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The freight train connecting Las Vegas and Southern California

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A plan to link Las Vegas to southern California with a fully electric train was revealed by Virgin Trains USA. The 290 km/h train will connect Las Vegas with Victorville, which is an hour and a half drive from Los Angeles.

Transfer time to and from Las Vegas will be 90 minutes, and is said to be less expensive than using an airplane or car.

If approved, the new rail line will be constructed alongside Interstate 15, which crosses much of California and a road running east to west in the State of Nevada.

Work is expected to begin this year and be completed by 2023. The east end of the line will be 1.6 km from the Las Vegas Strip with numerous casinos and hotels.

The construction of two stations is also planned. The project will be largely implemented on the basis of Brightline’s 112 km-long system – until the middle of the year, Virgin Trains USA operates under the brand name – connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The Florida State-run electric-diesel train, also known as Brightline, was completed in January 2018.

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