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Why do trains in the USA are so bad?!

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#1 swetam143


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 01:11 AM

In this moment, there is a rumor that all the trains in the USA are bad. Personally, I absolutely have no idea why do people say that. Is it maybe because they are Diesel engines? What else can it be?

I made some researches about this rumor and found some videos about it:




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Posted 06 April 2017 - 10:04 AM

What in the videos concern you the most? Do his explanations not make sense?

That being said, I wouldn't say American trains are "bad". There must be a better word. Inefficient is perhaps the best word. Both financially and operationally, Amtrak is woefully inefficient.

I would say that the rail experience on Amtrak is better than India Rail (though I would like to enjoy IR someday).

Certainly better than much of Russia's Trans-Siberian, or Australian long distance trains.

Edited by VentureForth, 06 April 2017 - 10:06 AM.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 04:26 PM

You're certainly right! But it's a rumor, personally, I like American Trains, especially Amtraks.



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Posted 08 April 2017 - 06:19 AM

The average citizen pays less than $6 a year in taxes towards Amtrak.  I'd be happy to double or triple that and see what happens.

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