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Re: Staten Island North shore cars (Re: And the R-179 contract goes to....)

Posted by Joe Saitta on Sun Mar 25 22:35:30 2012, in response to Re: Staten Island North shore cars (Re: And the R-179 contract goes to....), posted by Wado MP73 on Sun Mar 25 18:50:04 2012.

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In the early 1990's (1992 to be exact), the tram-train was only an experiment. When it was declared successful, modifications and improvements of both the equipment and infrastructure began to be made as the lines were added to and extended. One was the ability of the equipment to use both high and low platforms. There are now about a dozen tram-train routes and more are planned. In addition, the equipment has been operated into at least two other countries, France and Switzerland. Theoretically, it's possible to use these cars all over Europe. Since I'll be returning there this summer, I'll have an update later on. If a comparison were to be made with earlier USA systems, it could probably best be made with Pacific Electric, Illinois Terminal or Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee.

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