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Train Wreck

  1. Sep 12, 2008 #1
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    Man, this is really terrible. The last time I remember something like this happening was when some guy left his car on a Metrolink track. A sorry example of physics at work :(.
     
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  3. Sep 12, 2008 #2
    That is really a very sad loss of life. Even at a slow rate of speed, the impact had to be tremendous.
     
  4. Sep 12, 2008 #3
    I don't see any report of such a tragic on TV, news via network is not worthy of care.
    There are sites that create fake cheap news to earn web readers attention, this is just so normal
     
  5. Sep 12, 2008 #4
  6. Sep 12, 2008 #5
    The idea of passenger trains and freight trains using the same railbed in a modern country is pathetic.. We are so far behind other first world nations on passenger rail it is ridicilous.
     
  7. Sep 13, 2008 #6
    Nobody will ride passenger trains. It takes too damn long to go across the country in a train.
     
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  9. Sep 13, 2008 #8
    Of course other countries don't see things that way. If America was the same width as Japan you'd see just as many high speed trains here. the high speed rail cannot compensate enough to make people use it here.
     
  10. Sep 13, 2008 #9
    The Thalys covers the 262 flight kilometers between Brussels and Paris in 1 hr and 22 minutes. Just go to the station and hop in.

    Should you travel by car, plan at least four hours for the horrible traffic jams.

    Going by plane looses the two hours mandatory reporting time at the airport before take off.

    Guess what's by far the quickest way to travel from Brussels to Paris?
     
  11. Sep 13, 2008 #10

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    I take the train (AMTRAK) from NY to Washington DC when I have business there. It's actually more convenient than a car. Once I get to Union Station, I can take the Metro to any number of stations near a hotel or office where I need to go. These days, it costs less to take the train than drive the car and pay for parking - and I can sit back and relax on the train (and even work if I'm inclined).

    I've ridden on the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka, and a regional from Osaka to Takamatsu - and back. The Shinkansen is great!

    I've ridden the TGV from CDG (Paris) to Lyon, and that is an excellent ride. I don't even need a car. Beats a car, bus or flying.

    If we had the equivalent of a Shinkansen or TGV - I'd take it, except possibly for Coast to Coast travel.
     
  12. Sep 13, 2008 #11
    that doesn't even get me 1/2 way across the state.
     
  13. Sep 13, 2008 #12
    Stop being such a pessimist...
     
  14. Sep 13, 2008 #13
    It all depends on how you look at it. It takes me an hour and a half to get to the Phoenix Airport. I must arrive there at least one hour before departure time. I am already 2 1/2 hours into the trip and haven't left the ground.
     
  15. Sep 14, 2008 #14
    For trips shorter than 1000 miles, a bullet train is actually quicker than an airplane. Do the math:

    A bullet train can cover the 1000 miles in 5 hours vs. 2.5 hours in an airplane. Edwards above, hasn't even left the ground by 2.5 hours.
     
  16. Sep 14, 2008 #15
    Most trips, even in the US, are short.
     
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