High-Speed Rail

First Phase of California High-Speed Rail Project in Question

January 3, 2012

According to the Los Angeles Times, the California High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group does not recommend that the Legislature issues $2.7 billion in bonds to begin construction on California’s high-speed rail project.  Although California voters approved $9 million in bonds in 2008, it was required that the peer review board approves the high-speed rail plan […]

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The “Cabbage,”Amtrak’s Recycled F40

December 30, 2011

The EMD F40PH was Amtrak’s primary locomotive for more than two decades. These husky locomotives hauled millions of passengers from coast to coast, racking up millions of miles which ultimately caught up with them. In 1996, the time was clearly up, and Amtrak placed an order for their first order of P42’s that would displace […]

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Amtrak Involved in “Plan B” for Central Valley High-Speed Rail Line

December 28, 2011

California will soon begin construction on the first phase of their high-speed rail project in the Central valley, but many fear that this 100-mile stretch of track will become useless if the project flops.  To combat some of these fears, a “plan b” of sorts has been developed for the track to be incorporated into […]

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Chinese Bullet Train Tests At 500 Km/Hr

December 26, 2011

Over the weekend, the largest rail vehicle manufacturer in China, CSR Corp. Ltd, tested its fastest model yet.  With speeds reaching 500 km per hour, the six-car bullet train easily surpasses the other Chinese trains that are already known for their speed.  Although Japan currently holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest train, testing […]

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China Plans To Cut Rail Funding Next Year

December 24, 2011

China has announced its plan to cut spending on further railroad construction in the country.  The tragic July 23 crash in Wenzhou, which killed 40 people in a high-speed bullet train collision, has made investors wary of funding construction for more high-speed trains.  Since rail industry is one of China’s most expensive programs, the deadly […]

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OPERATION LIFESAVER-Grade Crossing Mishaps!

December 9, 2011

Over the years, whether filming railroads, or simply being an innocent bystander, I have witnessed numerous near-misses at grade crossings. Whether they are motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians, people decide not to obey the law and put their lives, and the lives of others at risk. It is amazing that someone would rather save a  few […]

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