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Monday, November 17, 2014

Japan High Speed Magnetic Levitation Trains reach 500km/h

Well as we struggle in North America to reach the 200km/h speed over in Japan they are having test runs with mag-lev trains running at 500km/h. The first video from 2013 we have shown before. It has a fantastic scene showing the train speeding by onlookers.



Now the Japanese are having the public on it for test rides. Wouldn't it be great if you family got a chance to ride on it like the young mothers and kids in the clip.




We expect the best from Japan in high speed rail and they continue deliver.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Remember the Flexliner IC3 - Ontario 1996



Going through some old schedules  I came across the interesting time in 1996 when the Danish built IC3 Intercity 3 diesel multiple-unit trainsets (DMU) ran in Ontario on a trial by VIA Rail.


The trainsets were built by ABB Scandian (aka Adrtranz, now Bombardier). The Israel Railways had purchased some units and had loaned the trainsets to Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada.

FlexlinerOn our line running from Stratford, Kitchener into Toronto, it was a dream come true. Local passenger rail advocates had tried unsuccessfully to get VIA Rail and the federal government to see the opportunities on our line. Now we were getting more train frequencies on our line. Good times!

They had an open house down at the Kitchener Ontario VIA Rail Station where you could come and see the Flexliner train. The photo is of my son posing in front of the train.

Sadly the optimism was short lived. After the trial the trainsets were returned to Israel. Why? The trainsets were too light? The trainset would not survive a crash at a level crossing? The federal government then, as now, were not going to invest in passenger rail in Canada? CN Rail would not allow the Flexliner to run on the line permamently?

Approximately 180 of these DMU trainsets run in the world today. Here is a link to video footage of the Flexliner in Ontario in 1997.

Oh yeah it only took 93 minutes to get into Toronto from Kitchener.

Friday, October 31, 2014

High Speed Trains - Megafactories Alstom Video



This is an excellent HD video to show people how high speed trains are manufactured. National Geographic has a show on Mega-Factories and this episode in on the Alstom High Speed Rail plant in France. This should be essential viewing for anyone interested in the subject.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

High Speed Rail Canada to Release Toronto - Kitchener - London High Speed Rail Preliminary Business Plan by FCPWorld


High Speed Rail Canada is the only source in Canada to obtain all the information relating to high speed rail past and present studies on high speed rail.

In October they released the previously unavailable France national Railway SNCF (Société nationale des chemins de fer français - National society of French railway) and partners on High Speed Rail Socio-Economic Study between Windsor and Quebec City.

Now High Speed Rail Canada is going to release FCPWorld Toronto-Kitchener-London High Speed Rail Preliminary Business Plan Study that was completed for the Ministry of Transportation.

The study will be released in early November 2014. Like all other studies it will be available on our Google drive link from our website.

Then Transportation Minister Glen Murray stated in May 2014, "A proposed high-speed rail link between Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and London would see 56 trains a day, or 28 each way, with fares around $40, according to Glen Murray, Ontario's Transportation Minister until the election call."

High Speed Rail London to Toronto


Check out our Ontario High Speed Rail Studies tab to our Google drive link with the Glen Murrary presentation on the proposal from his London Ontario presentation.

Pro-transit Ontario Premier Wynne has repeatedly stated her support for high speed rail London-Kitchener- Toronto.     

The plan when released may have edited sections in it due to third parties not wanting certain financial information  shared.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Justin Trudeau Talks High Speed Rail!



English translation Follows André Pratte - La Presse - Au cours des derniers jours, le chef du Parti libéral du Canada, Justin Trudeau, a évoqué à plusieurs reprises ce qui sera l'un de ses principaux engagements lors de la prochaine campagne électorale : des investissements accrus dans les infrastructures urbaines.

« Le Parti libéral va s'engager à lancer un programme massif d'infrastructures d'un bout à l'autre du pays », a déclaré M. Trudeau à l'émission Tout le monde en parle, diffusée dimanche soir.

Au cours des deux dernières décennies, les gouvernements Chrétien et Harper ont investi des dizaines de milliards dans des projets d'infrastructures dont l'objectif premier était de relancer une économie en panne. Pour cette raison, les fonds allaient aux projets pouvant être mis en chantier rapidement. On a notamment financé des centres sportifs, des centres de congrès, et autres installations dont la contribution à long terme à la prospérité du pays sont fort modestes.

Ce n'est pas ce genre de programmes dont le Canada a besoin aujourd'hui. Si notre économie ne roule pas à plein régime, le taux de chômage est à un niveau relativement bas. Les taux d'intérêt sont plus abordables que jamais. Le moment est propice à un plan d'investissement à long terme dans un secteur crucial pour l'économie et pour l'environnement, de même que pour la qualité de vie de la grande majorité des Canadiens : les transports collectifs.

Quatre-vingt pour cent (80 %) des Canadiens vivent aujourd'hui dans des villes, dont le tiers à Montréal et à Toronto. La congestion est un grave problème dans toutes les grandes villes. Une bonne partie des émissions de gaz à effet de serre au pays proviennent du transport routier. Pour ces raisons, Ottawa doit cesser d'éparpiller ses ressources et appuyer en priorité des projets de transports collectifs que les provinces et les villes n'ont pas les moyens de payer. On pense au prolongement du métro à Toronto et à Montréal, aux trains légers et tramways à l'étude ou en chantier dans plusieurs villes, à la liaison ferroviaire entre le centre-ville de Montréal et l'aéroport... Trudeau.

