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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1080HD) Travel Video
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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1080HD) Travel Video

    October 19, 2019


    Located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia
    the capital city of Kuala Lumpur is the sparkling jewel in Malaysia’s crown, a heady mix of
    cultures and nationalities from Malaysia’s rich past blending into a futuristic metropolis. This dynamic city has the fastest growing
    economy in Malaysia and with an ultra modern skyline and frantic pace of life, Kuala
    Lumpur offers the visitor the chance to experience everything that twenty-first century Malaysia
    has to offer. More than just a modern city, Kuala Lumpur
    has a rich and colourful history which can be seen in the many colonial era buildings
    nestled amongst the towering skyscrapers, as well as beautiful hillside temples offering
    a tranquil escape from the chaos of modern city life. The shopping heart of Kuala Lumpur, Bukit
    Bintang offers the visitor an exciting and colourful adventure around every corner with
    streets bursting with every imaginable shopping opportunity from the most extravagant indulgence
    to affordable roadside bargains there is more than enough to satisfy every taste. The dazzling colours and sounds of Jalan Petaling
    Street in Chinatown attract both visitors and locals alike to the infinite variety of
    goods on display in this bargain hunters paradise. There is a vast array of food and drinks on
    offer with rich flavours and aromas too tempting to resist, and the laid back and friendly
    atmosphere of the night markets will help you unwind with a cold beer after a long day
    of shopping. Situated in the centre of Kuala Lumpur the
    Petronas Twin Towers rise dramatically above the city’s skyline to a dizzying height
    of over four hundred and fifty metres and occupy 100 acres of prime, downtown real estate
    housing parks, cultural and science centres and providing countless recreation and leisure
    activities for all. Kuala Lumpur is a city of endless variety
    offering every modern luxury as well as all the flavours of a people rich in history
    and culture.

    Gatlinburg Tennessee Fall Harvest Fun 2019
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    Gatlinburg Tennessee Fall Harvest Fun 2019

