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North American Trains Better Than European Trains?

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Started: 2/25/2014 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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RussianRailwayRBLX

Pro

North American trains are larger and can pull a lot more than the common European train.

American trains also look nicer in physical appearance because they don't have those bulky shock buffers in front and dual cabs on each end. Instead, they have plows.

Finally, the horns on American trains are better sounding, since they sound a chord, and not a two tone horn like the British trains use.
EthanGray

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We, Europeans, are currently operating the fastest high speed trains in the world, such as the AGV Italo, the AGV Italo entered into service in April 2012 and has a maximum operational speed of 360kmph. The train broke a record speed of 574.8kmph in April 2007, much better than any large North American train and does not have your so called "bulky shock buffers". As well as that we also operate trains such as the Spanish Siemens Velaro and Talgo 350, the Dutch ICE 3, the French SNCF TGV, the Italian ETR 500 Frecciarossa, the famous Anglo-French Eurostar, the French, Belgian and German Thalys PBKA, the British Pendolino Tilting Trains and of course the Spanish RENFE Class 130.

Also we do not have your American 'chord' sounds as they are rather loud and are quite artificial sounding, also North American trains can pull a lot more than the common European train, however the average European freight train can pull equally as much as a North American train, also in Europe we have canals for trading or moving goods around our countries, therefore we do not require as much space in our freight trains as you North Americans do.

Also in Europe, as we have the European Union (a union of countries across our continent) we have common legislation which affects all Europeans, such as the European TSI interoperability standard, which ensures safety, reliability and availability, health, environmental protection and technical compatibility of all European trains, unlike in North America, where, for instance, trains running in and out of the borders of Canada to America, are slightly different and so the system does not exactly work.
Debate Round No. 1
RussianRailwayRBLX

Pro

Although you have the fastest trains in the world, the United States will be receiving a new high speed locomotive called the Amtrak Cities Sprinter, which was built in Europe (go figure). Unfortunately, it's not as fast as what Europe has, since the Northeast Corridor (the route the new train will be using) tends to go up to about only 90 MPH with some 160 MPH zones.

Also about the buffers; I was referring to the British and German freight locomotives more than the passenger ones. Those things make the train look rather unattractive.

Finally, please explain how the horns that strike a chord here in the United States sound "artificial".
EthanGray

Con

A freight train is not exactly supposed to look good as such, its simply their to carry goods and therefore whatever the buffers look like it does not really matter and regarding the 'chord' sound, what I mean by artificial is that it does not sound realistic for a train, if that makes sense.

Also here in Britain a new Thameslink programme has been set up in an attempt to connect all train lines to the capital, 6.5 billion pounds has been invested and they will include new modern trains, which I do believe will look very good.
Debate Round No. 2
RussianRailwayRBLX

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Jifpop09 3 years ago
Jifpop09
I believe European trains are much faster? Trains are a less popular form of transportation following the creation of the federal highway system.
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