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    Question Gautrain on the rails?

    Snapped a shot yesterday in Midrand ... is this the Gautrain?

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    Yes, they are doing test rides at the moment... It has to do like a million runs before they can go live.
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    oooooooooo...
    thats cool

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    Nice to see it up and running - surely seems to be the Gautrain.
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    what - that looks damn ugly on that pic

    I need a bigger pic to judge more accurately though....

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    We need bullet train routes across the country which in theory should be more economical and faster than flying.

    I wonder if they will attempt to break the SA speed record (245km/h) in the gautrain just out of interest sake although it's max rated speed is not quite close enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keeper View Post
    what - that looks damn ugly on that pic

    I need a bigger pic to judge more accurately though....
    Will try my best Keeper ... was taking it at 80km/h with my cellphone
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keeper View Post
    I need a bigger pic to judge more accurately though....
    It's a Bombardier Elctrostar, used in the UK as well although slightly different looks..
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostar#Gautrain
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautrain#Rolling_stock
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    They been testing for a few months now, a friend of mine whos an engineer for them had to find out why parts of the track broke a wheel of the train.... seemed some parts were not welded together properly...

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    yeah, its been driving up and down midrand, you probably took the pic there close to Gallagher estate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponder View Post
    It's a Bombardier Elctrostar, used in the UK as well although slightly different looks..
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrostar#Gautrain
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautrain#Rolling_stock
    cool looking train that - but the colors on ours - yugghh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponder View Post
    We need bullet train routes across the country which in theory should be more economical and faster than flying.I wonder if they will attempt to break the SA speed record (245km/h) in the gautrain just out of interest sake although it's max rated speed is not quite close enough.
    That would be ORSM!!!!!!!!!!
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    WOW! I cannot wait for it to be painted matt grey with matt orange stripes!
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    Bullet train - Guateng -> Cape Town -> Durban -> Guateng
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosaudio View Post
    Bullet train - Guateng -> Cape Town -> Durban -> Guateng
    DBN-CPT, DBN-FS, FS-CPT, FS-JHB, FS-EL, FS-PE

    The FS could provided a nice hub and spoke arrangement unless we just say feckit and build direct routes
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