India’s first locally built semi high-speed train broke down early on Saturday on its way back to New Delhi from Varanasi in northern Uttar Pradesh, a day after its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Vande Bharat Express can run up to a maximum speed of 160 km/hour. “There seems to be disruption [possibly due to] cattle run over. It wasn’t a scheduled commercial run,” Reuters partner ANI said in a tweet citing the railways ministry.The train looks like it was built from leftover pickup campers. 160 Km/h is 100 mph in real numbers. Trains have been running 100 easily since the 1890s. American rural interurbans routinely ran 80 and occasionally reached 100. That's not even SEMI-high-speed, it's just RAILROAD speed, or at least it was until we smashed our own passenger railroad system. Disruption due to cattle run over? I don't see a cowcatcher on the... Oh, that's right. Can't have a cowcatcher in India. Have to stop and wait, days if necessary, for the holy cows to move on their own. This is Anti-Do in the same way as our "endangered" "species" toxin. Define some random thing as holy, then STOP ALL NORMAL ACTIVITY to "protect" the holy thing, so the holy thing can invade your cities and eat you. = = = = = Credit where due: Modi has taken a true non-interventionist position toward Venezuela. This also makes objective sense for India's trade interests. Venezuela sells oil and gold. India needs oil and LOVES gold.
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