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  •  I reckon if you get a train from ... (5+ / 0-)

    ... Wilmington to Raleigh, it'll be "and beyond" for sure, since the alignment heading inland crosses the Fayetteville / Columbia SC branch of the Southeast HSR Corridor at Pembroke ~ that alignment looks straight as an arrow (it gets curvier west of Pembroke, of course), so it would likely be faster to head on an upgraded line to the HSR corridor and run up the HSR correct than to meander up to Goldsboro and then meander from there to Raleigh ~ and cheaper, too.

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    by BruceMcF on Sun May 06, 2012 at 06:43:42 PM PDT

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    •  Would beyond be Richmond and Washington DC? (2+ / 0-)
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      Since railways, like telephone systems function best as networks, would it make more sense to build a small dense fast network and expand out or to build a larger slower network and then upgrade it for greater speeds?  

      I know that one of the next logical expansions of the NEC is to Richmond VA and then east to Hampton Roads (Norfolk/Virgina Beach) while pushing south into North Carolina.  

      There are two regulatory changes that would do a lot of good.  Firstly end the 79mph rule on lines that do not have automatic train stop and allow freight railways to in liu of paying taxes, pay Amtrak to maintain their lines for higher speed operation.

      I am posting this on the train back to Washington DC.  I did not know there is free WiFi on the trains.  

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      by DavidMS on Mon May 07, 2012 at 05:39:21 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, ... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... the main corridor will be from DC to Richmond first, while North Caroline improves Raleigh / Charlotte, both already in progress ... and then Richmond / Raleigh is likely before Raleigh / Columbia, SC. So Richmond / DC / NYC would likely be in place already by the time the straight shot from Wilmington to the Raleigh / Columbia SC has opened up as an opportunity. And the Richmond to points north would likely be Regional HSR of 110mph ~ 125mph or faster.

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        by BruceMcF on Mon May 07, 2012 at 06:10:26 AM PDT

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