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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #50 on: June 10, 2019, 05:34:19 PM »
Philadelphia introduces 25 new electric buses, claims largest zero-emissions fleet on U.S. East Coast
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...between the 25 new e-buses and 38 trackless trolleys, SEPTA now has the largest zero-emission bus fleet on the East Coast. Some may not be willing to count those trolleys, but even a bus fleet with 25 electric buses ranks at or near the top of East Count cities in that regard.

That title may not last long, however. New York City only has 10 electric buses in its fleet as of April, but the country’s largest city has said it will add 65 more electric buses before the end of the year, and 500 more within the next five years.
https://electrek.co/2019/06/06/philadelphia-electric-buses-east-coast/
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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #51 on: June 12, 2019, 09:35:50 PM »
The main topic of the concept is modular architecture, which enables use of the platform 24/7 with various modules - for example as a bus during the day and as a truck during night.
   •   8m long
   •   162 kWh battery pack under the floor, cylindrical cells
   •   range of 245 km (152 miles)
   •   the bus version can take 55 passengers (20 seats)
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Electric, Autonomous And Modular Scania NXT Unveiled
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Scania NXT hints the future of electric buses and trucks beyond 2030

Scania presents at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm (10-12 June) all-new all-electric concept - the Scania NXT, which is envisioned as fully autonomous vehicle for 2030 and beyond.

"Welcome to the NXT future! Scania’s new battery electric self-driving urban concept vehicle is designed with the flexibility to shift from ferrying commuters to and from work in mornings and evenings, delivering goods during the day and collecting refuse at night.

In a bold display of innovation, Scania’s engineers have taken the company’s DNA – the modular system – to the next level in developing a concept vehicle that can change shape for varying urban assignments." ...
https://insideevs.com/news/354248/electric-autonomous-modular-scania-nxt/amp/
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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #52 on: June 14, 2019, 08:16:42 PM »
German railways to stop using glyphosate on tracks
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-german-railways-glyphosate-tracks.html

German state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn is to stop using glyphosate (RoundUp) on its tracks and is looking for substitutes to replace the controversial weedkiller, one of its board members said in an interview Friday.

The rail operator is Germany's largest user of glyphosate and buys nearly 65 tonnes of the herbicide per year to stop weeds from propagating on its tracks.

"We want to set up a research project to find effective ways to operate our 33,000 kilometres (20,500 miles) of network without glyphosate to be environmentally friendly," infrastructure chief Ronald Pofalla told the weekly business magazine WirtschaftsWoche.

The World Health Organization classifies glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic".
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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #53 on: June 14, 2019, 08:24:39 PM »
This is funny. One would think the train kills the weed...

Good move DB.

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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #54 on: June 22, 2019, 05:56:16 PM »
Just look at the price. I don't travel 1st Class, but in school, m son has to present a trip to any city, showing costs, lodging and possible activities. So I found this. It is for 4 peoples.

It is a trip via Paris. Via Brussels is cheaper (somewhere between 1500 EUR and 2000 EUR) because only half of the way is done with a high speed train and it takes about 1 hour more. The problem via Brussels is that the train from Luxembourg used to be (don't know how it is now) often late, so you were not sure that you got the Eurostar in Brussels (I did it 9/11/2001, and when I came out in Brussels, I wondered why the guy at the desk told me insane stories about planes crashing in the Twin Towers, I was in the tunnel when it happened).
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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #55 on: June 22, 2019, 06:09:44 PM »
This is funny. One would think the train kills the weed...

Good move DB.

We need to return to steam engines.  The waste steam could be used to cook the weeds.


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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #56 on: June 22, 2019, 06:57:33 PM »
Consider it done, Bob! ;)

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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #57 on: June 25, 2019, 03:41:00 AM »
The World's First Solar Powered Train

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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #58 on: July 30, 2019, 11:11:40 PM »
Quite frustrating, I just booked a trip by train to London in September. Plane would have been more or less half the price. From the traveling time, it's not a big difference (around 7h by train, little bit more than 1h by plane, but airports are more difficult to reach and you need to be much earlier at the airport than at the train station. I hope there is WIFI in the Eurostar otherwise the kids will not be too happy.

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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #59 on: July 31, 2019, 12:29:10 AM »
The World's First Solar Powered Train



Why?? We already have electric trains...

