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    Historien om Lennakatten – första delen av Roslagsbanan
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    Historien om Lennakatten – första delen av Roslagsbanan

    October 19, 2019


    In 1977 and after 101 years in traffic the railway between Uppsala and Länna was disused But the trains are still rolling even today Today we’ll travel on the Lennakatten Yes, it’s time for departure and to take a seat But what’s this, third class? It will have to do. Let’s see if we can get in here There we go, look at this The railway between Uppsala and Länna was started already in 1876 and was the first part of what would become the Stockholm-Roslagens Järnvägar which also included today’s Roslagsbanan The entire Stockholm-Roslagens Järnvägar was one upon a time a proud narrow-gauge railway with over 320 kilometers of tracks, primarily for goods Today 65 km is still there as part of the Roslagsbanan and another 32 km of tracks thanks to Lennakatten The first bit was that between Uppsala and Länna (Lenna=old spelling) At the beginning the purpose was to connect the blast furnace in Länna with the Vattholma works That transport had previously been done by horses As the transport of iron had passed by Länna the farmers in Almunge and Funbo argued that they also wanted a connection to Uppsala so that they could sell their milk and grain There were also several mills in Uppsala and a newly opened dairy Fredrik von Essen who owned the ironworks was the main financier and due to the large interest he opted for both goods- and passenger traffic all the way to Uppsala But it became a cheaper version of tracks indeed a Swedish three foot gauge The rails were not only narrower, they also weigh less Around 25 kg per meter compared to standard gauge which weighs about 60kg/meter In 1884 the Länna-Norrtälje Railway opened as well which then extended the tracks Eastwards towards Norrtälje Already before the turn of the century, the railroad’s owner Vattholma Iron Works and Rånäs Iron Works went bust and hence the blast furnace in Länna closed already in 1904 The financially stronger Stockholm-Rimbo Railways took over the railways already in the beginning of the 20th century and created the Stockholm-Roslagens Railways A few stops were added along the line and also additional railways for goods in North Uppland extending from Faringe and Rimbo The name “Lennakatten” (Lenna Cat) originates from a steem engine that the line were using It came into use in 1888 if i recall correctly and it was used during maybe 20 years before it was sold on That gave a hissing sound, and sounded a bit like a hissing cat and that made the locals starting to call the train “Lennakatten” During the second world war the line was doing really well but in connection to mass motoring coming about in the 50s and 60s the number of passengers decreased the railway was acquired by the state and in 1967 the passenger service seized between Uppsala and Rimbo But thanks to a few driving spirit the Heritage Association Stockholm-Roslagens Railways was founded that started running heritage trains between Uppsala and Faringe already in 1974 As also regular goods services seized in 1977 the heritage association took over the entired line to Faringe in 1979 The Heritage Association Stockholm-Roslagens Railways that are running these trains and also manage the maintenance of them They were founded in 1968 and the purpose was to preserve the passenger service on this line In the beginning this was done in parallel to regular goods service up until 1977 when regular goods service also seized Since then they have the entire line to themselves The Heritage Association has managed to buy up most of the station buildings along this line and in addition been able to acquire a vast arsenal of locomotives, carriages and service carriages for Swedish three-foot-railways In detail it is 7 steam locomotives and over 100 passenger- and goods cars and a bit more than 20 service cars amonge them a Volvo rail automobile, snowplows and sleeper tools The fact is that it is now up to the Heritage Association to change all the sleepers that make up the railway and for that all these serivce cars come in need Each year the Heritage Association change between 1,200 and 1,400 railway sleepers of a total of 50,000. That they can only do thanks to having acquired so many service cars for Swedish three-foot-gauge Many of these carriages that are used on Lennakatten nowadays are in fact carriages that used to roll on the Roslagsbanan When the Roslagsbanan got their new cars in 19… in the beginning of the 90s, about 1991-92 then the Heritage Association took over these cars and have given them new life Today’s locomotive is locomotive number 5 It was built in Falun in 1909, i.e. 110 years old Right now they are filling up water and coal for the locomotive It goes by it’s nickname (not sure you see the sign there) “THOR”

    Owen Klinger Update: Student Researched Train Hopping
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    Owen Klinger Update: Student Researched Train Hopping

