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by george matthews
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: Kent's forgotten railway lines and stations
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: Kent's forgotten railway lines and stations

The Folkestone pier lost its regular use when the Tunnel attracted nearly all the traffic. It is hard to see what use it would have now.
by george matthews
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: Hydrogen train
Replies: 5
Views: 1012

Re: Hydrogen train

There was an item about the new train, not yet in regular service, on the BBC news today.
by george matthews
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: Wild abandoned railway in Paris.
Replies: 4
Views: 294

Re: Wild abandoned railway in Paris.

The problem seems to be that there is no easy way to make this route part of the Metro system, and there is no need for another route to take full sized trains between routes. Making it a linear park is probably the best way of using the space.
by george matthews
Sun May 26, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: First main trunk train , New Zealand
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Re: First main trunk train , New Zealand

I suppose that before the opening of this line travel between those two cities would have been difficult and even more time consuming so it is not surprising that they were eager to send a delegation over even an unfinished track.
by george matthews
Fri May 17, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: How the Channel Tunnel changed Europe forever
Replies: 17
Views: 1109

Re: How the Channel Tunnel changed Europe forever

Pardon my ignorance; but wasn't the Great Central built to international loading guage? If so, what a waste to destroy such an asset! Sam Yes, the Great Central was built to Continental gauge. It could have carried trains at least far as Birmingham. At the time it was built the proposer intended it...
by george matthews
Tue May 14, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: How the Channel Tunnel changed Europe forever
Replies: 17
Views: 1109

Re: How the Channel Tunnel changed Europe forever

I'm trying to think where the 3rd Gauge change would be . First would be China to "ex USSR" Second would be Ex USSR to European at the Polish border. There is also the problem of Loading Gauge. Continental railways allow larger trains so that continental freight cannot travel to much of Britain. Co...
by george matthews
Mon May 13, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: Indian Pacific train journey across Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Re: Indian Pacific train journey across Australia

I have myself taken the Indian-Pacific, though I joined the train in Kalgoorlie, having taken the day train from Perth and stayed the night in a hotel.
by george matthews
Mon May 13, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: How the Channel Tunnel changed Europe forever
Replies: 17
Views: 1109

Re: How the Channel Tunnel changed Europe forever

Don't forget the gauge changes. The route to China continues to be through Russia. Thus there are two gauge changes on the route. For freight traffic drivers would change, as would locomotives, usually at national borders. The Channel Tunnel route for freight has been a moderate success for European...
by george matthews
Fri May 10, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Fred Frailey Column- "It's Time"
Replies: 122
Views: 7286

Re: Fred Frailey Column- "It's Time"

Maybe we should discuss ways to improve long distance and other trains.That was what 90% of Fred's blog was about. The US has missed out on the rail developments in other countries for the last 70 years. The remaining services have been stuck in the conditions of the 1950s. The result is a transpor...
by george matthews
Tue May 07, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: How the Channel Tunnel changed Europe forever
Replies: 17
Views: 1109

Re: How the Channel Tunnel changed Europe forever

No, I don't think so. But it has made it a lot easier to cross the Channel. I invested in it, but did not gain much.
by george matthews
Sun May 05, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: Ramifications of "Brexit" for railways
Replies: 180
Views: 32971

Re: Ramifications of "Brexit" for railways

Mr. Matthews, could 2019 be 1688 all over again for the Mother Country? While I hope more civility will prevail and Tessie will not see the Tower of London other than as a private citizen tourist, she could easily end up reviled as the worst PM, the modern UK has known, beating out Chamberlain for ...
by george matthews
Sat May 04, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: Crossrail: 'Unrealistic timeframe' caused delays
Replies: 1
Views: 343

Re: Crossrail: 'Unrealistic timeframe' caused delays

It's an immensely complicated project. Perhaps it's not a surprise that it was difficult to estimate the time it would take.
by george matthews
Fri May 03, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Fred Frailey Column- "It's Time"
Replies: 122
Views: 7286

Re: Fred Frailey Column- "It's Time"

David Benton wrote:You guys have been ordering the adios drumheads since these forums began. That must be coming up to 20 years.
The US is the only major industrial power that has such an undeveloped rail system.
by george matthews
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Fred Frailey Column- "It's Time"
Replies: 122
Views: 7286

Re: Fred Frailey Column- "It's Time"

In the 1960s during a British university vacation I spent nearly three months in the US. As I had a Greyhound ticket for the whole US I didn't ride in any trains. I travelled across the US from New York to California and back. Now that I am older I would not recommend it - and modern Greyhound buses...
by george matthews
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: London to Tokyo by train
Replies: 3
Views: 779

Re: London to Tokyo by train

I think a rail journey from London to Japan would be possible, but not on a single through train. London to Brussels - as now. Brussels to Moskva - as now. Moskva to the Pacific - as now. Change to a train to Japan, probably a similar sort to the Eurostar trains. Tackling CO2 in the atmosphere is bo...

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