Why Trains are so Expensive


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  • Callum Imeson
    Callum Imeson  4 days back

    £30 on the train from Edinburgh to London. I think that's a little optimistic

    • Joel Ben-Guira
      Joel Ben-Guira  7 days back

      someone needs to show this to president trump lol

      • Csx Engine
        Csx Engine  1 weeks back

        Only in US and only because of high cost of labor.

        • sumit pandey
          sumit pandey  1 weeks back

          Can you carry 100 tons of load in any flights no so train are good for personal use but they are good for goods.

          • TubeDisabuser
            TubeDisabuser  1 weeks back

            misleading: do you really think online airline employees are paid only for time in the air?

            • S D
              S D  2 weeks back

              Amtrak could survive by laying off some of their employees

              • S D
                S D  2 weeks back

                1:10 airlines are actually really heavily subsidized

                • S D
                  S D  2 weeks back

                  Wut happened to show makers

                  • ChumLan Thung
                    ChumLan Thung  2 weeks back

                    Rename your video to "why are trains so expensive in America".

                    • Trackstar35
                      Trackstar35  2 weeks back

                      To be fair, most people don't use trains for traveling from city to city. Primary train usage by passengers is by light rail in daily commutes. Look at Houston, DFW, Twin Cities, Phoenix, etc. If you're traveling from city to city your fly or drive.

                      • huzaifa imran
                        huzaifa imran  2 weeks back

                        I don't know , in my country trains are inexpensive though not as developed as US trains.
                        While planes are expensive and those whole queues and security checks and arriving hours earlier beats the purpose of time saving apparently. So trains are more worth the money as well as time.

                        • you cant leave this empty

                          This is the most autistic video I've ever seen. It's also really interesting. Time to make an appointment with the psychiatrist.

                          • Clarion Lansangan
                            Clarion Lansangan  3 weeks back

                            hahahaha not in.china..

                            • t3hb0ss
                              t3hb0ss  3 weeks back

                              Omg those people in that town make 22k wow

                              • Subham Padhi
                                Subham Padhi  3 weeks back

                                Ever considered the Indian railways price. I think its way cheaper than any railway you mentioned. By cheaper i mean For a 500km journeys you pay approximately around ₹230 i.e, $4.5

                                • Kraum Lanko
                                  Kraum Lanko  3 weeks back

                                  Very nice angle, good job.

                                  • W. Christopher
                                    W. Christopher  3 weeks back

                                    Stopped at minute one. This definitely must be a US video because the points aren't true for e.g. the german market.

                                    • Aj's Gaming
                                      Aj's Gaming  3 weeks back

                                      £30 from Edinburgh to London are you kidding me?? what was you smoking??? it would cost me over £100 just to get from the Midlands To Edinburgh.

                                      • Joseph Lozano
                                        Joseph Lozano  3 weeks back

                                        I'm fine win high prices as long as they pay good wages to their employees. I don't know the details, but it sounds fine to me.

                                        • SPOOKYDUKE
                                          SPOOKYDUKE  3 weeks back

                                          why these videos so good when u meant to be studying or something

                                          • NhatAnh0475
                                            NhatAnh0475  3 weeks back

                                            1:23 How can electric from coal can be clean :)

                                            • S S
                                              S S  4 weeks back

                                              80€ from Dublin to Cork here in Ireland. Daftly expensive it would cost far less to drive, possibly to fly.

                                              • Isak Samuelsson
                                                Isak Samuelsson  4 weeks back

                                                If we invest in making shorter and faster railways it will become cheaper.

                                                • Ape X
                                                  Ape X  4 weeks back

                                                  It takes a few buddies and a woman to run a train! You're welcome

                                                  • Nicolas Zart
                                                    Nicolas Zart  1 months back

                                                    I'm always amazed to hear people think the US doesn't subsidize businesses and industries. Of course, it does or else we'd pay closer to $10 a gallon for gasoline.

                                                    • Nicolas Zart
                                                      Nicolas Zart  6 days back

                                                      @Roy Hoeksema Do a little bit of research how much money is poured into petroleum subsidies. It's plain view.

                                                    • Roy Hoeksema
                                                      Roy Hoeksema  1 months back

                                                      Nicolas Zart I’m pretty sure that is because the government DOESN’T control oil companies or gas prices because it DOESN’T subsidize them or whatever. European governments are very involved in this which has only led to higher gas prices ($2 per liter)...

                                                  • Björn Bidar
                                                    Björn Bidar  1 months back

                                                    You forget why trains or at least the tracks are usually state run: space is limited, trains depend on stacks and tracks are usually more restricted than cars. It makes sense that these are centrally controlled.

                                                    • ruzzell907
                                                      ruzzell907  1 months back

                                                      Thanks to the free market, we're not stuck to trains because we have airlines competing for our money.

                                                      • Lucio Ordo
                                                        Lucio Ordo  1 months back

                                                        So in theory if you have bullet trains. The starting price of building new railroads astronomical compared to renting railroads. But if you are going extremely fast you should have to hire as many people and the time to get to places is significantly faster so you dont have to pay as much for each route. Using clean energy is basically free and only need to repair the tracks when needed so in the long run it would be beneficial to have them.

                                                        • Ultimatejaffacakes 68
                                                          Ultimatejaffacakes 68  1 months back

                                                          The east coast main line in UK is now LNER

                                                          • Kobol d
                                                            Kobol d  1 months back

                                                            3:15 The sky isn't free airlines have to pay for flyover fees and atc fees

                                                            • TheManLab7
                                                              TheManLab7  1 months back

                                                              0:46 £30? £30!!!!! Are you fucking kidding me?!! Trains are sooooooo expensive to use. This is why I drive or fly everywhere as it's cheaper.
                                                              You all go and read up on how expensive it is for a ticket and how fucked off everyone is for the disgusting service, cancellations, crowded and the list goes on.

