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BDA

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Storm in a tea cup and as is usual here , difficult to change things in retrospect .

Its the same story in the automotive world , the law can't force you to get your HR Holden as clean exhaust wise a ...

The visible soot etc is from fuel going through and not being completely burnt .

The ancient dinosaurs , think Alcos , have really prehistoric injection systems that date back to the 1960s .

Modern  ...

Posted 23 Feb 2020 01:37 in Locomotives and Rolling Stock by BDA

The fun thing to consider is how optional having a transport industry is . Believe the saying that when all trucks stop - the whole country stops .

No available technology is going to replace long di ...

I smell a rat , ultimately I think this is a way to kill off diesel powered rail anything so that governments never have to face the cost of modern rail alignments in NSW . There's virtually zip votes ...

Posted 19 Feb 2020 22:56 in Locomotives and Rolling Stock by BDA

And what of the many road freight vehicles that don't meet current standards , I vote sick up to date standards on them as well .

Country grinds to a halt - and once again the eco Nazis prove their  ...

Posted 11 Feb 2020 11:12 in Sydney Suburban by BDA

Hows about calling it Felix - to go with Oscar ?

The point should be that the infrastructure needs to be good enough for 23 and preferably 25TAL at 115 km/h .

That way lighter axle load trains ie pass can run at higher speeds .

Both the alignment  ...

By Australian standards a 100 tonne loaded wagon isn't exactly rare , this is a loaded coal wagon in NSW and not exactly fantasy land . This is 2020 not 1863 and to expect to be able to run a 100 tonn ...

Posted 09 Jan 2020 19:54 in News by BDA

The short south from my memory has ruleing grades off 1:66 on the down (Exeter Bank) and 1:66 on the up (Wingello Bank).

Personally I wouldn't bother with most the original alignments on the southern ...

Posted 09 Jan 2020 10:42 in News by BDA

And I was thinking finally some intelligent discussion ….

A6 , in practical terms the ruleing grades Sydney Melbourne are 1:40 on the down (all south of Goulburn) and 1:50something on the up (the ...

Rail can very easily do better Sydney Melbourne than it does now , all it needs is modern alignments to run on .

PN or any operator has no chance of financing such alignments , just as no single road ...

Posted 07 Jan 2020 13:30 in News by BDA

And if you ran it roughly parallel to the Hume access to it everywhere would be great .

Does it have to run through Junee ?

The Hume alignment is better than the southern rail line but still close  ...

I think you mean NSW trains network , Sydney trains don't run past Berowra .

1984 . E Fit , 8 way fit , tap wrench , depth gauge and you should have turned a bolt to suit a sample nut .

I think on the lathes you also turned up a minature electric staff

And who could forget t ...

I cannot understand why some people here are so Canberra centric .

Your average punter could not give a damn about the place because its in the middle of nowhere and has so little to offer .

Why blo ...

Ah well , Adani obviously doesn't see the valve in running 40/42 tonne axle loads like serious operators do in WA .

Makes 26 look very ordinary .

Posted 06 Oct 2019 11:53 in New South Wales by BDA

I wonder what excuses will be put forward when the XPT replacement gets shaken to pieces …

Posted 21 Sep 2019 16:22 in Sydney Suburban by BDA

Grape vine seems to think that the master and brake controllers are unchanged ?

No electrification is not the instant answer .

The answer is more direct alignments capable of higher average speeds . By this I don't mean 140 km/h either , 115 is fine if you have alignments capab ...

Put it this way , when I last spoke to truck drivers at Yass Services Centre around 6-7 years ago they said it took around 9 1/2 hours to drive a B Double from Capital to Capital .

At that stage the  ...

What the Federal and State governments need to do is provide modern rail infrastructure and alignments so that rail has a hope of competing with road .

Trying to be competitive on 1930s alignment is ...

Posted 08 Jun 2019 18:57 in New South Wales by BDA

[quote=matthewg]Local hauling the XP coaches as a stop gap isn't going to happen. NSW Trains would have to hire locomotives and crews. But the drivers that come with the locomotives wouldn't be passen ...

Posted 03 May 2019 17:27 in Sydney Suburban by BDA

Turn it into a metro , sure fire cure for colds moles and sore ...

Posted 01 May 2019 18:37 in Locomotives and Rolling Stock by BDA

I was qualified for and worked them in the early mid 1990s .

Going back a while but I think the restrictions were how many pans up and how much upward pressure they exerted on the contact wire . With ...

As you very well know I was referring to interstate road corridors as these are the ones rail fails to compete with .

To do well you need to have high load carrying capacity because its those tonnes  ...

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