Israel to open fast rail line 30 March

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Israel to open fast rail line 30 March

Postby John_Perkowski » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:07 am

By most of the world standards, Israel distances are short. If you've ever been there, though, there's definitely a need for quality, modern inter urban rail serving Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion International Airport, and Jerusalem.

it will happen at the end of March. 100 mph service.
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Re: Israel to open fast rail line 30 March

Postby lpetrich » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:41 am

Tel Aviv–Jerusalem railway - Wikipedia -- it will be electrified, something not surprising with all its tunnels. It will also be Israel's first intercity electrified line, beating the ether electrification efforts.
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Re: Israel to open fast rail line 30 March

Postby flexliner » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:55 pm

Hey guys
living here in Israel - i will believe it when i see it.
few weeks ago i drove by one of the areas where the line passes and unless i missed it
i did not even see that they had strung the wires.................yet.

i suppose they could run with diesel engines till the wires are up.
that is if the tunnels are well ventilated.
all trains here have a double ended loco on one end and a cab type car probably with a small HEP generator
and about half a car of seating on the other.
(save for the remaining IC3 DMUs)

and they plan to open the eve of Passover.
they may be biting off more than they can chew
what with all the "labor pains" that come with opening a new line
and huge huge vacation crowds on Passover.

I will try to grab a ride on one of the early days and report back.
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Re: Israel to open fast rail line 30 March

Postby flexliner » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:25 am

John, and everyone
here is an update.

this whole week the line between Bet Yehoshua (a stop north of Hertzliya) and Tel Aviv is closed for major rehab.
they are adding two maybe three tracks to the Hertzliya station

they may be stringing wires (for the Jerusalem high speed line) but did not see that noted specifically in the paper
they are eliminating three grade crossings in the Hertzliya area - basically moving the entire line several hundred feet to be
in a highway median (which will also allow opening of the southbound part of road 20 in that area. the northbound is open)

they are connecting the main tel aviv haifa line to a line that runs in the median of road 531 until the town of Kfar Saba
this will basically complete a rail loop in the Sharon area) (not sure when the loop opens....)

(trains branch off the mainline at tel aviv university travel east towards Petah Tikva then north to Rosh Ha-Ayin
then back west to Kfar Saba. this new line connects west back to the main line just north of hertzliya.
not sure and have not yet seen if this will be a wye so that trains from Haifa could also loop this way.

(if i can ever figure how to add an image will try to find a map)
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Re: Israel to open fast rail line 30 March

Postby flexliner » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:46 am

oh well knew it was too good to be true
today's paper reports that "due to lack of necessary regulatory permits" the
high speed line opening is delayed six months.
I will get back to you then (ha ha)
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Re: Israel to open fast rail line 30 March

Postby Train322 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:39 pm

I did see a test car on the electrified line on Feb 19 but as you mentioned, the last I heard was a 6 month delay due to safety concerns .
Does that mean they need to conduct additional testing?
Or is it something with the new station?
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Re: Israel to open fast rail line 30 March

Postby flexliner » Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:18 am

latest reports in the paper list the October 23 planned opening as also being in doubt
again for "safety reasons" and possibly also because not all the wires have been strung

there have been recent outages between tel aviv and herzliya (i think the hi speed J-m line will originate there)
for track realignment and additional tracks in herzliya station
as well as to add two new stations in Ra'anana. AKA the sharon rail line
i believe that this line will be connected at some point to the TA Haifa coast line
per the open railway map there will be a wye connection.

in theory a train could leave TA going north towards petah tikva turning north to rosh ha ayin
turning west again towards kfar saba then raanana
and then rejoin the coast line to head either south back to TA or North to Haifa.

the TA university to petah tikva line is also connected by a wye
so this will complete a rail loop in the area just north of TA
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