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Old 02-04-2012, 04:13 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by jamesqf View Post
Don't have to develop anything, just buy it off the shelf from European train equipment manufacturers - something like 80% of European rail is electric.
Develop or purchase, sure. But you would still need to implement those changes, which would be a massive undertaking. Purchasing thousands of engines and replacing possibly hundreds of thousands of miles of rail (the U.S rail system runs on a different standard than European rails) is expensive and difficult. It would be easier to actually augment our current technology.
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