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...seriously, does anyone here any insight into the situation in Canada? I live in Québec, and would love to be able to take the train to Toronto more frequently than I do. The trip is just about 800km and takes 8hr on a good day. VIA Rail (the national carrier) is quite reliable, inexpensive and comfy; but 8hr each way is a little too long to justify for most trips.

OTOH, if we could get it down to 4hr, I'd probably never fly. Speeds of 250km/hr should be about enough, and that is not specially fast by the standards mentioned here.

I understand that the trip from Vancouver to Calgary is never going to happen at 400km/hr because of all the mountains, avalanches and rock slides. One simply could not maintain the track for speeds of even 80km/hr. But the rest of Canada is pretty much flat.  

Why don't we do 250km/hr in the rest of the country? Beats me. We'd probably have to build a parallel track because of the overarching importance of freight traffic in Canada, but for reasonable traffic volumes, a single track with "passing lanes" should work fine.

by PIGL (stevec@boreal.gmail@com) on Sun Jan 18th, 2009 at 12:33:46 PM EST

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