Todd Gould’s Anti-Trust Court Case

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Todd Gould has penned an important status update regarding Loren Data Corp v. GXS, Inc. The case has ramifications that cut to the heart of the Interconnected VAN industry. The progress of the  case from district court to the 4th Circuit (Court of Appeals), affords us a profound opportunity to re-examine the Antitrust laws, and how the modern Jurist strives to comprehend the many  subtle issues impinging upon an (unregulated) interconnected market, i.e., VAN messaging.

Please note that within Todd’s blog post, is a link to the Petition for Rehearing.  Read the post and click through to the petition –  be connected to the truth and the facts.

This case is a “David & Goliath” story. Let’s hope history repeats itself.

Railroad Tunnels and Bridges

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Pictured above are the Central New England bridge at Poughkeepsie, the Livingston Avenue bridge in Albany, and the Maiden Lane bridge in Albany.

Our feature articles are about New York City subway tunnels and railroad tunnels under water .

We cover some specific bridges and tunnels, such as New Haven Railroad bridges along the Shore Line , the the Great Railroad Bridge at Poughkeepsie , the historic Old Colony railroad tunnel, The Hudson River Bridge Company at Albany was a part of the New York Central Railroad , and Montreal’s Mount Royal Tunnel .

Included are stories on Staten Island Bridge .

Delaware & Hudson Railroad bridge removals

abandoned tunnels in New York State , and the Hudson Tubes .

See our story on the New York State Thruway bridge collapse .

We have some interesting material on bridge tolls .

Lot’s of good pictures, like a wooden trestle near Millbrook, New York .

Be sure to see our bridge and tunnel reference section .

Livingston Avenue Bridge (picture at middle) (sometimes referred to as the freight bridge or North Bridge) was built by The New York Central Railroad to carry freight trains over the Hudson. Passenger trains came across to the station on the Maiden Lane Bridge (South Bridge) (picture at bottom) .
This bridge is gone and Amtrak uses the Livingston Avenue bridge now.

These two bridges were owned by a separate corporation:
HUDSON RIVER BRIDGE COMPANY AT ALBANY (THE)
The two railroad bridges crossing the Hudson River between Rensselaer and Albany were owned nominally by a separate organization called The Hudson River Bridge Company at Albany, incorporated April 9, 1856. This ownership was vested in The New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company, three-fourths, and the Boston and Albany Railroad Company, one-fourth. Except for foot passengers, the bridges were used exclusively for railroad purposes. The north bridge was opened in 1866, and the south bridge in 1872.

Back in the early 1900s, the Central found that traffic was growing beyond the capacity of West Albany Yard (which was geographically constrained from expanding), and that West Albany Hill had a tremendous detrimental effect on freight movements. With trains growing in length and weight, many needed helpers or even doubling to get up the grade. The result was the Castleton Cutoff (and the newest of the Hudson River bridges in the Albany Area)

Construction of the Livingston Avenue Bridge over the Hudson River, which today connects Amtrak’s New York City trains with western New York,

began when Abraham Lincoln was president.

The Livingston Avenue Bridge stands as a working monument to steam-age rail thinking in the Empire State. The 144-year-old swing bridge is the sole link for Amtrak passenger trains crossing the Hudson River. Between trains, a 230-foot draw section still pivots open and closed on a turntable mechanism some 100 or more times each year so big boats can cruise through. As passenger rail advocates push for development of modern high-speed tracks and trains that would move at speeds of 110 mph or more, the daily reliance on this relic of 19th-century technology carries great irony. If the bridge were to be out of commission for an extended period, Amtrak’s alternate route across the Hudson for trains traveling out of New York City would be another CSX bridge across the Castleton viaduct. This route would miss stops at Rensselaer and Schenectady. Rensselaer Rail Station was Amtrak’s 10th-busiest in the country last year, with nearly 724,000 boardings and arrivals.

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Certifications for EDI Professionals

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Anyone involved in the EDI industry has probably questioned what certification is available. How do we know the qualifications of a potential hire? Recruiters are used to  “black and white” qualifications that make their role easier. Every once in a while this topic surfaces in discussions on, for example, LinkedIn. Let’s elaborate on what we mean by EDI certification and why there is no “black and “white” answer.

Now see the rest of the story about EDI Certifications

Is AGILE the “Buzz Word” for 2013?

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Every year seems to have “buzzwords”.  Starting out a new year, I am predicting the buzzword for 2013 in the Supply Chain world will be “AGILE”. The only serious challenger is “LEAN”.
Hey wait a minuit. Aren’t they synonyms? DICTIONARY.MS says this about them:

AGILE: Speed of response and flexibility in meeting changing supply chain requirements.

