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Old 04-17-2009, 11:01 AM
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President Obama announced yesterday his intent to begin a high speed rail system for the US... (Only about 40 years behind most other technological countries...) I just keep wondering what an American bullet train should look like... I keep thinking the stations should be built underground... you know, something like....
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:24 PM
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eh highspeed subway?

i was thinking more some underground some on rails up high.
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President Obama announced yesterday his intent to begin a high speed rail system for the US... (Only about 40 years behind most other technological countries...) I just keep wondering what an American bullet train should look like... I keep thinking the stations should be built underground... you know, something like....
I understand women who ride those types of underground trains sometimes have more than one navel.
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By the time they get the bloody thing built it'll already be made obsolete by some better technology, and we'll have a intricate, complex, nation-wide system of high speed trains that nobody will ride. I love trains, I think some of them are the most beautiful vehicular conveyances that ever existed, but for all practical intents and purposes, they're an anachronism.
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hmmm.. what tech do you think will replace them? star trek style instantaneous transporters anyone?
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hmmm.. what tech do you think will replace them? star trek style instantaneous transporters anyone?
Don't be ridiculous. Cheaper, greener, non-fossil fueled, shinier metal boxes than we drive now, that's what will replace them. People in America haven't been avid train riders for three quarters of a century. The toughest part of making something like this, will be convincing people to use the trains. There have been three attempts at this in my state over the last forty years, and every one of them have failed because people would rather drive.
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1) You're not going to get much better than Mag-Lev for transport. (Unless you have an "unobtainum" mine you'd like to tell us about...) They're electrically driven, and that electricity can come from anywhere, nuclear, solar, hydrogen, fusion...

2) People prefer to drive because gas is/was relatively cheap... wait until, thanks to competition with China, and a slowed supply due to heightened conflict in the middle east, gas hits $5.00 or $6.00 a gallon. (conservative estimates... it'll probably be worse.)

3) I don't know about you, but I would much rather go to cities in nearby states, or across country, by hopping a 200mph train, than wearing out my own car, and spending 3X as much in gas to get there.
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President Obama announced yesterday his intent to begin a high speed rail system for the US... (Only about 40 years behind most other technological countries...) I just keep wondering what an American bullet train should look like... I keep thinking the stations should be built underground... you know, something like....
Well, they will get some over paid group of union labor to do the work, so it will take 10 times as long as it should to build it, thanks to at least 2 labor strikes and pure laziness.

The rail system will be controled by a Mircosoft Operating system, so it will be down for repairs 60% of the time.

In all, the high speed rail system will go way over budget, not work most of the time, and will still be about 10 years behind every other country.
Much like our 3G network for wireless phones.
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Wow. That's the old Star Trek optimisim I like to see so much!
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