by george matthews
Statkowski wrote:Do spare us the American economic nonsense.george matthews wrote:The Trans-Siberian has zero competition from anything similar to the American interstate highway system. Its traffic patterns are quite simple compared to American cross-country rail movements. It's government-owned, essentially separated from economic reality. Considering the available Soviet/Russian-designed diesel-electrics available, electrification may well have been the only viable option for them.The Trans-Siberian is electrically powered. Longer than any line in the US.
I have travelled by Amtrak in several regions of the US. I found the trains interesting, but their standards are stuck in about the 1950s. Design of the carriages is much the same as 1950s, or 1960s trains in Britain. Speed is very moderate - slow. There are no modern high speed lines as can be found in most European countries - and Japan and China. The service, such as it is, omits many towns and cities that in Europe and Britain would expect hourly or more frequent service. And where there is service it often consists of once a day or even less often.
Of course in the 1960s I spent three months in the US and travelled coast to coast by Greyhound. My most recent encounters with Greyhound show a much poorer service. The buses seem to have been made less comfortable, because they are now serving mostly the poorer people.
I have also experienced rail travel in several parts of Africa and Australia. I think the US trains are about at the standards of Morocco - though there they are electrifying rapidly.