    October 19, 2019


    Facebook Owen Klinger  Owen Klinger, the missing University of Portland freshman, who seemingly vanished without a trace on October 6, 2019, had researched train hopping and watched the movie Into the Wild, Portland police said in a press release and video interview  That has led police to believe that it’s more likely that Klinger left on his own, a theory that the college lacrosse player’s family has pushed back against Portland police released the new details on October 17, 2019 as searches for Klinger continue with multiple volunteers There’s been little to go on, just an ATM withdrawal and a photo showing Klinger leaving campus  “Investigators believe Owen had been watching videos about hopping freight trains The direction he was walking was an area where freight trains are commonly staged He had also watched the movie Into the Wild in which a young man leaves to go to Alaska to ‘go live off the grid,’” police wrote in the news release  Police now point to two additional clues in arguing that they now think Klinger did not meet with foul play, at least initially; they say he misled his roommates about where he was going and turned off his cell phone  “Members of the Detective Division have conducted interviews and have reviewed video evidence concerning the disappearance of Owen Klinger This is a coordinated effort with the University of Portland and Owen’s family and friends,” police wrote  The IMDB profile for 2007’s Into the Wild describes this way: “After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life ” It’s based on a Jon Krakauer book. Here’s what you need to know:Owen’s Family Is Pushing Back Against the New Police Report  The Finding Owen Klinger Facebook page responded by saying, “Today’s police press release caused some confusion, but one thing we know is Owen is still missing! Bring him home ” Portland police Sgt. Brad Yakots said in a video interview with KGW8 that there’s a “few things we do know…Owen walked away from the University of Portland campus…we haven’t really had any leads since then ” Klinger’s parents Dustin and Mary have given numerous interviews and posted videos about their search They say that Owen was getting good grades, was athletic, and no one noticed any signs of trouble Owen’s mom, Mary Klinger, told Fox12: “This is not like him at all, he’s our middle child, he’s the peacekeeper and doesn’t rock the boat In his friend group, he gets them all together and gets things going, he’s a great kid ” Owen’s family is not convinced by the train hopping theory. “He did watch the movie ‘Into the Wild,’ so that’s one of the police’s theories, he also watched ‘Ocean’s Eleven,’ but I don’t think he’s hijacked any art in the last week,” Dustin Klinger, Owen’s father, said to KGW8, which added that Owen’s parents believed he would not have left cold weather gear back in his dorm  In a video, Mary thanked people for continuing to search for Owen. “We don’t know where he is There are different theories. The police made a release on their favorite theory but also in that press release there were errors ” She stated: “We don’t know that Owen turned off his phone. We just know that his phone is off It’s terrifying.” “We don’t believe he hopped a freight train to Alaska and so we’re a little frustrated with Portland police who have promulgated that theory, but they assure us that they’re also looking into other leads and issues they have,” Dustin Klinger said to the television station “We just tell people we’re not done searching for Owen. We haven’t given up on him ” “We will pretty strongly that he knowingly left on his own will. We don’t know yet whether something unfortunately additionally happened to him,” Yakots said, adding that it’s illegal to travel on trains  Klinger withdrew money from an ATM on campus “and then walked away. We have video evidence of him walking away from campus ” “Owen is 6’1″, 165 pounds and was last seen wearing light-blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a drawstring backpack,” police wrote previously “The picture of Owen facing away from the camera shows the actual clothes he was wearing Sunday evening School officials say it’s unusual for him to go more than a day without contacting loved ones ” “Owen Klinger, a first-year, student has been reported missing by his schoolmates and family,” the university wrote in a statement “He was last seen leaving Christie Hall on UP’s campus at approximately 7:30 p.m on Sunday, October 6. Any individuals with pertinent information should contact UP Public Safety at (503) 943-7161 ”Police Now Say Klinger Told His Friends He Was Going to a Lacrosse Team Meeting But No Such Meeting Was Scheduled  FacebookOwen Klinger  Portland police now say that Klinger, 18, “left the University of Portland campus on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 7:50 p m. Owen told his friends that he was going to a team meeting. Detectives were able to confirm that Owen did not attend any team meeting nor was one scheduled ” In addition, there’s proof that Klinger did withdraw some money. “Based on the investigation, we know Owen withdrew money from an ATM on campus He then turned off his cell phone before leaving campus. He is observed walking on North Willamette Boulevard at North Portsmouth Avenue towards North Lombard Street Investigators believe he continued north towards North Columbia Boulevard on foot ” Police also revealed, “The investigation continues into the disappearance of Owen Klinger Detectives assigned to the bureau’s Missing Persons Unit have interviewed family and friends of Owen Detectives have also worked with TriMet to establish Owen’s last known location in North Portland, near the intersection of North Portsmouth and North Lombard They have collected video from surrounding businesses and residences in this area as well ” Police added: “At this time we do not know where Owen is. We will continue to work with the family and will follow up on any additional leads Bureau investigators and University of Portland officials are still working in a coordinated effort however Detective Lori Fonken is the lead on this case She can be reached at 503-823-1081 and at [email protected] Sergeant Joe Santos is the supervisor in charge of this investigation and he can be reached at 503-823-0406 and joseph [email protected]

    200系新幹線ラストラン Bullet train Shinkansen 200 series Last running
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    200系新幹線ラストラン Bullet train Shinkansen 200 series Last running

    October 19, 2019


    Today is March 15, 2013. Change of timetable of a railroad will be performed on tomorrow. Many old model trains will be abolished in connection with it. Notable among them is the 200 series Shinkansen. 200 series is the train which wore the lovely face of the round nose. It is the same face as 0 series that used for Tokaido Shinkansen that was made in 1963. If 200 series is abolished, all the trains of a face with a round lovely nose will be lost. This is a very unfortunate event for the railway enthusiast. I came to the train base of the Tabata. But it stopped behind that train, it is hard to see. A little can be seen from here. It has stopped. Shinkansen shooting is difficult. Because it running a high place like that. This wire net, a high place, and a wall are obstructive. The last train will come at night. I think I’ll try to shoot in different locations. Tokyo station now. “Toki 347” bound for Niigata is the last train of the 200 series. “Toki 347″… Oh my god! Ticket was sold out! It is very crowded. I can not shoot. Platform crowded with journalists and many enthusiasts. It is great! It is original color. It is very crowded. I can not shoot. The popular reason in 200 series… Although a style is also one reason. Probably, another reason is the derailment accident which occurred in case of the earthquake in 2004. By the big earthquake which occurred in 2004, the 200 series Shinkansen caused the derailment accident during the run by 200km Speed. It was the first big disaster in the history of the Shinkansen. In spite of having been the worst ever accident, dead or injured person was nobody. The safety of the Shinkansen of Japan was proved under those circumstances in the world. I think that 200 series is loved also from such a reason. Since it is very crowded, there is no telling whether it can ride or not. I will try it. A lot of people! It is only said that I ride on. It arrived in Omiya station.

