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it fascinates me how speed changes perception. the trees blur, the lake, the horizon is all you can focus on. what happens in the TGV in France? do you look only at the horizon?
1st Sep 2009, 23:48  

Caine says:

We don't have any sort of decent passenger rail in the U.S. It's a pity and it's stupid too, given the amount of RR tracks criss-crossing the country.

2nd Sep 2009, 00:42

nige says:

Amtrak no good Caine?

2nd Sep 2009, 00:58

Caine says:

Amtrak is limited to a few states, it's expensive, has a high accident rate and generally sucks.

2nd Sep 2009, 01:03

nige says:

That doesn't sound too clever.

2nd Sep 2009, 08:31

JokerXL says:

The Eurostar from Brussels to London is an amazing train.
Speeds of well over 300km/h, it takes just 2hrs and 5 minutes to get into Kings Cross, and it stopped twice!
The sense of speed is actually minimal, very smooth, very quiet.
Only looking out at the middle-distance do you notice how fast everything is passing.
Next week Anja & I will be on the 7hr Perth to Kalgoorlie "Prospector". Really looking forward to a relaxing day looking out the window.

2nd Sep 2009, 10:04

Viv says:

that should be a great ride Joker

3rd Sep 2009, 00:37

gill1109 says:

On the TGV you can look at the middle distance. Because you are sitting higher than in a regular train and the windows are smaller you can't see close by at all. For the thrill of speed, I find it a disappointment. The German ones are much more exciting. Much larger windows; and at the front of the train you can look out through the driver's window ahead. Gulp. I love to do that for a moment but can't take it for long.

14th Sep 2009, 00:44

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