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Thank you for an excellent summary. It is a disgrace that we do not hear about these things in the traditonal U.S. news media.

Do you have or know where to find a bill of materials for these high-speed rail lines, as in how much steel and concrete is required per km of route, for bridges, for tunnels, steel for stations, etc. And, steel, aluminum, etc for the train sets?

by NBBooks on Thu Feb 21st, 2008 at 11:30:35 AM EST
For the lines, figures can be very different for different lines, but check my Railways, energy, CO2 - Part 2 diary.

The materials needed in a train also differ from model to model. But steel used to be most of it weight-wise, and 1 ton per passenger seat is a rule-of-thumb figure for a European train. (Now significantly lower for the AGV -- while the wider Japanese Shinkansens were always lower.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Feb 21st, 2008 at 11:45:35 AM EST
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