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  1. US Defense 1950-1970 "sanity options"?

    https://www.aerothusiast.com/blog/usaf-turboprop-testbeds-yc-97j-yc-121f-yc-124b http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/c133bcargomaster/c133bdevelopment.html Personally, I think not building the KC-97J and C-132 was a major loss for aerial logistics. The turbine powered KC-97J would've been boon to the...
  2. Railroad thread

    Eventually PRR wires reach Chicago as well?
  3. Light at the End of the Tunnel: A TL of the American Railroad

    Besides brainstorming ways to keep mail flowing on long distance trains, the REA has seldom been discussed.
  4. Alternate Railways: V3

    NAME OF COMPANY: Bodie & Benton Railway GAUGE: Standard Gauge, Originally 3ft PERIOD OPERATIONAL: 1881-1917, 1972-Present HISTORY/ DESCRIPTION: With the planned closure of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in the 1970s, the counties of Inyo and Mono experienced a total renaissance of development and...
  5. Railroad thread

    Honestly seems unnecessary and only creates additional death and destruction
  6. Railroad thread

    Exactly, that was my fear too
  7. Railroad thread

    How about FDR proposing public takeovers of the various private mass transit companies and then upgrading them as civil works projects?
  8. Railroad thread

    @Andrew Boyd Amtrak has offered long distance routes to be bid on, but no private company have bitten to take over.
  9. Railroad thread

    Somewhat relative to our discussion about long distance passenger trains
  10. Railroad thread

    Having the ATSF and SP electrify the Tehachapi route was actually considered on a few occasions, especially when Harriman was in control of the SP. More than likely it would identical to the MILW setup with 3Kv DC and similar engines; eventually it would be modernized with 25 or 50Kv AC and...
  11. Railroad thread

    While that might make sense in pure economics, it would take decades for the Philippines to accept Japanese help. And besides, the American military can just dump surplus war locomotives as military assistance in the 50s.
  12. Railroad thread

    Perhaps writing a paragraph about investments into the Philippine rail system as a part of their prewar defenses or maybe write about rebuilding Manillas tram network after the war?
  13. Railroad thread

    Splitting up Amtrak into five or six regions makes a lot sense, but it definitely needs a lot of thought and refinement on how private the systems will actually be.
  14. Light at the End of the Tunnel: A TL of the American Railroad

    It's mostly a personal philosophy, it is apparent that gas taxes alone cannot adequately maintain our infrastructure and we have dedicated too much of the economy to support the automobile. My ideal outcome is made up of four pieces, 1. Less single person trips that cause excess congestion 2...
  15. Light at the End of the Tunnel: A TL of the American Railroad

    If the interstates end up being fully tolled (which I hope they do), then perhaps long distance Autotrains would rise in popularity.
  16. Railroad thread

    With the SPSF, would their duplicate trackage in California be forced off into the UP or sold off into smaller local roads?
  17. Light at the End of the Tunnel: A TL of the American Railroad

    I love the bit about having the Interstate System be Toll roads.
  18. Light at the End of the Tunnel: A TL of the American Railroad

    Could a large single locomotive like the Virginian EL-2B or Great Northern W-1 be regeared for higher speeds instead of drag freight?
  19. Light at the End of the Tunnel: A TL of the American Railroad

    Can't wait to see NYC's electrification plan
  20. Light at the End of the Tunnel: A TL of the American Railroad

    I really wouldn't unless everything is going to be 110% organized and concise
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