    AzMERIT Test Results, Mesa Light Rail Extension, AZ Artbeat
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    AzMERIT Test Results, Mesa Light Rail Extension, AZ Artbeat

    October 19, 2019


    >>>Coming up next on “Arizona Horizon” — the state’s new AZmerit test shows two-thirds of students come up short in reading and math.>>>Also light rail extension in Mesa will soon be in operation and we’ll check out a skateboarder turned photographer. Those stories next on “Arizona Horizon.”>>>”Arizona Horizon” is made possible by contributions from the friends of 8, members of your Arizona PBS station. Thank you.>>>Good evening. Welcome to “Arizona Horizon.” I’m Ted Simons. Former president Jimmy Carter who appeared on “Arizona Horizon” just last week announced today he has cancer. The 90-year-old former president released a short statement indicating only that the cancer has spread and that he will be receiving treatment at Emory health care in Atlanta. Doctors say his age should not be a barrier to any possible treatment.>>>Unofficial results in for the new AZmerit test and they are not good. Two-thirds of the students who took the test did not meet proficiency standards in reading and math. Joining us is Pearl Chang Esau, president and CEO of expect more Arizona. Good to see you again.>>Thank you.>>First of all, defining terms here, what are AZmerit tests?>>AZmerit has been used statewide student assessment that kids took this year from grades 3 through high school. The first year they took the test, and really it was a part of a series of setting high expectations for all children. An important move in the right direction for Arizona.>>this replaced aims?>>yes. It’s a different kind of a test. It really has set a higher bar for how we define proficiency for our students.>>public school students only? No private school kids?>>Public schools. District charters.>>how come private schools don’t take these tests?>>it’s not required by law.>>okay. So for the public school kids, tests are not mandatory, are they?>>they are.>>They are mandatory. Okay.>>Yes.>>I thought that parents could opt out.>>Not right now, no.>>okay. Well, we’ll move ahead, then. Results as we mentioned for reading and math don’t sound that good. 59% men ale and partially proficient in reading, 67% in math. What’s going on?>>Well, certainly the preliminary results show there’s opportunities for improvement and ensuring all of our children have a chance to be successful but this is a really important moment for Arizona to step out and take a look at the big picture. Because the realty is that we have taken so many steps to move education in the right direction in this state, and there’s been a recognition for some time now that we needed to raise our expectations for all of our children. So back in 2010 Arizona adopted a higher set of standards and standards that were more meant to be reflective of the skills and knowledge that kids need in the world today. The realty is that the world is changing so quickly around us we’re preparing kids for jobs that don’t exist. We need to be thinking about how to help kids become critical thinkers, problem solvers. To be able to be flexible and adapt to new situations. We have taken so many steps in Arizona to take a look at our standards, raise them to that expectation to make sure our kids are nationally and globally competitive. This is one more step as part of that bigger picture designed to measure that level of proficiency.>>so still these are lower scores than aims. Should they be lower than aims?>>I think you can’t even compare the aims test to this test. Aims was really built to measure minimum proficiency. So it was designed around a floor. Are our students meeting basic skills. The results of that test were a little bit misleading at times because when we called students proficient a lot of the students at the proficient level were having to leave high school and retake high school courses. The AZmerit is designed to address some of that in that the bar is set at a higher level. It’s meant to show that kids are on track to be ready for their future for college and for careers, and as a parent and a taxpayer, I want to know where our students actually stand.>>so with that in mind are these results really a surprise?>>they are not. This is where I think we have to commend Arizona’s many of our policy makers are educators who have been working so hard. We have recognized for some time we needed to raise expectations. We having known for a long time that the results of the aims test wasn’t anywhere on par to results of the national standard like the NAPE test. The results are pretty similar to national assessment data that we have been receiving from tests like that for years. I think we have to acknowledge that our educators have been working incredibly hard and our students have actually improved. If you look at the trajectory of aims data leading up to this year’s test, which is just a different test, our students were dramatically improving on the aims test, evidence that Arizona teachers have been able to move students in the right direction.>>As far as now the ramifications of these results, I know that in the past there was talk that third graders would have to be held back if they didn’t get to a certain level. There would be letter grades for schools that reflect the result of the tests. Is any of that happening now or is that on hold?>>Last legislative session there’s recognition of a lot of change. We want to honor this transition that teachers are making. That we have adopted new standards, we have raised the bar, we have a new assessment and we wanted to honor that time period. As a result legislation put the letter grades on hold. So that is not happening this year. Student test data will still be released but not assigned to a letter grade or used for those purposes.>>when does that start?>>it’s a two-year transition period. The state board is on Friday taking a look at what we’re going to do with move on when reading. That’s another question. But I have to say the most important thing we can possibly do is make sure that we are recruiting and retaining the very best teachers in Arizona because without a high scarlet teacher in place we don’t get anywhere.>>how do we attract these teachers, how do we keep them?>>we need to do a better job of creating a culture where teachers feel supported, respected. Funding is an issue. We have had a resource challenge in the state for the last few years. Salary is a part of it. I think the best we can do is look at what our effective educators are doing, especially in low income communities, and learn from them.>>the initial results not the best, especially when it comes to reading and math. Just a change in the test is going to affect the scores, but when can we start seeing improvements or not having caveats for nonimprovement?>>Well, the first year is always a transition year. Whenever you have change. I would say even looking at the second and third year, the second year there might continue to be readjusting but as soon as we have more time to look at the trend data I think that will be really helpful for us. but what we would advise for parents and educators if they are seeing this is not to be alarmed. To embrace the information that this test is giving us as an indicator of how our students are doing in their readiness for the next grade, for college and career. We want the most accurate information we can have.>>Good to have you here.>>thanks so much.>>>Light-rail is scheduled toe be up and operational in downtown Mesa later this month. The extension means changes in mass transit schedules and changes in Mesa. Here is the city’s vice mayor Dennis Kavanaugh. Good to have you here.>>Thank you, Ted.>>when will this extension actually open?>>well, believe it or not it’s opening seven months early, ahead of schedule, on budget, on August 22.>>August 22. Now where will the new track go?>>The new track will be extending from the existing station at Dotson Sycamore station over to just past Mesa drive, about a 3.1 mile extension.>>3.1 miles. How many more — four more stops there?>>four new stations, yes. They will be at Alma school, country club center and Mesa drive.>>how about park and ride areas?>>We’ll be adding — we have a large park and rite at Sycamore station, about 800 spaces. We’ll be adding one at Mesa drive with 500 spaces.>>500, huh. These park and rides basically anyone and their brother can park there, jump on the light-rail, spend all day, come back and go.>>Makes it easy.>>new readers, how many?>>About 5,000 per day. Based on our existing demographic a lot of students, a lot of people going to events downtown, Tempe, Phoenix. People just going to work. Commuting. People going to doctors’ appointments. During the day is really very consistent even outside of rush hour. That was a big surprise to us in analyzing the ridership throughout the years. Very good cross-section of society.