    October 19, 2019


    Jared and Lindsay down here in the Great
    Smoky Mountains of Tennessee continuing our fall slash Halloween 2019 tour and
    today we are in the great town of Gatlinburg Tennessee I don’t know that
    there’s any better place to spend a fall weekend than Gatlinburg Tennessee and
    today what we’re gonna do is walk up it on the strip check out all the cool
    harvest decorations they’ve got out from 2019 and all these cool little
    scarecrows lining the streets these particular ones are right in front of
    the Anna Kista attraction hey each one of them is different I also
    got these cool little harvest baskets full of flowers this is a kind of stuff
    I love seeing one of the cool things going on in Gatlinburg this fall is the
    legend of Halle mountain in Anna Kista it’s a it sounds like a fun Halloween
    even I’m not entirely sure what all is involved in it but we are gonna check
    that out tomorrow I’ve always loved this little house and they have in the back
    of this truck here in front of an icky stuff and now they got it all decorated
    up for Halloween they were gonna head in check it out it looks like there’s a
    little mouse in there or something well here’s the scoop your noise is
    coming from inside there so I think I’m gonna go in here and check this out what
    do we got oh okay yeah this is decorated up different for
    sure than the last time I was in here I mean last night was just like I’ll bring
    a little house Oh get out once when you get out all
    right well I think this is the exit so I will oblige especially like this I
    should do something like that in my front yard it’s pretty clever we’re
    getting here just as the Sun is starting to set behind the mountains tonight wow
    what a beautiful sight Becker at the side entrance to the village and this
    year they’ve got this all decorated up with these cool little cookie scarecrows
    how about that I’ll leave that one with the watering can is for a head this
    one’s also got a watering can but I like the little sunflower eyes it’s a real
    clever idea for a decoration the other thing I noticed what the scarecrows I
    made the legs out of that black corrugated tubing one of my favorite
    traditions is walking all up and down Gatlinburg looking at the pumpkin people
    or in the winter though the snow people this is the second guy I found so far
    and the end of the video tell me how many you think we found okay here’s
    another one right in front of old red in fact this one must be the old red one
    because he’s wearing the shirt it’s also got himself a dock companion I believe
    that’s a hound dog am I right or wrong I’m not sure
    over here in front of Ripley’s Aquarium the Smokies I got a bunch of pumpkins
    down there on the rocks I also got a couple of black bears up there that I
    never noticed before who else I think I see some bump came in yeah corn stalks
    all up and down the walkway here leading up to Ripley’s oh I see some more
    pumpkins do sure what’s going on here are these uh pumpkin people torturing
    this larger pumpkin by putting out their cigars on him and that’s a mangry
    pumpkin people they seem to really be enjoyin kidding burnt though doesn’t he
    if you’ve never been to Ripley’s Aquarium the Smokies you don’t know what
    you’re missing out on because this is actually a fantastic aquarium
    there’s sensi or it may be a little twisted what I assure you their displays
    inside are awesome here’s another one this one’s also kind of in front of
    Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies we’re trying to remember we saw this one last
    year or if it was one of the snow people that were fishing or maybe they have one
    of each this looks a lot like something I’d like to have in our front yard back
    at home for the Halloween season I think I’m gonna steal this idea I may put some
    little bit spooky or props in there though I think this dude’s done said no
    more I’m not delivering any more mail you’re out of luck yo gallon burger
    I definitely know that there is a snow people version of these to the little
    pumpkin bullying its dog or in front of Cooper over Gatlinburg this year one
    cool thing that Hoover gallon burg does every year they do have an Oktoberfest
    looks like they’re running seven days a week
    I think they run to November I’m not entirely sure I did look it up on the
    website as far as like pictures you look like a cool event but one that we’re not
    gonna be able to attend this year that’s a friendly looking pumpkin man you stand
    by very good wasn’t sitting here though no no migrate
    it down oh she read you guys a story
    the words J looking pretty good back here mind the
    old smokey moonshine this is a pretty fun area back here an
