Fast trains in the United States? I’ve never heard of such a thing. Oddly enough, though, they actually exist. This Amtrak train was seen doing 110 MPH down a stretch of track, and it looks pretty epic. That’ll sure get you where you need to go in a hurry. The best part is that it was captured in high-definition video, so you can watch it in action.
This train is known as the Wolverine, and it runs on a track that goes from Chicago, Illinois to Pontiac, Michigan. It’s one of the few trains that classify as “high-speed” in the states. True high-speed rails are normally found in the other countries like Japan, China, France, and the United Kingdom, among many others. That being said, it’s definitely something that people don’t get to experience often in the U.S.
I just need to point out that the driver that crossed the track as the the arms were coming down was pretty bold. Not exactly the best idea, if you’d like to avoid a massive train plowing into you at insane speeds. The camera guys set up to record and photograph as this train comes barreling toward them. I couldn’t imagine the feeling of having this train pass by you with only a few feet of distance, but I would imagine he got some pretty cool shots of the action.
The sound that this Amtrak makes as it passes the camera is pretty unreal. It truly puts in perspective how fast this thing is traveling. I’m sure actually riding inside of this is an absolute blast. If we had more trains that traveled around at these speeds, I’m willing to bet much more people would opt to commute this way instead of using their car. While it may never be as common as other countries, it’s still awesome to see the U.S. utilizing these high-speed rails.