Le gouvernement fédéral devrait aussi entreprendre la réalisation du projet de train à haute vitesse entre Montréal et Toronto. Entre autres avantages, ce projet contribuerait au rapprochement économique et politique entrepris par les gouvernements du Québec et de l'Ontario. Certes, l'investissement serait imposant (en 2011, on parlait de quelque 10 milliards). C'est justement pour cette raison que le gouvernement du Canada doit le prendre en charge, étant le seul en mesure d'emprunter de telles sommes sans que cela ait d'impact significatif sur sa dette.

Il faut du courage pour proposer une telle stratégie ; les bénéfices politiques ne seront pas immédiats. Une vision à long terme, conciliant le développement économique, la protection de l'environnement et la qualité de vie des Canadiens : voilà qui permettrait au chef libéral de combler le manque de substance qu'on lui reproche

http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/editoriaux/andre-pratte/201410/20/01-4811024-les-trains-dabord.php


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail Proposed Route Map


The environmental impact assessment has begun for the private company Texas Central Railway that intends to build the new high speed rail line in Texas based on Tokaido Shinkansen Technology. Public hearings are underway. Robert Eckels is the president of the TCR. A new website for the environmental impact process is up and running.

Recently possible routes have been released for the line that is proposed to start operation in 2021. Here is a LINK to the photo proposed routes. Positive stuff for sure, but can any high speed rail line be built and operated without public funding...only time will tell.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Return of the Turbo Train.....Lunch Box


It is no secret that High Speed Rail Canada loves reminding Canadians we had faster trains in this country 35 years ago then we do now. That trains was the CN UAC Turbo train. Check out our Turbo page for all the photos, videos and documents related to the Turbo.

One thing we didn't have was the TURBO LUNCH BOX! Now we do. We got this piece of history from London, Ontario. Enjoy.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Press Release: High Speed Rail Canada Releases the 2010 SNCF International Socio economic study of High Speed Rail Implementation on the Quebec – Windsor Corridor



http://www.wireservice.ca/index.php?module=News&func=display&sid=12509

High Speed Rail Canada is releasing to the public in english and french the previously unreleased 2010 study by the France national Railway SNCF (Société nationale des chemins de fer français - National society of French railway) and partners on high speed rail between Windsor and Quebec City.

For immediate release.....October 6th, 2014. High Speed Rail Canada is Canada's only advocacy groups dedicated to promoting the modernization of passenger rail in Canada.

The May 30th, 2010 study by SNCF International was funded by cities along the Windsor - Quebec Corridor.

Like the previous federal/provncial study from 2011 on High Speed Rail by Ecotrains, the 2010 SNCF study was not being released to the public until High Speed Rail Canada obtained a copy of it and is releasing it today.

High Speed Rail Canada's mandate is to educate people on the benefits of modern passenger rail. They do it through their website http://www.highspeedrailcanada.com , Youtube channel, Facebook, Twitter @HSRCanada and public educational sessions.

Paul Langan, Founder of High Speed Rail Canada states," The mayors along the Windsor - Quebec City Corridor were optimistic in 2010 that the time had come for high speed rail to be implemented in Canada.

Tragically, Prime Minister Harper has not implemented the recommendations of the recent studies and has cut service and allowed Canada's passenger rail service to become one of those slowest in the modern world."

The conclusion of the study states:

1. The Québec-Windsor/Detroit high-speed rail project will have a very significant impact on the cities of Quebec, Laval, Montreal, Toronto, London, Windsor and Montreal Metropolitan Community by creating thousands of job opportunities, stimulating economic development, serving and encouraging tourism, and providing increased transportation capacity.

2.Travelers will save time, cost, and energy while traveling on a safer and less polluting mode.

3.The economical and financial analysis shows that the Quebec–Windsor HSR project will be profitable.

4.Includes future expansion of line to Kitchener and Detroit

To download the study go to our GOOGLE DRIVE page and pick the 2010 study!CLICK HERE. For more information on High Speed Rail Canada go to their website, or call Paul Langan at 519-654-0089 or email highspeedrailcanada(at)yahoo.ca

Thursday, September 25, 2014

High Speed Rail Canada to Release 2010 SNCF International High Speed Rail Study Windsor - Quebec City on October 3rd, 2014



Our mandate is to educate Canadians on high speed rail in Canada. We are the only advocacy group in Canada promoting modern passenger rail. We are very proud to announce that on October 3rd 2014 we will be releasing the previously unreleased high speed rail study on the Windsor - Quebec City corridor paid for by the municipalities along the line. It was done by the France national Railway SNCF (Société nationale des chemins de fer français; "National society of French railway) and partners. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TALGO TRAIN SETS FIND HOME IN MICHIGAN!

DETROIT NEWS - Lawmakers who questioned a one-bid contract awarded to a Spanish firm for “next-generation” passenger cars now are willing to let the deal proceed, said Senate Transportation Committee Chairman John Pappageorge, R-Troy.

The investigation, and a longer than anticipated evaluation process, delayed purchase of the passenger cars with modern amenities.

The $58 million for Michigan’s two train sets is to come from $200 million in federal funds for Amtrak improvements in Michigan and other states, mostly in the Midwest. The move to the faster trains is expected to give a boost to the Detroit-Chicago route, where ridership steadily has been building back toward a 20-year peak of nearly 504,000 passengers in 2010.

Down the road, the state will use additional federal money for more “next-generation” passenger car and engine sets, said Michigan Department of Transportation railroad chief Tim Hoeffner. The state will own the cars and the Michigan rails on the Detroit-Chicago route for now.

Hoeffner said the Talgo car purchase isn’t finalized. An evaluation of the equipment’s suitability for Michigan’s needs is taking longer than expected, so the cars won’t be in service next month as originally proposed, he said. READ THE REST OF THE STORY.