Also between Oceanside and Escondido in California and on the RiverLINE between Camden and Trenton. It essentially depends on whether the freight customers can live with cars being pulled and placed only during midnight hours.
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riffian wrote: ↑Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:13 pm "I've been told on another forum here that light rail--probably the best option--is not allowable in Portland, ME on this line because freight trains run on it."Of course, and even closer to home for most here - Guilford operated on the trolley tracks in Lowell into the late 80s to serve the mills.
"Yes, of course freight and light cannot operate on the same lines.'
Except, they do when separated by times of service, ala San Diego. Freights run at night after light rail operations end.
daybeers wrote: ↑Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:38 pm Like the solar-powered Byron Bay Train in Australia?Interesting website! Aluminum body cars that are lighter than "Light Rail" cars, built by former WWII aircraft builder in Australia. Similar to RDC. Solar powered seems exciting, except most of the panels are on their building, only a few on the train, and they are connected to the grid which is providing "only renewable energy". Still, they claim to produce net surplus power. Basically it's lithium-ion battery powered, with regenerative braking recovering 25% of the power used during acceleration, operating with only one engine, the other truck having a 1973 Cummins "very clean burning" diesel for emergency use. No mention about whether the train is heated!