China's HSR Expansion Continues
China expands their high-speed rail so often that it's hardly news. Testing began on their first high-speed line to Inner Mongolia. This is the first of three high-speed lines that will serve cities in Inner Mongolia.
The trains are being tested at 170 mph on the initial section from Hohhot- Ulanquab, which is due to open in July. The remainder of the line from Ulanquab - Zhangjiakou will be commissioned next year.
Once construction of the line is complete journey times between Beijing - Hohhot, a 300 mile distance, will be cut from around nine hours to less than three hours. China is constructing what amounts to a high-speed line from Chicago - Detroit in just a few years. In fact this distance is comparable to many of the potential high-speed rail corridors in the Midwest. What China is accomplishing with regularity, would transform the way we travel in the Midwest.
Last Week at MHSRA
Dylan Hayward took the train from Chicago to Galesburg, IL for an Amtrak Corridor meeting, consisting of leaders from along the Chicago - Quincy line. This group does a great job of promoting the existing service and the value it brings to their communities.
MHSRA Board Member Beth Coulson and her husband Bill were given a behind the scenes tour at a Brightline facility in Florida. See Beth at the controls of a new Siemens Charger locomotive.
Articles We Enjoyed
Software Tycoon Plans Chicago Rail Bypass
“Great Lakes plans to build an 'entirely new' 420km orbital line running 60-140km from the centre of Chicago, fully grade-separated from other rail and road infrastructure, to move up to 110 passenger and freight trains a day through the Chicago region.”
Via Rail’s Fleet is Obsolete. Can’t We Do Better?
It is past time to replace Amtrak's fleet with a more modern design as well. The train itself directly impacts the customer experience, travel times and operating costs and is central to making passenger rail competitive.
HS2 Concept Trains on Show at Railtex
“Hitachi and Talgo are both showing concept trains for potential operation on Britain’s HS2 high-speed line, which is due to open between London and Birmingham in 2026.”
Fort Worth Takes Big Step Toward High-Speed Rail Link with Dallas
“Fort Worth and Dallas are in the process of preparing for a 30- to 40-mile high-speed rail line between the two cities called the DFW Core Express. A $15 million environmental impact study of the possible route is expected to be completed in 2018.”
Homewood Rail Fest
A day that rail enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy all things trains! We will have a table at the event and would appreciate the help of anyone in the area. Please contact Dylan@JustBuildIt.org if you're interested in volunteering.
When: May 20th, 9am - 3pm
Where: Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Auditorium, 2010 Chestnut, Homewood, IL
The City Club of Chicago is hosting a breakfast with Amtrak's new CEO. This should be a great opportunity to learn about the direction Wick Moorman is leading Amtrak.
December 02, 2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
This is a combined meeting of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association and the annual meeting of the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers annual meeting.
The full agenda will be available soon. It will include a presentation by MHSRA Executive Director Rick Harnish, on the Phased Network Approach.
The meeting location is walking distance from the new Dearborn, MI railroad station.
November 03, 2017
Midwest High Speed Rail Association Executive Director Rick Harnish will hosting a panel on the Phased Network Approach as part of the National Association of Railroad Passengers' 50th Anniversary conference.
November 03, 2018 to November 11, 2018
We will visit Rome, Florence, Bologna, Milan and Turin, traveling by high speed train and transit. We will strive to meet with both high-speed train operators and the public transit operators in each of the cities. And, of course, we will mix in a little tourism.
Please call the Society of International Railway Travelers at 502-897-1725 if you have any interest in joining us.