    old smokey they got the moonshine distillery back their winery this little
    7 D theater and they also got live entertainment up here on this stage all
    day and they pretty much do this I think all day long pretty good stuff sure do
    have a lot of pumpkin friends yeah Wow hey you just poked your friend in
    the eye coffee is too hot for coffee it is pretty roasting out the old shooting
    gallery next to the 7d shoot-’em-up cinemas gone looks like they put in a
    retro arcade now let’s go find out what’s a retro about this place oh look
    at this Ghostbusters pinball machine ha that’s awesome man it’s very similar to the pinball museum
    up there by the Space Needle I wonder if they’re associated with one another or
    if this is a completely different operation dude look at this
    gaunt and dark legacy I used to play this all the time as a kid I loved this
    game it’s not nearly as large as the pinball
    museum but it is pretty cool I do like it they
    do have a lot of old retro games as does the pinball museum there’s a couple I’ve
    seen in here that the other place does not have what’s the deal buddy why’d you
    get rid of the shooting gallery huh give me an idea how busy it is here today
    look at all the people on the sidewalk and all those cars trying to get in
    it looks like the Riggin Terrace mall it’s hopping today that’s a pretty cool
    area back there they got mini golf escape rooms one of those rope course
    there’s a lot of cool stuff back there and a hot sauce museum are you
    befriending the whole village oh that one looks a little not like the other
    here’s no pumpkin people back here in the marketplace but it’s kind of a neat
    little alley I like the marketplace alley because
    it’s kind of like narrow just I don’t know it’s pretty cool it’s kind of like
    tucked in back here just out of the way it’s like they made this sign up and
    then we’re like oh shoot we’ve screwed up cross out half of it it’s like this
    dudes exhausted from shopping either that or he’s just watching his
    significant other shopping bag while they’re shopping up a storm somewhere
    else I don’t know he looks looks pretty happy about the purchases though I’m
    gonna head into the village and look around now it’s my absolute favorite
    place where he took a look at the side entrance out here in the front
    the scare girls have rakes foreheads and gourds fries just inside the villages
    this couple I’m gonna be a little bit cuter actually he was trick or treat and
    we’ll check this out check on the detail on the the pumpkin people I’m not sure
    what that’s supposed to be pumpkin dandruff I love it back here because so
    quiet just I just love the way it looks – there’s all kinds of shops tucked away
    cleany this one I’ve never noticed before this used to be a gallery looks
    like it’s not here anymore any orgonite bands out there does this
    remind you of the Bill and Ted show last spring when I was here I watched him
    tear this thing out and bust it all up I wasn’t sure what they were doing and I
    was really afraid that they were completely gonna remove the fountain
    from back here because I loved it this fountain but it looks like they put it
    back in so right here and put an old smokey Tennessee whiskey I think this is
    a different scene than they had in the window last year in fact I like this one
    better I think it’s especially clever that the marshmallows are toasted not
    loved spooky scary stuff but I’m still I have a place in my heart for this kind
    of fall decoration actually a lot of interesting detail in
    this little scene book Jimmy it’s back to RJ and his scooter I love the live
    entertainment they have that walk up and down the streets of Gatlinburg
    especially this little tree oh man pretty talented I think these three
    little pumpkin people are inspired by that awesome little tree oh I just
    witnessed looks like the same instruments they’re playing I do believe
    they were pretty good I said listen to them for a while
    whose particular problem people in front of the Gatlinburg in found another one
    outside of flapjacks I like this one he’s serving up more she
    he or she serving up some paying gigs I think I may have seen one like this
    before last year but in a different location is it just me or do these bears
    and I look too happy that there’s a bench on top of them man there’s some
    more of them I don’t understand what’s going on with the pumpkin kids in this
    town the crazy also look at this dude this little guy looks like he’s trying
    to inch his way to the street it’s part running from those crazy pumpkin kids
    think of the guys ready to ride at the top of this gallon Byrd Space Needle
