymouse
Really nice shot
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01-31-2014 - 20:22
synonymouse
Right on. But the Tejon Ranch Co. does want it in their elite resort kingdom. I guess they figure it would attract the wrong demographic.
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01-30-2014 - 19:06
synonymouse
Prop 1a should go back on the ballot. I guess it is too much for Jerry Brown to allow the electorate to select the route. I doubt it would be via Mojave and Palmdale.
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01-22-2014 - 11:07
synonymouse
No Amalgamated
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01-19-2014 - 12:23
synonymouse
Don't forget staffing. BART has one operator per 10 car train. Caltrain will have to move in that direction and EMU's will be part of it. Otherwise you are asking for Ring the Bay. As for me I w
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01-18-2014 - 12:06
synonymouse
At that time I guess you could say BART and Bechtel were joined at the hip as well as the latter to SP. But the aluminum sandwich hub is a separate matter. Can BART kick the Bechtel curse? Be h
Forum: Discussion
01-18-2014 - 10:26
synonymouse
Great shot, Drew. Rode it to Michigan City in 1967. Now that's what SMART should look like.
Forum: Discussion
01-17-2014 - 19:17
synonymouse
Sorry if I got some malware into the message. Gonna have to move to another drive and format this corrupted one.
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01-17-2014 - 19:14
synonymouse
Replacing the aluminum hub with an all steel wheel constitutes a big part of BART's kicking the Bechtel habit. Does not appear they have the resolve to kick. The notorious hubris lives on. We'll
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01-16-2014 - 10:23
synonymouse
Please do go into some more detail. BART indeed seems intransigeant about not changing anything Bechtelian to improve on its worst of breed noise reputation. Like going to all steel wheels and tap
Forum: Discussion
01-13-2014 - 15:44
synonymouse
About the only thing grandfathered in California is stupidity. Like BART evidently refusing to modernize and dump the Bechtel mistakes. The new trainsets could very well be as noisy as the old one
Forum: Discussion
01-09-2014 - 16:01
synonymouse
So BART at its inception would have come up against the same speed limitation on the GG Bridge due to weight restrictions and harmonics. Intuitively it would seem that being blown over by prevailing
Forum: Discussion
01-09-2014 - 15:53
synonymouse
It was Billy Ray Stokes, but B.S. works fine for me. Funny thing at the time(middle sixties)old hands were trying to advise Bechtel to think twice about re-inventing the wheel but were shined on.
Forum: Discussion
01-09-2014 - 12:28
synonymouse
The hsr scheme that PB-CHSRA has produced and clings to desperately is a disaster and bound to drown in red ink. I hope the Judge in Sac in March or thereafter finds it hopelessly out of compliance
Forum: Discussion
01-09-2014 - 12:10
synonymouse
Thanks for taking the time to go over this in some detail. Very much needed information. It does not "appear" that BART is going to solid steel wheels or tapered contour, but I could be wrong abou
Forum: Discussion
01-08-2014 - 21:10
synonymouse
Initially I was under the impression that the new trainsets would not be compatible with old Rohr and Alstom equipment and that they might modernize. That would not appear to be the case. I thought
Forum: Discussion
01-08-2014 - 19:20
synonymouse
From BART FAQ on new cars: "Q: Will the new cars be less noisy? A: Yes, BART is requiring the carbuilder to meet the highest standards in the United States regarding train car interior noise an
Forum: Discussion
01-06-2014 - 10:37
synonymouse
Cable car lines do not experience materially "changes in tractive effort" but can show some serious corrugation. Anecdotally I'll put my money on rigid track construction, vibration, metal fatigue
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