Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) - Wikipedia backgrounder: ACSES is a positive
train control cab signaling system developed by PHW and
Alstom. The system is designed to prevent train-to-train
collisions, protect against overspeed and protect work crews with
temporary speed restrictions. The information about permanent and
temporary speed restrictions is transmitted to the train by
transponders lying in the track, coded track circuits and digital
radio. It is installed on parts of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor
between Washington and Boston.
Amtrak - Passenger train
system in U.S. schedules, fares, reservations, tickets. Service in
more than 500 U.S. communities in 45 states throughout a 22,000
mile route system.
Manufactures state-of-the-art planes and trains; a global
transportation company with 69 production and engineering sites in
23 countries, and a worldwide network of service centres. Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe - Operates one of the largest rail networks in North America, with
33,500 route miles covering 28 states and two Canadian
High-Speed Rail Authority - Online home for California's
high-speed train project. California's electrically-powered
high-speed trains will help the state meet ever-growing demands on
its transportation infrastructure. Initially running from San
Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim via the Central Valley, and later
to Sacramento and San Diego, high-speed trains will travel between
LA and San Francisco in under 2 hours and 40 minutes, at speeds of
up to 220 mph, and will interconnect with other transportation
alternatives, providing an environmentally friendly option to
traveling by plane or car.
Watch - The Center for Investigative Reporting follows
high-speed rail in California.
Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) - CPR's 14,000-mile network extends from the Port of
Vancouver in the Canada's West to The Port of Montreal in Canada's
East, and to the U.S. industrial centers of Chicago, Newark,
Philadelphia, Washington, New York City and Buffalo.
Chicago "L" -
Information on Chicago's rapid transit system.
CN/UA TurboTrainParts 123 - The 1970 24
minute film on the Canadian
National/United Aircraft Corporation TurboTrain via YouTube. It is in 3 parts and taken from a digital master.
The UAC TurboTrain was an early high-speed, gas turbine
train manufactured by United Aircraft Corporation that
operated in Canada between 1968 and 1984 and in the United States
between 1968 and 1976 (though they were not disposed of by Amtrak until 1980). It was one of the first gas turbine
powered trains to enter service for passenger traffic, and was also
one of the first tilting trains to enter service. The TurboTrain was Canada's first and only high speed train.
This film is fantastic. Enjoy this great piece of Canadian
passenger rail history.
Commuter Check - A
national program providing administrative and marketing services
that support public/private efforts to reduce traffic congestion,
improve air quality, and promote use of public transportation. Commuter Checks are vouchers employers provide to their
employees for buying transit tickets, passes and tokens. They are
used as an employee benefit, either as a substitute for taxable
salary (offered on a pre-tax basis like a 401K) or supplemental
Crossrail - Europe's
largest railway and infrastructure construction project, with work
mainly under way in central London. Also see Wikipedia.
Department for Transport
(UK) - UK Aviation, Freight Logistics, Integrated
Transport, Local Transport, Mobility and Inclusion, Railways,
Roads, Vehicles and Road Safety, Science and Research, Shipping,
Transport Safety, Transport Statistics information.
European Commission: High Speed Rail System - Under the EC
Treaty (Articles 154 and 155), the Community has the task of
contributing to the establishment and development of trans-European
networks in the area of transport. In order to achieve these
objectives, the Community must take the necessary measures to
ensure the interoperability of the networks, particularly in the
field of technical standardisation. The Commission has
adopted in May 2002 the Technical Specifications for
Interoperability for 6 subsystems (the texts of the TSIs have been published in the Official Journal
L245 of 12 September 2002) and published in 2003 a Guide for
the application of the High-Speed TSIs of Council
European Railway Agency - A safe, modern integrated railway network is one of the EU's major priorities. The European Railway
Agency was set up to help create this integrated railway area
by reinforcing safety and interoperability. The Agency also acts as the system authority for the European Rail Traffic
Management System (ERTMS) project, which has been set up to
create unique signalling standards throughout Europe.
Train Control System (ETCS) - A signalling, control and train
protection system designed to replace the many incompatible safety
systems currently used by European railways, especially on
high-speed lines. Alos see page at
Forum (ETF) - Europe's leading transport news portal. The ETF tracks all issues connected with the European
transport sector and aggregates news, analyses, statistics,
legislation and financing opportunities in an easy-to-use website.
