Posted 17 June 2018 - 06:14 AM
Yes...to clarify my scenario...say railroad technology existed, but for some unknown reason, they all were abandoned after WWII in North America...
And yes, the other scenario would be interesting as well.
And...you could probably wonder what the world would be like if computer's and internet, or any other technology were not here...
But for this, I would just like to limit the opinion's on railroads...would it pay to build them with today's available technology, both for freight or passenger use, together or separately.
With a clean sheet, just think about what super-railroads with very wide gauges, and modern engineering could be built....
I think that it could make sense for freight railroads, since freight trains haul such massive amounts of cargo. However I don't think that it would make sense to construct passenger rail, given all the mass transit alternatives, and the extensive number of destinations needed for a service to make sense.
Edited by cpotisch, 17 June 2018 - 06:14 AM.
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