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Not sure if this could belong under another topic, but I just caught wind that North Carolina is looking into pioneering 'Hydrail" service between our two largest cities. This would be a hydrogen powered train that only emits water vapor. It would be cleaner and more efficient that the ancient diesels they use now, and cheaper, and still technically cleaner than electrifying the whole line, which could cost $10-16 million per mile. I heard of this via Charlotte Stories but was able to confirm with some other local news sources. At work currently but I can add links for further verification soon.
I like trains (fine, I love trains) and not just the idea of trains. With the South-East High Speed Rail ( http://www.sehsr.org/ ) in the works and making some progress and the Piedmont Improvement Program complete ( https://www.ncdot.gov//projects/pip/ ) I think it is a good time to start a thread like this. For many work projects I've done in the north-east a train ride makes more sense (i.e. I am more productive) then a plane ride. I have experienced Viewliner, Acela trains, even been in (toured) some old Heritage cars. One thing I have never experienced is the Superliner trains. That will change next week, but I wanted to start a thread here to get your experiences, views and other train banter going. I will post some observations about booking for a family trip vs. a business trip later. Hope to learn some valuable info in this thread -- and maybe some of my experiences can help someone else as well.