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(SeattlePI)   California teams with Amtrak to design trains that travel up to 220 mph. Amtrak officials admits trains already go that fast but they are hitting that speed right around the time the wheels are coming off the tracks   ( divider line
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1265 clicks; posted to Geek » on 19 Jan 2013 at 7:48 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-01-19 11:30:23 AM  
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styckx: that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both coasts

Improssible on the East Coast except maybe that few mile stretch in RI that the Acela does 150mph. The rest of the NEC is a curvy, antique canetary  system mess.  The Metroliner hit 160mph @ Princeton junction  ages ago. It's the only stretch of track that could sustain high speed other than in RI.

That is unless they build an entirely new dedicated rail line

On the one hand, they should. There's no reason why we can't have infrastructure on par with France, Spain, Germany, Japan and even China, even if it's only available in some (not all) of the parts of the country that have the population density of Japan and western Europe.

On the other hand, any attempt to build dedicated high-speed rail lines will be hamstrung by American politics. Republicans in Congress will block it as much as they can, to benefit Big Oil by preventing a decrease in gasoline sales and/or to piss off liberals; and nearly every one-horse town that gives Amtrak right-of-way will do so only on the condition that at least one "high-speed" train in each direction makes a stop there every day, thus causing the trains capable of reaching 250 mph to not spend a moment traveling faster than 65 mph due to having to make a stop every 3 miles (and completely and utterly defeating the purpose of high-speed rail in the first place)
2013-01-19 11:59:36 AM  
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Can we just buy locomotives and carriages from Japan or France?

2013-01-19 09:31:50 AM  
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Meh, I'll be impressed when their trans-continental lines are allowed to break 75 mph. That's where Amtrak REALLY needs to improve their system.
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