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Re: Trains, Trains and More Trains 2019/02/23 09:23:55 (permalink)
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I didn't even know this was the Woodstock performance! I was only 8 years old at the time. My parents had Limelighters, Ed Ames, and Joan Baez albums and my brother had Beatles and Rolling Stones but much of what I know of the 60s I learned as an adult.
 

They must have been pretty cool.
We had Jonah Jones and Al Hirt albums. Perhaps that’s what started me on my road to rebellion.
I still don’t know what trains Jim’s going to go ride though.



Thanks to the information age, you can still watch Woodstock. The snippet above is a perfect example.
 
I also like, and re-watch about once a year "Last Waltz" with The Band. That is where the trains come in. Their song about the Robert E Lee (The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down), may be the best anti war song ever written, although some would say that the subject Woodstock performance was better. The Joan Baez cover, although a favorite of mine, is defective because she didn't understand all the words in the original.   
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Re: Trains, Trains and More Trains 2019/02/23 09:31:40 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby tmiles 2019/02/23 10:16:42
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Boston's "T" is looking for a price increase, and more $$ out of the general fund.

Will you be voting for Walter O'Brien?
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Re: Trains, Trains and More Trains 2019/02/23 10:17:51 (permalink)
One may wonder why I tagged the above post "helpful". Because it gave me a laugh........
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Re: Trains, Trains and More Trains 2019/02/23 14:18:18 (permalink)
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One may wonder why I tagged the above post "helpful". Because it gave me a laugh........



Me too! 
Just in case anyone is wondering:
 

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Re: Trains, Trains and More Trains 2019/06/19 12:28:58 (permalink)
Here's an interesting news / commentary video on why 'high speed rail' is 'having troubles' being built in the U.S.:

 
Interestingly, the 'elephant in the room' - the vast distances between most major metro areas in the U.S. - was not mentioned, but China's high-speed rail achievements were briefly discussed.
 
If you are wondering, Barcelona is 315 miles from Madrid.
 
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Recently, Richard Branson (Virgin) has been abandoning air service to invest in high speed rail.  In 2016 we took Branson's Virgin Rail RT London-Edinburgh-London.  As the train was 20 - 30 minutes late returning to King's Cross, they refunded 50% of our tickets!  Had we been > 30 minutes our rides would have been free!
 
In addition to his investment in the high speed Miami - Orlando line he is investing in Elon Musk's "hyperloop" concept.  Here is a fascinating, short video on this:
 

 

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Re: Trains, Trains and More Trains 2019/06/19 12:36:01 (permalink)
Would love to see this come to pass...
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Re: Trains, Trains and More Trains 2019/06/20 09:10:54 (permalink)
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Recently, Richard Branson (Virgin) has been abandoning air service to invest in high speed rail.  In 2016 we took Branson's Virgin Rail RT London-Edinburgh-London.  As the train was 20 - 30 minutes late returning to King's Cross, they refunded 50% of our tickets!  Had we been > 30 minutes our rides would have been free!
 

Private investments, the way it should be done.
 
The Florida line also overcomes the "vast distance" issue by biting off a doable (profitable!) segment, rather than trying to jump directly to a nationwide network. Of course, like air travel, the high speed lines will need to operate on a hub & spoke basis with the feeders being something other than high-speed rail (e,g., planes, slow-trains and automobiles, etc.) and include waiting times for connections. So high-speed won't actually be high-speed for most real world trips.
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Re: Trains, Trains and More Trains 2019/06/25 19:31:18 (permalink)
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Private investments, the way it should be done.
 

 
Private enterprise built the railroads - and the subways, trolleys, and el's! 
I know that.  You know that. 
Sadly, I very much doubt many under 40 were taught/know that fact, much less to appreciate it.
 
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Re: Trains, Trains and More Trains 2019/08/25 20:41:01 (permalink)
I ran across these two short videos, both of which (despite the word "sucks" in their titles) are less "emo/political" than the CNBC piece I posted above.
 
Enjoy!
 

 
Edit:  The following short video really brought forth some fond memories for me regarding TROLLIES.  The nearest town to our home in Eighty-Four, PA was Washington, PA (1950's pop = 25K) which, in my youth, not only had local trolley lines but also connected to the Pittsburgh interurban system.  Believe me, "mass transit" in Pittsburgh was far better 60 years ago than it is today.  If you want to experience the convenience that Pittsburgh did then, spend a week in Milan.  Along with their "Euro-Class" trains and subway, Milan also maintains a comprehensive network of trollies which are by far my preferred means of getting around in Italy's largest city. 
 

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Re: Trains, Trains and More Trains 2019/08/28 17:24:37 (permalink)
If you enjoy trans, trollies, subways, and high-speed rail connections, Milan is remarkable in that they have layers of rolling stock that can take you within feet of where you want to go:
 

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