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I find it hard to believe that one shinkansen is going to provide more capacity than two locomotives!

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    The answer from chicks is short, but does answer the question -- even if one shinkansen isn't as good as 2 locomatives, one shinkansen with a carriage is probably better than 2 locomatives and one carriage. – 6005 Dec 28 '16 at 20:37
  • I can see now that I didn't directly answer the question before. But I've updated it to connect the dots more clearly. I hope that helps. – chicks Apr 7 '18 at 19:08
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The Shinkansen carries the same number of passengers as a normal locomotive, but it moves faster. You can also add carriages to Shinkansen which also move fast to increase capacity.

Which is better depends on the circumstances. If you have a line with lots of long stretches then the Shinkansen could definitely be helpful. If you take any existing spare carriages and locomotives out, the question boils down to: do you want half of the seat capacity for a single faster train? As 6005 commented the additional carriages makes a huge difference to this decision. If you can't add any carriages to the Shinkansen the lower capacity will be a bigger detriment and I'd say the two locomotives will be easier to get further with.

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    (+1) the note about carriages is key. – 6005 Dec 28 '16 at 20:33

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