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Old Yesterday, 03:18 PM
 
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Savannah via the state legislature is interested is connecting directly to Atlanta by passenger rail again: Legislators want to explore reviving the Nancy Hanks Passenger Rail Line
Interesting but for any form of rail to support 200 MPH trains, all sorts of upgrades would be necessary. They would practically have to rebuild the entire route. No at-grade crossings, curves normal freight and passenger trains can go through, high speed trains will derail. I'm not even sure if they use the same grade of steel either.
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Old Yesterday, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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There is no way 200mph would exist on any existing rail route. Any true HSR would achieve those speeds only on newly-built right of way outside cities. For Atlanta-Savannah, the best RoW would be along I-16. Macon to Atlanta would probably head toward I-85 to serve the airport.
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Old Yesterday, 03:50 PM
 
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There is no way 200mph would exist on any existing rail route. Any true HSR would achieve those speeds only on newly-built right of way outside cities. For Atlanta-Savannah, the best RoW would be along I-16. Macon to Atlanta would probably head toward I-85 to serve the airport.
How much would the Chinese charge to run a HSR line between Atlanta and Savannah? I bet they could do it in less than a year.
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Old Yesterday, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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And meet our labor and safety standards? I doubt it.
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Old Yesterday, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek area
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Savannah via the state legislature is interested is connecting directly to Atlanta by passenger rail again: Legislators want to explore reviving the Nancy Hanks Passenger Rail Line
That would be a wonderful thing!
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Old Yesterday, 06:59 PM
 
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Savannah via the state legislature is interested is connecting directly to Atlanta by passenger rail again: Legislators want to explore reviving the Nancy Hanks Passenger Rail Line
It's hard to believe that line last ran less than 50 years ago. Would the new line still have the same name? Do the tracks still exist, and who uses them (CSX, Norfolk Southern, etc.)? I'm guessing it's used for the cargo from the Port of Savannah?
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Old Yesterday, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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The entire route is Norfolk Southern. The Nancy Hanks II was Atlanta-Griffin-Barnesville-Macon-Tennile-Millen-Savannah (I skipped a few). They are used for whatever freight NS runs on them, including intermodal service to and from Savannah. If this were to be run with conventional equipment on conventional tracks on the same route, a backup move, or orbiting Macon may be required as there is currently no direct connection from the Griffin line tracks to the Savannah tracks, though it appears some of the RoW of that connection is still intact (curves SW-NE in the block bounded by 5th st, Hazel st, MLK Blvd, Ash st. in Macon). But given how far away from I-16 the tracks get, I question a conventional-speed train's usefulness compared to bus service down I-16.
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Old Yesterday, 09:06 PM
 
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How much would the Chinese charge to run a HSR line between Atlanta and Savannah? I bet they could do it in less than a year.
You're right. As long as they imported very-low-paid Chinese workers and we let them off the hook for any sort of labor protections.
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Old Yesterday, 09:19 PM
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And meet our labor and safety standards? I doubt it.
They've talked about Mexico City to Monterrey to Laredo to San Antonio to Ft. Worth. (the Chinese were going to finance the Mexican part, although there was some scandal in Mexico)
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Old Today, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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How much would the Chinese charge to run a HSR line between Atlanta and Savannah? I bet they could do it in less than a year.
How many worker deaths are you willing to accept?
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