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It makes me wonder why the Baltic States and EU are investing very large
sums into the construction of Rail Baltica. Would it not be easier and
more economical, to rebuild and expand existing infrastructure and allow
for variable-gauge axles, rather than build an entirely separate network?
That requires a captive fleet of trains, which is do-able for passenger
services, but awkward for freight. And perhaps if you are going to build
a new line for modern standards and speeds, and the point is to
re-orient transport and political geography towards Warsaw, Berlin and
Brussels rather than St Petersburg or Moscow, and Hard-Working
[British/German] Families(tm) are paying, why not build standard gauge?
Does Rail Baltica actually make much sense as a transport project,
rather than a geopolitical one? If I lived there I'd probably want to
know that flat wagons carrying heavy loads from NATO depots could arrive
quickly rather than get stuck at a break of gauge, but is there much
passenger and freight demand for normal services?
Arthur Figgis Surrey, UK