The proposed rail lines, depicted by red lines on this Google Earth photo, are approximate
and were selected for their shortest distances and to avoid seismically and volcanically
active regions as much as possible, as well as intersect major cities along the routes.
Possible Railway Path
One nearer-term possibility for the QUADRAIL SYSTEM would be a set of QUADRAIL TRACKS
run along the 40th parallel of the United States, from northern California to northern
New Jersey. This route would intersect, or pass nearby, several major cities and
connect shipping ports on the east and west coasts. I have estimated that approximately
44 to 50 square miles of land tract would be required for every thousand miles of
four-lane QUADRAIL TRACK, that is two QUADRAIL TRACKS in each direction. This would
facilitate east/west express QUADRAIL TRACKS for high speed trains and east/west
QUADRAIL TRACKS for slower trains, such as freight and commuter trains.
Some stringent criteria would be required for the QUADRAIL SYSTEM. No railroad crossings
- Roadways and walkways would have to go over or under the tracks. Minimum amount
of track curvature. Any track curves would have to have a very large radius. No drawbridges.
Rail lines would have to go high over rivers, with long, gradual incline approaches,
or go under rivers via tunnels.
Still, this is a realistic, viable solution to several current problems, such as:
efficient use of energy for hauling freight and passengers, upgrading infrastructure,
cleaner environment, improved trade, improved economy, etc.