Everyone (well, almost everyone) loves trains. So much so that my electrical engineer friend voted for California’s state high-speed railway project, when first proposed, for no reason other than, “Everyone loves a choo-choo.” Maybe this is a carryover from childhood, when we loved trains and waved at the crew as they passed by.
Sentiment aside, trains play a major role of US transportation, particularly for long-haul needs, even if passenger service often seems to take a back seat to hauling freight. Other countries take passenger service more seriously, as shown by the linked article about the fastest passenger trains worldwide. “Fast” for California’s high speed rail means only slightly faster than a fast cross-country freight train, but these speed demons give us a target to compete with if the economics made sense.