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Amtrak Introduces Its NexGen High Speed Train (That'll Only Go Normal Speed) - September 7, 2016, 09:47 AM

We buy the 200mph train but the tracks & bed can only handle speeds of 90mph. Makes sense, right?






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There are several benefits though, they will be cheaper to operate than keeping the existing outdated fleet running, they get up to the max speed the tracks can handle faster and can sustain those speeds longer, smoother, quieter, nicer, etc. All in all until the tracks are updated (ie never) its a better solution than the current alternative.


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In addition many local jurisdictions limit the speeds that trains can travel at...


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I think Drnkymnky13 works for Amtrak.
Maybe he can provide some insight. I know the current Acela only runs at its +100mph capability in the short stretch between Conn & BOS.



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If trains could actually take you places quickly, everyone would love them.. Asia has been successful with this!

But a train costs the same as (or more than) a plane most times, and is also somehow slower than a car most times...?

Ex: The Autotrain takes you and your car from Lorton, VA to Sanford, FL; it costs $412 (one way) for a seat and your car and takes 17 hours. To drive would cost substantially less and only takes 12 hours. (*Motorcycle is about $100 less)

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Well, thank you. That explains it extremely well.

To the original post, and to zx6rfool's point, its basically the same as most performance or luxury cars.

They can easily go 150-200mph, but rarely exceed 80mph and average closer to 30mph. However a car that is built to handle high speeds easily, comfortably and safely cruises at normal speeds.


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I think Drnkymnky13 works for Amtrak.
Maybe he can provide some insight. I know the current Acela only runs at its +100mph capability in the short stretch between Conn & BOS.
Menotmy's video pretty much nailed it.

The current Acela train can hit 200mph+. But the tracks suck.

New trains are supposed to ride better, and are less maintenance intensive. We're not buying new trains to go faster. We're buying new trains because the old ones are costing us a fortune to fix.

Same reason people buy new cars...even though the speed limit is easily attainable by a 20 year old econobox car.


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. We're not buying new trains to go faster. We're buying new trains because the old ones are costing us a fortune to fix. Same reason people buy new cars...even though the speed limit is easily attainable by a 20 year old econobox car.
Fair enough.

What locos are being retired to make way for the Alstroms?

Any visibility on when they'll be added to the fleet?
The video didn't state an introduction date.



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We buy the 200mph train but the tracks & bed can only handle speeds of 90mph. Makes sense, right?



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Isn't it kinda like people who buy 200 mph bikes and go 90?


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Isn't it kinda like people who buy 200 mph bikes and go 90?
Or buy a superbly handling motorcycle only to go in a straight line.



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