    check em out here’s one sitting on a bench at the clipboard and an apple
    looks like they’re debating the pros and cons of visiting the Hollywood car
    museum err I hope that one of the cons on that list that they’re contemplating
    is that the museum is closed and all the cars are covered up so first we weren’t
    sure if this little guy was this like pumpkin guy’s ventriloquist puppet or if
    it was a kid and I think it is a kid but it looks like he’s actually harvesting
    the child that’s what the true meaning of the gatlinburg fall harvest is
    pumpkin children being harvested I love this it’s a pumpkin tic-tac-toe on a hay
    bale I wonder huh how many pumpkins do you think accidentally get broken people
    dropping them playing this Lindsey look Tennessee squirrels got to that pumpkin
    just like they get to our pumpkins or was it you did you eat the pumpkin you
    look guilty yeah very satiated was it people look a
    little bit happy like maybe they put a hit out on a relative up there by the
    golf course so far Lindsey I have two good suspects for the pumpkin mystery
    that bear and those pumpkin people over there
    I look like they’re just minding their own business like nothing happened or
    maybe it was her maybe she called in the hit on that poor pumpkin up there and
    she is on her phone some sort of car show in Gatlinburg this weekend so all
    day up and down this Parkway the event cars revving their engines you can hear
    it get here a minute ago starting to slow
    down a bit for the evening this is the best time to walk through Gatlinburg
    when it’s starting to clear out this is the last pumpkin guy I’m gonna
    show from the night there’s a lot more around here than the ones that I showed
    just this year they were really hard to get to people kept sitting by them
    it was difficult filming them all well that’s gonna do it for us for our first
    night back to Gatlinburg this fall what an awesome night man running around
    checking out all the decorations and the pumpkin people and now we finally get a
    shot at this photo of the sucker has been crowded all day long when we’ve
    been here with people filing in but what do you think when you think of all the
    awesome fall decorations this year yeah see last year we caught it at the very
    tail end I think it was actually Halloween or November 1st and they were
    already taking all this stuff down and putting up Christmas lights and we’re
    kind of watching it go on but we did catch some of it last season but a lot
    happier this year that we’re right in the thick of it for sure and it’s
    awesome and you need to come out to Gatlinburg this is probably this is
    probably the best place to spend a fall day on any given day you know what I
    mean Tenace yeah Tennessee fall is beautiful
    or fallen that yeah Tennessee in the fall is beautiful it’s late I’m tired
    can’t think or formulate sentences good night thanks for watching a quick little
    bonus clip here we bought a bottle of wine from a little wine store backed by
    old Smokies and gallon bird I think it’s called bootleggers but we’re not a
    hundred percent sure just a winery outside the store facade let’s open this
    up and take a little taste so I picked out pumpkin spice because I was hoping
    Gatlinburg had sort of like some fall food or some ball taste going on and I
    didn’t notice anything did you know like anything fall so I was like well
    I’m not like this right I’m not a bug a big pumpkin spice fan but I thought that
    goes with fall so that’s why I got it certainly smells like pumpkin spice and
    I hope it doesn’t taste like it smells that’s pretty good but it’s really sweet
    so this is the second sort of I don’t call it specialty people wine with a
    bottle of wine we bought from a specialty wine store in Gallagher both
    of them so far been super super sweet for wine my kind of wine yeah here kind
    of wine but it’s like it was like so sweet all the saliva left my mouth
    almost like if it was really try and you like it but it does have a
    strong we’re all pumpkins fight more like mulled spice internet media read
    those like it malts place that you can kind of throw in with your apple cider
    and boil it up and drink it you ever tried that Lindsay
    oh well that’s what it tastes like and you’re about to try it all right Lindsay
    like sweeter wine a lot better and I do go ahead give it a shot real quick v-very pumpkin-spice yeah I didn’t think
    his pumpkin spicy but what do I know she prize a better understanding of
    pumpkin spice and I do well no I know what you’re I understand what you’re
    saying with the molds legs malt spices yes I think is what they’re
    called but it is pretty strong but 10% alcohols is gonna get interesting all
    right good night

