Rogue Scholar 05 wrote:
Well then, make sure you jump on the first train between Polynesia and China. Did your parents beat you with a stupid stick when you were young?
Passenger trains work well in high population density areas like Europe and Japan and in placed like our Northeastern states. The Boston-Wash corridor is a classic example of this.
Can you address my first sentence? He thinks trains is the solution of all our travel needs. Works well for where he lives?
And yes, the Boston-Wash corridor is set for high speed trains. But as far as 800 miles in four hours, doesn't happen, even in Europe or Japan. Have you ever heard of stopping in between? There are several way to fly from New york to L.A.. You can fly non-stop or multiple stops. The non-stop flights will take you less time. Can you guess how many times a train WILL stop between N.Y. and L.A.?
From New York to L.A. you have to transfer at Chicago as there are no direct trains. Next, it will take you 63 hours not including the terminal time in Chicago. And cost you $1080+.$708 if you fly and it takes only six hours!
Didn't happen in FOUR hours, did it!!! And they did make ONE stop at Nanjing, didn't they?!? Yes, they can but they aren't, are they!!!<quoted text>
There are no direct trains today or tomorrow because it violates Rougie's Law of Train Stops? Nonsense.
Also see wiki regarding a curently running HSR non-stop of about 800 miles:
The non-stop train from Beijing South to Shanghai Hongqiao was expected to finish the 1,305 kilometres (811 mi) journey in 3 hours and 58 minutes, averaging 329 kilometres per hour (204 mph), making it the fastest scheduled train in the world, compared to 9 hours and 49 minutes on the fastest trains running on the parallel conventional railway. However, following Liu Zhijun's dismissal in February 2011, several major changes were announced. First, trains would be slowed to a maximum speed of 300 km/h (186 mph), reducing operating costs. At this speed, the fastest trains would take 4 hours and 48 minutes to travel from Beijing South to Shanghai Hongqiao, making one stop at Nanjing South.
There is no law that says trains cannot operate 800 miles non stop.