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Motorcycles Watch Out Cars: New Regs Will Bring Euro-Style Trains To U.S.

19:05  28 november  2019
19:05  28 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The long-standing regulations governing train car construction have been updated, allowing euro - style cars to be used in the U . S . with All passenger train cars in the U . S . needed to withstand a frontal collision impact equivalent to 800,000 pounds, but the regs didn’t really address how that

Respect The Train : Watch Out Cars : New Regs Will Bring Euro - Style Trains To U . S . It’ s fortunate the train wasn’t going faster, and that the impact – while causing considerable damage – was more of a glancing blow that pushed the SUV away from the tracks.

The revised regulations for U.S. train cars are now similar to Euro standards.

Here’s something a little different from the daily river of auto-related news. Changes to federal regulations for passenger rail systems in the U.S. now means that European-style passenger rail cars can ride American tracks without extensive modification. That may not seem like a big deal to some, but it could lead to safer travel by rail with reduced ticket prices for those who take the train in the U.S., either for business or pleasure. As a by-product, commuters in cars on the road could also see more trains on the track, and since Amtrak – the primary passenger train operator in the U.S. – says it carries 87,000 customers on trips each day, changes won’t go unnoticed by any means.

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Here are our six unwritten rules of European train travel. 2. Do not take someone' s reserved seat and pretend you don't know what they are talking about 3. Only bring luggage that you can carry yourself 4. Don't bring stinky food onto the train 5. Let people off the train before you try to board the train 6

a red white and blue train on a track: High-Speed Train© Motor1.com High-Speed Train

The saga itself is interesting as well, because the previous rules were established at a time when bigger is better was the primary slogan for safety. All passenger train cars in the U.S. needed to withstand a frontal collision impact equivalent to 800,000 pounds, but the regs didn’t really address how that force should be distributed. It’s not unlike crashing a massive 1950’s American sedan into a solid wall versus a modern lightweight hatchback. The big old sedan might fare better, but the hatchback will crumple and absorb the energy from the crash, offering far better protection to the passengers inside.

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Apparently there aren’t many U.S. companies building train cars, so prior to the rule changes, Euro-built cars imported to the States had to undergo considerable modification at considerable expense. With U.S. rules more in-tune with Euro standards, that’s no longer the case so not only will the cars be less expensive, they will also be more energy efficient. In theory that should lead to lower ticket prices, and as far as collisions are concerned, Euro and Asian trains are said to have better safety records for the reasons mentioned above. It all sounds like a win-win.

Yes, we are a car website and of course we enjoy fantastic drives and epic road trips. There are also many people out there, however, who very much fancy a trip over the rails. With new standards in place, it sounds like a cross-country train adventure could be better than ever.

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