>>as far as the cost?>>it was $199 million.>>so just below 200.>>just plow.>>How funded?>>Combination of federal and state funds. This particular project was 60% federal and 40% local money.>>the importance to Mesa in general, but because we hear criticism, it doesn’t make that much of a difference. The businesses that are there suffer through so much construction they can never survive. I know what you want to see. Realistically are those criticisms valid?>>not really because what light-rail does throughout the country, what it’s done in the valley, for Mesa, it increases connectivity. For us in Mesa particularly it increases connectivity to our arts and cultural institutions in downtown Mesa, the three museums, the art center. For college in downtown. It creates connections to our Mesa convention center, adds additional support and connection to go to spring training. For us, it really opens up a lot of possibilities for connecting people from the rest of the valley to downtown Mesa.>>in addition we always hear when light-rail is discussed development and development plans are always a factor there. What do you think?>>economic development is really a key factor on any light-rail line. I think we just released analysis here in the valley showing about 8.2 billion of investment along the original 20-mile segment. We have anticipated now about $90 million of new investment along the central Mesa extension. We think that trend will continue. We’re looking to see new housing. We already have new housing coming in in downtown. Hopefully other kinds of businesses occupying space that’s vacant or under-used. We think it will strengthen our historic neighborhoods there as well but housing is one thing we expect to see happen.>>in Tempe and Phoenix they have learned that it really helps to get residence near light-rail in the downtown area. Can we see construction relatively soon?>>right. You’ll see we had new housing opening last year in downtown at center and 1st avenue that’s already undergoing an expansion. We have had a lot of interest from other developers on sites downtown that are vacant. For example brown and brown Chevrolet is a very large pal sell that’s vacant now providing opportunity for new housing there. You’re getting interest in rehabbing the houses in the historic neighborhood. The area just south of main street I think offer a lot of opportunities for new housing there. But we’re getting inquiries from people doing loft housing, that typical urban type of housing with retail and offices.>>what are you hearing from the businesses down there?>>well, we learned a lot from the first 20 mile extension. We learned that you really have to have rapid response teams to work with businesses that might have a driveway blocked or power off. We engage them from the very beginning on where the station should go, what the design should be, so I think a lot of them took ownership interest in the project and over all I think if you ask them they have survived. They are looking forward to the opening. This have had a lot of say in how the construction has gone. I think that’s helped. That’s going to help us for further expansion.>>let’s talk about that. What’s in the plans? What’s in the cards?>>well, light-rail always takes a long time. The segment we’re opening on the 22nd took eight years but we have been working on yet another expansion to pass Gilbert road and that is under way on that. That should be complete by the end of 2018.>>another three miles, five miles? How far is that?>>About another two to three.>>for those who say and again we have so many debates on this program about light-rail and mass transit, they will say it’s wiser and less costly to use buses over light-rail. Just use buses. They are more portable, you don’t have to build all this concrete, this infrastructure. It would make more sense economically and serve citizens better to emphasize buses and quit spending so much on light-rail.>>light-rail works really well when you have dense operations. You can’t have a successful light-rail without a very strong bus system as well as a circulator system. We have seen that at Sycamore station in Mesa. Really it’s as symbiotic relationship between bus and rail. Oftentimes what you’ll See in communities is the bus service will increase, your population will get denser. You may have buses going guide ways and ultimately as your population grows you can replace that much easier with light-rail.>>last question. You have been in Mesa a long time. You’ve seen that city in a variety of ways. I would say 15 to 20 years ago Mesa would be the last city in the valley people would think would even want or consider light-rail. Are you surprised?>>About 15 to 20 years ago I was one of those advocating for light-rail. I am pleasantly happy that it’s come this far. We have had kind of a great community energy involved in mass transit. A lot of millennials have become engaged in the process. A lot of people like baby boomers have suddenly realized for whatever reason I may not be able to drive in the future but I’m still going to be working and being active. I have to have ways to get around. A an interesting combination of forces that have moved it ahead.>>The grand opening, the 22nd of August. Good luck and congratulations on getting a vibrant downtown back up and operational.>>thank you, Ted.>>>Tonight’s edition of Arizona heartbeat looks at a young photographer with a unique look at the streets of Phoenix. Producer Shana Fischer and photographer Langston Fields introduce us to John Carbis and his odyssey.>>Photographer John Carbis has put his heart and soul into his work.>>this is basically about the last two years of my life and my exploration through the city in striving to create artwork that is original and different than anything else.>>His journey has culminated in his very first exhibition. 2015 a Phoenix odyssey captures the raw, gritty underbelly of Phoenix.>>I’m inspired by the city, being in the surroundings of the city. That’s where I feel at home with everything happening around me.>>Carbis was discovered by curator Nicole Royse, curator of the Bokeh Gallery. She loves to feature up and coming artists because while the work is good it’s not as polished as more seasoned artists.>>I love that it’s showing that raw beauty that Phoenix offers. He’s looking deeper.>>the photos are all captured at the Golden hour and create a pallet where you could almost feel the heat of the sun.>>for me to get the — color in these images the lighting is very important and basically all of these images are created within probably the last 20 minutes of sunlight, and that is incredibly important to bring out the color that you’re seeing.>>he’s also employing a technique most photographers are not, leaving the image untouched by post production process.>>my camera has multiple exposure functions so I can put it into this motor where I can take two or three photographs in succession and they are come binds into one image immediately.>>using that double exposure, that triple exposure option and really working with the current light situation, his subject, and he’s able to do that successfully because the pictures are showing excellent color, shadows, pattern, texture. Really well done photographs.>>Carbis is self-taught and much of what he photographs are buildings he would see while skateboarding around the city. He purposely looked for areas most people would avoid.>>Instagram is a good way to just show my work without anything else. It’s just very image driven as opposed to maybe Facebook where there’s so much going on. It’s very blunt and to the point. That’s what I like about it most. It’s a good way to get my work out for other people who I might not know to see my work.>>>>she says it’s easy to connect with photographs because they show what’s around us at that moment.>>When I think about the art that moves me most it’s something different and original, music, painting, photography. What moves me is originality. I think that speaks volumes to a person’s soul, really.>>his work is on display through August 30 at Bokeh gallery on Roosevelt row.>>we want to here from you. Submit your questions, comments and concerns via e-mail at Arizona”Horizon” at ASU.EDU.>>>Thursday we will find out how police have helped clean up a crime ridden Phoenix area. on the next “Arizona Horizon.”>>>That is it for now. I’m Ted Simons. Thank you so much for joining us. You have a great evening.>>>”Arizona Horizon” is it made possible by contributions from the friends of 8, members of your Arizona PBS station. Thank you.>>>Arizona Art Beat made possible in part by the Flynn foundation, supporting the advancement of arts and culture in Arizona.