LEAN: Eliminating Non-Value Adding (NVA) activities in the supply chain.

Now, how did these two words get into the Supply Chain vocabulary so quickly ? LEAN started out to describe flexible manufacturing while AGILE was associated with project management (usually in association with SCRUM teams).

One of the difficulties we have with promoting Supply Chain Management is explaining the terminology that has developed in the “silos” of Procurement, Logistics, Warehousing, Customer Relationship Management, et al.

Read the whole story in ec-bp

Ferry between Nice and Corsica

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Ferry Between Nice and Corsica

You will love Corsica! Here’s some of what you will see:

Ajaccio is the most important ferry port on Corsica Island. The white city of Ajaccio lies in a semicircle on the bay, and is set against the backdrop of wooded hills. The ferry port area, fringed by palm trees, is filled with yachts and lined with colourful houses.
As the Ajaccio ferry port terminal is located near the centre of Ajaccio, there are many shops and restaurants within walking distance.

Patrimonio wine region: the first and foremost area of wine production in Corsica.

St Florent: picturesque and popular yacht marina, with its Pisan-Romanesque cathedral.

Bavella: Through typical Corsican villages of the interior to the 1200 metre high Bavella Pass, with views towards the striking Bavella “needles” of red rock.

Prunelli: scenic mountainous interior, showing the typical maquis vegetation of Corsica and passing through picturesque villages.

Calanche of Piana: rare red rock formations with the sea as a backdrop.

Vizzavona: a mountain pass at 1100 metres with a dense forest of Corsican pines and beech trees.

A Cupulatta: a tortoise protection centre housing 170 species many of which are visible, including giant tortoises of Galapagos and the Seychelles.

Calvi: citadel or upper town with its massive fortifications and the imposing Caserne Sampiero.

Balagne: a circuit taking in a number of the fascinating hill villages inland from Calvi, returning via Ile Rousse.

St Florent: along the coast road and then through the arid landscape of the so-called Desert of the Agriates to the beautiful yacht marina of St Florent.

Traveling in Europe?
You will probably need to make a
FERRY RESERVATION.

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Antibes/Juan-les-pins (France)

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Our WebSite offers interesting and informative sections on:
Hotels in Antibes/Juan-les-pins and the surrounding areas
Biot, France
Golfe-Juan

Other attractions West of Nice
Hotels in Antibes/Juan-les-pins and the surrounding areas
Moustiers, France
Saint-Paul de Vence
Sophia-Antipolis, Villeneuve-Loubet and Marina Baie des Anges

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Antibes was a Greek fortified town named Antipolis in the 5th century BC, and later a Roman town, and always an active port for trading along the Mediterranean. Today it’s an attractive and active town, popular with “foreigners” from Paris and the north of France, with non-French, and with the local population.

The natural beauty remains in the vieille ville (old town), with the ramparts along the sea and the long, arched protective wall along the port. There are plenty of little streets for exploring, restaurants of all types and prices, and lots of shops, from authentic little hardware/general-stores to tourist gift shops.

ANTIBES – JUAN-LES-PINS
Antibes is the proper name of this ancient town, but it’s commonly referred to as Antibes – Juan-les-Pins. The Juan-les-Pins part is a seaside resort and night-life area of sandy beaches, boutiques, night clubs and casino. The two places are close together, a good walk or short drive over the hill of the narrow part of the peninsula, or a longer and lovely drive around the coastline of the Cap d’Antibes.
ATTRACTIONS
The major attractions of Antibes are its history, climate, art, beaches and yachting. The sand beaches of Antibes are all manmade; the natural beaches are gravel (shingle in English English); in summer, these beaches are maintained using large tractors towing a device which scoops-up, sieves, spreads, and rakes the sand. Antibes’ beaches east of Fort Carré (that is, going toward Nice) are still the original rough materials.

Cap d’Antibes
The southern peninsula of Antibes is known as Cap d’Antibes. A bastion of wealth and exclusivity, it was the setting for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. The Hotel du Cap, called Hôtel des Étrangers in the novel, is still one of the most expensive and exclusive hotels in the world.

CAP D’ANTIBES
The highest point on the Cap d’Antibes is occupied by Phare (lighthouse) de la Garoupe, constructed after retreating Nazis blew up the earlier one, and a small Roman Catholic chapel, Chapelle de la Garoupe, containing a locally famous gilded wooden statue of Notre Dame de Bonne Port (loosely, Our Lady of Safe Homecoming), and noted for the variety of ex votive offerings (see votive deposit left by sailors and their families… or sometimes their widows.

