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

Original post made by Rick, Charleston Gardens, 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.

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Posted by HSR is out of date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HSR is obsolete already.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.


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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.





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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Everything is obsolete before it is built, but I suspect that the standard rail transit will be 150# steel rails, 4'8.5" gauge for the foreseeable future.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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