Take a look at this High Speed Rail Test up to 570 km/hr. Be sure to get to the end when the train is actually going that fast. Sounds like an airplane!
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I recently returned from a conference in Switzerland (which I paid for myself). I took the SBB system trains: http://www.sbb.ch/en/ Those are also all electric. They are very quiet and incredibly smooth running.
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Now Gracie, you know that we cannot have electric trains in DeKalb, they come with overhead power lines! We would have to spend millions in TIF dollars burying those suckers! After all, it is the overhead power lines that hamper business in DeKalb!
Kerry, glad you checked the math. The train is still fast! High speed trains in Europe and Japan replace air travel, which does pollute more. China is working on them, too.
Too bad not enough Americans know how awesome trains can be. I prefer Metra over driving to Chicago. I took the train from Paris to London, of course through the Chunnel. It is still fabulous despite the cold weather-related problems this winter. http://www.eurostar.com/UK/us/leisure/about_euros…
Whoops! Correction to my speed conversion: The train tops out at just above 350mph, not 450 as I commented earlier. Still scary fast in my book. I've always thought rail is a good way to reduce energy consumption for commuters, but I wonder why we need to get from Point A to Point B so quickly? It must have something to do with where the jobs are versus the housing. I'm not sure I can yet see where the advantage would be for high speed commuter rail. Sounds like an R&D project tied to creating stimulus jobs.
No kidding Kerry! For those that don't want to watch the whole 10 minutes, make sure to watch from 9:07 on… scary fast is right!! Don't get in the way of THAT train!
Wow! That's over 450mph! On rails with steel wheels! Now you've got me curious, Gracie. I'll have to check into this high speed rail. Can you imagine any train in Illinois trying to go this fast on existing tracks? It would be airborne as soon as it got over 100mph or so. Its also amazing to watch that power cable up above transferring power at that speed. The whole system, mechanically, seems unreal at those speeds. Sure wouldn't be stopping for anything that got in its way, would it? Scary fast!
And, here is the last link, which is mostly just pictures of the Glacier Express in Switzerland: http://www.glacierexpress.ch/gallery/photodownloa…
The scenery on Amtrak out west is incredible and so is the train from Montreal to Quebec.