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Fast trains

Recently I read this article in the daily: Bad news travels fast - Beware the high-speed rail boondoggle. It's amazing that USA doesn't really have a fast railway network.
Recently I made this picture on an ICE train:

Actually it was 243 km/h, but until I had my iPhone out to take the picture, it went down to 233 as we were approaching the next station. This train drives regularly with 280 km/h which is 170 miles per hour.
Even as you can drive that fast legally on highways in Germany, using the train can be very comfortable. You can surf the web, watch video or have your dinner in the train.
So if you plan to build high speed railroad in the US, why not connect places like Chicago and Atlanta with a train going so fast that a race between two persons going from one city to the other, the one taking the train arrives faster than the other taking the airplane? And not an 80 miles railroad described in the article above.
Just my 0.02 cents...
09 02 11 - 10:08
two comments

I wish we had one here in the states. When I came to Las Vegas in 1990 there was talk of a high speed rail to Los Angeles. 21 years later they are still doing a study to see if it is possible. Hope I see one before I leave here. :)
Tom (Email) (URL) - 09 02 11 - 18:49

I’ve taken the ICE between many German cities and have loved every kilometer. The secret is to buy a 2nd class ticket and then get a seat in the dining car. Even more comfortable than a 1st class seat and the service is great!

Every traveler in the USA dreams of a day of high speed rail travel. However, the combined political might of the Airlines, Automobile manufacturers, and oil companies make sure that any sort of travel method that cuts them out of the picture gets rapidly squashed. As Tom said, the LV to LA train was originally discussed back in the late 1970’s. Here we are in 2011 and LV just barely has a local monorail system. I can promise you that a close examination of the reasons behind the false starts would implicate a number of airline and oil lobbyists.
Tim Jones (Email) (URL) - 10 02 11 - 23:37

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