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Light Rail Vehicles - LRT, ICTS, Monorail, and more
With tunnel boring now complete in Rennes for Ligne B, here's one of those beautiful scrolly-type picture-heavy webpages/articles about where they're at:

https://social.shorthand.com/metropolere...ceptionnel

I love this line and can't wait to see it completed, since it's the world premiere of CityVal, the next generation VAL!
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Bombardier's latest INNOVIA 300 APM opened today for trial operations in Shanghai!

This was a joint-venture project.



I love the new track system (first used on DFW Skytrain), which greatly simplifies the guideway construction over the older Westinghouse/Adtranz (100/200) system which is common throughout many airports.
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RUMOR: New Monorail Fleet Has Been Ordered For Walt Disney World
The new fleet will reportedly be built by Bombardier of Canada, the same company that built the Mark VI trains for Walt Disney World

Squeeee!

I adore the MK VI's. But if they have to be replaced, there's no-one better suited to do it than Bombardier.

Hopefully they'll be built in Kingston!
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Quote:https://twitter.com/yegvalleyLRT/status/...5427430400    @yegvalleyLRT
. @doniveson @YEGMayorOffice  Thought you'd want to see the first @BombardierRail LRV loaded onto a rail car - set to begin its journey to #yeg. It will arrive right on time, in July!
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I didn't expect them to be able to put all seven segments on one car! Impressive.
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FLEXITY Freedom promotional video for Edmonton:

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The first Siemens CityVal tests are beginning in Rennes for ligne b at their OMSF (Garage Atelier):

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Pretty interesting milestone from France. The city of Caen had a guided busway prototype, which was fraught with problems. This was essentially Bombardier's take on LOHR's Translohr ("Tram-on-tyres") system, which has had many successful installations around the world.  They replace the entire system with conventional tramway, and just took delivery of the first Alstom LRV.



I can't even imagine how they are selling this to the city, and that's why I find this project so interesting - only a handful of times in history has an entire technology been replaced in this kind of 1:1 fashion.  Jacksonville's done it (MATRA VAL 256 was replaced with a Universal Mobility monorail), as an example - but it's exceedingly rare.
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The trams in Trieste, Italy, can climb steep hills by mating with an extra motive unit that gives them funicular-like climbing ability.

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Another awesome video from my friend Luke:

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That is seriously cool!
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It's the only installation of Transrapid (my heart!!), and it's sad that during the day they only run it at 300 km/h (they save the 430 km/h full-speed runs for rush-hours, mornings and evenings). But it is amazing nevertheless.

My husband and good friend have both ridden it (separately) and both said that it was bumpy. This kills me!!!

The first minute of this is so me:

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Is there a reason they limit the speed?

AFAIK, with traditional trains it's to reduce wear, but I wouldn't think that would apply to a maglev.
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Probably just being cheap, reducing wear and electricity consumption in off-peak. Ridership is really low, sadly.
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My spouse took it this year and didn't find it to be bumpy. Also not crowded.
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