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Re: Bluebirds taking over and other Victorian stuff.
David Bromage wrote in message <firstname.lastname@example.org>...
>On the subject of electrification, would the benefits really outweigh the
>capital costs? It might cost $50 million, not including new EMUs, for
>minimal benefits. For the same money you could upgrade a lot more track to
>allow 160km/h running (130km/h for a pass and 110km/h for freights).
There is an effect known in the UK as the 'sparks effect' (you should know
this David, being a regular on uk.railway) - namely, the increased patronage
that results when a service is electrified. Who knows what might happen with
an hourly service running directly into the City Loop or, heaven forbid, a
half-hourly servce! The extra revenue might even pay for some of it (which
is what happened on the East Coast Main Line in the UK - patronage increased
by more than 80% in four years).
David "The Doctor" Proctor