A list of posts, external articles and other resources which may be interesting or useful to the discerning reader, handily organised on a single page!
Hot Rails posts
- So what is a “hot rail” anyway? – my first post, and still a good primer on the philosophy and rationale behind Hot Rails.
- A critique of the 2013 HSR study – an exploration of current “best practice” thinking on HSR in Australia, and why that will never be successful.
- An empirical rough order of magnitude cost function for bridge structures – a study determining the relationship between span and cost for longer bridge structures (something I could find no data for, and therefore researched my own)
- Rollingstock – A look at some of the existing train technologies that might be appropriate for Hot Rails
- Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development – the government home-page for high-speed rail (the 2013 AECOM report can be found here)
- Earth to moon in 8 years, Melbourne to Brisbane in 45 – a response to the government study by CO2-reduction think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions. Includes a link to their study (prepared in cooperation with the German Aerospace Centre) that proposes a cheaper system through more sensible route selection, and a much faster construction timeline.
- Repository of Ideas – a look back on the VFT proposal from the late 1980s.
- High-speed rail in Australia – a fairly comprehensive Wikipedia article detailing the history of high-speed rail in this country
- Australian High Speed Vehicle – a concept for high-speed rail in Australia by international architecture firm HASSELL, with a few design nods to classic high-powered Holdens. The “future network” linking to Tasmania and Papua New Guinea strikes the author as somewhat implausible, but an interesting and compelling vision nonetheless.