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Illinois High Speed Rail updates

so uh, when are the new trains coming for chicago-stl. anyone know? this project is (seemingly) annoyingly low information at this point.
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so uh, when are the new trains coming for chicago-stl. anyone know? this project is (seemingly) annoyingly low information at this point.
There is a whole website dedicated to it:
http://www.idothsr.org/

Work is supposed to be complete this year.
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There is a whole website dedicated to it:
http://www.idothsr.org/

Work is supposed to be complete this year.
the project seems to have been behind schedule for the majority of the project timeline on that site. looks like they've updated it more recently. seemed like the whole thing was floating dead in the water for a while, except for the scattered track improvements i've actually been seeing. i haven't heard anything about new locomotives/cars in a while.

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looks like idot is holding an update meeting this week in alton, il, which should be helpful.

it would be nice (in a perfect world) if this whole thing were treated more like a heavy duty regional project than a piddly idot project with scattered small town meetings (instead of annual updates in st. louis/chicago or whatever) once every three years. this goes more to our national infrastructure/spending priorities than anything having to do with the state of illinois.
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dumb stuff like this keeps happening:

"ROCHELLE, Ill. — Another 100 workers have lost their jobs at Nippon Sharyo’s Rochelle manufacturing plant leaving an unknown, but likely small, number of workers at the facility.

“This difficult decision is the result of ongoing technical complications with the design of one of our prototype cars that have caused significant delays in the production schedule, as well as other challenging business considerations,” Nippon Sharyo officials say in a recent statement."

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire...-nippon-latest
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the whole damn order is canceled if they can't fix whatever the hell is wrong with the prototypes by september and we get no trainsets, since the 1/2 billion dollars goes back to the feds. that money isn't coming back with this administration.
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The Belleville News Democrat covered the Alton meeting:
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article144297399.html
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This is something I posted in the high-speed rail subject in the transportation section.
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^ I went by the Siemens plant in Sacramento today and there were several tarpped over Chargers in the plant yard as well as a couple of freshly painted ones right off the assembly line (they seem to be cranking them out). Btw I've got some family members who live near Joliet and one of my cousins told me they are beginning to do a lot of track work from Joliet towards Chicago-putting down new concrete ties and new rail in several spots.
Btw it's been nice to drive by the Siemens plant lately..
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This is something I posted in the high-speed rail subject in the transportation section.


Btw it's been nice to drive by the Siemens plant lately..
yeah, i have witnessed the same just outside of st. louis, including a decent amount of building demolition adjacent to tracks and grading for more gradual turns/grade. so track work is indeed progressing.
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^ Ahh thanks buddy!

Here's something of interest that was in yesterdays railwayage mag:
http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/...tml?channel=41
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