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Supertrains: Solutions to America's Transportation Gridlock Paperback – August, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
This timely but disjointed, rambling text rightly questions why Japan has developed the Bullet Train, France the Train a Grand Vitesse (TGV) and Germany the Intercity Express (ICE) while America's rail system continues to operate on 1930s technology. In his introduction, Clancy ( The Sum of All Fears ) states that overcrowding in airports and on highways could be lessened by competitively paced, comfortable "supertrains." High-speed rail specialist Vranich, head of a Washington, D.C., public relations firm, addresses means of financing supertrains, passenger safety, tourism industry perks and environmental issues. He discusses the quiet and swift magnetic levitation train, or maglev, which operates on opposing magnetic fields, and argues that America would be wise to purchase ready-made foreign trains. Exterior and interior photos of supertrains, diagrams of aerodynamic trains and track structures, and maps of existing and planned routes illustrate the volume. Unfortunately, Vranich's future-tense patriotic cheerleading is grating: "The day a conductor collects the first Supertrain ticket is the day remaining doubts will be swept away. Then Americans will rejoice in the realization that fast trains are the way to travel."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Vranich offers this narrative as a plea for the support in the United States of high-speed rail (on steel wheels; 150-200 mph) and high-speed magnetically levitated (maglev; 250-300 mph) trains. Germany, France, and Japan run high-speed trains now, and the maglev models are being tested in Germany and Japan. The author believes such supertrains would benefit public transportation by reducing congestion and pollution in certain population corridors (e.g., Los Angeles to Las Vegas; Chicago to Detroit; and New York to Washington, D.C.). He discusses the plans for supertrains in various states. Vranich claims that federal support for highways and air transportation resulted in a continuing neglect for improvement in train transportation, but he selectively presents the evidence for these charges. A bibliography listing the technical reports cited would have helped the reader follow the various arguments of researchers and committees. Recommended for popular technology collections.
- Christopher R. Jocius, Illinois Mathematics & Science Acad., Aurora
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Since this now-dated book arrived in 1991, Germany, Britain, China, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Taiwan have joined France and Japan with modern high-speed trains, France has greatly expanded her network (and increased her speeds), and Germany and China are now researching 300 mph magnetic levatation. Also, Argentina, Brazil, and Indonesia are looking to join the club. This book provides us with a solid look at an improved, reliable transportation future.
Differnt from other train books, this one explains the futuristic era of new rail system. The book concluded with a sci-fi like description of our future passenger rail system. It's nice to read a book that give you hopes and dreams.
The book is so persuasive that I'm curious to hear the arguments AGAINST supertrains, just to balance out the supertrain "propaganda" from this book.
Informative and fun read.
Not a detail.
Each mile of track for one of his supertrains costs between $30 and $50 million. Who is going to pay for his 1000 mile network. He doesn't say.
This is a significant oversight.
Basically, SuperTrains is an excercise in nostalgic dreaming. A very nice one, with lots of nice images. But it is a very foolish book.