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#1 caravanman

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 11:53 AM

Hi Folks,

 

A little far away from our main topic of passenger trains, but still of rail interest:

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...siness-38654176

 

 

Having lived on an Island for most of my life, the channel tunnel still amazes me!

 

 

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 12:25 PM

Fascinating. And I assume this involves switching from standard gauge to broad gauge and back to standard gauge trackage.



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 09:07 PM

Maybe we can talk China into building a Tunnel under the Pacific and send the goods that the US had become hooked on via High Speed Trains!😁

On second thought,with Herr Trump taking over Friday, probably not since he's gonna bring all the jobs we lost to China back to the Rust Belt! 😒
 
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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:07 AM

Russia has proposed a tunnel under Bering Strait. I suspect even if such is built it will end at a bumper post in Alaska while we bicker over funding the construction of the connection to it for the next hundred years :(

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 01:08 PM

Fascinating. And I assume this involves switching from standard gauge to broad gauge and back to standard gauge trackage.

 

Actually the train itself doesn't run thru.

 

At every change of gauge they reload the containers onto a different train.



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 01:18 PM

Though the technology exists today to rapidly change gauge of cars at gauge break points. Specifically multi-gauge capable Talgos run service across gauge breaks and are able to change gauge very quickly.

Edited by jis, 19 January 2017 - 10:33 PM.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 09:36 PM

Yeah, that's what I wondered - whether the containers were switched or whether it involved rail cars like Jis mentions.



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Posted 20 January 2017 - 02:59 PM

My understanding is that at gauge changes, the containers are loaded onto a fresh train, which makes it slightly less of a big deal, I guess.

 

Probably they all built different gauge railways so they could not be invaded by foreign trains!

 

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Edited by caravanman, 20 January 2017 - 03:00 PM.


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Posted 21 January 2017 - 12:03 AM

My understanding is that at gauge changes, the containers are loaded onto a fresh train, which makes it slightly less of a big deal, I guess.
 
Probably they all built different gauge railways so they could not be invaded by foreign trains!
 
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That is exactly the reason. But with modern airlift, it makes it somewhat of a moot point.

Edited by Shortline, 21 January 2017 - 12:04 AM.

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 08:38 AM

Heh heh. Is that why the Brits built the Irish railways using a different gauge? To keep the Irish Railways from invading Britain? :D

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Posted 22 January 2017 - 08:11 AM

Heh heh. Is that why the Brits built the Irish railways using a different gauge? To keep the Irish Railways from invading Britain? :D

 

My Irish parents might well think so. :D



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Posted 23 January 2017 - 01:45 AM

Of course it the GWR had got its way UK trains would be running broad gauge trains at higher speeds with enhanced loading gauge.




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