America’s Zippy New Trains Still Lag Behind the Speed Demons of Europe | Autopia | WIRED: "Transit authorities in five states have ordered 32 new locomotives that are more efficient and faster than their predecessors. Ideally, they’ll make for more reliable service, but they’re not exactly what most people have in mind when they think of high-speed rail.
California, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, and Washington all ordered Siemens Charger diesel-electric locomotives for passenger service. And some of those services are being touted as “high speed.”"
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