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    Beginner’s guide to German trains
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    Beginner’s guide to German trains

    November 14, 2019

    During the World Cup, The Onion
    had an article about how it was hoped that the spectacle would
    raise the spirits of Germans as they struggled to cope with terrible adversity: Unemployment at a massive five per cent! Average life expectancy only eighty years! And they’re still waiting for a high-speed
    rail link from Hanau to Gelnhausen! The Onion is a satirical website,
    so it probably doesn’t matter, but… …did you notice the terrible mistake? Yes of course! There already is a high-speed rail link
    between Hanau and Gelnhausen. However, it is true that high-speed trains
    don’t stop at Gelnhausen. This is because Gelnhausen
    is very close to Hanau; and, although a nice place to visit,
    isn’t big enough or important enough for high-speed trains to stop there. So you have to take a high-speed train
    to either Hanau or Fulda, and then a local train from there. Trains go pretty much everywhere in Germany, and most of them are operated by
    the state-owned company Deutsche Bahn. There are different types of train
    for different types of journey, and it can be a little bit confusing. So here is my helpful, simple little guide. Deutsche Bahn services can be divided
    into two main categories. “Fernbahn” means long-distance trains,
    which are normally white. “Nahverkehr” means local trains,
    and they’re normally red. Other operators don’t follow this convention, but since most trains in Germany
    are operated by Deutsche Bahn, it’s a pretty good rule of thumb. In many parts of Germany, the local trains are fully integrated
    with the local public transportation system, which is cool, because it means I can even
    use them with my bus ticket. In many German cities and urban areas
    there’s a sytem called the “S-Bahn”. This is a mass transit commuter rail system connecting the city centre with the suburbs
    and the surrounding towns. You can get an S-Bahn train
    wherever you see this sign, and in the city centre it sometimes
    acts as a kind of a metro system. Next is the RegionalBahn. These are slow trains
    that connect small towns and villages. They’re not very comfortable, but that doesn’t
    matter because they don’t travel long distances. RegionalExpress trains are slightly faster, go slightly further, and don’t stop
    at every single station on route. So they provide pretty good connections
    between towns and cities. In some parts of Germany
    there are InterRegio-Express trains, which are like RegionalExpress
    except that they cover longer distances. Germany’s long-distance trains
    can be a little bit expensive, but you can get some very good deals
    if you buy your ticket in advance. I’d also recommend reserving seats,
    because they can get quite full. Deutsche Bahn’s flagship, of course,
    is the Intercity-Express, the high-speed trains which, on some stretches,
    can go as fast as 300 kilometers an hour: that’s more than 180 miles an hour. You can get from Hamburg to Munich in six hours. And where the ICE doesn’t go, there’s still the
    plain old Intercity, which is still quite fast. And if you’re travelling very long distances,
    the Eurocity is the same as the Intercity except that it crosses international boundaries, and it may have cars
    from other countries’ national carriers. So it really is that simple. Take a white train to get
    from one end of the country to the other, and a red train to get
    from one village to the next. If you have something for my notice board, please send it to this address. Please note that I can only accept
    letters and postcards, so please don’t send me parcels or packages, or anything that must be signed for.

    Shanghai Metro Overview
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    Shanghai Metro Overview

    November 12, 2019

    Welcome to Shanghai, China! Shanghai, population 23,019,148 (city proper), is the world’s most populated city. Public transportation in Shanghai includes buses, trolleybuses, trams, intercity rail, and a maglev line. Shanghai also has one of the world’s largest rapid transit systems, which is what this video will focus on. Typical operating speeds are 50-80 km/hour (30-50 mph) although some faster and longer distance lines will be opening soon that will operate at speeds of up to 160 km/hour (100 mph) Fares are between 45в and $1.50 (converted to U.S. currency) depending on the distance a passenger travels. The Shanghai Metro is one of the fastest growing metro systems in the world. Currently there are about 430 km (268 miles) of track in the system. This makes it the world’s longest metro only counting passenger routes. By 2020, it is expected that there will be 877 km (545 miles) of track (more than doubling in size). Currently there are 12 rapid transit lines in the city (two of which are technically light rail). By 2020, it is expected that there will be 21 lines. 23 new lines and line extensions are expected to be completed between 2012 and 2020. In 2011, the system transported over 2 billion passengers, the world’s fifth busiest. Amazingly, the Shanghai Metro only opened in 1995!

    Link is Expanding from downtown to Tacoma Hilltop
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    Link is Expanding from downtown to Tacoma Hilltop

    November 4, 2019

    Good news, Tacoma! Link is expanding from
    downtown Tacoma to Hilltop. Including two new stations
    in the Stadium District. And four new stations along
    Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Our new service will serve more people and connect you to more great places
    in Tacoma. So get involved! Stay in the know as Link heads to
    Stadium and Hilltop.

