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LOL, you indeed kept digging, without even suspecting a trap.

Though its speeds are higher than other trains in South Africa, Gautrain is not a high-speed train, not by any international standards, whatever an India Times journalist writes. (And it is especially no high-speed train system, with a single line...) It is a limited-stop suburban service, 80 km long with ten stations, and a standard top speed of 160 km/h; only with separate grade from all-stoppers, in that it is analogous to say metro and RER in Paris. Indeed Gautrain uses trains derived from Bombardier's Electrostar, a family of regional EMUs for Britain.

Now, Gautrain could be discussed as an example of bad mismanagement (delays and cost explosion); and one could thematise the class aspect (the new ANC elite is sadly no better on this than whites) in the fact that ticket prices and the routing indicates that it was indended for the upper classes and tourists (though there is at least ticket integration with normal suburban trains). But, don't fall from your role, you are supposed to be anti-long-distance-rail, not anti-passenger-rail like US Republicans.

Keep digging.

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

by DoDo on Thu Jun 17th, 2010 at 03:06:32 AM EST
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It's commonly described as a high-speed train system.

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Thu Jun 17th, 2010 at 11:29:10 AM EST
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If you want to play semantics instead of considering top speed and stopping distances... it is commonly described as rapid rail.

About Gautrain | The Gautrain Rapid Rail link described

The Gautrain  is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng.

Keep digging.

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

by DoDo on Thu Jun 17th, 2010 at 06:07:20 PM EST
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Good faith means not attempting to 'trap' each other. And so, I rated your comment a '1'.

fairleft
by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Thu Jun 24th, 2010 at 08:56:23 PM EST
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