Comment 56192

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:13:30

I read a comment at thespec.com the other day criticizing the picture of an LRT train on James St. South, their comment was something to the effect of "until we invent anti-gravity drives, it will never get up the mountain."

How many times do we have to rebut this theory that trains can't scale mountains? It all originated with a city document which stated standard LRT would not be able to handle the steep grade of the James St. Access (which was their preferred route) without building a tunnel.

However, I believe even at that time it was admitted that if they went up the Jolley Cut instead, the train would be able to handle the incline.

Not to mention that there are many special purpose trains which provide additional traction and could be used to overcome these limitations.

Hell, if San Francisco cable cars can climb their steep hills, I'm sure we can figure something out for our "mountain".

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