Results are in on “Zenith City and Beyond” 500-Image CD-ROM by Jeff Lemke

Results are in on

If you enjoy pictures like the one shown on the cover of my latest project—taken at Duluth, MN. in 1966—then you’ll really enjoy my new Zenith City and Beyond 2016 digital image disc that’s available now. I announced this CD in October and made it available to subscribers for a small donation beginning on November 21st.

Positive vibes are already reaching my email INBOX, such as this one: "Just got my CD and absolutely love it! So many photos of places I have worked, brought back many memories. Thanks again for keeping Twin Ports Rail History alive." Vicki G.

As Vicki already discovered, my new CD contains 500 digital display images covering the Twin Ports of Duluth, Superior and surrounding communities—including the Mesabi Range. She used this link to find out much more information about this product before she made a small donation of just 4 cents an image!

Please check it out for yourself:

My 2016 digital image disc is designed to be viewed digitally—perfect for viewing on your favorite digital device. And if you’re a historian like me then you’ll be happy to learn that you can use my images in a history presentation of your own, as long as they are not modified in any way. These aren’t just quick scans and copies like virtually every other history photo CD on the market today. Each of these images has been restored to remove the dust, fingerprints, film blemishes and scratches. Quality varies depending on the age and condition of the original, but overall—they look pretty darn good.

Content includes both color and black & white images that you can view on your computer through a CD-ROM drive or through your HDTV if connected to your computer network. No special software needed. Each image is its own file. Click through them one at a time or watch in slide show mode on your computer or HDTV. This is silent, no music or annoying beeps or clicks. It’s all about the photos, and each is made from an original film negative or positive.

Railroads include at minimum:

Burlington Northern Railroad
Chicago & North Western Railway
Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway
Duluth & Northeastern Railroad
Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railway
Great Northern Railway
Lake Superior Terminal & Transfer Railway
Northern Pacific Railway
Milwaukee Road
Soo Line

I’ve included many different industrial topics from around the area too. There are pictures taken from the air and high vantage points, shots of depots, buildings, bridges, trains, train cars, steam and diesel locomotives and details, boats, industries, ore docks, ore trains, ore cars, ore mines, signs, railroad men, interlocking towers, rail yards, roundhouses, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. The oldest image on the CD go back to 1889 while most were taken during the 1950s-1980s. Only a scant handful are more recent than 1980. So please consider making a donation today to help me do much more in 2017. There is a book in the works too so be sure that you are subscribed to my once-a-month e-Newsletter to receive those updates by email.

Thanks so much for your interest and very kind support.

Here’s that information link again:


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Hot Shot Z Trains

Hot Shot Z Trains

In the last portion of the 20th Century, this train was known on the Atchinson, Topeka & Santa Fe as the 991. Seen here, the ZWSPNBY speeds through Empire, CA., on a warm afternoon. This train crew is doing their best to make up time as computers in Fort Worth, TX., are causing havoc system wide. Meanwhile, the Amtrak California San Joaquin train I was aiming for, leaves a trail of dust in the distance.

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Aarkstore Enterprise—Research Report on Chinese Urban Rail Transit Industry, 2010-2011

Aarkstore Enterprise—Research Report on Chinese Urban Rail Transit Industry, 2010-2011

The development of urban rail transit resolves the conflict between long distance commutation and time, improving residents’ quality of life and promoting the rational layout in cities. The first urban rail transit line in China was constructed in Nanjing in the 1930s. Afterwards, owing to various reasons, it was dismantled around 1950. The first urban rail transit line of the People’s Republic of China was constructed in Beijing in 1969. After the reform and opening up, the construction of urban rail transit is accelerated in China.

By the end of July 2010, about 40 cities in China had been planning or constructing rail transit projects. By the end of 2009, 10 cities in China had been operating rail transit systems with 35 lines under operation (the trams and maglev lines included). The operation mileage totaled 903.43 km (maglev lines included). Among those lines, the Metro Line 7 of Shanghai and Metro Line 5 of Guangzhou were under trial operation at the end of 2009 and went into official operation at the beginning of 2010.

By December 2009, 27 cities in China had been preparing for the construction of urban rail transit. The construction plans of 22 cities have been approved by China’s State Council. By 2015, 22 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen will have constructed 79 rail transit lines. The total mileage will be 2, 259.84 km and the total investment is planned to be CNY 882.00 billion. Based on the actual investment for recent rail transit construction projects in China, the total investment would actually exceed CNY 1.20 trillion.

