Lately I’ve been watching Mighty Trains on the Smithsonian channel and they’ve featured primarily high-speed trains in Italy, Switzerland and Spain. There are no trains featured from the United States although there has been a train called the Rocky Mountaineer that runs through the Rocky Mountains in Canada that has been on the show.
Interestingly enough, the most recent show featured the high-speed trains running between Barcelona and Madrid in Spain. It’s 386 miles between the two cities and the train makes the trip in about 2 ½ hours. The Texas Central Railway, which is trying to build a high-speed line between Dallas and Houston, plans to use the Spanish company that operates Spain’s high-speed lines. But will Texas Central be built?
Since the COVID crisis began, many companies have laid off significant portions of their workforce and Texas Central has been no different. One of the last updates I received from Texas Central was that it was laying off most of its personnel because of the pandemic. In going to the Texas Central website, there are no new updates that I could find.
Originally, the plan was for the train to begin operations in 2026. The trip to Houston from Dallas would take 90 minutes, a considerable improvement over driving or flying. I hate driving on Interstate 45 to Houston because it is a nightmare of traffic and dangerous to boot!
Let’s hope Texas Central rebounds after we get through COVID. And that a future (way in the future) Mighty Trains episode features Texas bullet trains! It will have to be Texas because what I’m hearing is that the California high-speed rail system is dead and will not be built.