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Recently a super, high-speed train was revealed in Japan but in Australia, there is no chance we’ll have something like this for ages. Do you think there should be a priority put on this? What if you could train from Sydney to Melbourne in a similar amount of time to flying, would you do it?

Australian trains struggle to get over 100km/h, while this Japanese passenger train broke the world record by travelling at 603km/h! That is bloody fast! Keep in mind the average plane speed is 900km/h.

Australia’s XPT, which stands for express passenger train, seems to be a bit of a silly name now! The XPT barely reaches 80km/h on its 11 hour trip from Sydney to Melbourne. Do you think Australian trains go fast enough? Are we falling behind the times in transportation?

Japan’s hi-tech train uses magnets and hovers over the tracks. It aim is to be able to cover more than 400km in one hour. It is not yet operational but will be the link between Osaka and Toyko by the late 2020, which would be an incredible feat. It will cut a three hour journey to one hour. Though it comes at a cost of $76 billion. Do you think the cost is worth it?


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It’s important to note that the greater Tokyo area has a population of more than 1.5 times that of all of Australia. Do Australian’s even need this transportation option or a new rail system?

Now that the mining boom is slowing, could this be the perfect opportunity to stimulate Australia’s economy? There would be a large excess of equipment and labour to tackle this job. Even a slightly faster XPT train that travelled at 250km/h would allow for a two hour and 44 minute travel time from Sydney to Melbourne. That’s probably faster than flying when you take into account airport check-in and security protocol!

According to, the federal government projected a new rail system would cost $114 billion to link the three cities – Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne – across $1748km. This would also help connect different cities and towns along the way, which could beneficially impact certain regional development.

However, with the addition of Sydney’s second airport, this project idea will likely be put on hold for awhile.



Tell us, do you prefer planes or trains? Would you like Australia to build a faster rail system?

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  1. It would be nice to have faster trains, but I think the expense of one this fast would be too much. The cost of travelling in one would probably exclude average people, although I have no doubt some business people would appreciate it.

  2. Intercity travel by rail (VFT) has become the norm in Europe and Japan. Lets get into the 21st Century by linking Brisbane,Sydney and Melbourne by these VFT

  3. AAA train as fast as the Japanese use now would be amazing.With the downturn in mining excess machinery & workers what a great project.We just need a great leader to get this moving.

  4. I doubt that we would ever be able to justify the cost of a VFT between Sydney and Melbourne. But it would be great to have as a commuter link between our regional cities, Newcastle, Gosford, Penrith.

  5. The optimist in me sees it as the best thing we could do for the east coast. Cairns to Adelaide at 600 mph. The pessimist in me says it will never happen. The Government does not have the balls to stand up to the vested interests of the transport industry, the airlines or the greenies. The days of large national infrastructure projects are over. If we were to attempt to build the Opera House, Warragamba dam, The Snowy Hydro Scheme or the Sydney Harbour bridge today they would never get past the environmental impact studies and the NIMBY’s. Unless we can dig it up and flog it cheap to the Chinese and then buy it back as crap Chinese products it does not get anywhere. Even then it’s financed by overseas interests and we get bugger all of the profits…..
    But it is a lovely dream, the benefits would be amazing. Road transport would be reduced, there would be less cars and trucks on the road. People could live in Coastal towns along the way and commute to work. Imagine living in Batemans Bay and being able to work in Wollongong or Sydney. Should have done it 10 years ago. BTW I have travelled across Europe many time at 300 klometres per hour and it’s a huge saving in time and money. Comfortable, quiet, fast, cheap, and environmetally friendly. That’s my rant for today !!!

  6. Having ridden on these bullet-type trains in both China and Japan, it made travel far more comfortable as you can get up, walk around lay around … we don’t need to go this fast but we need to either improve our internal transport systems or change our direction eg. scrap domestic plane travel unless private enterprise wishes to continue maintenance on runways etc. and begin developing this infrastructure ( it’s really a pleasant way to travel ). There are many people who cannot fly due to psychological issues that would not experience them using this speedy form of transport.

  7. You are all thinking eastern states!
    What about a fast train from east to west?
    I agree it would be good to connect all states by fast trains.
    The cost if done now will be peanuts compared to doing it in twenty years time.
    Alas this Government has no vision of the future , all they are worried about is getting in at the next election.
    WE need a Leader with Balls.someone that will stand up and be counted, get the job done.
    Not this shirt fronting idiot.
    He lost his balls when the Russian turned up.
    All talk no action for Abbott.

  8. Last time I went to Melbourne from Sydney it took 15 hours with breakdowns changing trains to bus twice exhausting

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