The Secret Worldwide Transit Cabal
Saturday, September 27, 2003
NOT EVERYTHING OF INTEREST TO TRANSITGEEKS CAN BE FOUND ON-LINE
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"Truth passes through three phases: 1) It is ridiculed. 2) It is violently opposed. 3) It is accepted as self-evident." Albert Schopenhouer. In the United States, rail is currently passing through Phase Two.
From the Cabalmaster:
We'd like to take this opportunity to remind intrepid websurfers expecially those who also happen to be transit geeks -- that not everything of interest can be found online.
Two interesting articles appeared in the March 2003 issue of the British magazine, Tramways & Urban Transit (we are, after all, a WORLDWIDE cabal . . .) .
"Overhead line: We still haven't found the perfect product" by David Rummey explains "overhead contact system" (OCS) design basics, and explains why I-beams (which draw criticism for their appearance) are preferable for support columns. For a given strength, against tension or "pull" from the overhead wires, an I-beam will be stronger than a round pole. That means that I-beam columns can be smaller and lighter -- and lower in cost -- than round poles.
"Strasbourg: Interurban tram stragety strenghens city system," by C. J. Wansbeek. We'd wind up reproducing half the article if we excerpted everything of interest. The following should suffice:
"The tram has brought a 75% increase in [Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois] ridership in its first six years."
Tramways & Urban Transit is published jointly by the Light Rail Transit Association (www.lrta.org) and Ian Allan Publishing Ltd (www.ianallan.com/publishing).
A subscription to Tramways & Urban Transit would be very educational for those who think they do, but actually know very little, about light rail transit such as Wendell Cox, Vic Vreeland, and Randal O'Toole.
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