Why only 240 Km/h? Eurostar runs at 300 already and future lines planned in Europe will be at 350 and beyond. If you want to get people out of planes and on to trains you need end to end times between cities better than 3 hours (and 2 hours or less is best). I wonder if it's because Obama doesn't want source off the shelf kit from Europe or Japan?
'Croydon' Bob Newman. The ladies call him "Thrush" - as he's an irritating cunt.
I suspect they may not be building much new track. It isn't practical to fix existing track for high speed - look at the West Coast Main Line upgrade debacle. I suspect it would have been quicker, cheaper and certainly less disruptive to have built a new high speed line instead!
The US plans are a wasted opportunity. If only they'd swallowed their pride and bought in European or Japanese expertise they could have had a great new system. Still the existing one is at least scenic!
I just wonder if it's a disturbing sign of creeping protectionism.
How about a supertube ( underground train system). A balistic tube train that would travel at 500 miles an hour for intercontinental travelers. like the pneumatic capsuls that shops used to have.
Seal the passengers in then fire them at a country they will be there in a matter of minutes, off course the mess will need to be cleaned all those mashed bodies before the next load can be sent.