scratchyX1 wrote: ↑Thu Jun 24, 2021 11:20 am
Of course, one of the dirty secrets is that maglev takes ALOT of power. Japan had an excess, before it turned off most of it's nuclear plants, but now, they don't. Plus, the amount of work to shoehorn it into existing infrastructure is excessive.
Why is it surprising that going faster requires more energy?
Maglev is incompatible with existing railroads, that's why just about every proponent emphasizes building an entirely brand new corridor for it.
Unlike refurbishing used Acela trainsets for another route. They could use other routes with just two optional modifications; (1) Hanging catenaries over the tracks or (2) using different power cars.
Any platforming difficulties can be fixed by changing the heights of all the platforms on that route as needed.
You can not do that as easily with maglev.