Introduction to the High Speed Rail

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"Introduction to the High Speed Rail" is a PowerPoint for primary and secondary students that provides an overview of the High Speed Rail and its development in the United States. It also highlights related careers in the HSR field. Additionally, this lesson can be paired with a "High Speed Rail Track Design" activity.

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  • Why do you think there are only some possible places where there can be a high speed rail?
  • 300 miles between Chicago and St. Louis
    110 miles an hour
    2.7 hours by HSR
    4.5 hours by car
    1 hour by plane
  • Introduction to the High Speed Rail

    1. 1. Transportation that uses electric trains that can travel at very high speeds Provides a friendlier alternative than common transportation methods
    2. 2.  1899: German Engineers sought a high speed train  1964: Japan capitalized on the High Speed Rail • Shinkansen …also known as the Bullet Train • Went 130 mph and carried 100 million people in first 3 years  1981: The revolution started and France got a HSR • TGV will carry 1 billion people in 20 years
    3. 3. Opens more space on highways and interstates By 2035, the Midwest Network will create 42,000 jobs and generate $6.1 billion in sales Environmentally friendly • Uses 4-5 times less carbon than an airplane Doesn’t cost very much
    4. 4. In 2010 Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) got the bid to create the railway Since, 243 miles of track has been installed Train will be able to go 110 mph
    5. 5. Can not have that fast of a train within 30 miles of Chicago, St. Louis and other large cities Costs a lot of money to build Have to be able to allow trains and other traffic to keep flowing
    6. 6. Transportation Engineer • $46,000-$53,000 • Bachelor’s Degree Diesel Mechanic • $43,000-$49,000 • HS Diploma/GED Railroad Worker • $38,000-$44,000 • HS Diploma/GED
    7. 7. Determine where the track will be placed for the Illinois High Speed Rail • Have to go from Chicago to St. Louis • Have to go through at least 2 other cities Determine the speed of the train along the final track (keep the cities in consideration) Find the amount of time it will take to get from Chicago to St. Louis

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