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Published on October 10th, 2012 | by Cynthia Shahan


1960s Muscle Car–Inspired Train Could Be a Beautiful High-Speed Train in Australia

October 10th, 2012 by  


The Aussies are making everyone else look slower, older, and clunkier with the design for a new muscle train between its main cities. The train would move at a top speed of 250 mph. It would make the 545-mile journey between Sydney and Melbourne in just over two hours. Today’s current trains are limited to just 100 mph.

What Public Transportation Should Be, Could Be

Australia-based international design firm HASSEL designed this high-speed train to lend a quick means of clean transportation to some of the 8 million-plus people who travel between Australia’s two largest cities regularly.

Who is not tired of claustrophobic drives into and out of the city with 6, 8, 10, and in some cases (such as this one) 16-lane highways and endless traffic? No one enjoys this.

Instead, imagine traveling hone while relaxing with a book, apple, or quick shut-eye instead of feeling claustrophobic in stop, go, stop lanes on highways. Imagine traveling in what seems like the speed of light on a clean muscle train.

This would be a double-decker train concept that could revolutionize the way Aussies travel, and all of us should follow suit.

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Cynthia Shahan is an organic farmer, licensed AP, anthropologist, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings who have lit the way for me for decades.

  • This is just fantasy, our politicians are too busy point scoring and pissing away money on desal plants and proping up unsustainable car companies to ever get anything like this done. The current link between Sydney and Melbourne is woefully slow, with sections of track where the speed is limited to 40km/h due to damage from floods that happened several years back and have still not been fixed.

    The only way this could ever happen here is if it was purely private enterprise funded and there were no politicians involved…

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  • gnarum.tecnologia

    This is a very cool train!

  • tsport100

    Would’ve been a better investment for the future than pi**ing the mining tax windfall up against the wall with AOFM sub-prime funding to prop up funding supply and FHB funding to prop up demand. All we have ended up with is grossly unaffordable house prices instead of a modern update to ageing infrastructure.

  • Ronald Brak

    Sounds good, but Sydney’s impressive ability to not put a new rail line in after badly needing one for decades makes me wonder if it will go ahead. (Real estate prices in Sydney are among the most expensive in the world.) Also, photos like the one at the top of this article are always lies in Australia. We’ll be lucky if they take into account the actual size of Australian bottoms when designing the seats, let alone mostly transport empty space between Melbourne and Sydney.

    • I doubt any economy class having such low seating density. I would expect nothing more than something like first class airplane seats.

      • Bob_Wallace

        France’s HSR certainly gives you more room than first class airplane.

        I find nothing in the above design appealing. Those benches along the sides would be terrible for a long trip.

        Unless they provide sheets and blankets….

        • The seats on US trains give you a ton more room than in airplanes, and i imagine the 1st class sections trump 1st class sections on planes, too — but didn’t really look.

        • CosIcan

          It’s hardly a “long trip”. It’s only two hours. That’d be fine.

    • lot of good points, as always. 😀

      the design pics are always several times nicer than the end product. not just in Oz.

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