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04-21-2016 - 23:55
synonymouse
In the foto it appears to me to be narrow gauge. There is 2 ft. gauge in Wales.
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04-12-2016 - 21:09
synonymouse
Siemens articulated light rail cars that I rode in San Diego and Sacramento quite a while back did seem to hunt some at full speed. I just assumed it was in the nature of the beast. But then I tho
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04-12-2016 - 14:22
synonymouse
Fresno Area Rapid Transit AKA PBCAHSR in the Valley
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04-12-2016 - 12:35
synonymouse
And why not Brunel's 7 foot gauge? They just threw darts at a board, so long as it was not standard gauge. This is corroborated by the fact they did not appreciably widen the cars. MARTA's cars a
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04-12-2016 - 12:29
synonymouse
Bechtel were so powerful in the Bay Area at the time people in the industry, even civilians, were afraid to question their decisions. The Bechtels accommodated the SP, which wanted to make sure no
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04-11-2016 - 21:07
synonymouse
"polygonization of wheels" - neat expression. Derived from Latin?
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04-11-2016 - 11:24
synonymouse
Wouldn't the "micro-slip" be grinding out corrugation rather than producing it? I keep thinking the key source of corrugation is wheels that are not perfectly ground round.
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04-10-2016 - 22:32
synonymouse
http://sf.streetsblog.org/2016/04/07/new-bart-cars-show-agency-is-on-the-right-track/ Let's see if the plug doors are reliable in the quotidian world. And I am betting just about as noisy as ever.
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04-05-2016 - 23:21
synonymouse
Max, the problem is the merchants who don't want to lose any parking and the very high level of auto traffic on Geary. Trolley buses can maintain the existing lane arrangement but remove the noise an
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04-04-2016 - 20:49
synonymouse
The Geary bus line is not very long but very busy and has a major trolley bus storage facility on route at Presidio which can be expanded. By now we should be able to get enough battery on board to g
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04-04-2016 - 20:38
synonymouse
Ohio. Cleveland and Cuyahoga County in particular.
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04-04-2016 - 19:15
synonymouse
You make some good points and they seem to gravitate around the reality that America has sprawled and suburbanized, the employment as well. This is a serious problem for public transit. In some plac
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03-31-2016 - 19:30
synonymouse
So true. What is ironic is that the voters in the forties and fifties were so parsimonious and now they are just profligate with their money. They blew a fortune on the Bayconic Bridge and are going
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03-31-2016 - 19:22
synonymouse
Right on, Bob2
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03-31-2016 - 19:13
synonymouse
I was at the PUC meeting when the Louis T. Klauder designed cars came in way over bid and they decided to proceed with a common bid spec with Boston. I suspect Jack Woods would have liked to just b
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03-31-2016 - 17:33
synonymouse
Very enjoyable video. LA is to be commended. This is what SMART should be.
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03-31-2016 - 10:45
synonymouse
You are forgetting a fortune in tax money was spent on roads to accommodate the automobile. And the auto clubs were used as a lobby against tracks in the street. The automobile and its many, many
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03-30-2016 - 00:24
synonymouse
The Sacramento Northern did not use 600vdc?
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03-30-2016 - 00:20
synonymouse
If soi-disant "light rail", as in HART goes to 3rd rail and high platforms IMHO it is far cry from the original idea of light rail as fancy streetcars. Then the only thing "heavy" about BART is 10
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03-29-2016 - 21:24
synonymouse
I don't see any signs of catenary on the Bay Bridge or am I just blind?
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03-29-2016 - 20:25
synonymouse
SMART's doodlebugs meet FRA specs not FTA specs.
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03-29-2016 - 13:33
synonymouse
That ballot initiative collapsed for want of money for signatures(reputedly $5.00 a pop). The initiative concept seems to be failing in general. SMART doodlebuggies heavy rail not light rail.
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03-28-2016 - 21:17
synonymouse
Not a chance.
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03-27-2016 - 11:31
synonymouse
Any decent political machination deserves an equally decent coverrup.
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03-26-2016 - 19:59
synonymouse
https://books.google.com/books?id=NbYqQSQcE2MC&pg=PA177&lpg=PA177&dq=width+of+MARTA+subway+car&source=bl&ots=mbiLXnEr0Z&sig=daL3wLrKbGXeQCgnNON0Ndm8P8E&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwia6p6o79_LAhVEzGMKHYQUC1YQ
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03-26-2016 - 18:16
synonymouse
BART is a botched clone of the NYC subway. Idiosyncratic gauge and voltage, no front doors(A&B cars), no express tracks, cylindrical wheelset tyre profile. They copied New York but failed to bring a
Forum: Discussion
03-26-2016 - 11:05
synonymouse
They were intentionally making it outdated from the outset. The engineers sabotaged it to please the SP.
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03-26-2016 - 10:21
synonymouse
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_29687067/has-barts-cutting-edge-1972-technology-design-come As if older and smarter minds were not trying to straighten out Bechtel in the sixties when they were about
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03-21-2016 - 20:02
synonymouse
But why did not the Sounder stay with the same voltage as the trolley coaches and the SLUT?
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03-18-2016 - 19:39
synonymouse
Yeah, they did fry my brand new JVC vcr some years back and they would not pay for it. This was when the power went out and came on back with real low voltage. You could tell because the incandesce
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