    中国高铁 China High Speed Rail 1/2 [HD][CC]
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    中国高铁 China High Speed Rail 1/2 [HD][CC]

    October 19, 2019


    Definitely very fast and safe There is no doubt this is the pinnacle of technology The train is so smooth, the water bottle can stand upside down HSR [high speed rail] brings highly dependable and convenient travel to the Chinese And demonstrates to the world what is possible [March 2010, United States Ambassador Jon Huntsman] [Huntsman] we Americans can learn a lot from the Chinese HSR is a proud accomplishment for China Holding numerous world records The high speed line from Wuhan to Guangzhou is 1068.8km long, the longest in the world construction included 684 bridges and 226 tunnels designed for top operating speed of 350km per hour this daunting project … from ground breaking to operation took only four years, six month and three days, another world record [railway official] China’s HSR program can be described as having six world class accomplishments the most comprehensive technical system highest passenger capacity highest service speed covering the longest distances the largest in infrastructure coverage largest group of skilled personnel and technical expertise the facts all support these conclusions China’s rail network is positively received and praised by people across the world People can’t help but recognize the technical advancements it demonstrates. China’s high speed rail network began a new chapter in rail transport. It’s hard to believe only 6 years ago, high speed rail did not exist in this country. Yet in developed countries, high speed rail has being in operation for 40 years. 6 years ago, the fastest train in China had speeds only half that of the world’s fastest [Chinese official] I studied and worked in Japan for a while traveled on the Shinkansen sitting on Japan’s high speed train I realized there was another way to build railroads that trains can be made to run at speeds this high that high speed trains can bring these enhancements to people’s lives. I really respected was I saw and admired its possibilities. for many years, Chinese rail builders played catch up. on one hand they pursued the dream to build world leading railroads, on the other hand they faced the reality of China’s relatively primitive rail infrastructure that can not satisfy the demands of its people lagging behind in both passenger and freight capacity… severely hindering economical and social progress Generations of rail builders devoted their lives to bring improvements. [Ministry of Railways official] Our predecessors have done a lot of ground work. In 1992, Ministry of Railways founded the branch dedicated to making high speed rail a reality This branch promptly began studying existing high speed rail development in other countries To most quickly adopt and build upon HSR technology the government recognized that China should pioneer a new approach. The question was how should China develop its rail infrastructure? The Ministry of Railway quickly realized the need to gather technical expertise and build up production and assembling capacity With strong support from the government, high speed rail development was fast tracked. A mid-long term rail network plan was passed Thus begun the realization of China’s high speed rail dream [Beijing China] January 2004, Chinese State Council approved the mid-long term rail network development plan. The plan included over 12,000 km of high speed rail lines Four lines will cross China North-South
    Another four lines will connect east-west That year [2004], China’s fastest line had speed of only 160km/hr or three quarters of Japanese Shinkansen’s initial operating speed 40 years ago [Ministry of Railways Official] When we went to other countries to discuss our plans They were impressed with our ambitious objectives but I got the impression that they felt our plan was a dream
    with materialization far off in the future However taking a unique path allowed China to gain an extraordinary leap in HSR development When we started on high speed technology, we did not take the beaten paths taken by many others For some countries, the speed increase was gradual Taking almost 50 years to go from 200km/h to 300km/h For us, our current economical and technical capabilities allowed us to directly adopt the best technology By acquiring existing knowledge, digesting it and further innovating we set our goal to build with the most advanced technology anywhere In 2004, renowned international companies entered bids One company quoted 350 million RMB yuan per train [approx $50 million] and a 390 million Euro fee for technology transfer Ministry of Railways’ negotiation team held fast that price for train be dropped to below 250 million RMB [~$35 million] and technology transfer fees must be no greater than 150 million Euros That company felt it was impossible to deliver under that price At that time we were negotiating agreements between Chinese companies valued at 1 billion yuan [~$100 million] with foreign companies’ that are worth over $150 billion USD Had we not emphasized and utilized our tremendous market potential, our negotiations would have came to stand still, This country’s ability in bringing people together to pursue immense projects formed a crucial and formidable component of the negotiations. In the end, the central government reached agreements with other companies and the company that lost the HSR contract dropped in stock value From then on it was clear China was determined to acquire world class HSR.technology [Ministry of Railways official]; China had to catch up with decades of development in HSR technology The HSR program attracted leading experts from aerospace, material science, electronics, electromotive and more and combined their innovative talents They shared in the spirit of scientific exploration
    and common purpose of developing world class technology The Chinese understood – collaboration is fundamental to development December, 2009, Wuguang HSR went into service on board were leading foreign HSR experts the experts were first skeptical to what can be accomplished in four years time there was doubts regarding the 350km/hr designed speed and smoothness of the train more doubts on whether 350km/hr speed is sustained the whole distance from Wuhan to Guangzhou The ride cleared all these doubts and was well received by international experts. China now has world class HSR… its said that the first locomotives were slower than horse drawn wagons (carriage) 140 years past before the coming of HSR the progression from 200km/hr to 350km/hr took developed countries 40 years from 2004’s railway plan to operating 350km/hr service, China used just four years [Official] and we are not slowing our HSR development Later this year, trains designed for 380km/hr will be rolling off production line [passengers cheering] According to China’s Mid to Long Term Railway Network Plan by 2020 there will be, four north-south and four east-west HSR corridors and HSR services between numerous provincial capitals and mid-large cities regarding China’s lighting fast HSR growth U.S. President Obama remarked in the 2010 State of the Union Address [Obama] “There’s no reason Europe or China should have the fastest trains” Discussions are also underway in other countries regarding how China quickly earned the international spotlight for HSR behind the success is the philosophy of adopting, reflecting and reinventing please stayed tuned to China’s high speed rail progress

