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companies that are running slower, heavier trains, and
these companies are not interested in mixing advanced,
high-speed passenger trains with the slower moving
The U.S. situation is in marked contrast to that in many
other countries in Europe and Asia. In Germany, France,
and Japan, for example, the rail industry is driven by
signiﬁcant government investments. The national high
speed train systems are viewed with a certain amount of
national pride and prestige and as an aid to tourism, and
there is a continual interest in upgrading performance
and establishing speed records between cities.
As in several other areas of commerce, much of the
future of rail transportation will probably be impacted
by the growth of rail infrastructure in China. China is
already investing heavily in a large array of infrastructure
projects. In advanced rail technology, the Chinese have
surprised many by jumping ahead to operate a high
speed Maglev system (established by the German makers
of the Transrapid system) and also are importing large
numbers of different advanced trainsets from Europe to...
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2014 for the course CM 312 taught by Professor Mariowriedt during the Spring '10 term at Clarkson University .
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