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Acela trains at Kingston Station

Acela trains traveling through Kingston Station.

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3 Responses to Acela trains at Kingston Station

  1. Tony P June 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    So I noted they clocked one at over 140MPH. That’s pretty good but the trains can do much more than that. You could get up to 200MPH through RI if there weren’t two stops.

    And the difference between say the high speed trains in Europe and the Acela – here the Acela is designed to bank because of the twists in the track.

  2. Andrew June 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    The Acela’s speed is limited to 150 mph on tracks it shares with standard trains by an act of Congrss. Unfortunately, it shares tracks for its entire route…

  3. Ryan June 4, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    The Acela only stops once, Tony P, in Providence – and it’s heavily speed restricted due to curve geometry, so trying to express through Providence would cause more problems than it solves. (For the record: the number of problems solved by proposing trains express through Providence is “zero.”)

    You might also be interested to know that Westerly Station exists on a stretch of track limited to, if memory serves, 90 MPH – Kingston Station itself exists at the tail end of the long stretch of track where the Acela is permitted to reach 150 MPH and has been known to move through the station at that speed.

    I’m not entirely sure what stops you’re referring to, but none of the stops in Rhode Island have an adverse impact on the Acela.

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