    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”

    Drag Race: Formula E Car vs Cheetah
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    Drag Race: Formula E Car vs Cheetah

    October 19, 2019


    Formula E car vs Cheetah Jean-Eric Vergne – Techeetah Formula E driver Western Cape, South Africa Formula E car 0-100 kph: 3.0 seconds. Cheetah 0-100 kph: 3.0 seconds. The cheetah is one of the 10 animals most at risk of climate change Formula E racing is accelerating the development of electric powered vehicles See our cars in their natural habitat… Formula E Season 4 starts in Hong Kong, 2 & 3 December No animals were abused or mistreated during the filming of this production

    China To Join Effort To Build High-Speed Rail From LA To Vegas
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    China To Join Effort To Build High-Speed Rail From LA To Vegas

    October 19, 2019


    THE POPE ARRIVES NEXT WEEK AND DAVE LOPEZ WILL BE THERE. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE POPE BEGINS WEDNESDAY RIGHT HERE ON KCAL9. AN AMERICAN AMERICAN COMPANY HAS BEEN WORKING ON PLANS FOR YEARS THAT WOULD WHISK PASSENGERS FROM VEGAS IN JUST 80 MINUTES. THIS IS HOW CHINA MIGHT BE GETTING ON BOARD. HE IS FLYING FROM ONTARIO BUT HE WOULD RATHER BE WRITING A BULLET TRAIN HITTING SPEEDS OF ONE 150 MILES PER HOUR. IT’S A FASTER CHECK-IN TIME. YOUR THEY ARE DOWNTOWN IMMEDIATELY. YOU CAN PARTY ON THE TRAIN IF YOU WANT TO. IT’S TO. IT’S SUPER CONVENIENT. THEY ARE PARTNERING WITH CHINA RAILWAY TO BUILD AND OPERATE A HIGH-SPEED TRAIN FROM PALMDALE AND VICTORVILLE TO VEGAS IN JUST 80 MINUTES. SOME SUPPORTERS LOVE THE IDEA. IT WILL SAVE TIME AND GAS. THEY ARE ALSO ON BOARD SAYING THE TRAIN WOULD BE GREAT FOR TOURISM, JOB GROWTH AND FREE OF CONGESTION ON ROADS. OTHERS ARE QUICK TO SHOOT DOWN THE BULLET TRAIN. THERE ARE SO MANY ANIMALS PROTECTED ON THAT LAND. THERE ARE PRIVATE HOMEOWNERS THAT WILL BE AFFECTED BY IT. A ROUND-TRIP TICKET TO VEGAS WAS MENTIONED FOR AN AVERAGE $89. EXPRESS WEST OF THE PROJECT WILL BE FINANCED WITH PRIVATE FUNDS AND FEDERAL LOANS. SO FAR THEY HAVE $100 MILLION TO GET STARTED. I DON’T THINK IT IS ANYTHING THAT IS NECESSARY. I DON’T THINK THERE’S ENOUGH