The portal covers transport issues across all modes (road, rail,
intermodality, maritime, air) and has quickly established itself as
the transport news source of first choice across Europe.
Eurotunnel - The
operator of the high speed transport system linking the UK to France through the Channel Tunnel. Runs high speed car,
coach and freight shuttles.
Administration (FRA) - The purpose of FRA is to:
promulgate and enforce rail safety regulations; administer railroad
assistance programs; conduct research and development in support of
improved railroad safety and national rail transportation policy;
provide for the rehabilitation of Northeast Corridor rail passenger
service; and consolidate government support of rail transportation
activities. The FRA is one of ten agencies within the U.S. Department of
Transportation concerned with intermodal transportation.
Railway system supplier. Product lineup including trains, traction
components, signalling system, and train management systems.
Journal (IRJ) - Monthly publication written for senior managers
and engineers of the world's railways and transit systems,
ministers of transport, manufacturers, railway planners, and
Develops, owns and manages statios areas, maintenance depots and
freight terminals throughout the Swedish railway system.
Light Rail Transit
Association - Information and campaigning about better public
transport through trams, tramways, streetcars and light rail
LogLink - Air, rail, sea,
and land transport and logistics resources and news.
Class A4 4468 Mallard - A London and North Eastern Railway
Class A4 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive built at Doncaster, England
in 1938. It is historically significant because it is the holder of
the world speed record for steam locomotives.
National Railway Museum -
Home of the UK's national collection of historically
significant railway vehicles, as well as a collection of other
artefacts and both written and pictorial records. The NRM in York
displays a collection of over 100 locomotives and nearly 200 other
items of rolling stock, virtually all of which either ran on the
railways of Great Britain or were built there. Also on the 20 acres
(8.1 ha) site are many hundreds of thousands of other items and
records of social, technical, artistic and historical interest,
exhibited mostly in three large halls of a former motive power
depot next to the East Coast Main Line, near York railway station.
Also see Wikipedia.
Network Rail -
Runs, maintains and develops Britain's rail tracks, signalling,
bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 17 key stations.
Also see Network Rail
Archive, which provides documents from the very earliest
days of railway construction, including records from some of the
most famous railway engineers including Isambard Kingdom Brunel,
Robert Stephenson, Joseph Locke and William Henry Barlow as well as
some of the railway's most significant structures and
North American Crude
by Rail - This map displays major routes and terminals for the
transport of crude oil by rail in the U.S. and Canada. Oil Change International compiled
a comprehensive list of crude-by-rail terminals at each point of
the transport process.
Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) - World's largest
bibliographic database pertaining to Intelligent Transportation
Systems (ITS), containing over 16,000 citations. PATH is a collaboration between the California Department of
Transportation (Caltrans), the University of
California, other public and private academic institutions,
and private industry.
Pacific - One of the world's premier luxury trains. Step aboard
its fleet of Canadian Pacific Railwayvintage
business cars for the ultimate in luxury rail vacations.
Spectacular Canadian rocky mountain scenery, five-star hospitality
and luxurious accommodations.
Trainline - Routes, fares and journey times from more than 150 train and coach companies in 36 countries.
Internationale des Chemins de Fer HSR - International
organisation of railway sector including 197 members across all 5
continents. Promotes rail transport at world level. Promote
interoperability. Creates new world standards for railways
(including common standards with other transport modes).
Union Pacific Corporation -
One of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal
operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest
railroad in North America, covering 23 states across two-thirds of
the United States. The Corporation's trucking operations
include Overnite Corporation which owns its
less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers, Overnite
Transportation and Motor Cargo.
U.S. Local and
State Transit Links - Each state's page includes statewide,
regional, and local transit systems and transportation providers,
state government transportation agencies, and other statewide,
regional, and local transportation web sites.
Transportation Systems Center - U.S. transportation systems
center. A fee-for-service organization within the U.S.
Department of Transportation. working in such areas as air
traffic management, highway and rail safety, strategic planning and
economic analysis, environmental assessment, transportation
logistics, and security.
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