    Historic Abandoned Railroad Bridge That Went to Overseas Railway
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    Historic Abandoned Railroad Bridge That Went to Overseas Railway

    October 19, 2019


    hello ladies and gentlemen, RailROL82 here. Your railroad archaeologist who is standing at the
    very same spot that the tracks to the overseas or railroad ran through this
    year to my left is us one from South Miami and then that above me is a
    material which replaced the fec tracks in Miami that ran into the keys that
    eventually became the overseas roller this overhead structure was installed in
    1984 so these tracks or on here from about the Turner turn of
    the 20th century up until 1984 this is okay you remember a few weeks ago maybe
    perhaps a few months ago I posted a video of the only remaining piece of
    rails left in the overseas well really this goes along with that video
    this bridge right here is next to those rails the only remaining tangible part
    of the overseas of railroad and Miami so give me some backstory Barolo came to Miami in 1896 Henry
    Flagler though then founder of FTC for the East Coast Railway brought the FTC
    some I am in 1896 and that along with it brought of urban sprawl and economic
    development everything and then Henry Flagler decided to take the railroad in
    an ambitious project out to the Florida Keys in the virtual Key West he began
    that in 1900 so it was completed in 1912 so this bridge was built sometime in the
    early 1900s and as I said it was an original part there you can see the ties see that they see if it’s not as there’s
    a quite an embankment here I was trying to get to the bottom of it but let me
    see if on the other side did it safely I want to take a dive in that gate
    infested canard other than Metrorail to the Google Maps ring to
    this location so this is the original lead slip oh that probably used to be some sort of
    all milepost I’m guessing or would suppose perhaps so this magnificent structure is a
    hundred see those blessings brought 1900 it’s a
    hundred and nineteen years old so right now we’re standing is where all
    the trains came to is a very historic part she’s a beauty you know how much sin she
    has nothing all probably they’re not going to remove it because these are as
    a walkie you know same unfortunate teaching that
    most rumbles out there eventually turned into real skills thing for this one
    in all respects for Henry Flagler for the overseas will this one here looks pretty solid simple right so right now here I’m at this
    level yeah it’s pretty up there’s a lot of
    glass here and stuffs doesn’t look very firm so I’m not there’s Gators I’m not
    gonna risk it yeah there you go you can see it
    everything all righty guys let me see oh that looks
    like it might be an interesting view there that canal that looks like the
    Amazon I think you guys might like that yeah so this is definitely not navigable and standing on this all ready ladies and gentlemen please
    subscribe did you have it check out one of these videos leave me a comment down
    below thank you for your view you seen it take
    care sayonara

    Light Rail Ice Train Pantograph
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    Light Rail Ice Train Pantograph

    October 19, 2019


    – In preparations of our
    winter storms that we anticiate having ice at Light Rail,
    we have two pantographs that’s on the car. The south pantograph is a power pantograph that draws electricity
    from the catenary wire. On the North panel on
    the North end of the car, we have a dummy pantograph
    that has scraping shoes and heated. We’ve equipped two trains
    with a prototype pantograph that has a roller on it
    that would administer a material that we put on
    the catenary that we hoped that would reduce the icing,
    so we won’t have problem with moving the trains in the winter. We have two cars that will
    be prototyped like this and we will use them up
    to 72 hours in advance of any ice storm. (closing music)

    Switzerland Glacier Express Train St. Mortiz to Zermatt Review: Is it Worth the Money?
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    Switzerland Glacier Express Train St. Mortiz to Zermatt Review: Is it Worth the Money?