    CTA’s Ride the Rails: Orange Line Real-time (2019) v1.1
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    CTA’s Ride the Rails: Orange Line Real-time (2019) v1.1

    October 19, 2019


    Periodically, information about the CTA and/or the line will appear on the screen.
    If you prefer to experience this video without this information, please turn off
    Youtube’s closed captioning. The Orange Line is the most recent line to be built from scratch,
    opening on October 31, 1993. It runs 13-miles and consists of 16 stations. The Orange Line serves several points of interest, including Midway Airport,
    Art Institute of Chicago, the Board of Trade, Chicago Cultural Center,
    City Hall/County Building, Daley Center, Museum Campus, Soldier Field,
    and Thompson Center. Now for some general history on the CTA. Chicago’s rapid transit system began in the 1890’s.
    Originally there were four companies that ran the different lines. The South Side ‘L’, The Lake Street ‘L’,
    The Metropolitan West Side ‘L’, and The Northwestern ‘L’. The South Side ‘L’ opened in 1892 and went 3.6-miles
    from Congress Street to 39th Street. The Lake Street ‘L’ opened in 1893 and went from 52nd Avenue
    (Laramie Avenue) to Market (Wacker) and Madison. The Metropolitan West Side ‘L’ started service in 1895 and went from
    Franklin Street west to Marshfield Avenue where it split into three branches. The last of the original elevated companies to start service structures to be built
    was The Northwestern ‘L’ which began operation in 1900. It went from a connection
    with the Union Loop’s tracks at Fifth (Wells) and Lake to Wilson. Although it had no trains of its own, the Union Loop opened in late 1897 and
    was very important for the downtown area. Until the Union Loop opened, the
    other rail lines all terminated on the outskirts of the downtown. The Union Loop was built to serve as a common downtown terminal
    for the various ‘L’ companies. They did not have any trains of their own. With the opening of the Union Loop the city’s three – soon to be four – operating
    ‘L’ companies could now bring commuters into the heart of the city. While the separate companies kept their individual identities, they did unify under
    the moniker Chicago Elevate Railways Collateral Trust (CER), which functioned
    similar to a holding company, and in 1913 the first trains were through-routed
    without requiring customers pay an extra fare. A system of universal transfers was also instituted at this time. Finally,
    in 1924, the four operating companies were consolidated into the
    Chicago Rapid Transit Company (CRT). Just 7-years later, in 1931, CRT was filing for bankruptcy. By the mid-1940s, the transit situation in Chicago was quite complicated,
    and it became apparent that privately owned public transit would not survive
    due to its unprofitability. The street railways system was being managed by the Chicago Surface Lines but was
    still actually comprised of four separate companies, and they were also bankrupt. In both cases, the companies had bonds and other liabilities that were coming due
    and no way to pay them, and fares had long since ceased to be enough to cover
    operating and capital improvement expenses. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) was created April 12, 1945 and,
    with the exception of the Chicago Motor Coach Company, brought
    all public transit under one organization in October 1947. The Chicago Motor Coach Company was purchased in 1952. The bridge to the left is the Canal Street Railroad Bridge and was constructed
    in 1914. It weighs 1500 tons and can be raised in approximately 45-seconds.
    On December 12, 2007, it was designated a Chicago Landmark. The tracks to the right connect the Orange Line and Green Line to the Red Line.
    They are known as the Cermak and Federal junctions. The rail tunnel to the left is the 13th Street Incline. It connects the Red Line
    to this elevated structure for access to the Orange and Green Lines. This “S” curve used to be much sharper, but on Friday, May 23, 2003, CTA shut
    down this portion of the line to demolish and rebuild it. The process took 80-hours, and re-opened in time for Tuesday morning rush hour. Location of the now demolished Congress/Wabash station.
    It closed August 1, 1949, and was demolished in the mid-1950s. Location of the now demolished State/Van Buren station. It was part of a
    continuous platform that extended to LaSalle three blocks west. On Saturday, July 20, 1968, an explosion at the southwest corner of Dearborn
    and Van Buren streets rocked the South Loop and severely damaged the
    old Dearborn/Van Buren station. Following the explosion and damage to the Dearborn/Van Buren station, these
    little-used sections of infrastructure began to be removed. The State/Van Buren station was closed on Sunday, September 2, 1973. Location of the now demolished Dearborn/Van Buren station. While the station itself
    closed in 1949, the station house and platforms were retained and integrated into
    the adjacent State/Van Buren station as an auxiliary exit. This location did without a Loop ‘L’ station for the next 24 years. In 1997, a new station,
    Library-State/Van Buren, was built between State and Dearborn in conjunction with
    the construction of the new Harold Washington Library. Originally named Pacific Avenue, the station has suffered relatively few alterations.
    Still intact are the original station houses complete with woodwork and pressed
    tin ceilings, rest rooms, fare collection booths and the platform canopies. At this juncture, an elevated structure once continued to the Metropolitan
    Main Line which was used by four different lines that served the west side. Few remnants exist today of that line, but if you look at the Chicago River
    two blocks west, you can still see the foundation of the old west bridge pit. In the mid-1980s, Quincy was closed for extensive rehibilitation. It was to be restored
    as close to its original 1897 appearance as feasible, while maintaining capacity for
    current ridership and adhering the modern safety and security standards. The preservation-sensitive restoration included the replication
    of the ticket agent’s booth from the original 1897 drawings. Location of the now demolished Madison/Wells station. It closed
    Sunday, January 30, 1994 and demolished so that work on the
    Washington/Wells station could begin. Washington/Wells station opened in July 1995. Location of the now demolished Randolph/Wells station. It closed on
    Monday, July 17, 1995. The remaining platform is now used for storage. The Clark/Lake tri-level facility is the CTA’s largest, most complex station and one of
    its busiest. It was created in 1992 when the Clark/Lake elevated station and the Lake Transfer subway station — which previously had separate fare controls and
    mezzanines — were renovated and had their passenger access relocated into
    two buildings. In 1966, State/Lake became the first Loop ‘L’ station to receive an escalator for
    passenger convenience as part of a series of station improvements and renovations
    the CTA performed in the mid- and late-1960s. State/Lake is the last remaining example of 1895 Loop architecture from the State
    Street Leg, despite its altered condition. The station still sports its original decorative
    railings and canopies, among other remnants. Location of the now demolished Randolph/Wabash station.
    It closed on September 3, 2017, replaced by the newly constructed
    Washington/Wabash station which opened three days earlier. Location of the now demolished Madison/Wabash station.
    It closed on Monday, March 16, 2015, for the construction of the new
    Washington/Wabash station. Washingon/Wabash station replaced and consolidated the Randolph/Wabash and
    Madison/Wabash stations into one facility, located between the two former stations. It opened on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