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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #60 on: July 31, 2019, 07:47:37 AM »
German railways to stop using glyphosate on tracks
https://phys.org/news/2019-06-german-railways-glyphosate-tracks.html

German state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn is to stop using glyphosate (RoundUp) on its tracks and is looking for substitutes to replace the controversial weedkiller, one of its board members said in an interview Friday.

The rail operator is Germany's largest user of glyphosate and buys nearly 65 tonnes of the herbicide per year to stop weeds from propagating on its tracks.

Interesting how different jurisdictions approach weeds on rail tracks.
There is a railway that goes from Alaska through B.C. in the Yukon.
It decided to spray various poisons on its rights of way to kill weeds.
Alaska simply said it was not allowed. Period.
The Yukon had a big environmental assessment that concluded it was a bad idea.
B.C. had no rules, no permits needed.

"We want to set up a research project to find effective ways to operate our 33,000 kilometres (20,500 miles) of network without glyphosate to be environmentally friendly," infrastructure chief Ronald Pofalla told the weekly business magazine WirtschaftsWoche.

The World Health Organization classifies glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic".

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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #61 on: July 31, 2019, 01:46:42 PM »
Quite frustrating, I just booked a trip by train to London in September. Plane would have been more or less half the price. From the traveling time, it's not a big difference (around 7h by train, little bit more than 1h by plane, but airports are more difficult to reach and you need to be much earlier at the airport than at the train station. I hope there is WIFI in the Eurostar otherwise the kids will not be too happy.
My wife's brother lives in northwestern Germany and flies all over the world for business. Recently he has been quite affected by Greta, and I used this to suggest to him to take the train rather than fly when he travels to London, which happens from time to time. He was quite receptive to the idea, and it turns out travel time is roughly the same door to door, however the train price is something like double. In order to get the same price, he has to order the train ticket 60 or 90 days in advance, which he can't do as his business is quite hectic. I guess some economist at the rail company thought this scheme up for solid financial reasons, but it's quite frustrating in the context of AGW, as last-minute plane tickets are always more competitive than the train.

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« Reply #62 on: July 31, 2019, 06:44:42 PM »
The World's First Solar Powered Train



Why?? We already have electric trains...


I've no doubt that the above is the first solar train, but a wind powered light rail system has been running in Alberta (of all places) for a few years.


No link but I believe it carries commuters about in Edmonton.
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Re: Trains, Trams, Subways and Buses
« Reply #63 on: July 31, 2019, 07:00:05 PM »
The World's First Solar Powered Train
Why?? We already have electric trains...

Are you serious?

If so, don't you think you could save CO2 by not having the need to build an infrastructure to provide the train with power? Do you know there are efficiency gains by not having the need to transport power over a distance?

When every train would be solar-powered (which is obviously possible, as shown in the video), this would be a huge efficiency gain and therefore less CO2 emissions. How is this not a good thing?
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« Reply #64 on: July 31, 2019, 07:01:24 PM »
Quite frustrating, I just booked a trip by train to London in September. Plane would have been more or less half the price. From the traveling time, it's not a big difference (around 7h by train, little bit more than 1h by plane, but airports are more difficult to reach and you need to be much earlier at the airport than at the train station. I hope there is WIFI in the Eurostar otherwise the kids will not be too happy.
My wife's brother lives in northwestern Germany and flies all over the world for business. Recently he has been quite affected by Greta, and I used this to suggest to him to take the train rather than fly when he travels to London, which happens from time to time. He was quite receptive to the idea, and it turns out travel time is roughly the same door to door, however the train price is something like double. In order to get the same price, he has to order the train ticket 60 or 90 days in advance, which he can't do as his business is quite hectic. I guess some economist at the rail company thought this scheme up for solid financial reasons, but it's quite frustrating in the context of AGW, as last-minute plane tickets are always more competitive than the train.
Well, I ordered the tikets about 45 days in advance. Even for non business reason, a small city trip, this is quite a lot in advance. 15 days ago, the school year was not over and only the main part of the holidays was booked. The only reason why we go now to London is the Brexit. A no deal could make future travels more complicated.

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« Reply #65 on: August 13, 2019, 03:34:49 AM »
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