Intercity Rail - Northwoods Line (fantasy transit)


This would be a fantasy east-west line across northern Minnesota, and is one of two lines in my fantasy system that would not originate or pass through the Twin Cities metro.  The line partially follows the real-life Amtrak Empire Builder between Fargo and Staples, then uses a BNSF line east to Duluth.





Travel Time Estimation

From To Distance (miles) Travel Time Cumulative Distance (miles) Cumulative Time
Fargo Detroit Lakes 48.7 41 min 48.7 40 min
Detroit Lakes Staples 62.3 50 min 111.0 1 hr 31 min
Staples Brainerd 29.3 29 min 140.3 2 hr
Brainerd Aitkin 27.1 26 min 167.4 2 hr 26 min
Aitkin Carlton 63.8 54 min 231.2 3 hr 20 min
Carlton Duluth 35.5 37 min 266.7 3 hr 57 min

Travel times assume trains traveling at the speed limit with no stoppages or speed restrictions.  Travel times also include 5 minutes per leg to represent slowdown approaching a station, speed-up departing a station, and station dwell time.


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