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If you're stopping in every podunk suburb, you won't get 300 kph top speed, nevermind cruise speed. You'd be lucky to have a station spacing justifying 200 kph cruise speed.

Rule of thumb for 300 kph cruise speed says to have at least 100 km between each stop. Less than that and you're throwing good resources into overengineering something that would be perfectly well served by 200 kph cruise speed. Anything below 10-15 km between the (major) stops does not justify going above 160 kph top speed, for a cruise speed somewhere between 100 and 150 kph. Go below that, and you should not be doing heavy rail at all, unless you're co-opting existing freight rail infrastructure (< 160 kph top speed is light or rapid rail turf).

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 05:19:42 PM EST
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