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Recent content by roger1818

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    The question is how much energy is required to make ethanol from organic waste (which is typically low energy)? While it might (I'm not convinced) be a good option for areas where it is difficult to electrify, the petroleum industry will want to use it use it to keep their market share and have...
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    Interesting. Makes a lot of sense. For example, there is no point having a train run at top speed to a siding where it will have to wait for an oncoming train to pass. By slowing down the train to get to the siding only just before the oncoming trian gets there, a significant amount of fuel...
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    If 1,000 km provides too much risk, break it up into smaller pieces and do it one piece at a time.
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    Huh? The plan is to electrify HFR, presumably with catenary. Once HFR and HFR West (assuming they both happen) are both complete, as well as GO RER, a significant portion of the corridor will be electrified. By then, technology will have evolved further, and we will have a much better idea how...
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    I tend to agree. It would likely be cheaper to buy new cars that have been designed from the ground up with CEM in mind, rather than modify the existing fleet to do something that they were never designed to do.
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    They are also used on the Jasper-Prince Rupert train, (even though it is daytime only), but that’s my point. Your comment, “HEP cars in the corridor can do 90” is moot if Park cars aren’t used in the corridor. AFAIK, the brake systems would be compatible and the couplers are somewhat compatible...
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    Are any Park cars used in the corridor anymore?
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    Regarding the issue of VIA requiring a car behind the HEP cars, I wonder if it would be feasible for VIA to lease some flat cars to put behind the Park cars to minimize the obstruction of the view and to reduce the impact on fleet utilization. I guess the question is would a flat car provide...
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    In the comments, the video’s OP said that even though trains 33 and 26 run between Quebec City and Ottawa (or vice-versa), VIA only ran the Venture train between Montreal and Ottawa, so passengers continuing on past Montreal had to change trains. He also said that the train didn’t wye in...
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    That announcement isn’t anything new. I have heard it many times on VIA trains over the years. I suspect it’s so that no one can sue VIA if the train lurches when coming to a stop and someone falls and hurts them self. Few people ever listened to the announcement though and it was never enforced..
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    The CPR purchased 18 Park cars, which, according to Wikipedia, are as follows: CP No. Via No. (1979) Via No. (HEP) Name Park Decor Artist Notes 15401 15501 — Algonquin Park Algonquin Provincial Park P A. J. Casson 15402 15502 8702 Assiniboine Park Assiniboine Provincial Park O George...
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    While we assumed that VIA would want to have the locomotive last into Central Station, there may be other operational considerations that make the opposite better. As you said, the configuration of MMC and TMC could also be a key consideration.
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    Interesting video about the White River train.
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    I think you have it backwards. To have the cab car lead the way into Central Station, the cab car would be facing east, west of Montreal (and west, east of Montreal). This means the locomotive would be leading into Gare du Palais, which isn’t as much of a problem, as there aren’t as many trains...
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    Customer satisfaction. The reservation system likely tries to priortize forward facing seats over rear facing seats. If the train is traveling in the opposite direction than expected, and is only half full, everyone would be in a rear facing seat. Not a good image. In that case, VIA would be...

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