MUSIC
Interestingly, Antibes was the site of two well-regarded live jazz performances – the Charles Mingus album Mingus at Antibes and a live performance of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, which was later released with the original in a deluxe package.

There is a major jazz festival, Jazz à Juan, held every summer in Juan-les-Pins that often attracts very famous jazz musicians from the United States, France, and around the world.

The Musée Picasso, located in the mediaeval Château Grimaldi, contains Pablo Picasso’s works from the year-long period he spent in Antibes.

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La Garoupe (Antibes)
Built 1948 (station established 1837). Active; focal plane 104 m (341 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 29 m (95 ft) round stone tower centered on the roof of a 1-story stone keeper’s house. Lighthouse is white, lantern painted red. This is a landfall light for Antibes, Cannes, and the Côte d’Azur; it is the most powerful light in the Mediterranean with a range of 31 nautical miles (57.5 km, 35.5 mi). The original lighthouse, a 24 m (79 ft) cylindrical masonry tower, which was blown up by German troops in 1944. The lighthouse is surrounded by the Bois de la Garoupe, a 9 ha (22 acre) forest preserve managed by the city of Antibes. Located on the Route du Phare in Antibes, overlooking the Baie des Anges. Site open, tower closed.

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Cannes Breakwater and light


Plage de La Garoupe (La Garoupe Beach), on the Cap d’Antibes, used to be the favourite beach of Fitzgerald and Murphy. The Cap d’Antibes, marked by the lighthouse at the highest point, is a lush setting of some very large and very expensive estates, even by “French Riviera” standards. It also has the hotel of choice for some famous people, such as Madonna, who prefer to avoid the bright lights and bussel of the Croissette in Cannes during their short stays on the Côte d’Azur.

New York Central Railroad Home Page

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Our favorite railroad is the New York Central (well! with my last name, wouldn’t you expect it to be?)

Over many years I have written numerous articles about the New York Central Railroad.
What I realized was that I had no one central (no pun intended) place where someone could go and find everything I have plus what others have too.
Like great passenger trains, we added a second section.

As the New York Central system-wide timetable, Form 1001, used to read:
“Subject to change without notice, not responsible for errors and omissions.”

Here’s a preview of some of the exciting projects we have put together for you:

What Made Up the New York Central Railroad?

New York Central Railroad Pictures

New York Central Map Section

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Follow the New York Central on Google Earth

New York Central Reference Section

Short Stories on the New York Central

New York Central Motive Power

Head End Equipment on the New York Central

New York Central Business Cars

Railroads in the Adirondacks

Tunnels on the New York Central

Don’t miss the Connecticut Trolley Museum

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Welcome to our Unofficial Connecticut Trolley Museum WebSite

This old car shown above is now at the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Before going to Montréal, it worked in Springfield, Mass. Number 2056 is a steel lightweight built by Wason in 1927 and acquired in 1959.

There is a lot more to see at the museum than in the past. There are trolley movies. The adjacent Fire Museum is now included in your admission. Like always, you can ride the trolley all day.But don’t just read it here, see their WebSite then take a trip to the museum.

The Connecticut Trolley Museum invites you to take a journey back in time and experience the transportation of yesterday. The museum features a variety of streetcars from the 1890s to 1950s, many of which are available for rides. At the Connecticut Trolley Museum, we provide a historically accurate educational experience through the interpretation, preservation, restoration and operation of an electric railway.

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Come visit our exhibit in the Display Hall of the Visitor Center. It takes you on a journey of how the electric trolley evolved from the horsecar to the PCC. Also, learn how society was impacted by amusement parks (trolley parks), streetcar suburbs, and the growth of mill towns.

An Insider’s View of the Connecticut Trolley Museum

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The Connecticut Trolley Museum has over 70 pieces of rail equipment dating back to 1869. During your visit, you can see historic passenger and freight street “trolley” cars, interurban cars, elevated railway cars, passenger and freight railroad cars, service cars, locomotives, and a variety of other equipment from railways around Connecticut. You will also find examples from Brooklyn, Boston, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Springfield, Lynchburg, Montreal, and even Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Trams in Nice, France Get Longer

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The trams in Nice, France are actually getting longer. Several have been lengthened to 44 meters by adding two new sections. This will allow about 100 extra riders. The platforms have already been adapted for this transition, as a tram extension has been planned for the future from the beginning. Find out more about the extended trams. Photo of a “tram longue” courtesy of L’association des Tramophiles de la Côte d’Azur (TCA)

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