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High Speed Rail---Will it be obselete by the time it is built?

Original post made by Rick on Mar 30, 2009

The San Jose Mercury News, Sunday, March 29,Page 21A has an article about a new system train design that will travel at more than 310 mph.

"By 2025, a network of bullet trains connecting major ciies is to feature magnetically levitated, or maglev, linear motor trains running at speeds of more than 310 mph." The article states.

The Californis HSR trains probably won't be operating to any extent before 2025 and they will be seen as obselete.
The CHSRA is planning on using trains that have been around for a long time and are old fashioned now even.

Also interesting in this article is a statement about the existing trains "The trains often cause a rail version of a sonic boom as they emerge from tunnels." Wouldn't you love living nest to that or even standing or passing by such an event?

Also "The trains remain in stations only two minutes-not a moment more or less-before easing out and quickly gaining speed."

I suspect if there is Federal money for HSR in California it will be for the L.A. to Las Vegas route. It won't have the political problems that the route to S.Franscisco has or will have.

Comments (3)

Posted by HSR is out of date, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm

HSR is obsolete already. Germany is building levitated trains and China is buying this system right now.

The bullet train from Las Vegas to LA will get stimulus funds because it's shovel ready.


Posted by I wonder, a resident of Professorville
on Mar 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm

#1 Where is the power going to come from to run the electric train?


#2 How much toxic damage to the environment to make the magnets, chrome, boron, lead and copper? Just to mention a few things involved in 310 MPH HSR.





Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Everything is obsolete before it is built, but I suspect that the standard rail transit will be 150# steel rails, 4'8.5" gauge for the foreseeable future. Passenger trains will probably peak at 200 mph, but the money shot will be container freight at 100-140 mph. Observing the difficulty getting an upgrade to an existing right of way, imagine getting approval of an entirely new way.


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