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The Space Race Moves To The Rails As Russia Gets High-Speed Trains

September 28, 2009 at 9:33 AM | by | ()

When we talk about High-Speed Trains, it's not exactly news that the United States is extremely tardy to the party. Especially now that Russia has their act together and have debuted some Siemens-built trains designed to zip, rather than chug-chug, on the route between Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The Sapsan—or "Peregrine Falcon"—train will ride the rails beginning in December, with an average speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), shaving an hour off of the total travel time between the two metropoli. No doubt this train will fast become a tourist's best friend, smoothing the passage between the capitals like the TGV did for the route between Paris and Nice, or the Thalys between Brussels and Paris. The big deal here, however, is that now we're talking about Russia.

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Will The United States Ever Get The High-Speed Rail Network Of Its Dreams?

September 1, 2009 at 4:04 PM | by | ()

The Renaissance of train travel may (hopefully, awesomely) soon be upon us. Several states, including California, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Louisiana and New York have applied for funds from the stimulus package to build high speed rail lines in their states.

New York's line, for instance, would run alongside an existing track between Buffalo and Albany and from Albany, it would run south to New York City and north to Montreal. At first, the trains would only travel at speeds of 110 miles per hour but that speed would increase as greater improvements are made to the line over time. And though the line does reach down to NYC, if built, it will most likely have the greatest economic impact on upstate New Yorkers who will have the option of working just about anywhere along the line with less than an hour's commute.

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