    Ride the METRO Red Line
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    Ride the METRO Red Line

    October 21, 2019

    The METRO Red Line is the region’s first
    bus rapid transit line. The Red Line provides daily, fast,
    frequent service every fifteen minutes between Apple Valley Transit Station and the Mall of America. From the Mall you can connect with the METRO Blue Line to reach the Minneapolis- Saint Paul Airport, the VA Medical Center, downtown Minneapolis, and neighborhoods in-between. Whether you need to get home during the
    workday or have tickets for a concert or a ball game, the Red Line can connect you. The Red Line provide service to five
    stations along the Cedar Avenue/Highway 77 corridor in the south
    metro: The Apple Valley Transit Station, 147th Street in Apple Valley, 140th Street in Apple Valley, Cedar Grove Station in Eagan, and the Mall of America Transit Station. Stations have indoor waiting areas and
    real-time information on bus arrivals. Schedule information is also posted at each
    station. When buses arrive, check the display
    for METRO Red Line and have your fare ready. Stand near the door and the bus driver
    will open it for you. Step out on the platform and onto the
    bus. Fares for the METRO Red Line are the
    same as local bus fares – two dollars twenty five cents each way during peak
    times and one dollar seventy five cents during other times. Save time and money by using a go-to
    card or pass to pay your fair. Otherwise you can purchase a ticket from
    a machine at the Mall of America or Apple Valley Transit Center stations. You can enter through either door and be
    sure to swipe or go-to card on the reader. Take a seat and enjoy the ride. When getting ready to exit the bus,
    check around so you don’t forget any of your belongings. Each stop along the way will be
    announced and displayed at the front of the bus. Be ready to exit through either door when the
    bus arrives at your stop. Bikes are welcome on the Red Line. Enter through the back door to use the
    racks mounted on each bus. Park-and-ride facilities are located at
    the Apple Valley and Cedar Grove stations. Those stations also have larger
    climate-controlled waiting areas and restroom facilities. Be careful when waiting for the bus at
    the station. Always wait inside and never stand on
    the platform. Connect to local bus routes both at the
    station platforms and on the cross streets near the stations. For more information about connecting
    routes and the Red Line, visit or call 612- 373- 3333. We hope to see you on the Red Line.

    Work In Progress: New custom LEGO passenger train MOC
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    Work In Progress: New custom LEGO passenger train MOC

    October 18, 2019

    everybody this is a quick look at a very
    very very incomplete very new work-in-progress will custom passenger
    train that I started working on just because I randomly got inspiration that
    popped into my head to work on another passenger train I’ve been wanting to do
    something that looked a little bit slower than my others for some time
    possibly something flat-fronted but I didn’t want to get too boring and basic
    with it this is not based on anything that’s not intended to be a replica of
    anything I did not base this off any reference materials whatsoever I just
    went to my multiple drawers full of windscreen pieces and especially the
    larger ones both six wide and four wide and brought out as many of them as has
    appeared to be decent candidates for win screens for this for the front of the
    the canopy of a a passenger train and I went through all of them and this is the
    the best-looking one for me that I came up with for just my own personal
    interests so I’m using it for now but this is like I said just a work in
    progress I’ve only worked on this for two building sessions so far so
    absolutely everything is subject to change absolutely everything should be
    considered completely a temporary the next time you see it I’m sure there will
    be many things different but then maybe I’ll just be happy with my progress up
    to this point and won’t change too many things we’ll just have to see this is a
    two car DM you will be permanently coupled with a Jacobs bogie in between
    I’ve got to figure out something to do for the wheel pants back here because
    they just they need a lot of room to go through turns and especially inside
    turns like that I don’t think there’s enough space there to to let that
    actually work out so I’ll probably need to have even more of a gap unfortunately
    I’m really not looking forward to having a gap there possibly I can decrease the
    vertical gap a bit but that may actually look worse if if I do like half of a
    plate less vertical gap and then have to have a longer horizontal gap and I try
    to do something back here maybe you turn this
    in or turn it out or something to allow that room but it’s just it’s just
    difficult because of the scale of things and I don’t know I just I just don’t
    know it at this point but like I said it’s it’s a new project so maybe I’ll
    come up with something interesting maybe I won’t this used some tricky building
    techniques for some of the stuff at the front actually it’s been simplified down
    quite significantly since my first attempt at this at this front I had all
    sorts of headlight bricks attached rotated and 90 degrees on two axes and
    you know stuff moving all around in different directions and its really been
    simplified down quite a lot I don’t like this right here I might try to fill that
    in from the top or something but it’s not too bad I mean you know things look
    much worse on on camera up close in HD than they do in person when you’re
    looking at little stuff I’m going to have some form of humps on the on the
    roof not sure if they’re going to be shaped exactly like this that’s
    something I’m continuing to iterate on not sure about this little dip right
    here I’ve done a number of different attempts of different things with the
    edges of the doors and the doors themselves and might I would like to do
    something better for that but when you look at the the scale of it the doors
    actually go up to here you see I’m using that the one and a half wide plates up
    here to make up some of the space but scale wise yeah I’d like to have a
    little bit a little bit more height there but it does need to to come up to
    my station platforms which are at exactly this height for sake of
    compatibility with my other trains you know everything has to go together
    everything is interdependent so it’s not just as simple as making it look exactly
    how you think it it should if it was real life you know gotta compromise a
    little bit for the actual Lego stuff in the scale but that’s pretty much all
    there is to to show at this point is really not all that much going on with
    the whole thing a little bit of detail on the top kind of needs interior
    obvious we’ll have a operator Oh it’ll be double
    ended and mirrored so the other the other I recall that train plate at the
    back will be identical it’ll just be facing towards the rear completely
    identical I’ll probably even put a nine volt motor back there as well even
    though it it won’t need it at both ends just to have the consistency of the
    metal wheels which I think look really really good they they kind of look to me
    like the thing has disc brakes you know like like a real one would and I like
    that look so it might be a little bit of a waste of a 9-volt and in the sense of
    you know a 9-volt motor in the sense of how much power is required but I think
    it’s I think it’ll be worth it so yeah work in progress very incomplete just
    wanted to show what I’ve done up to this point after just two building sessions
    hopefully things will get much better from here and obviously it needs a lot
    more detail on the inside things need to be mirrored left to right I’m only
    showing you one side the other side is at a different stage you know as I go
    along I’ll make changes on one side and then
    I’m happy with something then I’ll copy them to the other and then maybe I’ll
    work from that side a little bit just to kind of change up my brain a little bit
    keep from getting locked into one one view you know looking at it from one
    side versus the other so yeah I go back and forth and then eventually try to get
    it all consistent and sometimes I miss something and that’s just how it is
    anyway just want to show that up to this point and I’ll show you more progress as
    more becomes available thanks for watching tactic in sir

