Big, Bigger, Biggest 3
We trace engineering leaps that enable structures to evolve: France's ?Train à Grande Vitesse', known as the TGV, regularly reaches speeds exceeding 185mph. In special tests the train has been pushed to 350mph, making it the fastest on earth.
I recorded this on my DISH satellite this morning and watched it this afternoon. For those who have the "SCIENCE CHANNEL" and have not watched this, I highly recommend it. They talked about the evolution of steam powered trains in England and then talked about aerodynamic changes and then train safety. Showed the history of the TGV and the recent record run in the proposed AGV and Frances talk of expansion in to (7) other countries as well as history of the Japanese bullet trains.
Can you imagine a 200-300 MPH coast to coast LD train on it's own track ? Try these on for size.
The Golden Eagle NYC-Chicago-Seattle (stop only in Chicago) (8) hours at 300 MPH/ (11) hours at 200 MPH
The American Flyer DC-Kansas City-Los Angeles (stop only in K.C) (9) hours at 300 MPH/ (12) hours at 200 MPH
The Dreamliner Jacksonville-San Antonio-San Diego (stop only in San Antonio) (8) hours at 300 MPH/ (11) hours at 200 MPH.
I can dream cant' I ? The stop choices were based on existing LD trains to get people to a "bullet" train. The capital outlay would be astronomical, but I don't think I would see this in my lifetime (I'm 63). Definitely could compete with coast to coast airlines. What say you ?
Edited by NAVYBLUE, 11 February 2012 - 12:15 AM.