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Yeah, speaking as a native Californian, I remember when those proposals were first introduced for train between SF and LA, and still nothing has happened apparently—it will never happen—not least of which because public transit is anathema to the vast majority of Americans, total pipe dream. I took the shinkansen in Japan only once when I was there. My thoughts were: very fast, very expensive, rain drops condensing horizontally onto the windows very quickly.

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Beautifully written. Very impressed with the analysis here.

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Leon

Thank you for this rather eye-opening report. Something as large and costly as a high-speed rail network is obviously not an off-the-shelf product. Such a network is always going to be designed and built specifically for the real estate it serves; so it is both puzzling and disappointing to learn that the Japanese rail industry has been slow to work out how to add value to foreign rail projects by selling them Japanese know-how and experience. What a missed opportunity!

On the other hand, as you mention, Hitachi has built a rolling stock factory in the UK, where the Class 395 "Javelin" is now a familiar sight:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_395

https://www.hitachirail.com/

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Thorough!

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“trainspertise” — great wordsmithing there!

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