Don't know how many of you train folks read Aviation Week & Space Technology but this week's magazine (9/3/12) has an article titled "Trains Reign Supreme" by Pierre Sparaco. The article points out that Air France is losing market share to Trains a Grande Vitesse (TGV) high speed trains between city pairs in France and around Europe. Seems that TGV is provides better service between cities with comfortable seats, lower noise levels and attractive fares. They also deliver passengers to the middle of the cities where they do not need to take cabs or other forms of transporation from the airport into town. TGV service started in 1981 and all the regional airliner markets have been suffering ever since with some local airlines folding or merging with bigger airlines in order to stay in business. I'd post a link to this article but AW&ST doesn't have it posted on their web site yet. Too bad the federal government controls passenger traffic in the US. AMTRAK will never fund this sort of high-speed operation here in the US.