Commuterrail1050 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:19 pm
Jay no need to be rude on here! I was stating as my opinion that hybrid would be better if a power outage were to occur so it would have backup power to keep moving. It's to prevent trains from getting stuck without power such as the amtraks for example. That's all I was saying. If the electricity were like the subways as third rail, then I see it as a benefit. For the catenary wires, it's not good for that reason.
I try not to be "rude on here" or anywhere else, for that matter. To help me realize my goals, I'd appreciate your pointing out the particulars of my rudeness. Feel free to PM if you'd like to.
To discuss substance, third-rail distribution means lower-voltage -- 600 V -- distribution which has generally been DC. Third-rail -- besides grade crossing and other ROW safety concerns -- also has line-loss issues from its lower voltage that require more frequent substations, safety and infrastructure concerns together producing an increase in costs and liability-exposure issues. No system is exempt from failure, but systems that are more complex -- like still-to-be-proven heavy-rail transit hybrids -- would seem more prone to failure.