    October 18, 2019


    Hey everybody so today I am doing a review
    of the Swiss Glacier express train that goes from St. Moritz all the way to Zermatt. It’s
    an eight hour journey that crosses 291 bridges as well as 91 tunnels and we paid we were
    in first class. We paid about 250.00 dollars roughly Canadian a person so it’s a little
    pricey but it’s all relative in Switzerland. Ear buds are provide to you throughout the
    journey and basically there is this narrator that basically tells you all these stories
    along the whole journey with different interesting facts with how they built the trains as well
    as the landscape. And you’re probably watching this wondering well is it worth the money
    to go on the train. Well in short answer yes and no. My wife and I are both from Canada
    so seeing mountains and snow is pretty common. We weren’t blown away by anything we saw.
    And all the footage you see is everything I shot myself. The first thing I am going
    to say is that the weirdest thing is that it shouldn’t nbe called the Glacier Express.
    That title is super misleading. When in fact on this whole 8 hour journey you only see
    one glacier and that’s at the tale end in the small town Randa. You only see that one
    glacier for a minute or so and the rest of the train trip you’re basically just seeing
    mountains as well as snow as well as streams as well as small towns and villages The other thing is that the service is not
    very good on the actual train ride. They do serve different meals that you can buy but
    they’re quite expensive and you’ll be waiting for your food for quite a while. You’re probably
    better off bringing your own food and water. The other thing too is that eight hours is
    such a long journey that we thought we’d see so many different things along the way that
    after a while things got really repetitive like you’re seeing the same mountains over
    and over again and seeing snow everywhere. It didn’t have the same impact as it did maybe
    in the first hour of the journey when you’re in hour 8. So I felt like the train ride could
    have maybe been condensed to maybe 3 hours and I would still be happy with that, but
    8 hours just felt too long and even for first class it felt pretty cramped. Like we were
    sitting with another couple and it was pretty cramped in there up that we had to get up
    throughout the journey and stretch our legs. And it just wasn’t as comfortable as we thought
    it would be. The other thing that you’ll notice from watching this video is that the windows
    are absolutely terrible. They reflect everything so getting decent photos is really difficult
    as well as recording decent video cause you can see everyones reflection in all these
    windows. You think they would invest in anti-reflective glass for the amount of money they charge.
    The other thing is that if you’re well traveled and you’ve been all over Switzerland you’re
    really not going to see anything new here. You’re going to see what you’ve previously
    seen. The other thing too like I said before is that it’s extremely expensive. And I will
    recommend something to you as an alternative. We took a train ride from Milan, Italy to
    Zurich, Switzerland. That was only 3 hours and it was only a fraction of the price and
    it was so much more prettier and so much more scenic. I think honestly I would not go on
    this train ride again. I think it was overhyped and misleading and the service was not very
    good and maybe we could have done something more interesting, but you know we did it and

    Le réseau à l’échelle 0 de Michel Louette
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    Le réseau à l’échelle 0 de Michel Louette

