The Second Age of Rail: A History of High Speed Trains
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The complete story of the world's high-speed railways, from Japan's bullet trains to HS2 via France, Germany, and China. Speed on steel wheels has fascinated engineers for nearly two centuries. When a team of French experts accelerated a train up to 574.8 km/h in April 2007 they proved that the rail speed frontier was still unknown. Japan and France pioneered high-speed train technology in the 20th century, and now China and South Korea are on the cusp of developing inter-city rail travel at 400 km/h. In Europe, expansion of the already extensive network of high-speed lines may be dogged by delays over costs and noise, but the USA lags far behind, already outpaced by new lines in Turkey, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia-pilgrims to Mecca will soon be riding the desert rails at 300 km/h. Charting the events that have shaped these remarkable developments, this illustrated book is railway history in the making.
|Publication Date||15 Aug 2015|