Browsing the "Rail" Category

Tank Car of the Future – The Answer to Crude Oil Spills?

February 12th, 2014 | by Heather Carr

What if we had fewer crude oil spills as a result of train derailments? Greenbrier Industries is designing a Tank Car of the Future to deal with the risks of transporting crude oil and other flammable freight by rail


New Maglev Train Debuts In Japan

June 14th, 2013 | by Andrew Meggison

Central Japan Railway has tested the newest Maglev L0 Train. The train is expected to carry 1,000 passengers and can travel up to 311 MPH, allowing the new train to travel over 200 miles from Tokyo to Nagoya in 40 minutes


One Lawsuit Down For California High Speed Rail

April 24th, 2013 | by Andrew Meggison

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (the Authority) has reached a settlement with a group of California Central Valley farmers who had sued to block the high speed rail project based on environmental grounds


China Pushes Technological Limits Of High Speed Rail

December 24th, 2012 | by Andrew Meggison

China is the global leader in high speed rail and now is pushing the technological limits of the system by operating high speed trains in places of extreme temperatures. The Harbin-Dalian high speed rail line has been tested and is currently running through areas of Northeastern China where temperatures reach negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit


Union Pacific Railroad Tests 25 Emissions Reducing Locomotives

August 15th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

America is such an outlier in so many ways. Take trains for instance. While many Americans are utterly and entirely opposed to a national high-speed rail system, systems that are popular in nearly every other 1st world country, our freight rail system is second to none. Trains can make a lot of freight on very little fuel, and now the famed Union Pacific Railroad is testing a fleet of 25 locomotives with various emissions-reducing technologies


California Knows How To Party (On Rails)

July 7th, 2012 | by Susanna Schick

On Friday July 6th, the California State Legislature passed a bill authorizing the state to begin selling $4.5 billion in bonds. This includes $2.6 billion approved to build the initial 130-mile stretch of the high-speed rail line in the Central Valley. This will be the first high speed rail line in the entire United States. Let's hope that California influences the rest of the nation in this as it does in other clean transportation methods


An East Coast High Speed Rail Network Is In The Works

June 29th, 2012 | by Andrew Meggison

While hopes for a high-speed rail line connecting California cities seem to be on life support, New England could be the new home of a high-speed rail line. Even though Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) faces a $161 million budget deficit this year and another $100 million budget deficit next year, this project is getting more attention and support



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