Posted by Big Gav in high speed rail
Inhabitat has a post on a proposed high speed rail link for the US - 300 MPH Maglev Train Could Carry Passengers From Washington D.C. To New York in 60 Minutes.
Northeast Maglev (TNEM) just unveiled updated plans for a superconducting maglev train that could rocket passengers from Washington D.C. to New York City in 60 minutes flat. The 300 MPH bullet train would be levitated and propelled by powerful electromagnets, which would reduce friction and allow the train to achieve very high speeds with rapid acceleration. The project was recently revamped in light of increased interest in high-speed public transport technologies such as the Hyperloop.
The Chinese have being trying to sell their high speed train technology to Australia, but the new government has decided to axe high speed rail investigations as well as clean energy programs - Axed advisory body will seek crowdfunding.
The High Speed Rail Advisory Group, which looked at the possibility of high speed rail from Melbourne to Brisbane via Sydney, was also ditched, leading the Rail, Tram and Bus Union to warn it would leave Australia one of the world’s rail “backwaters”.
But former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer, who sat on the panel of the advisory group, told Guardian Australia he was unperturbed by the decision. “We completed our major task of a report on the feasibility,” he said. “High speed rail should be an essential part of a 21st century plan of inter-modal transport, alongside road. No ifs, no buts. “It’s safe to say we are 50 years behind on this, but the group’s work on this was done. I don’t have any particular inside knowledge on what the government will do on high speed rail, that’s a matter for them.”