8134Re: McLanes vs. Train Lanes
- Feb 27, 2005--- In email@example.com, "J.H. Crawford"
>Except that it would involve running custom-built (i.e. more
> There's no real DISadvantage to wide gauge.
expensive) rolling stock that is utterly incompatible with the rest
of the world. But yeah, other than that...
> It permits independently suspended wheels rightYou mean like this?
> out at the edges of the coaches, allowing passage through the
> train without steps--just articulate the coaches
> >Historically, aircraft manufacturers have done an awful job atThe reason why the Boeing LRT's were such a disaster, and BART cars
> >building reliable rail vehicles.
> That's right. Doesn't mean it has always to be that way.
spend 25% of the time in the shop, is because an aircraft
manufacturer has none of the experience or institutional knowledge
for building rail vehicles. So, if you were to try again at having
an aerospace company build rail cars, the same result seems
inevitable. Or, to put it another way: Would you buy an automobile
from Honda or Lockheed? (Ok, maybe a bad example for this listserv.)
> We really DO need light weight, and we really DO need highThat simply isn't true. Lots of industries know how to build with
> reliability. Historically, only airplanes have this characteristic.
aluminum and carbon fiber. On the other hand, not too many know the
intricacies of ATC, signaling, bogies, and general rail
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