Robert W. Mann 
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Re: “Light Passenger Rail for New Orleans?

What light rail? This article contained absolutely nothing about light rail. Light rail doesn't mean 'rail lite,' it defines a type of rail formerly known as the electric interurban railway. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with Amtrak, or Amtrak like trains, or commuter trains. All across America we are seeing the media confusing the issue by virtue of not understanding rail systems.

Streetcar - Okay, your in or around New Orleans, I don't need to explain.

Light-Rail- An modern interurban electric railway generally serving a major metro area and their immediate surroundings. In the old days the vehicles looked like large streetcars, today they look like large modern streetcars.

Commuter Rail - More Amtrak-like, large locomotive hauled trains - generally operated as push-(or)-pull, or diesel multiple units.

Intercity Rail - AMTRAK and operations like Amtrak.

Heavy Rail - Subway/Elevated/or surface built urban, dedicated rail line usually using a third rail for electric current, and generally featuring massive stations, double track and often 4-8 car trains.

Monorail - Not likely to be confused with anything else and usually identified as 'the future of rail,' which it most certainly is not. The most expensive of all choices (though it shouldn't be) they've been around almost as long as conventional railroad types.

For photos and a guide to rail types check out:…


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Posted by Robert W. Mann on 10/01/2012 at 9:12 PM

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