China’s Metro construction achieved high-speed development in 2001-2008. Meanwhile, the passenger transport volume of Chinese urban rail transit also enjoyed fast growth. In 2001, the passenger transport volume of Chinese urban rail transit was only 830 million. In 2002, it approached 1 billion, increased by near 176.50 million. It increased by the growth rate of 24% in both 2004 and 2005, rising from 1.30 billion to 1.65 billion. In 2008, the urban rail transit projects under operation were further increased and related services were perfected continuously. Moreover, with the sustaining fiscal subsidy for public transit in Beijing, more cities began to develop the public transit. Thus, the passenger transport volume of Chinese urban rail transit made a breakthrough in 2008, reaching 3.37 billion, rising by 53% YOY. Its proportion in the urban total passenger transport volume exceeded 4% for the first time. Thanks to the preferential policy of low ticket price, the proportion of residents choosing rail transit as the conveyance has risen significantly. The urban rail transit plays an increasingly important role in satisfying the urban travel demand.

Starting with Metro Line 1 of Shanghai and Metro Line 1 of Guangzhou constructed in the 1990s, China has been widely adopting up-to-date equipment from various countries to construct the urban rail transit systems of the world-class technology.

According to the Notice of the State Council on Enhancing the Construction Management of Urban Rapid Rail Transit issued in 2003, cities applying for Metro construction in China should have the population of over 3 million in city proper, the budget revenue of over CNY 10 billion in local public finance and the GDP of over CNY 100 billion. Cities applying for light rail construction in China should have the population of over 1.50 million in city proper, the budget revenue of over CNY 6 billion for local public finance and the GDP of over 60 billion. In terms of population, the population of city proper of Nanchang, Nanning and Lanzhou, etc. in China has exceeded 1.50 million and these cities have applied for the construction of urban rail transit. Some small and medium cities in economically-developed regions have the population of less than 1 million in city proper, but they are also calling for the construction of urban rail transit.

From the present to 2020, it is a peak period for Chinese urban rail transit construction and the golden period for the development of urban rail transit equipment. By 2020, the mileage of Chinese urban rail transit is planned to be 2,200 km. Provided that the construction price is 300 million CNY/km, the total fund demanded for construction would be over CNY 660 billion (USD 97 billion). From 2010 to 2020, 1,700 extra rail transit vehicles will be demanded annually in China. Furthermore, electromechanical devices, integrated devices and comprehensive monitoring devices will also acquire considerable development space. Providing that the purchase and installation costs of equipment account for 45%~50% of the total construction cost of rail transit, the market scale of rail transit equipment in China will exceed CNY 300 billion (USD 44.10 billion) before 2020.

On the whole, Chinese urban rail transit is now in the primary development period with unsound development mechanism. Nevertheless, various regions in China assume intense intention of the construction of urban rail transit. With the acceleration of urbanized construction, central cities are extending the coverage to surrounding areas. The construction of urban rail transit also needs to be sped up. To overcome the difficulty of investment for rail transit construction, Chinese government actively advocates the entry of foreign-funded and private enterprises into the rail transit construction sector. Presently, foreign-funded enterprises mainly provide equipment and technologies to this sector. Private enterprises with weak capacity face some difficulties in entering this sector. With the expansion of Chinese city scale and the acceleration of the industry transfer to the periphery, it becomes an inevitable trend for foreign funds and private capital to enter Chinese urban rail transit construction.

In the following years, investors of urban rail transit should pay more attention to diversification. For one thing, they should seize the investment opportunities in the construction of rail transit networks in regional economic centers like Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. For another, they should draw attention to opportunities in the emerging rail transit industry of other regions.

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-Status quo of Chinese urban rail transit industry
-Development environment of Chinese urban rail transit industry
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-Status quo and prediction of the market scale of urban transit equipment in China
-Investment opportunities in Chinese urban rail transit industry
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2012 China Will Become The World’s Largest Urban Rail Transit Market – Mass Transit, Subway,

2012 China Will Become The World’s Largest Urban Rail Transit Market – Mass Transit, Subway,
According to the Chinese national standard “terminology commonly used in urban public transport” is defined, urban rail transit is usually electric-powered, wheel-rail operation mode to the rapid and large capacity public transport in general. Common types of urban rail transit subway (Metro / Subway), light (Lightrail), Monorail (Monorail) and tram (Tram), which often appear in the single-track in southwest China, tram and more concentrated in the northern region.

Since the first subway line in London, the level of development of urban rail transit on behalf of the city to some extent the level of modernization. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the total population of urban residents in China to grow at a rate of 3.4% per year, while civilian car ownership is the annual average growth rate reached 16.0%, which means that China’s urban transport situation is faced with severe challenges. Compared to other modes of public transport, urban rail transit has large capacity, low power, high speed, high security and other significant advantages, which has met the needs of modern urban construction, which is highly progressive urban rail transit concern.

