electricron wrote: ↑Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:50 pm Assuming a realistic operating max speed of 186 mph for economic reasons, what would you consider a valid average speed? Keeping it simple, let's assume the HSR train stops three times every hour for 5 minutes, meaning it loses 15 minutes of traveling every hour, decreasing the time moving by 25%, so the max the average speed could be is 140 mph. With a maximum competitive 5 hour run, that HSR train could travel 700 miles.One can look at a lot of HSR schedules to get a typical range of numbers. Like go to eurail.com and plan a lot of trips.
Using Boston as the north and east terminal of the NEC:Boston is a bad choice as a reference for the NEC. NYC and DC would be better. I also don't know how these distances were measured. Google Maps highway distances gets close for Boston-Raleigh: 718 mi. The great-circle distance is more like 610 mi.
Boston to Raleigh is 702 miles. You can't get to Florida, Charlotte, Charleston, or Atlanta.
Boston to Cleveland is 639 miles. Boston to Toledo is 752 miles. You can't get to Detroit or Chicago.
- Cleveland -- Boston 640 mi, NYC 463 mi, DC 368 mi
- Chicago - Boston 983 mi, NYC 789 mi, DC 696 mi
- Cincinnati - Boston 870 mi, NYC 639 mi, DC 501 mi
- Atlanta - Boston 1076 mi, NYC 863 mi, DC 639 mi