    October 18, 2019


    Welcome to Aiguillages, today we’re going to Michel Louette’s home, in the South of France, to discover his 0 scaled layout and 2 of his friends who are part of an informal group of 1:43 scaled equipment makers and collectors : les Amis du Zéro, with whom he organizes, once a year, a meeting for model makers from the south, where collectors also gather. Michel is from Pauillac, in Gironde, and he has kept precious memories of his childhood travels by trains with his grand-father, on the Médoc line, to reach the Pointe de Grave. His enthusiasm for trains was born from those trips and he’s been interested in 1500 volts engines since then. Michel started playing with trains when he was 4 or 5 years old, when he got his first Hornby kit for Christmas. Then he got a BB8000 locomotive, some wagons, a Jep railcar and Dinky-toys’ first miniature cars : that’s how he became a collector ! For 15 years, he’s been collecting 0 scaled equipments. When I was a child, I had a Hornby layout, with 3 rails. Then I got an N model, at the beginning of the AFAN, then an Ho layout with 1500 volts catenaries, and now this one is 0 scaled, it’s a single track layout that is set up all around the room. In 2000, I bought an amazing engine, a 7100 made by Lemaco, I gave in and I broke the bank that day ! Then I sold all of my Ho equipments, it took me 4 or 5 years to convert it into 0 equipments. I started making this layout in 2009, we’re in 2016 so it took me 6 years to build it all around the room, we still have to set up catenaries, that’s what we’re going to do next as well as fixing a few track defects, my priority was to complete the layout, so there are a few bumps in some places. The scenery is already well advanced, it was inspired from the South-East and South-West regions, but it doesn’t represent any place in particualr. I used what already existed, for the scenery I work with Daniel Coutier, from Architecture de France, half of my models were made by him, from synthetic gypsum, which I love because we get a beautiful roof and wall rendition. Here, the station was made from different materials, sometimes paper or paperboard, things like that. The station is name Pauillac, but it doesn’t look like the real one, this is just to remind Michel of the place he was born. I like making sceneries, I enjoyed making this one, and I love single tracks, that’s why I used it. I also like freight wagons, that’s the majority of the wagons I have. I have some passenger cars but I mainly have freight wagons. Michel’s favorite engines are those that Thierry Magrou made him : BB4600 and 4700, Midi steam engines, and AMJL models, a BB8100 and a CC6500. Michel is now working on setting up the catenaries, and for this he prefers craftsmen. This is an MJLDJfr basis, we’re going to install catenaries on the whole layout. – Are you going to make them work ? – No, there’s no use making them work, as we have a digital system that can sustain hundreds of machines. To operate his layout, Michel chose digital control from the beginning, to make things more simple. There are 3 times 3 power supply systems, 3 times 2 cables under the whole layout, we use those cables for all the signals, switches, etc. They’re located at the exact same place as the signals and switches. It’s easier and it’s safer, as we have to check if everything is working beforehand. Michel regularly receives his model-making friends, who can make their engines operate on his model. When this report was filmed, Joël was here, and he had carefully chosen the machines he wanted to present. I wanted to pay a tribute to 2 people who are very important to the 0 scale in France, the first one because of his creations : Jean-Claude Ribaut, who passed away recently. So I brought a Y6200 shunter made by JCR, that is well knowned for its kits. I also brought 2 creations, or at least 2 great transformations of kits : the VH railcar, the famous iroquois, made from an AMJL kit by Henri Rode, as well as a CC1100 that is already famous on the internet, I think, that is also from a machine made by Jean-Claude Ribaut. There are models that resonate with me, the iroquois for example, as the VH is the first train I ever took. My father was a teacher in Lozère, and there were mainly iroquois on the Cévennes line. The 2400 didn’t exist yet, so I represented a childhood memory. When Henri Rode created this kit, I wanted to make it look like the real one. Then, it’s been a classical research work, I did it wth Thierry and we did everything we could, technically and humanly, almost without budgetary constraints as those items cost thousands of euros. It allowed us to cement our friendship, and it’s very simulating and thrilling to know that Thierry milled a 12-cylinder engine for it, we took hundreds of pictures in Saint-Jean du Gard station, pictures of the only VH that still exist, even though it is not exactly identical. I love this fascinating research work, this complicity, because we go to Saint-Jean du Gard station together, we talk about it meanwhile we enjoy a great meal in the South … It’s very complete, it was a real pleasure to make, and I hope that those who see it find it beautiful. It’s almost a “less but better” strategy, but not only, as it is mainly a humain history : I think that the train that make us dream is the one from our childhood, there’s a lot of sensitivity and passion, a train is not a pile of scrap, it has to do with what we have deep inside. It’s even better as it’s also part of our friendship, I’ve known Thierry Magrou since 1974, we’re like dinosaurs, and we thought about this model’s creation and realization, actually he deserves full credit for that, I’ve only been giving instructions. But anyways, we were able to channel our friendship and our passion into this model, so it’s great ! Joël likes to define himself as a rail operator rather than just a collector. He’s not only interested in the missing piece in his collection : items come and go, some are sold to leave room for new ones. Together with Thierry Magrou, he’s thinking about making an articulated vehicle. Michel had also invited another Michel, who loves building. When he’s not busy making models for himself, he’s helping his friend to build railcars or set up catenaries. I’ve got a 141R by Semblat, a 141P that is still in its box, I haven’t started assembling it, I assembled K50 by Semblat, I also have a car carrier wagon by Semblat, and I’m currently assembling a standard ADN that was made by a member of the Cercle du Zéro. I have a project : I started making a wagon, I’m assembling a steel carrier wagon. My only problem is I don’t have a milling machine, so I’m about to purchase one to be able to continue it. Meanwhile, Michel is busy helping his friends with the construction of catenaries. They’ve made about 50, but about 20 more are probably going to be necessary to cover the whole layout. Many poles have been built, but I think there are still lots to be made. Those are brass plates that we have to assemble : we detache them and then we weld them together. You can’t build one pole in 5 minutes, there are quite a lot of pieces to assemble. You have the pole and then the fittings. All of this keeps the 2 friends busy between 2 meetings organized by the Amis du Zéro association. To share his enthusiam for trains and the 0 scale, Michel Louette host meetings in Nîmes for a group of model makers who use the 0 scale. We gather 4 times a year in a hotel school called Vatel, we always prepare a presentation and we talk about everything regarding the 0 scale. Together with Henri Rode, who is th AMJL’s president, I organize a meeting for model makers once a year, it is now also open to amateurs who use the 0 scale, this year we were 63. Next year, I hope we’ll be about 70 to 80. I will host it in April, registration will be open in January. This meeting is now more than 20 years old. At first, we weren’t very numerous, but then it got bigger, people who come build different models. I made sure modellers would also be present, this year Lombardi and Elettren participated, Thierry Magrou is always with us, and there are people like me, who are just collectors, or people who make models. I wanted every components of our field to be represented. This fall, Michel started setting up catenaries on his layout again, he chose classical 1500 volts catenaries on the whole layout, and a tram-like catenary for the depot. Next week will be the last Friday of the month, so we’ll talk about heritage and tourist trains : we’ll go to Mortagne sur Sèvre to discover the Vendée Railway. Aiguillages now offers two reports every week, about a more practical aspect of railway every Monday, and about my discoveries every Friday, with exhibitions and railway model-making clubs as well as tourist and garden trains. To be sure not to miss any of the next episodes, subscribe to its Youtube channel and to its newsletter, you’ll find it on the site : www.aiguillages.eu You can support Aiguillages by becoming a VIP Aiguillonaute : for whatever price you like, you can access an ad-free version of all Aiguillages’ episodes, and their free HD download.

    The Disneyland Monorail Opening: Nixon’s Joyride
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    The Disneyland Monorail Opening: Nixon’s Joyride