    LRT: What When and Why
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    LRT: What When and Why

    October 16, 2019

    Today, Ontario is investing in new public
    transit to help our city stay competitive with the rest of the world including billions of dollars in light
    rail transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton region. The GTHA a is one of the world’s most
    attractive regions and one of the fastest growing metropolitan
    areas in North America with more than 100,000 new residents a
    year. As the population grows, so does
    congestion. Toronto faces some of the worst commute
    times in North America. There is a need to invest in transit that
    brings new transportation options to those that need it most at a cost that
    provides the best value per dollar. Light rail transit is that option.
    Although light rail is new to Ontario, many of the world’s leading cities have
    found LRT the ideal solution to their transit
    needs and in fact it is used in many cities across Canada
    today. From Calgary to Paris Shanghai to Los Angeles and Melbourne to
    Singapore light rail is in use to provide modern
    high-order rapid transit in world-class cities around the globe. Light rail can carry more passengers than streetcars or buses and light rail vehicles can be joined
    together to meet growing demand. They can operate on the surface and
    dedicated lanes, in tunnels or on elevated guideways fully
    separated from traffic providing convenient comfort speed and
    reliability. Vehicles are also electrically
    powered with no emissions so not only will they help move people
    through the city, they are also environmentally friendly. Work is underway on light rail transit
    projects in Toronto and the surrounding areas that will bring reliable rapid transit to communities that need
    it the most and set the GTHA on course to building vital transportation
    infrastructure to support a more prosperous future for our region and a better quality of life for future
    generations. To learn more about light rail transit
    and projects across Ontario visit our website at Metrolinx dot com

    Le cauchemar des nouveaux feux parisien !
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    Le cauchemar des nouveaux feux parisien !

    October 13, 2019

    The new lights on the Avenue de Flandre (Paris) The stop line is not respected.
    he blowing the traffic light. In this place, I can’t jump the little ledge.
    I have very thin tires. The driver tells me they have a lot of space. I explain that it’s dangerous for me and thank him. The first car is in the wrong direction and pass the stop line. I have to jump the little ledge.
    (handlebar grip) The second one runs the light (exceeding the stop line). The car runs the light and is in the wrong direction (stop line) The car runs the light (stop line). he cuts off the bike lane without looking and adds “revises the traffic regulations” Any driver about to leave a road on his left
    (right) must give way to the cycles running on the cycle paths that cross the roadway on which it is going to be used to commit.
    (Articles R415-3 III and R415-4 III) Blinker at the last second without controls… force me to brake No blinker and no controls….
    force me to brake. The light turns green for me.
    The police are in the wrong direction and are forcing the line to yield.
    No flashing lights, no normal sirens. Have a good trip
    Watch out for intersections!
    because we won’t pay any attention to you.