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Response to Taverner (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 04:22 PM

54. The tracks required for high speed rail and freight trains are different

 

Freight trains require very low grade due to heavy weight and limited power, but they can tolerate fairly tight curves due to slow speed.

Bullet trains have a higher power to weight ratio so can climb and descend steeper grades, but they require very wide curves due to the high speed. This means that you can't actually route bullet trains on the existing rail right-of-ways, nor can you route them down the medians of interstates in most places.

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