The late 90s in the last century, a time when the Chinese government in order to prevent excessive investment, once halted a series of urban rail transit construction projects. The silent period lasted until 2005, the Government began to re-examine the need for urban rail transit construction, and introduced a “priority development of urban public transport on the views of” the relevant local governments to put in place to encourage the urban rail transit construction plan, a clear urban Rail traffic on the global impact of urban development. In response to the global financial crisis in 2008, the Chinese government implemented a package of economic stimulus, including the vigorous development of urban rail transit. In August 2009, the State Council approved the 22 approved the city’s subway construction plan, the total construction length of about 2,500 kilometers, the total investment is expected to nearly 9,000 billion yuan.

General Office of the State Council in 2003 released “on the strengthening of urban rail transit construction management notice” requirement, to declare the development of metro cities should meet the following basic conditions: the local general budget revenue of 100 billion yuan, China GDP reached 1,000 billion yuan, urban population of 300 million people. It is estimated that the country can achieve a number of requirements that are about 40 cities. Currently, 27 cities have developed a clear urban rail transit planning, and some other cities are also in the process of development.

At the end of 2009, China’s urban rail transit operators in total mileage up to 1,038.7 km, is located after the United States, ranking second in the world. According to Frost & Sullivan forecast that China in the next 5 years, each building will be more than 500 km mileage, and maintain a compound growth rate of 13.4%. This means that China will overtake the U.S. in 2012 to become the world’s largest rail market.

According to Frost & Sullivan’s calculations, China’s average per km of urban rail transit construction of about 400 million yuan of investment, so the next five years, China’s total investment in urban rail transport will reach 1.5 trillion yuan.

The cost of urban rail transit terms of the structure, engineering design consulting and management fees of approximately 8% of the total cost, land acquisition and housing demolition of about 14% of the total cost of civil works costs can account for half of the remaining part is related to equipment purchase and installation costs, of which about 6% of installation costs, equipment purchase costs account for 22%.

Urban rail transit construction is a huge project, involving many systems and equipment, in accordance with the normal budgeting can be divided into the following components: 1) vehicle, the purchase of equipment purchased about 30% to 40 %; 2) communication and signal systems, primarily by private communication, consumer communications, public security communication and signal systems constitute about 20% of equipment form; 3) power supply system, primarily by changing

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, Catenary, lighting and power monitoring equipment, constitute about 15% of equipment costs; 4) station auxiliary equipment, including escalators, elevators and security gates, about 11% of equipment costs; 5), ventilation and air conditioning systems, mainly chillers, fans, air conditioning units, etc., and about 6% of equipment costs; 6) ticketing system, the automatic ticketing system and fare collection system constitute about 6% of equipment costs; 7) other systems, including comprehensive monitoring system and fire protection, access control systems form.

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Austin Takes Steps Toward Constructing Urban Rail System

Austin Takes Steps Toward Constructing Urban Rail System
According to Rob Spiller, who is the Austin transportation director, installing a 17-mile urban rail system running in both directions will cost about $ 1.3 billion if it gets started in 2012. Furthermore, with every year the project is postponed, its overall cost will increase by about 5%. Unfortunately, this cost is significantly higher than the original estimate of $ 600 million. But, according to Spillar, this original estimate did not account for inflation costs over the next few years.

In an effort to get the project moving forward, the city council is taking steps to finalize the 2012 bond package that will help get it started. But, there are still many unanswered questions remaining about the trolley-like system, which would go from downtown Austin to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and to the new Mueller neighborhood.

As part of the plan for constructing the rail, the council has already awarded a $ 100,000 financial planning contract to Public Financial Management, which is located in Austin. As part of the contract, the company is expected to examine system costs as well as the potential sources of revenue for building, operating and maintaining an urban rail system. Of course, the city can pursue a number of different avenues for obtaining funding for the project, including pursuing loans, federal grants and tax increment financing as well as special tax districts. Spillar also indicated that there is a significant amount of interest in infrastructure projects from foreign investors, but the city plans to keep its options open.

Regardless of where all of the funding comes from, the city has plans to build the track in phases rather than all at once. In this way, the city can construct sections of the rail as the funding becomes available.

According to transportation officials, the estimated cost of the project does include a rainy day fund, which would serve as a cushion for the city in case it runs into unexpected expenses. The city’s plans to include plenty of padding in the budget is likely due to the criticism the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority received during the construction of its Red Line, which went significantly over its budget. To that end, Austin transportation officials are still attempting to decide upon who will operate the urban rail after it is constructed. According to staff, the annual cost of operating the system will run anywhere from $ 22 million to $ 25 million.

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Terrifying Turn

Terrifying Turn

The closest pass on the race yet!

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