Trains are often forgotten when it comes to travel, transport, and trade—but they remain and integral component of all of these forces. Trains are still a major travel provider via passenger rail lines, they are used every day to transport goods, and both of these facts make trains an imperative part of the trade economy. Still, they are often erroneously seen as obsolete. The following three technological advances prove that trains are anything but obsolete.
High-Speed Train Technology
One of the most exciting advances in train technology is the emergence of ultra-fast rail lines throughout countries in Europe and Asia. These rail lines carry trains that are capable of speeds reach 200 miles per hour. Other impressive features include the ability to make wide turns, advanced traction motors, and construction based on only two or three axles. All of these features confirm that trains are not a thing of the past, but rather the trend of the future.
Advances in Safety Procedures
Super fast trains might sound intimidating, but in fact, they are far safer than trains of decades past. In fact, all trains are safer now than they were years ago, as rail companies have invested time, money, and effort into improving the overall safety of rail travel and transport. In the last decade, train accidents have fallen by 10 percent, and this is thanks to safety testing technology such as yard air and ultrasonic sensors.
Improvements in Infrastructure
One of the most important technological advances in train travel is the improvements that have been made to rail infrastructure. Installment of advanced sensors, repair of damaged rails, and plenty of other improvements have made trains safer than ever before—and more technologically advanced, too. These advances prove that trains are here to stay and will likely usher in more technological progress.