                                                              • NEW ERA MGTOW MONK
                                                                NEW ERA MGTOW MONK  2 months back

                                                                I work on locomotives. They are expensive because building them is very labor intensive and the skills are just a little different from working on other items.

                                                                A GO Transit locomotive, running in the Toronto metropolitan area cost $4 million.

                                                                • osorious
                                                                  osorious  2 months back

                                                                  What if air ticket fares include the environmental costs of the industry? Would be flying still be as cheap as it is now?
                                                                  The same question could be made for cars: what if cars include all the costs involved (environmental, congestion, etc.)?
                                                                  How would cities change to address the true costs?

                                                                  • DonAurelius
                                                                    DonAurelius  2 months back

                                                                    so youre telling me it costs nothing for planes to fly over masses of land, this is not true as the atc isnt free and you have to pay for that when you book the flight.

                                                                    • JAGC
                                                                      JAGC  2 months back

                                                                      According to the Dutch railways they pay about 6 million euros per train for 10k passangers.

                                                                      They also have only 34 thousand employees for a million daily passangers.

                                                                      • MattoManiac
                                                                        MattoManiac  2 months back

                                                                        You literally chose the worst countries for train commuting

                                                                        • Ecclesiastes 2:24
                                                                          Ecclesiastes 2:24  2 months back

                                                                          The NEC is not profitable, because Amtrak, with very creative accounting, does not take into account that they have to maintain the tracks. Right now they have a 60 billion maintanance backlog on the NEC alone. Please don't claim that they are profitable on that route. Its nonsense.

                                                                          • hedgehog3180
                                                                            hedgehog3180  2 months back

                                                                            I mean this is pretty misleading though because apart from Heathrow basically all airports are government run and that is a massive indirect subsidy to airlines. Airports are monstrously expensive to build and operate and all of this infrastructure that allows for these cheap flights would never have existed if governments hadn't invested billions in it. The companies basically get to skimp out on the entire infrastructure cost so that's why they can lower the price, it's also absolutely wrong to say that the companies aren't heavily subsidized, national carriers are often pretty strongly subsidized not to mention that aviation industries themselves are massively subsidized because they are of strategic importance. Boeing is one of the biggest government contractors and Airbus is literally a consortium made by European governments. Governments generally just think that having a large aircraft industry is vital because it's key to having an effective air force. And well then there's the part you sorta lampshaded which is unions, air traffic in the US got a massive helping hand from the US Government back during Reagan's administration when he basically killed the unions in the sector, that's literally the government forcing workers to accept worse conditions and pay in order to increase profits for a company, which y'know is pretty fucking tyrannical. It's pretty clear that the US government has chosen a side in this and it's air and the only reason for that is because it's more privatized. It's a bit like talking about how well the United Fruit Company was doing and then neglect to mention that the US literally invaded a country to help them. Just like how Amazon couldn't be as profitable as it is if they didn't massively mistreat their workers and cheat on taxes so couldn't air travel, trains simply beat them on every metric, even safety even though you misrepresented the numbers there. Amtrak might have that many accidents but the Shinkansen has literally had zero, only 3 high speed rail networks in the world have had deadly accidents and the rest are totally accident free and between those three there have only been 5 in total. Like I'm sorry but perfect is better than literally any number no matter how small.

                                                                            • hedgehog3180
                                                                              hedgehog3180  2 months back

                                                                              Oh yeah also in your massive ignorance you somehow forgot to mention that the entire British rail network is entirely privatized, while at the same time talking about how subsidized they are.

                                                                          • Lockon Stratos
                                                                            Lockon Stratos  2 months back

                                                                            US drive and fly, short distance is good for cars, long distance is for planes, cheaper and faster than high speed rails overall, fin

                                                                            • Zmey Confusenych
                                                                              Zmey Confusenych  2 months back

                                                                              *Laughs in ex-communist bloc*

                                                                              • STEVE WEBB
                                                                                STEVE WEBB  2 months back

                                                                                Take Greyhound

                                                                                • Thak
                                                                                  Thak  2 months back

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                                                                                • alfistibrasiliani
                                                                                  alfistibrasiliani  2 months back

                                                                                  Unions are a joke! They always distort the economy with artificial and unreal salaries demands. I hope all these train staff be replaced with automation and robots in the near future.
                                                                                  Then, the price fares will drop significantly

                                                                                  • Lone Wolf
                                                                                    Lone Wolf  2 months back

                                                                                    So.. why not invest more in intercity buses?

                                                                                    • Dom Yeo
                                                                                      Dom Yeo  2 months back

                                                                                      Bullshit. The JR CHuo Shinkansen will have no staff at all, involved in the operations of trains.

                                                                                      • Doni Dino
                                                                                        Doni Dino  2 months back

                                                                                        Thanks! :)

                                                                                        • Nurpus
                                                                                          Nurpus  2 months back

                                                                                          Start of the video: Why are trains so expensive?
                                                                                          End of the video: *THE TRAINS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF DEMOCRACY AND THE ONLY THING KEEPING THIS COUNTRY TOGETHER*

                                                                                          • Ken Maples
                                                                                            Ken Maples  2 months back

                                                                                            Then why is it so cheap to ship freight by train???