    October 18, 2019


    Did you know that in 1959, for just a few
    moments, Vice President Richard Nixon was “kidnapped”? It happened on the first ever passenger monorail
    in the US, and more importantly, it all happened at Disneyland. It was a European vacation in 1958 in which
    Walt Disney first experienced a monorail. After seeing the vehicle produced by ALWEG,
    a German company, Walt decided that he wanted one of his own in Disneyland. Back in those days, Disney projects didn’t
    undergo layers and layers of approvals and studies. If Walt had an idea he wanted worked on, that’s
    all it took. So Imagineering legend Bob Gurr headed over
    to Germany to study the ALWEG trains and start working on a unique version for Disney. It wasn’t as simple as just buying their
    technology. Gurr found the ALWEG trains weren’t that
    good looking and needed a new aesthetic. On top of that the plans for the Disneyland
    attraction would call for some tight turns and unusually steep inclines. Lastly, Disney wanted to make sure the monorails
    were built with parts that could be sourced locally. They didn’t necessarily want to wait for
    parts to be flown over from Germany whenever something broke down. As a result, while ALWEG was still technically
    attributed with the final Monorail that would come to be, their actual involvement was pretty
    light. Much of the design was done by Disney. Still, ALWEG was involved enough that the
    attractions official name on opening day would be the “Disneyland ALWEG Monorail System”. It would become the first passenger monorail
    system to operate daily in the Western hemisphere. At $1.3 million dollars, the monorail system
    wasn’t cheap. On top of that, it wasn’t easy to build
    either. The weeks leading up to the opening of the
    attraction were plagued with technical problems and breakdowns. It was so bad that even up until the night
    before the debut of the attraction Bob Gurr and German engineer Konrad Deller were designing
    and building replacement parts for the system. The following morning, on June 14th 1959,
    it was time for the Mark I Red Monorail to make it’s grand televised debut. Being the force behind the attraction, Gurr
    was given a last minute uniform and assigned to be the captain for Monorails maiden voyage. In preparation for the broadcast of the grand
    opening, he pulled the Monorail into the station and left it on so that the cab could remain
    air conditioned. It was at that moment that Walt Disney, Vice
    President at the time Richard Nixon, his family, and his secret service detail showed up. Nixon and his family were going to be involved
    in the ribbon cutting ceremony. However before it all began, Walt started
    to show Nixon and his family the interior of the monorail. With it already powered up and running, it
    wasn’t long before Walt told Gurr to give everyone a lap around the track, so he did…
    with the secret service left behind on the monorail platform. Nixon found it amusing that they were able
    to ditch the secret service, but Gurr was a little stressed. He has just inadvertently kidnapped the vice
    president on a monorail that was giving him nothing but technical problems during the
    weeks building up to this. His main goal was to get the VP back to the
    station in one piece. Luckily the trip around the track was uneventful
    and without any breakdowns. However any relief was short lived. According to Gurr, as they approached the
    station one of Nixon’s daughters asked if they could ride around one more time, to which
    Walt replied “Bobby, give ‘em another ride!” So the monorail pulled into the station…
    and rolled right out again. The secret service agents ran alongside the
    monorail in a hope they’d be able to jump on board, but with closed doors there wasn’t
    any chance of that, so one more time the monorail pulled out with the agents left behind to
    watch. The second lap would be as uneventful as the
    first, and luckily nobody would get in any trouble for the unexpected joyride. In fact, the biggest hiccup of the whole debut
    would be some trouble cutting the ceremonial ribbon, which was nothing a little ripping
    and a jump cut couldn’t solve. Later an engineer from ALWEG would highlight
    the absurdity of the situation. He pointed out that it took ALWEG seven years
    before they’d feel comfortable putting the public on their trains. Yet Disney, in just six months time, built
    a monorail and put their nation’s Vice President on it for a few laps without the secret service. Gurr said it was then that he realize what
    they did at WED. Sure they were engineers creating amusements
    and rides for a theme park, but they developed projects at a speed in such a way that was
    completely unique to Disney. To many, it seemed like magic. I want to thank you for taking the time to
    watch this video. If you’d like to learn more about all of
    the cool stories behind the history of Disneyland, I highly suggest checking out The Disneyland
    Story by Sam Gennawey. You can find a link to it in the description
    below. Have a great week, and I’ll see you next
    time!

    Prime Minister Trudeau announces support for the expansion of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit System
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    Prime Minister Trudeau announces support for the expansion of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit System

    October 18, 2019


    THE RIGHT HONOURABLE JUSTIN TRUDEAU (Prime Minister of Canada): Thank you, Amarjeet, thank you for your excellent work, which made today’s announcement possible,
    and for all you do as Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
    I am also happy to be accompanied by Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; Jim Watson, the Mayor of Ottawa; and several MPs representing voters from the National Capital Region. It’s a long list of local MPs, but I want to recognize each of them for the hard work they do for their constituents every day and the hard work they’ve done in bringing us all to this point right now. Andrew, Anita, Catherine, Chandra, David, Francis, Greg, Karen, Mona, Stéphane, Stephen and Will. Thank you, guys.
    (Applause) I know you’ve been looking forward to the day as much as I have. I also want to acknowledge the Mayor of Gatineau, Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin. It’s a pleasure to see you here.
    Last August, we announced that the federal government would be contributing more than $66 million to support the early phases of Stage 2 and buy new light rail vehicles. Today I am proud to announce that the Government of Canada will partner with the provincial government and the City of Ottawa to fully implement Stage 2 of Ottawa’s light rapid transit project. (Applause & cheers) Today I am proud to announce that the Government of Canada is joining the provincial government and the City of Ottawa in fully implementing Stage 2 of Ottawa’s light rapid transit project. When the project is finished, the rapid transit network will extend East to Trim, West to Moodie, South to Bowesville, and to the airport, adding over 38 km of rail line and 23 new light rail stations. It’s a project that will create jobs, nearly 1,000 full-time jobs for people here in Ottawa. It’ll create a better quality of life with 14,000 fewer vehicles on the road during rush hour, you won’t have to wait so long to get to work, or back home after a long day. And it’s good for the environment too. Fully implemented, Stage 2 LRT is expected to reduce Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 110,000 tonnes.
    (Applause) That means cleaner air and a healthier future for you and your family. Together, all three orders of government – the federal, the provincial, and the city – will be equal partners in Stage 2 LRT funding, each contributing more than a billion dollars to see this project through to completion. Combined with our earlier investment of more than $66 million, this represents a total Government of Canada investment of more than $1.15 billion to expand light rail transit across Ottawa, making the city an even better place to live and work. I would like to add that it was especially rewarding to see the mayors and the councils of Ottawa and Gatineau work together to facilitate travel between provinces. I hope that today’s announcement will enable us to take another step towards harmonizing public transit systems and better serving Canadians. (Applause) I would also like once again to thank the federal MPs who represent the National Capital Region and who encouraged closer collaboration between Ottawa and Gatineau. It is in everyone’s interest Earlier this year, Mayor Watson described Stage 2 of the light rapid transit project as an expansion of the public transit network that happens only once in a generation. We are proud to be partners in this ambitious project, and we look forward to enjoying the benefits it will bring: well paying middle-class jobs, fewer traffic jams and a better quality of life, cleaner air and yet another opportunity to combat climate change. Those are things that our government was elected to deliver and we’re following through on those promises today.