    Senate all aboard with western Mass. push for high-speed train study
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    Senate all aboard with western Mass. push for high-speed train study

    October 19, 2019


    OF 2014 AND JULY OF 2015. RYAN: HIGH SPEED RAIL CONNECTING BOSTON TO SPRINGFIELD IS INCHING FORWARD. 22NEWS REPORTER MATT CARON EXPLAINS HOW THE CONNECTION COULD BENEFIT THE WHOLE STATE. MATT: THE AMENDMENT STILL NEEDS APPROVAL FROM THE HOUSE, AND GOV. BAKER. IF APPROVED, THE STUDY WOULD BE DONE BY THE END OF 2017. “TRAIN SOUND.” ALL ABOARD — THE STATE SENATE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY THURSDAY TO COMMISSION A STUDY ON EAST / WEST RAIL TO CONNECT BOSTON TO SPRINGFIELD. STATE SENATOR ERIC LESSER SPONSORED THE IDEA. ERIC LESSER, STATE SENATOR, FIRST HAMPDEN/HAMPSHIRE DISTRICT: YOU HAVE MGM OPENING, YOU HAVE UNION STATION OPENING, YOU HAVE A NEW RAIL CAR FACILITY THAT IS GOING TO BE MAKING THE MBTA CARS, NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A REALITY. NEXT, LAWMAKERS WILL FOCUS ON GETTING FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING TO UPGRADE THE EXISTING FREIGHT RAIL LINE THAT CONNECTS SPRINGFIELD TO BOSTON TO ACCOMMODATE HIGH- SPEED PASSENGER RAIL. STATE SENATOR ERIC LESSER TOLD 22NEWS THAT ESTABLISHING EAST/WEST RAIL BETWEEN BOSTON AND SPRINGFIELD ISN’T JUST ABOUT CONNECTING GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS, IT’S ABOUT CONNECTING ECONOMIES. ERIC LESSER, STATE SENATOR, FIRST HAMPDEN/HAMPSHIRE DISTRICT: WE ARE LOSING FAMILIES, WE ARE LOSING COMPANIES, WE ARE LOSING EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS TO THE EASTERN PART OF THE STATE. BOSTON IS BOOMING. THE 617 AREA CODE IS GROWING. THE WAY WE LIFT EVERYONE IS BY CONNECTING BOTH REGIONS THROUGH FAST, RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION. TRANSPORTATION THAT MEANS JOBS. WILLIAM MACGREGOR, COMMISSIONER, SPRINGFIELD REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: IF YOU CAN BRING EMPLOYEES TO EMPLOYERS AND GIVE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE IN A FAIRLY LOW COST OF LIVING AREA LIKE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THAT REALM TOO. SPRINGFIELD’S REVITALIZED TRANSPORTATION HUB KNOWN AS UNION STATION WILL OPEN IN LESS THAN A MONTH. 4-MILLION PEOPLE ANNUALLY WILL BOARD THE TRAINS. ALLEVIATING SOME OF STRESS FROM THE 50,000 CARS A DAY THAT PASS THROUGH SPRINGFIELD’S VIADUCT. MATT: RIGHT NOW, PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE BUT WORK IN BOSTON EITHER COMMUTE TO WORCESTER AND TAKE TRAIN OR DRIVE TO THE RIVERSIDE T-STOP AND RIDE INTO THE CITY.

    New railway company to launch high-speed service on Friday
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    New railway company to launch high-speed service on Friday

    October 19, 2019


    A new high-speed rail service begins here
    in Korea. The Super Rapid Train or SRT will not only
    reduce cross country travel time, but cost as well. Our Hwang Hojun takes us on a bullet train
    ride. After 117 years, Korail’s monopoly over the
    nation’s railways has come to an end. Passengers on Korea’s high-speed rail network
    will have a new bullet train option — the SR, or Supreme Railway, whose service commences
    this Friday. Celebrating the completion of 5 years and
    7 months of construction, the opening ceremony took place on Thursday, with thousands joining
    in, including Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn. “I urge both Korail and SR to further improve
    customer service through competition in good faith. The government will continue to carry out
    policies that are needed to guarantee fair competition.” The trains are called SRTs, and will depart
    from Suseo Station in Seoul’s Gangnam district, instead of Seoul or Yongsan Station, where
    the KTX trains depart. That’ll make it easier for many people to
    start their journey. “The SRT will benefit residents of southern
    Seoul and Gyeonggi-do province as they can now take the high-speed train nearer their
    homes instead of traveling north across the river. This will satisfy their demand for convenience.” Guests at the opening also had the chance
    to experience the train’s top speed of 300 kilometers per hour on a test run down to
    Pyeongtaek. “We just left Suseo Station and are on our
    way to Jije Station in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do Province. The distance is 61-point-1 kilometers, which
    according to my GPS, would take roughly an hour by car. But hop on the SRT and it takes just 24 minutes,
    just long enough to finish reading the morning paper.” The new Suseo High Speed Railway provides
    the most direct route as 93 percent of the railway’s length is tunnels. After passing the southern city of Pyeongtaek
    , the train will share the KTX rails, traveling
    to Busan to the southeast, and Mokpo to the soutwest, shaving about 8 minutes and 7 minutes
    off travel times, respectively. And the average fair is 10% cheaper. According to the Ministry of Transport, about
    170,000 people take the KTX on a daily basis. The emergence of SRTs will likely ease the
    congestion, with more than 45 thousand people expected to use Suseo Station daily by 2026. The official maiden voyage departs at ten
    past five AM on Friday, bound for Mokpo. Hwang Hojun, Arirang News.