Future Trains Make Heads Spin

Future Trains Make Heads Spin The Next Generation of Amtrak Acela Trains Is Worth A Look As you may know already, trains are an important part of my life.  I grew up fascinated by them, rode them constantly and watched them at any chance I got.  Today, I continue that same passion for the rails and even with a bit more fervor than before.  Seriously, I’m nuts about the rails.  So when Vice President Joseph Biden recently revealed new federal financing for additional Amtrak Acela trains, I couldn’t have been happier.  And when I discovered Amtrak’s plans to do a complete overhaul of their high speed trains, I jumped for joy.  Train travel in America is really no laughing matter, as we are still behind…

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Doppler Dreams

Doppler Dreams …or how the Amtrak locomotives of the past and their horns made me fall in love with trains. The Doppler Effect from Wikipedia: The Doppler effect (or Doppler shift) is the change in frequency of a wave (or other periodic event) for an observer moving relative to its source. It is named after the Austrian physicist Christian Doppler, who proposed it in 1842 in Prague. K5LA Horn   * K5LA horns, designed by Nathan Manufacturing, LLC,  were commonly used with Amtrak and various freight lines over the past several decades. If you grew up around trains in the 1990’s,  then you’ve definitely heard this horn.  Again from Wikipedia: The K5LA five-chime assembly has five bells whose musical chord helps the horn to be heard and lessens complaints.…

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